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Mineola American - Schools

Mineola Student Motivates Others

Mineola High School senior Brandon Lee Heard visited sixth-graders in Staney Jacob’s class at Dutch Broadway School in Elmont on March 22 to discuss his senior project. For the project, Lee Heard worked with children to motivate them to do their best despite any extenuating circumstances.


Prior to the visit, the sixth-graders read about Lee Heard’s story in TKD Times during an English language arts lesson. His life story of struggles through his childhood and teenage years motivated him to change his situation.

Lee Heard explained how he used taekwondo as a new beginning to change his life. All of the sixth-graders listened to his story of triumph and how he used school and martial arts as his focus, ultimately earning a Black Belt.


To emphasize the main topics of the visit, the students also participated in team-building exercises and leadership activities. Lee Heard, who will be attending college in the fall with a full scholarship, told the sixth-graders to “reach beyond your own expectations and what others expect of you.”