Rebecca Carlson chosen as winner for Doodle for Google Competition

Rebecca Carlson chosen as winner for Doodle for Google Competition
Posted on 05/10/2021
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A talented RIS student could soon have her art on the Google homepage for millions to see! Rebecca Carslon, a 6th grader at RIS, is one of the 54 State and Territory Winners across the country in the 13th annual Doodle for Google competition. Rebecca’s doodle was selected from thousands of entries received this year!

RIS student Rebecca Carlson with her Doodle for Google award letter

The contest, open to K-12 students across the United States, asked students to design a Google Doodle inspired by the theme “I am strong because...” In the next stage of the contest, Google is inviting the public to vote for their favorite doodle to help determine which students will go on to become one of the 5 National Finalists. Voting is open from May 10th-May 14th on the Doodle for Google website at doodle4google.com. (Rebecca's design is in the Grade 6-7 bracket.)

Rebecca's artwork is her own melty-bead design featuring girls talking. Writing about having the inner strength needed to speak in public situations, Rebecca’s written submission states in part, “I had Selective Mutism when I was younger so I rarely talked in school until 4th grade. Since then, talking has gotten easier but still requires inner strength. I am uniquely strong because I have the courage to talk.”

Google will announce the five National Finalists later this month, 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 each win a $5,000 college scholarship, Google hardware, and fun Googley swag. The National Winner will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $50,000 technology package for their school/non-profit organization.