That is as good as it gets. When my daughter was about that age, I had a customer who owned a big pond (GA) , said I was welcome to bring her over to fish. The pond was slap full of GIANT bluegills.
She caught about 20 of them and was having a blast when out of nowhere, the rod bowed over and the drag started SCREAMING. It took me a bit to realize what was going on, I didn't know it until that point, but there were HUGE grass carp in the pond and she had hooked one.
I believe that moment is what hooked her for good. She is now 17 and an avid fishing machine, we both still talk about that day pretty often.
That young man will remember that trip for his entire life, awesome stuff, thank you for sharing!