James Ratcliff


The March 2017 issue of The Pulse is the seventy-fifth issue published since the Fall of 1998. We asked former reporters and editors to let us know where they are now, their favorite Palo Alto memories, and what advice they would give to current students.

By Thristan Ramos
Pulse staff editor

James Ratcliff, diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, never thought he would be writing about the local sports teams in his community. He was at Palo Alto from Fall 2010 through Spring 2013, and he graduated from Texas A&M-San Antonio in 2015, the first member of his immediate family to graduate from college.

“I’ve worked the last 5+ years at a local newspaper, mostly covering high school sports on a local level. While I’m still living in my hometown, not knowing what each day brings is a challenge. It’s a bit scary, admittedly, but I believe fortune favors the daring,” wrote Ratcliff. “Dr. Richter and The Pulse staff I worked with gave me valuable insight into my writing style, and I made several friends and allies during my time there.”

Never give up on your goals and dreams! It may be hard at times, but staying true to yourself and your own ideals will see you through, even when you want to quit. If I can do it, so can you!

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