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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Find lasix cod 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 lasix cod" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Find lasix cod "I looked at it as a means to an end. Find lasix cod 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 lasix cod covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Find lasix cod The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, find lasix cod Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, find lasix cod each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

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

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