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Mother/daughter duo cheer each other on to graduation

From left: Danielle Lobo, President Ava L. Parker, J.D., and Leo Lobo

Danielle Lobo and her daughter Aaliyah (Leo) Lobo always had a close relationship. Nevertheless, thanks to similar desires, they were about to embark on a journey beyond their parent/child relationship.

Leo was dually enrolled at Seminole Ridge High School and the goalkeeper for the travel soccer team. Early in 2022, she suffered a complete tear of three different knee muscles, ending a 10-year soccer career. In her recovery, Leo took a deep dive into her academics. Despite her pain and disappointment, she kept a positive perspective.

This inspired her mother, Danielle, to finally finish her degree.

“I have watched her complete high school, including her AICE courses and A.A. degree, hold a part-time job, and attend physical therapy,” said Danielle.  “She has overcome everything and become such a strong, intelligent, talented young adult.”

Danielle says she was able to connect with Leo regarding her academics, bringing them even closer together. Cheering for each other at every turn was definitely beneficial to each of their success.

“We studied together, crammed together, and took the exam together. Thank God we both passed!”

This sealed their dual tickets to graduation this spring, where Danielle will be receiving her Associate in Science degree in Paralegal Studies and Leo will be receiving an Associate in Arts degree.

Danielle admits she always knew her daughter was going places but never thought she would see her own educational success. Danielle will continue her studies at PBSC, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in human services starting this summer. Witnessing her daughter’s persistence has inspired her to keep pushing to better herself and have the career of her dreams. She aims to become a family court judge after graduating from law school.

Leo eventually recovered, returned to soccer, and rejoined the travel team. She is now headed off to South Carolina to play soccer for a Division II school, where she will pursue photography. Her artwork is currently featured in the Palm Beach State College gallery.

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