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Columbia Falls high school grad’s art may make it to Google

Posted: 4:00 PM, Jun 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-04 17:58:13-04

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