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City Tech's 2010 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Interviewed on
All Black Radio

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Lerone Bleasdille and Natasha Marano, City Tech's 2010 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, recently were guests on All Black Radio's "Dreams Can Come True" segment. Click the player to the right to listen to them discuss their accomplishments and plans for the future.

Bleasdille and Marcano will take part in City Tech's 70th Commencement Exercises, Wednesday, June 2, 10:30 a.m., in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. A total of 1,900 degrees (1,100 associate, 800 baccalaureate) are expected to be conferred by City Tech President Russell K. Hotzler.

Bleasdille, 24, who is receiving a BTech degree in computer systems. He arrived at City Tech as a result of Hurricane Ivan in 2004, one of 15 Grenadians to win a humanitarian aid scholarship to CUNY. He served as president of City Tech’s Student Government Association (SGA), lead reporter for the student newspaper, president of the Martial Arts Club and vice president of the E-commerce club. Grateful for his own scholarship experience, Bleasdille and some fellow students established the merit-based SGA Trust Award, providing $2,000 each to three full-time students.

While gravitating towards a career in technology, Bleasdille says he “found himself as a creative writer” at City Tech, winning first prize in both the poetry and short story categories in the City Tech Literary Festival Competition. He credits his mother for “her indomitable spirit and unquenchable support. She’s read all my stories, and poems. While my father set the education bar high, my mother built my character,” he says.

Marcano, 32, who is receiving a BTech degree in communication design. Like Bleasdille, she is an international student. Born and raised in Trinidad, she left behind her identical twin sister to come to City Tech to further her education. With the encouragement of her professors, she now has the goal of teaching at the college level.

The Commencement Speaker is first-term New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, whose district includes City Tech. He served as a top aide to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and, together with Senator Schumer, co-authored Positively American: Winning Back the Middle Class Majority One Family at a Time (Rodale Press, 2007). A graduate of Yale University, Senator Squadron lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.


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