‘You are greater than those things that hold you back’


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September 21, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Michael Cuestas speaks to more than 450 student council representatives at a regional conference Thursday morning at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. REGISTER/VICKIE MOSS

When in fourth grade, Michael Cuestas reached the pinnacle of success for elementary school: He won the school spelling bee.

Cuestas weathered the contest, despite the doubts instilled by those, including his friends, who told him he couldn’t do it.

A teacher, however, made the difference, saying, “Never let anyone tell you that you are less than because you are greater than what they say.”

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