Tippin Elementary Student Representing Texas in Doodle 4 Google Art Competition

When you log on to Google in the near future, the famous doodle that greets you before you enter your search terms could be the work of a talented Tippin Elementary second grader.

Mia Portillo is the Texas finalist in the Doodle 4 Google art competition, and her whimsical cat-related piece is now competing against 52 other students from throughout the U.S. states and some territories.

The win came as a surprise to Mia, who focused her mixed-media piece on her love of cats, even though she is allergic to them.

“I didn’t really expect it to be me,” she said. “I am happy to see my family supporting me and I hope I can win.”

Mia’s Doodle was selected from among 100,000 entries that were submitted.

Mia is representing the entire state of Texas and she is competing in the kinder through third-grade category alongside students from Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Virginia.

EPISD invites everyone to log on to the voting page and vote for Mia’s wonderful piece. If she is declared the winner she will earn a $30,000 college scholarship and Tippin will receive a $50,000 Google for Education Grant.

Of course, the winner also will have his or her Doodle featured on the Google website for a whole day.

Voting is open now and will continue through Feb. 22. A winner will be announced on March 28.

Vote for Mia Portillo’s Google Doodle by following this link.