Barnes, from Omaha, Neb., received a B.A. with majors in Spanish and in English. She has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Panama for next year. At W&L, she held the Henry Louis Smith scholarship and John Rugel Memorial scholarship and belonged to Omicron Delta Kappa. Barnes was a literacy tutor at Waddell Elementary School and in Rockbridge County, a peer counselor and was a member of the Chamber Singers and SAIL.
She served as co-chair of the Nabors Service League and received the Barritt-Williams Prize in Spanish, a Johnson Opportunity Grant and the Wornom Award for Distinguished Critical Writing from the English Department. Barnes was an immigration and refugee services intern for the Lutheran Family Services Inc. She was awarded a Certificate of International Immersion and also was a WLUR DJ, presenting "The Flamenco Hour."
Barnes participated in Green Dot Bystander training to help the campus lower the rate of sexual assaults. She lived in Buenos Aires during the summer of 2012 as a Shepherd Alliance Intern, assisting families who came to the city for medical treatment. She also taught English classes there to women and children.
Sources: file, personal information, 2013
Updated: June 24, 2013