WASHINGTON - 2016 "Doodle 4 Google" winner Akilah Johnson stopped by GoodDayDC Wednesday – fresh off of her trip to California where she found out about her amazing accomplishment.
The 10th grader at Eastern High School in northeast D.C. created a Google Doodle for the contest with the theme: "What makes me…me." Her award winning artwork is titled, "My Afrocentric Life," and honored her African-American heritage.
She was confident she would win, she told FOX 5’s Allison Seymour, that is - until she got there and checked out the competition.
When her named was called she was in tears – especially after she saw her art teacher, Mrs. Perkins at the award ceremony.
Her work was featured on the internet giant’s homepage all day on Monday. She said she became more in touch with her connection to her African heritage will attending Roots Public Charter School and Roots Activity Learning Center – both in northwest Washington, D.C.
A keen eye can spot some of those inspirations in her artwork which includes the ankh symbol of life, the continent of African continent, and even the D.C. flag.
In addition to the instant fame of having her drawing seen by hundreds of millions of internet users, Akilah will be awarded a $30,000 scholarship and her school - Eastern Senior High - will receive a $50,000 education grant.
Akilah isn’t set on a career as an artist just yet - she originally wanted to pursue a career in criminal justice. But when you win a national art completion and claim top prize in a contest featuring 100,000 submissions – your mind might start to change.