High-Schooler’s Art About Family Tradition Is Showcased as Google Doodle

On its homepage, Google is today showcasing the art of a high-schooler who won the Doodle for Google contest.

Participants responded to the prompt “My wish for the next 25 years…” The winner, Maisie, a high-schooler from Washington, D.C., will receive a $55,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology package for her school in honor of her submitted Doodle, titled Family Dinner.

As she considered how much college would change her life in the near future, Maisie’s Doodle was inspired by her wish to hold onto what she holds most dear.

“Every Sunday night is filled with chaos, laughter, and the smell of food in my household,” she said in a statement. “The standing invitation goes to any friends and family in the area. As my life grows and changes, my wish for the next 25 years is that this tradition remains a constant.”

Now in its 16th year, the Doodle for Google contest invites kids in kindergarten through 12th grade across the U.S. to submit drawings that, if selected, go into consideration for display on Google.com. After narrowing the submissions down to 55 state and territorial winners, Google users vote on five finalists. Each of the finalists receives a $5,000 college scholarship.

In 2022, Google honored a victim of the Uvalde school shooting by featuring a Doodle she had submitted shortly before her death.

Google Doodles traditionally honor established figures. Past ones paid homage to artists such as Rosa Bonheur, Paula Modersohn-Becker, and Pacita Abad. They have also been used to commemorate dates, events, and holidays.

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