Marcel G. Raphael
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I am a male, primarily African American in race, with medium build. I was born in Mission hills, California on October 14, 1985. I only spent my first two months there, though. After that my parents and I moved to Orlando, Florida. It was there that my brother was born. This is where I spent most of my childhood years. After about eight years, we moved to Ocala, Florida. It was there that we found our current home church, Spirit Life. We've been active members there ever since. There is something about the people and the vision that's beyond standard churches. We weren't just there filling pews, we were impacting communities through outreaches and nations through missions trips. We were making a difference.

I was enrolled in home school from the third grade until the end of high school. During my Junior and Senior year I dual enrolled at Central Florida Community College. I spent two of my post-high-school years at CFCC, finishing up my Associates in Arts Degree. I had lived in Ocala for over 10 years before I came to Gainesville. I am now a student at the University of Florida working towards my Bachelors in Public Relations. I am also an employee of Shands at the University of Florida's Sleep Disorders Center.