Second grader wins $30,000 college scholarship for dino Google Doodle

The contest encourages kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the United States to use their artistic creativity to design an interpretation of the Google logo, personalized further with this year's theme: "When I grow up ..."

This year's victor was 2nd grader Sarah Gomez-Lane, whose dinosaur drawings were inspired by her dream of becoming a paleontologist.

Second-grader Sarah Gomez-Lane has been declared the 2018 Doodle for Google contest victor, and her interactive dinosaur drawing is now being featured on the U.S. Google homepage, according to the tech company. She and other finalists visited Google for the day and got to meet with the company's designers.

This is first time a kid has had the opportunity to collaborate with the Doodle team in the competition's 10-year history.

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

Sarah Gomez-Lane, 6, was named the 2018 victor of the nationwide Doodle for Google contest for her interactive dinosaur drawing. The winner's Doodle will also be featured on Google's homepage for a day. 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. Gomez-Lane told Google that dinosaurs inspire her because that's what she wants to do when she grows up - become a paleontologist.

"We fell in love with Sarah's rendering of her dinos, and were blown away by her big (you might even say "dino-sized"!) ambitions for her future, especially at her young age", the company said in a blog post.

Judges: Jimmy Fallon and Kermit the Frog were among this year's contest judges.

After the contest closes on March 18, one victor will be chosen from each of the 50 states plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and Guam, and one national finalist from five grade categories.

Vanessa Coleman