Student Standouts and Faculty Feature for October 11

Student Standouts: Perry ’20 and Girls Golf in the News, Bhagat ’22, White ’22, Cooper ’23

Faculty Feature: Long

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.

Parker Perry Golf

Perry '20 Wins District Title for 2nd Consecutive Season

Senior Parker Perry captured the Class 1 District 2 girls golf title on Tuesday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course in Columbia with a 7-over-par 78. Read about her individual honors victory, showcased in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Perry helped the MICDS team advance to the Class 1 Sectional 1 tournament which will take place on Monday, October 14 at the Country Club of Missouri. MICDS teammates who helped in earning a spot at Sectionals are Katie Mikulec ’22 (score: 89), Garrett Goltermann ’20 (score: 90) and Zoya Qayyum ’20 (score: 103).

Shelly Bhagat

Upper Schooler Performs Research in Singapore

During the summer, Shelly Bhagat ’22 did a three-week internship at the Department of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders in Duke NUS Medical School in Singapore. She researched and wrote a review article about the effects of mutations in the Rbfox2 gene in neural crest cells on the heart. “I did an experiment with PCR and Gel Electrophoresis on Knockout mice DNA to search for the Rbfox2 gene and to observe its qualities,” Bhagat shares. She also got to watch other experiments in the lab.

Reflecting on this experience, Shelly says,

“Working in a professional lab was an amazing opportunity that sparked my interest in biology. I loved how I could connect what I learned in science classes in MICDS to what I did in Duke NUS.”

Congrats to Shelly for her research on the role of Rbfox2 gene in cardiovascular development!

White Cooper

Top MICDS Tennis Duo Prepared for Postseason Action

Journee White ’22 and Nia Cooper ’23 are highlighted in this West Newsmagazine article as they head into the postseason. Read about each player’s early start and interest in tennis, and learn about the experiences they’ve had since picking up a racket at an early age, often with one another. From 4:15 a.m. wake up calls and multiple practices per day to year-round practices and leadership positions, what an adventure it has been! Be sure to cheer these Rams on in the postseason!

Faculty Feature: Ms. Becky Long

On Friday, October 4, Upper School Band Director Ms. Becky Long performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at Powell Hall as part of the symphony’s EXTRA CREDIT program, which brings together music teachers from across Missouri. That evening, 104 EXTRA CREDIT music educators bringing 1,210 years of experience performed several pieces of music together. The educators currently teach 20,845 students involved in school music programs. Mrs. Long was part of the percussion section. She and the other educators gathered at Powell earlier that day for their one and only rehearsal. The final performance, conducted by Gemma New, was the theme to Star Wars, much to the delight of the many children (and adult science fiction fans) in the audience.

Congratulations, Ms. Long, for being selected to represent MICDS with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra!