Student Life

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!

Old News Boys Days @ Barat

Today the boys and girls basketball teams joined Rotarians, businesses, organizations, other high school students, families, and friends for a common goal: to sell a special edition of the St. Louis Post Disptach newspaper and raise much-needed funds for multiple charities that serve Metro St. Louis' children.

Funding helps ensure every child in the St. Louis area has an equal opportunity to live a healthy, educated life. The fund is often called the "charity of last resort" because small, in-the-trench charities rely on these grants to avoid being at the road's end for supplying necessary items like food, clothing and medical supplies.

Congratulations to our our teams who raised a total of $745 this morning! 

Barat Juniors Focus on Leadership with FOCUS St. Louis

Youth Leadership St. Louis (YLSL), a program of FOCUS St. Louis, empowers the region's youth to become future community leaders. Founded in 1989, YLSL is a program for high school juniors that develops leadership skills, promotes teamwork among diverse groups, and provides a deeper understanding of the St. Louis region.  Juniors Bryan Ritchey, Courtney Borich, Rachel Bohn and Henry Christopher are representing Barat Academy.

YLSL brings students together from approximately 30 urban, suburban, rural, public, private, and parochial schools from throughout the region, as well as the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and the Purina PALS program. The students learn how to take leadership roles, appreciate each other's differences, cooperate, and lead with other students from different backgrounds and experiences. YLSL is the area’s only established inter-district high school program that is non-competitive in nature.

Friday and Saturday our juniors took part in themed days, "Experiencing St. Louis: A Day in the City Neighborhoods and on Saturday Exploring Healthcare: SLU School of Medicine."  Karen Albers, Director of Students says, "the opportunity for Barat Academy to be part of the Youth Leadership St. Louis program has been incredible.  Our students and our school will benefit tremendously from the hands-on experiences we will be taking part in all year long."

The Class of 2016 Celebrates Junior Ring

The Class of 2016 took a step forward as leaders of the Barat Student community by celebrating the time honored tradition of the blessing and receiving of their school rings.  Father Sean Martin presided over the celebration.  The Class of 2015 student leaders presented their junior classmates with their beautiful signet rings engraved with the school crest.

Student selected speakers Cameron Fearn and Elizabeth Burkemper  represented their class and spoke eloquently about what Barat means to the Class of 2016 and how this class will move forward as leaders in a global society.


Junior Anne Grotjan Receives MLK Model of Justice Award

Barat is proud of junior Anne Grotjan!  She is a 2014 recipient of the Martin Luther King Model of Justice Award. This awards is presented annually to high school students who have demonstrated a commitment to service to humanity through their attitude and their work in the broader community. These students have made justice a central part of their lives and have committed themselves “to the noble struggle for equal rights.”  

Anne will receive her award after the Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice at the Basilica of St. Louis on January 18, 2015.


Junior Clayton Saale Selected to attend Missouri Boys State

Congratulations to junior Clayton Saale on being selected to attend the prestigious American Legion Boys State of Missouri.  Boys State is an eight-day hands on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. Missouri Boys State draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership through "doing," not just learning.  Clayton will attend Boys State in the summer of 2015.