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6-year-old Santa Maria boy wins $1,500 prize in military academics sweepstakes

Posted at 4:14 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 00:06:41-05

A six-year-old from Santa Maria received a $1,500 prize from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service on Thursday.

Douglas Anderson IV, a first-grader at Patterson Road Elementary School, is the youngest son of an Air Force retiree with 18 years of service.

He was randomly selected from nearly 600 high-achieving military students from around the world to receive the second place prize in the Exchange’s “You Made the Grade” sweepstakes.

Douglas was presented with the $1,500 gift card at the Vandenberg Air Force Base Exchange. He says he wants to use the money to buy a Nintendo Switch.

The You Made the Grade program honors the resiliency of military children who do well in school despite frequent moves and deployments. Students must maintain a B-average or higher to qualify.

Douglas Anderson IV receives a $1,500 prize from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. (KSBY photo)