Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

LMS Orchestra & Choir Students Rock the Solo & Ensemble Festival

This past Saturday, the middle school music students rocked the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival!

Congratulations to the 44 7th and 8th grade orchestra students (all listed below) who participated in the festival. The orchestras were represented by 15 solos, six duos, three trios and six quartets!

Also, congratulations to the following 8th grade students who performed vocal solos! Jameson Falconer, Lilian Fisher, Julia Joseph and Ron Weiss received a Superior rating. Udonne Eke-Okoro and Alejandra Pinon-Dickey earned an Excellent rating.

“All of these students put in extra time and effort in their preparation, and I’m very proud of them,” Vocal Music Director for 8th Grade Choir Tom Lowery said.

LMS Mathletes Excel at Regional MCTM Competition

Saturday was a big day for the Ladue Middle School mathletes! At the regional Missouri Council of Teacher of Mathematics competition in February, 23 of the 24 LMS students who participated qualified for state. Due to conflicts, only 14 of these students were able to compete Saturday. There were 220 students representing 59 schools at the state competition, and the students representing LMS were awesome!

The LMS team of Will Bender (7), Anthony Wang (7), Samuel Chen (7), and William Xie (8) placed first in the state sweepstakes competition and 3rd in the national rankings.

In the overall individual category, five of the top 10 were from LMS: Will Bender (7) 1st, Anthony Wang (7) 2nd, Samuel Chen (7) 5th, William Xie (8) 6th and Richie Jiang (6) 9th.

Following are the results by grade levels for the students who scored in the top 10 for each grade:

6th grade – Richie Jiang (6) 1st, Nicole Li (6) 2nd, Luke Tu (6) 5th, Olivia Hu (6) 6th, Yuvan Chali (6) 7th

7th grade – Will Bender (7) 1st, Anthony Wang (7) 2nd, Samuel Chen (7) 3rd

8th grade – William Xie (8) 3rd

Also participating were Megan Ouyang (6), Winston Chen (7), Hansika Sakshi (7), Louis Li (8), and Lauren Xie (8). Congratulations to all of these students!

High School Science Olympiad Team Heads to Nationals in May

This weekend, the state Science Olympiad competition was held at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and the high school team finished in first place! Out of the 23 events, there were only two that did not place in the top five. The team finished with a total of 60 points. The second place team finished with 106 points, and the third place team had a total in the 120s. The lowest score wins, and this was quite a feat! The team will now head to the national competition at Wright State University in Ohio in mid May.

This high school bunch is such a special group of students. This past August, they set a goal, as a team, to not only qualify for the national competition, but to place higher than Ladue Horton Watkins High School has ever finished at nationals (In 2008, LHWHS finished in 16th place). This year, the students are shooting for the top 10, but would probably be pleased to set the school record finishing anywhere in the top 15. “There is still much to be done because the competition at the national level is absolutely amazing,” Coach Mark Biernbaum said. “However, I know the team will be up for the challenge!”

Luke Biernbaum (12)
Abhay Cashikar (11)
Justin Chen (11)
Anna Cramblitt (12)
Noah Goldman (11)
Kevin Jiang (10)
Akhil Kondepudi (10)
Annie Liu (11)
Charlie Loitman (11)
Patrick Naughton (12)
Seema Patil (10)
Raj Paul (10)
Katie Shaw (9)
Jackie Zeng (10)
Stephanie Zhong (12)

Conway Elementary Parent Teaches Students How to Code

Conway parent Suparba Panda decided to leave her full-time job as vice president of technology at Equifax to teach young students how to work with innovative technology. Suparba created TymeMachine, a nonprofit designed to introduce students to evolving technologies such as robotics, biometrics, 3-D printing and more!

Suparba recently spent several weeks working with students at Conway Elementary, where her son attends school. She led an afterschool workshop teaching students an introductory coding class. To learn more, check out this article published by Ladue News!

Ladue Schools Students Excel at Missouri State Chess Championships

More than 40 Ladue School District students competed at the Missouri State Chess Championships on Saturday, March 18, in Columbia, Missouri.

The high school team finished 3rd in their division, the LMS 8th and under team won their division, the LMS 6th grade and under team finished in 2nd place in their division, the Spoede team was 3rd in the 5th grade and under division and won the 3rd grade and under championship, and the Conway team finished in 2nd place in the 3rd and under division.

In addition, several students are state champions in their sections: Aaron Lin (Conway, 3rd grade and under), Benjamin Shoykhet (LMS, 8th grade and under), and Jason Pummer (LHWHS, High School Board 3).

Many of these students will be competing at the US Chess Federation SuperNationals VI tournament in Nashville in May!

Included below is the breakdown of the teams and their awards:

“Mr. Soccer” Teddy Vincent Named 2017 Mr. Ladue

The seventh annual “Mr. Ladue Contest” was held at Ladue Horton Watkins High School Performing Arts Center with senior “Mr. Soccer” Teddy Vincent winning the coveted title. This year, 35 young men, chosen by their coaches and club sponsors, competed in minute-to-win-it games and talent roulette. The top 16 boys competed head-to-head in games like moving oranges across the stage using only their knees.

Once only eight boys remained in the competition, the activities moved on to talent roulette. The boys were given a random talent like lip-syncing, a dramatic reading of a rap song or creating an outfit from a selection of clothes and modeling that outfit. Teddy selected the talent of demonstrating a makeup tutorial.

The judges then chose the top four boys, who then answered interview questions. The judges selected their top two, who then competed in a dance-off and, Teddy was selected as the winner by the crowd.

The $8,085 raised through ticket sales will go directly to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis!

High School Students Excel at State DECA Competition

Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding accomplishments at the Missouri State DECA Competition:

State Champions:
Ben Avigad (11), Automotive Services Marketing
Michael Burke (12), Food Marketing
Jake Gerardi (11) & Aidan Morley (11), Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making
Burhan Mubeen (12) & Nisha Naseer (12), Marketing Communications Team Decision Making

2nd Place:
Xinyu He (12), Business Finance
Emebte Atanaw (12) & Nicole Goeckner (12), Hospitality Services Team Decision Making

3rd Place:
Jessica Matson (12), Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Diane Mwonga (12) & Leanna Feng (12), Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan

Finalists:
Josh Horowitz (10), Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling
David Song (12), Financial Consulting
Thomas Xiong (11), Principals of Hospitality and Tourism
Anum Sameer (12), Business Finance
Noor Rahman (11), Business Services Marketing
Cloe Frank (12) & Kenan Elzoobi (12), Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making

Leadership Delegate:
Kaycee Little (11)

Talking Rams Sweep the Eastern Missouri District Tournament

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

Aramis Rickey (12) was named the District Student of the Year! Aramis was nominated for his leadership, dedication to the team, his belief in ethical debate, and for holding our entire team to a higher standard. Aramis will now go on to represent Eastern Missouri in the National Student of the Year competition.

Ladue qualified 11 students to the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament! We’ll be traveling to Birmingham in June for a week of speech and debate competition!

Congratulations to the students listed below on their individual accomplishments!

National Qualifiers:
Noah DiAntonio (12) and Maya Mutic (12), Policy Debate – 2nd place
Patrick Naughton (12) and Aramis Rickey (12), Policy Debate – 3rd place

Congressional Debate – Senate
Edward Wu (11) – 3rd place, National Qualifier

Congressional Debate – House 2
Levi Dyson (11) – 2nd place, National Qualifier

LMS Science Bowl Team Headed to D.C. for Nationals

Congratulations to the 8th grade Science Bowl, which took first place in the regional Science Bowl and won themselves an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. at the end of April to compete in the nationals finals!

The Ladue 1 team had to string out six straight victories over the course of three hours (after already completing six prior matches) in order to win the competition. This included back-to-back wins over the only team that beat them earlier in the day.

“It was truly a battle of attrition, and the odds were heavily in the other team’s favor,” substitute coach Michael Clay said. “It was an astonishing come from behind win!”

8th Grade Team:
Harry Chen
Jason Ding
Stephen Jiang
William Pan
Eric Yin

Student Musicians Perform Well at Recent Contests

The middle school high school orchestras have been performing well in recent contests!

The 7th and 8th grade orchestras participated in the SLSMEA Orchestra Contest last Wednesday. The 7th grade orchestra earned a rating of II+, and the 8th grade orchestra earned a rating of I.

The high school concert and symphonic orchestras participated in the MSHSAA Orchestra Contest last Thursday. The concert orchestra earned a rating of II, and the symphonic orchestra earned a rating of I.

The panel of judges were impressed with the musicianship and energy of all the groups of student musicians!