Tag Archives: Student Awards

Three LHWHS Girl Scouts Recognized for STEM Accomplishments

See the full press release below from the Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri:

St. Louis, MO – March 24, 2016 – Three area Girl Scouts were recently honored by the local chapter of National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) for their aptitude and interest in technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history and plans for post-secondary education. The organization honored Jessica Thoelke (12) with the Award for Aspirations in Computing, and named Rose Coughlin (9) and Marguerite Goodrow (11) as runners up. All three girls attend Ladue Horton-Watkins High School.

Speech and Debate Student Earns Highest Degree

Rasika Sant, senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has earned the highest degree of membership in the National Forensic League (NFL) by surpassing 1,500 earned points over her career.

Sant earned Premier Distinction while competing in the Eastern Missouri District Tournament when she reached 1,571 points. Earning this degree places Sant in the top half of one percent of all members in the NFL. Currently, she has the second most points on the team, is ranked 4th in the Eastern Missouri District and 39th in the state. Attaining the Degree of Premier Distinction reflects a strong dedication to the team, excellence in speech and debate and an incredible career.

This news comes as Sant qualified to the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament in International Extemporaneous Speaking for the second year in a row. Sant joins her teammate, Simi Falako, as the only two current team members to achieve this level of success.

Three Seniors are Finalists in National Merit Scholarship Competition

Congratulations to three Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors who are the first students to been recognized as National Merit finalists. The students include Steele Stewart, Rasika Sant and Tom Liu. More finalists might follow in the weeks to come.

The mission of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States. NMSC accomplishes its mission by conducting nationwide academic scholarship programs. The enduring goals of NMSC’s scholarship programs are:

  • to promote a wider and deeper respect for learning in general and for exceptionally talented individuals in particular
  • to shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education
  • to stimulate increased support from organizations that wish to sponsor scholarships for outstanding scholastic talent

Old Bonhomme First Lego League Teams Place at Competition

Congratulations to all of the Old Bonhomme Elementary teams that participated in the Junior First Lego League Competition last Saturday, March 26!

The students represented the school so well that parents from other schools came up to Coach Tamara McLean and complimented them on a great job! They won the following recognitions:

High School Senior and Girl Scout Awarded Scholarship

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Congratulations to senior Jessica Thoelke, who received a $5,000 scholarship for higher education from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. The honor was given to recognize Jessica for her leadership abilities and for recently completing her Girl Scouts Gold Award project.

The Gold Award is bestowed after the recipient has undergone a rigorous, in-depth project. Jessica’s project consisted of creating and facilitating a coding program for Ladue Middle School students. At the beginning of the year, Jessica recognized a lack of opportunities for young students to learn coding. She approached administrators and worked with teachers to structure an after-school Code Red coding program. Now, 30 to 40 students attend the sessions to learn the basics of coding and explore the possibilities.

The best part of her experience was watching the students grasp the concepts and then put them into practice, Jessica told the Girl Scouts.

Jessica will attend Washington University in the fall to study engineering. She hopes to become an aerospace engineer.

 

Ladue Middle School Chess Teams Succeed at State Championship

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School chess teams for their performance at the state championships this past weekend, March 19, in Columbia, Missouri!

The sixth grade team took home the 2016 state championship title. The team’s co-captain Benjamin Liu took home six wins and no losses two years in a row now. He is also the 2016 Missouri State Champion as an individual.

The members of the school’s 6th grade team include: co-captain Benjamin Liu, co-captain Roshen Chatwal, Daniel Ye, Domenic Fenoglio, Arya Brushan, Aryan Gowda, Alex Rybak, Kanisk Shanmugam and Ian Rothstein.

Ten High School Students Qualify for International DECA Competition

Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s DECA students competed in the Missouri State DECA competition from March 13-15 in the Lake of the Ozarks. About 10 of those students qualified for the international DECA competition in Nashville, Tennessee in April!

DECA prepares students to become leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

In addition to our international qualifiers, senior Semhar Mekonnen was awarded the Lester B. Kesterson Scholarship in the amount of $1000 for her contributions to DECA throughout high school. Sophomore Kaycee Little was named a finalist in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism.

Ladue Middle School Science Bowl Students Headed to D.C.

What term is used to describe the resistance of lava to flow as reflected by its gas content, temperature and chemical composition?

Don’t know?

Well, the Ladue Middle School Science Bowl students do! These kids race to hit the buzzer first and rattle off the answer to questions just like this at their competitions.

BUZZZZ! And the answer is: Viscosity!

Both the 7th grade and 8th grade teams have surpassed everyone’s expectations this year! The seventh-grade team is preparing for Nationals in Washington, D.C. in April. KMOV captured some of the teams’ practice and ran a great segment last week. Check out the video below!

Ladue Middle School Students Advance to National Math Counts Competition

On Saturday, March 12, seven Ladue Middle School students competed in the State Math Counts competition in Columbia, Missouri. All of the students placed in the Top 25, and five placed in the Top 10 as individuals!

Will Bender (6) – 1st
Jeremy Ouyang (8) – 4th
Anna Zhong (8) – 5th
Stephen Jiang (7) – 6th
Jason Ding (7) – 8th
William Pan (7) – 19th
Harry Chen (7) – 23rd

In the Countdown Round, Stephen Jiang placed 1st, Anna Zhong placed 2nd, and Jeremy Ouyang placed 3rd.

The LMS team of Jeremy Ouyang, Anna Zhong, Stephen Jiang, and Jason Ding placed 1st in the team competition.

The top four students in the state advance to the national competition. Will Bender and Jeremy Ouyang have won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. from May 7- 10. Seventh-grade math teacher Nancy Chambers will accompany these students and coach the state team.

Please congratulate all of these students; they are outstanding representatives of our middle school!

Speech & Debate Team Rank High at Eastern Missouri District Tournament

National Qualifiers

The speech and debate team competed in the Eastern Missouri District Tournament. The team took 2nd place in Speech Sweepstakes, 1st place in Congress Sweepstakes, 1st place in Debate Sweepstakes and 1st place in Overall Sweepstakes!

Simi Falako was named the Eastern Missouri District Student of the Year, and she will represent Ladue and Eastern Missouri in the National Student of the Year contest!

Jerome Gregory (class of 2013) was named the Eastern Missouri District Alumnus of the Year! He was recognized for his continued commitment to supporting the Eastern Missouri speech and debate community and his success in competing at the collegiate level.

Ladue School District qualified 13 students to the national tournament. These students will represent Ladue and Eastern Missouri at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah in June: