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Kentucky Student Wins National Doodle For Google Contest

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Google today announced that Milo Golding, an 11th grader at Lexington Christian Academy, is the winner of Google’s national Doodle for Google contest. Tomorrow, millions of people will see his artwork featured on Google’s homepage for twenty-four hours. WUKY's Karyn Czar reports.

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“On behalf of the entire commonwealth, congratulations on winning Doodle for Google,” Gov. 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."

“We are so proud of Lexington’s talented young people. Milo, your future is bright. Thank you to Google for supporting our youth,” Mayor Linda Gorton said.

Google received tens of thousands of submissions from all over the U.S. for this year's Doodle for Google contest with students submitting unique and creative artworks in response to the prompt, "I am strong because...". Milo’s Doodle, titled “Finding Hope,” speaks to the resilience and hope that lives in all of us. The Doodle is inspired by his father’s advice to find hope in all circumstances as a source of strength. It was inspired by Milo’s journey to find hope after the loss of his father.

“Regardless of life’s hardships and uncertainties, hope is always there,” said Milo. “It’s our job to find that hope in order to move forward.”

In addition to having his artwork featured on the Google homepage, Milo will receive a $30,000 college scholarship along with Google hardware. His school, Lexington Christian Academy, will receive a $50,000 technology package.

When he is not studying or drawing, Milo works with a charity he founded called Sanguine Path. The charity serves children 18 and under who have lost loved ones or been affected by challenging experiences by providing them with Christmas and birthday gifts, care packages and back-to-school kits.

Family members, school staff, grief counselors or parents and guardians can refer children to the program.

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Milo's winning doodle will be seen by everyone who uses the Google site on Tuesday

Karyn Czar joined the WUKY News team July 1, 2013, but she's no stranger to radio.