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Trending Today: Doodle 4 Google


The winning Doodle 4 Google drawing: "My Afrocentric Life," by Akilah Johnson (Google screenshot)

The winning Doodle 4 Google drawing: "My Afrocentric Life," by Akilah Johnson (Google screenshot)

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Google has chosen the national winner of its “Doodle 4 Google” contest.

“Doodle” means “draw.” School-aged children across the United States sent their drawings to Google in the contest in 2015. For the contest, students created “doodles” centered around the theme “What makes me...me.”

Fifteen-year-old Akilah Johnson was this year’s winner. Johnson is a student at Eastern Senior High School in Washington, D.C. She titled her doodle “My Afrocentric Life.”

She said in a Google blog post, “I based this picture off my lifestyle and what has made me into what I am today.”

The word “Google” in Johnson’s doodle is drawn like a hair braid. She painted the word “power” in black, and drew the image of a woman’s fist that comes from one of her favorite artists.

Johnson’s winning drawing also included signs from the Black Lives Matter movement.

Her drawing trended on social media.

Johnson’s drawing was the main image on the U.S. Google homepage on Monday and Tuesday. She will receive a $30,000 college scholarship. And her high school will also receive a $50,000 award from Google.

Johnson told the Washington Post newspaper, “I’m excited about the scholarship, and I’m excited about Google’s home page even more.”

Google has hosted a Doodle4Google contest every year in the United States since 2008. Doodle4Google contests take place in many other countries, including India, Pakistan, Brazil, Mexico and Peru.

In 2015, Google received more than 100,000 entries from students across the United States.

And that's What's Trending Today.

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Words in This Story

braid - n. an arrangement of hair made by weaving three sections together

fist - n. the hand with its fingers bent down into the palm

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