Wilkie sisters of Port Williams in Google doodle competition

Wendy Elliott
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Port Williams sisters Sally, left, and Lucy Wilkie show off designs they entered in a Canada Post stamp competition last year. This year, they are competing in Doodle 4 Google Canada art contest. - FILE

The Wilkie sisters from Port Williams, Lucy and Sally, are regional finalists in the Doodle 4 Google Canada art contest.

They both have unique entries for their age category in the Atlantic region competition. The challenge was to redesign the Google icon, also called a “doodle,” on the theme, “if I could invent anything, I would invent...”

Doodle 4 Google is a national competition that invited students in grades kindergarten to 12 in Canada to redesign the logo for the Google.ca homepage. Four Nova Scotia students have made it to the semifinals.

Sally, who attends Evangeline Middle School, explains, “My invention is a large bridge crossing the atlantic ocean and connecting Canada and Europe. I chose this invention because it would be an efficient way for people without money to buy a plane ticket to travel and see the world.”

Big sister Lucy, a Horton student, says reading was her inspiration.

“My invention is reality reading; books that allow people to enter and temporarily live in the world of story. It would be so exciting to meet your favourite characters and take part in their adventures! What book would you choose?”

Voting will decide the national finalists - five in total, one from each region. The national winner gets $10,000 for their school, a $10,000 college scholarship for themselves and has their design on the Google website for 24 hours.

The overall winner will also receive a Google Chromebook and a trip to Toronto to view a special exhibition of the top doodles at the Royal Ontario Museum in 2014. The winning doodle will be determined by public voting, which is open until midnight on Feb. 14.

This time last year, the Wilkie sisters answered the Canada Post Community Foundation’s call for a new stamp design. They both ended up as two of the four national finalists.

Organizations: Google, Evangeline Middle School, Royal Ontario Museum Canada Post Community Foundation

Geographic location: Port Williams, Canada, Atlantic Nova Scotia Europe Toronto

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  • Kathy Worton
    February 12, 2014 - 21:13

    To vote, go to the Doodle4Google Canada website: http://www.google.ca/doodle4google/vote.html#d=d3-3