Lexington teen in final round for ‘Doodle’ title, prizes

UPDATE POSTED JUNE 14, 2021 AT 12:52 P.M.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Milo Golding was announced as the winner of the 2021 Doodle for Google competition.

“I am truly grateful for the support I received from my community and to Google for providing opportunities like this for kids like me who want to share their message of inspiration and personal story with others,” Golding commented.

A special ceremony was held at Lexington’s City Hall by Gov. Andy Beshear and Mayor Linda Gorton Monday afternoon.

As the winner of the competition, Golding’s artwork will be displayed on google.com for one day, Tuesday, he’ll receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for his school/non-profit organization, Google hardware and fun Googley swag.

“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.

Golding found out he was a finalist in May, see below for original story. Now, his work will be see internationally.

Golding said it’s less about the victory itself and more about spreading his message of hope conquers all, something he learned from his late dad.

“I asked him how he was able to move past life obstacles and become who he wanted to be and replied hope, hope keeps me strong, and that’s really motivated me especially after his passing,” Golding said.

His dad died unexpectedly from a heart attack when Milo was 13 years old.

The doodle directly featuring a young Milo listening to his father’s wisdom about how to battle challenges.

Milo’s mom Yanya Yang said her and her late husband were both art teachers, so Milo was drawing before he could talk.

“He’s better more than we can imagine. We are so proud. I think his father’s going to be so proud,” she said. “I think he’s proud of you right now…and his father and I used to say he’s going to be a better version than both of us…and you are becoming that.”

Golding also started a non-profit called Sanguine Path. It helps children or teens who have lost a loved one or for anyone who has been affected by a traumatic experience.

While he’s an artist and philanthropist, Milo said it’s a life goal to become a cardiologist.



LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Christian Academy rising senior, and Doodle for Google Kentucky State Winner Milo Golding is moving on to the national finals where he’ll join state and U.S. territory winners from Arizona, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Puerto Rico.

Milo Golding’s winning doodle/Click to enlarge

Doodle for Google is an annual art contest open to students in grades K-12 across the nation.

Students were invited to submit their artistic interpretation of this year’s theme, “I am strong, because…” for the chance to have it featured on Google.com, as well as the winning students receiving scholarships along with tech packages for their schools.

“I am strong because I have hope. I once asked my father how he overcame obstacles and became who he wanted to be,” Golding said of his drawing. “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.

“It’s such an honor for me to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Golding added. “I am humbled and grateful for the outpouring for support during the national voting. I’d like to thank the media community, elected officials, and my fellow Kentuckians who played such an important role in helping me get to the finals.”

Now that the public voting stage of the competition has concluded, a panel of judges and Google executives will choose one of the five national finalists and announce the winner in June.

“Milo is one of those truly special young people who makes our school, community, commonwealth, nation, and world a better place,” said LCA Head of School Dr. Scott Wells. “Milo’s message of hope is a powerful and courageous statement that inspires those around him to be a difference in the lives of others.”

The winner’s artwork will be displayed on Google.com for one day. He or she will also receive:

  • A $30,000 college scholarship
  • A $50,000 technology package for their school/non-profit organization
  • Google hardware
  • Fun Googley swag

The four other finalists will have their doodles featured on the Doodle for Google gallery and will receive:

  • A $5,000 college scholarship
  • Google hardware
  • Fun Googley swag
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