Portland High School student's doodle draws Google's attention

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PORTLAND — A Portland High School sophomore could have his artwork appear on Google’s homepage for hundreds of millions to see.

Will Gordon is one of 53 regional winners the technology company selected in an annual contest. His “Google Doodle,” entitled “Wandering in the Woods,” was selected from hundreds submitted by students in Maine, according to a company press release.

This year’s contest theme is: “What Inspires Me?” Gordon’s doodle depicts a nature-inspired Google logo of trees and two individuals looking up at a night sky.

Gordon learned he was the Maine winner during a surprise school assembly on Monday, May 7.

The regional winners now have a chance to become one of five national finalists. Voting takes place online during the next two weeks. The national winner will take home a $30,000 college scholarship. Their school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant toward the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.