15-Year-Old Girl Wins Doodle 4 Google Contest With An Entry That Sends An Inclusive Message

"I dream of a future where everyone is safe and accepted wherever they go, whoever they are."

Since 2008, its annual Doodle 4 Google contest where students in grades K-12 are invited to design a doodle for Google to feature on their homepage. 

"Doodles are meant to surprise and delight people when they visit the Google homepage. Past Doodles have celebrated some of the most brilliant, talented, and passionate people throughout history," the company wrote on its website.  

This year, Google asked students to respond to the prompt, "What I See For The Future …" with their doodle design. Today, 15-year-old Sarah Harrison from Connecticut was announced as the 2017 winner. Her doodle design depicts eight diverse young people embracing each other and smiling. Six of the people spell out "Google" with their shirts that help to reveal pieces of their identities.

"My future is a world where we can all learn to love each other despite our religion, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexuality. I dream of a future where everyone is safe and accepted wherever they go, whoever they are," Harrison told Google


In addition to Google sharing her artwork for all to see today, the company will award Sarah with a $30,000 college scholarship as well as an opportunity to work with the Doodle team at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. Her high school, Bunnell High School in Stratford, Conn., will receive a $50,000 technology award.

"When I started, I was thinking of how there's a lot of animosity toward diverse communities of people in the world right now," Harrison said in a statement reacting to her win. "So I wanted to draw something that I hoped would show that we can all get along well, and that it's possible for us to be happy with each other. I want everyone [to] try to be more open, accepting, and respectful to people. You don't know what they've been through — and they don't know what you've been through — so we all deserve respect from each other." 

We hope the future Harrison depicted in her doodle is one that we will all experience and embrace. 

You can check out the other Google 4 Doodle finalists here


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