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Danville man takes unique path to being a scientist

Original post made on Jun 13, 2012

When Maxwell Bertolero was in high school nine years ago, he was advised that he'd better get his act together or he'd never succeed. But, although he took an alternative route, he recently not only graduated from Columbia University, he was valedictorian.

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Comments (5)

Posted by Mom
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

It is always so nice to hear such a fantastic success story! Any mental illness is so difficult to explain to those who don't understand or don't want to understand. Way to believe in yourself and just go for it!!!

Posted by B. Lynn Goodwin-Brown
a resident of Danville
on Jun 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

WTG, Maxwell Bertolero.

Posted by Jerold Z Kaplan, M.D.
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 13, 2012 at 8:56 am

My congratulations to Max and his family. Everyone needs to realize that "marching to a different drummer" may still lead to success even if the drummer is on a bike! I am sure that Max will do as well at UCB as he did at Columbia.

Posted by Danville Dad
a resident of Danville
on Jun 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

Kudos also to Venture school. Our son attended during his middle school years and benefited greatly from the experience. The staff there is the best; they truly care for their students. I'm glad to say that my son has since graduated from college, and has been happily employed and pursuing his dream ever since. I'm convinced that his experience at Venture was pivotal in helping him become the person he is now.

Posted by Theresa N
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jun 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Congratulations Mathew and to your parents. You are a fine example of what so many kids today (including my daughter who also graduated from Venture for the same reasons) that face your challenges. I know you will become an amazing scientist and perhaps one day cure Depression. Thank you for sharing your speech. I am passing it along to my daughter who is after gradating 3 years ago is now finding higher learning one of her passions also.
Good luck to you. & God Bless.

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