Two LMS Eighth Graders Receive Ed Greenwood Memorial Award

Congratulations to Katherine Eisenman and Andrew Fruend, who were presented with the prestigious Ed Greenwood Memorial Award at the 2017 Ladue Middle School 8th Grade Farewell Ceremony. Each year, one eighth grade More »

Students Perform in Annual Marvin’s Songfest

On Friday, May 12, Ms. Johnson’s 2nd grade class performed in Marvin’s Songfest, an annual event at the school. Marvin, a resident of Ladue Schools and a parent of Ladue Schools graduates, More »

Ladue Schools Students Compete at U.S. Chess Federation SuperNationals VI

Seventeen Ladue School District students competed in the U.S. Chess Federation SuperNationals VI tournament from May 11-14 in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the largest-rated chess tournament in history, with 5,577 competitors and More »

LMS Students Compete in National MathCounts Competition

Last week, on May 12, the Missouri MathCounts state team competed in the national competition in Orlando, Florida. The four-student team consisted of three Ladue Middle School students and one Parkway student. More »

Senior Reilly Ahearn Sets Records on the Golf Course

Reilly Ahearn, a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has been in the news lately for his achievements as a golf player. On May 8, Reilly shot 7 under par for a More »

2012 Graduate and Football Star Jehu Chesson Drafted by Chiefs

Jehu Chesson, a Ladue Schools 2012 graduate, was recently chosen by the Chiefs in the NFL draft! Jehu, wide receiver for the Michigan Wolverines, is one of the top receivers in the Big More »

Eighth Grade Science Bowl Team Takes Fourth Nationally

Congratulations to the 8th grade Science Bowl team, who placed 4th in the nation in Washington D.C. this weekend! This marks the third year in a row the middle school team has More »

High School Science Olympiad Team Heads to Nationals in May

This weekend, the state Science Olympiad competition was held at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and the high school team finished in first place! Out of the 23 events, there were only two that did not place in the top five. The team finished with a total of 60 points. The second place team finished with 106 points, and the third place team had a total in the 120s. The lowest score wins, and this was quite a feat! The team will now head to the national competition at Wright State University in Ohio in mid May.

This high school bunch is such a special group of students. This past August, they set a goal, as a team, to not only qualify for the national competition, but to place higher than Ladue Horton Watkins High School has ever finished at nationals (In 2008, LHWHS finished in 16th place). This year, the students are shooting for the top 10, but would probably be pleased to set the school record finishing anywhere in the top 15. “There is still much to be done because the competition at the national level is absolutely amazing,” Coach Mark Biernbaum said. “However, I know the team will be up for the challenge!”

Luke Biernbaum (12)
Abhay Cashikar (11)
Justin Chen (11)
Anna Cramblitt (12)
Noah Goldman (11)
Kevin Jiang (10)
Akhil Kondepudi (10)
Annie Liu (11)
Charlie Loitman (11)
Patrick Naughton (12)
Seema Patil (10)
Raj Paul (10)
Katie Shaw (9)
Jackie Zeng (10)
Stephanie Zhong (12)

Senior Girls and Boys Swimming and Diving Members Earn All American Honors

All nine graduating senior girls of the Girls’ and two graduating senior boys of the Boys’ Swimming & Diving teams at Ladue Horton Watkins High School earned All American Academic status with the National Interscholastic Coaches Association (NISCA) for achieving an average cumulative GPA of 3.75 or greater for the first seven semesters of their high school careers!

As a class of graduating seniors, the senior girls’ team captains Sophia Garland, Taylor Korte and Anna Reichert, and seniors Elizabeth Collinger, Sarah Green, Olivia Jurgiel, Marisa Pummer, Nicole Thompson, and Anna Waltke achieved an average cumulative GPA of 3.975.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that these nine seniors, together with 18 underclass varsity letter recipients of the Girls’ Swimming & Diving Team, earned a cumulative average GPA of 3.838 to be a GOLD Level (3.750-4.000) All American Scholar Team with NISCA.

LMS MathCounts Students Dominate at State Competition

In February, nine Ladue Middle School students qualified at the regional Chapter Round of the MathCounts competition to advance to the Missouri State Round. MathCounts is the premier mathematics competition for middle-school students. At the Chapter Round, Samuel Chen (7) placed first among all students in the Individual Round, while William Xie (8) earned first place honors in the lightning quick Countdown Round. Also, the four-person team of Stephen Jiang (8), Jason Ding (8), Anthony Wang (7), and Will Bender (7) placed 1st in the team competition.

One month later, on March 4, the LMS MathCounts students were dominant in the Missouri State MathCounts Competition.

The same team of Stephen Jiang (8), Jason Ding (8), Anthony Wang (7), and Will Bender (7) placed 1st in the team competition. In the State Countdown round, Anthony Wang (7) took 2nd, and William Pan (8) placed 4th.

Nine LMS students participated in the Individual competition, all of whom placed in the Top 20. On this particular day, seven of the Top 10 Math kids in the state are Ladue Schools students.

Here are the students and their final positions. Note that the Top 4 finishers (three from Ladue Schools) make up the Missouri team that competes in the National MathCounts competition in Orlando in May. Stephen Jiang (8), Anthony Wang (7) and Jason Ding (8) have earned an all-expense paid trip to Orlando.

1) Stephen Jiang (8)
2) Anthony Wang (7)
3) Jason Ding (8)
5) Will Bender (7)
7) William Pan (8)
9) Samuel Chen (7)
10) William Xie (8)
16) Marina Sha (8)
18) Iris Zhou (7)

LMS Golfer Wins 2nd place in PGA Junior event

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School 8th grade student Darren Teh for starting this golf season with a 2nd place finish at the Gateway PGA Junior tour. The tournament was held on April 2 at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Godfrey, Illinois. Darren competed against other best junior golfers around the greater St. Louis area.

Darren is currently a member of USA Junior National Golf Team of St. Louis Chapter and had three top 3 finishes at the local PGA Junior tour last year. He also represented the St. Louis chapter competing against other raising star golfers around the country in a three-day national event last summer in Atlanta, Georgia.

Darren will play at the Ballyneal Golf Club at Holyoke, Colorado, this summer with the USA Junior National Golf team and other PGA Junior tour events for the season. We wish him the best of luck!

Junior Kaylon Buckner Helps Lacrosse Team Earn Championship Title

Congratuluations to junior Kaylon Buckner on a fantastic comeback at the Webster-Kirkwood Invitational for lacrosse! Check out the article run in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch here.

What Do Ninth Graders Do While Everyone Else Is Taking the ACT?

While older students took the ACT on April 19, the freshmen embarked on their choice of educational field trips around the St. Louis area! The U.S. Studies teachers each led a trip following a certain historical theme, including: St. Louis and the Civil War, St. Louis and the Civil Rights Movement, St. Louis and African American Music, St. Louis and Immigration and St. Louis and Manifest Destiny.

Below are the trips the students chose from, along with some pictures of their adventures!

Jeff Miller – St. Louis and Civil War

Students traveled to the Missouri Civil War Museum in South County and visited the military cemetery at Jefferson Barracks.  At the museum, they attended a brief presentation on Civil War weaponry and uniforms. The group then stopped for lunch at Golden Coral and spent the rest of the afternoon at the high school playing Civil War era baseball and other Civil War-themed games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Hill – St. Louis and Immigration

St. Louis is a city known for its cultural diversity. From its historic roots of immigration to today, St. Louis has always been a city growing from the unique diversity that makes up its landscape. Starting with the International Institute, where new immigrants are starting and finishing their journey to citizenship to a tour of the historic neighborhood of The Italian Hill, this field trip explored a small part of our city. The trip finished with some Italian cooking at its finest for lunch.

Ladue Schools Boys Basketball Team Ends Season with Four All-Conference Recognitions

The Ladue Schools high school boys basketball team have finished a spectacular season! The team rounded out the season with four All-Conference recognitions from the St. Louis Suburban Public High School Athletic and Activities Association, including three seniors being named to the All-Conference teams and one junior receiving the Sportsmanship award.

According to head coach Chad Anderson, one or two players typically makes one of the two All-Conference teams each year, but having three players receive the recognition is rare. This year, senior River Rhoads made the first All-Conference team, and seniors Tate Hotz and Zach Bush both made the second team. Junior Josh Horwitz received the Sportsmanship award.

“Throughout this entire season, our players have strived to represent the basketball program and our school well,” Coach Anderson said. “It’s so gratifying as the coach to see them succeed and be recognized not only for their hard work but also their good character and sportsmanship.”

Several players also received the All-Academic award, bestowed from the high school for maintaining a GPA of 3.75 of higher. Four varsity players achieved this, including junior Joshua Horwitz, senior Jack Lucier, junior Derrick Stiebler and sophomore Moses Okpala. Six members of the JV Boys Basketball team three freshmen basketball players also received the award.

High School Wrestling Earns Recognitions, Shows Strength of Character

Over spring break, our outstanding high school wrestling team was busy earning significant recognitions! Junior Jacob Orsay was named Wrestler of the Year. Eric Prager, Kyle Cody, Kendall Whited, Leor Goldfarb and Carrinton Reed all make the Suburban Central First String All Conference Team. This happened under the guidance and coaching of Kevin Clawson, who was named the Wrestling Coach of the Year for his efforts. Well done, and well deserved, Kevin! See the stats here!

However, that isn’t the best part. About a month ago, Athletic Director Sweeney Labarge and received a letter from the Coach of Hannibal High School Wrestling Team. He wanted to share a situation at districts. Here is what the Hannibal coach wrote:

“During the 182 pound semi-final match, my wrestler was wrestling Leor Goldfarb. We were winning 7-0 and taking down Mr. Goldfarb when we illegally slammed him. Since we slammed him, Mr. Goldfarb could have been awarded the win, and would have automatically been a state qualifier. Instead of taking the win, Mr. Goldfarb and Coach Clawson decided to do a start stop of the match to go ahead and give my kid the win so he could advance. Both individuals were aware that they were giving up a guaranteed spot at the state tournament and that Mr. Goldfarb would have to wrestle back in order to qualify. I am not sure how many individuals and coaches would make the same decision. It takes an enormous amount of character and class to make a decision like this. Both Coach Clawson and Mr. Goldfarb demonstrated they obviously have both!

I have been coaching wrestling for 16 years now. I have seen many kids default for a lot less to guarantee themselves a win. They are both excellent representatives of your school as well as their wrestling program.” — Derek Greening

Character + Hard Work = Success Success comes in many forms.

Congratulations to Kevin and his team for their championship wrestling performance this season, but more importantly for winning with character!

Conway Elementary Parent Teaches Students How to Code

Conway parent Suparba Panda decided to leave her full-time job as vice president of technology at Equifax to teach young students how to work with innovative technology. Suparba created TymeMachine, a nonprofit designed to introduce students to evolving technologies such as robotics, biometrics, 3-D printing and more!

Suparba recently spent several weeks working with students at Conway Elementary, where her son attends school. She led an afterschool workshop teaching students an introductory coding class. To learn more, check out this article published by Ladue News!

Ladue Schools Students Excel at Missouri State Chess Championships

More than 40 Ladue School District students competed at the Missouri State Chess Championships on Saturday, March 18, in Columbia, Missouri.

The high school team finished 3rd in their division, the LMS 8th and under team won their division, the LMS 6th grade and under team finished in 2nd place in their division, the Spoede team was 3rd in the 5th grade and under division and won the 3rd grade and under championship, and the Conway team finished in 2nd place in the 3rd and under division.

In addition, several students are state champions in their sections: Aaron Lin (Conway, 3rd grade and under), Benjamin Shoykhet (LMS, 8th grade and under), and Jason Pummer (LHWHS, High School Board 3).

Many of these students will be competing at the US Chess Federation SuperNationals VI tournament in Nashville in May!

Included below is the breakdown of the teams and their awards: