WARNER ROBINS -- Nadia Kendricks 18th birthday present turned out to be much more than just a trip to California.
While she was on the West Coast, the senior at Veterans High School was chosen to be a contestant on the game show Lets Make a Deal, and her episode will air at 3 p.m. Monday on CBS.
Kendrick, who lives in Kathleen, received the trip to California as a birthday surprise from her mother, Chandria Woodard. Two aunts, Jackie Releford and April Davis, and her uncle, Kuma Davis, also went.
Her mother had been praying that her only child would get a chance to be on Lets Make a Deal, which was taped on Kendricks birthday, Nov. 9. Everyone in her group was screened for the show, and when Kendricks name was called, it was an answered prayer.
I just couldnt believe it, Woodard said. I threw my hands up in the air and said, Thank you, Jesus.
She kept hugging her daughter until Kendrick finally told her mother she had to go.
Mother and daughter watch the game show every day when Kendrick gets home from school if she is not working at her job at a day care.
The hardest part has been keeping the outcome of the show a secret from family and friends who didnt make the trip with them. Woodard hasnt even told her own mother about the results. Those who were at the show had to sign a contract to keep the secret.
I try not to think about it, Woodard said.
Kendrick, who plans to study nursing at Georgia Southern University, said she pretends the whole trip was a dream to be able to keep quiet.
Woodard will watch the show when it airs Monday, but Kendrick will have to wait until she gets home from work to watch herself. They plan to have a pizza party to celebrate the episode.
While in California, the group also took a bus tour to see celebrity homes. Kendrick got a picture with actor Blair Underwood, who played an attorney on TVs L.A. Law.
Kendrick said her once in a lifetime experience was highlighted by meeting Lets Make a Deal host Wayne Brady.
I was like, oh my God, Im talking to Wayne Brady, she said.