Category Archives: Academics

Two Fifth Graders Have Historical Family Stories Published

Fiona_Story AwardTwo Ladue fifth grade students had their historical family stories chosen for publication in “Grannie Annie, Vol. 11,” which will be released later this month. Fiona Hayreh’s “No Shoes, No Guardian, No Protection” and Julian L. Prakken’s “The Mysterious Man Who Lived in a Pipe” were both winners!

Only 36 of 555 submissions were selected. The stories will be published by the Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration. They will also be available as an eBook, a PDF book and on The Grannie Annie’s website.

Fiona is one of 13 young people who were honored at The Grannie Annie’s Family Stories Festival at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park on June 5.

Ladue elementary students have submitted stories to The Grannie Annie 10 of the past 11 years and have regularly had stories accepted for publication. Fiona’s story took place in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania in 1893. It tells of two young girls who encounter a menacing surprise on their way home from a morning of berry picking.

Annual African-American Recognition Night a Success

The annual African-American Recognition Night at Ladue Middle School was another success! The event was hosted by the LMS Diversity Cadre and was held on Tuesday, May 17, at the school’s gymnasium.

Certificates were issued for academics, citizenship, attendance, and service/school involvement. Several students’ vocal, instrumental and artistic talents were spotlighted, as well. The evening was closed with naming the Anthony Warren Diversity Cadre Students of the Year, who received an engraved pewter tray, along with a cash stipend to use toward an educational technology purchase, camp or activity.

Check out the photos below from this outstanding event!

LMS Science Olympiad Team Places at Nationals

After a year of hard work, the Ladue Middle School Science Olympiad team finished 14th in the nation at finals!

Training for the event began in August and some of the kids even worked on events over the summer last year trying to get to this point.

“The coaches are very proud of the students’ determination and work ethic,” head coach Martin Long said. “Thanks to all the teachers—Kindergarten and up—who contributed to their success by instilling such a wonderful love for learning!”

An asterisk before a student’s name indicates a top ten finish:

High School Science Olympiad Team Places at Nationals

Congratulations to the high school students who gave an outstanding performance at the national Science Olympiad competition at the University of Wisconsin-Stout this past weekend!

The team included: Luke Biernbaum (11), Justin Chen (10), Anna Cramblitt (11), Royce Dong (12), Annie Liu (10), Albert Liu (10), Charlie Loitman (10), Michael Muzinich (11), Patrick Naughton (11), Logan Page (12), Seema Patil (9), Kate Prablek (10), Jeffrey Wang (11), Audrey Wang (10), Kevin Xue (12), Noah Goldman (10) and Stephanie Zhong (11).

The team competed against the 60 best teams in the nation and finished in 21st place. The following five events finished in the top 10:

Air Trajectory – Jeffrey Wang (11) and Luke Biernbaum (11) (2nd Place)
Astronomy – Noah Goldman (10) and Justin Chen (10) (7th place)
Wright Stuff – Anna Cramblitt (11) and Stephanie Zhong (11) (7th place)
Geologic Mapping – Audrey Wang (10) and Anna Cramblitt (11) (7th place)
Fossils – Anna Cramblitt (11) and Noah Goldman (10) (9th place)

LHWHS Senior Places Fourth in Division at Intel ISEF 2016

Monica Malone_Science FairLHWHS senior Monica Malone received an award for a science experiment that she entered into Intel ISEF 2016, a worldwide science competition. About 7 million people from across the world compete for 1,700 spots at Intel, and about 15 percent of those competing are awarded. Monica received a fourth place award of $500 for her experiment, which was entered into the Microbiology category. About 150 participants were also competing in this category.

Monica said that this was a huge accomplishment for her.

“Most students who had won an award at ISEF had competed for multiple years in the competition, so placing at my second science fair ever was pretty exciting!” she said.

LMS Girl Scout Launches Book Blog for Students

As school lets out and summer begins, area middle schoolers have a new way to find books to enjoy, thanks to the creativity and efforts of a local Girl Scout.

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 4.13.15 PMKatie Eisenman, a seventh-grade Girl Scout at Ladue Middle School, completed her Girl Scout Silver Award project by creating a book review blog for teens and middle schoolers. An avid reader, Katie said she wanted other kids her age to be able to enjoy reading and have a resource for finding books they would like. She named it The Reading Ram’s Book Blog after her school’s mascot, and wrote and published a book review every week for a year. She also occasionally posted about special readings and events at area libraries.

“Keeping a blog up and running is a lot harder than I thought it would be,” Katie said. “But hopefully it will make kids have fun reading books, and then they’ll be introduced to the world of reading. Everyone needs to read a good book.”

The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette, girls in grades six through eight, can earn, and requires girls to identify a need in their community and dedicate at least 50 hours toward addressing and solving the issue. Over the year she spent working on the blog, Katie worked more than 156 hours on the project.

Eighth Graders Score High on National French Contest Exam

Several Ladue Middle School eighth grade students recently took the National French Contest Exam and won medals for their performances. See the list below!

Silver Medals: Sereen Bouhraoua, Julia Boeyink, Noah Posey, Jill Goldwasser

Bronze Medals: Jenna Gold, Madeline Stoces, Angela Liu (8), Bradford Siwak

Honorable Mention: Hannah Abraham, Isabella del Cid, Robel Esayas, Eli Goldstein, Anna Liner, Simone Liu, Celeste Liu, Alex Migala, Ashley Osborn, Ria Parpelli, Kevin Tan and Camille Yang.

Congratulations to all of the participants!

Three Seniors Earn Girl Scout Gold Award

Three graduating seniors at Ladue Horton Watkins High School have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement possible in Girl Scouting. This prestigious award challenges the girls to make positive, lasting contributions to their communities.

All three projects were geared toward inspiring and interacting with middle school and high school-age students:

  • Rachel Steiner’s project launched a new Youth Writing Club in collaboration with the St. Louis County Library. She designed meeting plans, a website and fun activities as a way for teens to share ideas and grow in expressing themselves through creative writing. The club meets on a monthly basis and invites teens from all around the St. Louis community to join.
  • Jessica Thoelke’s project established a new after-school coding club for Ladue Middle School students. She applied for and received grant money to purchase a coding curriculum. She then received training so that she could teach the students what she had learned. Throughout her project, Jessica provided more than 50 coding sessions to students.
  • Jackie Wong’s brought a global tech competition called the “Technovation Challenge” to the high school by launching an after-school club promoting the girls’ participation in technology-related fields. The club is exclusive to girls who have an interest in entrepreneurship and creating apps. One LHWHS team submitted their app creation into the competition.

LHS-TV Films Staff Awarded First in State for Special Project Video of the Year

The LHS-TV & Films Staff from Ladue Horton Watkins High School have been named the Missouri Journalism Education Association’s Video of the Year: Special Projects State Award Winner. Student enrolled in the Broadcast Technology II class produced a 60 Minutes-style television show first semester investigating the new high school schedule. You can watch the show here: Ladue View Special Investigate Report.

The MJEA Student awards were designed to honor the very best in student writing, photography, design and video storytelling in Missouri by selecting one winner in each of 21 categories. The state winners will received a special medallion and certificate.

Learn more about MJEA and this year’s state winners here.

Ladue Middle School Students Represent Multiple Academic Teams

This year, the Ladue Middle School has some students who not only do well academically in the classroom, but they take what they learn and use it on competitive teams! Several of these students are members of multiple teams, and are headed to more than one national competition this year.

The following students are members of at least three competitive academic teams:

  • William Pan (7): Science Olympiad, Science Quiz Bowl, MEGSL Math and State Mathcounts; 2 national competitions
  • Stephen Jiang (7): Science Olympiad, Science Quiz Bowl and MEGSL Math; 2 national competitions
  • Anna Zhong (8): Science Olympiad, MEGSL Math and State Mathcounts; 1 national competition
  • Harry Chen (7): Science Quiz Bowl, MEGSL Math and State Mathcounts; 1 national competition

Thanks for representing Ladue Middle School!