10-Year-Old Uvalde Shooting Victim Gets ‘in Memoriam’ Google Doodle Page

Google is obliging.

Earlier this year, the search giant asked students to submit entries for its Doodle for Google contest. The winner will take home the big prize and see their artwork on top of Google.com for 24 hours.

The Doodle for Google contest, now in its 14th year, lets kids “show off their own Doodle creativity on Google.com and win awesome prizes while doing it!” “explains the company. This year’s theme is self-care.

Alithia entered her drawing before the March deadline: a girl on a couch with two balls of yarn and a pet, the obligatorily written “Google” in the art on the wall above the couch.

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“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 for art. she said in her memoir.
In May, a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School, killing 19 children, including Alithia, and two adults. It took 12 hours before Ryan Ramirez, Alithia’s father, learned of her fate, he told CNN.
The fourth-year student was “very kind and nice,” he said, and she was always there if anyone needed anything.

Alithia also loved to draw, Ramirez said, and “always had a pencil in hand, just going to town.” When Ramirez met President Joe Biden during his visit to Uvalde, the Commander-in-Chief told him he was hanging one of Alithia’s drawings in the White House.

Her grandmother, Rosa Maria Ramirez, confirmed to ABC News that Alithia entered the Doodle for Google contest.

“She was a very talented little girl. She liked to draw. She was really sweet, never getting in trouble. the grandmother told the network. “She was drawing so that she could put her drawing in Google. She was trying to win the Google (competition). »
Unfortunately, Alithia’s sketch did not qualify for the final rounds of the contest, but Google never chose to highlight her work, prominently her drawing. on a special memorial page created for her and other victims of Uvalde.

Expressing condolences for the friends and family of all victims, Google spokeswoman Colette Garcia explained, “In Alithia Ramirez’s 2022 Doodle submission for Google, she described her desire to show the world her art and all that she can do, and we are committed to honoring those wishes and her legacy. Her story and art touched us deeply, and we wanted to honor her family’s request to share her unique talents that were so tragically taken in the wake of senseless violence.

The five finalists will be announced on July 28 and the winner in August, Garcia said in an email.

National finalists will win a $5,000 college scholarship, with the winner receiving a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 tech package for their school. among other prizes.

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