Student Standouts for April 29

Student Standouts: Bhagat ’22, Diallo ’22, Gelven ’22, Yao ’23, Engel ’24, Goggins ’26, Boys Lacrosse, Boys Track & Field, and Math Team

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

Senior Selected as an Outstanding Student Leader of Saint Louis County

Congratulations to Shelly Bhagat ’22 for being selected as an Outstanding Student Leader of Saint Louis County, which selects one senior from each St. Louis high school on the basis of leadership, community service, and academic achievement. Bhagat was nominated for this award and said, “I really appreciate the nomination and I enjoyed getting to learn more about the issues St. Louis is facing and how to tackle them, as well as meeting like-minded people who are also interested in tackling social issues.” She attended a conference in October where she met the other Outstanding Student Leaders and worked with them to solve challenges in St. Louis. “Overall it was such a great experience and I’m grateful for the opportunity.” Way to go, Shelly!

Becoming a Gold Award Scout

Coumba Diallo ’22 is officially a Gold Award Scout! She received notification that she completed her Gold Award on March 1 for her work on youth in transition in St. Louis, Missouri (foster teens) and Saint Louis, Senegal (talibes). She created the Xale Reew Mi Project, dedicated to addressing the emotional health of older foster children and teens. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn.

Coumba collected over 150 kits (each valuing $70) for teens in foster care in Saint Louis, and raised funds to hire a teaching artist who did 10 art workshops with talibes. The third phase of the project is a virtual exhibition featuring youth artists from Senegal and Missouri. The project combined her interest in psychology and the role of creating positive mental health. She is thankful to MICDS MIST (Mental Illness Support for Teenagers) organization which helped spread the word about the project and Community School which invited her to speak about the project and also raised donations for the project. 

For a full view of Coumba’s exhibit and to learn more about The Xale Reew Mi Project, please visit the Virtual Exhibit | XaleReewmi here. Amazing job, Coumba!

Landon Gelven '22 Declared High School Player of the Week

Landon Gelven ’22 was announced last week on April 18 as the High School Player of the Week as selected by Chevy Dealers of the Ozarks. Check out his interview on Missouri Sports Network below, joined by Varsity Boys Head Lacrosse Coach Andy Kay. Congratulations, Landon!

Two Upper Schoolers Compete at Generation Adidas Cup

Nathan Yao ’23 and Harrison Engel ’24 traveled with their soccer team, the St. Louis City Major League Soccer (MLS) Next SC U17 Academy, to Frisco, Texas, for a nine-day tournament in April. The Generation Adidas Cup is considered a “World Cup” type of event, with teams from 29 MLS clubs and 30 international teams represented in the competition. They played teams from Italy, Canada, and Mexico. Two big highlights of the trip were watching the U17 Manchester United Academy team play and seeing the headquarters for YouTube stars Dude Perfect.

Eighth Grader Completes Master Scuba Diver Certification

Bree Goggins ’26 completed her Master Scuba Diver certification 11 months after her first open water certification. Fewer than two percent achieve of divers this rating. Bree has completed 50 logged dives from the cold waters on Catalina Island to the warm waters of the Caribbean! She spent last summer living on a boat in the Caribbean with the Broadreach Foundation, an organization that “offers 70+ global education and skill-building summer adventures in 40+ countries for middle school, high school and college students. Each program is designed to provide hands-on experiences for students out in the real world.” Bree has her PADI Certification which means she has “the most respected and sought after scuba diving credentials in the world.”

Bree plans to return this summer with the same program in the Grenadines. Her dream is to become a Marine Biologist, and she wants to study sharks. Just keep swimming, Bree!

Boys Lacrosse Rallies from Behind, Beating Chaminade

After being down 8-10 with six minutes left in their game, the MICDS Boys Lacrosse team scored three goals in just over two minutes, beating Chaminade 11-10. Check out this brief highlights reel and the larger highlight reel from Gateway Sports Venue below!

Breaking Records in Track & Field

Tony Nunn ’22, Winston Moore ’23, Tristan Williams ’24, and Novo Onovwerosuoke ’22 broke the 4×200 meter record with a time of 1:28.37 at the Ladue Invitational on April 23. Way to run, Rams!

Mathletes Excel in Missouri State Mathleague Competition

James Morey ’25, Alan Li ’23, and Jack Xie ’22 competed at the Missouri State Mathleague Competition at the University of Missouri on Saturday, April 23. In the target round (five 10-minute sets of two questions), Li placed fifth amongst all juniors and Xie tied for third amongst all seniors. Xie also tied for second among seniors in the sprint round (60-minute, 60-question individual test). Xie’s performance on both tests was strong enough to place him second among seniors and qualify him for the National Mathleague Competition that takes place on May 21 in Kansas City. Great job to all three mathletes!