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Doodle for Google 2019: Afro-Colombian Teen with a Message For Mom Wins

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Doodle for Google 2019 winner is Arantza Peña Popo, an Afro-Colombian from Lithonia, Georgia.

She was chosen as the winner from over a 200,000 submissions in the Google’s 11th annual contest.

This year’s contest had K-12 students create a Google Doodle based on what inspires them when they grow up.

She was announced as the winner on Monday night during The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Her doodle is featured on the Google homepage for 24 hours.

Doodle for Google 2019 winning artwork and the message behind it

Arantza’s Doodle has the name Once you get it, give it back. It depicts her standing behind her mother in the future.

“When I grow up, I hope to care for my mom as much as she cared for me my entire life,” Popo wrote in the statement submitted with her artwork.

Jimmy Fallon was one of the judges in this year’s Doodle for Google contest. Popo told Fallon that at first, she wanted an invention or a career.

But because she wanted to make it more personal, she decided to doodle about her mother. She conveys her desire to give back to her mother, for she has made so many sacrifices for her.

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Future plans of Arantza Peña Popo

Popo has been drawing since the age of three and wishes to publish alternate graphic novels and comics in the future.

She graduated as valedictorian of Arabia Mountain High School in DeKalb County and has plans on attending the University of Southern California this fall.

Popo told Newsweek that she has gained more confidence in her art after this experience. She was surprised that her little sketch left an impression on so many people around the globe.

She won a $30,000 college scholarship

Arantza won a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology package for her high school. She also took a trip with her mom to Google’s headquarters in California, it was a part of the prize.

As part of her Doodle prize pack, Arantza took a trip (with her mom, of course) to Google’s headquarters in California; she also earned a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology package for her high school.

“My mom was the main inspiration of this Doodle — she worked hard to get ahead and I thank her for all her sacrifices,” Peña Popo said. “And also a picture in my house of my mother and my sister when I was a baby — the photo is a symbol of the care and love we receive from her.”

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