Williston Student Wins Statewide Google Art Contest

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Kyle Adams poses with his award-winning artwork. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Adams/Studio 2N Photography

A first-grader from Williston was selected as the Vermont winner in Google’s annual Doodle for Google contest last month. Kyle Adams won the Vermont section of the competition with his work entitled “Mind Over Monsters”.

Doodle for Google allows K-12 students in 54 US states and territories to submit their artwork based on a prompt for a chance to feature it on Google’s homepage.

This year’s Google prompt is “I take care of myself by…”, to which Kyle responded with meditation.

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“Meditation is a powerful way to deal with harsh feelings, troubling thoughts and allows our minds to get some much-needed rest,” Kyle said when he submitted his drawing.

Students and staff at Allen Brook School surprised Kyle with his achievement at a surprise assembly on May 25 where he was presented with a t-shirt with his design on it and a Google Pixel tablet. The school received a large replica of Kyle’s design.

Jessica Wilson, head of digital learning at Williston, was also recognized at the surprise town hall. Wilson encourages students to enter the competition each year.

Google delayed the public vote following last month’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The Williston School plans to announce the opening of voting for the final stage of the contest so that Vermonters can vote to have Kyle’s design featured on Google’s homepage.

If Kyle’s design wins, he would receive a $30,000 college scholarship and the Allen Brook School would receive a $50,000 tech package to help improve the school’s tech program.

—Kathryn Field

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