2nd Grader Wins $30,000 Scholarship for Her Dinosaur Doodle Inspired by Dreams of Paleontology

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A second grader is one step closer to achieving her career dreams after she won a $30,000 scholarship for her cute dinosaur doodle earlier this week.

Sarah Gomez-Lane is the winner of the 2018 Doodle for Google contest. This is the contest’s 10th year running, and for this year’s prompt, the tech company asked young artists to create drawings about what inspires them.

Upon receiving hundreds of thousands of submissions, the youngster from Falls Church, Virginia landed the prize after she drew a group of dinosaurs in the shape of the Google logo.

Sarah says she is inspired by dinosaurs because she wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up – and since the judges were so moved by her simple submission, she was named the winner.

“When they called my name, I felt happy and surprised,” said Sarah. “I’m going to call my principal and he’s going to say, ‘Yay!’”

In addition to receiving a $30,000 scholarship so she can pursue her dream of being a paleontologist, her school was also given $50,000 to spend on technology that will help their students succeed.

She also got to collaborate with the Google animation team to make the doodle an interactive graphic.

“I just hope when people see the doodle they are also inspired to think about not only what they dreamed of and wished of when they were kids, but to also take a second to enjoy the simple things in life,” said Perla Campos, Global Marketing Lead of the Google Doodle Team.

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