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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Find discount anacin 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, find discount anacin" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Find discount anacin "I looked at it as a means to an end. Find discount anacin I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

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

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Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, find discount anacin each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, find discount anacin athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, find discount anacin 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. Find discount anacin After the presentation, find discount anacin he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Find discount anacin Though he encountered many Patriots fans, find discount anacin Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, find discount anacin he's happy.

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