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Second grader wins $30,000 college scholarship for dino Google Doodle

Google Doodle Sarah Gomez-Lane 6 was named the 2018 winner of the nationwide Doodle for Google contest for her interactive dinosaur drawing Google Doodle Sarah Gomez-Lane 6 was named the 2018 winner of the nationwide Doodle for Google contest for her interactive dinosaur drawing
Katie Ramirez | 10 January, 2019, 00:30

The Doodle, created by Sara Gomez-Lane, a first-grader from Falls Church, Virginia, is the first contest victor to be transformed into an interactive Doodle.

Google has chosen the victor of its annual Doodle for Google contest - and a second grader from Virginia stood out above the rest.

The victor was announced after Google invited the finalists for each grade level to its headquarters in California, where they interacted with Google's professional doodlers for the day, according to a behind-the-scenes video released by the company.

"When they called my name I felt happy and surprised", she said. On a stormy day previous year, when the power went out at her school, Sarah chose to draw dinosaurs, because she wants to be a paleontologist one day, her parents told ABC Washington, D.C. station WJLA.

After it was announced that Gomez-Lane was the victor, the company's "Doodle team" worked with her to transform her drawing into an animated, interactive Google Doodle. The winner's Doodle will also be featured on Google's homepage for a day.

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Sarah Gomez-Lane drew dinosaurs for the 2018 Doodle for Google theme, "What inspires you", because she wants to be a paleontologist one day.

She also received $30,000 toward a college scholarship, plus, her elementary school in Falls Church will receive $50,000 to spend on technology for students to pursue projects that inspire them.

The latest Google Doodle comes from a second-grader. Creative young artists are asked to head over to doodle4google.com to enter submissions.

This year's entries will be judged by Jimmy Fallon, Kermit the Frog (or more likely Matt Vogel who voices Kermit), and 2018's National Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning.

After the contest closes on March 18, one victor will be chosen from each of the 50 states plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and Guam, and one national finalist from five grade categories.

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