The winner of this year’s Doodle for Google competition is Florida high schooler Sophie Araque-Liu, titled “Not Alone”:
This year’s theme was “I care for myself by…” Sophie’s answer to go with her doodle:
“I care for myself by accepting others’ care for me. Often, I struggle to shoulder a burden on my own, and forget that I have so many people, like my mom, who care about me and want to help me. Opening up and letting others support me not only relieves my stress — it also lets me tackle things I could never do on my own.”
Sophie’s message of leaning on one’s support system resonated with Google’s judges, who also felt it would resonate with others who have been through tough times.
Sophie got her doodle featured on Google’s homepage for a day and a $30,000 college scholarship, plus a $50,000 technology award for her school. And her doodle is also included in a gallery of artwork for all the state winners chosen from submissions by K-12 students in US, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.