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Published September 08, 2011, 08:47 PM

Devils Lake Boy Wins 'Why I Love My Grandparents' Essay Contest, Gets $500 and Camp Trip

DEVILS LAKE (WDAZ-TV) - A boy who wanted to go to Tae Kwon Do camp was told by his parents it was too expensive. But, 8-year-old Brayden Gerhardt remembered a "Why I Love My Grandparents" essay contest sponsored by AARP North Dakota.

DEVILS LAKE (WDAZ-TV) - A boy who wanted to go to Tae Kwon Do camp was told by his parents it was too expensive. But, 8-year-old Brayden Gerhardt remembered a "Why I Love My Grandparents" essay contest sponsored by AARP North Dakota.

The grand prize was $500 dollars or about the same as the cost for camp.

Brayden knew how to help convince his parents to let him go to Tae Kwon Do camp.

"He came to us and said, 'Mom I can write this about grandpa Gross and then I can win the money and pay for the camp.' And we were like, 'Oh Brayden if you write the essay, that's more work than the money is worth to send you on to camp,'" Brayden's mom Annie said.

The rest was pretty easy for Brayden. All he had to do was write about his great grandpa John Gross.

"He is a lot like me. We both like to sing, but grandpa can sing in German," Brayden said. "I love museums and my grandpa has a museum in Napoleon where he lives."

Brayden also loves the stories great grandpa Gross likes to tell.

"He has a whole bunch of stories when he went to World War II," Brayden said.

"He's a history buff he has books on Civil War, World War II, Egypt. His hero is Indiana Jones," Annie said.

Brayden also loves to hear about great grandpa Gross' travel experiences.

"He's been to all the states and Denmark, Germany, Austria, Washington D.C., Rome, Canada, Mexico, Italy and the Philippines. Just about everywhere," Brayden said.

Because Brayden's parents paid for his camp, he has other plans for the money he won.

"I'm going to use the money to buy a civil war suit and then put the rest in my savings account," Brayden said. "I love my Grandpa and he loves me."

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