Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

Students Make the Right Moves at Gateway Chess League Fall Open

Students in every level of the Ladue School District showed off their tactical strategy skills at the Gateway Chess League Fall Open held this past Saturday, Nov. 12. Spoede Elementary won the 3rd grade and under division at this tournament, LMS took home two 2nd place team trophies (8th grade and under and 6th grade and under) and LHWHS took home a 3rd place team trophy.

Elementary:

The Spoede Elementary team of Celina Zhou (3), Cooper Buxner (2), Christopher Huang (3), and Alex Zhang (1) won the 3rd grade and under division.

In the 3rd grade and under individual standings, Celina Zhou (3) came in 1st place and Cooper Buxner (2) finished in 7th place.

Fifth Grade

In the 5th grade and under team, Zachary Barrett (5) came in 9th out of 22 teams.

In the 5th grade and under individual standings, Zachary Barrett (5) came in 4th.

Talking Rams Come in No. 2 at Greater St. Louis Speech Association’s Conference Tournament

The speech and debate team came in second in the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Conference Tournament this past weekend!

Congratulations to the following:

DOMESTIC EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Patrick Naughton (12), 3rd
Pranay Peddinti (12), 5th
Hale Masaki (10), 6th

FOREIGN EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Maya Mutic (12), 1st
Aramis Rickey (12), 2nd
Max Kornfeld (10), 4th

Senior Selected for All-State Sight Reading Bee

Congratulations to LHWHS senior Donna LaMore who was selected for a second time to represent the St. Louis Suburban District at the All-State Sight Reading Bee, and was also selected as an All-State Soprano alternate at State Auditions on Saturday, Nov. 4. More than 300 students audition for District Choir, and only the highest score is selected for this honor.

The competition will be held at Tan-Tar-A during the Music Educators Conference in January. It is similar to a spelling bee but instead of words, students are given excerpts of music to sing without any accompaniment and a short amount of time for study. The excerpts become increasingly more difficult and consist of multiple rounds to eventually determine the finalist.

Talking Rams Make Prestigious 200 Club

Congratulations to last year’s Talking Rams, the high school’s speech and debate team, and its sponsor and coach Molly Beck for their recent recognition by the National Speech & Debate Association for their outstanding achievements last year!

In the 2015-2016 school year, the group earned a total of 200 or more degrees, ranking it among the top 8% of schools nationwide and earning membership in the association’s prestigious 200 club.

“This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills—including communication, research, listening, writing and organization,” J. Scutt Wunn, executive director of the association said. “I encourage you to build upon this momentum to ensure that even more students are empowered to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals and honorable leaders in our global society.”

In speech and debate, students earn points and degrees based on competitive and service-related activities, ranging from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more points to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more points.

Old Bonhomme Students & Staff Harvest Sweet Potatoes

Old Bonhomme’s sweet potatoes were ready to harvest this week! Kate Pichon, a parent volunteer who works with the Old Bonhomme garden, approached Chartwell’s about doing an activity with the students using the potatoes.

First, the second grade students harvested more than 60 of the potatoes on Wednesday.

“It was great to be there and watch the students dig up the potatoes,” Sue Blumm, the district’s in-house representative from Chartwell’s, said. Melissa Garth, a Chartwell’s employee, even got in with the students and got her hands dirty.

Then on Thursday, the cafeteria employees made fresh sweet potato fries with the students, and every kid got to sample the fries during lunch. They also learned some fun facts about the spud.

“Students loved making the connection between what they took from the garden one day to what they were eating the next,” Sue said. One student even told them, “Thank you for all your hard work. It couldn’t have been easy cutting up all those hard potatoes.”

Talking Rams Debate Team Takes First Place in Debate Sweepstakes

The speech and debate team competed in the Francis Howell North Events Round Robin and the Francis Howell Central Debate Round Robin this past weekend. The team took 1st place in debate sweepstakes and 2nd place in overall sweepstakes!

VARSITY FOREIGN EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING
Akshay Govindan (10), 6th place

VARSITY ORIGINAL ORATORY
Olivia Liu (10), 2nd place

LMS Students Accepted into the 2016-17 All Suburban Orchestra

Congratulations to the following LMS Orchestra members who were recently accepted into the 2016-17 All Suburban Orchestra! They were among 120 top orchestra students from around St. Louis County.

Hugh Chan (8)
Harry Wang (8)
Diya Diwakaran (8)
Ryan Tung (7)
Athena Vinch (8)
Winston Chen (7)
Lucy Yue (8)
William Pan (8)
Ryan Lam (8)
Daniel Diringer (8)
John Cramblitt (7)
Benjamin Wang (8)

And congratulations to Roland LaBonte (8), who placed in the orchestra for the second year!

Talking Rams Take Home Awards from First Conference Tournament

The Talking Rams, the high school speech and debate team, competed in its first conference tournament of the year this past weekend. Congratulations to the students below on their achievements!

Ladue Schools Students selected for Community Music School ensembles and orchestras

Congratulations to several Ladue School District students who have been selected for the Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) orchestras and ensembles!

Each group performs several concerts during the school year. The concerts are free and open to the public and are held at the Community Music School Center, 535 Garden Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119.


The following Ladue Horton Watkins High School students are members of the CMS Percussion Ensemble:

  • Laura Ewald (11)
  • Miles Kim (12)
  • Amelia Malone (10)

Concerts:

  • Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday April 9, 2017, at 7 p.m.

Talking Rams Place Second at Oakville Autumn Congress

The speech and debate team competed in the Oakville Autumn Congress this past weekend. The team placed 2nd overall!

Congratulations to the students listed below — they each placed in their chamber!

Shaun Carr – 2nd place
Levi Dyson – Permanent Presiding Officer
Ope Falako – 2nd place
Albert Liu – Permanent Presiding Officer