Kiara Florez has a vivid imagination.
Ever since she was 12 she’s been using art to express herself.
“I have a huge imagination and always like to put ideas down. I like to illustrate and tell stories and art helps me do that,” Florez said.
Florez, a senior at Caesar Rodney High School, is a finalist in Google's Doodle 4 Google contest. She is one of 53 finalists hoping to have their artwork posted on the company's main page March 31.
The next step is for Google users to vote on their favorite art. Voting begins 8 p.m. tonight and ends March 6.
The voting website is doodle4google.com.
The winner receives a $30,000 scholarship and the school receives a $50,000 Google for Education grant toward the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.
The contest is open to students in grades K through 12. It challenges students to create a Google image that aligns with a specific theme.
This year’s theme is “What I see for the future.”
Florez created “World Education.” It depicts children of different nationalities reaching for and obtaining an education.
“I really wanted to show that every kid can have an education,” she said. “That’s why I had them all raising their hands reaching for an education.”
Making sure everyone understood the message was important for her.
“I wanted it to look meaningful. I wanted people to get the message sent across just by just looking at it. Once I had that thought in my mind I was able to draw the artwork easily.”
She’s entered twice before.
“I felt like this theme was speaking to me this time,” she said.
Caesar Rodney Superintendent Kevin Fitzgerald was impressed with her artwork’s message.
“It describes a beautiful image of kids around the world being able to get an education which is really the key to everyone getting along,” he said. “The more opportunities people have to learn about one another the better the world is going to be.”