STRATFORD, Conn. — Excitement was in the air as ambassadors from Google visited Stratford on Wednesday to name Bunnell High School 10th-grader Sarah Harrison as the winner of this year’s Connecticut Doodle 4 Google Competition.
Harrison’s winning artwork was based on the prompt “What I see for the future…” and was revealed during a school assembly Wednesday morning. As winner, she will be awarded an Android tablet.
And even bigger, her design is now part of a national contest, giving her a chance to win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education grant for her Bunnell High.
“This year’s Doodle 4 Google Competition was aimed at getting students to think about the future they want to create, and their submissions were nothing short of inspiring,” said William Floyd, head of external affairs for Google. “Sarah’s work specifically stood out, and we were encouraged to see her represent values like inclusion and tolerance in her art.”
In her Doodle statement, Harrison said: “My future is a world where we can all learn to love each other despite our religion, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexuality. I dream of a future where everyone is safe and accepted wherever they go, whoever they are.”
The Doodle 4 Google competition gives students in kindergarten through 12th grade across the country the opportunity to have their artwork featured on Google’s homepage.
This year, a panel of judges including Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and Grammy Award-winning artist Sia selected the winners for each state or territory, choosing from over 4,200 entries.
For the next step, everyone across the country is invited to vote for their favorite doodle from among the 53 state winners. Voting will be open from Thursday, Feb. 23, to Monday, March, 6 by clicking here . The public vote will determine the five national finalists — one in each grade group.
Voting ends at 5 p.m. Monday, March 6. Google will announce the five national finalists, and one will be announced as the national winner March 31 — and the winner’s doodle will go live on Google.com that day.