Watch today's epic Doodle for Google victor, which has adorable dinosaurs

Google Doodle

Google Doodle

Sarah Gomez-Lane from Falls Church, was announced as the victor of the Doodle for Google competition for 2018.

The 2018 Doodle for Google victor, drawn by first-grader Sarah Gomez-Lane and animated by Google. She could not wait to tell her principal that she won.

"I just hope when people see the doodle they are also inspired to think about not only what they dreamed of and wished of when they were kids, but to also take a second to enjoy the simple things in life", Perla Campos, Global Marketing Lead of the Google Doodle Team, said in a video the company released to introduce Gomez-Lane as the victor. A green-and-red-striped Tyrannosaurus Rex, some sort of lion-Triceratops hybrid, an oversized egg, a sad-looking Diplodocus, a wildly out of proportion spade and what may or may not be a Stegosaurus were skillfully rendered by Ms. Gomez-Lane in the style of the traditional (but now rarely-seen) Google logo. She will be rewarded with $30,000 in scholarship funds for college, and her school, Pine Spring Elementary School in Falls Church, will receive $50,000 in funds to spend on technology, Google said.

The victor was announced after Google invited the finalists for each grade level to its headquarters in California, where they interacted with Google's professional doodlers for the day, according to a behind-the-scenes video released by the company.

"When they called my name, I was surprised", Sarah said in the video.

After it was announced that Gomez-Lane was the victor, the company's "Doodle team" worked with her to transform her drawing into an animated, interactive Google Doodle.

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The doodlers asked Sarah about her artistic process, including what she was thinking when she created the characters - what their likes and dislikes were.

If you're a youngster who thought it would be fun to draw a Google Doodle, now's your chance: the 11th annual Doodle for Google contest is underway.

After all of the dinosaurs have had their animated moments, a special finale occurs. The winner's Doodle will also be featured on Google's homepage for a day.

Sarah, who says she wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up, delighted the Doodle staff with her illustration of dinosaurs.

To appeal to the kids these days, Google enlisted Kermit the Frog to announce the opening of the drawing competition on the late-night talk show.

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