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Help Valley Southwoods Student Win Doodle for Google Competition! (05/10/21)

May 10, 2021 | Congratulations to Valley Southwoods Freshman High School learner Anna Deschamps, who was declared Iowa’s 2021 Doodle for Google contest winner.

Doodle for Google is an annual art contest open to students in grades K-12. Students are invited to create their own Google doodle for the chance to have it featured on and win scholarships and tech packages for their schools. 

anna deschampsThere are currently 54 winners — one for each state and U.S. territory. Five national finalists will then be selected to determine the national winner. The five national finalists will each win a $5,000 college scholarship, and the one national winner will win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology package provided by Google to the school.

Deschamps' Doodle, titled "Resilience and Tranquility," is part of the Grades 8-9 Group. Other groups include Grades K-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-7, and Grades 10-12.

"This doodle represents the strength and kindness in our community," Deschamps said about her Doodle. "I drew people who are isolated in their abodes while being helped by those lending a hand. I am strong because of the people surrounding me, who help me get through the social distancing we all endure."

Thousands of Doodles were judged by the following parameters:

  • Artistic merit: Based on artistic skill.
  • Creativity: Representation of the contest theme, use of the letters in the Google logo, and the unique approach to the doodle.
  • Theme communication: How well the contest theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement. This year's theme was "I am strong because..."

How to Vote

Starting at midnight Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, voting for the contest will open online for individuals to vote for their favorite Doodle. These votes will help determine the national finalists.

To vote for Deschamps, please follow these instructions:

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Vote Now”
  3. Select “Grades 8-9”
  4. Select “Iowa”
  5. Cast your vote!

To learn more about the Doodle for Google contest, please visit

Anna Deschamps' Doodle for Google Entry 

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