Student Standouts & Faculty Feature for January 13, 2023

Student Standouts: Boys Basketball, Hockey, Boys & Girls Squash, and the Thespian Society

Faculty Feature: Baumgartner


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

Boys Basketball Scores Victory Over Central

The MICDS Boys Basketball team defeated Central 63-45 on Tuesday. Read a recap of the game on and listen to KFMO Radio’s coverage of the game as well. Some of the highlights include Jayden Banks ’24 scoring 18 points, Mason Swartz ’24 earning 11 points, and Brin Lewis ’23 and Jason Klutho ’23 each scoring eight. Check out the recap that features interviews with Banks and MICDS Boys Basketball Head Coach Travis Wallace.

MICDS Hockey Defeats Ladue

Congratulations to the MICDS Hockey team for their stellar win against Ladue on Thursday, January 12. Check out the game recap in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Some of the highlights include captain Harris Kohler ’23 scoring two goals, extending his point streak to five games in a row, Holt Tipton ’23 having one goal and one assist, Samuel Fontana ’23 scoring one goal, and goalkeeper Deren Pellegrini ’23 making 27 saves. Way to go, MICDS Rams!

Squash Hosts Big Tournament, Girls Win Title and Boys Win 2nd Place

Over the weekend, the Varsity Boys and Girls Squash teams hosted one of the biggest team tournaments in the Midwest. Teams traveled from Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee to compete in the inaugural MICDS Ashes Invitational Squash Tournament.

Varsity Girls:

Six teams competed in the girls’ division, with the Rams coming out victorious after winning each one of their matches. The team put on a dominant display of squash thanks to strong individual performances. Annabelle Medler ’24, Charlotte Medler ’26, Charlotte Derdeyn ’24, and senior co-captain Kareena Kanumury ’23 won all their matches 3-0 and did not drop a single game. The game of the tournament came from Rhea Patnana ’23, senior co-captain, who enthralled the home crowd by snatching a come-from-behind victory, 3-2, at the number three position Against a strong Seven Hills team to clinch the tournament title for the Rams.

Girls Results:
MICDS vs. John Burroughs: won 7-0
MICDS vs. Girls Preparatory School (TN): won 7-0
MICDS vs. Westminster School (GA): won 7-0
MICDS vs. Louisville Collegiate School (KY): won 6-1
MICDS vs. Seven Hills School (OH): won 5-2


Varsity Boys:

Seven teams competed in the boys’ division, with the Rams finishing second behind a solid St. Andrew’s (FL) team. Our inaugural Ashes Tournament gave the boys plenty of chances to test their skills against other players, improve their game, and make new friends. Each match was nothing short of impressive. Overall, it was a spectacular showing by the boys team, who made the most of the opportunities provided by the tournament to improve their game and have a memorable experience.

Boys Results:
MICDS vs. John Burroughs: won 7-0
MICDS vs. McCallie (TN): won 4-3
MICDS vs. Westminster School (GA): won 7-0
MICDS vs. Louisville Collegiate School (KY): won  6-1
MICDS vs. Seven Hills School (OH): won 7-0

MICDS vs. St. Andrew’s School (FL): lost 0-7

18 Thespians Participate in Thespian Conference

The MICDS Theatre Department took 18 honor thespians to Kansas City, Missouri, last week for the annual Missouri Thespian Conference. From Wednesday, January 4 through Saturday, January 7, these dynamos competed and placed high, went to several productions, and took three to four workshops every day in order to increase their knowledge and expertise in all areas of theatrical arts. “We are so proud of how much they learned and how well they represented MICDS,” said Carolyn Hood, Upper School Performing Arts Teacher. Check out their achievements at the conference below!

Superior Rating
  • Noah Macam ’23 – Solo Dance
  • Keller Goldstein ’23 and Kate Slone ’23 – Duet Musical
  • Grant Nicholson ’24 – Monologue
Excellent Rating
  • Ash Aranha ’23 – Sound Design
  • Ella Brauer ’24, Abby Gray ’24,  Alice Ma ’23, Allison Pfefferkorn ’23, and Virginia Portell ’24 – Group Acting
  • Jackson Chou ’23 – Solo Musical
  • Raina Compton ’23 – Lighting Design
  • Eliza Dorf ’23 – Stage Management
First Place – Tech Challenge
  • Sahar Bhutto ’24, Greysen Brown ’24, Penny Chen ’23, Livi Thomas ’23, and AJ Turnell ’23

These students who attended ThesCon are part of the Thespian Society, an international fraternity for high school students dedicated to the theatre arts. Members have to earn points to obtain membership which equates to about 100 hours given to the department. They are then initiated and referred to as Thespians.

Faculty Feature: Josh Baumgartner

Last Friday, our very own Middle & Upper School Instrumental Music Instructor Josh Baumgartner performed with his band, Sweetie & The Toothaches, as part of the opener for Dogs of Society, an Elton John tribute band at the Pageant. The picture below features Baumgartner on Tenor Saxophone during one of their songs. Bravo!

Photo Credit: Jen Gray, Lo Fi Eye