In 2013, Radcliffe Saddler had the honor of introducing President Barack Obama who visited the school to highlight his High School Redesign initiative. He was chosen out of a school-wide contest to write the best biography. Radcliffe introduced Obama in a little less than two-minute introduction.
Today, his story continues. This 18 year old has landed himself a job with IBM and gets featured on CNN. He is one of the first students to graduate from the original P-TECH, or Pathways in Technology Early College High School. Radcliffe and five other students have managed to complete their credits in just four years; the rest of their classmates are on track to graduate in either 2016 or 2017. He accepted a job with IBM, based on his performance during summer internships and will start his career as a Market Research Associate Analyst at IBM. He, however, plans to continue his education on a part time basis.
Radcliffe Saddler was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and is the oldest of three children. When he was 6, he and his family moved to the United States for good, at least in part, because his parents wanted to provide a cheaper and better education for their children.
Saddler revealed, “My family came to America in search of a better life.” “It’s finally over,I am happy right now. But I am keeping myself humble. With all good things comes responsibility. I am going to stay focused. Throughout my experiences in school I always tried to work hard. My interest in technology came from my love of video games. In my middle school days, I used to add modifications to my video games like creating a new weapon for the character and making the character invincible. Art has been a passion of mine too, and I have learned how to hone my ideas by creating solutions with technology.”
Listen to Radcliffe’s interview with CNN;[embedplusvideo height=”390″ width=”640″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1HK1Hot” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Gu9kk3CdoJI?fs=1&vq=hd720″ vars=”ytid=Gu9kk3CdoJI&width=640&height=390&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=1&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=¬es=” id=”ep5216″ /]