Ethan Pronovst ’15 wrote his International Baccalaureate extended essay on the analysis of linear regression algorithms. A student at St. Paul’s since sixth grade, Ethan is on the varsity cross country and crew teams, sings in the choir, and founded and runs a peer tutoring program between the upper and middle school. He has spent a summer conducting computer science research with a mentor at Johns Hopkins, and now works as an intern for a high-tech start-up company. He was one of eight members of his class inducted to the Cum Laude Society as a junior in recognition of academic excellence.
“At St. Paul’s I’ve been able to do more than just science. The IB has been like a liberal arts education in high school. We don’t have a computer science class, but there have been so many opportunities to fit computer science or my other interests into the classes I take.”
"Mr. Scott was my freshman math teacher, and introduced me to programming as a way to challenge me. I had no idea where to start, but he showed me some tutorials and I took off from there, and wrote a program to help solve all the problems we were doing in Algebra 2 Honors. In Psychology, I was able to lead seminar discussions and share studies I had found with the class. Just like in tutoring, it fascinated me to figure out how my friends’ minds worked and to understand their thought processes.”