Ruiz set to graduate early despite challenges

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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