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Young Black Georgia girl wins Google Doodle competition

Young Black Georgia girl wins Google Doodle competition
Google Doodle national winner Arantza Peña Popo’s design, “Once You Get It, Give it Back.” (Screenshot)

For more than a decade, Google has periodically changed its search page logo for holidays, special events and anniversaries, but today the search engine was designed by a young Black teenage girl from Georgia.

Every year, Google hosts a competition for students around the country to design their own interpretation of what the Google search page should look like. Out of more than 200,000 submissions in the 2019 Google Doodle competition, the one submitted by 18-year-old Arantza Peña Popo of Dekalb County, Georgia, was chosen the winner.

In this year’s competition, Google encouraged people to imagine their future and follow the theme “When I grow up, I hope…”

Popo, the former valedictorian of Arabia Mountain High School, says her drawing, titled “Once you get it, give it back,” was inspired by a real picture in her home.

“When I grow up, I hope to care for my mom as much as she cared for me my entire life,” she said. “In my doodle, there is a framed picture of my mother carrying me as a baby — a real picture in my house — and below the picture is me, caring for her when she’s older in the future.”

Popo was introduced as the winner on Monday evening, Aug. 12, 2019, on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”

She will receive a $30,000 scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for her school and a trip to Google’s headquarters in California.

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