Student Standouts for April 21, 2023

Student Standouts: Janes ’23, Schuckman ’23, Scott ’25, Kelley ’30, and Saravanan ’30

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


Janes '23 Commits to Baylor University and Earns Two Scholarships

Congratulations to senior Ava Janes ’23, who was accepted into Baylor University and received a Distinguished Merit Scholarship and Baylor Music Merit Scholarship! Janes will be pursuing a dual-degree in English on the pre-med track and Violin Performance under the direction of Dr. Eka Gogichashvili and Professor Patricia Shih. She was honored to sign her commitment to Baylor in person this past weekend. Sic ‘em, Bears!

Senior Sets New Record in the Discus

In track & field this week, Nate Schuckman ’23 broke the school record in the Discus with a throw of 50.79m (166′ 8″) which beats the previous record which was a throw of 161′ 1.5″ (49.11m) thrown by Curtis Yancy ’09 in 2008. Way to go, Nate!

Sophomore Earns Honorable Mention in Photojournalism Competition

Mae Scott ’25 earned an Honorable Mention in the 2023 St. Louis Public Radio Teen Photojournalist competition for her landscape picture. “For this competition, I actually didn’t think I would do well at all. It was my first time submitting this particular image, and for past competitions, I always submitted a different one that the judges always seemed to like,” said Scott. “This image had always been a favorite of mine, though, so I went ahead and gave it a shot. When I found out I received an honorable mention, I was honestly in shock. Not only had I submitted it entirely by myself without my teacher’s help, but it was out of my comfort zone as far as the work I’ve done in the past and photos I had submitted in the past.

“I want to give a huge thank you shoutout to Ms. Williams and Ms. Douglas. Ms. Williams, you have helped me grow so much as a photographer and pushed me out of my comfort zone. I’ve been able to navigate different tools and find the style that works best for me in both Photoshop and when using the camera. I can easily say that I wouldn’t have made this honorable mention if it wasn’t for your demos in class and your patience to help me when I might not understand whatever new tool we might be using.

“Ms. Douglas, I know I haven’t technically been your student in photography, but I still owe you a big thanks for sitting with me for who knows how long and going through dozens upon dozens of my photos to see which ones I could accomplish the most with. Thanks to your feedback, I now know what judges look for in photography, which I’ve learned is so much more than a clear photo. I kept your advice in mind when I was choosing a photo to submit for this competition, and so I feel like I owe this honorable mention partly to you. I’m afraid that if I didn’t have your advice, I would’ve chosen the image that I found most pleasing to the eye and not the image that incorporated different photographic features.”
Congratulations, Mae!

Fifth Grader to Take the Stage this Summer

Bravo to Rosie Kelley ’30 who has recently been cast in a large role in a new work, In Bloom, at Tesseract Theatre, a professional theatre company in Grand Arts Square! Kelley was also in Winds of Change with the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis during her first month of school this year. Way to balance performing with school, Rosie!

Middle School Ice Hockey Champion

Congratulations to Archit Saravanan ’30 whose ice hockey team won the Missouri Ice Hockey Bluenote Cup Championship in March! Way to go, Archit!