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Spoede Students Spell Their Way to the Top in Annual Bee

Spoede Elementary just held its annual spelling bee on Jan. 19! Third and fourth grade students participate. This year, the champion was Will Kodner, and Isabella Huang was the runner-up.

The students who participated were those who scored the highest in the preliminary rounds in December.

Participants in the Spelling Bee included:

LECC Special Education Teacher Terri Linhoff-Balk Recognized with January Excellence in Education Award

Terri Linhoff-Balk, an Early Childhood Special Education teacher for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, received the January Excellence in Education Award at the Jan. 23, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Terri on this prestigious recognition!

Terri has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 2000, when she took her position at the LECC.

Part of the Special School District’s vision and mission is the Commitment to Excellence, which includes nine core belief statements. One of those is: ‘We believe that what we do is more than just a job.’ Terri exemplifies this belief every day in her work with students and their families. She goes beyond what is expected to strive to make learning as fun and meaningful for her students as she possibly can. Through her efforts, she creates learning experiences that many of her students would not have the opportunity to experience outside of school. A few of these include the circus, the princess ball and the Thanksgiving feast.

Talking Rams Take First Place at Round Robin Debates

The speech and debate novices competed in the Oakville Novice Events Round Robin and Eastern Missouri Novice Debate Round Robin last weekend. They took 1st place in debate sweepstakes and 1st place overall! Congratulations to the following students:

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING
Nevan Giuliani (10) – 2nd place

ORIGINAL ORATORY
Cindy Wang (9) – 2nd place

7th Grader & U.S. Youth Chess Team Member Opens Winter Chess Camp for Peers

Iris Zhou, a seventh-grade student at Ladue Middle School and a member of the U.S. national youth chess team, has decided to share what she has learned and teach her peers how to play the game.

Iris was the only student to represent Missouri on the U.S. team in the 2015 World Youth & Cadets Chess Championship, and she qualified for both the 2016 and 2017 competitions.

During winter break, Iris gave a three-day chess camp, free of charge, to the young children in the local community. The “2016 Ice Cream Winter Chess Camp” was held from Dec. 28-30 at the St. Louis Modern Chinese School in the afternoons.

“So many young kids are interested in chess,” Iris said. “I feel good that I can help some of them learn, especially when I inspire some of the young girls to get involved with chess.”

LMS Science Teacher Receives Inspiring Teacher Award

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School science teacher Hugh McMonigle, who will receive the 2017 Challenger Learning Center’s Inspiring Teacher Award on Jan. 26.

Hugh, along with six other area educators, will receive the award at UMSL’s College of Education. This recognition is given in honor of the Challenger Space Shuttle crew. Congratulations, Hugh!

Spoede First Grade Teacher Krystal Florez Recognized with December Excellence in Education Award

Krystal Florez, a first grade teacher at Spoede Elementary, received the December Excellence in Education Award at the Dec. 12, 2016, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Krystal on this prestigious recognition!

Krystal has worked for the Ladue School District since 2010, when she took a position teaching at Old Bonhomme Elementary. She is the type of person who can juggle many balls and manage not only to keep them in the air, but also make it look easy. During her time with the district, she already has many accomplishments under her belt. In addition to working on her master’s degree in reading, she has also taken on a leadership role at Spoede serving as chair of the Character Education Committee and the Assembly Committee. And last year she was recognized as Spoede Elementary’s Teacher of the Year!

Principal Dr. Kim Stallons had this to say about Krystal’s work ethic: “As a teacher, Krystal’s goal is to educate and nurture the whole child. She sets high expectations for her students in all areas. With her as a model, Krystal’s students know what is important: Do your best, try your hardest and never give up! Her students stay motivated because they know that she will never give up on them.”

In addition to all of her work at Spoede, Krystal is making time to raise her three daughters. Krystal is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Krystal and Cordez Vaughn have been together for one year, and she has three daughters: MaKayla, who attends Lincoln College; Rylee, who attends LHWHS; and Jaelyn, who attends LMS.

Krystal received her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Harris Stowe University. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in Special Reading K-12 from Lindenwood University.

Talking Rams Take First Place in Randy Pierce Winter Classic Sweepstakes

The speech and debate team competed at the Randy Pierce Winter Classic hosted by Pattonville this past weekend—the last tournament of the semester! The team took 1st place in Sweepstakes!

Congratulations to the following students for their achievements:

DOMESTIC EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Patrick Naughton (12) – 2nd place
Pranay Peddinti (12) – 6th place
Hale Masaki (10) – Semifinalist

INTERNATIONAL EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Maya Mutic (12) – 1st place
Noah DiAntonio (12) – 4th place
Max Kornfeld (10) – Semifinalist
Aramis Rickey (12) – Semifinalist

Talking Rams Take Home the Wins at George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Speech Invitational

Nine members of the Talking Rams, the high school speech and debate team traveled to Bradley University to compete in the George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Speech Invitational! This tournament is our toughest of the semester and is only offered to varsity members. This year was the group’s best performance at the tournament in the past six years!

Art Student’s Design is a Winning Entry in Orange is the New Black Competition

oinb port printJunior Cameron O’Keefe recently submitted a digital artwork piece for the hit television show, Orange is the New Black. The competition was sponsored by Creative Allies, and participants were asked to create a new identity for the show. Out of 300 entries, only four were chosen as winners. Cameron’s design was the winning entry, earning her $1,000!

Cameron is a new to Ladue Schools; she spent 12 years at MICDS before deciding that she wanted to become a digital media artist. The best way to pursue that dream, she said, was to transfer to a school that offered a graphic design and AP studio art course where she could continue to build her portfolio. Ladue Horton Watkins High School was just the place!

“My transition has been spectacular,” she said. “It’s weird being the new junior, but the people I have met and the experiences I have been through so far have calmed my nerves tremendously. I cannot thank everyone who has just said “hello” to me in the hallways enough for how much they have helped me feel more comfortable at this school.”

Cameron plans to attend art school in a few years and is intent on spending her remaining time in high school focusing on her portfolio and building the strongest possible body of work for entrance. She’s checking out the programs at schools such as FIDM, SCAD, MassART, and a few more.

Congratulations, Cameron!

Senior Announced a Winner of the 18th Annual George N. Tuerck Concerto Competition

Congratulations to Joel Rosen, a senior at LHWHS, who was announced one of three winners of the Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s 18th annual George N. Tuerck Concerto Competition!

The three students will perform at the orchestra’s Tuerck Memorial Concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Life Church, 4180 Smelting Works Road in Swansea. The public is invited.

Joel, the son of Robert and Wendy Rosen, plays cello with the St. Louis Youth Orchestra and Preparatory Program. He has attended the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory for three years. He also plays piano. He is a Ladue Tri-M Music Honor Society member and Ultimate Frisbee competitor.

You can read more about the award here!