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Siouxland child's baby blues earn $10,000

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The eyes of one four-year-old in North Sioux City, South Dakota are helping secure her future.

If Nate Lloyd had a dollar for every time he heard someone compliment his daughter's eyes, "I might have some money in my pocket," he said.

"As soon as she was born.  I mean, as soon as she left the house," said wife Meggen.

It started out with family and friends. 

"We went on an airplane trip," recalled Nate. "Restaurants, everywhere we go in public, church," he added.

"McDonalds, Target, Shop-Ko," listed brother Jack.

"Everywhere we run into it," said Nate.

Now those compliments are paying off.  The Lloyds entered their daughter, Ava, in the Prevent Blindness America Beautiful Eyes contest.  She won for the state of South Dakota, with a photo Nate snapped on their vacation to Lake Erie.

"She almost was caught mid dance, like mid movement, which is just her. You can never get her to stop moving," laughed Meggen.

A panel of celebrity judges including Larry King and "I Dream of Jeanie's" Barbara Eden selected Ava as the national winner of the Beautiful Eyes contest.  Prevent Blindness America flew the Lloyds here to Chicago to accept her prize.

"We'd like to present a $10,000 educational scholarship to you and your family," Jay Longstreth of Marchon Eyewear, which sponsored the scholarship, to the Lloyds as they took the stage.

"This is huge, this means so much," pointed out Meggen.

Nate is a small business owner.  Meggen lost her job when Sioux City's Delta Call center closed.  It's not exactly the best time to be saving for college.

"No, absolutely no," said Meggen.

At just four years old, there's a lot of time for that $10,000 to grow before Ava heads off to college.

"This is a jump start for Ava.  This is something she would have never had," said her dad.

Ava's win is not only a boost for her college fund, but a bright spot for the whole family.

"It even offers another layer of hope going into the next year," said Nate.

She knows right were that big check will go.

"In my room," Ava said excitedly.

She's also getting used to the flashbulbs, and who knows, we might be seeing those baby blues for a long time to come. 

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