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Senior Girls and Boys Swimming and Diving Members Earn All American Honors

All nine graduating senior girls of the Girls’ and two graduating senior boys of the Boys’ Swimming & Diving teams at Ladue Horton Watkins High School earned All American Academic status with the National Interscholastic Coaches Association (NISCA) for achieving an average cumulative GPA of 3.75 or greater for the first seven semesters of their high school careers!

As a class of graduating seniors, the senior girls’ team captains Sophia Garland, Taylor Korte and Anna Reichert, and seniors Elizabeth Collinger, Sarah Green, Olivia Jurgiel, Marisa Pummer, Nicole Thompson, and Anna Waltke achieved an average cumulative GPA of 3.975.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that these nine seniors, together with 18 underclass varsity letter recipients of the Girls’ Swimming & Diving Team, earned a cumulative average GPA of 3.838 to be a GOLD Level (3.750-4.000) All American Scholar Team with NISCA.

LMS MathCounts Students Dominate at State Competition

In February, nine Ladue Middle School students qualified at the regional Chapter Round of the MathCounts competition to advance to the Missouri State Round. MathCounts is the premier mathematics competition for middle-school students. At the Chapter Round, Samuel Chen (7) placed first among all students in the Individual Round, while William Xie (8) earned first place honors in the lightning quick Countdown Round. Also, the four-person team of Stephen Jiang (8), Jason Ding (8), Anthony Wang (7), and Will Bender (7) placed 1st in the team competition.

One month later, on March 4, the LMS MathCounts students were dominant in the Missouri State MathCounts Competition.

The same team of Stephen Jiang (8), Jason Ding (8), Anthony Wang (7), and Will Bender (7) placed 1st in the team competition. In the State Countdown round, Anthony Wang (7) took 2nd, and William Pan (8) placed 4th.

Nine LMS students participated in the Individual competition, all of whom placed in the Top 20. On this particular day, seven of the Top 10 Math kids in the state are Ladue Schools students.

Here are the students and their final positions. Note that the Top 4 finishers (three from Ladue Schools) make up the Missouri team that competes in the National MathCounts competition in Orlando in May. Stephen Jiang (8), Anthony Wang (7) and Jason Ding (8) have earned an all-expense paid trip to Orlando.

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)

LMS Golfer Wins 2nd place in PGA Junior event

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School 8th grade student Darren Teh for starting this golf season with a 2nd place finish at the Gateway PGA Junior tour. The tournament was held on April 2 at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Godfrey, Illinois. Darren competed against other best junior golfers around the greater St. Louis area.

Darren is currently a member of USA Junior National Golf Team of St. Louis Chapter and had three top 3 finishes at the local PGA Junior tour last year. He also represented the St. Louis chapter competing against other raising star golfers around the country in a three-day national event last summer in Atlanta, Georgia.

Darren will play at the Ballyneal Golf Club at Holyoke, Colorado, this summer with the USA Junior National Golf team and other PGA Junior tour events for the season. We wish him the best of luck!

Ladue Schools Boys Basketball Team Ends Season with Four All-Conference Recognitions

The Ladue Schools high school boys basketball team have finished a spectacular season! The team rounded out the season with four All-Conference recognitions from the St. Louis Suburban Public High School Athletic and Activities Association, including three seniors being named to the All-Conference teams and one junior receiving the Sportsmanship award.

According to head coach Chad Anderson, one or two players typically makes one of the two All-Conference teams each year, but having three players receive the recognition is rare. This year, senior River Rhoads made the first All-Conference team, and seniors Tate Hotz and Zach Bush both made the second team. Junior Josh Horwitz received the Sportsmanship award.

“Throughout this entire season, our players have strived to represent the basketball program and our school well,” Coach Anderson said. “It’s so gratifying as the coach to see them succeed and be recognized not only for their hard work but also their good character and sportsmanship.”

Several players also received the All-Academic award, bestowed from the high school for maintaining a GPA of 3.75 of higher. Four varsity players achieved this, including junior Joshua Horwitz, senior Jack Lucier, junior Derrick Stiebler and sophomore Moses Okpala. Six members of the JV Boys Basketball team three freshmen basketball players also received the award.

High School Wrestling Earns Recognitions, Shows Strength of Character

Over spring break, our outstanding high school wrestling team was busy earning significant recognitions! Junior Jacob Orsay was named Wrestler of the Year. Eric Prager, Kyle Cody, Kendall Whited, Leor Goldfarb and Carrinton Reed all make the Suburban Central First String All Conference Team. This happened under the guidance and coaching of Kevin Clawson, who was named the Wrestling Coach of the Year for his efforts. Well done, and well deserved, Kevin! See the stats here!

However, that isn’t the best part. About a month ago, Athletic Director Sweeney Labarge and received a letter from the Coach of Hannibal High School Wrestling Team. He wanted to share a situation at districts. Here is what the Hannibal coach wrote:

“During the 182 pound semi-final match, my wrestler was wrestling Leor Goldfarb. We were winning 7-0 and taking down Mr. Goldfarb when we illegally slammed him. Since we slammed him, Mr. Goldfarb could have been awarded the win, and would have automatically been a state qualifier. Instead of taking the win, Mr. Goldfarb and Coach Clawson decided to do a start stop of the match to go ahead and give my kid the win so he could advance. Both individuals were aware that they were giving up a guaranteed spot at the state tournament and that Mr. Goldfarb would have to wrestle back in order to qualify. I am not sure how many individuals and coaches would make the same decision. It takes an enormous amount of character and class to make a decision like this. Both Coach Clawson and Mr. Goldfarb demonstrated they obviously have both!

I have been coaching wrestling for 16 years now. I have seen many kids default for a lot less to guarantee themselves a win. They are both excellent representatives of your school as well as their wrestling program.” — Derek Greening

Character + Hard Work = Success Success comes in many forms.

Congratulations to Kevin and his team for their championship wrestling performance this season, but more importantly for winning with character!

Ladue Schools Students Excel at Missouri State Chess Championships

More than 40 Ladue School District students competed at the Missouri State Chess Championships on Saturday, March 18, in Columbia, Missouri.

The high school team finished 3rd in their division, the LMS 8th and under team won their division, the LMS 6th grade and under team finished in 2nd place in their division, the Spoede team was 3rd in the 5th grade and under division and won the 3rd grade and under championship, and the Conway team finished in 2nd place in the 3rd and under division.

In addition, several students are state champions in their sections: Aaron Lin (Conway, 3rd grade and under), Benjamin Shoykhet (LMS, 8th grade and under), and Jason Pummer (LHWHS, High School Board 3).

Many of these students will be competing at the US Chess Federation SuperNationals VI tournament in Nashville in May!

Included below is the breakdown of the teams and their awards:

“Mr. Soccer” Teddy Vincent Named 2017 Mr. Ladue

The seventh annual “Mr. Ladue Contest” was held at Ladue Horton Watkins High School Performing Arts Center with senior “Mr. Soccer” Teddy Vincent winning the coveted title. This year, 35 young men, chosen by their coaches and club sponsors, competed in minute-to-win-it games and talent roulette. The top 16 boys competed head-to-head in games like moving oranges across the stage using only their knees.

Once only eight boys remained in the competition, the activities moved on to talent roulette. The boys were given a random talent like lip-syncing, a dramatic reading of a rap song or creating an outfit from a selection of clothes and modeling that outfit. Teddy selected the talent of demonstrating a makeup tutorial.

The judges then chose the top four boys, who then answered interview questions. The judges selected their top two, who then competed in a dance-off and, Teddy was selected as the winner by the crowd.

The $8,085 raised through ticket sales will go directly to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis!

High School Students Excel at State DECA Competition

Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding accomplishments at the Missouri State DECA Competition:

State Champions:
Ben Avigad (11), Automotive Services Marketing
Michael Burke (12), Food Marketing
Jake Gerardi (11) & Aidan Morley (11), Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making
Burhan Mubeen (12) & Nisha Naseer (12), Marketing Communications Team Decision Making

2nd Place:
Xinyu He (12), Business Finance
Emebte Atanaw (12) & Nicole Goeckner (12), Hospitality Services Team Decision Making

3rd Place:
Jessica Matson (12), Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Diane Mwonga (12) & Leanna Feng (12), Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan

Finalists:
Josh Horowitz (10), Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling
David Song (12), Financial Consulting
Thomas Xiong (11), Principals of Hospitality and Tourism
Anum Sameer (12), Business Finance
Noor Rahman (11), Business Services Marketing
Cloe Frank (12) & Kenan Elzoobi (12), Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making

Leadership Delegate:
Kaycee Little (11)

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!

Freshmen Create Commercial for KSDK’s App

Ladue School’s Broadcast Technology program has partnered with St. Louis Public Schools, Gateway STEM High School and KSDK News Channel 5, for the past 15 years offering students from city and country schools a collaborative opportunity to create a Public Service Announcement. This year 7 students from Ladue and 8 students from Gateway STEM participated in the program.

Ladue Schools freshmen students Nikan Askari and Jamie Korenblat were a part of this year’s winning collaborative team, along with two students Gateway STEM. These students created the concept, pitched their idea to KSDK executives, starred in the filming, and took part in the editing process to create an awesome promotional commercial for KSDK’s mobile app.

See the video here!