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05-16-2011, 10:33 AM
05-15-2011 03:08 PM

To become a standout, Clearwater High student stood alone

It’s 5 a.m. in South Greenwood, and Bennie Niles IV is alone. The house is dark and still. Outside, the neighborhood sleeps. Bennie swings his feet onto the carpet. He has work to do. Bennie is 18. He’s spent much of his life in this bedroom. His parents, both 43, would not let their firstborn run outside with the neighborhood boys. They kept him here, on his own.

They expected greatness. Bennie’s father was an all-state linebacker who nearly broke Dunedin High’s tackle record. His mother, Tandala, was resolute and studious, earning straight A’s at Florida A&M. When Bennie was in second grade, Tandala bought him a Power Ranger action figure, but he was so excited he didn’t say thank you. His dad took it back, as a lesson in manners.

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