Local Student on Route to be National Finalist in Doodle 4 Google Contest


John Marshall student Rebecca Frei’s doodle is set to have global reach. Frei is one of only fifty-three students to become a State and Territory Finalist in the annual Doodle 4 Google student contest. The public has until 12AM PDT on May 18th (tomorrow) to vote Frei’s doodle through to make her a National Finalist, earning her a $5,000 college scholarship and a trip to Google Headquarters in California.

The Doodle 4 Google contest has taken place yearly since 2008. The program is open to students grades K-12; participants compete in K-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, or 10-12 grade groups. Frei is contending in the grades 10-12 division.

Doodles are drawings featured on the Google.com page that are “meant to surprise and delight people,” according to Google. This year’s Doodle 4 Google contest centered around the question “What Inspires Me?”.

Frei was already chosen as a State and Territory Finalist based on the artistic merit, creativity, and theme communication of her doodle, allowing her drawing to be featured in the Doodle 4 Google gallery. This year’s guest judges for the contest included the likes of Ty Burrell, Carlos Beltran, and Laurie Hernandez.

Public voting, which ends tomorrow, could allow Frei to become one of only five National Finalists. From this pool, one winner will then be chosen, awarding the student a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 tech package for their school.

Frei’s doodle was inspired by her Great Grandma Blennie, who Frei depicts playing a banjolele in the bed of the family’s garden truck. In her submission, Frei explained that Great Grandma Blennie uplifted everyone with whom she interacted. Frei says she feels connected with her grandmother while playing the banjolele herself and aims to make her grandmother proud.

The public can vote for Frei’s design, and view the other doodle submissions, by clicking here. Voting will close at 12AM on May 18th.