Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

High School Girl Scout Honored with National Computing Award

Rose Coughlin, a sophomore at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, was recently honored with the Aspirations Award in Computing from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) for her aptitude and interest in technology and computer, her solid leadership ability, her academic history and plans for post-secondary education. She was one of two area girl scouts honored with the award.

To learn more about Rose’s contributions as a girl scout, check out this article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Annual African-American Student 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 Thursday, May 4, at the school’s gymnasium. The event is designed to showcase African-American students’ talents and celebrate their accomplishments in the areas of academics, citizenship and school involvement.

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, Jameson Falconer and Udonne Eke-Okoro!

Check out the photos here from this outstanding event!

High School Senior Becomes Finalist in DECA International Competition

At the annual DECA International Competition, senior Xinyu He was a finalist in the Business Financial Series event, which per her in the top 20 overall!

Competitors qualify by earning top scores at the State level and advance to the International Career Development Conference, which was held in Anaheim, California. Fifteen Ladue Schools students competed for international honors against 19,100 students from across the globe.

Students participate in more than 40 events including principles of business administration, business planning and operations, marketing research, team decision making events, advertising, chapter team projects, leadership academies, and entrepreneurship projects.

DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism.

Eighth Grade Science Bowl Team Takes Fourth Nationally

Congratulations to the 8th grade Science Bowl team, who placed 4th in the nation in Washington D.C. this weekend! This marks the third year in a row the middle school team has ranked in the top 10 in the country. Their 4th place ranking is a new record for both LMS and the state of Missouri!

The team also took fourth place in Cyber challenge (a second competition that they go into not know exactly what they would have to do). The students were awarded $1000 in prize money for the LMS Science Bowl program!

Team members included: Harry Chen (8), Eric Yin (8), William Pan (7), Stephen Jiang (8) and Jason Ding (8).

“Way to represent, gentlemen!” Coach Martin Long said. “I am going to miss the weekly practices with these five great kids!”

Junior Jenna Kalishman Produces Winning Video for St. Louis Cardinals PSA Contest

Ladue Junior Jenna Kalishman’s PSA was recently selected as the winner of the St. Louis Cardinals “Great Save Teen” Public Service Announcement contest. St. Louis students were invited to take part in the National Teen PSA Peer to Peer Crime Prevention Project. Students created a 30-second message on any topic that raises awareness with the goal of preventing teen victimization. As a recognized charity of Major League Baseball, Jenna’s winning video and Ladue Schools will be recognized on the field during a pre-game ceremony with the St. Louis Cardinals. You can view the video below:

High School Students’ Organizations Raise Funds for Refugees

Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s German Honor Society and Amnesty International joined forces on Saturday, April 22, to enjoy trivia fun, pizza, and to raise funds for St. Louis’s International Institute Refugee Relief Fund. Over 65 students came together to test their trivia knowledge and contribute to a good cause. The event raised $500, which will go to the fund. Congratulations to the presidents of these organizations, Teddy Vincent and Kenan Elzoobi, for pooling their creativity and people power to do good in the community!

LHWHS Sophomore Wins Spot with Award-Winning Traveling Circus

Isabella Majzun, a 16-year-old acrobatic juggler and sophomore at LHWHS, has earned a spot with Circus Smirkus, the country’s only traditional traveling youth circus!

Isabella trains at Circus Harmony as a member of the elite acrobatic troupe, the St. Louis Arches, under the direction of Jessica Hentoff, juggling coach Richard Kennison and contortion coach Rosa Yagaantsetseg. The Arches perform most Saturdays in the City Museum at 1 and 3 p.m., and during the month of June behind Powell Hall during Circus Flora. With the Arches, Isabella has performed and trained in Israel, Canada, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Portland.

Last fall, Isabella submitted an audition tape to Smirkus headquarters in Greensboro, Vermont, and was called for a live audition in January. She will travel and work with 29 other performers, ages 12 to 18, who represent some of the world’s most exciting young circus talent. This year’s troupers hail from 13 states: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, as well as Africa and Canada. Their skills include juggling, wire-walking, clowning, acrobatics, Chinese pole, hula hoop, aerials, and unicycling.

Talking Rams Rank in MSHSAA Speech and Debate State Tournament

The speech and debate team competed in the MSHSAA Speech and Debate State Tournament at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri this past weekend!

  • Levi Dyson (11) and Edward Wu (11) were ranked 9th after four preliminary rounds of Public Forum Debate.
  • Patrick Naughton (12) and Aramis Rickey (12) placed 3rd in Policy Debate.
  • Maya Mutic (12) placed 2nd in International Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Patrick Naughton (12) placed 2nd in United States Extemporaneous Speaking.

High School Students Head to National Economics Challenge Semi-Finals

Ladue Horton Watkins High School students participated in and won the upper division of the National Economics Challenge (NEC), the nation’s most prestigious high school economics competition!

There are two divisions: the upper (Adam Smith) and the lower (David Ricardo). The upper division is for AP, IB and Honors students. The lower division is for general Economics students participating for the first time.

The team won the upper division and will compete in the National Semi-Finals! The students are: David Song (12), Philip Adams (12), Patrick Naughton (12) and Alex Tan (12).

Each year, over 10,500 students across the U.S. participate in the competition. The Challenge recognizes exceptional high school students for their knowledge of economic principles and their ability to apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to real-world events.

 

 

Speech and Debate Graduate Becomes National Champion in Forensics

Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus Jerome Gregory has been competing in the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament during the past week. This tournament was the end of his career in competitive speech at the collegiate level. Jerome entered the tournament in six events and advanced in ALL six! Jerome Gregory, class of 2013, is a senior at Bradley University.

  • After Dinner Speaking – Octafinalist
  • Extemporaneous Speaking – Quarterfinalist
  • Rhetorical Criticism – 5th place
  • Impromptu Speaking – 3rd place
  • Informative Speaking – 2nd place
  • Persuasive Speaking – NATIONAL CHAMPION
    (This is the same speech he won the AFA National Championship with 2 weeks ago!)
  • Individual Sweepstakes – NATIONAL CHAMPION

Jerome won 1st place in Persuasive Speaking! Check out this video, where Jerome was announced the national champion! In it, the tournament director speaks about Jerome’s work this year and his incredible forensics career.

His former Speech and Debate team coach at Ladue Schools, Molly Beck, was asked by his teammates to send him a letter of support to be given to him as a surprise while competing in his last tournament.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported Jerome throughout his time in Ladue, his two years on the speech and debate team at Ladue, and his four years on Bradley University’s speech team,” Molly said. “I cannot begin to put into words how grateful he is for every teacher who helped shape him into someone who loves to learn and who believed in him. He speaks frequently of his time at Ladue, and he is so appreciative of the support and encouragement all of you have sent him during his time at Bradley!”