Monthly Archives: April 2017

Speech and Debate Graduate Becomes National Champion in Forensics

Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus Jerome Gregory has been competing in the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament during the past week. This tournament was the end of his career in competitive speech at the collegiate level. Jerome entered the tournament in six events and advanced in ALL six! Jerome Gregory, class of 2013, is a senior at Bradley University.

  • After Dinner Speaking – Octafinalist
  • Extemporaneous Speaking – Quarterfinalist
  • Rhetorical Criticism – 5th place
  • Impromptu Speaking – 3rd place
  • Informative Speaking – 2nd place
  • Persuasive Speaking – NATIONAL CHAMPION
    (This is the same speech he won the AFA National Championship with 2 weeks ago!)
  • Individual Sweepstakes – NATIONAL CHAMPION

Jerome won 1st place in Persuasive Speaking! Check out this video, where Jerome was announced the national champion! In it, the tournament director speaks about Jerome’s work this year and his incredible forensics career.

His former Speech and Debate team coach at Ladue Schools, Molly Beck, was asked by his teammates to send him a letter of support to be given to him as a surprise while competing in his last tournament.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported Jerome throughout his time in Ladue, his two years on the speech and debate team at Ladue, and his four years on Bradley University’s speech team,” Molly said. “I cannot begin to put into words how grateful he is for every teacher who helped shape him into someone who loves to learn and who believed in him. He speaks frequently of his time at Ladue, and he is so appreciative of the support and encouragement all of you have sent him during his time at Bradley!”

Alumna Featured in Ladue News for Altruism, Art Appreciation

Lynn Hamilton is a 1963 graduate of Ladue Schools. In 2010, Lynn launched Maturity and Its Muse, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that offers seniors the opportunity to enjoy and experience art while enhancing their quality of life. Check out this article in Ladue News that features Lynn Hamilton and her philanthropy!

Old Bonhomme Students Excel at MCTM Competition

Results for the 2017 Missouri Council of Teacher of Mathematics (MCTM) competition were just announced, and Old Bonhomme students all shone! Congratulations to Henry Goellner (3) for winning first place in the Computer Generated Design category, and Congratulations to Bella Soyfer (4) for winning first place in the Tesselation category for their age group.

Congratulations to the following students for their placements, as well:

  • Vivek Maddineni – Fourth Place, 3rd grade Tesselations
  • Ayla Tunay – Second Place, 4th grade Tesselations
  • Lucia Kerman – Fourth Place, 4th grade Tesselations
  • Eva Kaul – Second Place, 3rd grade Computer Generated Designs
  • Cole Kaufman – Third Place, 3rd grade Computer Generated Designs

Way to represent Old Bonhomme!

Alumnus Recognized for Work with St. Louis Mosaic Project

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus Vin Ko for his recent recognition in entrepreneurialthinking.com! Vin is a 2005 graduate of Ladue Schools, and works with the St. Louis Mosaic Project, a regional initiative between the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the World Trade Center St. Louis. The group welcomes immigrants into the community to share talent, ideas and energy to drive innovation.

Check out the article here!

Old Bonhomme Science Fair Winners Headed to St. Louis Science Fair

Congratulations to the winners of the Old Bonhomme Science Fair! These students will participate in the Greater St. Louis Science Fair later this month at Queeny Park.

2nd Grade:
Sophie Baum and Emme Hirsch (2K)
Noah Murov (2K)

3rd Grade:
Amelia Drake (3M)
Brandon Barrett (3P)

4th Grade:
Oliver Stern (4P)

This year, 31 projects were submitted, and 14 of those were blue ribbon winners (1st place)!

LMS Orchestra & Choir Students Rock the Solo & Ensemble Festival

This past Saturday, the middle school music students rocked the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival!

Congratulations to the 44 7th and 8th grade orchestra students (all listed below) who participated in the festival. The orchestras were represented by 15 solos, six duos, three trios and six quartets!

Also, congratulations to the following 8th grade students who performed vocal solos! Jameson Falconer, Lilian Fisher, Julia Joseph and Ron Weiss received a Superior rating. Udonne Eke-Okoro and Alejandra Pinon-Dickey earned an Excellent rating.

“All of these students put in extra time and effort in their preparation, and I’m very proud of them,” Vocal Music Director for 8th Grade Choir Tom Lowery said.

LMS Mathletes Excel at Regional MCTM Competition

Saturday was a big day for the Ladue Middle School mathletes! At the regional Missouri Council of Teacher of Mathematics competition in February, 23 of the 24 LMS students who participated qualified for state. Due to conflicts, only 14 of these students were able to compete Saturday. There were 220 students representing 59 schools at the state competition, and the students representing LMS were awesome!

The LMS team of Will Bender (7), Anthony Wang (7), Samuel Chen (7), and William Xie (8) placed first in the state sweepstakes competition and 3rd in the national rankings.

In the overall individual category, five of the top 10 were from LMS: Will Bender (7) 1st, Anthony Wang (7) 2nd, Samuel Chen (7) 5th, William Xie (8) 6th and Richie Jiang (6) 9th.

Following are the results by grade levels for the students who scored in the top 10 for each grade:

6th grade – Richie Jiang (6) 1st, Nicole Li (6) 2nd, Luke Tu (6) 5th, Olivia Hu (6) 6th, Yuvan Chali (6) 7th

7th grade – Will Bender (7) 1st, Anthony Wang (7) 2nd, Samuel Chen (7) 3rd

8th grade – William Xie (8) 3rd

Also participating were Megan Ouyang (6), Winston Chen (7), Hansika Sakshi (7), Louis Li (8), and Lauren Xie (8). Congratulations to all of these students!

LMS Students Earn Superior Rating at Solo and Ensemble Festival

Congratulations to the following Ladue Middle School students on earning a Superior rating at the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival this past weekend!

Seth Goldman (8), bassoon solo
Daphne Levy (8), flute solo
Melody Zhang (8), flute solo
Sophia Liu (7), flute solo
Daphne Levy (8) and Melody Zhang (8), flute duet

High School Science Olympiad Team Heads to Nationals in May

This weekend, the state Science Olympiad competition was held at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and the high school team finished in first place! Out of the 23 events, there were only two that did not place in the top five. The team finished with a total of 60 points. The second place team finished with 106 points, and the third place team had a total in the 120s. The lowest score wins, and this was quite a feat! The team will now head to the national competition at Wright State University in Ohio in mid May.

This high school bunch is such a special group of students. This past August, they set a goal, as a team, to not only qualify for the national competition, but to place higher than Ladue Horton Watkins High School has ever finished at nationals (In 2008, LHWHS finished in 16th place). This year, the students are shooting for the top 10, but would probably be pleased to set the school record finishing anywhere in the top 15. “There is still much to be done because the competition at the national level is absolutely amazing,” Coach Mark Biernbaum said. “However, I know the team will be up for the challenge!”

Luke Biernbaum (12)
Abhay Cashikar (11)
Justin Chen (11)
Anna Cramblitt (12)
Noah Goldman (11)
Kevin Jiang (10)
Akhil Kondepudi (10)
Annie Liu (11)
Charlie Loitman (11)
Patrick Naughton (12)
Seema Patil (10)
Raj Paul (10)
Katie Shaw (9)
Jackie Zeng (10)
Stephanie Zhong (12)

Senior Girls and Boys Swimming and Diving Members Earn All American Honors

All nine graduating senior girls of the Girls’ and two graduating senior boys of the Boys’ Swimming & Diving teams at Ladue Horton Watkins High School earned All American Academic status with the National Interscholastic Coaches Association (NISCA) for achieving an average cumulative GPA of 3.75 or greater for the first seven semesters of their high school careers!

As a class of graduating seniors, the senior girls’ team captains Sophia Garland, Taylor Korte and Anna Reichert, and seniors Elizabeth Collinger, Sarah Green, Olivia Jurgiel, Marisa Pummer, Nicole Thompson, and Anna Waltke achieved an average cumulative GPA of 3.975.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that these nine seniors, together with 18 underclass varsity letter recipients of the Girls’ Swimming & Diving Team, earned a cumulative average GPA of 3.838 to be a GOLD Level (3.750-4.000) All American Scholar Team with NISCA.