May 23 2013

Wisconsin High Schooler's "Coming Home" Doodle Wins Google Competition

The winning illustration depicted the teenager reuniting with her father after he returned from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Home is where the heart is, and when 18-year-old Sabrina Brady decided to enter the Doodle 4 Google contest, she thought of the time when she reunited with her father after he came home from an 18-month deployment in Iraq.

This drawing, called “Coming Home,” was crowned the winner of the competition and featured as the Google Doodle on the site’s homepage for the day on May 23, 2013.

In a blog post announcing Sabrina as the contest’s winner Ryan Germick, team lead for Google Doodle, explained why her heartfelt illustration took the top prize.

Sabrina’s doodle stood out in the crowd; it tells the story of her reunion with her father as he returned from an 18 month deployment in Iraq. Her creative use of the Google letters to illustrate this heartfelt moment clearly resonated with voters across the country and all of us at Google.

In addition to seeing her artwork on the Google homepage, Sabrina—who is in 12th grade at Sparta High School—will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a Chromebook computer and a $50,000 technology grant for her school. She will attend Minneapolis College of Art and Design this coming fall, where she will continue her artistic pursuits. Congratulations Sabrina!

Check out a screenshot of it on the Google homepage below.

Sabrina Brady Google Doodle

<p>Sabrina Brady/Google</p>