Student Standouts for April 19

Student Standouts: Clifford ’20, Tharenos ’20, Riopedre ’20, Kleinlehrer ’22, Amin ’23, Liu ’24, Puri ’25, Srinivasan ’25 

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.

Placing in "Chinese Bridge" Competition

Nicholas Clifford ’20 and Athena Tharenos ’20 recently participated in the 11th Annual Saint Louis Area “Chinese Bridge” Competition. Athena won 2nd place and Nick won 3rd place. The winners get to participate in the Midwest round. The competition includes a 3-minute, prepared speech, talent show and impromptu speech.

Harpist Earns Scholarship While Taking the Stage at the Fox Theatre

Harpist and MICDS junior Mereya Riopedre ’20 performed at Fox Theatre last weekend as a finalist of the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. The piece she played was Baroque Flamenco by Deborah Henson-Conant.

At the competition, Mereya won the Terry Lynford Classical Music Scholarship and a trophy to accompany it. She was also invited to play with the St. Louis Chamber Music Society of St. Louis during a concert in its upcoming season.

Tune in to KETC Channel 9 to watch the entire competition broadcast at 7 p.m. on May 21, 2 a.m. on May 24 and 11 a.m. on May 26. Beautiful job, Mereya!

Noah Skiis to Earn National Champion Title

Recently, freshman Noah Kleinlehrer ’22 competed in the US Nastar Nationals in Squaw Valley, CA, competing in the GS (Giant Slalom) against racers from 66 other ski resort races across the US. We are proud to share that he is the National Champion at the top level, Platinum, 14/15 age group. Incredible job, Noah!

Haadis Amin

Squashing the Competition

Haadis Amin ’23 won the Oliver M. Langenberg Alumni Squash Tournament this last weekend. The tournament took place Washington University in the Sumers Recreational Center. It is hosted by the WashU men’s and women’s club squash teams and is open to the general public.

Way to go, Haadis!


Note-able Piano Achievements

Megan Liu ’24 won the 1st place gold medal for Young Artist Piano Competition (Division I) last weekend at Missouri Baptist University. She will perform at an open-to-the-public, joint recital with other winners on October 13, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral.

Megan was also the runner-up for the MMTA Pre-collegiate State Piano Audition on November 2018, and also won 2nd place in the US New Star Piano Competition by Composer (Chopin).


Middle School Chess Stars

Sixth grader Arjun Puri ’25 won the Middle School Chess Club tournament recently. Arjun is ranked nationally and learned the basic rules of chess when he was 4 1/2 years old, advancing to tournament play at 5 1/2 years old. “I like chess because I think it is a very fun game and because you have to think and use strategy, which I like,” he shares. “Becoming the Chess Club champion is encouraging and motivates me to work harder and play better.”

Adithi Srinivasan ’25 also did well, earning a spot as the runner up of the Middle School Chess Club tournament.

Congrats to both Arjun and Adithi!