Local 8-Year-Old in Viral YouTube Video

Matteo Lopez stars in a YouTube video promoting this year's Doodle 4 Google contest.

Eight months off of his , Monte Verde Elementary School's  is promoting the with a Google-produced YouTube video that already has over 17,000 hits.

Interviewed with his parents in the Monte Verde auditorium that , Matteo describes how he felt as he waited to see if his outer-space themed take on the Google logo had won the contest.

"When they were going to announce who was the national winner, I looked to my mom and I said, 'Please be me, please be me,'" Matteo said.

Kids who submit drawings to the contest this year will be working with the theme, "If I could travel in time, I'd visit..." The grand prize winner will win a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology grant for their school and will see their work on the Google homepage.

They'll have to be pretty fancy with their pens and pencils, though. Matteo beat out 107,000 entries to win last year.

For full contest rules and information on how to enter, check out the Doodle 4 Google website.

Susan Gonzales January 31, 2012 at 06:48 PM
SSF Pride.
Susan Gonzales January 31, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Keep your pride going Matteo
Maria Lopez January 31, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Thank you for posting this article Drew- Maria (Matteo's mom).
Peggy Deras January 31, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Already a successful artist. Congratulations Matteo!
Chris Corbett February 01, 2012 at 04:13 AM
...and I thought my son was talented...you're simply a genius, Matteo! Keep it up!


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