Doodling for dollars: Google design could earn DeKalb teen $30,000 scholarship

Arantza Pena Popo is also valedictorian at Arabia Mountain High School

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Arabia Mountain High School graduating senior Arantza Pena Popo is Georgia's winner in the annual Doodle 4 Google competition,  a contest open to K-12 students to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme "When I grow up, I hope…"

Her doodle, "Once You Get It, Give It Back," is one of 53 state and territory winners and now advances now to the final stages of the competition.

Arantza was one of the two 2019 valedictorians at Arabia Mountain High School. The Lithonia teen is bound for the University of Southern California to study graphic design, according to the DeKalb County School District.

Born in Colombia, Arantza camed to the United States as a young child, which is when she began drawing.

Arantza's artwork, which often documents the immigrant experience and struggle, has won a lot of acclaim. Last year, she was the grand prize winner in the Congressional Arts Competition. 

After winning first place in October in an art contest titled "Portraying the Undocumented Experience," Arantza explained,  "I feel we have to be the vessel for other voices that can't be heard. "

Online voting for the five national finalist starts goes through this Friday, June 8. Google will announce the five national finalists later this month.

One of them will be chosen to have their doodle featured on the Google homepage for a day. The winner earns a $30,000 college scholarship, and their school will receive a $50,000 tech package toward the establishment or improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

If you want to vote for Arantza's design, you can do so at this link starting early this week. (Will update when the voting link is live.)