Local 3rd grader wins Doodle 4 Google contest

Matthew Lei, center, is awarded Doodle 4 Google's Oregon prize by Senator Elizabeth Hayward. (KOIN 6)
Matthew Lei, center, is awarded Doodle 4 Google's Oregon prize by Senator Elizabeth Hayward. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A local third grade student won state-wide recognition from one of the world’s largest tech companies.

Forest Hills Park student Matthew Lei’s drawing titled “The Thought Spirit” won Google’s seventh annual Doodle 4 Google competition for the state of Oregon. This year, students in kindergarten through 12th grade across the U.S. entered submission based on the theme, “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place.”

Lei’s was awarded by Oregon Senator Elizabeth Hayward Tuesday.

His doodle was selected from over 100,000 submissions and advanced to the nationwide contest in which the public will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite doodle from the 50 state winners.

In addition to having his/her artwork be the logo for the Google homepage for a day, the nationwide winner will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship and his/her school will receive a $50,000 technology grant for the establishment or improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

Voting will occur between April 29 and May 9 to determine the five national finalists.

To vote, visit google.com/doodle4google.

 

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