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This New Orleans student is one step closer to having her art featured as a Google Doodle

A Lusher Charter School senior who was selected as the grade 10-12 winner for Louisiana has been chosen as one of five national finalists in Doodle for Google's 12th annual competition.

Morrah Burton-Edwards won the Louisiana competition for her entry entitled "Love made visible." She said kindness can be shown through demonstrating love, whether it be to family members or strangers. 

On Monday morning, Google announced Edwards as one of five finalists in the nationwide competition.

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"She was overwhelmed by the support she received in the open voting process," Edwards' mother told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate. "She feels very humbled."

Edwards will receive a $5,000 college scholarship along with Google hardware for the following school year just for being a finalist.

In the next phase of the contest, a winner will be chosen. Google will feature the winner's artwork on their homepage for 24 hours. The winner will also receive a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 technology package for their school.

Here's what Edwards wrote to accompany her graphic:

“Kindness is love made visible, so I show kindness by showing my family I love them. But also, when I show strangers and others that I care about them even when they are unkind to themselves is me being kind. A simple act of kindness like a hug can light up someone’s day. But most importantly, I show kindness by loving those even when they are unkind to me. That is the most important time to be kind and the most difficult, but those people need kindness the most.”

Edwards is a CAVA (Certificate of Artistry in Visual Arts) student at Lusher and was previously honored as the winner of the 2020 Muses Mardi Gras design cup contest. 

To view other entries, click here.

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