Sometimes taking care of yourself means recognizing that there are other people in the world who are also there to take care of you.
This awareness is the cornerstone of a Doodle created by high school student Sophie Araque-Liu. Google announced Tuesday that its Doodle, titled Not Alone, is the winner of the 2022 Doodle for Google contest, an annual competition open to school children across the United States. This year’s theme was “I take care of myself by…”
In addition to illustrations, applicants were asked to submit a brief description of their theme in their own words. Here’s how the Florida high schooler explained how she takes care of herself:
“I take care of myself by accepting that others take care of me. Often I find it difficult to take on a burden on my own and I forget that I have so many people, like my mother, who care. me and want to help me. Opening up and letting others support me not only relieves my stress, but it also allows me to deal with things that I could never do on my own.”
Google said Sophie’s message to lean on her support system resonated with the contest judges and felt it would resonate with others who have been through difficult times.
Along with featuring her Doodle on the Google homepage for a day, Sophie will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, as well as a $50,000 technology prize for her school.
His Doodle is also included in an art gallery for all state winners chosen from submissions made by K-12 students in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the United States. US Virgin Islands.