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Treble Choir Receives Highest Rating at MSHAA State Choir Festival

The Ladue Treble Choir received a “1” Exemplary rating at the MSHSAA State Choir Large Ensemble Festival on Monday, March 6. Congratulations to the following students!

Ariel Brown (11)
Rose Coughlin (10)
Rebecca Cunningham (10)
Cleo Davis (10)
Naomi Edwards (12)
Gigi Goebel (11)
Anne Heartney (11)
Donna LaMore (12)
Anna Lu (10)
Sementay Marut (12)
Azucena Molina (11)
Annie Schlesinger (12)
Aleesha Shi (11)
Maya Wasserstrom (12)
Mycaila Williams-Arnold (12)

LMS MathCounts Team Takes First in Missouri MathCounts Competition

The Ladue Middle School MathCounts team placed first in the Missouri MathCounts Competition on Saturday.

The four-person team consisted of Stephen Jiang (8), Jason Ding (8), Anthony Wang (7) and Will Bender (7). In the lightning-quick Countdown round, Anthony Wang (7) took 2nd place and William Pan (8) placed 4th.

Nine LMS students participated in the Individual competition, all of whom placed in the Top 20. Seven of the Top 10 Math kids in the state are Ladue Middle School students!

Note that the top four finishers (three from LMS) make up the Missouri team that competes in the National MathCounts competition in Orlando in May!

Here are the students and their final positions:

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)

Old Bonhomme Team Wins Award at Creative Convention

On March 2, 2017, students from Old Bonhomme elementary participated in the 2017 Academic Challenge Cup, held at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The competition consists of a half-day event designed to challenge students in second and third grade in creative problem solving. Five Old Bonhomme teams participated, and The Builders of the Mind team took home one of four Level Of Excellence awards.

This competition draws bright students from diverse areas and brings them together for a morning of friendly competition. Academic Challenge Cup is sponsored by the Gifted Resource Council.

LEGOs: Linking Learning, Creativity and Fun

This year for the first time, all four Ladue Schools elementary schools participated in FIRSTLEGO® League, a worldwide competition where teams of students ages 9 to 14 are challenged to research real-world problems and devise a workable solution over the course of eight weeks. The groups must also design, build and program a LEGO robot to complete a mission through an obstacle course, all while learning how to work together and draw from one another’s strengths.

The purpose behind FIRSTLEGO is to actively engage student creativity while they apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts. The “FIRST” in FIRSTLEGO represents: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

This year’s competition theme was “Animal Allies” with each team being given the tasks of identifying a way in which the lives of animals and humans intersect, researching a common issue and then brainstorming about how animals and people can help one another.

Three LHWHS Students Participate in St. Louis Area Brain Bee

Congratulations to three Ladue Horton Watkins High School students for their performances in the St. Louis Area Brain Bee neuroscience competition held at Washington University.

Akhil Kondepudi (10) and Shelei Pan (9) both moved on to the top 10 oral round competition, with Akhil taking second place and Shelei taking third place. Jakhi Riley (11) also competed and performed well!

 

Old Bonhomme Speech/Language Pathologist Rhonda West Recognized with February Excellence in Education Award

Rhonda West, a Speech/Language Pathologist at Old Bonhomme Elementary, received the February Excellence in Education Award at the Feb. 27, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Rhonda on this prestigious recognition!

Rhonda has worked for the Ladue School District since May of 2012, when she took her position at Old Bonhomme.

If you ask the staff at Old Bonhomme Elementary about Rhonda West, they’ll tell you that she’s an exceptional educator, one whose commitment to her student is foremost and outstanding. She’s skillful and talented when it comes to instructional planning and delivery, and her reservoir of support and encouragement for her students and fellow staff members seems endless.

Students Take Home Wins from Gateway Chess League Action Tournament

Ladue School District students competed at the Gateway Chess League Action Tournament held this past Saturday, February 18. Spoede Elementary won the 3rd grade and under division, and three students (Alex Zhang, Katie Eisenman, and Tom Xiong) placed first in their individual grade levels.

Third Grade and Under Division

  • The Spoede Elementary team of Alex Zhang, Celina Zhou, Christopher Huang, Roy Zhu, Kevin Wu, Rex Zhu, and Anish Shinde won the 3rd Grade and Under division. The Conway Elementary team of Ayden Huang came in 9th place.
  • Anish Shinde finished in 2nd place in the Kindergarten individual standings.
  • In the 1st grade individual standings, Alex Zhang came in 1st place, Ayden Huang received 2nd place, Roy Zhu came in 4th place, and Kevin Wu finished 6th.
  • In the 3rd grade individual standings, Celina Zhou came in 3rd place, Christopher Huang finished 9th, and Rex Zhu finished in 12th place.

LMS Students Place in Top 15 at MathCounts Competition

On Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 Ladue Middle School students participated at the Regional Round of the MathCounts Competition. Nine of the students placed in the top 15, which is a remarkable stat!

In addition, 7th-grader Samuel Chen won the No. 1 overall prize; 8th-grader William Xie won the Countdown Round (a head-to-head speed round); and the team of Stephen Jiang, Jason Ding, Will Bender and Anthony Wang took First Place in the Team Round.

All of these students will move on to the state competition in March. Here are the nine students and their places (and grade levels).

1) Sam Chen (7)
2) Stephen Jiang (8)
5) William Pan (8)
6) Jason Ding (8)
7) Anthony Wang (7)
10) William Xie (8)
11) Will Bender (7)
13) Marina Sha (8)
14) Iris Zhou (7)

High School Students Participate in the First High School Invitational in Many Years

Congratulations to the following 11 Ladue High School Science Olympiad students who participated in the first high school S.O. invitational in many years!

The team competed against 25 other S.O. teams, 12 from Missouri and 14 from Kansas. The competition was held at Staley High School in Kansas City, Missouri. With only part of the high school team able to make it to this rescheduled competition, the team still finished in 2nd place!

Congratulations the following students who competed:

Luke Biernbaum (12)
Abhay Cashikar (11)
Justin Chen (11)
Anna Cramblitt (12)
Noah Goldman (11)
Kevin Jiang (10)
Albert Liu (11)
Charlie Loitman (11)
Katie Shaw (9)
Jeffrey Wang (12)
Stephanie Zhong (12)

The regional tournament is not for another five weeks.

“We have much work to be done,” coach Mark Biernbaum said. “However, this was a terrific way to begin our competition season!”

Sixth Grader Wins LMS Spelling Bee and Heads to Semi-Finals

Congratulations to 6th grader Sassy Saleeby, winner of this year’s LMS spelling bee! Sassy will go on to compete in the semi-finals of the Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by the St. Louis Post Dispatch on March 11, 2017. Finalists from that written bee will go on to compete in an oral bee on March 18, 2017. The winner of that Spelling Bee will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. later this spring.

Eighth graders Ashna Chali and Anna Demkovitch also earned perfect scores on the written bee (including getting all of the tie-breaker words correct). An oral bee was held after the written bee between the three finalists to determine the winner of the school bee. The winning word this year was “edamame”.

Thank you to Brian Beracha, Laurie Lambie, and Janice Davis, the teachers who helped grade spelling tests and supervise the 45 students who participated in the bee!