Georiga Teen Honors Mother In Prize-Winning Doodle For Google
Arantza Peña Popo/Google

A Georgia teen is the winner of this year’s Doodle for Google contest, beating out hundreds of thousands of entrants with her soulful drawing dedicated to her mother.

According to CNET, in response to the competition theme, “When I grow up, I hope…,” Arantza Peña Popo crafted her masterpiece in recognition of her mother’s love and commitment to her, holding on to the understanding that: “Once you get it, give it back.” 

“When I grow up, I hope to care for my mom as much as she cared for me my entire life,” Popo wrote, according to Google.

Popo took inspiration from a real picture in her house, of her mother carrying her as a baby. Her doodle depicts that image “and below the picture is me, caring for her when she’s older in the future,” Popo said of her doodle, according to CNET.

“I came up with the idea at the last minute, actually the day of the deadline,” Popo said. “I looked at the photograph of my mother—the real version that inspired the drawing—and thought, ‘Hey, why don’t I reverse it?’ I wanted to focus more on a message of helping out my awesome mother more than anything else.”

Popo’s prize-winning doodle will be featured on Google.com for one day, (Tuesday, August 13), and she will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship, as well as a trip to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

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