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Eighth Grader Selected as Scholastic Writing Awards Contest Winner

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School eighth grader Isabella Peng for being recognized as one of the winners in the 2018 Missouri Writing Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards Contest! Winners were selected from more than 1,000 submissions received from throughout Missouri and the Kansas City, Kansas, area. Winning pieces will be published in Missouri Youth Write, an online publication which will be available in June 2018. Bella’s entry included a beautiful, original poem written in response to a study of historical and realistic fiction.

A Cappella Group Viva Voce Takes First Place at 2018 Midwest ICHSA Quarterfinals

Congratulations to Viva Voce, the a cappella group at the high school that won first place last night at the 2018 Midwest ICHSA Quarterfinals! The group now will be moving on to compete in the semifinal round in DeKalb, Illinois, for a chance to sing at the Beacon Theatre in NYC!

Junior Menea Kefalov was also awarded Outstanding Soloist of the night.

See the team members below:

LMS Science Olympiad Teams Perform Well at Regional Competition

Congratulations to the Science Olympiad teams! Both teams performed exceptionally well at the regional competition held at Lindenwood University over the weekend. The Competition team took first place by a landslide and will be moving on to the state finals in Fulton, Missouri, in early April.

This is Ladue Middle School’s 27th consecutive year making it to the state finals!

 

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.

Senior Rower Jeri Rhodes Featured in St. Louis American

Senior Jeri Rhodes was recently featured in the St. Louis American for her accomplishments as a rower! Jeri is a stand-out member of the St. Louis Rowing Club; she is one of the most accomplished rowers in club history. After two years on the team, she’s the current junior female record holder for the 2k, 5k and 10k indoor rowing times. She’s a member of the junior U.S. Rowing Team, attended the 2017 Junior National Team High Performance Camp. She has signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Michigan.

To read about Jeri’s journey with rowing, check out the article here!

Senior Julia Wang Named Top 300 Scholar in Regeneron Science Competition

Ladue Horton Watkins High School recent alumna Julia Wang has been named a top 300 Scholar in the 77th Regeneron Science Talent Search—the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. More than 1,800 students entered the competition this year. Julia graduated in December 2017.

Julia’s project for the competition centered around the idea of improving health tracking devices—giving them more capabilities than they currently offer. These devices can measure heart rate continuously, but not blood pressure. For her project, Julia spent about a year working in Dr. Lan Yang’s lab at Washington University developing a sensor that could detect pulse shape and body temperature for a continuous period.

First Lego League Team from LMS and FGC Advance to Championship

A First Lego League Team, The 8 Sharks from Middle School (7 students) and Fifth Grade Center (1 student), recently participated at a St. Louis Region FLL Qualifier Event on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The team performed very well and received the “Champion’s Award” for their outstanding work and the “Robot Performance Award” for the top Robot game score.
They have advanced to the next level and will now be participating in the Eastern Missouri Championship on Jan. 13.

This year, about 12 teams from our district participated in the competition (250 competed in total), and five Ladue Schools teams have advanced to the next level (a total of 40 students advancing). The participating students are below.

Spoede First Grade Teacher Jenny Weber Recognized with December Excellence in Education Award

Jenny Weber, a first grade teacher at Spoede Elementary, received the December Excellence in Education Award at the Dec. 11, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Jenny on this prestigious recognition!

Jenny has worked for the Ladue School District since July of 2008, when she took a position as a mathematics teaching assistant at Spoede Elementary School.

If you ask her fellow educators, they will tell you that Jenny is a “whatever it takes” kind of teacher. She doesn’t see her determination as going above and beyond for her students; rather, she just sees the effort as necessary to do what needs to be done for these children in order for them to succeed to the best of their own personal abilities. This also translates outside of the classroom, where Jenny plays a key role on the Character Education Committee at Spoede, serving as co-chair.

Dr. Stallons notes that Jenny is the type of teacher who takes the time to form positive relationships with every one of her students. She understands that being an educator is more than imparting knowledge to students—it’s also making sure that these students know that someone cares about their happiness and well-being, that they have that support system at Spoede.

Jenny is originally from St. Louis. She and her husband, Kris, have been together for 14 years and married for the last 11 years. Their 11-year-old son, Tyler, attends Northeast Middle School.

Jenny received her bachelor’s of arts degree from UMSL. She then went on to earn her master’s degree from Lindenwood.

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!

Fourth Grade Robotics Teams Excel at Regional FIRST Lego League Competition

Nine fourth grade robotics teams from all four elementary schools in the district competed in the regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Competition on Nov. 12 and 13 at Brittany Woods Middle School. One team from Reed, one team from Spoede and one team from Old Bonhomme will be moving on to the Eastern Missouri Championship Event at St. Louis Community College on Jan. 13, 2018.

Congratulations to Reed team “Water Bots”, Spoede team “Nasty & Necessary #7” and Old Bonhomme team “Boom-Shaka-Lake-Ahs” for this accomplishment. Other teams were awarded, as well. The “Brain Waves” team won the Project Award for their innovative ideas and presentation skills. The “Tidal Waves” and the “Nasty and Necessary #7” teams won the Core Values award for their team-work and gracious professionalism, and the “Water Bots” and the “Boom-Shaka-Lake-Ahs” each won the Champion’s Award, which means they did great work in all three categories. Both Spoede teams were awarded Monsanto Fund grants to participate in the event.

The project was led by teachers Karen Engelkenjohn, Tammy MacLean, Kathie Dolan and Lindsay Lombardo. Congratulations goes out to all the teams, parent helpers and teacher coaches for their hard work. Best of luck to all the teams moving on to the Eastern Missouri Championship in January!