Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

High School DECA Students Qualify for State

Congratulations to the following DECA State Qualifiers! The state competition will be held in March in Kansas City. See the students and their recognitions below!

Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making
1st- Giuseppe Di Cera (10) and Christopher Ye (10)

Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making
1st- Jane Farmer (12) and Emma Warticovschi (12)

Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
1st- Julian Peng (12) and Eric Yang (12)

A Cappella Group Viva Voce Takes First Place at 2018 Midwest ICHSA Quarterfinals

Congratulations to Viva Voce, the a cappella group at the high school that won first place last night at the 2018 Midwest ICHSA Quarterfinals! The group now will be moving on to compete in the semifinal round in DeKalb, Illinois, for a chance to sing at the Beacon Theatre in NYC!

Junior Menea Kefalov was also awarded Outstanding Soloist of the night.

See the team members below:

LMS Science Olympiad Teams Perform Well at Regional Competition

Congratulations to the Science Olympiad teams! Both teams performed exceptionally well at the regional competition held at Lindenwood University over the weekend. The Competition team took first place by a landslide and will be moving on to the state finals in Fulton, Missouri, in early April.

This is Ladue Middle School’s 27th consecutive year making it to the state finals!

 

Speech and Debate Team Has Three Tournament Champions at Capital Classic

The LHWHS Speech and Debate team competed in the Capital Classic hosted by Jefferson City High School on Jan. 26- 27. The team took 5th place in Overall Sweepstakes!

The team also had several students advance out of preliminary rounds in the tournament.

Check out the winners below!

High School Students Worm Their Way to Sustainability

A group of nine high school students have made it to the Finals portion of the LEXUS EcoChallenge! This competition is a national STEM competition for grades 6-12. Student teams are encouraged to tackle environmental issues that affect their communities and create practical solutions while competing for a total of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. This is the first year students from our high school have entered the challenge.

The students’ project centers around feeding styrofoam waste to mealworms, critters that can safely digest the refuse. The two teacher sponsors are Monica Bowman and Katie Kane, and the students include: juniors Antonio Amore Rojas, Alice Breternitz, Faith Deddens, Carolyn Duncan, Eleanor Duncan and Megan Ross; and sophomores Abigail Bernstein, Cindy Wang and Christopher Ye.

In Monica Bowman’s science classroom, nestled behind bundles of yarn, are twelve 8-oz. cylinders, each filled with mealworms and superworms happily munching away at bits of styrofoam.”The yarn keeps them warm,” junior Alice Breternitz said, smiling.

“The interesting part of this project, for me, is the creative problem-solving as a group,” Alice said. “We found a problem—styrofoam that’s just thrown away after it’s used—and then we needed an out-of-the-box solution, something that would be sustainable. We learned that mealworms eat styrofoam, and that led to more research about how to make this work for our school.”

The students collected styrofoam from around the high school and began experimenting. They soon found that a group of superworms can eat 1 to 1.5 containers filled about 3/4 of the way with styrofoam each week.

“The part that impresses me most is that the students found this interesting idea, and it motivated them to try it out for themselves,” Katie said. “These students threw themselves into this project using their enthusiasm and critical thinking skills to figure out how they could make this a sustainable process for our school.”

Sustainability is key to this project, so the students are not only working on breaking down the styrofoam. They are also experimenting with using the feces of the worms as compost. And when the mealworms eventually turn into beetles, they will be used as food for the reptiles living in science classrooms.

“We would like to start collecting styrofoam from the middle school and the elementary schools, too, so that we can
make an impact at the district level,” Alice said.

For the Finals, the students’ project submission is due on March 5, 2018. To learn more about the Lexus Eco Challenge, please visit http://lexus.scholastic.com.

LHWHS Debater Edward Wu Earns Top Recognition

Edward Wu, a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, earned his Degree of Premier Distinction in the National Forensic League, the honor society for the National Speech and Debate Association. Throughout his four years on the team, Edward has earned over 1,500 points and this places him in the top 1% of speech and debate competitors in the country.

The Degree of Premier Distinction is the highest degree level a student can attain in the National Forensic League. The Degree of Premier Distinction is a reflection of Edward’s work ethic, dedication to the team, and competitive excellence. Edward is currently the team president and, for the second year in a row, is the co-coordinator for Public Forum Debate and Congressional Debate. This past weekend, Edward and his partner placed 1st in Public Forum Debate at the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association Conference Tournament and Edward was named Conference Champion in Congressional Debate.

Speech and Debate Team Named 2017-2018 Conference Champions

The Talking Rams competed in the third, and final, tournament of the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Conference Tournament Series on January 12th and 13th at Ritenour High School. At the conclusion of the tournament, the conference awards were also announced.

For the fourth year in a row, and the sixth time in seven years, the Talking Rams were named the Overall Conference Champions! The team also placed 1st in Debate Sweepstakes and 1st in Congressional Debate Sweepstakes, along with placing 3rd in Interpretation Sweepstakes.

Senior Rower Jeri Rhodes Featured in St. Louis American

Senior Jeri Rhodes was recently featured in the St. Louis American for her accomplishments as a rower! Jeri is a stand-out member of the St. Louis Rowing Club; she is one of the most accomplished rowers in club history. After two years on the team, she’s the current junior female record holder for the 2k, 5k and 10k indoor rowing times. She’s a member of the junior U.S. Rowing Team, attended the 2017 Junior National Team High Performance Camp. She has signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Michigan.

To read about Jeri’s journey with rowing, check out the article here!

U.S. Junior Chess Team Player Holds Second Annual Chess Camp

Iris Zhou, an eighth-grader at Ladue Middle School and a member of the U.S. junior chess team, has hosted her second winter chess camp from Dec. 21 to Dec. 24, 2017.

Iris began playing chess at age 6 and soon rose as one of the top girl players in her age group in the nation. She has qualified multiple times for the U.S. junior chess team to compete in World Youth Chess Championship. Her most recent international competition was the 2017 World Youth Championship held in Uruguay in September 2017.

Spoede Second Grader places 8th in National Chess Competition

Spoede Elementary second-grade student Alex Zhang competed in the 2017 National K-12 Grade Championships tournament on Dec. 9 – 11 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. National K-12 Grade Championships was a major national scholastic chess championship, with 1,809 competitors and 698 teams from 50 states. Students competed in tournament sections according to their grade and US Chess Federation rating. He won 8th place among a field of 213 players.