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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order vasotec cod And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.
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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, order vasotec cod covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order vasotec cod The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order vasotec cod Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order vasotec cod each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.
But the real star of the show was Lloyd, order vasotec cod who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order vasotec cod He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order vasotec cod Mo., order vasotec cod the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order vasotec cod He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order vasotec cod which he soon learned he would have to buy himself after mowing more than a couple of lawns.
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Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, order vasotec cod each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, order vasotec cod athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, order vasotec cod Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.
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Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Order vasotec cod After the presentation, order vasotec cod he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Order vasotec cod Though he encountered many Patriots fans, order vasotec cod Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, order vasotec cod he's happy.
"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, order vasotec cod because each of them, order vasotec cod in some way, order vasotec cod will have money in their future, order vasotec cod" said Lloyd. Order vasotec cod "But all it takes is one kid. Order vasotec cod I come from a family of educators, order vasotec cod and one thing my dad would always say is that he'd teach all these years for one student to get something out of it."
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