Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

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!

Ladue Schools Percussionists Take First Place at 10th Annual MPAT

At the 10th Annual Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy Competition held last Saturday, the Ladue Schools percussionists took first place in their respective categories!

Ladue percussionists Jacob Cytron (12) and Amelia Malone (10) took first place in their respective categories–Solo Marimba and Solo Percussion with Miles Kim (12) capturing the 3rd Place Trophy for Solo Marimba.

Other Ladue percussionists competing were Laura Ewald (11), Anthony Schuster (11), Ian Pallares (11), Jack Roth (12) and Jackson Hummels (12).

MPAT is divided into high school and collegiate divisions with international soloist She-e Wu (Manhattan School of Music/Northwestern) adjudicating. Both Jacob and Amelia received a masterclass as first place recipients.

The event was held at the Cowan Performing Arts Center in Lebanon, Missouri.

Thirty Students Compete in Gateway Chess League Class Tournament

Thirty Ladue School District students competed at the Gateway Chess League Class Tournament held on Saturday, March 4th.

Third Grade and under division

  • The Spoede Elementary team of Rex Zhu (3) , Roy Zhu (1), Anish Shinde (KG), Celina Zhou (3), Kevin Wu (1), Christopher Huang (3), and Bodie Buxner (2) won the 3rd and under division.
  • The Conway Elementary team of Aaron Lin (2), Alex Wang (3), and Ayden Huang (1) came in 3rd place in the 3rd and under division.

Fifth Grade and under division

  • In the 5th grade and under division, Atharva Shinde (4), Cooper Buxner (2), Harper Buxner (4), and Sahil Chatwal (4) (Spoede Elementary) finished in 3rd place.
  • The Ladue Fifth Grade Center team of Zachary Barrett (5), Aditya Jain (5), and Ari Willick (5) finished in 5th place in the 5th and under division.
  • The Reed Elementary team of Jenna Song (3) came in 12th place in the 5th and under division.

Speech & Debate Racks Up Wins at MSHSAA District Tournament

The speech & debate team competed at the MSHSAA District Tournament this past weekend!

The team finished with:
– 3 district champions
– 4 entries/5 students qualify to the state tournament
– 4 debate entries advance to elimination rounds
– Finalists in all events except two

Congratulations to the students listed below on their accomplishments!

LMS MathCounts Team Takes First in Missouri MathCounts Competition

The Ladue Middle School MathCounts team placed first in the Missouri MathCounts Competition on Saturday.

The four-person team consisted of Stephen Jiang (8), Jason Ding (8), Anthony Wang (7) and Will Bender (7). In the lightning-quick Countdown round, Anthony Wang (7) took 2nd place and William Pan (8) placed 4th.

Nine LMS students participated in the Individual competition, all of whom placed in the Top 20. Seven of the Top 10 Math kids in the state are Ladue Middle School students!

Note that the top four finishers (three from LMS) make up the Missouri team that competes in the National MathCounts competition in Orlando in May!

Here are the students and their final positions:

1) Stephen Jiang (8)
2) Anthony Wang (7)
3) Jason Ding (8)
5) Will Bender (7)
7) William Pan (8)
9) Samuel Chen (7)
10) William Xie (8)
16) Marina Sha (8)
18) Iris Zhou (7)