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.