MARIETTA, GA — Pope High School freshman Helena Soriano could soon have her art on Google’s homepage for hundreds of millions of people across the world to see.
Soriano has been announced as Georgia’s winner for Google’s annual "Doodle 4 Google" competition — a contest open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade across the United States. The contest asks artists to redesign the Google logo based on the theme, "What Inspires Me?"
Soriano is one of the 53 state winners and competition finalists. Her doodle, "Wildlife Wonders" was chosen out of hundreds of entries received from students across the state. It depicts wild animals in their natural habitats.
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She now moves on to compete against the other state winners from across the country. If selected as the national winner, she’ll earn a $30,000 college scholarship and Pope High School will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant towards the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.
Five national finalists will be selected via online voting by people across the U.S. Voting opened for two weeks on Monday. Anyone can vote by visiting the contest website.
Google will announce the national finalists and the national winner on June 8. The winner’s doodle will also go live on Google.com that day.
To see a full list of state winners and to vote online, visit Doodle 4 Google.
Image by Helena Soriano, courtesy Google