Doodle 4 Google 2016 student winner pays tribute to her African heritage
Washington, D.C. 10th grader says she wanted her artwork not only to turn heads, but souls, as well.
Akilah Johnson, a 10th grader from Washington, D.C., was named Google’s 2016 Doodle 4 Google national award winner for her artwork honoring her African heritage and Afrocentric lifestyle.
In response to Google’s “What makes me… me” contest theme, the young artist said she wanted her drawing to connect with people.
My goal with my art was to not only turn heads but souls as well — not only for someone to see it and be amazed by it but also to have them understand and connect with it.
In addition to her doodle being posted on Google’s home page today as the national winner, Johnson also will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a trip to Google’s headquarters to meet the Google Doodle team, a Chromebook, an Android tablet and a $50,000 grant for her school.
This is the eighth year for Google’s Doodle 4 Google contest. Google says 100,000 entries were submitted from students in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, and D.C.
Johnson’s drawing was selected among five national finalists — all of whom get to spend the day at Google’s headquarters to attend today’s awards ceremony.