Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

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

Talking Rams Slay at First Tournament of the Year

The speech and debate team competed in their first tournament of the year, the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Pre-Season Invitational. Eleven new team members competed in their first tournament, and 12 team members won awards!

Congratulations to the students below on some fantastic performances:

VARSITY EXTEMPORANEOUS DEBATE
Levi Dyson (11) – 3rd place

VARSITY IMPROMPTU SPEAKING
Panth Shah (12) – 1st place
Audrey Wang (11) – 2nd place
Faris Ali (12) – 3rd place

NOVICE DUET IMPROVISATIONAL ACTING
Cassie Beisheim (9) and Sunny Lu (9) – 1st place
Jackson Bry (9) and Eli Goldstein (9) – 3rd place

NOVICE EXTEMPORANEOUS DEBATE
Ayushya Ajmani (9) – 1st place
Connie Chen (9) – 2nd place
Shaun Carr (11) – 6th place

NOVICE IMPROMPTU SPEAKING
Fayzan Ali (9) – 6th place

Freshmen to Perform Concertos With MBU/SCC Orchestras

Congratulations to freshmen Anna Zhong and Christopher Ye of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, who both auditioned and were chosen to perform with the Missouri Baptist University and Saint Charles Community College Symphony Orchestras in the 1st annual Solo Concert at MBU.

Both Anna, playing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Opus 64 in e minor (3rd Movement), and Christopher, playing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto Opus 22 in g minor (1st Movement), will perform on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, on the campus of Missouri Baptist University in the Pillsbury/Wainwright Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Feel free to come and support these two young musicians representing Ladue Schools!

Kudos also go out to the LHWHS orchestra music education and instructors Twinda Murry, Ruth Panhorst, and Elizabeth Dalbey, for identifying and nurturing these students’ talents.

The event is organized by SCC Symphonic Orchestra Director, Mary Sweetin. The link for more information about the concert is here.

Two LMS Eighth Graders Receive Ed Greenwood Memorial Award

Congratulations to Anna Zhong and Christopher Ye, who were presented with the prestigious Ed Greenwood Memorial Award at the 2016 Ladue Middle School 8th Grade Citizenship Ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016.

Each year, one eighth grade boy and girl are selected based on their exemplary high academic performance, citizenship and service to the school.

Dr. Greenwood promoted these virtues in his pursuit of excellence during his career as teacher and principal. Winners receive Cross pen and pencil sets and have their pictures hung along with the previous winners.

Finalists included Jenna Gold, Shelei Pan, Lucie Rowe, Katie Shaw, Giuseppe Di Cera, Will Minifie, Jeremy Ouyang, and Michael Wayne.

Old Bonhomme Spanish Teacher’s Soccer Team Featured in Spanish Publication

Old Bonhomme’s Spanish teacher, Antón Martín, not only instructs students on how to speak a second language, but he also coaches an area youth soccer team. The Athletic Club Bilbao magazine, a Spanish publication, featured Antón’s team in a recent edition. The Athletic Club Bilbao is a first division soccer team in northern Spain (the Basque Country region), and Antón said the magazine wanted to do a history on him and his team because he is originally from that area and is a big fan of the Athletic Bilbao (so much so that he named his team after the the club).

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Click on the image above to see the article.

Antón has been coaching teams in St. Louis for 20 straight years. He’s coached all age groups from 4- 17 years and at all different levels, from recreational soccer to select soccer to high school soccer. This is his fifth year coaching this team. Among the players on the team are four former Old Bonhomme students, Adam Devine, Ronak Nagarajan, Ellory Steinbach and Samuel M’Pemba, all sixth grade students at Ladue Middle School this year. The team’s players are in the sixth and seventh grades, between 11 and 12 years old. This team is a select soccer team and plays for the Real St. Louis Soccer Club, which is a select club here in St. Louis.

Antón said that he hopes for his players to learn how to work as a team, gain a sense of responsibility, learn from their mistakes and of course, for them to become great soccer players.

This is Antón’s twelfth year at Old Bonhomme.