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As of November 18, 2021: 

Isabel Cepeda ‘24 will perform the lead role (Clara) in The Nutcracker, presented by St. Louis Ballet at The Touhill Performing Arts Center, Thanksgiving weekend and December 17-23. 

Seven seniors will participate in their sport at the collegiate level - Division I. On the National Signing Day on November 10, five seniors signed letters of intent, and next month, two football players will do the same. These student-athletes are: Steven Busch (swimming at University of South Carolina), Tyson Ford (football at the University of Notre Dame), Cooper Hyken (track & field at Bucknell), Caleb Merritt (football at the University of Wyoming), Molly O'Brien (track & field at Davidson), Vanessa Polk (volleyball at Pepperdine University) and Grace Pottebaum (field hockey at University of North Carolina).

Julius Hollander-Bodie '22 (flute), Miko Kim '25 (oboe) and Sruthi Dommaraju '23  (percussion) for being chosen to perform with the St. Louis Metro 8 Honor Band! They are now eligible to audition for the All State Band!

Graham Engler '24 has advanced to the National Round of the German Olympiad (Chicago) to compete for a spot to represent our country on the international level (Hamburg). He out-performed more than 400 kids from 30 States and is among the eight best German speakers in his age-level group in the U.S. 

Andy Chen (English) recently had poems published in December literary magazine. He will read at "december in November" at 5 pm on November 15 at the Contemporary Art Museum-St. Louis. Find full details here.   

Lily Yanagimoto '23 was named as a commended poet by the Poetry Society's 2021 Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award. This year they received 15,000 poems and they recognized 100. 

In early October, Emily Kantrovitz ‘22 received the Missouri Valley St. Louis Female Player of the Year Award. Read more here.

Niko Theodos '22 was selected as a member of the 2021 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Team. Niko qualified in the 800m free event and will compete at Winter Junior Nationals in Austin, Texas this December. Niko also qualified for and will compete in the Men's 5K race in the USA Swimming Open Water Nationals Meet in the Spring of 2022 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Niko is one of 646 boys selected nationally for the 2021 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Team.

Vanessa Polk '22 was featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on September 22, in a story about the girls volleyball team. "Her most eye-popping play came on the defensive end when she muscled a free ball over the net on the third hit from behind the service line. Despite facing the opposite direction, she drilled the ball over the net with a nifty two-handed move. "She does stuff like that all the time—to us, it's no big deal," Clark said. "You see her do something and you think, 'Wow.' But after a while, it's just normal." Read the article here

Thirteen students were recognized in a special event on September 19, where they received Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for their outstanding service work in 2020. Gold recipients (volunteers age 11-15 with more than 100 hours of service and volunteers age 16-25 with more than 250 hours of service) were Elizabeth Clarke '23 and Sophia Park '22; silver recipients (volunteers age 11-15 with between 75-99 hours of service and volunteers age 16-25 with between 175-249 hours of service) were Estelle Ballet '23 and Claire Dillon '24; and bronze recipients (volunteers age 11-15 with between 50-74 hours of service and volunteers age 16-25 with between 100-174 hours of service) were Olivia Ballet '23, Cece Fernandez '23, Addison Grantham '25, Marin Guthrie '22, Olivia Lu '26, Reece McGowan '24, Rylee McGowan '26, Lauren Ruth '25 and Mia Schlottmann '25. 

Mawdo Diallo '25, along with his teammate Jahden (from Parkway), won the National Kappa League Debate Competition this summer. Mawdo and Jahden were the youngest team and competed against teams from New Jersey and Atlanta. The final round was against the DC team where they debated the Georgia Senate Bill 202. Kappa League is a youth mentoring program sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 

Kim Bouldin-Jones (Counseling & Wellness) was selected as Webster University’s 2021 Loretto (Service) Award recipient. This award is presented annually to an alum who has given significantly of herself or himself in service to humanity and social justice. Read more here.

Meghna Kommu '22 and Varun Kommu '23 completed summer internships at Washington University, working on research in the field of nanotechnology in medical applications. In this study, they aimed to control the dimension of gold nanorods by carefully controlling the temperature of gold seed synthesis solution, concluding there is a significant effect on gold nanorod dimensions when the temperature is changed during the seed synthesis — a significant finding with implications for the use of gold nanoparticles in emerging medical fields such as biosensing and immunotherapy.

Jerry Chang '26 was featured as part of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series on June 30, 2021: "Seventh-grader Jerry Chang, clad in his comfy exercise shorts, closes this cross-country Tiny Desk from home, playing Schubert's G-flat major Impromptu like someone twice his age. The gentle, rippling effects he gets from his still-growing 13-year-old hands, and the way he makes Schubert's wistful melody sing, is astonishing." Listen here.

Kennedy Holmes ‘23 sang the national anthem to kick off the U.S. Olympic Trials for Gymnastics in St. Louis.

In its 2021 All Metro Awards, St. Louis Post-Dispatch named Akash Rajan '21 and Rory Sutter '21 to the 2021 All-Metro Boys Tennis 1st Team; for All-Metro Girls Lacrosse honors, the paper named Riley King '21 (1st Team), Grace Pottebaum '22 (2nd Team), Ava Goldson '24 (2nd Team). Xavier Silva '21 was named 3rd team for All Metro Boys Lacrosse; and Aaliyah Elliott '24, who was named to the 2nd team for Girls Track and Field. Read more here.    

On June 18, Emi Pope '21 and John Gates '21 represented JBS as selections to the Missouri Athletic Club High School Senior All-Star Games at Worldwide Technology Park in Fenton.

Riley King ‘21 was named the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Metro Conference player of the year, scoring 73 goals, averaging 4.8 ground balls per game and causing 49 turnovers, and earning all-American and all-state honors.

Graham Brown ‘21, Teddy Dunaway ‘21, Xavier Silva ‘21, and Parker Williams ‘21 represented JBS in the Senior All-Star lacrosse game on June 10.

Ella Merritt '24 was one of 25 students in the St. Louis area accepted into the Missouri History Society's "Teens Make History" Academy, which helps teens develop professional skills, build confidence, cultivate relationships & explore the complexities of history.

On June 9, Madeline Dornfield '21 was named athlete of the week by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "A senior midfielder, Dornfeld played a key role in leading the Bombers to the Class 1 state championship. In a 3-2 win in penalty kicks over St. Michael the Archangel in the title game, Dornfeld broke a 1-1 tie on a goal from long range with 2:51 seconds left in the second half. In a 4-0 semifinal win over New Covenant Academy, Dornfeld and Simran LaBore scored and assisted on each other’s goals in the early stages of the second half. Dornfeld, who finished the season with 14 goals and seven assists, was a first-team all-conference selection in soccer and played for the Burroughs field hockey team that finished as the Midwest Tournament runner-up.

Several JBS students were recognized as part of the 2021 National Latin Exam scholars program. In the Advanced Latin Reading Comprehension category: Nathaniel Doty '21, Gold Summa Cum Laude; Samuel Wang '21, Gold Summa Cum Laude; and Katie Holekamp '21, Silver Maxima Cum Laude. In the Advanced Latin Prose category: Yara Levin '22, Gold Summa Cum Laude; Arushi Katyal '22, Gold Summa Cum Laude; Julius Hollander-Bodie '22, Silver Maxima Cum Laude; Ethan Jick '22, Silver Maxima Cum Laude; Eliot Barnes '22, Magna Cum Laude; Teddy Gillanders '22, Cum Laude; and Niko Theodos '22, Cum Laude. In the Intermediate Latin Reading Comprehension category: Maddy Pass '23, Gold Summa Cum Laude; Grant Dahl '23, Gold Summa Cum Laude; Annie Gill '22, Silver Maxima Cum Laude; Jacob Tuteur '23, Silver Maxima Cum Laude; and Uma Rayani '23, Magna Cum Laude.

Katie Xu '21 was quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a story about racism against Asian Americans, as well as activism aimed to stop it: "Katie Xu, a senior at John Burroughs School, is part of the Asian American Civic Scholars, a group that advocates for more Asian American participation in civic life. She said some of her peers used to be hesitant about sharing their experiences because they would say 'it felt less significant than the other forms of discrimination that other groups face.' The past year changed that attitude. 'People my age are speaking out a lot more than I have seen in the past,' she said." Read the article in its entirety here

Several Burroughs students were recognized for outstanding work in the fine arts. Cecilia Gossow '21, Ritvik Kumar '21, Rishu Kumar '21, Audrey Pinson '21, Emma Sock '21, Zoe Scully '21, Katie Whiteford '21 and Katie Xu '21 had work accepted into the Southern Illinois University­-Edwardsville High School Juried Art Exhibition, an annual juried exhibit organized by the department of art and design at SIU-E that recognizes outstanding work made by high school students in the St. Louis metro area. Vanessa Polk '22 and Teresa Jiang '22 had work recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition initiative for high school artists and writers, and the largest source of scholarships for creative teens. Sahara Asher '24, Ella Galvin '22, Maggie Gosnell '24, Cecilia Gossow '21, Claire Harkins '21, Teresa Jiang '22, Eva Kappas '22, Vanessa Polk '22, Zoe Scully '21, Xavier Silva '21, Emma Sock '21, Holly Wei '21 and Katie Xu '21 all had work featured in the St Louis Artists' Guild Emerson Young Artists Exhibition, a juried, all-media exhibition of artwork created by high school students between 15 and 19 years old residing within 150 miles of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. For more details and links to virtual exhibits of the work, visit our news page.  

Riley King '21 was named by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as one of its lacrosse players to watch: "Potted 72 goals and placed seventh in the area with 92 points as a sophomore in 2019, earning all-state honors. King scored a career-high 11 goals in her first game this season, and her knack for producing in crunch time will be key for a John Burroughs team that had 10 of its 17 games decided by two goals or fewer in 2019."    

Eli Front ’23, Vivienne Lu ’22, AnnMarie O'Shea ’21, Andrew Wang ’21, Tracy Xue ’21 and Ali Zolman ’21 participated in a hackathon run by World Wide Technology. The team built a user interface for iOS, Android, and browser-based applications that assist in contact tracing and self-reporting of positive COVID diagnoses. The contract tracing portion of the app requires the use of a Google/Apple API that will use low-energy Bluetooth to automatically generate a list of close contacts and then save those close contacts on a dedicated server. The team made a video presentation before a panel of judges, earning second place and a grant of $5000.

In a recent article in Ladue News, senior Udonne Eke-Okoro '21 describes some of the difficulties she and others experienced as they applied to colleges during a pandemic.

Julius Hollander-Bodie ’22 (flute) and Evan Wang ’21 (French horn), have been chosen by virtual audition to perform with the Metro District 8 Honor Band

In its annual contest/review for student publications, the American Scholastic Press Association awarded the 2019-2020 issue of The Review , co-edited by Ann Zhang '20 and Adina Cazacu-De Luca '20,  with First Place with Special Merit in the Junior/Senior High (500-1000 students) category, and "Most Outstanding"  among all Junior/Senior High publications. 

This year's Scholastic Arts & Writing Award winners in literary categories include Kendall Allen ’21 (Personal Essay & Memoir);  Lucas Bernstein ’21 (Dramatic Script); Sophia Brown ’24 (Short Story); Madeline Buchowski ’23 (Poetry); Sara Cao ’22 (Poetry); Sarah Ding ’25 (Personal Essay & Memoir); Sruthi Dommaraju ’23 (Poetry); Owen Front ’25 (Poetry); Claire Harkins ’21 (Short Story, Flash Fiction); Julius Hollander-Bodie ’22 (Critical Essay); Lauren Inazu ’25 (Humor); Teresa Jiang ’21 (Poetry, Dramatic Script, Personal Essay & Memoir); Eva Kappas ’22 (Poetry, Critical Essay, Short Story); Story Kummer ’25 (Poetry); Anya Liu ’24 (Personal Essay & Memoir); Molly Magarian ’25 (Novel Writing); Ria Mirchandani ’22 (Short Story); Grace Moore ’22 (Short Story); Emi Pope ’21 (Poetry); Isabel Saccone ’22 (Humor); Brice Shearburn ’23 (Poetry);  Alina Tekwani ’22 (Personal Essay & Memoir) and Kimberly Zhang ’24 (Flash Fiction). 

Liam Taylor '22 took first place in JBS's Poetry Out Loud competition; Meghna Kommu '22 took second and Maddy Pass '23 took third. Liam will go on to compete at the regional competition, which will be virtual this year.   

Yara Levin '22 was quoted in a January 20 Forbes article about the US reviving support for the World Health Organization: " I'm really excited to see my country's government hit the ground running by re-entering and strengthening global partnerships. I truly believe in sustainable development goals, and we need international cooperation and global solidarity to make it happen. I’m also encouraged to see signals that as Americans, we're going to work with other countries while we also pass major legislation targeting climate change, poverty, and racism at home."

Leyla Fern King '21 is a featured storyteller for the 63106 Project, an initiative of Before Ferguson Beyond Ferguson, a nonprofit racial equity storytelling project. Her work chronicling the experiences of essential worker Misha Martin appeared in the St. Louis American and the St. Louis Jewish Light. 

Madeline Buchowski ’23 (cello), Sammie Lee ’22 (double bass), Andy Zhang ’22  (viola) and Adam Zhao ’21 (cello) have been named to the Virtual 2021 Missouri Music Educators All-State Orchestra. 

During assembly on Friday, January 8, AD Peter Tasker congratulated student-athletes who have been honored by the press and various league organizations for their performance in fall sports. Watch the Fall Sports Awards assembly video and see the full list of student-athletes here

Kennedy Holmes '23 performed in "A New Holiday," a musical that debuted on PBS on Monday, December 21. Locally produced by musician Brian Owens, the 33-minute film also featured actors Riley Adams, Wynton Marsalis, Sophia Stephens and Anita Jackson, with a score by Grammy Award winners Bebe Winans, Karen Clark-Sheard and saxophonist David Sanborn.  

In the December 18 edition of Ladue News, Sara Cao '22 published a review of Yowshien Kuo's Western Venom, currently on view at the Contemporary Art Museum-St. Louis. 

On December 17, swim team members Steven Busch  '22 and Nick Theodos '22 received St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro recognition as part of the third team. Steven placed third in the 200-yard freestyle and fourth in the 100 butterfly. He also competed as part of the 200 free relay team that finished third, and the 400 free relay team that finished seventh. Nick earned four medals at the Class 1 state meet, finished second in the 500-yard freestyle, and fourth in the 200 individual medley. He was also part of the 200- and 400-free relay teams. 

On December 11, Anna Duncan '21, Riley King '21, Grace Pottebaum '22, Esther Pottebaum '23, Kate Smith '21 and Ellie Strahorn '22 received St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro honors for their 2020 field hockey campaigns. 

Lily Walther '21 was named St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro girls tennis player of the year for the second consecutive year—read the article here. In addition, Ainsley Heidbreder '21, Sahana Madala '24, and Nina Zhu '21 earned All Area Team recognitions. 

Sahara Asher '24 and Cecilia Gossow '21 have photographs included in Webster University's Beginnings 2020: The High School Photography Exhibition. Three Webster University photography faculty selected 106 images from 307 submitted by 161 students. You can view the exhibit online through January 22, 2021.

Allison Roberts (Fine Arts) has two moving image works currently on exhibit at CICA Museum in Seoul, S. Korea as one of the featured artists in the Contemporary Landscape 2020 exhibition (December 9-27). In January, one piece, "Naming, Not Knowing," will be exhibited at Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virgina as part of the Movements, Moments exhibition, which runs January 23 through March 7, 2021. 

Nicole Randall (Math) was mentioned in an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about her former student, Mackenzie Fierceton, who was named as a 2021 Rhodes Scholar. Fierceton, who grew up in several foster homes, commented that she had teachers who supported her and served as parental figures to her, including Randall, who she affectionately referred to as her "Momvisor."       

Andy Chen (English) has poems forthcoming in the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of St. Louis literary journal december as well as the Winter 2021-22 issue of Ploughshares.

Ria Mirchandani '22 was honored with an NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) award. Recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.

Alexa Sagel '26 was featured in the St. Louis Jewish Light on November 11 in a story about her bat mitzvah service as well as her mitzvah project at Central West End Farm, where she helped raise crops this summer to alleviate food insecurity during the pandemic. 

Vanessa Polk '22 was unanimously selected as Player of the Year by Metro League volleyball coaches in early November. As team captain during an abbreviated 13-match season, she led her teammates to win the District Tournament, and the team advanced to the Class 3 State Quarterfinals for the first time in school history.  

On November 10, Devin Datta '26 received first place in the Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA) State Final Piano Competition in the 7th grade category. He performed Rachmaninoff's Elegie in E flat minor and Beethoven's Sonata in A major.    

An essay by Isa Rosario-Blake '21, "Partition in 1947," will be published in the Winter 2020 edition of The Concord Review, a journal for high school-level history research and writing. 

On November 4, the girls varsity cross-country team won its first State championship in JBS history by 30 points, and three team members got All State: Kylie Goldfarb ’21 second, Cori Spetnagel ’22 10th, and Ella Nichols ’23 18th. 

The boys varsity cross-country team came in fourth at State, and Nathaniel Doty ’21 was recognized on social media and within traditional media for his sportsmanship when he stopped running to help a fallen competitor make it across the finish line. 

The girls varsity tennis team won its third consecutive state championship on On October 24. Lily Walther ’21 took first in singles, and Ainsley Heidbreder ’21 and Sahana Madala ’24 placed second in doubles.

On October 23, Kim Bouldin-Jones (Counseling & Wellness) was featured in the St. Louis Business Journal as a "Hometown Hero." The article tells the story of how she and her daughter raised money for car repairs for a struggling Ferguson resident they met this summer while during community cleanups after a protest. 

On October 23, Ladue News featured an article written by Sara Cao '22 describing Burroughs' initiatives around DEI and the work of Daniel Harris, the school's director of DEI.    

Udonne Eke-Okoro '21 and Daniel Martin '21 have been designated College Board National Recognition Program Scholars. The College Board National Recognition Programs grant students academic honors that can be included on college applications. Colleges use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups who have excelled on their PSAT/NMSQT and in their classrooms. 

Twenty-eight seniors in the Class of 2021 have been named National Merit Semifinalists: Kendall Allen, Josh Antony, Will DePlanty, Kathleen Dobbs, Nathaniel Doty, Anna Duncan, Ainsley Heidbreder, Eleanor Hohenberg, Rahul Jasti, Tamar Kreitman, Rishu Kumar, Ritvik Kumar, Megan Li, Josh Magare, Daniel Martin, AnnMarie O'Shea, Andrew Padousis, Emi Pope, Akash Rajan, Kaitlyn Rowbottom, Emma Sock, Michael Tu, Lily Walther, Andrew Wang, Samuel Wang, Holly Wei, Katie Xu and Adam Zhao. In addition, 11 students received commendations: John Abbott, Lucas Bernstein, Graham Brown, Reilly Dillion, Sam Ilivicky, Ava Kennard, Meredith Luhmann, Sandy McMillan, Eric Sauter, Zoe Scully and Ali ZolmanUdonne Eke-Okoro and Daniel Martin were designated College Board National Recognition Program Scholars.          

On September 14, Anita Hagerman (English) performed on the bass with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of St. Louis as part of an outdoor, socially distanced "Symphony Reboot" concert — the first in-person classical music concert in the metro area since March. Led by former SLSO conductor Leonard Slatkin and Scott Schoonover of Union Avenue Opera, the concert featured Grammy award-winning mezzo-soprano Christine Brewer and Bjorn Rannheim, cellist with the St. Louis Symphony. You can watch the performance here.    

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch named Anna Duncan '21 to its "Field Hockey Players to Watch" on August 25: "Duncan tied for tops in the area with 13 solo shutouts, including a 12-save masterpiece against eventual champion MICDS. Her .63 goals against average also tied for the area best, and her .884 save percentage placed fourth as she backstopped John Burroughs to a 15-3-1 season and a trip to the Midwest Tournament semifinal round."

This summer, Ritvik Kumar '21 and Rishav Kumar '21 participated in the Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) summer internship program. SEES is hosted by The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research, and sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium. During the internship, students work with scientists and engineers to conduct authentic research using NASA data and analysis tools. Ritvik was part of the COVID-19 Space Exploration for a Better World team, which researched how to properly sanitize spacecraft, assess viral health risks, and use microgravity to study the spread of COVID-10 and to create vaccine. Rishav worked with the COVID-19 COVID-19 Sustainability team, which focused on solving the impact of COVID-19 through sustainable cities, transportation and mobility, vaccine distribution, new technologies, and access to clean water and air. 

Tyson Ford '22 (#88) and Caleb Merritt '22 (#2) were named to's 2022 Top Football Recruits in Missouri list.