Editor’s Note: This release was edited by Larry Lapka
AAFES Rewards Students For Academic Excellence • DALLAS
Three young winners of the latest round of Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s (AAFES) “You Made the Grade” worldwide sweepstakes academically demonstrated that good grades pay off.
The winners were randomly selected from nearly 500 military children who were eligible to enter the drawing by maintaining at least a B average in school.
Seventh-grader Sara Cockrell — the daughter of a retired Soldier — won the grand prize of a $2,000 Exchange gift card, which she received in a presentation at the Fort Bragg, N.C., Exchange.
Seventh-grader Bruce Birch — whose father is a retired Airman — received the second-place $1,500 prize at the Yokota AB, Exchange, Japan, while ninth-grader Brandon Maul — the son of a current member of the Army — was awarded the $500 third-place prize at the USAG Baumholder, Germany, Exchange.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
The program rewards students in first through 12th grade for above-average academic achievement to inspire them to continue striving for excellence, and is one example of how the Exchange provides ongoing support to the military community in ways no other retailer can.
Military children who maintain a B average or higher can bring their report cards each grading period to their local Exchange for a $5 gift card.
Students can then enter the worldwide sweepstakes for a chance at a $2,000, $1,500 or $500 Exchange gift card.
“Being the child of a service member is very special, but it comes with a lot of challenges,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Osby, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “The Exchange’s ‘You Made the Grade’ program honors these students for their hard work and encourages them to persevere in school.”
The next sweepstakes drawing will take place in June.
Edited by Larry Lapka
Seventh-grader Sara Cockrell won the grand prize of a $2,000 Exchange gift card, which she received in a presentation at the Fort Bragg, N.C., Exchange. Participating in the check presentation were (from left) Fort Bragg Exchange General Manager Amanda Hartdield and Fort Bragg Garrison Commander Col. Scott Pence.
Seventh-grader Bruce Birch received the second-place $1,500 prize at the Yokota AB, Japan, Exchange. Joining the winner were (from left) Julia Woods, Exchange general manager Yokota and Camp Fuji; the winner’s parents, Daniel Birch, a retired Air Force veteran and Cynthia Birch, DoDEA teacher; Col. Patrick Launey, commander, 374 Mission Support Group; and Chad Davis, Yokota Exchange main store manager.
Ninth-grader Brandon Maul was awarded the $500 third-place prize at the USAG Baumholder, Germany, Exchange. At the award ceremony were (from left) Carl Carpenter, KMCC Exchange general manager; the winner’s parents, Maj. Frederik Maul, commander, 106th Financial Management Support Unit and mother Dawn Maul; and Sean Childers, Baumholder Exchange store manager.