The winner of this year’s Doodle for Google is Milo!. A winning entry in Google’s annual Doodle contest illustrates that hope can be transformative and give you strength when you are feeling the weakest.
In keeping with the theme, this year’s doodle focused on the advice his father gave to him before his passing. The student from Lexington, Kentucky, discussed the advice his father gave to him. Milo wrote, “I once asked my father how he overcame obstacles and became who he wanted to be. He replied, “Hope keeps me strong”.
“After I unexpectedly lost him at 13 due to a heart attack, it helped me overcome grief and support other children who lost loved ones.” “Regardless of life’s hardships and uncertainties, hope is always there. It’s our job to find that hope in order to move forward,” Milo told Google.
Milo created a charity called Sanguine Path, which allows him to help children in his community who have gone through similar losses or challenges. “We serve children 18 and under who have lost loved ones or been affected by challenging experiences by providing them with Christmas and birthday gifts, care packages and back-to-school kits,” he told Google, adding that family members, school staff, and grief counselors refer children to the program.
In addition to winning a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology award, Milo’s Doodle will appear on Google’s home page for a day.
Additionally, his Doodle is included in the gallery of artwork for the state winners chosen from among entries submitted by K-12 students in the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Google chose 54 submissions, one per state and territory, and opened up voting to determine which Doodle was the best. At the end of the voting process, Google selected the three top Doodles from each grade level as finalists.