Noah Barnard: Jubilee Academies’ Very Own Shining Star

Noah Barnard, Valedictorian of Jubilee Brownsville, has proved to have the essential skills needed to succeed in the demanding academic atmosphere of a university.  At a young age, Noah exhibited the character of a leader and vows to be a motivated and responsible student who not only masters theory but applies it as well. 

Noah joined the Jubilee- Brownsville family 6 years ago where he was quickly branded as a gifted student by faculty, staff, and classmates.  During his time at Jubilee-Brownsville, Noah was inducted into the National Honor Society, elected as Student Council Vice President, served as a Character Ambassador, and accumulated 665 community service hours. In addition, Noah was part of the school’s Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball, Varsity Flag Football, Cross-Country, and Chess teams. Academically, Noah has also been named an Advanced Placement Scholar with distinction. This distinction is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. In addition to AP classes, Noah enrolled in the dual enrollment program with Texas Southmost College and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Here he was able to accumulate over 60 credit hours and was granted an Associate Degree in General Studies. 

After applying to several Texas universities and numerous Ivy League schools across the country, Noah is excited to begin the next chapter in his education at Southern Methodist University. At SMU less than 50% of students who apply are accepted. Noah was able to win the Hunt Scholarship, which will cover $43,000 of tuition and fees for 4 years. He is majoring in Computer Science and hopes to become a Video Game Designer in the future.

As if Noah didn’t already have a list of accomplishments that anyone would take pride in, he was also awarded the Gates Scholarship. This scholarship is a highly selective award that entailed a nine-month application process and will cover all educational expenses. It is “awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.” This brings his scholarship packet total to $320,000.

Noah embodies the meaning of what Jubilee Academies stands for: leadership, excellence, and character. The Jubilee-Brownsville family is extremely proud of Noah and wishes him all the best in his future. The administrative team and faculty will truly miss him. Congratulations to Noah and the Barnard Family!