Former Albert Lea boy chosen as Google finalist

Published 9:21 am Thursday, June 5, 2008

Brett Budach, an eighth-grader from California Trail Junior High School in Olathe, Kan., was chosen as one of the state finalists in Google’s nationwide Doodle 4 Google competition. Formerly from Albert Lea, Budach is the grandson of Virgil and Janis Schewe of Albert Lea, Neal and Gayle Honsey of Emmons and Ken Budach of Lake Mills, Iowa.

Doodle 4 Google is an art competition open to K-12 school children across the United States that asks them to design a Google logo or “doodle” inspired by the question, “What if…?” The winning student’s doodle was displayed on the Google home page on May 22. The champion “doodler” won a $10,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for his or her school.

Budach’s design featured the idea, “What if insects took over the world?”

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Students’ doodles were judged on artistic merit, creativity, representation of the theme and other criteria. Out of thousands of entries submitted from across the country, Budach’s doodle was chosen as one of the top 400.

In April, Budach was the third-place finalist in the State of Kansas Geography Bee.