My name is Santos Antonio Cedric Ruiz Rodriguez III. I’m 17 years old. I was born on the 14th of September of 1995 in Jacksonville, Florida on the Naval Air Station Base. My parents are both bi-racial making me multiracial. My dad served in the Navy and is Puerto Rican and Taino Indian. My mom serves as a correctional guard at Florida State Prison in Starke, Florida and is African-American and Cherokee Indian. I’m also bilingual. I speak both English and Spanish. I love foreign languages and I have a passion for martial arts. I was raised in Jacksonville, Florida where I attended John E. Ford K-8 Spanish Immersion. In the 5th grade, I moved to Raiford, Florida where I attended Lake Butler Middle School. I participated in a program to take my 6th and 7th grade at the same time through Florida Virtual School. In the 8th grade, I applied to Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville, Florida and was accepted. Upon entering Stanton, I was unprepared for the academic rigor of an International Baccalaureate Programme. I was living with my uncle at the time, but he was working two jobs and hardly was home. I was feeding myself and pretty much living on my own. I got very involved in school activities insofar that I was staying after school Tuesday through Thursday catching a city bus to my older brother’s house. After arriving there I was then taken to my uncle’s home. This went on for about a semester and one day I just cracked. I went to my AP World History teacher literally crying because I was stressed and overwhelmed with grief about family issues, but also the academic rigor.
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