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Dothan student chosen as winner for Alabama in Doodle for Google competition

A talented student in Dothan, Alabama could soon have her art on the Google homepage for millions to see.
A talented student in Dothan, Alabama could soon have her art on the Google homepage for millions to see.(Source: Dothan City Schools)
Published: Aug. 17, 2020 at 11:16 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - A talented student in Dothan, Alabama could soon have her art on the Google homepage for millions to see. Google is announcing the 54 State and Territory winners in its 12th annual Doodle for Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the United States to design a Google Doodle inspired by the theme “I show kindness by...”.

Emma Cheshire, a student from Hidden Lake Primary School in Dothan Alabama is one of the 54 State and Territory Winners across the country. Emma’s doodle was selected from thousands of entries received this year.

“Kindness is a good thing because kindness is when you’re nice to people,” says Chesire.

Emma Cheshire, a student from Hidden Lake Primary School in Dothan Alabama is one of the 54 Doodle for Google State and Territory Winners across the country.
Emma Cheshire, a student from Hidden Lake Primary School in Dothan Alabama is one of the 54 Doodle for Google State and Territory Winners across the country.(Source: Dothan City Schools)

One day Emma received a card from a friend that many other students picked on. Inside the card was a note to Emma saying she was the person that showed him kindness all year.

That card came from a student who had just lost both parents in a car accident and a student that Emma said needed kindness the most.

So when Google asked students across the country how do they show kindness, Emma submitted her artwork inspired by that note and titled it “Kindness is Love” into the Doodle for Google contest.

She drew her own hands forming a heart and the o’s in Google. In the background is the word love.

Kindness is not just something she can express through art; she shows it every day.

“She is such a loving and caring person. She always was hugging on people, helping them out, taking them to the lunchroom, giving them her snacks,” says Emma’s art teacher Sondra Palmer.

Mrs. Palmer has been teaching art for over twenty years.

Some of her high school students have entered and won national art contests, but none have won the Doodle for Google contest until now.

“So I am super proud that my little second grader won this contest and she poured her heart into and worked very hard,” says Palmer.

In the next stage of the contest, Google will invite the public to vote for their favorite Doodle from the 54 State and Territory Winners, in order to help determine which students will go on to become one of the 5 National Finalists. Voting will be open from August 17th-August 21st on the Doodle for Google website: doodle4google.com.

Google will announce these five National Finalists in August, one of which will go on to become the National Winner and have their Doodle featured on the Google homepage for a day.

National Finalists will each win a $5,000 college scholarship, Google hardware, and custom swag.

The National Winner will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $50,000 tech package towards the establishment or improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

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