Fourth grader Sharon Sara takes a very thoughtful approach to friendship. What you look like on the outside isn’t as important as who you are on the inside.
That’s the message Sharon emphasized in her winning entry for the annual Doodle for Google contest. This year’s theme was “I show kindness by…” and Sharon’s entry focused on the sometimes difficult experiences she’s had trying to make friends.
Sara’s doodle, “Together as One,” depicts six girls of all different skin colors, hair styles and fashion choices uniting with their hands grasped with one another, highlighting the importance of inclusion and acceptance.
“I show kindness by sticking together with my friends in tough times,” Sara’s artist statement reads. “I drew people coming together and not thinking about the outside but being together because of their personality.”
Google received tens of thousand submissions from kindergarten through 12th-grade students across the country. Doodles were grouped by age: kindergarten through third grade, fourth and fifth grade, sixth and seventh grade, eighth and ninth grade and 10th through 12th grade.
The national winner was determined in multiple phases. First, judges picked 10 or more winners for each grade group — 54 in total. One finalist from each grade group was determined by a voting process open to the public, and the national winner was selected by a panel of judges.
In addition to having her artwork seen by millions, Sara will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and her school, Vaughn Elementary School, will receive a $50,000 technology package.