Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

Three LHWHS Girl Scouts Recognized for STEM Accomplishments

See the full press release below from the Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri:

St. Louis, MO – March 24, 2016 – Three area Girl Scouts were recently honored by the local chapter of National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) for their aptitude and interest in technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history and plans for post-secondary education. The organization honored Jessica Thoelke (12) with the Award for Aspirations in Computing, and named Rose Coughlin (9) and Marguerite Goodrow (11) as runners up. All three girls attend Ladue Horton-Watkins High School.

Speech and Debate Student Earns Highest Degree

Rasika Sant, senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has earned the highest degree of membership in the National Forensic League (NFL) by surpassing 1,500 earned points over her career.

Sant earned Premier Distinction while competing in the Eastern Missouri District Tournament when she reached 1,571 points. Earning this degree places Sant in the top half of one percent of all members in the NFL. Currently, she has the second most points on the team, is ranked 4th in the Eastern Missouri District and 39th in the state. Attaining the Degree of Premier Distinction reflects a strong dedication to the team, excellence in speech and debate and an incredible career.

This news comes as Sant qualified to the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament in International Extemporaneous Speaking for the second year in a row. Sant joins her teammate, Simi Falako, as the only two current team members to achieve this level of success.

High School Senior and Girl Scout Awarded Scholarship

Congratulations to senior Jessica Thoelke, who received a $5,000 scholarship for higher education from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. The honor was given to recognize Jessica for her leadership abilities and for recently completing her Girl Scouts Gold Award project.

The Gold Award is bestowed after the recipient has undergone a rigorous, in-depth project. Jessica’s project consisted of creating and facilitating a coding program for Ladue Middle School students. At the beginning of the year, Jessica recognized a lack of opportunities for young students to learn coding. She approached administrators and worked with teachers to structure an after-school Code Red coding program. Now, 30 to 40 students attend the sessions to learn the basics of coding and explore the possibilities.

The best part of her experience was watching the students grasp the concepts and then put them into practice, Jessica told the Girl Scouts.

Jessica will attend Washington University in the fall to study engineering. She hopes to become an aerospace engineer.

 

Ladue Middle School Chess Teams Succeed at State Championship

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School chess teams for their performance at the state championships this past weekend, March 19, in Columbia, Missouri!

The sixth grade team took home the 2016 state championship title. The team’s co-captain Benjamin Liu took home six wins and no losses two years in a row now. He is also the 2016 Missouri State Champion as an individual.

The members of the school’s 6th grade team include: co-captain Benjamin Liu, co-captain Roshen Chatwal, Daniel Ye, Domenic Fenoglio, Arya Brushan, Aryan Gowda, Alex Rybak, Kanisk Shanmugam and Ian Rothstein.

Ten High School Students Qualify for International DECA Competition

Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s DECA students competed in the Missouri State DECA competition from March 13-15 in the Lake of the Ozarks. About 10 of those students qualified for the international DECA competition in Nashville, Tennessee in April!

DECA prepares students to become leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

In addition to our international qualifiers, senior Semhar Mekonnen was awarded the Lester B. Kesterson Scholarship in the amount of $1000 for her contributions to DECA throughout high school. Sophomore Kaycee Little was named a finalist in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism.

Freshman Claire Rowe Launches a Website Against Cyberbullying

When Claire Rowe was a Ladue Middle School student, she began an initiative called STAMP (Students Together Against Mean Posts), which advocates against cyberbullying. Now a high school freshman, Claire recently launched a website to share her message, and FOX2 aired a segment on her work. Check out the video below!

Speech & Debate Team Rank High at Eastern Missouri District Tournament

The speech and debate team competed in the Eastern Missouri District Tournament. The team took 2nd place in Speech Sweepstakes, 1st place in Congress Sweepstakes, 1st place in Debate Sweepstakes and 1st place in Overall Sweepstakes!

Simi Falako was named the Eastern Missouri District Student of the Year, and she will represent Ladue and Eastern Missouri in the National Student of the Year contest!

Jerome Gregory (class of 2013) was named the Eastern Missouri District Alumnus of the Year! He was recognized for his continued commitment to supporting the Eastern Missouri speech and debate community and his success in competing at the collegiate level.

Ladue School District qualified 13 students to the national tournament. These students will represent Ladue and Eastern Missouri at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah in June:

Talking Rams Take Home District Wins, Head to State

The speech and debate team competed at the MSHSAA District tournament this past weekend, and the students were successful in their events! There are two district champions, and eight students will be going on to the state tournament!

Please congratulate the following students on their achievements at district tournament:

STATE QUALIFIERS:
– Gabbie Burton (11) and Noah DiAntonio (11) – Duet Acting
– Noah DiAntonio (11) and Maya Mutic (11) – Policy Debate
– Simi Falako (12) – Original Oratory
– Jacob Granick (12) and Bobby Zitzmann (12) – Public Forum Debate
– Kieran Mulligan (12) – Storytelling
– Kyrollos Shenouda (12) – Prose Reading

DISTRICT CHAMPIONS:
– Simi Falako (12) – Original Oratory
– Jacob Granick (12) and Bobby Zitzmann (12) – Public Forum Debate

Senior Receives Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship Award

Congratulations to Rasika Sant for being named a recipient of the 2016 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education! Rasika is one of only 15 students across the state chosen for this honor.

Sant, Rasika - Award PresentationRasika was nominated for her academic excellence in government/civics courses, her participation and leadership in extracurricular activities related to government/civics and her community service. Each high school in the state is able to nominate one student.

Applications are reviewed by a committee made up of members from the Missouri Bar Advisory Committee on Citizenship Education, the Missouri Council for the Social Studies, the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals, the State Board of Education, and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Rasika was recognized at a luncheon in Jefferson City where she was honored by the Missouri State Board of Education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Ladue FGC Student Takes On Taekwondo

A student at the Ladue Fifth Grade Center was featured in Town & Style’s February edition for her success in practicing taekwondo. Sophia (Sassy) Saleeby, a fifth grader, and her younger brother, Jack, attend numerous local and interstate matches throughout the year, which prepares them for the state qualifier and the USA Taekwondo Nationals.

Last year, the siblings qualified for the Indiana State Tournament for Nationals by capturing the gold, where Sassy took first in poomsae and her brother in sparring. At Nationals in Austin, Texas, Sassy won a bronze and Jack a silver.