Middle school students hear powerful words from Medina

Middle school students hear powerful words from Medina
Posted on 10/31/2018
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That was the theme of the presentation by motivational speaker Jonathan Medina as he spoke to 2,400 middle schools in three presentations as part of Middle Schools United Experience Wednesday and Thursday.

Medina, a native of Rio Hondo, played collegiate football at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is a nationally known Latino Motivational Youth Speaker who has made dozens of presentations throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

He told students about his life growing up without a father, being raised by his migrant-worker grandfather and the challenges of becoming the first in his family to go to college.

"The decisions you make now will determine the rest of your life," Medina told the students. 

His size – 6-foot-4 and 299 pounds – provided him an opportunity to attain a college education. After earning all-state honors in 2005 for Rio Hondo, he walked on to the team at Georgetown and was the starting right tackle for the Hoyas. 

His inspirational "Dream Big" program was very interactive with the middle school students. He brought with him several volunteers of different stature, and showed each crowd that circumstances do not define their future.

During one point of the program, he lifted two students holding a bar and turned them around.

The 836 sixth grader students from Liberty Memorial, Los Cuates and Resaca middle schools marked the first time that they have been under the same roof. They will be freshmen at LFU in 2021 and are members of the class of 2025.

High school entertainment and presentations were made by the Los Fresnos High School/LFU choir, Stars dance team and Navy JROTC.
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