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Second student scores Google gig

The Columbian

WEST HAZEL DELL — A second student from Columbia River High School was selected to have a game concept developed by Google. Bridgette Bromell, 16, is a student of the school’s International Baccalaureate art program. Following a month of intensive work drawing characters and settings, she submitted the concept to Google Play’s Change the Game Design Challenge. Bromell is one of five winners in the United States, out of 1,500 girls who entered, to have her game selected for development and production. She collaborated with Girls Make Games to bring her cyberpunk-inspired sci-fi concept, called “Lune,” to life. “Lune” is set on an abandoned moon colony and features a female protagonist who must battle enemy aliens and form alliances with other characters. “It is that idea of loneliness and having to explore who you are on your own, because that’s a big part of life,” Bromell said in a news release. Released Nov. 1, “Lune” has more than 500 installs. Columbia River High School student Christine Choi received a $10,000 Google Play scholarship last year for her concept art. Part of Google’s goal with the program is to bring awareness to the lack of gender equality in the gaming industry.