2008-09 All-Stars

Academic All-Stars Archive

2008-09 Academic All-Stars



 Category of Excellence



 Daniel Saba ('09)    Social Sciences & History    October 26, 2008
 Anna Cabe ('09)    English & Literature    November 23, 2008
 Michael McDonald ('09)    Social Sciences & History    January 18, 2009
 Jessica Schneider ('09)    Career-Technical    February 22, 2009
 Mary Barczak ('09)    Social Sciences & History    March 29, 2009

Daniel Saba ('09)

Winner in Social Sciences & History

Daniel, a senior, is a top student who understands the complexities of history. He is enrolled in his third AP History class. He took AP European History as a sophomore and AP U. S. History as a junior, receiving perfect scores of five on each course exam. Daniel holds a 3.9 weighted grade point average, scored 29 on the ACT and 2010 on the SAT. He is particularly proud of his Lebanese heritage and lived in Saudi Arabia as a young child. According to his teacher, Daniel is set apart from his peers by his sheer passion for learning history. He has read a "library's worth of books" in social studies, watched every historical documentary he could find and conducted his own research on topics that interested him. He actively participates in every classroom discussion, asking provocative questions stemming from his in-depth understanding. Daniel plans to major in history and international studies. This year he voluntarily took on a leadership role in a school-wide mock presidential campaign and election to encourage the school community to learn about history and politics in the making. He also developed his own project, filming World War II veterans. Daniel is a National Merit Commended Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. He is a member of the school's championship Knowledge Bowl Team and was selected for the Tennessee Governor's School for International Studies. He also was invited to be a participant in the 2008 Tennessee Historical Society video competition and placed second with his Culture Bowl Team in the Foreign Language Fair at the University of Memphis. He is a member of the German Club, the Mock Trial Team and the Model United Nations team.  He has served the community by working regularly at the First Presbyterian Church soup kitchen and for Habitat for Humanity.

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Anna Cabe ('09)

Winner in English & Literature

Anna, a senior, is an outstanding student who has a hunger for learning. She shares her passion for education with her teachers and classmates. She is a National Merit Semifinalist and holds a 4.43 weighted grade point average. She scored 2120 on the SAT. Anna is a founding member of the school's Literary Society and is editor of the school newspaper. She also was a leading member of last year's championship Knowledge Bowl Team. Qualities that set her apart from her peers are her dedication and commitment to excellence. She always takes the extra step and does more than is asked. Anna won the poetry contest for the school's literary magazine, The Scribe, and was a semifinalist for the Ayn Rand essay contest. Last year she received the top awards and highest honors for AP English Composition, AP U.S. History, Honors Spanish III, Pre-Calculus and Newspaper. She also took first place at the West Tennessee History Day competition and was selected to the Tennessee Governor's School for the Humanities. She is a key player on the Wordsmith Team and was selected captain this year. Anna is a Student Ambassador, a role that includes giving school tours, helping on registration day and lending a hand whenever needed. She is involved in the Interact Club, a student affiliate of the Rotary Club. She has volunteered at the Byhalia Family Health Center for their Health Fair, Memphis in May, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). She also serves her church, volunteering at Oktoberfest and many church dinners. Anna is an academic leader, working hard to earn top grades in every class. She is an inspiration to her peers and has made a positive impact on her school.

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Michael McDonald ('09)

Winner in Social Sciences & History

Michael, a senior, is a top student who is dedicated to the study of history and economics.  He is president of the Model UN Team and received an "Outstanding Delegate" award at every conference he attended. He was a member of the Fed Challenge Team that won first in the region last year and placed third in the district in St. Louis. Michael participated in Mock Trial and Tennessee History Day last year, winning awards in both competitions. Michael maintains a 4.04 weighted grade point average while taking a rigorous schedule of AP classes. He scored a 30 on the ACT. Because of his insatiable thirst for learning about history, he currently is taking five social studies or history courses with three being AP courses. He will graduate with eight history courses on his transcript. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. He received the top score of five on two AP History exams and an AP English exam. In 2007 he was chosen to attend the National Congressional Youth Leadership Council in Washington and Governor's School for International Studies, where he studied world governments, political science and the Russian language. Through his leadership in the Mock Election, Michael helped raise awareness of the importance of voting. He also has been a member of the school's Canstruction Competition Team and participated in the annual physics competition at CBU. His structure made it to the third round of the "egg drop" competition. He is co-chair of Teens for Life. In addition, he is an alter server, Sunday School teacher and retreat leader at his church. He helped coordinate efforts for the collection of baby items for two crisis pregnancy centers and has visited residents of nursing homes.

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Jessica Schneider ('09)

Winner in Career-Technical

Jessica, a senior, is a top student, team player and leader. She volunteered to be part of the school's athletic training staff from the first moment she entered ninth grade. With a desire to learn more about sports medicine, Jessica turned her offer of help into a strong commitment. She sacrificed a large part of personal vacations to attend summer workshops in athletic training, including one at Vanderbilt University, in order to learn more and to be of more assistance to the staff and coaches. Because of her interest in medicine and athletic training, Jessica has taken five science courses, earning A's in each of them. She also holds a 4.4 weighted grade point average and scored 28 on the ACT. She also has been a member of the backstage technical crew for the drama department. She reconfigured the lighting system for the stage, rewired lights, moved and refocused lights and set up computerized programs. Jessica is the treasurer of the National Honor Society and Young Apostles Club. She is a member of the Principal's Honor Roll, Who's Who Among High School Students, the St. Jude Club and the Prom Committee. She is a scholar athlete and Perfect Attendance honoree. She was selected for the Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Campbell Clinic Student Trainer Workshops. Jessica also was selected to the 2008 Congressional Student Leadership Conference on Medicine & Healthcare at Georgetown University and the Girls in Engineering Conference at the University of Memphis. She has served as student trainer and manager of the football team for four years and student trainer of other sports for three years. She also has been a member of the volleyball and track and field teams. Jessica is actively involved in tutoring. She has participated in the World Changers Program in Huntsville, Ala.

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Mary Barczak ('09)

Winner in Social Sciences & History

Mary, a senior, is a gifted student who is committed to helping others. She has taken 13 Honors and Advanced Placement courses and maintained a 4.4 weighted grade point average. She scored 30 on the ACT and 2130 on the SAT. She is taking AP World History, AP Economics and AP Government this year and took AP U.S. History last year. She received a top score of five on the AP U.S. History exam which earned her college credit. Last year she worked with a group to create a National History Day project on the Treaty of Kanagawa. Mary's group won the regional and state competitions and competed in the national competition in Maryland last summer. The group received a special award for their use of primary sources. This year she created a project on the Dalai Lama and won first place in the school competition. Mary is copy editor for the school's newspaper staff. She also is president and a founding member of the Literary Society. She is a Student Ambassador, a Senior Retreat Leader and a member of the Model UN Team. Mary is a Spanish language tutor, a Daisy Girl Scout Leader and coordinator for Academics Day Competition. In addition, she is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, West Tennessee Youth Chorus, the German Club, Show Choir and a founding member of the school's Future Teachers of America chapter. Mary also volunteers as an assistant at Connections, a program that teaches social skills to children with autistic spectrum disorder, and works with young children in Sunday School classes at her church. As a member of the youth chorus, she traveled to Italy and to Washington for the White House Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Pageant of Peace. Mary enjoys these travels because of her love for history.

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