Billy’s ‘tree’ makes it to Google

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

WHEN thou­sands of Aus­tralians visit the Google Aus­tralia home­page one day soon, they will be met with eight-year-old Scotch Col­lege stu­dent Billy Ma­haffy’s logo de­sign.

At a Syd­ney award pre­sen­ta­tion on Oc­to­ber 22, Billy fin­ished first in the Year 1-3 age cat­e­gory Google 4 Doo­dle na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for his draw­ing The Old Tree.

The Cottes­loe res­i­dent said he was in­spired to draw his late grand­fa­ther and sausage dog Snag­gers play­ing in the big tree out­side his Yallingup home.

Vis­ual arts teacher Karen Sabitay said Billy’s de­sign was very clever for a Year 3 stu­dent.

“Straight away we knew it was spe­cial be­cause of the sen­ti­ment that goes with it, and clearly some­where among those other 18,000 en­tries they also saw how spe­cial it is,” Ms Sabitay said.

Billy won Scotch Col­lege $10,000 of tech­nol­ogy equip­ment, a Chrome­book and Nexus tablet and will have his de­sign dis­played on www.google.com.au for 24 hours.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d445095

Scotch Col­lege Year 3 stu­dent Billy Ma­haffy is a fi­nal­ist in the Google Doo­dle com­peition.

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