Student Standouts for December 13

Student Standouts: Paul ’20, Kain ’21, Battula ’22, Bhagat ’22, Boys Basketball and Girls Squash

Congratulations to this week’s standouts below. Way to go #RamNation! And as always, if you have a story to share, please email weeklynews@micds.org.

Eli Paul

US Squash Scholar Athlete

Congratulations to Eli Paul ’20 who earned the U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete Award! According to the U.S. Squash website, “The U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete Award recognizes high school students who excel in both the classroom and on the squash court.” Eli’s award declares that he honorably fulfilled all the requirements set forth by the authorities of the United States Squash Racquets Association. He was awarded for his 2018-19 junior squash season. Way to go, Eli!

Danielle Kain in Thanksgiving Day Parade

Kain in Thanksgiving Day Parade as Youth of the Year

As the St. Louis Boys and Girls Club’s Youth of the Year, Danielle Kain’ 21 got to ride in her first parade—the Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade! Check out what she says while rolling on by here. What a fun way to celebrate Danielle’s exciting accomplishment!

Rams Launch MIST (Mental Illness Support for Teenagers) Organization

Last summer, Shelly Bhagat ’22 and Siri Battula ’22 started an organization called Mental Illness Support for Teenagers, or MIST. Their organization aims to spread awareness of mental illness across the world in order to reduce the stigma surrounding the subject.

“Last summer,” shares Shelly, “we spoke in high schools in India and Singapore about mental illness and received a very positive response from the students. Many of the students we spoke to had never heard of mental illness before, and hearing about it from students their own age was life-changing for them.” MIST Founders Shelly and Siri hope to expand their organization in the future. Learn more about MIST on their website here.
Jack Pronger basketball layup

Boys Basketball in the News

For the UPS Stores’ Game of the Week, Fox 2 highlighted last Friday’s championship game of the MICDS Tipoff Tournament. MICDS defeated Westminster 47-38. Watch the video recap here.

The Boys Basketball team is also highlighted in a recent STL Today article titled, “MICDS Defends Home Turf, Wins Tourney.” Read about the excellent start of the season with the Tipoff Tournament and new Head Coach Travis Wallace. Student-athletes Nick Roper ’21, Brandon Mitchell-Day ’22 and Jack Pronger ’21 are all mentioned in the article for their rebounds and points earned thus far. The article also looks ahead at the MICDS Basketball season, including this Saturday’s Sager Strong Shootout. Go Rams!

Girls Squash Team Earns 2nd at Tom Flanagan Invitational in Pennsylvania

This past weekend, the Varsity Girls Squash team traveled to Mercersburg, Pensylvania, to participate in the Tom Flanagan Invitational Squash Tournament hosted by Mercersburg Academy. On Friday night, they played Westminster from Atlanta, Georgia. The girls got off to a strong start by winning this match 7-3. On Saturday, in the quarter-finals, the girls took on Buffalo Seminary from Buffalo, New York. The Rams secured a 9-1 victory to advance to the semi-finals against the Potomac School, a Washington, DC, team. Two of the matches came down to the wire, but the Rams dug deep to pull ahead and win 5-3. In the finals, the Rams faced a strong St. Catherine’s team from Richmond, Virginia. Despite some great matches, the Rams lost 7-2 and finished runner up in the tournament. This was the 5th straight year that the varsity girls’ team made the finals of the Tom Flanagan Tournament. Congratulations on a great start to the season!