Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

High School Science Olympiad Team Places at Nationals

Congratulations to the high school students who gave an outstanding performance at the national Science Olympiad competition at the University of Wisconsin-Stout this past weekend!

The team included: Luke Biernbaum (11), Justin Chen (10), Anna Cramblitt (11), Royce Dong (12), Annie Liu (10), Albert Liu (10), Charlie Loitman (10), Michael Muzinich (11), Patrick Naughton (11), Logan Page (12), Seema Patil (9), Kate Prablek (10), Jeffrey Wang (11), Audrey Wang (10), Kevin Xue (12), Noah Goldman (10) and Stephanie Zhong (11).

The team competed against the 60 best teams in the nation and finished in 21st place. The following five events finished in the top 10:

Air Trajectory – Jeffrey Wang (11) and Luke Biernbaum (11) (2nd Place)
Astronomy – Noah Goldman (10) and Justin Chen (10) (7th place)
Wright Stuff – Anna Cramblitt (11) and Stephanie Zhong (11) (7th place)
Geologic Mapping – Audrey Wang (10) and Anna Cramblitt (11) (7th place)
Fossils – Anna Cramblitt (11) and Noah Goldman (10) (9th place)

LMS Girl Scout Launches Book Blog for Students

As school lets out and summer begins, area middle schoolers have a new way to find books to enjoy, thanks to the creativity and efforts of a local Girl Scout.

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 4.13.15 PMKatie Eisenman, a seventh-grade Girl Scout at Ladue Middle School, completed her Girl Scout Silver Award project by creating a book review blog for teens and middle schoolers. An avid reader, Katie said she wanted other kids her age to be able to enjoy reading and have a resource for finding books they would like. She named it The Reading Ram’s Book Blog after her school’s mascot, and wrote and published a book review every week for a year. She also occasionally posted about special readings and events at area libraries.

“Keeping a blog up and running is a lot harder than I thought it would be,” Katie said. “But hopefully it will make kids have fun reading books, and then they’ll be introduced to the world of reading. Everyone needs to read a good book.”

The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette, girls in grades six through eight, can earn, and requires girls to identify a need in their community and dedicate at least 50 hours toward addressing and solving the issue. Over the year she spent working on the blog, Katie worked more than 156 hours on the project.

Three Seniors Earn Girl Scout Gold Award

Three graduating seniors at Ladue Horton Watkins High School have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement possible in Girl Scouting. This prestigious award challenges the girls to make positive, lasting contributions to their communities.

All three projects were geared toward inspiring and interacting with middle school and high school-age students:

  • Rachel Steiner’s project launched a new Youth Writing Club in collaboration with the St. Louis County Library. She designed meeting plans, a website and fun activities as a way for teens to share ideas and grow in expressing themselves through creative writing. The club meets on a monthly basis and invites teens from all around the St. Louis community to join.
  • Jessica Thoelke’s project established a new after-school coding club for Ladue Middle School students. She applied for and received grant money to purchase a coding curriculum. She then received training so that she could teach the students what she had learned. Throughout her project, Jessica provided more than 50 coding sessions to students.
  • Jackie Wong’s brought a global tech competition called the “Technovation Challenge” to the high school by launching an after-school club promoting the girls’ participation in technology-related fields. The club is exclusive to girls who have an interest in entrepreneurship and creating apps. One LHWHS team submitted their app creation into the competition.

LHWHS Freshman Heads to Junior Olympic Nationals for Gymnastics

Dani WidesThe Ladue School District loves to celebrate its students’ achievements both in and out of school! Freshman Dani Wides is a Level 10 gymnast, and she will be one of 56 girls her age from across the country to compete in the Junior Olympic Nationals on May 8 in Fort Worth, Texas!

Dani began gymnastics in April, 2005, when she was 4 years old.  She was initially put in a pre-competitive class, and many of these girls became part of the competitive gymnastics program. Dani began her gymnastics career at Team Central and moved to All American gymnastics two years ago in September of 2014.  At All American, Dani was put in level 10, the highest level before elite. This year, Dani perfected her level 10 skills, made it to state, then regionals, and now Junior Olympic Nationals.

Good luck, Dani, and congratulations!

Talking Rams Excel at MSHSAA State

The Talking Rams, the LHWHS speech and debate team, competed in the MSHSAA Speech, Debate, and Theatre State Tournament this past weekend!

Congratulations to the following students on their achievements:

  • Simi Falako (12) – 2nd place in Original Oratory (Simi actually tied for 1st place and placed 2nd on a tie-breaker)
  • Noah DiAntonio (11) and Maya Mutic (11) – quarterfinalists in Policy Debate
  • Jacob Granick (12) and Bobby Zitzmann (12) – 9th in Public Forum Debate

LHWHS Boy Scout Collects 2,000 for Siteman Cancer Center

Robert “Trey” Fruend, 15, was featured in BJC Today for his collecting more than 2,000 books for children and teens of patients at Siteman Cancer Center! Trey is a freshman at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

The fundraising was a part of Trey’s Eagle Scout project, which he chose because of his personal connection with the topic. When Robert was 8 years old, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and received treatment at Siteman. Trey knows what it feels like to have a parent go through the difficult process, and he wanted to find a way to give back to families like his.

Ladue Middle School Students Represent Multiple Academic Teams

This year, the Ladue Middle School has some students who not only do well academically in the classroom, but they take what they learn and use it on competitive teams! Several of these students are members of multiple teams, and are headed to more than one national competition this year.

The following students are members of at least three competitive academic teams:

  • William Pan (7): Science Olympiad, Science Quiz Bowl, MEGSL Math and State Mathcounts; 2 national competitions
  • Stephen Jiang (7): Science Olympiad, Science Quiz Bowl and MEGSL Math; 2 national competitions
  • Anna Zhong (8): Science Olympiad, MEGSL Math and State Mathcounts; 1 national competition
  • Harry Chen (7): Science Quiz Bowl, MEGSL Math and State Mathcounts; 1 national competition

Thanks for representing Ladue Middle School!

 

 

“Mr. Fashion” Jay Gaskin Named 2016 Mr. Ladue

The annual “Mr. Ladue Contest” was held at Ladue Horton Watkins High School Performing Arts Center with “Mr. Fashion” Jay Gaskin winning the coveted title. Thirty young men, chosen by their coaches and club sponsors, competed for the win. The boys put in a lot of time rehearsing a dance taught to them by the Laduettes, which they performed for the crowd!

Jay is president of Fashion Club at the high school. He ended up having to create an interpretive dance for the competition. He said that he went into the event with the goal of just having a good time, but when he made it to the top 10, he decided try to and win it!

Jay is going to Forest Park Community College for two years, and then he plans to transfer to a school in New York or California and major in fashion design and minor in dance.

Ladue Middle School Orchestra Students Score High at Solo & Ensemble

Congratulations to the following 32 Ladue Middle School orchestra students who participated in the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival! These students worked hard on their performances for weeks leading up to this event, and their dedication paid off.

Senior Published in Allergic Living Magazine

sema1Congratulations to senior Sema Dibooglu on the publication of her article, “Gluten-Free Muse: Celiac Disease Feeds My Art, Advocacy and Cooking” in this month’s issue of Allergic Living Magazine.

Allergic Living Magazine is an award-winning magazine distributed both in Canada and the U.S. Sema is one of the first gluten-free teen bloggers in the U.S. and worldwide. She began her blog “Eat Without Gluten” in 2013, and it is featured on the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness’ webpage. The blog is written to provide positive, practical, educational and insightful information on the gluten-free diet. Additionally, Sema’s cartoon movie has been featured in many countries in Europe and in Australia.