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Talking Rams Make Prestigious 200 Club

Congratulations to last year’s Talking Rams, the high school’s speech and debate team, and its sponsor and coach Molly Beck for their recent recognition by the National Speech & Debate Association for their outstanding achievements last year!

In the 2015-2016 school year, the group earned a total of 200 or more degrees, ranking it among the top 8% of schools nationwide and earning membership in the association’s prestigious 200 club.

“This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills—including communication, research, listening, writing and organization,” J. Scutt Wunn, executive director of the association said. “I encourage you to build upon this momentum to ensure that even more students are empowered to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals and honorable leaders in our global society.”

In speech and debate, students earn points and degrees based on competitive and service-related activities, ranging from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more points to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more points.

Talking Rams Debate Team Takes First Place in Debate Sweepstakes

The speech and debate team competed in the Francis Howell North Events Round Robin and the Francis Howell Central Debate Round Robin this past weekend. The team took 1st place in debate sweepstakes and 2nd place in overall sweepstakes!

VARSITY FOREIGN EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING
Akshay Govindan (10), 6th place

VARSITY ORIGINAL ORATORY
Olivia Liu (10), 2nd place

LMS Students Accepted into the 2016-17 All Suburban Orchestra

Congratulations to the following LMS Orchestra members who were recently accepted into the 2016-17 All Suburban Orchestra! They were among 120 top orchestra students from around St. Louis County.

Hugh Chan (8)
Harry Wang (8)
Diya Diwakaran (8)
Ryan Tung (7)
Athena Vinch (8)
Winston Chen (7)
Lucy Yue (8)
William Pan (8)
Ryan Lam (8)
Daniel Diringer (8)
John Cramblitt (7)
Benjamin Wang (8)

And congratulations to Roland LaBonte (8), who placed in the orchestra for the second year!

Talking Rams Take Home Awards from First Conference Tournament

The Talking Rams, the high school speech and debate team, competed in its first conference tournament of the year this past weekend. Congratulations to the students below on their achievements!

LHWHS Senior Selected as Siemens Semifinalist

Ladue Horton Watkins High School senior Jeffrey Wang is among six semifinalists named across Missouri in this year’s prestigious Siemens Competition, the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students.

Jeffrey was selected from more than 1,600 students who submitted innovative individual and team research projects across the U.S. He was mentored by Professor Dirk Englund and Dr. Gabriele Grosso of MIT.

“These semi-finalists should be extremely proud of this high-level academic accomplishment,” Siemens Foundation CEO David Etzwiler said. “Their projects represent some of the most noteworthy and exceptional of those submitted and reflected an advanced level of STEM research.”

Congratulations, Jeffrey!

Cross Country Teams Place Third at District Meet

This past weekend, both the boys and girls cross country teams worked hard and both made a third place finish at the District Meet. The top four teams qualify for sectionals.

Devin Callahan (8th), Ryan Witt (11th), Max Kornfeld (16th), Markeith Crawford (26th), and Collin Clark (28th) all earned All-District honors. Lila Bensky (2nd), Grace Chicoine (16th), Courtney Christ (18th), Lena Liang (21st), aand Emily Witt (24th) earned All-District honors.

Both teams will be in the running for the State Meet next Saturday. Just like the District Meet, the top four teams at Sectionals and the top 30 individuals will qualify for the State Meet.

Four LHWHS Students Implement Community Service Projects to Earn Girl Scout Gold Award

See the following news release from the Girls Scouts of Greater St. Louis:

Jessica Thoelke, Jacqueline Wong, Xueting Ding and Rachel Steiner, all graduates of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, were among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award this year. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest award attainable in Girl Scouting.

Ladue Middle School Students Place in St. Louis All-Suburban Honors Bands

Congratulations to the following students for earning a place in the St. Louis All-Suburban Middle School Honors Bands. They were among the over 600 students from the St. Louis Suburban District that took a blind audition on Monday night.

Concert Band

  • Daphne Levy (8), 1st chair flute
  • Sophia Liu (7), 4th chair flute
  • Natalie Ashkar (8), 6th chair flute
  • Seth Goldman (8), 1st chair Bassoon
  • Katie Eisenman (8), 1st chair clarinet
  • Pema Childs (8), 2nd chair clarinet
  • Catherine Liao (8), 8th chair clarinet
  • Xander Ye (8), 11th chair clarinet
  • Harry Chen (8), 16th chair clarinet
  • Justin Zhang (7), 20th chair clarinet
  • Bryce Bernstein (7), 6th chair trombone
  • Jacob Mann (8), 5th chair percussion

Jazz Band

  • Gabe DiAntonio (8), 1st chair alto saxophone

The All-Suburban Honors Bands will perform at Kirkwood High School on Jan. 8, 2017.

“They represent themselves and Ladue Middle School with honor,” director of bands Aaron Lehde said. “I’m very proud of their hard work and dedication.”

HEC-TV Wins Emmy for Show Including Spoede Elementary’s Math Fact Scholars Program

Recently, HEC-TV, the district’s local professional television partner, won seven Emmys, including one for “Behind the Minds: 2016”, a show in which Spoede Elementary gives an overview of its Math Fact Scholars program in the “Practice, Practice, Practice Math Facts” segment.

Each week, kids in grades K-4 come in the hour before school to tackle timed math tests. The program began in 2014 and has grown to 184 students.

“I think they learn important life lessons, like you don’t always win. You don’t always get everything the first time you try for it,” Principal Dr. Kim Stallons said. “They learn perseverance. They learn that it’s okay to make mistakes, but you learn from those mistakes, and you get better and then that’s how you continue achieving, whatever your goal may be.”

Check out the show linked here!

 

Ladue Schools Students selected for Community Music School ensembles and orchestras

Congratulations to several Ladue School District students who have been selected for the Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) orchestras and ensembles!

Each group performs several concerts during the school year. The concerts are free and open to the public and are held at the Community Music School Center, 535 Garden Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119.


The following Ladue Horton Watkins High School students are members of the CMS Percussion Ensemble:

  • Laura Ewald (11)
  • Miles Kim (12)
  • Amelia Malone (10)

Concerts:

  • Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday April 9, 2017, at 7 p.m.