Arabia Mountain High School graduate wins national Google doodle contest
A recent DeKalb County School District (DCSD) graduate was named Google’s national winner for the 2019 Doodle 4 Google competition, earning her artwork a spot on the Google homepage until the end of the day today, Aug. 13.
Arantza Peña Popo, who graduated as the valedictorian of Arabia Mountain High School, won with her image “Once You Get It, Give It Back,” according to a DCSD press release.
The competition asked artists in between kindergarten and 12th grade to redesign the Google logo with the theme, “When I grow up, I hope…,” the release said. Popo’s image was named one of 53 state and territory winners on May 30.
As a state winner, she represented Georgia in the final stages of the competition. Five national finalists were selected before Popo was named the overall winner.
Popo also appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Aug. 12 to be formally announced as the winner and to discuss her win. Popo will receive $30,000 in scholarship funds, as well as a $50,000 tech package for Arabia Mountain High School.
Popo will attend the University of Southern California this fall to study graphic design. She plans to start a career in sustainable design, according to the release.