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All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Order zelnorm online 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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It was this drive for success that the Patriots wide receiver stressed in his visit to Lowell High on Tuesday morning. Order zelnorm online Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, order zelnorm online along with the National Financial Educators Council, order zelnorm online sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, order zelnorm online which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, order zelnorm 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 zelnorm online covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Order zelnorm online The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, order zelnorm online Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, order zelnorm online 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, order zelnorm online each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, order zelnorm online athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, order zelnorm online 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 zelnorm online After the presentation, order zelnorm online he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Order zelnorm online Though he encountered many Patriots fans, order zelnorm online Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, order zelnorm online he's happy.
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