Meet Katie Barcak

Katie Barcak

By Joan Frances –

As a senior at St. John XXIII College Preparatory, Katie Barcak has spent the past four years of high school motivated to be a successful student and leader. She has challenged herself through her rigorous course load and outstanding academic performance and is looking forward to an efficacious future.

Barcak has taken Advanced Placement (AP) classes throughout her high school career. She is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Student Council, National Mathematics Honors Society, Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and the National Honor Society. She is also president of the Science Bowl. She has earned the President’s Award of Excellence in World Languages, the President’s Award of Excellence in Theology, the Principal’s Award of Distinguished Achievement in Mathematics and the Principal’s Award of Distinguished Achievement in Science.

Barcak’s favorite teacher is Coach Larry Finke, her AP Calculus teacher. “He challenges me to ask questions and dig deeper. He explains the ‘why’s’ behind the math, which helps me to apply the concepts both in the classroom and in other subjects. He’s also very funny and always wants to see his students succeed.”

In addition to Barcak’s commitment to academics, her leadership skills are admirable. She has been a Retreat Leader every year at St. John XXIII. She helps coordinate teams of 12, and she trains leaders to direct individual small groups. She also developed and presented inspirational talks and led individual small groups of six retreatants to help bring them closer to God by exemplifying servant leadership. “Being a leader in campus ministry has meant the world to me. I’ve been able to lead many class and weekend retreats. I love the impact it has on each person and the amount of love and support each retreatant gets from the experience. I’m able to help make a person’s day, which is my main goal in life.”

Barcak lives by the value of servant leadership. “This involves leading all those around me with a true servant’s heart and putting other’s needs above my own.”  Last summer, she attended the Christian Leadership Institute at Baylor. This was a four-day camp filled with both mental and physical challenges. She is also on the school swim team where she participated in Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). She received the TAPPS Academic All-State Swimming award, presented to swimmers of good moral character with a minimum 3.6 GPA and qualifying times.

During her free time, Barcak volunteers at Lunches of Love, the Houston Methodist West Hospital, Faith Formation classes for 6th-8th grade at Holy Rosary Catholic Church and for community clean-up post-Hurricane Harvey. She is a Lion Camp Leader, tutors fellow classmates and is a Loreto Representative, where she helps organize meetings and oversees the bulletin board. She is also responsible for conveying announcements to the class.

One thing Barcak will treasure the most from high school is the opportunities she’s had. “Because I go to a private school, I was able to do a little bit of everything, which helped me discover who I am and what I wish to do with my life. I was able to take part in three different sports, star in a play, lead multiple retreats, be involved in Student Council and take various AP courses. I was never limited to one group, which allowed me to grow and thrive as a person.”

In the fall, Barcak will attend Baylor University and will major in Biomedical Engineering. Congratulations Katie Barcak on your inspirational spirit and undeniable leadership skills. Good luck as you continue down the path of success and fulfillment.