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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Find discount protonix 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 protonix" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Find discount protonix "I looked at it as a means to an end. Find discount protonix 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 protonix covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Find discount protonix The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, find discount protonix Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, find discount protonix 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 protonix each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, find discount protonix athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, find discount protonix 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 protonix After the presentation, find discount protonix he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Find discount protonix Though he encountered many Patriots fans, find discount protonix Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, find discount protonix he's happy.

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