Sam, a long-time camper from Georgia, entered an essay contest sponsored by McDonald’s and won! The prize: a trip to this year’s Winter Olympics.

His essay was selected out of over 800 entries. Sam wrote about achieving excellence through friendship, earning respect and achieving success. Sam was presented as the winner by Ronald McDonald at a surprise school assembly.

Sam heads to Vancouver to attend the Opening Ceremonies and several Olympic events in February. View the Florida Times-Union Article and the First Coast News video. Congratulations Sam!