Katie, a senior, is an outstanding student who balances a tough academic schedule with top achievements in theatre arts. She currently is ranked first in a class of 228 seniors. She holds a 4.62 weighted grade point average and scored 33 on the ACT. Katie recently was named a National Merit Commended Student. In 2009 she was selected for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities and served as a People to People Ambassador. Katie has been a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll for four years. She is very motivated and competitive when it comes to school work. She knows what it takes to achieve and perform at a high level. She also has an exceptional aptitude for problem solving in mathematics and physics. She scored in the top ten students at the West Tennessee Math Teachers’ Competition in the pre-calculus division. Katie is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National Thespian Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. She also is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the Spanish Club. She is artistically creative and easily expresses herself on stage in voice, theatrics and instrumental music. She has been an active cast member in several school theater productions. Katie also serves her church and community. She volunteers at the Ave Maria Nursing Home and is a reader for St. Benedict’s Academic Day Competition for middle school students throughout the city. She also spent one summer in Freiburg, Germany, working as a volunteer on an environmental project. Katie is well-suited to a career in the sciences because she is a motivated learner with strong critical reasoning abilities.
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Allison, a junior, is an outstanding student and artist. She holds a 4.6 weighted grade point average and scored 28 on the ACT. She has taken Art I, Drawing and Painting and currently is enrolled in Advanced Art. She is a gifted artist and has received honors early in her high school career. Allison’s work was selected in the youth division by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for its first community-created, community-curated Memphis Scene Exhibition. Her work was one of 85 pieces chosen and was in honor of blues legend B.B. King. The Brooks Museum also selected her work for the cover of its events brochure that was circulated to more than 5,000 households. Allison is a diligent student who understands artistic concepts. Her mastery of color, composition, light and shadow set her apart from other students. She shows a maturity in her work that is rarely seen at her age. She is never afraid to tackle a difficult project and is willing to use her talents to help her peers. Allison currently is ranked in the top three of her junior class. She has received awards and highest average and excellence in Geometry, Algebra II, Spanish II Honors, Drawing and Painting, Biology Honors and Chemistry Honors. She has been invited to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine and the Tennessee Governor’s School. She was selected for the People to People National Leadership Summit. In addition, Allison is a member of the Key Club, Bridge Builders and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. She has been active with the Student Government Association. She has been a member of the volleyball team since her freshman year. She played on the JV and State Champion Varsity Volleyball Team last year. Allison also attended a summer leadership camp at Christian Brothers University. She is perfecting her leadership skills working with Girls, Inc., Special Olympics Bowling, Angel Tree collections and food drives.
Colleen, a senior, is an outstanding student who enjoys a challenge academically. She holds a 4.57 weighted grade point average and scored 34 on the ACT. She has been named a National Merit Semi-Finalist and is one of the top three students in a competitive senior class. Colleen has taken the maximum load of honors and AP courses and has received excellent grades in every class. She currently takes AP English Literature, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Government, Honors Economics and Advanced Art. In addition, she was named an AP Scholar after achieving a top score of “5” on the AP English Language and Composition, AP U.S. History and AP World History exams. During her sophomore year, she excelled in WordSmith competition, taking first place in the 400-word-dash and second place in the 40-word-dash. In 2009, she was accepted and attended the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities. She also was selected for the Tennessee Math Teachers Regional Competition, The University of Mississippi Math Tournament and Tennessee History Day Competition. During her junior year, Colleen was selected president of the National French Honor Society. She currently is director of Academic Advancement for the National Honor Society and co-founder of the Music Appreciation Club. She is a member of the highly successful Knowledge Bowl Team, Medical Club, Ecology Club, The Anime Society, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. She has been a member of the casts of several dramatic and musical productions at the school. She also plays the piano. Colleen is an active volunteer at the Ave Maria Home and King’s Daughters and Sons Home. She works with the Special Olympics and the St. Francis of Assisi Church Fall Fest. She also has raced in the Race for the Cure.
Patrick, a senior, is a top student who loves history. He holds a 4.0 weighted grade point average and scored 30 on the ACT. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Key Club, Pep Club and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. His name consistently appears on the Principal’s Honor Roll. He is ranked in the top 5 percent of a senior class of 228 students. While a sophomore, Patrick excelled in AP World History and received a top score of “5” on the AP exam. He also finished first in Tennessee Regional History Day Competition in 10th grade, advancing to the state level. His project was in the website division. Patrick keeps up with current events and eagerly joins in the debate of topical issues. He is engaged in school, community and global discussions. He also is interested in historical law and plans to enter a pre-law program in college. According to his teachers, Patrick is a problem solver, who uses his creativity and sharp wit to get results. He was selected to be secretary of the sophomore class and a Student Ambassador. He is a Scholar-Athlete, participating in swimming, golf and track and field. Patrick volunteers with the Special Olympics in tennis and bowling and with the annual Down Syndrome Buddy Walk. He has a special devotion to working with these groups. Patrick is a well-rounded student who is highly respected by his peers. He demands the best of himself and responds well to the pressure of balancing a challenging course load with many school and community commitments.
Cody, a senior, is an outstanding student who excels in a rigorous curriculum filled with Honors and AP courses. She holds a 4.33 weighted grade point average and scored 32 on the ACT, with a 35 in the English category. She is ranked in the top five in a senior class of 228 students. While participating in numerous school and community projects, Cody maintains top marks in AP English Literature, AP Spanish, AP Statistics and Honors Anatomy/Physiology. She strives for excellence in everything she does. Cody is a Principal’s Honor Roll student and has earned a spot in the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. She also has received the Highest Average and Excellence Awards in theology, computer and physics. A four-year member of the Student Government Association, Cody was elected president this year and uses this position to represent the school throughout the community. Cody is a member of the Key Club, Pep Club, Club St. Jude, Ecology Club and Spanish Club. She serves on the Prom Committee, helps coordinate efforts for the Kids Kan collection for the Memphis Food Bank and is a Student Ambassador. Cody is a member of Bridge Builders, a diversity organization that brings together students from schools across Shelby County with a mission to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice. She fosters those in need and works to build a community of peace and tolerance. She also volunteers for Special Olympics, the Ave Maria Home and other projects through her church and school.
Paul, a senior, is a top student who plans to major in engineering in college. He holds a 4.62 weighted grade point average and scored 30 on the ACT. He has received “Highest Average and Excellence” awards in Honors Physical Science, Honors Geometry, Computer, Honors Algebra II, Honors Chemistry, Honors Pre-Calculus and Honors U.S. History. He also has appeared on the Principal’s Honor Roll for all four years of high school. A diligent student, Paul understands the nuances of theorems in calculus and laws of physics. He has the ability to apply these concepts when solving problems. He readily adapts to the proper usage and context when working with the language of each subject. His sheer determination and natural aptitude will serve him well in a computer, science or math-related career. Paul received the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Award for outstanding academic achievement in the study of math and science. He has been inducted into the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. He is an active member of the Key Club and Spanish Club. He is a Student Ambassador and a member of Bridge Builders. In addition, Paul is the captain of the varsity soccer team and was named its MVP. He was a medalist in golf this year, was named MVP of the team and nominated for the All-Metro team. Paul was selected to represent St. Benedict at the engineering competition at the University of Memphis. He is an active member of his church youth group. He volunteers for the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, Grace-St. Luke’s More Than a Meal program, the Ave Maria Home, Special Olympics and Thanksgiving food basket drives. He also finds time to tutor other students in math.
Tim, a senior, is an exceptional student and top musician. He holds a 3.8 weighted grade point average and scored 32 on the ACT. He earned induction into the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. He was selected to be a Chair for Teens for Life in his junior and senior years. An outstanding bass guitarist, Tim was asked to join the school’s prestigious, award-winning Jazz and Rock and Soul Bands. He has been a member of the SBA Songwriters and the SBA Jazz Band for four years. He has taken a strong leadership role in rehearsals for the Soul Band/Show Choir Collaborative Musical. He sets a fine example for his peers and younger students. Musically, Tim consistently exceeds his own personal goals as well as his teachers’ expectations. Currently he is pursing an independent study of Jazz Bass and Jazz Improvisation and Theory. He has played with many guest artists at the school. In addition, Tim has been an active part of the technical theater department. The Music and Drama Department rely on Tim’s talent as a bass player. According to the department chair, “Tim is always sensitive to the right balance, realizing it is about blend. This ensures that we will have an amazing sound with extremely well balanced electronic instruments.” Tim comes from a family of volunteers and doers. Tim’s family has become known as “Team Barczak” because of the many hours it spends actively serving others. The family received the 2009 Frank Horton Award for volunteerism from the Memphis Runners Track Club. This year the family held the Lucky 13 Triathlon. Tim helped with the organization and setup. He also was in charge of making sure all the swimmers were safe and got friends to man the water station. There were more than 100 participants. This event raised funds for the Child Advocacy Center and The Abba Place, a center for autistic children.
Holly, a senior, is a top student who is dedicated to a career path in the sciences. She holds a 4.14 weighted grade point average and scored 32 on the ACT. She ranks in the top 10% of a highly competitive senior class. Holly plans to major in Biology or Biochemistry and then become a doctor. She not only took a science course each year of high school, but she took two science classes in her junior and senior years. Currently, Holly is president of the recently formed Medical Club which offers students the opportunity to interact with those in a variety of medical fields. She has excelled while taking biology, chemistry, microbiology and forensic science courses. In forensic science she was chosen by her peers to be the team leader in crime scenes. She asks insightful questions and helps other students understand the difficult course material. She is taking Latin IV in preparation for studies in science and medicine. Holly has been selected for membership in the National Honor Society, National Junior Classical League and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. She regularly appears on the Principal’s Honor Roll and is a TSSAA Scholar Athlete. In addition, Holly is a member of the Key Club, Bridge Builders and Teens for Life. She is a Student Ambassador and a multiple sport athlete, participating in cross country, swimming and track. Holly offers tutoring services to younger students and participates in “Project Outreach.” Her efforts in helping others achieve make her an outstanding role model and leader for her classmates. She has a strong work ethic and the willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve her goals.
Anna, a senior, is an outstanding student who has a contagious enthusiasm for learning Spanish. She holds a 4.3 weighted grade point average and scored 32 on the ACT. Anna is ranked in the top 5% of a highly competitive senior class. A hard-working student, Anna continually seeks to expand her knowledge and familiarity of the Spanish language. She actively participates in class discussions while encouraging and sparking participation from her peers. She currently is taking AP Spanish and has maintained an “A” average in Spanish throughout high school. Although Anna plans to pursue a degree in pharmacology, she also hopes to continue her studies of the Spanish language. She acknowledges the growing Spanish-speaking population and believes that becoming fluent in Spanish will enable her to better serve her constituents in her chosen profession. Anna is vice president of the National Spanish Honor Society and co-chair of the National Honor Society’s Trivia Night. She has been inducted into Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society, and is a member of the Key Club and Pep Club. She is active with Club St. Jude, a student support club for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. In addition, Anna has served as a Senior Retreat Leader, a peer tutor, and a Student Ambassador. Her love for horses has inspired her to help special needs children learn to ride. A goal-oriented student, Anna is focused on her studies and successfully meets academic challenges. She has appeared on the Principal’s Honor Roll for four years. She represented the school at the Foreign Language Fair at the University of Memphis and received honorable mention honors on the National Spanish Exam. She placed first in Senior Web Design in the West Tennessee History Day Competition with a group presentation.
Caitlin, a junior, is a top student and gifted artist. She holds a 4.1 weighted grade point average. Although she has not taken the ACT yet, she ranked in the 97th percentile on the PSAT. She is a hard-working student who excels in Advanced Art as well as Advanced Placement classes in English Language and Composition and World History. A focused and disciplined artist, Caitlin’s work shows an individual, creative element not seen in most students her age. For the Mid-South Scholastic Competition, she drew a challenging mirror image rather than working from a photo. She felt that the mirror image allowed her to see a “more spontaneous, emotional view of herself.” Caitlin plans to study Psychology and Art in college, possibly blending the two areas in Art Therapy as a career. Her teachers see a natural ability in working with others. She shows dedication, enthusiasm and leadership. She displays maturity throughout the day and is an excellent example for the younger students. While earning the Girl Scout bronze and silver medals, Caitlin demonstrated strong leadership skills. She has the wonderful ability to apply information she has learned in classroom situations. She strives to excel in her own work but supports her peers whenever possible. Caitlin’s name appears on the Honor Roll and she was named a Scholar Athlete as a member of the softball team. In addition she helped found three school organizations: The Benedicteens, a prayer and service group; The Future Teachers Club; and the KAT (initials of a former student) Foundation, an organization established in memory of a classmate who committed suicide when he was a freshman. This foundation was created to raise awareness of teenage depression and to show how to recognize the warning signs. In addition, Caitlin is a member of her church’s youth group and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. With the Girl Scouts, she has used her talents to design and make a quilt for a charity auction.
Helena, a senior, is an outstanding student who excels in the study of mathematics. She holds a 4.43 weighted grade point average and scored 34 on the ACT. She is a National Merit Semifinalist and is ranked in the top five in her senior class. Helena is known for working the most challenging problems presented in the classroom. She has taken several AP and Honors math courses and received A’s in each one. Helena has a natural aptitude for math, which makes her stand out from her peers. She is gifted and does not waste her talent, using this ability to tutor others. She is a poised leader and has the emotional maturity to match. These qualities enable her to have an excellent rapport with the faculty and her classmates. A list of Helena’s achievements includes induction into the National Honor Society, the Classical League/National Latin Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. She also received highest average awards for Geometry Honors and Pre-Calculus Honors. She represented the school in the TMTA (Tennessee Math Teachers Association) competition, placing second in the Algebra II event. In addition, Helena is a Student Ambassador and a member of the Honor Council, Club St. Jude, Teens for Life and Key Club. She has been a class officer and treasurer of Mu Alpha Theta and the Student Government Association. She also was a member of the school’s concert band and has spent summers performing mission work at youth camps.
Julie, a senior, is a top student who is ranked in the top 10% of her senior class. She holds a 4.1 weighted grade point average and scored 30 on the ACT with a 33 on the English portion of the test. She maintains top grades while playing three sports, serving in school leadership roles and volunteering in the community. She has been on the Principal’s Honor Roll and was selected one of 10 female Wendy’s High School Heisman honorees for academics, sports and service in Tennessee. Julie has a rigorous academic schedule, which currently includes AP English Literature. She particularly excels in writing. She is willing to ask questions and has a unique ability to analyze multiple aspects of the texts and come up with precise and insightful comments. In her junior year, Julie joined the school newspaper staff. She quickly rose to the challenges of working on strict deadlines. Her contributions and ideas have been important to the newspaper staff as she uses her excellent grasp of grammar to help with final proofing. She was named Sports Editor after just one year on staff. A true leader, Julie’s hallmark is her nature of including others. She always attempts to excel but not to the detriment of other people. She would rather include everyone than receive glory for herself. Consequently, her classmates and faculty have great admiration for her. She has the respect of her peers and serves as a role model and inspiration to them. Julie is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Club St. Jude. She has been a class officer and is a Student Ambassador and President of the Senior Retreat Leaders. She is a rare three-sport athlete, playing soccer and basketball and running track. She has been selected to The Commercial Appeal’s Best of the Preps teams in soccer and track. She has been named All-State in soccer for three years and holds school records in track. She is committed to playing soccer for the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Active with her church youth group, Julie also volunteers with Special Olympics, the Ave Maria Home and the De La Salle Elementary School.