Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

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.”

LHWHS Hockey Player Scores 7 of 10 Goals To Win Match

Congratulations to LHWHS junior and hockey player Zachary Levy, #10, for scoring seven goals and one assist in last week’s game against Priory! The end score was 10-3.
 
Photo courtesy of Mark Shevitz

Talking Rams Take First Place in Randy Pierce Winter Classic Sweepstakes

The speech and debate team competed at the Randy Pierce Winter Classic hosted by Pattonville this past weekend—the last tournament of the semester! The team took 1st place in Sweepstakes!

Congratulations to the following students for their achievements:

DOMESTIC EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Patrick Naughton (12) – 2nd place
Pranay Peddinti (12) – 6th place
Hale Masaki (10) – Semifinalist

INTERNATIONAL EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Maya Mutic (12) – 1st place
Noah DiAntonio (12) – 4th place
Max Kornfeld (10) – Semifinalist
Aramis Rickey (12) – Semifinalist

Talking Rams Take Home the Wins at George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Speech Invitational

Nine members of the Talking Rams, the high school speech and debate team traveled to Bradley University to compete in the George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Speech Invitational! This tournament is our toughest of the semester and is only offered to varsity members. This year was the group’s best performance at the tournament in the past six years!

Senior Featured in Town & Style as Sport Standout

Senior Hans Chan was recently featured in Town & Style as a “Sport Standout” for his passion and drive in pursuing both piano and soccer throughout high school. Hans plans continue both in college, majoring in piano and keeping up with soccer on the side.

Art Student’s Design is a Winning Entry in Orange is the New Black Competition

oinb port printJunior Cameron O’Keefe recently submitted a digital artwork piece for the hit television show, Orange is the New Black. The competition was sponsored by Creative Allies, and participants were asked to create a new identity for the show. Out of 300 entries, only four were chosen as winners. Cameron’s design was the winning entry, earning her $1,000!

Cameron is a new to Ladue Schools; she spent 12 years at MICDS before deciding that she wanted to become a digital media artist. The best way to pursue that dream, she said, was to transfer to a school that offered a graphic design and AP studio art course where she could continue to build her portfolio. Ladue Horton Watkins High School was just the place!

“My transition has been spectacular,” she said. “It’s weird being the new junior, but the people I have met and the experiences I have been through so far have calmed my nerves tremendously. I cannot thank everyone who has just said “hello” to me in the hallways enough for how much they have helped me feel more comfortable at this school.”

Cameron plans to attend art school in a few years and is intent on spending her remaining time in high school focusing on her portfolio and building the strongest possible body of work for entrance. She’s checking out the programs at schools such as FIDM, SCAD, MassART, and a few more.

Congratulations, Cameron!

High School Students Attend Gateway2Change Summit on Race

Gateway2Change held its second Student Summit on Race this year last Thursday, Nov. 17, at Emerson World Headquarters. Several Ladue School District students participated in the summit this year, along with students from about 40 other area schools.

During the summit, student leaders joined the representatives from local businesses and organizations who will present real-world challenges they are facing in the areas of social and cultural difference, diversity and equity. Students learned about problem-solving methods that can be utilized to create solutions to these challenges. Several local businesses and organizations participated in the summit, as well, including: 1st Financial Credit Union, Build-A-Bear, Children’s Medical Network, Edward Jones, Emerson, Monsanto and Mayor Slay’s office.

Students were paired with a sibling school, and over the next few months, they will meet and collaborate on solutions for solving the real-world challenge. These plans will be presented to business leaders at the final summit on March 10, 2017.

The movement began following the events at Ferguson and provides students opportunities to become reform agents for racial and diversity issues.

You can check out this short video recap from the CharacterPlus Facebook page here.

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.