Category Archives: Fine & Performing Arts

Six Talking Rams Team Members Heading to National Tournament

The speech and debate team competed in the Eastern Missouri District Speech and Debate Tournament, and took home several awards! The team took 7th in Speech Sweepstakes, 1st in Congress Sweepstakes, 1st in Debate Sweepstakes and 2nd in Overall Sweepstakes. The team will send six students to the national tournament in Fort Lauderdale this summer!

Also, a few more recognitions of note were:

  • LHWHS Principal Brad Griffith was selected as the 2018 Eastern Missouri District Principal of the Year.
  • Emily Bell (Class of 2012) was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Eastern Missouri District Alumni Achievement Award.
  • Senior Levi Dyson was a finalist for the 2018 Eastern Missouri District Student of the Year Award.

National Tournament Qualifiers:
– Levi Dyson (12) and Edward Wu (12) in Public Forum Debate
– Max Kornfeld (11) and Olivia Liu (11) in Policy Debate
– Albert Liu (12) in Lincoln-Douglas Debate
– Noor Rahman (12) in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Full tournament results are below. Some students actually qualified to the national tournament in multiple events; however, students can only compete in one event at the national tournament.

Ladue High School Chorale Students Recognized for Outstanding Performances

The Ladue High School Chorale students have been recognized for outstanding performances in the last week.

Five students from the Ladue High School Chorale participated in the St. Louis Suburban District Music Festival on Friday, March 4, 2018. Each student performed two contrasting vocal solos from a prescribed graded music list and received a rating based on the judge’s written critique of the performance. Jameson Falconer (9), Ron Weiss (9), and Lucy Yue (9) received an “Exemplary”-Division 1 Rating. Ariel Brown (12) and Alejandra Piñon-Dickey (9) received an “Outstanding”-Division 2 rating for their performances.

The Ladue High School Chorale group performed in the MSHSSA State Choir Festival on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. The choir performed two contrasting selections from standard choral repertoire and sight-read one piece of music for a panel of judges. The group received an overall “Outstanding”-Division 2 Rating.

LHWHS Students Receive High Ratings at District Solo and Ensemble Festival

On Friday, March 2, the MSHSAA District Solo and Ensemble Festival was held at Parkway Central High School.

Flutist Lilly Humphrey (11), clarinetist Evyn Levy (12), and trombonists Daniel Jung (10), and Kevin Li (11) all earned an Exemplary – Division I rating for their solos.

Flutists Hannah Harder (10), and Daphne Levy (9) earned an Outstanding – Division II rating for their solos.

On Saturday, seniors Audrey Wang, Laura Ewald and sophomore Alec Hines claimed top prizes at the 11th Annual Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy competition held in Lebanon.

Audrey took 1st prize in the high school solo marimba division; Alec took 2nd prize in the high school snare drum division; and Laura, along with Audrey, claimed the 1st prize trophy for the high school duo division.

High school and collegiate competitors from around the U.S. performed for International recognized adjudicators Ji-Hye Jung and Nick Petrella. Trophy winners were then treated to a one-on-one masterclass with the judges.

Vocal Soloists Take Home High Rates from St. Louis Suburban District Music Festival

Congratulate the following choir students for their vocal solo performances at the St. Louis Suburban District Music Festival:

Jameson Falconer, 1 Rating (9)
Ron Weiss, 1 Rating (9)
Lucy Yue, 1 Rating (9)
Ariel Brown, 2 Rating (12)
Alejandra Piñon-Dickey, 2 Rating (9)

LMS Students Take First and Second Place at 2018 Educating for Change Conference

Ladue Middle School eighth-grade students Eileen Suarez and Abby Soldwish-Zoole were the first and second place winners of the Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline Event & Youth Art Contest, and the two were recognized at the 2018 Educating for Change Conference put on by the St Louis Educators for Social Justice on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. Eileen gave a speech about her art piece that brought a standing ovation from the audience of more than 300 people!

Check out Eileen’s speech in the video below:

Speech and Debate Team Places 3rd at Marquette Invitational

The Talking Rams ended their regular season by placing 3rd, out of 37 teams, at the Marquette Invitational this past weekend!

Congratulations to the following team members who placed in their events!

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
– Hale Masaki (11) – 1st place

International Extemporaneous Speaking
– Olivia Liu (11) – 3rd place

Levi Dyson Receives 2018 I Speak for Others Award

Every year, the Marquette Speech and Debate Team chooses a speech and debate student to receive the prestigious I Speak for Others Award. This honor recognizes a competitor who uses the skills learned in speech and debate to make a positive difference in his or her community.

Levi Dyson, a senior on the speech and debate team at the high school, was chosen as the recipient of the 2018 I Speak for Others Award. Levi was chosen for his work to increase understanding across religions in the Saint Louis area.

During the awards ceremony, the following was shared from Levi’s nomination letter:

“For the past two years, Levi has given presentations about his faith through the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Student to Student program. The program brings students who are Jewish into schools with few to no Jewish students and asks them to share the history and main ideas of Judaism with the students and then answer questions. Creating understanding between people of different faiths and learning the truth about different faiths is an important step to creating a more understanding and peaceful world. Levi’s courage and willingness to share about his faith and educate people shows a strength and maturity that many do not possess.

LHWHS Debater Edward Wu Earns Top Recognition

Edward Wu, a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, earned his Degree of Premier Distinction in the National Forensic League, the honor society for the National Speech and Debate Association. Throughout his four years on the team, Edward has earned over 1,500 points and this places him in the top 1% of speech and debate competitors in the country.

The Degree of Premier Distinction is the highest degree level a student can attain in the National Forensic League. The Degree of Premier Distinction is a reflection of Edward’s work ethic, dedication to the team, and competitive excellence. Edward is currently the team president and, for the second year in a row, is the co-coordinator for Public Forum Debate and Congressional Debate. This past weekend, Edward and his partner placed 1st in Public Forum Debate at the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association Conference Tournament and Edward was named Conference Champion in Congressional Debate.

Speech and Debate Team Named 2017-2018 Conference Champions

The Talking Rams competed in the third, and final, tournament of the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Conference Tournament Series on January 12th and 13th at Ritenour High School. At the conclusion of the tournament, the conference awards were also announced.

For the fourth year in a row, and the sixth time in seven years, the Talking Rams were named the Overall Conference Champions! The team also placed 1st in Debate Sweepstakes and 1st in Congressional Debate Sweepstakes, along with placing 3rd in Interpretation Sweepstakes.

LHWHS Students Selected for All-State Band and All-State Orchestra

Congratulations to the following students who were selected as members of the All-State Band and All-State Orchestra. These students won a blind audition as they competed against students from across the state and will represent LHWHS at performances at the MMEA convention at Tan-Tar-A, Jan. 24 – 27, 2018.

All-State Orchestra
Grace Crockett, Violin 1
Rebecca Lang, Violin 1
Shelei Pan, Violin 2
Anna Zhong, Violin 2
Jacob Sheldon, viola
Daniel Diringer, cello
Evyn Levy, 2nd chair clarinet

All-State Band
Pema Childs, 7th chair clarinet

Congratulations again on a job well done!