Senior Success Stories

Jonathon Pastor

Georgia Institute of Technology
Biomedical Engineering


Jonathon Pastor '17Jonathon Pastor ’17, a 15-year Academy student, has always wanted to be a doctor. “I remember we had career day in Preschool and I dressed as a doctor. I’ve always been interested in science and math, especially while studying how the body works,” he said. His keen interest in medicine led him to choose Georgia Institute of Technology to major in biomedical engineering. Georgia Tech is ranked as Most Competitive by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges.


As an IB Summer Scholar, Jonathon had a unique opportunity to travel to Poland to participate in a GAP Medics Program. Jonathon spent two weeks shadowing physicians who specialize in metabolic diseases and cardiothoracic surgery. He observed several surgeries and visited a bank where valves from donated hearts are harvested and stored. His experiences in Poland helped to confirm his desire to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. Jonathon went on to earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma, the culmination of two years of high-level course work.


Jonathon had many opportunities to lead during his years at the Academy. He served as Student Council vice president, treasurer for Tri-M Music Honor Society, and vice president of the Harrisburg Academy chapter of the National Honor Society, where he organized the blood drive during his junior and senior years. Jonathon was an Eagle Scout and selected as a Carlisle Sentinel “Teen of the Week.” He maintained a high level of academics while playing Varsity Boys’ Soccer and Varsity Boys’ Basketball all four years of high school.


Jonathan looks forward to being part of a southern college community and enjoying the climate, food, perspectives, and people. He hopes to participate in intramural athletics and will pursue research opportunities in his field.


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