6-year-old Doodle for Google winner awarded $30K scholarship for interactive dinosaur drawing

PHOTO: Sarah Gomez-Lane, 6, was named the 2018 winner of the nationwide Doodle for Google contest for her interactive dinosaur drawing.PlayGoogle Doodle
WATCH Doodle for Google winner gets $30K scholarship

A 6-year-old Virginia girl who followed her dreams has landed national recognition and a $30,000 scholarship from Google.

Second-grader Sarah Gomez-Lane has been declared the 2018 Doodle for Google contest winner, and her interactive dinosaur drawing is currently being featured on the U.S. Google homepage, according to the tech company.

Sarah's passions led her to the top of the competition, which featured the theme, "What inspires you" for its 10th year. On a stormy day last year, when the power went out at her school, Sarah decided to draw dinosaurs, because she wants to be a paleontologist one day, her parents told ABC Washington, D.C. station WJLA.

PHOTO: Sarah Gomez-Lane, 6, and her mother, Maria Gomez, embrace at Googles headquarters after the second-grader was announced as the winner of the 2018 Doodle for Google contest.Google Doodle
Sarah Gomez-Lane, 6, and her mother, Maria Gomez, embrace at Google's headquarters after the second-grader was announced as the winner of the 2018 Doodle for Google contest.

Sarah won out of 182,000 entries, Gomez said. She will be rewarded with $30,000 in scholarship funds for college, and her school, Pine Spring Elementary School in Falls Church, will receive $50,000 in funds to spend on technology, Google said. The school will be using that money to purchase interactive smart boards, WJLA reported.

The winner was announced after Google invited the finalists for each grade level to its headquarters in California, where they interacted with Google's professional doodlers for the day, according to a behind-the-scenes video released by the company.

"When they called my name, I was surprised," Sarah said in the video.

Sarah is the first winner ever to collaborate with Google's artists to bring her drawing to life, transforming the artwork into an "animated, interactive experience," Google said.

The doodlers asked Sarah about her artistic process, including what she was thinking when she created the characters -- what their likes and dislikes were.

The team came up with is a Tyrannosaurus Rex who plays the trumpet, a Triceratops who eats ice cream, a Brachiosaurus who eats blueberries, a shovel that digs up a custom dinosaur that Sarah created and a Stegosaurus who blows a bubble out of gum and floats in the air -- all with the simple roll of the mouse.

PHOTO: Sarah Gomez-Lane, 6, was named the 2018 winner of the nationwide Doodle for Google contest for her interactive dinosaur drawing.Google Doodle
Sarah Gomez-Lane, 6, was named the 2018 winner of the nationwide Doodle for Google contest for her interactive dinosaur drawing.

After all of the dinosaurs have had their animated moments, a special finale occurs.

"When you've gone through all the dinosaurs, then there's the celebration," Sarah told WJLA.

PHOTO: Winners of every grade level were invited to Googles headquarters to interact with the companys professional doodlers. Google Doodle
Winners of every grade level were invited to Google's headquarters to interact with the company's professional doodlers.

She was chosen because Google was "blown away by her big (you might even say 'dino-sized!') ambitions for her future, especially at her young age," the tech company said in a statement.

PHOTO: Sarah Gomez-Lane drew dinosaurs for the 2018 Doodle for Google theme, What inspires you, because she wants to be a paleontologist one day. Google Doodle
Sarah Gomez-Lane drew dinosaurs for the 2018 Doodle for Google theme, "What inspires you," because she wants to be a paleontologist one day.

For the theme, other contestants submitted drawings depicting everything from outer space to roller coasters.

Sarah's doodle will remain on the Google homepage for 24 hours.

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