Jamaican Student, Radcliffe Saddler, Interviewed on CNN, Introduces US President, Gets Job at IBM

Radcliffe Saddler is only 18 but has already accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime. Born in Kingston, his family moved to the United States when he was six because his parents wanted their children to the best possible education. Now Mr. Saddler is one of the first graduates of Pathways into Technology Early College High School (P-Tech), a new school in Brooklyn, New York, created to help students get into careers in technology. Not only has Saddler earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science from the New York City College of Technology as a result of his association with P-Tech, he was chosen to introduce Barrack Obama when the President visited the school, and he was interviewed on the television news network CNN. Saddler had been profiled in the New York Times in 2013 when he was impacted by New York’s “strange” high school application process that led to his rejection from all of the nine schools to which he had applied. Following the rejections, Saddler decided to attend P-Tech and now believes this was the best school President Obama could have chosen to visit because it motivates all students to do their best. Saddler is one of the top three students at P-Tech and has already earned 21 college credits. As if these achievements weren’t enough, Saddler is set to begin work with IBM Market Development as an associate analyst.

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