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Going for the Gold at Sealey Elementary

A group of elementary school students is going for the gold.

Olympian and track star LaVonne Idlette visited Sealey Elementary School in Tallahassee Monday morning.

The World Champion Qualifier encouraged students to reach reading goals.

Idlette is a law student at FAMU's School of Law in Orlando. She participated in the 2012 Olympics in London.

She says, "Sometimes they don't get the message from the people that they see every day. Hopefully, hearing if from someone else will inspire them to want to read or want to learn or want to be a great athlete or whatever. Hopefully my words inspired somebody."

Monday's visit kicked off the school's reading program.

Idlette is a national record holder for the Dominican Republic in the 100m hurdles, and a World Championship Qualifier. She earned a top 20 world rank listing, and a top 5 rank in the Capital Athletic Conference. This past year, she competed in several international competitions, including the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons attended the reading kick-off event at Sealey. Pons was officially recognized as a Sealey Superstar, having attended Sealey during his elementary years.


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