Doodle 4 Google Winner ‘Coming Home’ Featured on Today’s Homepage

    May 23, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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Back in January, Google opened up their 2013 Doodle 4 Google contest and asked kids aged K-12 to give their best shot at constructing a Doodle based on the prompt “My Best Day Ever.” And today, after nearly 130,000 submissions and millions of votes, Google is displaying that contest’s winner on their homepage.

The Doodle, from 12th-grader Sabrina Brady of Sparta, Wisconsin, is titled “Coming Home,” and it features a little girl who is happy to see her father coming home from war.

Here’s what Google Doodle head Ryan Germick had to say about it:

Students across all 50 states amazed us with their creative interpretations of this year’s theme, “My Best Day Ever…” From scuba diving to dinosaurs to exploring outer space, we were wowed by the ways young artists brought their best days to life in their doodles.

Sabrina’s doodle stood out in the crowd; it tells the story of her reunion with her father as he returned from an 18 month deployment in Iraq. Her creative use of the Google letters to illustrate this heartfelt moment clearly resonated with voters across the country and all of us at Google.

As a prize for winning the contest, Sabrina will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a new Chromebook. Her school will also receive a $50,000 technology grant.

Google has also named the 4 other national finalists, who will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. All 50 state winners will have their artwork displayed at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC from May 22nd to July 14th.

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    It is simple and communicates to me so it is Art. This situation stands out because there is a very good chance her daddy might not come home so that when he does it is as if the suns shines only for the two of them. My children had the same feelings towards their soldier dad coming home and there is nothing more emotional then the sun that lights up in their faces and yes, they do run to him, their dad. I believe it hits home because of the child whose love for her father reaches out to the best in all of us and the danger that he faced on our behalf, his family.

    A soldier is a hero but even more so he is her dad and she is his little princess. Her dad is her everyday hero, the first man she will ever love in life. I voted for it and I am not sorry to have done so, it spoke to me, my family and all military families in the nation. Anyone who does not feel the same on some level must have no connection to the experience it expresses, evokes…perhaps they do not have such a hero in their lives?

    Also, I like the way she put her father in as the only letter that held on its own. This sends a message on how important a role he plays in the piece as well as her life. The two of them together in color symbolizes that life is great when they share their lives. It is a beautiful, wonderful moment capture for all to see, simple, to the point and touching…I cry every time I view it.

    Way to go Google!