Dylan Barclay '18 Named National Merit Semi-Finalist

Congratulations to senior Dylan Barclay on being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program as a semi-finalist.  

In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, were notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist

In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists will be notified by mail that they have advanced to Finalist standing.

All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.

We are so proud of Dylan receiving this high academic achievement and are looking forward to February when the finalists are announced.

Head Soccer Coach Buzz Demling Named to Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Head Boys and Girls Soccer Coach Buzz Demling on being named to the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame and receving the Jimmy Dunn High School Coach Award.  Coach Demling has been at the head of the Barat program since 2009.

Buzz played in the North American Soccer League and the Major Indoor Soccer League. He was a member of the U.S. soccer team at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He also earned four caps with the U.S. national team between 1973 and 1975.

You can see more information about  Coach Demling's induction through the links below!  

http://soccerstl.net/2017/03/02/2017-st-louis-soccer-hall-of-fame-class-announced/

https://westnewsmagazine.com/2017/08/14/84883/sports-briefs-aug-16

Congratulations Coach Demling on this well deserved honor!

Stewards of Change House Penny Drive Raises $5,500+

Our first ever Stewards of Change House Penny Drive was a huge success thanks to heated competition between students, alumni and faculty.  Congratulations to Grenoble House for strategizing secretly and coming in on the last day with a large group of donations from students, faculty, alumni, relatives and former faculty. Joigny House was in the lead for most of the competition but could not fight off the continued barrage of "silver" entering their coffers. Next year the Penny Drive will be bigger and better!  Thank you to all who participated!

Flores and Rogan Sign

Today was a big day for Barat Academy and the Barat Basketball Program!  Seniors Ken Flores, and Uros Rogan each signed their Letter of Agreement to play college basketball. Flores, Barat's all time leading shot blocker will attend Hope College next fall and play for the Flying Dutchmen!  Rogan an offensive threat for the Basketball Eagles will attend St. Louis College of Pharmacy and play for the Eutectics!  Flores and Rogan signed as their families, coaches and teammates looked on!

Barat Students Earn Top Honors at Regional Science Fair


Every year, about 55,000 kids in the St. Louis prepare projects to be evaluated at their schools. This year, almost 2,700 projects went to the Academy of Science regional competition. That's 4% of the top science students, and Barat academy was represented among those top students! Twenty projects, made by 35 of our students, went on to the regional competition. That is 43% of all our students are in the top 4% of science students in the city!

The results from this weeks judging are in. Barat was awarded 8 third place, 3 second place, and *9* first place blue ribbons! Those are nine projects in the top 1% of all the projects made this year in St. Louis! The blue ribbon winners are as follows:

1. Charge it! By Sean Graham
2. Plants and Caffeine, by Aina Gadzhieva
3. Splitting the Brain, by Ryan Graham, Josh Hance, and Jack Allison
4. Identify the Criminal, by Claire Troxell
5. Bottle rocket reaction, by Bryan Ritchey, Aaron Hall, and Micah Kuan
6. Spatter Matters, by Ryan Joehl
7. It's Glass shattering, by Hannah Bryne, Grace Yin, and Helen Lyu
8. Growing plants using a photobioreceptor, by Ellie Schmerber
9.  Microbial fuel cell, by Dylan Barclay and Clayton Hill

The Academy Fair is also visited by professionals from about 30 companies and organizations in the STL area. They are there to evaluate innovation and significant work by their own specialists. Projects selected by these companies receive special awards, including money, scholarships gifts and/or special certification. Not only did Microbial Fuel Cell win a first place blue ribbon at the Academy Fair, but they also won 1 of the 3 special awards selected by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers!

Congratulations winners! You have made us all proud! Thank you also to the faculty mentors of all our projects, Paul Mollinger, Tina Henning, Marie Hoffman, and Doc Ruscillo. Thank you students for great projects this year.

Davis Selected for Summer Talent Academy for Profession in Health (STAPH)

Mia Davis '19 has been slected to participate in the summer STAPH Program at Truman State University.  The Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health (STAPH) offers highly-talented students interested in science and health a head start on college life and future careers in medicine and allied health professions. Students live as college students while exploring the work of medical professionals: they move into a residence hall, adapt to living with a roommate, eat dorm food, make new friends, attend classes, and—most importantly—they work with highly regarded faculty and health professionals from Truman State University and A.T. Still University of Health Sciences—home of the very first college of Osteopathic Medicine.

Many rising high school juniors and seniors benefit from this intensive experience challenging them academically and stimulating their interest in health professions. The primary goal of STAPH is, that students leave with an increased appreciation for the excitement of learning, increased engagement with topics in health, and a meaningful sampling of the college experience. Along the way  they will grow both academically and socially as they interact with other high-ability students from across the country and that they will develop a new enthusiasm for careers in health.

Congratulations to Mia!