Kristi Bartz Endowment


Kristi was an accomplished athlete. She played select soccer for eight years and was one of the AMHS varsity

captains during her senior year. On a service trip to Cambodia in 2013, she shared her passion for soccer with victims of human trafficking. Additionally, she excelled at track and field, holding three records at AMHS in the 1600m, 800m, and the high jump. She was excited about continuing to run in college. In honor of Kristi’s life, her number “4” soccer jersey and track uniforms have been retired at AMHS .

On Saturday May 9, 2015, Kristianne Nicole Bartz spent the last day of her life enjoying the sunshine with fellow AMHS students. At age 17, she was days away from graduating with high honors from Archbishop Murphy High School, and had plans to attend the University of British Columbia in the fall on a track scholarship.

Kristi challenged herself to make a difference in the lives of the people she met, and to continue to grow in her own relationship with God. Her strong faith was evident in the way that she loved and cared for others. She lived entirely in the present moment, an adventurous spirit with limitless imagination. Her mannerisms, humor, ideas and philosophies provided endless entertainment for all those she knew. She was a bright light, and her family and friends continue her legacy through this endowment.


This endowment was organically created through the outpour of community support from Booster Clubs at other high schools to her fellow students.

Gifts received for the Kristi Bartz Endowment are invested to yield income which sustains long term financial stability for AMHS. This endowment also supports all AMHS co-curricular programs such as those in which Kristi Bartz participated, namely DECA Business Club, Athletics, Ambassador Club and Campus Ministry.


Manfred and Karen Bartz decided to start the Kristi Bartz Memorial scholarship with the funds from her Endowment. Students are nominated by their coaches and asked to apply. Only students who are nominated and given the application form will have the opportunity to apply.

The parameters for the nomination are as follows:

  • Be a senior at Archbishop Murphy High School (this $2000 scholarship will be awarded to offset the cost of college tuition)
  • Demonstrate leadership through academic achievements and involvement in campus, co-curricular and community activities
  • Have an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate key attributes Kristi Bartz displayed during her high school career such as: leadership, athletic and academic excellence, and compassion towards others