Category Archives: Academics

Eighth Grader Selected as Scholastic Writing Awards Contest Winner

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School eighth grader Isabella Peng for being recognized as one of the winners in the 2018 Missouri Writing Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards Contest! Winners were selected from more than 1,000 submissions received from throughout Missouri and the Kansas City, Kansas, area. Winning pieces will be published in Missouri Youth Write, an online publication which will be available in June 2018. Bella’s entry included a beautiful, original poem written in response to a study of historical and realistic fiction.

LHWHS Junior Selected for 2018 Washington Journalism and Media Conference

Marilyn Lercel, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has been selected to represent St. Louis as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2018 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University from July 8 – 13, 2018.

Marilyn was chosen for this opportunity based on her academic accomplishments and her demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

“Marilyn has really found a passion and talent for Broadcast Technology and creative filmmaking,” Broadcast Technology teacher Don Goble said. “And now the opportunity for Marilyn to attend a prestigious summer journalism camp at George Mason University will truly prepare her for a productive senior year in our our high school program, and well beyond. Marilyn has worked hard to take advantage of the many broadcast opportunities Ladue Schools offers her, and I am incredibly proud of her for being selected.”

Senior Julia Wang Selected as 2018 National Honorable Mention of NCWIT

Senior Julia Wang was selected as a 2018 National Honorable Mention (NHM) recipient of the National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing.

More than 3,600 students applied for the 2018 Aspirations Award, and the NHMs represent the top 10 percent of all applicants.

For more information about the award, visit aspirations.org.

 

LMS Science Olympiad Teams Perform Well at Regional Competition

Congratulations to the Science Olympiad teams! Both teams performed exceptionally well at the regional competition held at Lindenwood University over the weekend. The Competition team took first place by a landslide and will be moving on to the state finals in Fulton, Missouri, in early April.

This is Ladue Middle School’s 27th consecutive year making it to the state finals!

 

Five Ladue Schools Teams Advance to FIRST Lego League Championship

Five Ladue teams advanced to the FIRST Lego League Eastern Missouri Championship Tournament at St. Louis Community College in Florissant Valley on Saturday, Jan. 13th. Forty teams from around Missouri advanced to participate in the tournament. Old Bonhomme, Spoede, and Reed each had a fourth grade team led by teachers Tammy MacLean, Kathie Dolan, Carol Kliesen and Karen Engelkenjohn. One FGC team led by parent coach Sherry Wolk and one LMS/FGC team led by coaches Gaurav Suri and Sonali Jain also qualified to participate. Of the five Ladue teams, three teams won awards at the tournament Saturday.

Senior Julia Wang Named Top 300 Scholar in Regeneron Science Competition

Ladue Horton Watkins High School recent alumna Julia Wang has been named a top 300 Scholar in the 77th Regeneron Science Talent Search—the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. More than 1,800 students entered the competition this year. Julia graduated in December 2017.

Julia’s project for the competition centered around the idea of improving health tracking devices—giving them more capabilities than they currently offer. These devices can measure heart rate continuously, but not blood pressure. For her project, Julia spent about a year working in Dr. Lan Yang’s lab at Washington University developing a sensor that could detect pulse shape and body temperature for a continuous period.

Ladue Schools Students Receive Perfect Scores on ACT

So far this school year, 11 Ladue Schools students have earned a perfect score on their ACT exam. Typically, the test is taken during students’ junior or senior years of high school in order to test their college readiness. However this year, one student in particular stood out—Ladue Middle School eighth-grader Anthony Wang. These students received a composite score of 36 on the test by scoring high in the following subject areas: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning:

  • Seniors: Justin Chen, Macey Goldstein, Charles Loitman, Audrey Wang and Edward Wu
  • Juniors: Akshay Govindan, Donovon Moore, Nikol Nikolova, Seema Patil and Akhil Kondepudi
  • Eighth-Grade: Anthony Wang

A perfect composite score on the exam is rare; on average, only about one-tenth of 1% of all test takers earn the top score. Among U.S. high school graduates in the class of 2017, just 2,760 out of more than 2 million students who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

LHWHS Junior Heads to International Math Competition

Moses Schindler, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, is one of 12 students selected to compete for $10,000 in the 2018 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship featuring top math students from the U.S, Canada, and the UK. The contest will be held as part of the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, California, on Jan. 13.

Moses was selected for the 2018 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship based on his score on an online qualifying test with questions on algebra, trigonometry, probability, and math history, which was administered by high school math teachers in the U.S, Canada, and the UK using Maple TA, a product of Maplesoft.

Fourth Grade Robotics Teams Excel at Regional FIRST Lego League Competition

Nine fourth grade robotics teams from all four elementary schools in the district competed in the regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Competition on Nov. 12 and 13 at Brittany Woods Middle School. One team from Reed, one team from Spoede and one team from Old Bonhomme will be moving on to the Eastern Missouri Championship Event at St. Louis Community College on Jan. 13, 2018.

Congratulations to Reed team “Water Bots”, Spoede team “Nasty & Necessary #7” and Old Bonhomme team “Boom-Shaka-Lake-Ahs” for this accomplishment. Other teams were awarded, as well. The “Brain Waves” team won the Project Award for their innovative ideas and presentation skills. The “Tidal Waves” and the “Nasty and Necessary #7” teams won the Core Values award for their team-work and gracious professionalism, and the “Water Bots” and the “Boom-Shaka-Lake-Ahs” each won the Champion’s Award, which means they did great work in all three categories. Both Spoede teams were awarded Monsanto Fund grants to participate in the event.

The project was led by teachers Karen Engelkenjohn, Tammy MacLean, Kathie Dolan and Lindsay Lombardo. Congratulations goes out to all the teams, parent helpers and teacher coaches for their hard work. Best of luck to all the teams moving on to the Eastern Missouri Championship in January!

Journalism National Conference Award Winners

Congratulations to the journalism students who attended the National Convention in Dallas this past weekend and brought home the following awards!

Ope Falako- Superior award in Poetry Writing
Anya Tullman- Excellent award in Newspaper Design
Hannah Suffian- Excellent award in Newsmagazine Design
Adam Rush- Honorable Mention award in News Writing
Madi Ward- Honorable Mention award in Sports Photography
Gigi Goebel- Honorable Mention award in Yearbook Writing
Jackson Bry- Honorable Mention award in Sports Writing
Lily Hauptman- Honorable Mention award in Feature Writing