Hudson -- A recent high school graduate will be heading to classes at Valparaiso University later this month with an extra $15,000 in his pocket.
The student, Ben Tiemann, also helped earn an additional $15,000 for the Hudson High School coffers.
Tiemann was picked by Jos. A. Bank to be a member of the prom rep program at Hudson High School during the 2012-13 school year.
"On certain days, he would wear his tuxedo to school," Principal Brian Wilch said.
"Students saw Tiemann in the tux and when they asked him about it, he would give them information on tux rental."
Tiemann referred more than 3,000 people to the local store while he was promoting the tux, winning him and the school $15,000 each.
"I was simply shocked," Tiemann said. "My parents were hesitant to believe it too; they had me call corporate to look into the legitimacy of the email I was sent."
Tiemann said he was just expecting a free tux from the program.
"Joseph A. Bank had the least expensive rentals that I saw in this area, and it's a well respected brand, so it was easy getting referrals," Tiemann said.
Tiemann has not decided on how he will spend the extra money, he said.
"Taxes will take a great deal of the winnings, but with what's left over, I plan on saving a large portion of it, possibly for law school, donating a portion of it and shopping at Joseph A. Bank, of course," Tiemann said.
Tiemann will attend Valparaiso University in Northwest Indiana. His plan is to major in accounting and political science while being enrolled in the honors college, which focuses on humanities.
Tiemann is also working with the school and how it can spend it's $15,000, Wilch said.
"A good portion of the $15,000 will go to funding the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, which will honor alumni who have made an impact both at the high school and in the world," Tiemann said. "That should be ready for the awards ceremony which will take place on the weekend of homecoming, I believe."
Tiemann would also like to target some of the money for the school's social worker's budget.
"We're also looking into a senior rock, which will be a large boulder placed somewhere on campus which only seniors can paint and decorate," he added.