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Maisie from Washington, D.C. is our 2024 Doodle for Google winner

Illustration of a diverse group of friends and family enjoying a Sunday night meal together. Plates of colorful food sit on the table, along with glasses in various colors. Utensils like forks and knives are scattered near the plates. In the center of th

For this year’s Doodle for Google contest, we continued the celebrations for Google’s 25th birthday. K-12 students across the U.S. submitted artwork based on the prompt, “My wish for the next 25 years…” From tens of thousands of creative submissions, we selected the 55 state and territory winners and five national finalists. Now, we’re announcing this year’s contest winner: Congratulations to high school senior Maisie Derlega from Washington, D.C.!

Maisie’s Doodle, “Family Dinner,” is on the Google homepage today. Her Doodle — depicting friends and family gathered around a table sharing a meal — represents her wish to continue the tradition of Sunday dinners with her community.

We chatted with Maisie to learn more about her artistic background and the inspiration behind her Doodle:

A young artist with short brown hair and a brown sweater is holding a certificate with her artwork of family and friends enjoying dinner. Behind her is a larger version of the artwork alongside a cluster of yellow, red, blue and green balloons.

How did you start making art?

I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved creating things and telling stories through my art. For years I have taken art classes and had support from my family and teachers to help me grow as an artist. From picture books to graphic novels, my life has always been surrounded by art.

Why did you enter the Doodle for Google contest?

I have always loved the Google homepage art, it feels like such an amazing way to highlight both important events and different artists. When I found out about the contest a few years ago, it stayed on my radar and last year I meant to enter, but I missed the deadline. This year I stayed on top of it and started working on the piece the second the theme came out. It is an artist’s dream to have their art seen. And this contest gives a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have your art on the Google homepage like all of those artists I have seen throughout the years.

What was the inspiration behind your wish for the future in your Doodle?

I am going to the University of Michigan to study Art & Design next year, and it feels like my entire life is changing. My inspiration behind my wish for the future in my Doodle comes from trying to keep the things that are important to me constant.

Why is your wish important to you?

I love my family and friends, and our family dinner routine has emerged as something I look forward to every week. My dad is a chef, and so food and dinner tables have always been a safe space for bonding with the people who are important to me. I have so much I wish for in the future but I wanted my wish to be something I have the power to control. It is up to me to keep these people close and I will.

How does it feel to be the contest winner?

It feels like such a dream, I can’t even believe it. I entered the competition thinking I had next to no chance of winning, so making it to this point is a huge honor. It also feels like all of my years of developing my art is starting to pay off. I’m really proud and humbled.

Congratulations again to Maisie! For more updates on all things Doodles, visit

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