The Exchange Club of Rome has selected the city’s A.C.E. Award winner for competition for the Georgia District Award. Fernando Guzman, a senior at Coosa High School was the judges’ selection from a field that also contained high school seniors Kimberly Jenkins of Armuchee High School, Karson Cabe of Model High School, Mary Jo McCormick of Rome High School, and Gabriela Ariza of Unity Christian School. The A.C.E. Award, Accepting The Challenge of Excellence, is an award of the National Exchange Club that honors high school graduating seniors who have overcome adversity and excelled in their school and community activities. Fernando has already fought three battles with cancer that have taken one leg, one arm, and a portion of one lung and he has been diagnosed with cancer in his other lung. This has not deterred him in his desire to finish his education with high grades and continue forward reaching out to children with disabilities to show them that giving up is not an option.. He plans to continue his education, go into counseling, and with his love of sports work with students in that field too.
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