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Alumni Spotlight
(Week of November 21, 2016)

Daniel Lopez

Daniel Lopez is an alumnus of Horizon Science Academy Toledo, Class of 2013.

My career path.
My experience since graduation has been extremely overwhelming. My mindset has changed significantly from my freshman year to my senior and to where I am at right now. For example, I wanted to pursue a career as a football player or game designer but, as I explored my options and got involved in different activities, I realized that it wasn’t for me. I wanted to pursue a career in something I was passionate about which is why I have now chosen wrestling.
 
My passion for wrestling.
I started wrestling my sophomore year in high school and I had to make the choice between dropping out of high school and focusing on wrestling or staying in school. I chose to stay in school because I realized that sometimes plans change and if at one point I can't pursue my dream as a wrestler, I will still have my education to keep me going. There was a point where I stopped wrestling for a while. I didn't want to give up on my dream and I felt like I was letting myself down by stopping. I quickly went back to it because it was something I didn’t want to forget about.
 
A new chapter in my life.
Once graduation came along, I saw all my fellow classmates in front of that stage and we all knew an important chapter in our lives was coming to an end. But for me it was just the beginning. Three months after graduating I returned to professional wrestling. I had been training for a year and a half before I had my first match. My first match was a turning point for me, it was a monumental moment because after being told I couldn't do it, after being told I wasn't good enough; I made it. So far I have wrestled in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Carolina and Tennessee. I am 22 years old now and I am living my dream.
 

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