A South Carolina student is competing in the 2018 Doodle 4 Google contest for the chance to have her art featured on Google.com, win scholarship money and more -- and you can help make it happen.
Already selected as a state winner, 6th-grader Olivia Lumsden of Mocks Corner is now competing for the popular vote online to become one of five national finalists.
This year, the annual contest asks students in grades K-12 what inspires them. Students are free to design their doodles however they want as long as they use the letters G-o-o-g-l-e.
"I am inspired by nature and wildlife, says Olivia, who is homeschooled. "In my neighborhood, there is a big lake where there are lots of geese. The lake is one of my favorite places to go, to take pictures, paint, and watch the geese," she says. "I love the geese and even named my favorite one Ruffles."
Voting online, which is open through May 18th, 2018 at 12 a.m. PDT, will determine the five national finalists -- one in each grade group: Grades K-3, Grades 4 - 5, Grades 6 - 7, Grades 8 - 9 and Grades 10 - 12. National finalists will receive a $5,000 college scholarship, a trip to Google Headquarters in California, Google hardware and "fun googley swag."
A panel of Google executive and guest judges will then choose one of the five national finalists and announce the national winner the first week of June.
In addition to having a behind-the-scenes experience with the Doodle team to transform their Doodle into an interactive experience on Google.com, the national winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school or a non-profit organization, a trip to Google Headquarters in California, Google hardware and fun Google swag.
Google says its doodles are meant to surprise and delight people when they visit Google.com, and the Doodle 4 Google contest offers students an opportunity to display their own artwork on Google.com.