David Guillermo Sánchez Bavaresco is proud of his MDC roots. David Guillermo Sánchez Bavaresco quite literally wears his emotions on his sleeves. When the Wolfson Campus student recently qualified to represent the United States in a major karate competition in Las Vegas, he decided to pay tribute to MDC, which helped him transition to American life. “I have a USA jacket to wear at the competition,” he said. “On the left side will be the U.S. flag. On the right side, I want to put the MDC logo. “I’m thankful because MDC gave me a scholarship to reach my dreams,” Bavaresco said. “Now I want to make MDC proud of me.” Bavaresco, a 5-foot-7, 141-pounder who dreams of representing Team USA in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, competes in the 75-kilogram weight class (equivalent to 165 pounds). The millions of karate athletes worldwide underscore how impressive a berth in the Olympics would be for Bavaresco, 21. Even before setting this goal, he accomplished a feat by fleeing Venezuela three years ago. “Students were protesting the government,” he said. “The government sent assassins to kill students and anyone against them.” After arriving in Miami, Bavaresco contacted U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, an MDC graduate who helped him enter MDC. Now the young man is on his way, soaring high thanks to that initial boost from MDC. “I want a career in engineering and telecommunications,” he said. “I want to get my license as a private pilot. And I want to own a karate club and help my community.” – WV
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