NISKAYUNA–Veronica Liu, a sophomore at Niskayuna High School and one of the students who helped paint Glencliff Elementary’s new trail sign, has been recognized as one of the top 250 artists in a national art competition for students that elicited over 100,000 submissions.
The Doodle 4 Google art competition is a yearly event that invites students from grades K-12 to submit art that addresses a rotating theme. The winning student’s art is animated and featured on the Google homepage. The winner also receives a college scholarship and a grant for his or her school.
The 2014 theme invited students to draw an invention that would make the world a better place.
Liu’s piece, which won her a State Finalist title, is titled “Clean Water for All.” Her artist statement reads: “~780 million people worldwide are without clean drinking water. If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place, I would invent a converter that would transform dirty water into clean, drinkable water.”
Liu also received State Finalist honors for the same competition twice before, in 2012 as a Michigan resident and in 2013 after she moved to Niskayuna.
In addition to a congratulatory certificate from Google, Liu was also excited to find her doodle on her personal Google homepage.
The national winner for the competition was also from New York State.