The Class of 2016 Valedictorian is St. Louis native Joseph Pasque, who is majoring in computer science with a minor in mathematics.
Pasque has been a scholar-athlete on the university's varsity track and field team for the past two years. He holds the Washington University indoor record for the high jump, is a two time UAA Indoor Conference champion in the high jump and was also a member of the 2015 All-Academic Men's Track and Field Team.
In addition to athletics, Pasque received the Antoinette Frances Dames Award. Pasque completed internships a software development intern at the School of Medicine, including one summer with the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, for which he developed a system that stores, retrieves and modifies industry-defined HTML documents that serve as templates for reports dictated by a radiologist; and one summer with the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, for which he improved and expanded on a program that transforms 2-D MRI cross-sectional images of the thoracic area into 3-D models then performs stress and strain analysis on the models. In addition, he spent a summer as a Web development intern for the Center for the Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning and Education (CIRCLE), for which he debugged, updated and improved on a web application analyzing students' learning strategies.
In addition, he has been a student leader for three years with CRU, a campus Christian ministry, leading a weekly small group, controlling media during weekly meetings and helping to plan events. Pasque will join AT&T in St. Louis in the Emerging Technologies department as a software developer after graduating.
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