Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

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.

First Lego League Team from LMS and FGC Advance to Championship

A First Lego League Team, The 8 Sharks from Middle School (7 students) and Fifth Grade Center (1 student), recently participated at a St. Louis Region FLL Qualifier Event on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The team performed very well and received the “Champion’s Award” for their outstanding work and the “Robot Performance Award” for the top Robot game score.
They have advanced to the next level and will now be participating in the Eastern Missouri Championship on Jan. 13.

This year, about 12 teams from our district participated in the competition (250 competed in total), and five Ladue Schools teams have advanced to the next level (a total of 40 students advancing). The participating students are below.

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!