Anya Jasmin Wins Google’s 14th Annual “Doodle For Google” Competition


The next time you’re on Google’s homepage, you may just see local art from Anya Jasmin.

PNC’s Destiny Cruz has more…

Anya Marie Cercado Jasmin, a 3rd grader at Finegayan Elementary school, is one of 54 US state and territory winners in Google’s 14th annual “Doodle for Google” competition.

The annual contest offers students K-12 the opportunity to reimagine the iconic Google logo by incorporating their unique artwork.

For 9-year-old Anya, she says she learned of the competition from her GATE teacher, who then helped the students brainstorm ideas that would align with this year’s theme, “I Care for Myself by….”

When asked what sparked her inspiration behind her doodle, called “Family Fun,” Anya said she drew things she enjoys doing. She stated further, ” I care for myself by biking with my family. I like to run and play with my dog. I love to create different things with my blocks. I also enjoy making art on my tablet.”

After submitting her doodle to the competition, Anya’s art stood out amongst thousands of entries– as she became a selected winner. Moreover, to celebrate Anya’s accomplishment, students at the Finegayan Elementary school surprised her with a surprise assembly last week.

When asked how it felt to have her artwork selected, Anya stated, “I was very excited and happy! I’m thankful that I’m able to represent Guam with my doodle.”

Though updates regarding public voting remain pending, people across the US will have the chance to vote for their favorite doodle from the 54 state and territory winners. The public vote will determine the Five National Finalists (one in each grade group). Google will announce these five National Finalists in June, one of which will have their Doodle featured on the Google homepage for a day.

The National Winner will take home a $30,000 college scholarship, and their school will receive a $50,000 tech package to establish or improve a computer lab or technology program.

Destiny Cruz
PNC News First