Category Archives: Academics

Three LHWHS Students Participate in St. Louis Area Brain Bee

Congratulations to three Ladue Horton Watkins High School students for their performances in the St. Louis Area Brain Bee neuroscience competition held at Washington University.

Akhil Kondepudi (10) and Shelei Pan (9) both moved on to the top 10 oral round competition, with Akhil taking second place and Shelei taking third place. Jakhi Riley (11) also competed and performed well!

 

Senior’s story on Vandalism Published to Global Audience

The Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri was vandalized over President’s Day Weekend and Ladue Senior Broadcast Technology student Ian Mason covered the story. The Global Student Square picked up on Ian’s video and worked in concert with him to complete article and publish to their global audience.

VIDEO: Family members express sorrow, anger over vandalism at Jewish cemetery in Missouri

LMS Students Place in Top 15 at MathCounts Competition

On Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 Ladue Middle School students participated at the Regional Round of the MathCounts Competition. Nine of the students placed in the top 15, which is a remarkable stat!

In addition, 7th-grader Samuel Chen won the No. 1 overall prize; 8th-grader William Xie won the Countdown Round (a head-to-head speed round); and the team of Stephen Jiang, Jason Ding, Will Bender and Anthony Wang took First Place in the Team Round.

All of these students will move on to the state competition in March. Here are the nine students and their places (and grade levels).

1) Sam Chen (7)
2) Stephen Jiang (8)
5) William Pan (8)
6) Jason Ding (8)
7) Anthony Wang (7)
10) William Xie (8)
11) Will Bender (7)
13) Marina Sha (8)
14) Iris Zhou (7)

DECA Students Qualify for Missouri State Competition

Congratulations to the following DECA students for qualifying for the Missouri State DECA competition at the Lake of the Ozarks in March! One student, Kaycee Little, also automatically qualified for the international DECA competition in Anaheim, California!

DECA is an international association for management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing.

High School Students Participate in the First High School Invitational in Many Years

Congratulations to the following 11 Ladue High School Science Olympiad students who participated in the first high school S.O. invitational in many years!

The team competed against 25 other S.O. teams, 12 from Missouri and 14 from Kansas. The competition was held at Staley High School in Kansas City, Missouri. With only part of the high school team able to make it to this rescheduled competition, the team still finished in 2nd place!

Congratulations the following students who competed:

Luke Biernbaum (12)
Abhay Cashikar (11)
Justin Chen (11)
Anna Cramblitt (12)
Noah Goldman (11)
Kevin Jiang (10)
Albert Liu (11)
Charlie Loitman (11)
Katie Shaw (9)
Jeffrey Wang (12)
Stephanie Zhong (12)

The regional tournament is not for another five weeks.

“We have much work to be done,” coach Mark Biernbaum said. “However, this was a terrific way to begin our competition season!”

Sixth Grader Wins LMS Spelling Bee and Heads to Semi-Finals

Congratulations to 6th grader Sassy Saleeby, winner of this year’s LMS spelling bee! Sassy will go on to compete in the semi-finals of the Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by the St. Louis Post Dispatch on March 11, 2017. Finalists from that written bee will go on to compete in an oral bee on March 18, 2017. The winner of that Spelling Bee will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. later this spring.

Eighth graders Ashna Chali and Anna Demkovitch also earned perfect scores on the written bee (including getting all of the tie-breaker words correct). An oral bee was held after the written bee between the three finalists to determine the winner of the school bee. The winning word this year was “edamame”.

Thank you to Brian Beracha, Laurie Lambie, and Janice Davis, the teachers who helped grade spelling tests and supervise the 45 students who participated in the bee!

LMS Teacher Kathleen Mercury’s Board Game Will Be Pubished

We have a published game-creator on staff! Kathleen Mercury, the Gifted Teacher for Apogee at Ladue Middle School, has recently signed a contract with IDW, a game publisher for her board game, Crash Course.

The game is currently in the development phase, which means that it is currently undergoing playtesting and tweaking of the rules. “It’s exciting to be part of this process as a designer, as I’ll get to work with a variety of other game design professionals to push this game to completion,” Kathleen said.

Crash Course is a race game in space, where players race around a circular board trying to outlast the other racers by using lasers, shields and other fun toys. IDW has a game in the works called “Rayguns and Rocketships,” and this game will fit into that story line.

Her love of games translates to the classroom, too! Teaching board game design has been a part of the Apogee curriculum for the last 10 years, Kathleen said, but for the last eight years or so, the students have shared their games online. They engage in online discussion and answer questions from other games, designers and publishers. You can check out some of the students’ work here!

Spoede Students Spell Their Way to the Top in Annual Bee

Spoede Elementary just held its annual spelling bee on Jan. 19! Third and fourth grade students participate. This year, the champion was Will Kodner, and Isabella Huang was the runner-up.

The students who participated were those who scored the highest in the preliminary rounds in December.

Participants in the Spelling Bee included:

Spoede’s Carter Freer Writes Essay, is Featured in Time For Kids Issue

121216_Carter FreerCongratulations to Spoede’s Carter Freer, a fourth grade student who was featured in this week’s issue of Time For Kids! As part of the argument writing unit in class, all fourth grade students submitted their opinion essay on “Should Schools Teach Cursive?” Carter’s essay was chosen by the TFK’s web producer to be featured!

Here is a screen shot of the page, including Carter’s essay. If you’re having trouble reading his argument, see the text below:

“Cursive should not be taught in schools. Students should learn technology skills instead of cursive. Students now do most of their work on computers. Computers are faster and more efficient than writing, and most kids enjoy using technology more than they do writing. Time in school could be spent instead on teaching kids how to do research on computers. Also, adults don’t use much cursive in their daily life.”

 

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Seniors Score Perfectly on ACT

Eight Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors earned perfect scores on their ACTs. Noah DiAntonio, Patrick Naughton, Maya Mutic, Jeffrey Wang, Hans Chan, Gloria Zhou, Jake Loynd and one other senior, who wishes to remain anonymous, each earned a 36 on the college readiness test.

This means that the students correctly answered every question in each of the following subject areas: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning.

KSDK ran an extended segment on the students’ achievement, which you can view here.

“We have a large number of seniors who achieved a perfect score on the ACT this year, but it’s important to remember that while these accomplishments are made in high school, they are a product of our students’ learning experiences throughout the district,” Principal Brad Griffith said. “Every educator who has inspired and supported these students along the way has had a hand in helping them succeed, and we are all excited to see what our students will go on to accomplish after graduation.”

Noah is the son of Aaron and Bronwen DiAntonio; Patrick is the son of Michael and Cathy Naughton; Maya is the daughter of Sasa and Jada Mutic; Jeffrey is the son of Peter Wang and Natalie Chen; Hans is the son of Tat Chan and Carol Wong; Gloria is the daughter of Jianpeng Zhou and Jing Liu; and Jake is the son of Michael and Katie Loynd.

Each student plans on attending a four-year college after graduation. Noah plans on majoring in political science; Jeffrey would like to pursue computer science and continue playing tennis; Gloria is interested in scientific fields and studying abroad; Hans plans on majoring in piano and economics; Patrick will major in electrical engineering and computer science; and both Maya and Jake plan on studying engineering.