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Cox Communications honors 14 Alachua County students for overcoming adversity

Cox Communications honors 14 Alachua County students for overcoming adversity

Cox Communications teamed with Phalanx Defense Systems for a fun day to honor super heroes in Alachua County.

It's not the super heroes you may be thinking of: They don't actually have super-human powers, but they're impressive, nonetheless.

Cox Communications recognized 14 Alachua County students who have overcome extreme life challenges.

"These are students that are sometimes overlooked they may not be the class Valedictorian or the star-athlete but everyone around them knows they are special," Cox Communications Maureen Tartaglione said.

These challenges can be mental or physical disabilities, severe medical conditions, language barriers or family adversity.

"I've had to cooperate with hard things in my life and I have overcome them my old me is now gone and this is the new me," Wiles Elementary student Avione Burks said.

A small bump in the road hasn't stopped these students.

They're on the honor roll, they give back and they take a negative situation and turn it to something positive.

"I've gone through a lot of life experience and when it's someone's worse day I can help them get through it, I can tell them I know it seems tough right now but there's light at the end of the tunnel."

"I can take my life experiences and when someone is having a bad day I can help them get through it," Loftin High School Senior Derek Schumpert said. "I can tell them I know it seems tough right now but there's light at the end of the tunnel," he said.

These students show courage, and inspire others to overcome challenges as well.

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