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DECA Students Take Home Numerous Awards from State Competition

Almost 2,000 DECA students from across the state of Missouri went to Kansas City for three days to compete in the areas of marketing, management, finance, and entrepreneurship, and the Ladue Schools DECA students represented the school well!

Congratulations to the following DECA students for their outstanding performance in the state competition! A record of 19 students qualified for the international competition, which will be held from April 20-25th in Atlanta, Georgia.

Six Talking Rams Team Members Heading to National Tournament

The speech and debate team competed in the Eastern Missouri District Speech and Debate Tournament, and took home several awards! The team took 7th in Speech Sweepstakes, 1st in Congress Sweepstakes, 1st in Debate Sweepstakes and 2nd in Overall Sweepstakes. The team will send six students to the national tournament in Fort Lauderdale this summer!

Also, a few more recognitions of note were:

  • LHWHS Principal Brad Griffith was selected as the 2018 Eastern Missouri District Principal of the Year.
  • Emily Bell (Class of 2012) was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Eastern Missouri District Alumni Achievement Award.
  • Senior Levi Dyson was a finalist for the 2018 Eastern Missouri District Student of the Year Award.

National Tournament Qualifiers:
– Levi Dyson (12) and Edward Wu (12) in Public Forum Debate
– Max Kornfeld (11) and Olivia Liu (11) in Policy Debate
– Albert Liu (12) in Lincoln-Douglas Debate
– Noor Rahman (12) in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Full tournament results are below. Some students actually qualified to the national tournament in multiple events; however, students can only compete in one event at the national tournament.

Ladue High School Chorale Students Recognized for Outstanding Performances

The Ladue High School Chorale students have been recognized for outstanding performances in the last week.

Five students from the Ladue High School Chorale participated in the St. Louis Suburban District Music Festival on Friday, March 4, 2018. Each student performed two contrasting vocal solos from a prescribed graded music list and received a rating based on the judge’s written critique of the performance. Jameson Falconer (9), Ron Weiss (9), and Lucy Yue (9) received an “Exemplary”-Division 1 Rating. Ariel Brown (12) and Alejandra Piñon-Dickey (9) received an “Outstanding”-Division 2 rating for their performances.

The Ladue High School Chorale group performed in the MSHSSA State Choir Festival on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. The choir performed two contrasting selections from standard choral repertoire and sight-read one piece of music for a panel of judges. The group received an overall “Outstanding”-Division 2 Rating.

LHWHS Students Take Top Two Places at 2018 St. Louis Brain Bee

Akhil Kondepudi, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, won the 2018 St. Louis Brain Bee, an annual neuroscience competition held at Washington University in St. Louis! The second place winner was Shelei Pan, a sophomore at Ladue Horton Watkins High School!

This year, 40 high school student participated in the multiple choice test, with 10 students moving on to the oral competition. In addition to these tests, the students took part in hands-on activities, such as holding a human brain and participating in a neuroscience panel discussion.

Akhil took second place in the competition last year. With a goal in mind, he began training for this year’s event by reading the Brain Facts book provided by the Society of Neuroscience, the organization running the international competition. He also delved into textbooks to build upon his knowledge!

Akhil will attend a summer research fellowship at a WashU laboratory and an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Brain Bee in Maryland in March.

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LHWHS Students Receive High Ratings at District Solo and Ensemble Festival

On Friday, March 2, the MSHSAA District Solo and Ensemble Festival was held at Parkway Central High School.

Flutist Lilly Humphrey (11), clarinetist Evyn Levy (12), and trombonists Daniel Jung (10), and Kevin Li (11) all earned an Exemplary – Division I rating for their solos.

Flutists Hannah Harder (10), and Daphne Levy (9) earned an Outstanding – Division II rating for their solos.

On Saturday, seniors Audrey Wang, Laura Ewald and sophomore Alec Hines claimed top prizes at the 11th Annual Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy competition held in Lebanon.

Audrey took 1st prize in the high school solo marimba division; Alec took 2nd prize in the high school snare drum division; and Laura, along with Audrey, claimed the 1st prize trophy for the high school duo division.

High school and collegiate competitors from around the U.S. performed for International recognized adjudicators Ji-Hye Jung and Nick Petrella. Trophy winners were then treated to a one-on-one masterclass with the judges.

LHWHS Science Olympiad Team Places First in Regional Competition

The Ladue Horton Watkins High School Science Olympiad team finished in first place at Lindenwood University for the regional competition! Not only are these students outstanding at Science Olympiad, but they are also respectful young adults with fantastic attitudes who display great teamwork!

In just under five weeks the team will head to Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, for the state competition.

Congratulations to the following students!

LMS Math Students Dominate 2018 State MathCounts Competition

At this year’s annual 2018 State MathCounts Competition in Columbia, Missouri, 160 of the best middle school math students in the state converged. Ladue Middle School sent seven students to the event, all of whom finished in the top 26! In the overall competition, no other school in the state cracked the Top 5, because all of those positions were taken by LMS students:

1st) Will Bender
2nd) Anthony Wang
3rd) Nicole Li
4th) Sam Chen
5th) Iris Zhou
16th) Richie Jiang
26th) Aditya Kondepudi

In the head-to-head, single-elimination Countdown Round, LMS students placed in the following order (remember, this is in competition with all other state contestants):

Six Students Qualify to MSHSAA State Speech and Debate Tournament

The Talking Rams, the speech and debate team at the high school, competed in the MSHSAA District Tournament held at Parkway South High School on March 2- 3. The team qualified six students in seven entries to the MSHSAA State Speech and Debate Tournament and had two district champions!

Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Albert Liu (12), Quarterfinalist

Policy Debate
Sam Hiken (11) and Hale Masaki (11) – 2nd place; State Qualifiers
Max Kornfeld (11) and Olivia Liu (11) – Semifinalists; State Qualifiers

Public Forum Debate
Levi Dyson (12) and Edward Wu (12) – Semifinalists; State Qualifiers

Duet Acting
Jackson Bry (10) and Eli Goldstein (10) – 4th place

Radio Speaking
Levi Dyson (12) – 2nd place; State Qualifier

Original Oratory
Olivia Liu (11) – 2nd place; State Qualifier

International Extemporaneous Speaking
Max Kornfeld (11) – 1st place and District Champion; State Qualifier

United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Hale Masaki (11) – 1st place and District Champion; State Qualifier

The state qualifiers will compete at the MSHSAA State Speech and Debate Tournament in April at Missouri State University.

LMS Science Bowl Teams Compete at WashU

Congratulations to the LMS Science Bowl teams—all three teams did very well at a competition at Washington University. The “A” team took second place overall. The team answered the final question correctly as time ran out but missed the bonus question, which would have resulted in a tie for first place.

Speech and Debate Team Places 3rd at Marquette Invitational

The Talking Rams ended their regular season by placing 3rd, out of 37 teams, at the Marquette Invitational this past weekend!

Congratulations to the following team members who placed in their events!

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
– Hale Masaki (11) – 1st place

International Extemporaneous Speaking
– Olivia Liu (11) – 3rd place