Doodle for Google 2019 – US Winner – Congratulations to Georgia-based high school senior Arantza Peña Popo, who was announced as the winner of the US 2019 Doodle for Google national competition last night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon!
“When I grow up, I hope to care for my mom as much as she cared for me my entire life,” Arantza wrote in the statement submitted with her artwork, entitled Once you get it, give it back, which appears today on the Google homepage. In Arantza’s Doodle, there is a framed picture of her mother carrying Arantza as a baby─inspired by a real picture in her house of her mom holding her sister. Below the picture is Arantza, caring for her mom when she’s older in the future.
Arantza started drawing when she was three years old and wants to publish alternative graphic novels and comics in the future. She graduated as valedictorian of Arabia Mountain High School in DeKalb County, Georgia, and will be attending the University of Southern Califonia in the Fall.
Described by her mother as someone who “lights up any room she is in,” Arantza is currently teaching herself how to skateboard when she’s not focusing on her school work and visual arts.
Arantza dreams of one day being able to help her mom do all the things in life she hasn’t been able to yet, such as traveling around the world.
Congrats again to Arantza and thanks to all the students who shared their dreams and creativity with us this year!
Arantza meeting Jimmy at The Tonight Show in NYC!
Arantza participating in and winning the Georgia state Google 4 Doodle competition
Arantza visiting Google HQ in California with her mother for the national finals
You can find more about Doodle for Google 2019 – US Winner on the official Google Doodle Page