BALTIMORE – Not many high school students, or anyone for that matter, have a patent for something they invented. But Liberty Union High School senior Kalib Riddle does.
“I patented a technology regarding carbon capture,” he said. “My technology differs from the rest of them because of what patented carbon dioxide does and puts it into the clearing of land and fields to the benefit of plant growth and health. inspiration from that. “
He has spoken to officials from the Biden Administration about his invention.
Riddle will graduate third in his class with a 4.3 grade point average.
Some may think being an inventor with plans to own someday may be enough. But Riddle also has a job that takes even more of his time.
He is a pre-operative surgical technician and research assistant at the James Cancer Center in Columbus. Riddle said he’s worked there because some of his family members have had cancer.
“I wanted to put myself in the position of helping out and using my innovative mind to possibly end and cure cancer,” he said.
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If all that’s not enough, Riddle is also part of the village’s restoration committee. He also played football and basketball for the Lions along with running track his junior year.
“I balanced a lot of stuff,” Riddle said. “It takes a lot of sacrifice. I’m trying to balance a social life and be a high schooler and at the same time being an entrepreneur and working as a research assistant and pre-operative surgical technician and sports.”
With all Riddle has gone on, he says he knows what comes first. He said academics come before everything else and he’s been up to 3 am or 4 am at times doing school work.
Riddle’s choices of colleges are down to Ohio State, Harvard or Columbia. He wants to major in environmental science and engineering along with getting a business degree to help realize his own company.
As someone who has been so successful in high school and outside of school, Riddle has some advice for incoming freshmen.
“Don’t let this environment dictate who you become,” he said. “Always spread your wings and always be involved in as many extra-curriculars as possible. Just be yourself and don’t conform to anything else. Just keep going and keep pushing because that’s what makes you successful.”