Category Archives: Academics

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.

LMS MathCounts Students Dominate at State Competition

In February, nine Ladue Middle School students qualified at the regional Chapter Round of the MathCounts competition to advance to the Missouri State Round. MathCounts is the premier mathematics competition for middle-school students. At the Chapter Round, Samuel Chen (7) placed first among all students in the Individual Round, while William Xie (8) earned first place honors in the lightning quick Countdown Round. Also, the four-person team of Stephen Jiang (8), Jason Ding (8), Anthony Wang (7), and Will Bender (7) placed 1st in the team competition.

One month later, on March 4, the LMS MathCounts students were dominant in the Missouri State MathCounts Competition.

The same team of Stephen Jiang (8), Jason Ding (8), Anthony Wang (7), and Will Bender (7) placed 1st in the team competition. In the State Countdown round, Anthony Wang (7) took 2nd, and William Pan (8) placed 4th.

Nine LMS students participated in the Individual competition, all of whom placed in the Top 20. On this particular day, seven of the Top 10 Math kids in the state are Ladue Schools students.

Here are the students and their final positions. Note that the Top 4 finishers (three from Ladue Schools) make up the Missouri team that competes in the National MathCounts competition in Orlando in May. Stephen Jiang (8), Anthony Wang (7) and Jason Ding (8) have earned an all-expense paid trip to Orlando.

1) Stephen Jiang (8)
2) Anthony Wang (7)
3) Jason Ding (8)
5) Will Bender (7)
7) William Pan (8)
9) Samuel Chen (7)
10) William Xie (8)
16) Marina Sha (8)
18) Iris Zhou (7)

Junior Kaylon Buckner Helps Lacrosse Team Earn Championship Title

Congratuluations to junior Kaylon Buckner on a fantastic comeback at the Webster-Kirkwood Invitational for lacrosse! Check out the article run in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch here.

What Do Ninth Graders Do While Everyone Else Is Taking the ACT?

While older students took the ACT on April 19, the freshmen embarked on their choice of educational field trips around the St. Louis area! The U.S. Studies teachers each led a trip following a certain historical theme, including: St. Louis and the Civil War, St. Louis and the Civil Rights Movement, St. Louis and African American Music, St. Louis and Immigration and St. Louis and Manifest Destiny.

Below are the trips the students chose from, along with some pictures of their adventures!

Jeff Miller – St. Louis and Civil War

Students traveled to the Missouri Civil War Museum in South County and visited the military cemetery at Jefferson Barracks.  At the museum, they attended a brief presentation on Civil War weaponry and uniforms. The group then stopped for lunch at Golden Coral and spent the rest of the afternoon at the high school playing Civil War era baseball and other Civil War-themed games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Hill – St. Louis and Immigration

St. Louis is a city known for its cultural diversity. From its historic roots of immigration to today, St. Louis has always been a city growing from the unique diversity that makes up its landscape. Starting with the International Institute, where new immigrants are starting and finishing their journey to citizenship to a tour of the historic neighborhood of The Italian Hill, this field trip explored a small part of our city. The trip finished with some Italian cooking at its finest for lunch.

Conway Elementary Parent Teaches Students How to Code

Conway parent Suparba Panda decided to leave her full-time job as vice president of technology at Equifax to teach young students how to work with innovative technology. Suparba created TymeMachine, a nonprofit designed to introduce students to evolving technologies such as robotics, biometrics, 3-D printing and more!

Suparba recently spent several weeks working with students at Conway Elementary, where her son attends school. She led an afterschool workshop teaching students an introductory coding class. To learn more, check out this article published by Ladue News!

High School Students Excel at State DECA Competition

Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding accomplishments at the Missouri State DECA Competition:

State Champions:
Ben Avigad (11), Automotive Services Marketing
Michael Burke (12), Food Marketing
Jake Gerardi (11) & Aidan Morley (11), Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making
Burhan Mubeen (12) & Nisha Naseer (12), Marketing Communications Team Decision Making

2nd Place:
Xinyu He (12), Business Finance
Emebte Atanaw (12) & Nicole Goeckner (12), Hospitality Services Team Decision Making

3rd Place:
Jessica Matson (12), Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Diane Mwonga (12) & Leanna Feng (12), Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan

Finalists:
Josh Horowitz (10), Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling
David Song (12), Financial Consulting
Thomas Xiong (11), Principals of Hospitality and Tourism
Anum Sameer (12), Business Finance
Noor Rahman (11), Business Services Marketing
Cloe Frank (12) & Kenan Elzoobi (12), Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making

Leadership Delegate:
Kaycee Little (11)

Ladue Schools Spelling Siblings Qualify for Regional Spelling Bee Finals

Congratulations to Sophia “Sassy” Saleeby, a 6th grader at Ladue Middle School, and her brother, Jack Saleeby, a 3rd grader at Reed Elementary, for earning top scores in the St. Louis Post Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee Semi-Finals on Saturday, March 11. Both students will compete in the Finals at McKendree University on March 18!

Freshmen Create Commercial for KSDK’s App

Ladue School’s Broadcast Technology program has partnered with St. Louis Public Schools, Gateway STEM High School and KSDK News Channel 5, for the past 15 years offering students from city and country schools a collaborative opportunity to create a Public Service Announcement. This year 7 students from Ladue and 8 students from Gateway STEM participated in the program.

Ladue Schools freshmen students Nikan Askari and Jamie Korenblat were a part of this year’s winning collaborative team, along with two students Gateway STEM. These students created the concept, pitched their idea to KSDK executives, starred in the filming, and took part in the editing process to create an awesome promotional commercial for KSDK’s mobile app.

See the video here!

WordMasters Challenge Teams Achieved Highest Honors

 

Two teams representing Ladue Schools achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The third grade team scored an impressive 183 points out of a possible 200 in the second of three meets this year, placing seventh in the nation. In addition, the fourth grade team scored 189 points, finishing 10th in the nation.

Competing in the Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, fourth graders Ritwik Ashok and Bella Soyfer each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 116 fourth graders achieved this result. Other students from Ladue Schools who achieved outstanding results in the meet include third graders William Burrus, Ihenna Eke-Okoro, Sylvia Hanes, Harry Margraf and Anthony Zho, and fourth graders Amanda Armbruster, Gage Galati, Jake Oberman, Ben Stephenson and Braeden Wallace. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by their classroom teacher.