COLUMBIA FALLS – Recent Columbia Falls High School graduate Raychel Hoerner tells MTN it all started as just a homework assignment.
Her teacher assigned the Doodle Google competition’s theme “When I Grow Up I Hope” for a homework assignment.
Hoerner was lucky enough to submit and win the statewide competition and is now advancing onto the finals. Hoerner has always been a talented artist but had no idea her doodle would win statewide.
“I was mostly just doing it as a homework assignment. I’m glad I did my homework that night because it worked out for me,” Hoerner says.
Every state, including Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam have a representative. And as a Montana native, Hoerner’s artwork reflects the iconic West Tunnel in Glacier National Park.
“My Google Doodle shows a ram standing in the park and my big idea was the conservation of wildlife. So, I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors,” explains Hoerner.
Hoerner tells MTN there’s a winner from different age groups (ex. K-3, 4-5 etc). Those winners will receive a scholarship of $5,000.
This is where Hoerner needs the public’s help. The public votes on their favorite doodle creation by going here. The favorites will then be reviewed by Google executives and the ultimate winner will have their doodle on the home page of Google and win $30,000 in scholarship money.
You can vote for your favorite Doodle the entire week of June 3. Voting ends on Friday, June 7 at 9 p.m. PDT.
Reporting by Maren Siu for MTN News