Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A KNOCKBEG College student is in the finals of a doodling competition, run by tech giant, Google, after beating 2,500 other young people who entered it.

Seán Andrews is one of just 75 finalists in this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition for his painting, The Art of Film.

Doodle for Google

Thousands of students from across Ireland created doodles based on this year’s theme, My perfect day.

“My perfect day is to draw and watch films. It’s simple but perfect,” Seán said of his doodle. “My passions are art and film, and this is my expression of film as an art form.”

Incredibly, leaving cert student Seán isn’t the only boy from Knockbeg to do well in this year’s competition because Darragh Byrne also reached the semi finals.

Their art teacher, Anne Marie Dawson, is justifiably proud of the pair. Seán, who’s from Graiguecullen, is the son of David and Imelda.

“This is a great art competition because it’s fun and challenging, too,” Anne Marie said. “This is great for Seán’s portfolio because he’s hoping to go to art college next year and has ambitions to become a film director.”

The competition is now open to public voting, with the entire staff and student body in Knockbeg running an on-line campaign to get those all-important votes for Seán.

There are five category winners while the overall winner takes home a €5,000 college scholarship and an eye-watering €10,000 technology grant for the school. And with work started on Knockbeg’s new extension, it’s money that would be well spent by the school.

“Seán is representing Knockbeg in this competition,” Anne Marie pointed out.

She would like to thank Principal Michael Carew, the staff, students and their families for their support.

Public voting ends this Friday 20 March while the winners will be announced on Thursday 20 April.

To vote for Seán’s doodle, log onto

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By Elizabeth Lee
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