Meet Ryder

Future Zookeeper

Ryder loves animals and hopes to grow up and become a zookeeper. The first grader at Doddridge County Elementary School earned $500 to go toward his college education thanks to his winning entry in the SMART529 When I Grow Up essay contest.

“I read a book about it with my brothers and we got into animals and wanting to have a zoo,” he said. “I just have a dog now. His name is Copper.”

Ryder and his brothers want to name their zoo the Three Brothers Zoo and invite lots of kids to feed the animals and learn all about them.

His favorite subjects are math and science. Outside of school, Ryder likes to play sports and watch television. He also loves playing with cars and Nerf guns.

Bright futures begin with SMART savings.