Category Archives: Academics

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.

LMS Science Bowl Team Headed to D.C. for Nationals

Congratulations to the 8th grade Science Bowl, which took first place in the regional Science Bowl and won themselves an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. at the end of April to compete in the nationals finals!

The Ladue 1 team had to string out six straight victories over the course of three hours (after already completing six prior matches) in order to win the competition. This included back-to-back wins over the only team that beat them earlier in the day.

“It was truly a battle of attrition, and the odds were heavily in the other team’s favor,” substitute coach Michael Clay said. “It was an astonishing come from behind win!”

8th Grade Team:
Harry Chen
Jason Ding
Stephen Jiang
William Pan
Eric Yin

High School Students Receive 2017 Aspirations Award for Computing

Several young women Ladue Horton Watkins High School have recently received the 2017 St. Louis & Southern Illinois Aspirations Award for their accomplishments in computing! Award recipients are selected for their aptitude and interest in IT and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

Congratulations to our winners!

2017 Winners:
Amanda Steiner (12)
Julia Wang (11)

National Honorable Mention:
Rose Coughlin (10)

2017 Honorable Mentions:
Leda Liang (11)
Nikol Nikolova (10)

The 2017 Aspirations Award ceremony will be held 0n Sunday, March 26 at Saint Louis University.

LMS MathCounts Team Takes First in Missouri MathCounts Competition

The Ladue Middle School MathCounts team placed first in the Missouri MathCounts Competition on Saturday.

The four-person team consisted of Stephen Jiang (8), Jason Ding (8), Anthony Wang (7) and Will Bender (7). In the lightning-quick Countdown round, Anthony Wang (7) took 2nd place and William Pan (8) placed 4th.

Nine LMS students participated in the Individual competition, all of whom placed in the Top 20. Seven of the Top 10 Math kids in the state are Ladue Middle School students!

Note that the top four finishers (three from LMS) make up the Missouri team that competes in the National MathCounts competition in Orlando in May!

Here are the students and their final positions:

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)

LMS Student to Compete in Missouri Geography Bee

Congrats to Winston Chen, the LMS winner of the geography bee, who qualified to compete in the Missouri Geography Bee on Friday March 31! Winston is a seventh-grade student.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year.

School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.

Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 14-17, 2017.

Good luck to Winston in the next round!

Old Bonhomme Team Wins Award at Creative Convention

On March 2, 2017, students from Old Bonhomme elementary participated in the 2017 Academic Challenge Cup, held at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The competition consists of a half-day event designed to challenge students in second and third grade in creative problem solving. Five Old Bonhomme teams participated, and The Builders of the Mind team took home one of four Level Of Excellence awards.

This competition draws bright students from diverse areas and brings them together for a morning of friendly competition. Academic Challenge Cup is sponsored by the Gifted Resource Council.

LEGOs: Linking Learning, Creativity and Fun

This year for the first time, all four Ladue Schools elementary schools participated in FIRSTLEGO® League, a worldwide competition where teams of students ages 9 to 14 are challenged to research real-world problems and devise a workable solution over the course of eight weeks. The groups must also design, build and program a LEGO robot to complete a mission through an obstacle course, all while learning how to work together and draw from one another’s strengths.

The purpose behind FIRSTLEGO is to actively engage student creativity while they apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts. The “FIRST” in FIRSTLEGO represents: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

This year’s competition theme was “Animal Allies” with each team being given the tasks of identifying a way in which the lives of animals and humans intersect, researching a common issue and then brainstorming about how animals and people can help one another.

LMS Science Olympiad Teams Compete at Regional Tournament, Head to State Finals

Congratulations to the LMS Science Olympiad team members and coaches, who represented the school well at last Saturday’s regional tournament! The competition team will go on to the state finals on Saturday, April 8, at Westminster University in Fulton, Missouri. Below is a listing of team members and coaches.

Competition Team:

Fayzan Ali (9), Ashna Chali (8), Harry Chen (8), Jason Ding (8), Stephen Jiang (8), Aditya Kondepudi (7), Shelei Pan (9), William Pan (8), Marina Sha (8), Cindy Wang (9), Daniel Xu (7), Max Yang (6), Christopher Ye (9), Eric Yin (8) and Lucy Yue (8).

Training Team:

Arya Bhushan (7), Yuvan Chali (6), Chris Chen (7), Samuel Chen (7), Huamin Gao (8), Richie Jiang (6), David Ju (6), Shriya Koneru (8), Evan Schreiner (7), Emily Shaw (6), Rohan Tatikonda (7), Ryan Tung (7), Vyomini Vakil (7), Anthony Wang (7) and Justin Zhang (7).

Coaches:

Martin Long (Coordinator), Christine Allen, Mark Biernbaum, Michael Clay, Melody Frese, Kelly Hake, Natalie Jeney, Donna Matthews, Hugh McMonigle, Kathleen Murphy, Deb O’Hara, Elizabeth Rendine, Jody Rozbicki and Lisa Stein.