Ian Barnett '23 was one of 15 students in Miami-Dade County to win a Silver Knight Award May 25 at the 65th annual event that honors academic excellence and commitment to service. Barnett, the music award recipient, earned recognition in part for a two-week course on the art of composition he created for and taught to young musicians. The Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald Silver Knight Awards ceremony at the James L. Knight Convention Center drew 750 nominees from more than 100 schools in South Florida.
Barnett, an active member of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony since he was six years old, partnered with the symphony to share the course he developed with the support of a Dan Leslie Bowden Fellowship in the Humanities. Barnett also co-founded Superpower of ME (Music Education), a string quartet dedicated to raising money for kids who can't afford to buy musical instruments (to date the quartet has raised $3,500). he also plays violin at St. Agnes Catholic Church on Key Biscayne.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.