Milo Golding heard the news on Monday morning. He’s an upcoming senior at Lexington Christian Academy.
Doodle for Google is an annual art contest open to students grades K-12 across the country. Students were invited to submit their own artistic interpretation of this year’s theme, “I am strong, because…” Golding’s submission is tiled “Finding Hope.”
“I am strong because I have hope,” Golding said. “I once asked my father how he overcame obstacles and became who he wanted to be. ‘Hope, hope keeps me strong.’ After I unexpectedly lost him at 13 due to a heart attack, it helped me overcome grief and support other children who lost loved ones.”
Not only will his artwork be featured on Google’s homepage on Tuesday, but he will also get a $30,000 scholarship.
“On behalf of the entire commonwealth, congratulations on winning Doodle for Google,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “Your talent is truly incredible. And the story behind your artwork is beautiful, personal and inspiring. I see your strength. I also see that hope your father taught you about. And now, your work will inspire hope in others. Congratulations. And thank you for sharing your talents.”
Gov. Beshear and Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton are honoring him at city hall Monday afternoon.