Vote to help North Oldham HS student win the Google Doodle contest
A lot is on the line for one North Oldham High School student, after her doodle was chosen to advance in a contest by Google.
GOSHEN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Voting is now underway for the Doodle 4 Google contest, an annual competition that looks for art for the tech giant's homepage.
A North Oldham High School student is representing Kentucky in the challenge and needs your votes to win.
Em Mejias doesn't need much to create a world of wonder. "I find comfort in animals and nature more than people," said Mejias.
A tablet and a stylus are more than enough to take this North Oldham High School student to places far away. "It's kind of been therapy for me. If I'm upset, if I'm sad, if I'm just having a hard time, I just draw and it just helps me," said Mejias.
But her creative creations may soon draw the eye of millions of people worldwide. "I knew there was a possibility, but I didn't think I'd actually win for the state," said Mejias.
Mejias is representing Kentucky in the Doodle 4 Google competition. "I was not expecting that phone call," said Mejias.
She entered as part of a class assignment. She took the prompt and ran with it. "I connect that a lot with nature and animals," she said.
That inspiration sparked success. Her vibrant doodle earned her a top spot in Google's creative contest, to which nearly 200,000 people applied.
"I think we did the percentage. That's like a 0-point and then add like five more 0s and a 2 of a percentage chance of being chosen," said Mejias.
That doesn't come as a shock for art teacher, Cathy Meine. "She's a self starter, she always takes things to the next level. She's a dream student," said Meine.
Meijas' Google Doodle is a joyful scene from nature and while a playful fox poking out of a "G," or whimsical sea creature might catch your eye, Mejias wants users to look beyond the colorful creation.
"You've got to respect nature for what it is," said Meijas. "We need to protect the planet we have."
Meijas often sketches in bold, bright colors, but it's the dark times that drive her to create. "In times of which I felt like I couldn't do it anymore, or you just feel like you want to die, sometimes art has always been there," she said.
She now hopes her vivid imagery gives joy to web users logging on to Google. "That's just what I strive for. If I'm doing something that I love to do, I need to try to figure out how to share it with others," Meijas said.
Winning the competition depends on votes. You can vote as many times as you want through May 18.
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