JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "No one has ever been here this early and we are all dressed up and he still didn't know!," joked Martin Pet.
A lot went in to keeping his son's Hero Next Door Student Scholarship a surprise for Paxon School for the Advanced Studies Senior Charles Pett.
His father Martin told his son that the whole family was coming over so early because they had to go to court and Charles needed to dress up to have his school picture taken.
Charles believed it until FCN surprised him at the door!
"Did you have any idea we were coming?" asked FCN's Jacob Long.
"Not at all! My dad called the news place and I was like- 'how about that scholarship' and he was like 'I don't think you got it'," said Charles with a laugh.
But he did win!
His parents, Martin and Michelle, were beaming with pride!
"His mom told me you (FCN) were having the hero next door and Charles has been my hero for a long time and has grown up to be a great son and tremendous values and he is willing to help anybody and he is just a hero person in my opinion," said Martin.
Charles will be putting the $1,000 toward going to UF and studying chemistry.
"Maybe go into pre-med, maybe pharmaceutical and part of me wants to be a lawyer," said Charles.
Whatever he chooses to do, his parents say he can achieve it!
"He has always been a very goal-oriented person I'm sure he has got some good goals for the future and we will just help him get through it," said Martin.
Wednesday morning is the big $5,000 student scholarship reveal. Make sure you tune in to Good Morning Jacksonville tomorrow morning to see who it is!
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