Daily Archives: November 14, 2017

Two Seniors Sign Early with Universities for Lacrosse, Rowing

Two seniors from Ladue Horton Watkins High School participated in an early signing event on Nov. 9 to share the news of their commitment to attend and play a sport for their two respective universities.

Kaylon Buckner signed with Arizona State to play lacrosse, and Megan Present signed with West Virginia for rowing.

These are the only students known to intend to sign early with their respective universities at this time. Subsequent signing events will be celebrated as they occur throughout the school year.

Julia Wang Announced Regional Finalist in 2017 Siemens Competition

Senior Julia Wang was selected as a finalist in the 2017-2018 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. One of 101 finalists, Julia has a chance to compete for $100,000 in scholarship money.

These regional finalists were picked from an exceptional group of 491 semifinalists​ who were chosen from the pool of more than 1860 projects submitted this year. The 101 regional finalists will now advance to the next round of the competition – the Regional Finals. All regional finalists receive at least $1,000 in scholarship money while the 1st place individuals and teams from these regional competitions win $3,000 and $6,000, respectively.

The Regional finalists will compete in one of six regional competitions virtually hosted over three consecutive weekends in November at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Nov. 3-4); University of Notre Dame (Nov. 3-4); The University of Texas at Austin (Nov. 10-11); California Institute of Technology (Nov. 10-11); and Georgia Institute of Technology (Nov. 17-18); and Carnegie Mellon University (Nov. 17-18).

Winners of the regional events will advance to the National Finals to be held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4-5, 2017, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including the two top prizes of $100,000 and one of the most prestigious science honors awarded to high school students in the country today.

In a change from previous years, this year’s national finalist prize structure​​ will be: first place – $100,000, second place – $50,000, all other finalists – $25,000, elevating the minimum prize level in recognition of the overall high quality of research represented by national finalists.

International Public Policy Forum Team Advances to Round of 64

For the third year in a row, the LHWHS International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) team has advanced to the round of 64! This is Ladue’s fourth year having a team in the contest. This year the team members are Olivia Liu (11), Hale Masaki (11), and Shelei Pan (10). They are competing against a team from the Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan. The team is coached by Molly Beck, high school teacher and speech and debate team coach.

The IPPF runs a written debate contest each year. This year’s topic is “Resolved: International climate accords for greenhouse gas emissions should adopt binding enforcement mechanisms.”

The IPPF received qualifying papers from 30 states and 17 countries. Each paper was scored by three random judges. The 64 highest-scoring papers advanced to the round of 64. The round of 64 consists of four papers – an affirmative constructive, a negative constructive, an affirmative rebuttal, and a negative rebuttal. After the fourth paper is written, a panel of judges will score the round and select a winner.

Talking Rams Compete in 2nd Conference

The speech and debate team competed in their 2nd conference tournament of the year this past weekend. Congratulations to the following students:

United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Gabe DiAntonio (09) – 6th place

International Extemporaneous Speaking
Max Kornfeld (11) – 2nd place
Fayzan Ali (10) – 3rd place
Sam Hiken (11) – 6th place