Liam Pautz, a Chanhassen second-grader at La Academia in Chaska, could soon have his art on the Google homepage for hundreds of millions to see.

Google announced the 53 state and territory winners in its 11th annual Doodle for Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the U.S. to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme, “When I grow up, I hope...”.

Liam is one of the 53 state and territory winners with his doodle which was selected from thousands of entries received this year, according to a press release. Students at La Academia helped Liam celebrate during a surprise assembly.

To help their favorites succeed, everyone across the U.S. can vote for their favorite doodle from the 53 state and territory Winners. Voting is June 3-7 at, and the public vote will determine the five national finalists–one in each grade group. Google will announce these five national finalists in June; one of which will have their doodle featured on the Google homepage for a day.

The national winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $50,000 tech package towards the establishment or improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

To see a full list of state winners and to vote online, go to


Unsie Zuege is an award-winning multimedia journalist, who enjoys community journalism, bibimbop, Netflix, Trivia Mafia and snuggling tiny dogs, not necessarily in that order.


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