Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

International Public Policy Forum Team Advances to Round of 64

For the third year in a row, the LHWHS International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) team has advanced to the round of 64! This is Ladue’s fourth year having a team in the contest. This year the team members are Olivia Liu (11), Hale Masaki (11), and Shelei Pan (10). They are competing against a team from the Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan. The team is coached by Molly Beck, high school teacher and speech and debate team coach.

The IPPF runs a written debate contest each year. This year’s topic is “Resolved: International climate accords for greenhouse gas emissions should adopt binding enforcement mechanisms.”

The IPPF received qualifying papers from 30 states and 17 countries. Each paper was scored by three random judges. The 64 highest-scoring papers advanced to the round of 64. The round of 64 consists of four papers – an affirmative constructive, a negative constructive, an affirmative rebuttal, and a negative rebuttal. After the fourth paper is written, a panel of judges will score the round and select a winner.

Talking Rams Host First Conference of the Season

The speech and debate team competed in its first conference tournament of the season this weekend, which they also hosted! The team took on this tournament after the original host canceled a few weeks before the tournament, and Molly Beck, the team’s coach, said that she and the students were very thankful to be part of such a supportive school community in undertaking this event!

Congratulations to the following students on their accomplishments!

​Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Hale Masaki (11) – 1st place
** Hale was ranked 1st by every judge!

International Extemporaneous Speaking
Sam Hiken (11) – 3rd place
Gavin Giuliani (10) – 4th place
Fayzan Ali (10) – 5th place

Talking Rams Compete in Parkway Classic

The speech and debate team competed in the Parkway Classic hosted by Parkway West this past weekend. The team took 4th place overall!

Please congratulate the team members listed below on their individual accomplishments!

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Hale Masaki (11) – 3rd place

International Extemporaneous Speaking
Olivia Liu (11) – 4th place
Fayzan Ali (10) – Semifinalist

Speech and Debate Team Places 1st at Oakville Autumn Congress

The speech and debate team competed in the Oakville Autumn Congress tournament this past weekend. The team took 1st place in Sweepstakes!

The students listed below won individual awards in their chambers!

Albert Liu (12) – Permanent Presiding Officer
Levi Dyson (12) – 1st place
Brendan Yang (10) – 1st place
Sahana Raju (12) – 2nd place
Edward Wu (12) – 2nd place

The team kicks off their regular season on Oct. 20 and 21 at Parkway West!

Old Bonhomme Launches Let Me Run STL Team

Old Bonhomme Elementary is one of the new Let Me Run-STL teams this season!

Let Me Run is a nonprofit holistic health program for 4th through 8th grade boys that uses running to inspire and teach. Twice a week for seven weeks, trained coaches guide teams through the program, designed to amplify confidence, self-expression, and respect for others. Each fall and spring season culminates in a 5k race that celebrates the boys’ emotional, social and physical growth.

The LMR boys at Old Bonhomme, one of 17 regional teams, are up and running by 7:30 a.m. before school on their practice days. These are truly enjoying the lessons, are very engaged, and motivated to take on the school day after each practice.

The team recently talked about being a good team player and reinforced the lesson with everyone’s favorite: the downward dog tunnel! While the boys found it to be difficult to hold their positioning, they worked together and each boy successfully made it through the tunnel!

The boys love to run together, and fourth-grader Rohit Laddu shared that he thinks about the “Words to Live By” throughout his day.

What a great way to start your day and set you on the right path for the remainder of the day! Thank you, Old Bonhomme LMR Coaches – Matt Prange and Edna Rodriquez, for supporting our boys!

Talking Rams Compete in First Tournament of the Year

The LHWHS speech and debate team competed in the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Pre-Season Tournament on Sept. 30. This was the first tournament of the 2017-2018 season. Four novices competed in their first tournament!

Congratulations to the students who placed in their events!

VARSITY IMPROVISATIONAL DUET ACTING

  • Cassie Beisheim (10) and Sunny Lu (10) – 1st place, tournament champions. Cassie and Sunny were ranked first in every round of the tournament!
  • Ope Falako (12) and Claire Golden (11) – 5th place

VARSITY IMPROMPTU SPEAKING

  • Fayzan Ali (10) – 5th place
  • Anna Zhong (10) – 6th place

VARSITY EXTEMPORANEOUS DEBATE

  • Sam Hiken (11) – 3rd place

NOVICE IMPROMPTU SPEAKING

  • Gabe DiAntonio (9) – 1st place, tournament champion
  • Huamin Gao (9) – 5th place

NOVCE EXTEMPORANEOUS DEBATE

  • Jake Gerardi (12) – 1st place, tournament champion. Jake was undefeated in the tournament!
  • Derek Raymond (9) – 5th place

The team’s next tournament will be Oakville Autumn Congress on Oct. 14.

Seventh Grader Writes Article for St. Louis Jewish Parents Magazine

Seventh grader Shreeya Ravindranath wrote an article for the St. Louis Jewish Parents Magazine entitled “Music—My first language”. Check out her article here, located on pg. 8!

Spoede Elementary Celebrates National Day of Character

For last Wednesday’s National Day of Character, all students and staff at Spoede Elementary created a heart on one of their fields! Check it out below! #SpoedeRocks

High School Cheerleaders Take Home Awards from National Cheerleading Camp

The Ladue Horton Watkins High School cheerleading team attended the National Cheerleaders Association camp at Lindenwood University from July 6- 9. The team won numerous awards, including multiple Superior ribbons (the highest honor a team can attain), a Spirit Stick, Pin it Forward Awards (which exemplify an all-around cheerleader), a bid to the Nationals competition and two All-American awards (the highest award an individual cheerleader can achieve for superior jumps, cheer, tumbling and spirit.

 

 

Students Take Home Awards from MCTM State Math Contest

Ladue Fifth Grade Center students participated in the MCTM State Math Contest in Columbia on Saturday, May 6. Four students placed in the top 10 and were eligible to move on to the national competition in Houston, Texas, on June 24.

In the state competition, there were 188 young mathematicians from Missouri eager to participate in four different math test categories. The four FGC students took 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 7th places for the individual overall category. The Ladue FGC teams took first, fifth, and sixth places. In addition to our four top ten winners, two students won ribbons in individual categories.

5th grade:
Aditya Jain – 1st place
Kevin Tang – 2nd place
Aric Wang – 5th place
Rohan Suri – 6th place
Ari Willick
Abheek Dhawan
Sophia Xu
Sarah Liao
Matthew Awad

Spoede:
Jonathan Yao – 1st place, 4th grade

Johnathan Yao won 9th place overall for fourth grade at the national event, and the Ladue Fifth Grade Center team came in 6th place in the national sweepstakes category.

Photo 1 is of Jonathan Yao (fourth grader at Spoede) who won 9th place overall for fourth grade. The second phono is Jonathan Yao and Aric Wang