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!

Hill and Hodges Selected for Missouri Boys State

For the past 75+ years, the Boys State program has been training young men in citizenship, leadership, and public service. Each June, nearly 1,000 high school juniors attend the program from every corner of the state. During the week, they gain a better understanding of our political system, the principles of democracy, and their own capacity for leadership and community service. This is accomplished through interaction among themselves, our all-volunteer staff, and prominent guest speakers. Boys State participants traditionally have gone on to be leaders in community, business, public service, and family. Many say the seeds of their success were planted at Boys State.

This year’s session will be held June 17-24, 2017 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.  You can learn more about Missouri Boys State at http://www.moboysstate.org.

We would like to congratulate juniors Clayton Hill and Colin Hodges on being selected and representing Barat Academy.

Barat Academy Designated as an A+ School

Barat Academy is pleased to announce that we have been designated an A+ school by the Missouri Department of Education. 

The A+ Scholarship Program provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates of A+ designated high schools who attend a participating public community college or vocational/technical school, or certain private two-year vocational/technical schools. 

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements

·         Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

·         Enter into a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation.

·         Attend a designated A+ high school for 3 years immediately prior to graduation.1

·         Graduate with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

·         Have at least a 95% attendance record overall for grades 9-12.

·         Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring, of which up to 25% may include job shadowing prior to graduation. 2

·         Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol while in grades 9-12.

·         Have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam or a higher level DESE approved end-of-course exam in the field of mathematics.3

For more information on this program and how your Barat student can apply, visit: http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.php.

Ryan Joehl Selected as MLK, Jr. Model of Justice Awardee

Congratulations to sophomore Ryan Joehl on being selected as a Martin Luther King, Jr., Model of Justice Awardee.  

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award is an annual award for a noble cause.  It is presented to high school students who have demonstrated through their attitude and their work a commitment to serving humanity in the broader community.  Ryan has volunteered as a swim coach for the Disabled Athletes Sports Association for the last two years.  He helps people with disabilities ranging from hearing problems and cerebral palsy to amputations improve their swimming skills and race times.  He says this about his experience;

“Working with disabled athletes has made me aware how often people are judged merely because they have a mental or physical disability.  Too many people instantly judge or belittle someone based on how they look or sound or move.  They classify them as weird or unusual, but I know them as hard-working and enthusiastic athletes who are no different in their approach to life than anyone else, and I know rather than criticism and pandering, they are deserving of equal treatment, value and respect.”

Ryan will be honored as a 2017 Archdiocesan Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Model of Justice Honoree during the 41st Annual Archdiocesan Celebration on Sunday, January 15 at the Cathedral Basilica.  

AP Instructor Mr. Adam White Selected For Prestigious Award

We are pleased to announce Mr. Adam White has been selected for the prestigious Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award not only for what he has already contributed to our school, but for what we are confident he will do to shape the future of education in St. Louis.

For three years, Adam White has taught numerous history courses at Barat Academy. His ability to challenge his students to higher levels of thinking results in students who question, analyze and articulate clear visions for a national and global society of hope for the future and innovative solutions to problems facing our country and our world.

Adam boasts a record of strong student scores on AP exams in a variety of courses, and though those courses are quite rigorous, even struggling students seek them out because of the engaging, creative, and meaningful learning Adam offers. And because of the hours of extra attention he provides before and after school, over lunch, and during his planning periods, even Adam’s struggling students master the most challenging content and skills.

A quick study himself, Adam integrates the most effective technology applications and instructional strategies that he brings from the professional development he routinely seeks out on his own. In fact, this year, he is piloting a mastery curriculum in is AP Microeconomics course, offering a truly student-centered, differentiated learning experience for all of his students. To date, his approach has met with great enthusiasm from students and parents. Nonetheless, Adam continually seeks even more precise validation of his pilot, engaging in high-level analysis of formative and summative assessment data to evaluate his approach.

Not only do students benefit from Adam’s dedication to his craft, but his colleagues also routinely seek him out for advice and encouragement. His natural enthusiasm and curiosity energizes them, and his cooperative, collegial approach attracts new teachers and veterans alike.