Every year, Google allows K-12 students an opportunity to draw a new “Doodle” to be included on the organization’s homepage and net some different prizes. Throughout the day today, the Doodle for Google 2020 winner is being displayed on Google.com. The Doodle for Google 2020 – US Winner has been declared as Sharon Sara, a fifth-grader from Frisco, Texas.
The current year’s Doodle for Google competition, which commenced back in January, requested that students submit work of art dependent on the theme “I show kindness by…” Tens of thousands of students across the U.S. entered the Doodle for Google 2020 contest, noting the current year’s prompt: “I show kindness by…”
From that point, Google selected their preferred 54 Doodles — one from each state, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The 54 were thinned down to five through a voting process, and Google’s panel of judges has now selected a winner.
The winning Doodle, which will show up on the Google.com homepage for the whole of September 23, 2020, originates from Sharon Sara, a 4th grader from Frisco, TX. Named “Together as One,” Sharon’s Doodle shows a group of girls with various haircuts, body types, skin colors, and clothing styles holding hands as companions.
Concerning the “Google” part of this Doodle, do every one of the girls have a letter of “Google” on their clothing, the letters are remembered for every girl’s hairdo pleasantly as well.
When asked what inspired her to make this Doodle, Sharon Sara shared a heart-melting story.
Sharon Sara’s winning entry was named “Together As One” and shows a group of six friends holding hands.
In her artist’s statement, Sharon Sara portrays how kindness can be followed through friendship and inclusion: “I show kindness by sticking together with my friends in tough times. I drew people coming together and not thinking about the outside but being together because of their personality.”
When asked how the motivation behind her Doodle, Sharon Sara stated: “People have not wanted to be my friend because of how I look, so I decided to draw what I do! No matter what people look like, you look on the inside and then decide if you want to be their friend.”
Sharon Sara at that point stated: “Kindness means to not look at someone from the outside, but look at their personality, and being open to their friendship.”
For her winning artwork, Sharon Sara will get a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology package for her school, as well as some Google hardware and swag.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott congratulated Sharon and stated: “Congratulations to Sharon Sara on winning this year’s national Doodle for Google competition and scholarship. Sharon’s artwork reminds us of the importance of unity and kindness towards others, especially during these challenging times.
“We look forward to joining the hundreds of millions of people across the country who will see this inspiring artwork displayed on the Google homepage. On behalf of the State of Texas, I want to say how proud we are of Sharon’s achievement, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for this bright young Texan.”
Google says: “Congratulations again to Sharon and a huge thank you to all of the students who shared their kind words and inspiring Doodles with us this year!”
Four national finalists, from Hawaii, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Oklahoma, have additionally won a $5,000 college scholarship each, in addition to Google hardware and swag. Their artwork can be found in the Doodle for Google gallery. The winner and finalists each adopted an alternate strategy to exhibit how they show kindness, managing issues extending from the environment to social media.
Finalist MacKenna Hughes from Hawaii says that she shows kindness by getting garbage and microplastics on the beach, and in her fine art, she used repurposed trash from her preferred beach.
Morrah Burton-Edwards, a finalist from Louisiana, says that she shows kindness by showing her family that she loves them, and demonstrating others that she thinks about them regardless of whether they are unkind.
Yewon Lee from New Jersey says she shows kindness by dealing with all various types of individuals like her neighbor, while Gwenith Madhan from Oklahoma says she shows kindness by not participating in negativity via social media, and rather, “focusing on using positive, kind words to lift people and add a smile to their face every day.”