Leonardo Leal-Geurrero epitomizes the overcoming spirit. Moving to Manatee from Mexico with a dysfunctional family — including an abusive stepfather — Leonardo bounced between families and being homeless. When he started school in 2005 in seventh grade, he knew no English. But he studied it constantly and mastered it in a year while getting A’s.
He held steadfastly to the belief that education could pull him out of the cycle of poverty that dogged his family. So while at Braden River High School, he also was enrolled at State College of Florida, where he is nearly finished with an associate’s degree.
Now he has full scholarship offers to Harvard and Stanford. “If you fight for your dreams, they can come true if you have enough motivation and perseverance,” he told the East County Observer. A great lesson.
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Food and fun
The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and its Young Leaders Alliance have something to talk about: the organizations collected 764 pounds of nonperishable food and $1,295 cash to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee/Meals on Wheels PLUS.
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A little “Ho! Ho! Ho!” can go a long way this holiday season.