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Braidon Joseph Beard, currently a student at Pittsburg State University, has enjoyed his mind-expanding and life-changing education received in the college classroom. Living in poverty, facing adversity, and overcoming numerous obstacles (with the help of many others) Braidon decided to come to college to try to make something more out of his life.  Braidon has taken advantage of the numerous opportunities available at I.C.C. which led to his taking the title of the National Debate Champion of 2016, debating State Senator Jeff King, and becoming a TEDx speaker. Winning first place in three college level essay writing contests, Braidon now writes about the important experiences that take place in his life to not only forever keep them in his memory but also for others to read.