6-Year-Old Honored with $1,500 Exchange Prize for Academic Achievement at Vandenberg Air Force Base

Col. Michael Hunsberger, 30th Mission Support Group commander, and Ladda Marx, Vandenberg Exchange general manager, were joined by Exchange associates in presenting the You Made the Grade sweepstakes second-place prize to first-grader Douglas Anderson IV Jan. 24. (Photo courtesy of the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs office)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE – When first-grader Douglas Anderson IV found out he was the second-place winner of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s worldwide You Made the Grade sweepstakes, he decided to change his name.

“He says his name is ‘Rich Man,’” his father said.

Douglas received his prize, a $1,500 Exchange gift card, at a presentation Jan. 24 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base Exchange.

“The Vandenberg Exchange is honored to reward Douglas for his academic achievement,” said Exchange General Manager Ladda Marx. “Military children like Douglas work hard to maintain their grades and succeed in school, and we hope this prize shows his efforts paid off.”

First- through 12th-graders who maintain a B average or higher can enter the sweepstakes for a chance at a $2,000, $1,500 or $500 Exchange gift card. Douglas was randomly selected from nearly 600 entries.

Douglas Anderson IV, 6, received a $1,500 Exchange gift card as the second-place prize winner of the Exchange’s You Made the Grade sweepstakes Jan. 24. (Photo courtesy of the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs office)

Douglas, 6, is the youngest son of retired Master Sgt. Douglas Anderson III and his wife, Christina, of Santa Maria, Calif. Master Sgt. Anderson served 18 years in the Air Force.

Douglas found out about his win while on vacation with his parents and two older siblings in Hawaii.

“He didn’t believe me at first,” Anderson said. “It wasn’t until he heard me tell someone else that it sunk in.”

Once he understood what he had won, Douglas was ecstatic.

“He’s just so excited to have won something,” Anderson said. “He has all kinds of plans of things he wants to buy.”

All three Anderson children qualified for the sweepstakes and entered for the first time this year after seeing a poster advertising the sweepstakes at the Vandenberg Exchange. “Rich Man” will be graciously sharing the money with his siblings.

When asked what he is going to do with the money, Douglas’s response was simple: “Spend it!”

For more information about the You Made the Grade program, students and guardians can contact the Vandenberg Exchange at 805-734-5521. Students can send You Made the Grade sweepstakes entry forms to:

You Made the Grade

PO Box 227398

Dallas, TX 75222-7398

Facebook-friendly version: When first-grader Douglas Anderson IV found out that he was the second-place winner of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s worldwide You Made the Grade sweepstakes, he decided to change his name to “Rich Man.”

 

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