Ruiz set to graduate early despite challenges

Photo Contest

Where do you read the newspaper? The Uvalde Leader-News is again accepting photo submissions from people reading the newspaper in far-flung or unique geographical locations. The newspaper first held the contest in 2013 and received dozens of entries, which appeared one at a time on the front page of each edition of the newspaper – for nearly one year.Simply e-mail, mail or bring your photos into us on or before Dec. 31, 2016, to be eligible for the contest. Pictures will be judged on location, originality and authenticity and should be accompanied by a brief description...
Swimmer, golfer, boy scout, police explorer, and youth leader Matthew Ruiz, age 17, is set to graduate early. That is not a bad repertoire for any student, much less a special needs student. Ruiz comes from a long lineage of Uvalde residents. He was born and raised in Uvalde just like his parents and grandparents before him. As a child, Ruiz was classified by Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District as special needs. It wasn’t until he was in the fifth grade that he actually understood what it meant to be classified as special needs.
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