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What was the theme of this year’s Google Doodle competition?

Answer: Self-care.

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Image courtesy of Google (screenshot)
This year’s Doodle for Google winner has an important message to share: Sometimes caring for yourself means letting others care for you.

The Doodle for Google competition each year invites students around the country to submit doodles for the search engine’s home page based on a theme. This year’s theme was “I care for myself by … .” The winning doodle is used as the search engine’s daily doodle on the home page for one day — this year, that day was Tuesday, Aug. 16.

The winning doodle was submitted by Sophie Araque-Liu, a high school student in Florida. It depicts two people sharing a hug standing in for the second “o” in “Google.” In describing her submission, she said, “I care for myself by accepting others' care for me. Often, I struggle to shoulder a burden on my own and forget that I have so many people, like my mom, who care about me and want to help me. Opening up and letting others support me not only relieves my stress — it also lets me tackle things I could never do on my own.”

As the winner, Sophie will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology award for her school.