Lawton third grader chosen as winner for Michigan in Doodle for Google student contest

Voting has begun to make Simone Lutz a top five national finalist

Simone poses with her teacher, Caroline Aquino, and Assistant Principal Jessica Cruz beside her winning design.

A talented third grade Lawton student could soon have her art on the Google homepage for hundreds of millions to see. Google is announcing the 55 State and Territory winners in its 15th annual Doodle for Google competition, a contest where K-12 students across the United States have the opportunity to create their own version of the Google logo inspired by the prompt “I am grateful for….”.

Simone Lutz is one of the 55 US State and Territory Winners with her doodle, which shows she is grateful for imagination and books. Simone’s doodle was selected from thousands of entries received this year.

Simone thought she was headed to a special assembly Wednesday. But surprise! Assistant Principal Jessica Cruz made the announcement to Simone’s class gathered in the cafeteria.

To help their favorites succeed, everyone across the U.S. can vote for their favorite doodle from the 54 state and territory winners. Voting will be open until May 25 on this site: The public vote will determine the five national finalists, with one in each grade group. Google will announce these five national finalists in late May, one of whom 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 towards the establishment or improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

To see a full list of state winners and to vote online, visit:

Simone’s proud family was there for the surprise

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