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Reed Elementary Gifted Specialist Karen Engelkenjohn Recognized with March Excellence in Education Award

Karen Engelkenjohn, a Gifted Specialist at Reed Elementary, received the March Excellence in Education Award at the March 13, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Karen on this prestigious recognition!

Karen has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 2005, when she took her position at Reed Elementary.

Karen practices what many educators preach. She truly believes that all students have areas of strength and can learn. In the classroom, Karen challenges every student and acknowledges and celebrates the uniqueness of each. She encourages students to ask questions and facilitates lessons in such a way that students assume responsibility for their own learning.

Ladue Schools Spelling Siblings Qualify for Regional Spelling Bee Finals

Congratulations to Sophia “Sassy” Saleeby, a 6th grader at Ladue Middle School, and her brother, Jack Saleeby, a 3rd grader at Reed Elementary, for earning top scores in the St. Louis Post Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee Semi-Finals on Saturday, March 11. Both students will compete in the Finals at McKendree University on March 18!

WordMasters Challenge Teams Achieved Highest Honors

 

Two teams representing Ladue Schools achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The third grade team scored an impressive 183 points out of a possible 200 in the second of three meets this year, placing seventh in the nation. In addition, the fourth grade team scored 189 points, finishing 10th in the nation.

Competing in the Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, fourth graders Ritwik Ashok and Bella Soyfer each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 116 fourth graders achieved this result. Other students from Ladue Schools who achieved outstanding results in the meet include third graders William Burrus, Ihenna Eke-Okoro, Sylvia Hanes, Harry Margraf and Anthony Zho, and fourth graders Amanda Armbruster, Gage Galati, Jake Oberman, Ben Stephenson and Braeden Wallace. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by their classroom teacher.

Talking Rams Sweep the Eastern Missouri District Tournament

The speech and debate team competed in the Eastern Missouri District Tournament this past weekend. The team took 2nd place in Speech Sweepstakes, 1st place in Congressional Debate Sweepstakes, 1st place in Debate Sweepstakes, and 1st place in Overall Sweepstakes!

Aramis Rickey (12) was named the District Student of the Year! Aramis was nominated for his leadership, dedication to the team, his belief in ethical debate, and for holding our entire team to a higher standard. Aramis will now go on to represent Eastern Missouri in the National Student of the Year competition.

Ladue qualified 11 students to the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament! We’ll be traveling to Birmingham in June for a week of speech and debate competition!

Congratulations to the students listed below on their individual accomplishments!

National Qualifiers:
Noah DiAntonio (12) and Maya Mutic (12), Policy Debate – 2nd place
Patrick Naughton (12) and Aramis Rickey (12), Policy Debate – 3rd place

Congressional Debate – Senate
Edward Wu (11) – 3rd place, National Qualifier

Congressional Debate – House 2
Levi Dyson (11) – 2nd place, National Qualifier

LMS Science Bowl Team Headed to D.C. for Nationals

Congratulations to the 8th grade Science Bowl, which took first place in the regional Science Bowl and won themselves an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. at the end of April to compete in the nationals finals!

The Ladue 1 team had to string out six straight victories over the course of three hours (after already completing six prior matches) in order to win the competition. This included back-to-back wins over the only team that beat them earlier in the day.

“It was truly a battle of attrition, and the odds were heavily in the other team’s favor,” substitute coach Michael Clay said. “It was an astonishing come from behind win!”

8th Grade Team:
Harry Chen
Jason Ding
Stephen Jiang
William Pan
Eric Yin

Student Musicians Perform Well at Recent Contests

The middle school high school orchestras have been performing well in recent contests!

The 7th and 8th grade orchestras participated in the SLSMEA Orchestra Contest last Wednesday. The 7th grade orchestra earned a rating of II+, and the 8th grade orchestra earned a rating of I.

The high school concert and symphonic orchestras participated in the MSHSAA Orchestra Contest last Thursday. The concert orchestra earned a rating of II, and the symphonic orchestra earned a rating of I.

The panel of judges were impressed with the musicianship and energy of all the groups of student musicians!

Ladue Schools Percussionists Take First Place at 10th Annual MPAT

At the 10th Annual Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy Competition held last Saturday, the Ladue Schools percussionists took first place in their respective categories!

Ladue percussionists Jacob Cytron (12) and Amelia Malone (10) took first place in their respective categories–Solo Marimba and Solo Percussion with Miles Kim (12) capturing the 3rd Place Trophy for Solo Marimba.

Other Ladue percussionists competing were Laura Ewald (11), Anthony Schuster (11), Ian Pallares (11), Jack Roth (12) and Jackson Hummels (12).

MPAT is divided into high school and collegiate divisions with international soloist She-e Wu (Manhattan School of Music/Northwestern) adjudicating. Both Jacob and Amelia received a masterclass as first place recipients.

The event was held at the Cowan Performing Arts Center in Lebanon, Missouri.

High School Students Receive 2017 Aspirations Award for Computing

Several young women Ladue Horton Watkins High School have recently received the 2017 St. Louis & Southern Illinois Aspirations Award for their accomplishments in computing! Award recipients are selected for their aptitude and interest in IT and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

Congratulations to our winners!

2017 Winners:
Amanda Steiner (12)
Julia Wang (11)

National Honorable Mention:
Rose Coughlin (10)

2017 Honorable Mentions:
Leda Liang (11)
Nikol Nikolova (10)

The 2017 Aspirations Award ceremony will be held 0n Sunday, March 26 at Saint Louis University.

Thirty Students Compete in Gateway Chess League Class Tournament

Thirty Ladue School District students competed at the Gateway Chess League Class Tournament held on Saturday, March 4th.

Third Grade and under division

  • The Spoede Elementary team of Rex Zhu (3) , Roy Zhu (1), Anish Shinde (KG), Celina Zhou (3), Kevin Wu (1), Christopher Huang (3), and Bodie Buxner (2) won the 3rd and under division.
  • The Conway Elementary team of Aaron Lin (2), Alex Wang (3), and Ayden Huang (1) came in 3rd place in the 3rd and under division.

Fifth Grade and under division

  • In the 5th grade and under division, Atharva Shinde (4), Cooper Buxner (2), Harper Buxner (4), and Sahil Chatwal (4) (Spoede Elementary) finished in 3rd place.
  • The Ladue Fifth Grade Center team of Zachary Barrett (5), Aditya Jain (5), and Ari Willick (5) finished in 5th place in the 5th and under division.
  • The Reed Elementary team of Jenna Song (3) came in 12th place in the 5th and under division.

Speech & Debate Racks Up Wins at MSHSAA District Tournament

The speech & debate team competed at the MSHSAA District Tournament this past weekend!

The team finished with:
– 3 district champions
– 4 entries/5 students qualify to the state tournament
– 4 debate entries advance to elimination rounds
– Finalists in all events except two

Congratulations to the students listed below on their accomplishments!