Virginia 2nd grader named Doodle for Google 2018 victor

Joanna Estrada
January 10, 2019

She's only in second grade, but Gomez-Lane now has $30,000 going to her future college fund, bringing her one step closer to becoming a paleontologist.

For the first time in Doodle for Google's 10-year history, the victor got to collaborate with the Doodle team to transform their artwork into an animated, interactive experience; the T-Rex can be seen playing a trumpet, while the Diplodocus responds to a click by extending its long neck to graze from a bush that appears magically below. Sarah Gomez-Lane from Falls Church, was announced as the victor of the Doodle for Google competition for 2018.

Sarah won out of 182,000 entries, Gomez said.

This is first time a kid has had the opportunity to collaborate with the Doodle team in the competition's 10-year history. Her school will have a chance to spend $50,000 on technology for all students.

"When they called my name, I felt happy and surprised".

After it was announced that Gomez-Lane was the victor, the company's "Doodle team" worked with her to transform her drawing into an animated, interactive Google Doodle.

The team came up with is a Tyrannosaurus Rex who plays the trumpet, a Triceratops who eats ice cream, a Brachiosaurus who eats blueberries, a shovel that digs up a custom dinosaur that Sarah created and a Stegosaurus who blows a bubble out of gum and floats in the air - all with the simple roll of the mouse.

Google is sharing the work of the 2018 Doodle for Google victor on its United States homepage today. The winner's Doodle will also be featured on Google's homepage for a day. Gomez-Lane told Google that dinosaurs inspire her because that's what she wants to do when she grows up - become a paleontologist.

For the theme, other contestants submitted drawings depicting everything from outer space to roller coasters.

Students can use any material they like - crayons, clay, or even food - but their Doodle has to incorporate the Google letters.

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