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Portland 3rd-grader up for national Doodle 4 Google award

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Matthew Huang Lei's Doodle 4 Google winning entry. Matthew Huang Lei's Doodle 4 Google winning entry.
Matthew Huang Lei with his parents and Google workers. Matthew Huang Lei with his parents and Google workers.
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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland third-grader is hoping to have his art featured in a place where it will be seen by millions of people - the Google homepage.

Matthew Huang Lei of Forest Park Elementary School submitted his drawing to the annual Doodle 4 Google Competition and was selected as Oregon's winning entry.

The contest is open to kids in kindergarten through high school to redesign the Google logo. The theme this year is, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…"

Matthew ran with that idea and created "The Thought Spirit."

He said the one thing he would want to invent to improve the world is a machine that would enable people to see what animals, other people and even trees think about.

His artwork is now up against winners from the 49 other states. An online vote will determine the five national finalists, one from each age group.

Those finalists and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Google headquarters in California on May 21.

Matthew is invited to attend the ceremony, along with all the other statewide winners.

The national winning student will work with Google's team of professional doodlers to animate their doodle, to be featured on the search engine's homepage June 9.

The winner will also get a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant toward the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

To see the full list of state winners and to vote online, go to: www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html.

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