BETHANY, W.Va. – Joseph (Joe) Barki, a 1996 Bethany College graduate and Prosecuting Attorney of Brooke County, will deliver the keynote address for the 33rd Annual Kalon Leadership Scholarship Day on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Barki will speak at the luncheon in Benedum Commons, which will conclude the day of activities scheduled for selected high school students from throughout the country who will be competing for the elite scholarship program.
Kalon Leadership Scholarship candidates are chosen based on high school leadership activities, academic performance and a submitted essay. Students tour the campus, hear presentations from seminar administrators, faculty, and current Kalon Scholars and complete the process with in-depth interviews conducted by three-member teams that include a Bethany faculty or staff member, a current Bethany Kalon student and an alumnus.
Barki, who graduated with honors earning double degrees in Political Science and Psychology, went on to graduate from the State Police Academy in 1997 as a West Virginia State Trooper. He then attended Widener Law School in Wilmington, Delaware, where he graduated ninth in his class of 206, having been awarded the Alexander V. Sarcone Award for Criminal Law, as well as being awarded an Order of Barristers and serving as a Board Member of the Moot Court Honor Society.
Prior to his 2012 election as the Prosecuting Attorney of Brooke County, he served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Brooke County for more than 10 years, with additional prosecutorial experience having been gained as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Ohio and Hancock counties, and further as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.
Barki’s wife, Dr. Kelly (Hindman) Barki, is also a 1996 graduate of Bethany and is currently a Physician at Cameron Health Center in Cameron, West Virginia. While at Bethany, she graduated with honors and was a presidential scholar, as well as being named the NCAA Women of the Year for the state of West Virginia. After receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, she went on the graduate at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000. Barki and his wife reside in Wheeling with their three children.
Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.