Google is obliging.
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.
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.
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.