3rd grader wins Oregon 'Doodle for Google' contest

3rd grader wins Oregon 'Doodle for Google' contest »Play Video
Matthew Lei

PORTLAND, Ore. -- He calls it "The Thought Spirit."

Nine-year-old Matthew Lei describes his invention, "Like your imagination goes in here, and like goes to the TV and it shows."

Matthew is talking about his doodle for internet giant Google. The company has just completed its fourth run of the "Doodle for Google" competition, and Matthew came out a winner in the K-3 grade category. His entry is the only one from Oregon and he's up against 49 others; one from each state.

His win was a secret locked up at the Google Campus in Mountain View, Calif. until today. Now everyone knows, and Matthew shared his artwork with his school, Forest Park Elementary.

If he moves on to the next level of competition, he has a chance to win a $30,000 college scholarship, while his school would possibly get a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant.

Voting just opened today, and closes on May 9. The final winner will be announced June 9th with an animated doodle on the Google homepage.

Vote for Matthew here