Google representative Debra LoCastro was excited to make the trip, her first time in Kentucky, joining friend and Google colleague Ashley, a Louisville native.
“We love it! It’s been so fun for me,” she said. “What a week! It’s Derby week. It’s a pleasure for us to come out here and connect with some of our younger users.”
LoCastro noted that “a lot of people” were judging the contest’s largest-ever field — including celebrities like journalist Katie Couric, Olympic gymnast and “Dancing With the Stars” contest Aly Raisman, and drummer for The Roots Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson — and clearly saw something special in Lyle’s entry.
“I think Savannah was chosen because of her obvious artistic talent,” said LoCastro, “but also the way she was able to convey her best day ever. It was very clear and in line with the theme that Google put forth.”
Though Lyle is clearly a skilled artist, she’s also into other visual fields, with an interest in fashion design. Additionally, she’s skilled at the writing art of calligraphy, according to her parents. Still, when asked if she’d like to be an artist when she grows up, Lyle replied, “Yeah, sure!”
Regarding the whole experience, Lyle added, “I’m very excited. It’s been awesome. I was, like, ecstatic (after learning of the honor). My mom went crazy about it. She was jumping up and down and stuff.”
To vote for Lyle to win, go to www.doodle4google.com and click the “Voting” header, then go to the “6-7” category among the grade groups. Lyle will be listed under “Savannah L., KY.” You can vote one time per account for each grade group. Voting goes until May 10 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.