Arantza Peña Pope, ACT-SO Dekalb, was this year’s winner of the Doodle for Google Contest. Her doodle was selected out of more than 200,000 submissions. She won a $50,000 technology package for her high school and a $30,000 scholarship to help as she attends the University of Southern California (USC) in the fall.
Arantza was announced as the winner of the US 2019 Doodle for Google national competition 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