Evan Ehrenberg, who attended Harbor View Elementary, is headed off to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a full fellowship, where he will earn a doctorate in computational neuroscience.
Here's the kicker: Evan is 16 years old, and it was just a couple of months ago that he graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's of science in cognitive science with an emphasis in computational modeling.
At age 11, Evan enrolled in Irvine Valley College, where he graduated with an associate's degree at 14. He was the youngest graduate in the history of the college.
"I'm sure it's genetic," said his father, David Ehrenberg, a software engineer who chalked up his son's unusual intellect to his wife, Elizabeth. "She has a photographic memory and she's a 'visual-spatial' learner while I'm more 'auditory sequential.' And Evan has been able to learn in both ways."
Sure of many things, even Evan isn't quite sure where he got his book smarts, and as he begins to launch into a discussion of nature versus nurture, he's sidetracked for the moment and has this much to say for certain: As soon as he started kindergarten he remembers looking for the lecture halls only to be mortified that there weren't any.