(CNN) — Before she and her classmates were killed in a shooting, Alithia Haven Ramirez, 10, of Uvalde, Texas, wanted to be an artist who shared her creations with the world.
Google will make it happen.
Earlier this year, the search giant asked students to submit their proposals for the contest “Doodle for Google”. The winner will walk away with great prizes and see their artwork at the top of Google.com for 24 hours.
Google has published thousands of Doodles on its page, honoring since the burning man festival and Pac-Man to the scientist Marie Curie and the batter Roberto Clemente. Tuesday’s Doodle heralded what would have been the 113th birthday of the Indian poet Balamani Ammaconsidered the “grandmother of Malayalam literature”.
The “Doodle for Google” contest, which celebrates its 14th edition, allows children to “show their own creativity with the Doodle on Google.com and, along the way, win incredible prizes,” says the company. This year’s theme is self-care.
Alithia submitted her drawing before the March deadline: a girl on a sofa with two balls of yarn and a pet, and the obligatory “Google” written in wall art 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 in art”, he said in his presentation.
In May, a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School, killing 19 children, including Alithia, and two adults. Twelve hours passed before Ryan Ramirez, Alithia’s father, learned of her fate, he told CNN.
The fourth-grade girl was “so adorable and kind,” she said, and was always there if anyone needed anything.
Alithia also liked to draw, Ramirez said, and “she always had a crayon in her hand, giving her all.” When Ramírez met with President Joe Biden during his visit to Uvalde, the commander in chief told him that he would hang one of Alithia’s drawings in the White House.
Her grandmother, Rosa María Ramírez, confirmed to ABC News that Alithia had participated in the “Doodle for Google” contest.
“She was a very talented girl. She loved to draw. She was very sweet, she never got into trouble.” Grandma told the network. “He was drawing so he could put his drawing on Google. He was trying to win the Google (contest).”
The actress and singer Selena Gómez, the mental health activist Elyse Fox and the teacher of the year 2021 Juliana Urtubey were the judges, narrowing down the list to 54 state and territory winners, and Google users voted on the five finalists to be announced next week.
Unfortunately, Alithia’s drawing did not make it to the final round of the contest, but Google chose to highlight her work, displaying her drawing prominently on a special page created for her and the other victims of Uvalde.
Expressing condolences to the friends and families of all the victims, Google spokeswoman Colette Garcia explained: “In Alithia Ramirez’s 2022 Doodle for Google presentation, she described her desire to show the world her art and everything he can do, and we are committed to honoring those wishes and his legacy. We have been deeply moved by his story and his art, and we wanted to honor his family’s request to share his unique talent, which was so tragically taken from him as a result of a senseless violence.
The five finalists will be announced on July 28, and the winner in August, Garcia said in an email.
The 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.