Little Rock 5th Grader Is A National Finalist For Google Art Contest

May 1, 2012

A fifth grader from Otter Creek Elementary School in Little Rock will soon be headed to New York City, as one of only 50 state winners in the Doodle 4 Google competition. Out of more than 114,000 students who submitted entries this year, 11-year old Kouadio Kondo was selected as a national finalist due to his futuristic artist rendering of the Google logo.

Kouadio Kondo's artwork for the Doodle 4 Google Competition

“Well, my dad taught me that if you want to draw it then draw it, you can do whatever you put your mind to and I got the inspiration from my dad,” said Kondo. “I have been to New York before, but I think I was kind of like 2-years old and well I’m not even sure I’m going to win the next round, because there are kids in middle school and high school with art, but I still get the trip that’s the best part.”

With the help area residents Kouadio could win the next round. Click here to vote for his Google doodle. The winner receives a $30,000 scholarship a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school, and the student’s doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage. Voting lasts until May 10.

Attachments  Comments (6 posted) leonard Dec 06th 2012 wow this is so awesome!! my friend since 2nd grade won the doodle for Google contest in Arkansas too bad he didn't win the big oneReply0  Justin May 18th 2012 I remember one of the judges came up to him in my school and said,"Kuadio,how does it feel like being a winner" and he said"Ok,I guess."
He always had that 'I don't care' attitude.That's why he is my firendReply0  Justin May 18th 2012 Im in the same school in this kid,and Im his friend.My WHOLE school voted for him.He is like the best drawer in the school.Im glad he enteredReply0  Portia Morgan, Scottsdale, Arizona May 09th 2012 I have been to many art shows around the U.S. and think his work is unique and outstanding at this stage of his elementary education. Be diligent and believe in what your Dad tells you.Reply0  L J Chandler May 09th 2012 Awesome!Reply0  HFrank May 08th 2012 Most unusual for a child of this age.