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Doodle 4 Google: A warm winning entry is timely for Memorial Day

"Coming Home" by Sabrina Brady is the Doodle 4 Google winner.
(Google)

Each year, Google turns its logo over to school-age kids with its annual Doodle 4 Google, and the timing couldn’t be better for today’s winner, Sabrina Brady from Sparta High School in Wisconsin.

Sabrina’s winner fits nicely with Memorial Day, which is Monday. Google doesn’t include any caption from Sabrina, but the image tells its own, warm story.

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One of the o’s in Google is a yellow sun, shining above a young girl, seen in black and white except for the red, white and blue of the U.S. flag in her hand.

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In four images, the girl runs, then slows down as she stares at a soldier, also in black and white and who stares back at her. In the final image, the kneeling solder embraces the girl, presumably his daughter, and they are in color and reunited.

Doodle 4 Google is the website’s annual program for U.S. students from kindergarten through 12th grade, who are invited to redesign the search engine’s homepage logo.

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Google also names four semi-finalists as well as state winners. The California winner is Emily H. of Saint Joseph High School in the Los Angeles suburb of Lakewood.

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Titled “Destination Anywhere,” her ticket-shaped image is reminiscent of a travel poster and included her description:

“Like many teens living in the comfort of suburban America, I often wish to be anywhere but here. My best day ever will be the day I take a journey to faraway places, broadening my horizons and meeting a diverse multitude of people from different cultures.”

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