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Alex Lageer

(About winning a robotics competition) “That pretty much sealed the deal. I told everyone, ‘I want to stick with technology. That’s what I want to do with my life.’
Alex Lageer, a 16-year-old high school student, hope to use

This week's CertStudent is 16-year-old Alex Lageer, who's lived in Brooklyn all his life and studies at The Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology in Manhattan. Alex took an interest in computers at a young age. "I was probably 6 or 7 when my family bought our first computer," he said. "It was mainly for my brother; he was in college at the time."

The family PC, a Compaq with Windows 2000, became an instant source of fascination for Alex, particularly whenever his brother wasn't around. "I would always try to sneak behind his back and press buttons," Alex said. "What does this do? What does that do?" As he got older, the budding technologist played around with computers and took apart electronic gizmos like remote controlled cars to see how they worked.

In middle school, Alex found himself with few friends and turned to a school robotics program. He and a handful of teammates spent time studying and building robots, and participated in competitions against other teams. "That pretty much sealed the deal," Alex said. "I told everyone, 'I want to stick with technology. That's what I want to do with my life.'  He got his first certification, Certiport's Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3), at age 14, and recently earned TestOut's PC Pro cert.

Technology isn't the only thing, he has time for, of course: Alex is a runner, having done everything from 200 Meter and 100 Meter sprints to lung-busting cross-country races, including regular training at Van Colton Park in The Bronx. "Me and my friends call it The Woods," he said. He's also been participating in the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program since middle school, and hopes to eventually join the Navy and study nuclear engineering.

For now, he's having fun at UAGST. "We built these machines," he said gesturing at the computers in his school classroom. "Everything here, we built it from scratch." The same way, you might say, that he's building a future in IT.

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