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Talking Rams Slay at First Tournament of the Year

What a Turn of Events

The speech and debate team competed in their first tournament of the year, the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Pre-Season Invitational. Eleven new team members competed in their first tournament, and 12 team members won awards!

Congratulations to the students below on some fantastic performances:

VARSITY EXTEMPORANEOUS DEBATE
Levi Dyson (11) – 3rd place

VARSITY IMPROMPTU SPEAKING
Panth Shah (12) – 1st place
Audrey Wang (11) – 2nd place
Faris Ali (12) – 3rd place

NOVICE DUET IMPROVISATIONAL ACTING
Cassie Beisheim (9) and Sunny Lu (9) – 1st place
Jackson Bry (9) and Eli Goldstein (9) – 3rd place

NOVICE EXTEMPORANEOUS DEBATE
Ayushya Ajmani (9) – 1st place
Connie Chen (9) – 2nd place
Shaun Carr (11) – 6th place

NOVICE IMPROMPTU SPEAKING
Fayzan Ali (9) – 6th place

16 Seniors Recognized as National Merit Semifinalists

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We are proud to announce that 16 of our high school students have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists this year! These students qualified based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) taken in their junior year!

These students include: Michael Burke, Jeffrey Wang, Maya Mutic, Noah DiAntonio, Hans Chan, Alexandra (Sasha) Rice, Kevin Zhang, Patrick Naughton, Donna LaMore, Julia Biest, Stephanie Zhong, Gloria Zhou, Amanda Steiner, Anna Cramblitt and Alexander Tan. Michael Muzinich also qualified, though he no longer attends Ladue Schools.

About only 20 percent of high school students take the SAT. These students are among a small group of LHWHS seniors who have achieved this accomplishment in the past 20 years.

Boys Soccer Team Ranked 50th Nationally

For the first time ever, the high school boys soccer team has been ranked nationally! TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked the team 50th in the nation.

Head Coach Dave Aronberg says the boys are happy with the recognition and that this news is just another reason the team is celebrating the great start to the season! While Aronberg said it is difficult to compare teams nationally (these teams never play each other), being ranked among the best in the country is an honor.

 

Freshmen to Perform Concertos With MBU/SCC Orchestras

Congratulations to freshmen Anna Zhong and Christopher Ye of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, who both auditioned and were chosen to perform with the Missouri Baptist University and Saint Charles Community College Symphony Orchestras in the 1st annual Solo Concert at MBU.

Both Anna, playing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Opus 64 in e minor (3rd Movement), and Christopher, playing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto Opus 22 in g minor (1st Movement), will perform on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, on the campus of Missouri Baptist University in the Pillsbury/Wainwright Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Feel free to come and support these two young musicians representing Ladue Schools!

Kudos also go out to the LHWHS orchestra music education and instructors Twinda Murry, Ruth Panhorst, and Elizabeth Dalbey, for identifying and nurturing these students’ talents.

The event is organized by SCC Symphonic Orchestra Director, Mary Sweetin. The link for more information about the concert is here.

Two LMS Eighth Graders Receive Ed Greenwood Memorial Award

Congratulations to Anna Zhong and Christopher Ye, who were presented with the prestigious Ed Greenwood Memorial Award at the 2016 Ladue Middle School 8th Grade Citizenship Ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016.

Each year, one eighth grade boy and girl are selected based on their exemplary high academic performance, citizenship and service to the school.

Dr. Greenwood promoted these virtues in his pursuit of excellence during his career as teacher and principal. Winners receive Cross pen and pencil sets and have their pictures hung along with the previous winners.

Finalists included Jenna Gold, Shelei Pan, Lucie Rowe, Katie Shaw, Giuseppe Di Cera, Will Minifie, Jeremy Ouyang, and Michael Wayne.

LHWHS Cheerleaders Earn Bids for Nationals

Congratulations to the Ladue Horton Watkins High School cheerleaders! The team attended a three-day National Cheerleaders Association camp hosted at Mizzou this past July. Both varsity and junior varsity teams earned bids to their nationals competition!

Junior Kathryn Xu, on the varsity team, was awarded an All American medal for excellence in jumps, cheers, tumbling and stunts.

Girls Soccer Team Receives High Honor For Ethics

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Congratulations to the Ladue Horton Watkins High School Girls Soccer Team on being recognized with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)’s Platinum Award! This is the highest honor the association bestows for team ethics. The Ladue Schools team received the award because they didn’t receive any penalty cards the entire season!

“I’m very proud of the team for receiving this award,” Coach Dave Aronberg said. “This honor shows that character counts, and that’s what we want our players to take away from these experiences.”

 

High School Swim Teams Recognized for High Academic Rankings

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The Ladue Horton Watkins High School swim teams made waves this year in academic rankings! The National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America (NISCA) All-American Scholar Team rankings have been released, and all Ladue Schools aquatic teams ranked exceptionally well!

Teams qualify for three levels of All-American Scholar Award status based on their average cumulative GPA: Bronze Level is 3.200-3.499; Silver Level is 3.500-3.749; and Gold Level is 3.750-4.000 (with 4.000 being the highest).

Talking Rams Bring Home the Wins from Nationals

The Talking Rams attended the 2016 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah, last week. The students all performed phenomenally and were recognized with several awards!

The teams and individual awards are listed below:
Coach Molly Beck had this to say after the tournament: “Thanks to everyone who supported the team this year – it was our best season in five years! We look forward to kicking off the 2016-2017 season in August!”

Graduating Seniors Make Girls Soccer All-Metro Third Team

Two Ladue Horton Watkins High School girls soccer players made the All-Metro Third Team, which can be seen here. Both 2016 graduating seniors, Lizzy Puyo and Anna Hartig left their marks on the program with several prominent accomplishments during their careers:

  • Lizzy Puyo: “Puyo capped her historic career for the Rams by helping them win their first district championship in nearly three decades. Her team-leading 25 goals left her with 79 for her career, the most ever by a Ladue player. Puyo scored in 16 of her team’s 27 games while recording three hat tricks, and she also had six game-winning goals and three assists.”
  • Anna Hartig: “Nineteen of the Rams’ 24 wins came by shutout, and Hartig spearheaded that effort as a steady player on the back line. She was especially good at man marking and created her own matchup problems on the attacking end, finishing with 11 goals to rank third among Ladue players. Hartig was second on the team with four game-winners, helping the Rams win their first district title in 28 years.”

Congratulations, ladies!