Seven-Year-Old From South San Francisco Wins Google Doodle Contest; See the Top 40 Finalists

If you’ve visited Google.com today, you may have noticed a new logo adorning the page:

That is the creation of seven-year-old Matteo Lopez, the winner of Google 4 Doodle, the competition in which the company “invite(d) K-12 students to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign Google’s homepage logo for millions to see.”

Matteo hails from South San Francisco and goes to San Bruno’s Monte Verde Elementary. The school’s web site is giving the doodle, titled “Space Life,” prominent play. As well it should: The winning entry has netted the school a $25,000 technology grant. Matteo also won a $15,000 college scholarship for himself.

This morning, Matteo appeared on the “Today Show”:

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The contest attracted more than five million online votes, which chose Matteo’s doodle over those of more than 107,000 submissions. You can see the top 40 finalists at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Or…you can click here.

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Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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