Midleton College Student Alice O’Donnell Makes Google Doodle Semi-Final

By Seamus Whelehan


There was great excitement at Midleton College last weekend as news broke that fifth grade student Alice O’Donnell made it to the semi-final of the Doodle4google competition.

The 17 year old is fighting for her chance to have her art feature on Google’s Irish website for 24 hours.

The Youghal teenager enter the national competition last November and was asked to create a doodle of something she would like to invent.

The fifth year student is among 300 students who will battle it out for one of 75 places in the final.

Alice says her illustration was inspired by her love of travel.

“As some of my family are based in the UK, I do a lot of travel back and forth. I thought it would be great if I could just appear.”

Talented Alice created the letters of Google into a number of aeroplanes, hot air balloons and a super hero.

If the young student reaches the final her art work will be put to a public vote to decide the overall winner.

Teacher Ciara Wall said the school were over joyed with the news of Alice’s success and are planning a major social media campaign if she is selected in the final 75.

Not only will the overall winner have their art featured on Google.ie for a day, they’ll also receive a €5,000 scholarship and a €10,000 technology grant for their school.

Online voting takes place between 7 and 21 February with the official prize giving ceremony held in Google headquarters in Dublin on 3 April.