Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

LEGOs: Linking Learning, Creativity and Fun

This year for the first time, all four Ladue Schools elementary schools participated in FIRSTLEGO® League, a worldwide competition where teams of students ages 9 to 14 are challenged to research real-world problems and devise a workable solution over the course of eight weeks. The groups must also design, build and program a LEGO robot to complete a mission through an obstacle course, all while learning how to work together and draw from one another’s strengths.

The purpose behind FIRSTLEGO is to actively engage student creativity while they apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts. The “FIRST” in FIRSTLEGO represents: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

This year’s competition theme was “Animal Allies” with each team being given the tasks of identifying a way in which the lives of animals and humans intersect, researching a common issue and then brainstorming about how animals and people can help one another.

LMS Science Olympiad Teams Compete at Regional Tournament, Head to State Finals

Congratulations to the LMS Science Olympiad team members and coaches, who represented the school well at last Saturday’s regional tournament! The competition team will go on to the state finals on Saturday, April 8, at Westminster University in Fulton, Missouri. Below is a listing of team members and coaches.

Competition Team:

Fayzan Ali (9), Ashna Chali (8), Harry Chen (8), Jason Ding (8), Stephen Jiang (8), Aditya Kondepudi (7), Shelei Pan (9), William Pan (8), Marina Sha (8), Cindy Wang (9), Daniel Xu (7), Max Yang (6), Christopher Ye (9), Eric Yin (8) and Lucy Yue (8).

Training Team:

Arya Bhushan (7), Yuvan Chali (6), Chris Chen (7), Samuel Chen (7), Huamin Gao (8), Richie Jiang (6), David Ju (6), Shriya Koneru (8), Evan Schreiner (7), Emily Shaw (6), Rohan Tatikonda (7), Ryan Tung (7), Vyomini Vakil (7), Anthony Wang (7) and Justin Zhang (7).

Coaches:

Martin Long (Coordinator), Christine Allen, Mark Biernbaum, Michael Clay, Melody Frese, Kelly Hake, Natalie Jeney, Donna Matthews, Hugh McMonigle, Kathleen Murphy, Deb O’Hara, Elizabeth Rendine, Jody Rozbicki and Lisa Stein.

Three LHWHS Students Participate in St. Louis Area Brain Bee

Congratulations to three Ladue Horton Watkins High School students for their performances in the St. Louis Area Brain Bee neuroscience competition held at Washington University.

Akhil Kondepudi (10) and Shelei Pan (9) both moved on to the top 10 oral round competition, with Akhil taking second place and Shelei taking third place. Jakhi Riley (11) also competed and performed well!

 

Students Take Home Wins from Gateway Chess League Action Tournament

Ladue School District students competed at the Gateway Chess League Action Tournament held this past Saturday, February 18. Spoede Elementary won the 3rd grade and under division, and three students (Alex Zhang, Katie Eisenman, and Tom Xiong) placed first in their individual grade levels.

Third Grade and Under Division

  • The Spoede Elementary team of Alex Zhang, Celina Zhou, Christopher Huang, Roy Zhu, Kevin Wu, Rex Zhu, and Anish Shinde won the 3rd Grade and Under division. The Conway Elementary team of Ayden Huang came in 9th place.
  • Anish Shinde finished in 2nd place in the Kindergarten individual standings.
  • In the 1st grade individual standings, Alex Zhang came in 1st place, Ayden Huang received 2nd place, Roy Zhu came in 4th place, and Kevin Wu finished 6th.
  • In the 3rd grade individual standings, Celina Zhou came in 3rd place, Christopher Huang finished 9th, and Rex Zhu finished in 12th place.

LMS Students Place in Top 15 at MathCounts Competition

On Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 Ladue Middle School students participated at the Regional Round of the MathCounts Competition. Nine of the students placed in the top 15, which is a remarkable stat!

In addition, 7th-grader Samuel Chen won the No. 1 overall prize; 8th-grader William Xie won the Countdown Round (a head-to-head speed round); and the team of Stephen Jiang, Jason Ding, Will Bender and Anthony Wang took First Place in the Team Round.

All of these students will move on to the state competition in March. Here are the nine students and their places (and grade levels).

1) Sam Chen (7)
2) Stephen Jiang (8)
5) William Pan (8)
6) Jason Ding (8)
7) Anthony Wang (7)
10) William Xie (8)
11) Will Bender (7)
13) Marina Sha (8)
14) Iris Zhou (7)

DECA Students Qualify for Missouri State Competition

Congratulations to the following DECA students for qualifying for the Missouri State DECA competition at the Lake of the Ozarks in March! One student, Kaycee Little, also automatically qualified for the international DECA competition in Anaheim, California!

DECA is an international association for management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing.

High School Students Participate in the First High School Invitational in Many Years

Congratulations to the following 11 Ladue High School Science Olympiad students who participated in the first high school S.O. invitational in many years!

The team competed against 25 other S.O. teams, 12 from Missouri and 14 from Kansas. The competition was held at Staley High School in Kansas City, Missouri. With only part of the high school team able to make it to this rescheduled competition, the team still finished in 2nd place!

Congratulations the following students who competed:

Luke Biernbaum (12)
Abhay Cashikar (11)
Justin Chen (11)
Anna Cramblitt (12)
Noah Goldman (11)
Kevin Jiang (10)
Albert Liu (11)
Charlie Loitman (11)
Katie Shaw (9)
Jeffrey Wang (12)
Stephanie Zhong (12)

The regional tournament is not for another five weeks.

“We have much work to be done,” coach Mark Biernbaum said. “However, this was a terrific way to begin our competition season!”

LMS Teacher Kathleen Mercury’s Board Game Will Be Published

We have a published game-creator on staff! Kathleen Mercury, the Gifted Teacher for Apogee at Ladue Middle School, has recently signed a contract with IDW, a game publisher for her board game, Crash Course.

The game is currently in the development phase, which means that it is currently undergoing playtesting and tweaking of the rules. “It’s exciting to be part of this process as a designer, as I’ll get to work with a variety of other game design professionals to push this game to completion,” Kathleen said.

Crash Course is a race game in space, where players race around a circular board trying to outlast the other racers by using lasers, shields and other fun toys. IDW has a game in the works called “Rayguns and Rocketships,” and this game will fit into that story line.

Her love of games translates to the classroom, too! Teaching board game design has been a part of the Apogee curriculum for the last 10 years, Kathleen said, but for the last eight years or so, the students have shared their games online. They engage in online discussion and answer questions from other games, designers and publishers. You can check out some of the students’ work here!

Talking Rams Take First Place at Round Robin Debates

The speech and debate novices competed in the Oakville Novice Events Round Robin and Eastern Missouri Novice Debate Round Robin last weekend. They took 1st place in debate sweepstakes and 1st place overall! Congratulations to the following students:

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING
Nevan Giuliani (10) – 2nd place

ORIGINAL ORATORY
Cindy Wang (9) – 2nd place

7th Grader & U.S. Youth Chess Team Member Opens Winter Chess Camp for Peers

Iris Zhou, a seventh-grade student at Ladue Middle School and a member of the U.S. national youth chess team, has decided to share what she has learned and teach her peers how to play the game.

Iris was the only student to represent Missouri on the U.S. team in the 2015 World Youth & Cadets Chess Championship, and she qualified for both the 2016 and 2017 competitions.

During winter break, Iris gave a three-day chess camp, free of charge, to the young children in the local community. The “2016 Ice Cream Winter Chess Camp” was held from Dec. 28-30 at the St. Louis Modern Chinese School in the afternoons.

“So many young kids are interested in chess,” Iris said. “I feel good that I can help some of them learn, especially when I inspire some of the young girls to get involved with chess.”