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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order vermox online And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

"I never saw sports as my future, order vermox online" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Order vermox online "I looked at it as a means to an end. Order vermox online I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

It was this drive for success that the Patriots wide receiver stressed in his visit to Lowell High on Tuesday morning. Order vermox online Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order vermox online along with the National Financial Educators Council, order vermox online sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order vermox online which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order vermox online workshops and first-loan programs.

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Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, order vermox online covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order vermox online The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order vermox online Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order vermox online each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, order vermox online who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Order vermox online He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, order vermox online Mo., order vermox online the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Order vermox online He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, order vermox online which he soon learned he would have to buy himself after mowing more than a couple of lawns.

"Once you view money as something that requires labor, order vermox online youhave more respect for it, order vermox online" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, order vermox online each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, order vermox online athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, order vermox online Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

"When you have that discipline and focus, order vermox online that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, order vermox online" said Lloyd.

Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Order vermox online After the presentation, order vermox online he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Order vermox online Though he encountered many Patriots fans, order vermox online Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, order vermox online he's happy.

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, order vermox online because each of them, order vermox online in some way, order vermox online will have money in their future, order vermox online" said Lloyd. Order vermox online "But all it takes is one kid. Order vermox online I come from a family of educators, order vermox online 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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