New Google Doodle drawn by Alithia Haven Ramirez, a 10-year-old girl killed in a school shooting in Uvalde

Before she was shot with her classmates, 10-year-old Alithia Haven Ramirez from Uvalde, Texas wanted to be an artist who shared her creations with the world.

Google is obliging.

Earlier this year, the search giant asked students to submit entries for its Doodle for Google competition. The winner will win big prizes and see their works on for 24 hours.

Google has posted thousands of Doodles on its page, honoring everything from the Burning Man festival and Pac-Man to scientist Marie Curie and slugger Roberto Clemente. Tuesday’s Doodle announced what would have been the 113th birthday of Indian poet Balamani Amma, considered the “grandmother of Malayalam literature”.

Now in its 14th year, the Doodle for Google contest lets kids “show off their own Doodle creativity on and win amazing prizes while doing it!” says the company. This year’s theme is self-reliance.

Alithia submitted her design before the March deadline: a girl on a sofa with two balls of yarn and a pet, the obligatory “Google” spelled out in the art on the wall above the sofa.

“I want the world to see my art and show the world what I can do, I want people to be happy when they see my passion for art,” she said in her memoir.

See Alithi’s Doodle here.

In May, a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School, killing 19 children, including Alithia, and two adults. It took 12 hours before Ryan Ramirez, Alithia’s father, learned of her fate, he told CNN.

The fourth-grader was “very kind and nice,” he said, and she was always there if anyone needed anything.

Alithia also loved to draw, Ramirez said, and “always had a pencil in hand, just to go around town.” When Ramirez met President Joe Biden during his visit to Uvalde, the Commander-in-Chief told him he would hang one of Alithia’s drawings in the White House.

Her grandmother, Rosa Maria Ramirez, confirmed to ABC News that Alithia entered the Doodle for Google contest.

“She was a very talented little girl. She loved to draw. She was really adorable, she never got into trouble,” the grandmother told the channel. “She was drawing so she could put her drawing in Google. She was trying to win the Google (competition).”

Actress/singer Selena Gomez, mental health activist Elyse Fox and 2021 Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey served as judges, narrowing the number of winners to 54 states and territories, and Google users voted up. the five finalists to be announced next week.

Sadly, Alithia’s sketch didn’t make it to the final rounds of the contest, but Google chose to highlight her work nonetheless, prominently displaying her sketch on a special memorial page created for her and other victims. ‘Uvalde.

Expressing condolences to the friends and family of all victims, Google spokeswoman Colette Garcia explained, “In Alithia Ramirez’s 2022 Doodle for Google, she described her desire to show the world her art. and all that she can do, and we are committed to honoring those wishes and her legacy. Her story and her art have touched us deeply, and we wanted to honor her family’s request to share her unique talents that have been so tragically taken as a result of senseless violence.

The five finalists will be announced on July 28 and the winner in August, Garcia said in an email.

National finalists will receive a $5,000 college scholarship, and the winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 technology package for their school, among other prizes.

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