Jana Panem wins $10,000 Google scholarship

Updated: August 18, 2017, 5:45 PM

Her school also gets $10,000 technology award

By Ted Alcuitas

A Grade 11 student at Toronto’s  Madonna Catholic Secondary School in Toronto, Ontario has won the $10,000 university scholarship Doodle 4 Google award for 2017.

Jana Sofia Panem’s ‘doodle’ will now be Google’s website image since last June. In addition to the $10,000 scholarship, Madonna Catholic Secondary School will reeived  a $10,000 technology award. Jana is the daughter of Jesse Panem, an Ontario Certified Teacher(OCT) who is a secondary school teacher at the Toronto Catholic District School Board- TCDSB.

Following a very close public vote, where Canadians voted more than 400,000 times, the winners were revealed  at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Jana with judges Mitch and Greg

This year’s winner of Doodle 4 Google Canada with her doodle “A Bright Future” and judges Mitch and Greg of AsapSCIENCE

jana and father jesse

Jana and father Jesse. (Submitted)

On June 14th, Canadians enjoyed Jana’s masterpiece on the Google.ca homepage. Google Canada is also honoured to award her with a $10,000 university scholarship and a $10,000 technology award for her school.

As part of her prize, Jana will get to join Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of YouTube’s AsapSCIENCE  in their studio and help draw their next video! This will be an especially lovely treat for Jana, who has a YouTube channel of her own where she shares her animations.

National Winner and Grade 10-12 Group Winner 
A Bright Future
Jana Sofia Panem
Toronto, Ontario

In her energetic doodle, Jana sees “that wind power will be an alternative energy source for Canada’s future. I believe we will have enough energy to generate power for our everyday lives such as electricity, transportation, and the internet. This transformation will greatly benefit our future generation as it will help to maximize preserving our vital nature and maintain a clean environment.”

Winners and judges of this year’s Doodle 4 Google Canada

All the entries were evaluated on the criteria of artistic merit, creativity and theme representation. This year’s jury, YouTube stars Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of AsapSCIENCE, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, En Masse co-founder Jason Botkin, president of the National Inuit Youth Council Maatalii Okalik, Google Doodler Sophie Diao, and Stephan Jost, Art Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario, had a mammoth task at hand — selecting the top grade group winners from across the nation.


  1. Tony San Juan

    Thanks Ted for posting my news report about Jana Panem. Just a note on spelling, please, if you don’t mind: on the “Arts & Culture’ and “Recent Posts”headings, the word “Doogle” is mispelled, thus it should be Doodle. Salamat

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