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Evan Barnes

United States Naval Academy
Systems Engineering


Barnes is in the Honors Systems Engineering Major with a 3.88 overall GPA and has posted a 4.0 every semester he has been on the soccer team. Currently ranks 57th (out of 1,085 seniors) on the Academic Order of Merit, and has been a member of the Superintendent’s List, Commandant’s List and Dean’s List. Barnes led the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll for Men’s Varsity Soccer with a 4.00 GPA, and was one of two players in the Patriot League to have a 4.0 GPA throughout the championship season. Barnes was also selected to the ESPN Academic All-District II Team for Men’s Soccer. He was selected as a Trident Scholar, where he was one of fifteen midshipmen selected for prestigious year-long graduate level research opportunity, working along side accomplished faculty member. Barnes is a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, which is an International Academic Award that provides funding for graduate study anywhere in the world. His intended course of study will be a Master’s of Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. Barnes is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, and the Golden Key International Honors Society. Adding even more to his resume, Barnes has recently been named to the 2007 ESPN the Magazine Academic First Team All District II.


Perhaps the most significant obstacle he has had to overcome is the car accident on June 14th, 2003. It was serious enough he had to be cut out of the car and life-flighted to Ohio State Medical Center. He was disqualified from USNA for a year due to various injuries and underwent six months of physical therapy to prove he was physically qualified. Through this experience, he learned to never quit and that all obstacles are able to be overcome through hard work and dedication. Barnes is chairman of the USNA Leadership Conference where he is responsible for the planning and execution of the nation’s premier undergraduate leadership conference, a four-day event involving over 250 participants from more than 26 colleges and universities. Barnes is directly responsible for organizing and leading over 100 midshipmen including staff, moderators, coordinators and representative. Barnes is the Company Honor Representative, which supported and directed the education and development of classmates and underclass midshipmen. He is directly involved in the training of freshmen on how to behave and act with honor in everyday situations.


Barnes has participated in a project called Blood: Water Mission, an effort to provide clean water for people in Africa, to promote healthier communities, and protect individuals infected with AIDS from deadly water parasites and bacteria. Barnes volunteered extensively at The Center of Ohio Science and Industry (COSI). Here he taught basic scientific principles to elementary and middle school students and performed over fifty large scale demonstrations. Barnes is the founder of a Company Peer Tutor Program. He assigned mentors to individuals struggling academically and kept track of all meetings and academic progress. Barnes also personally tutored peers in various academic courses. Barnes has also participated as a Special Olympics Athlete Escort. He escorted individual athletes competing in the Annual Special Olympics over the course of the two day competition and helped coordinate the individual events.


Barnes started 11 games at goalkeeper for Navy as a junior, before another obstacle, a serious knee injury, sidelined him for the remainder of the year. Finished with a save percentage of .746 with two shutouts and a 1.28 GAA. Has overcome long odds and was not even on Navy’s roster as a freshman and sophomore, but has worked hard to win the starting goalkeeping position.