Virginia 2nd grader named Doodle for Google 2018 Winner

- The artwork of a Virginia second grader is being brought to life with Google's "Google Doodle" of the day. Sarah Gomez-Lane from Falls Church, was announced as the winner of the Doodle for Google competition for 2018.

Contestants were asked to make submissions based on the theme "What inspires me..."

Sarah, who says she wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up, delighted the Doodle staff with her illustration of dinosaurs. 

"We fell in love with Sarah’s rendering of her dinos, and were blown away by her big (you might even say “dino-sized”!) ambitions for her future, especially at her young age," said Google.

Sarah went on a trip with other finalists to visit the Google headquarters and chat with the Doodle team.

"When they called my name, I felt happy and surprised." She could not wait to tell her principal that she won.

In an even cooler twist, Sarah was able to collaborate with the Doodle team to transform her artwork into an animated, interactive experience.

This is first time a kid has had the opportunity to collaborate with the Doodle team in the competition's 10-year history.

She also received $30,000 toward a college scholarship, plus, her elementary school in Falls Church will receive $50,000 to spend on technology for students to pursue projects that inspire them.

Google is now accepting submissions for Doodle for Google 2019. Creative young artists are asked to head over to doodle4google.com to enter submissions. 

The contest closes on March 18.

Google says “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, Kermit the Frog, and the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning  are all guest judges for this year's contest.

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