Johnson's drawing was selected among five national finalists - all of whom get to spend the day at Google's headquarters to attend today's awards ceremony. The theme of this year's Doodle 4 Google was simply "What makes me, me,' a theme that really resonated with Akilah. She drew it using colored pencils, black crayons and Sharpie markers, according to the Washington Post.

Johnson, who goes to Eastern Senior High Schhol in Northeast Washington, is one out of the 100,000 student Doodle entries. "My Afrocentric Google is drawn as a box braid, with my personal characteristics surrounding it".

"I was so excited, I started crying", Johnson told The Washington Post on Monday.

" As I grew older, I realized that the black people that came before us have made us into what we are today.

The company announced Akilah Johnson and her Afrocentric doodle won the national competition on Monday. It includes the ankh, a symbol of life; a woman's fist; the D.C. flag; people holding Black Lives Matter signs; and names from African-American history, including Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass.

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Johnson told The Washington Postthat she credits her education in Washington, D.C., for her pride in her culture, since it emphasizes the importance of a "culturally relevant curriculum" and meets the "the specific needs of children of African heritage".

This year's contest judges included astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle, professional basketball player Stephen Curry, and actor and writer B.J.

"I didn't think I was going to win", she said.

Participating in the contest gave Johnson an understanding of why her art matters, she writes, "because it speaks to people", and "no matter our differences, everyone is touched by art in some way". She plans to study criminal justice or business in college in hopes of becoming a CSI detective - and she wants to start an arts and crafts studio for kids.

"I remember the day that Akilah brought the finished artwork to my office after scanning the image to submit online", says Rachel Skerritt, Eastern's principal. On her blog, she has also explained her doodle as the representation of the six most special things for her.