Picture your best day ever. For high school student Sabrina Brady, of Sparta, Wisconsin, it was the day her father returned from an 18-month deployment in Iraq. She captured the special moment in a Doodle she drew and entered into Google’s annual contest. “When I was 10 years old, my dad came home from war,” she wrote in her entry. “This was my best day ever.”
On Wednesday, May 22, Sabrina’s Doodle was chosen as the winner out of more than 130,000 entries. As the grand-prize winner, Sabrina will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a computer and technology money for her school. Her Doodle will be featured on the Google home page on Thursday for millions to see.
Behind Google’s Doodles
Whether it's to honor a person or mark an event, Google often changes its logo. The special logos are known as Doodles. Google has a team of artists and engineers who work on the designs full-time. Since 1998, there have been more than 1,500 Doodles!
Each year, Google invites young people in kindergarten through 12th grade to come up with a fresh design for its famous logo. This year’s theme was “My Best Day Ever.” Some kids created Doodles about a day they hope to experience in the future. Other kids’ drawings, including Sabrina’s, depicted favorite memories.
"Sabrina's Doodle stood out in the crowd," Doodle team leader Ryan Germick wrote in a blog post. "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."
Online voters and a panel of judges selected a winning Doodle from every state. Those 50 drawings are on display now through July 14 at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City. You can also check them out here.
If you think you have what it takes to create a Doodle of your own, you can start practicing now. Next year’s contest theme will be announced in early 2014. Until then, happy Doodling!