Inspired by history

Stanley Primary School student Paris Gregory’s talent for drawing has earned her a spot as a finalist in the annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition. Paris’ sketch was inspired by Australia’s bush ranger history.

Art. Stanley Primary School student Paris Gregory often lets her imagination run wild when she puts pencil to paper.

Now the 11-year-old has the opportunity to showcase her talent to the world after becoming a finalist for her age group in the annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.

Run by internet search engine ‘Google’, the competition encourages students from grade one to 10 to recreate the iconic logo in line with the given theme.

This year’s theme, ‘If I could travel back in time I would…’ inspired Paris to illustrate a design reflecting Australia’s bush ranger history and earning her a spot as a finalist among more than 26,000 entries nationally.

Stanley Primary School teacher Deb Burgess introduced the competition to Paris and her classmates as a way of linking their history work with art.

“I just thought it would be a good way to make connections,” Mrs Burgess said.

“Paris had been learning about Australian bush rangers, choosing Ned Kelly as her theme. She said if she could go back in time she would like to meet the most famous bush ranger there was. I’m amazed, she’s very talented.”

Paris’ proud mum Celia agreed. “She’s been drawing since she could hold a pencil.”

The public is now able to vote for their favourites amongst the finalists to determine a national winner, who will receive prizes for themselves and their school as well as have their recreated logo feature on the website internationally for 24 hours.

To vote for Paris head to www.google.com.au/doodle4google. Voting closes on Friday October 2.

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