Sarah Gomez-lane, an extraordinary six-year-old girl, has surpassed 182,000 participants to become the victor of the Google art competition, earning a scholarship valued at $30,000.
Sarah, a girl from Virginia, was announced as the winner of the 2018 Doodle for Google contest. According to her parents, her interests and enthusiasm helped her achieve first place in the competition.
The 10th year of the competition had the theme of “What inspires you”. Sarah’s mother, Maria Gomez, explained that on a stormy day last year, when the power went out at her school, Sarah chose to draw dinosaurs because she aspires to be a paleontologist in the future.
Sarah emerged as the grand prize winner among 182,000 entries in the Doodle for Google competition. As a reward, she received $30,000 in scholarship funds for college, while her school, Pine Spring Elementary School in Falls Church, was granted $50,000 in funds to invest in technology, as per Google’s announcement.
The school will be using that money to purchase interactive smart boards, ” WJLA reported. “When they called my name, I was surprised,” Sarah said.
The winner 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.
Sarah’s interactive dinosaur drawing was featured on the United States Google homepage. She is also the first winner ever to collaborate with Google’s artists to bring her drawing to life, transforming the artwork into an “animated, interactive experience.
The doodlers asked Sarah about her artistic process, including what she was thinking when she created the characters and what their likes and dislikes were to enable them to create it.
Sarah was chosen because Google was “blown away by her big ambitions for her future, especially at her young age,” Google company said in a statement.