Monthly Archives: November 2016

High School Students Attend Gateway2Change Summit on Race

Gateway2Change held its second Student Summit on Race this year last Thursday, Nov. 17, at Emerson World Headquarters. Several Ladue School District students participated in the summit this year, along with students from about 40 other area schools.

During the summit, student leaders joined the representatives from local businesses and organizations who will present real-world challenges they are facing in the areas of social and cultural difference, diversity and equity. Students learned about problem-solving methods that can be utilized to create solutions to these challenges. Several local businesses and organizations participated in the summit, as well, including: 1st Financial Credit Union, Build-A-Bear, Children’s Medical Network, Edward Jones, Emerson, Monsanto and Mayor Slay’s office.

Students were paired with a sibling school, and over the next few months, they will meet and collaborate on solutions for solving the real-world challenge. These plans will be presented to business leaders at the final summit on March 10, 2017.

The movement began following the events at Ferguson and provides students opportunities to become reform agents for racial and diversity issues.

You can check out this short video recap from the CharacterPlus Facebook page here.

LHWHS Sophomore Lily Rapp Cast in COCA’s Annual Ballet

Ladue Horton Watkins Sophomore, Lily Rapp will perform the role of Edgar Dega’s Little Dancer on December 9th and 11th, 2016 at The Center for Creative Arts (COCA) in University City. The story brings the famous statue alive as she dances through Paris, France where The Little Dancer dreamed of dancing with the Paris Opera Ballet.

Lily is a member of COCA’s Pre-Professional dance program and The Ballet Eclectica First Company. COCA is a comprehensive arts institute where Lily spends 20 hours a week rehearsing and taking classes. Lily has been dancing since she was 3 and has attended Summer Intensives at Washington University, Nashville Ballet, San Antonio Joffrey Workshop and most recently The Burklyn Ballet Theater in Vermont.

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Seniors Score Perfectly on ACT

Eight Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors earned perfect scores on their ACTs. Noah DiAntonio, Patrick Naughton, Maya Mutic, Jeffrey Wang, Hans Chan, Gloria Zhou, Jake Loynd and one other senior, who wishes to remain anonymous, each earned a 36 on the college readiness test.

This means that the students correctly answered every question in each of the following subject areas: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning.

KSDK ran an extended segment on the students’ achievement, which you can view here.

“We have a large number of seniors who achieved a perfect score on the ACT this year, but it’s important to remember that while these accomplishments are made in high school, they are a product of our students’ learning experiences throughout the district,” Principal Brad Griffith said. “Every educator who has inspired and supported these students along the way has had a hand in helping them succeed, and we are all excited to see what our students will go on to accomplish after graduation.”

Noah is the son of Aaron and Bronwen DiAntonio; Patrick is the son of Michael and Cathy Naughton; Maya is the daughter of Sasa and Jada Mutic; Jeffrey is the son of Peter Wang and Natalie Chen; Hans is the son of Tat Chan and Carol Wong; Gloria is the daughter of Jianpeng Zhou and Jing Liu; and Jake is the son of Michael and Katie Loynd.

Each student plans on attending a four-year college after graduation. Noah plans on majoring in political science; Jeffrey would like to pursue computer science and continue playing tennis; Gloria is interested in scientific fields and studying abroad; Hans plans on majoring in piano and economics; Patrick will major in electrical engineering and computer science; and both Maya and Jake plan on studying engineering.

Students Make the Right Moves at Gateway Chess League Fall Open

Students in every level of the Ladue School District showed off their tactical strategy skills at the Gateway Chess League Fall Open held this past Saturday, Nov. 12. Spoede Elementary won the 3rd grade and under division at this tournament, LMS took home two 2nd place team trophies (8th grade and under and 6th grade and under) and LHWHS took home a 3rd place team trophy.

Elementary:

The Spoede Elementary team of Celina Zhou (3), Cooper Buxner (2), Christopher Huang (3), and Alex Zhang (1) won the 3rd grade and under division.

In the 3rd grade and under individual standings, Celina Zhou (3) came in 1st place and Cooper Buxner (2) finished in 7th place.

Fifth Grade

In the 5th grade and under team, Zachary Barrett (5) came in 9th out of 22 teams.

In the 5th grade and under individual standings, Zachary Barrett (5) came in 4th.

Talking Rams Come in No. 2 at Greater St. Louis Speech Association’s Conference Tournament

The speech and debate team came in second in the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Conference Tournament this past weekend!

Congratulations to the following:

DOMESTIC EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Patrick Naughton (12), 3rd
Pranay Peddinti (12), 5th
Hale Masaki (10), 6th

FOREIGN EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Maya Mutic (12), 1st
Aramis Rickey (12), 2nd
Max Kornfeld (10), 4th

LHWHS Students Selected to All-Suburban Honors Orchestra

Congratulations to the following students who were selected as members of the All-Suburban Honors Orchestra:

Violin 1
Kelly Phung (10)

Violin 2
Shelei Pan (9)
Benjamin Phung (11)
Boran Li

Viola
Jacob Sheldon (9), principal
Moses Schindler (10)

Cello
Menea Kefalov (10)

The All Suburban High School Orchestra will perform on Jan. 7, 2017 at Ritenour High School.

LHWHS Band Students Selected for All-Suburban Honors Band

Congratulations to the following students who were selected as members of the All-Suburban Honors Band. These students won a blind audition as they competed against more than 600 students from the area!

Sarah Eisenman (11), 1st chair piccolo

Evyn Levy (11), 1st chair clarinet
Megan Bernstein (11), 4th chair clarinet

Kenji Sherman (12), 3rd chair trombone
Macey Goldstein (11), 4th chair trombone

Jacob Cytron (12), 1st chair percussion opt. 1
Audrey Wang (11), 1st chair percussion opt. 2
Miles Kim (12), 1st chair percussion opt. 3
Laura Ewald (11), 1st alternate percussion opt. 1
Ian Pallares (11), 1st alternate percussion opt. 3

These students are eligible to audition for All-State on Dec. 3. The All-Suburban Honors Bands will perform at Kirkwood HS on Jan. 8, 2017.

Senior Selected for All-State Sight Reading Bee

Congratulations to LHWHS senior Donna LaMore who was selected for a second time to represent the St. Louis Suburban District at the All-State Sight Reading Bee, and was also selected as an All-State Soprano alternate at State Auditions on Saturday, Nov. 4. More than 300 students audition for District Choir, and only the highest score is selected for this honor.

The competition will be held at Tan-Tar-A during the Music Educators Conference in January. It is similar to a spelling bee but instead of words, students are given excerpts of music to sing without any accompaniment and a short amount of time for study. The excerpts become increasingly more difficult and consist of multiple rounds to eventually determine the finalist.

Talking Rams Make Prestigious 200 Club

Congratulations to last year’s Talking Rams, the high school’s speech and debate team, and its sponsor and coach Molly Beck for their recent recognition by the National Speech & Debate Association for their outstanding achievements last year!

In the 2015-2016 school year, the group earned a total of 200 or more degrees, ranking it among the top 8% of schools nationwide and earning membership in the association’s prestigious 200 club.

“This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills—including communication, research, listening, writing and organization,” J. Scutt Wunn, executive director of the association said. “I encourage you to build upon this momentum to ensure that even more students are empowered to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals and honorable leaders in our global society.”

In speech and debate, students earn points and degrees based on competitive and service-related activities, ranging from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more points to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more points.

Old Bonhomme Students & Staff Harvest Sweet Potatoes

Old Bonhomme’s sweet potatoes were ready to harvest this week! Kate Pichon, a parent volunteer who works with the Old Bonhomme garden, approached Chartwell’s about doing an activity with the students using the potatoes.

First, the second grade students harvested more than 60 of the potatoes on Wednesday.

“It was great to be there and watch the students dig up the potatoes,” Sue Blumm, the district’s in-house representative from Chartwell’s, said. Melissa Garth, a Chartwell’s employee, even got in with the students and got her hands dirty.

Then on Thursday, the cafeteria employees made fresh sweet potato fries with the students, and every kid got to sample the fries during lunch. They also learned some fun facts about the spud.

“Students loved making the connection between what they took from the garden one day to what they were eating the next,” Sue said. One student even told them, “Thank you for all your hard work. It couldn’t have been easy cutting up all those hard potatoes.”