Student Standouts for April 5

Student Standouts: Proctor ’19, K. Arnold ’19, Niedringhaus ’19, G. Arnold ’19, Sutton ’19, Galmore ’19, Brooks ’20, Harrell ’22, Parks ’20, Riopedre ’20, Erb ’21, Henriksen ’22, Donnelly ’23, Marks ’23, Engel ’24, Smith ’24, Kinsey ’26, Lurk ’30 and JV Baseball Teammates

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.

Girls Lacrosse Captains Look Ahead to an Exciting Season

Captains Olivia Proctor ’19 and Kiki Arnold ’19 along with Coach Kate Haffenreffer share about the exciting season ahead for MICDS Girls Lacrosse in this STL Today article. Proctor and Arnold are preparing on and off the field through the team’s team bonding trip to Louisville, volunteer coaching and inspiring newcomers to try the sport. Olivia also implemented her idea of holding lacrosse clinics at Northside Community School to inspire young African American students to play lacrosse. Be sure to root on Olivia, Kiki and the whole lacrosse team this season! Go Rams!

Thomas Niedringhaus

Niedringhaus Named Schnucks High School Athlete of the Week

Thomas Niedringhaus ’19 has been declared the Schnucks High School Athlete of the Week this week! Watch the interview on K90 The Fan of him, teammate Gus Arnold ’19 and Coach Andy Kay here. Thomas acknowledges his team as his coach and teammate reflect on his hard work. He’ll continue playing lacrosse at Boston University after graduating from MICDS.

Be sure to watch the full video to catch the team in action as Thomas received his award!

Two Rams Shine as Athletes to Watch in Track & Field

In an “Athletes to Watch in Track & Field” article by The St. Louis American, two Rams made the list! Josh Sutton ’19 is called the “most dominant sprinter in the Class 4 ranks.” He won individual state championships in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and is heading to the University of Tulsa in the fall. Fellow sprinter Jhordin Galmore ’19 is recognized for winning individual state championships in the 200- and 400- meter dashes and for also helping win the 4×100 and 2×200 meter relays. We can’t wait to cheer them on this season!

Basketball All-Star Teams

Two Rams earned a spot on the Basketball All-Star Teams as listed in this article from The St. Louis American. Jessica Brooks ’20 made Third Team and Zaire Harrell ’22 earned the Austin Achievement Award!

Jack Parks

Parks Dubbed Athlete of the Week

First baseman Jack Parks ’20 has been dubbed an Athlete of the Week according to STL Today. Parks hit a grand slam for in his first varsity baseball game of the season, breaking a tie to help the Rams win 13-9. Be sure to watch him and his teammates on the baseball field this season!

Ram Advances to Final Round of Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation's St. Louis Teen Talent Competition

Congratulations to Mereya Riopedre ’20 who has advanced to the final round of the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s 9th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition.

Mereya is performing “Baroque Flamenco” by Deborah Henson-Conant on the harp, a piece she performed at the Blue Whale Cafe a couple of years ago.

A total of 15 acts and 24 students are competing in the finals this year. Mereya will perform on the Fabulous Fox stage on Saturday, April 13, competing for more than $40,000 worth of scholarships, awards and cash prizes. The finals are open to the public and tickets are FREE! A limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Upper School Library and on the Upper School Message Bulletin Board in May Hall. They are also available at The Fabulous Fox box office or on MetroTix. The competition will also be broadcast on Channel 9.

Call for support — Help support Mereya by cheering her for the Audience Choice Award, an award decided upon by an applause meter!


Athletes in the News

Sophomore Evan Erb ’21 won the Class 1 singles state title in his freshman year. He’s mentioned in STL Today for his incredible rise to his championship season as we look forward to this spring’s tennis season.

Sophie Henriksen ’22 was mentioned in STL Today for being part of the MICDS 400 freestyle relay team which earned the Class 1 title. She also swam to 2nd place in the 100 butterfly.

Olivia Proctor ’19 is highlighted in STL Today. She scored 66 goals and made 37 assists for the MICDS Girls Lacrosse state champion team, is a US Lacrosse All-American player and will be playing lacrosse at Harvard University as she moves on to college.

Logan Donnelly '23

8th Grader Places 6th in State Geography Bee

After winning the MICDS GeoBee in January, Logan Donnelly ’23 took a computerized test to see if he qualified for the state-level Geography Bee. He scored in the top 100 on that test, earning himself a spot at the Missouri competition. This was the third state-level competition that Logan has worked his way to participate in.
On March 29, Logan participated in the contest at Mizzou. “I made it through nine preliminary rounds before going to a tiebreaker round to determine if I could get to the finals,” Logan shares. He won the tiebreaker round, making it into the top 10, and ultimately placed 6th out of the 100 competitors. What a world of information Logan knows!
Grayson Marks

8th Grader Earns Outstanding Soloist Award

On Saturday, February 9, 16 Middle School students performed in the ABC League Solo and Ensemble Festival at The Principia School. In addition to the students earning their individual ratings at ABC League, judges were asked to pick an outstanding soloist for their room. This puts the musicians up against everyone else who performed in that room, regardless of age or instrument (this includes high school students). Of the four instrumental rooms, MICDS students were selected as the outstanding soloist in each room. Three of them were Upper School students- Rafi Gil Diaz ’19, Kelci Creath ’19 and Jerry Zhang ’21. We would like to present a special congratulations for receiving the 4th outstanding soloist award to our Middle School student, Grayson Marks ’23, for his Marimba Solo.

Harrison Engel

7th Grader to Represent Missouri at the ODP Midwest ID Soccer Camp this Summer

Harrison Engel ’24 plays for the Missouri Olympic Development Program soccer team and was recently selected to represent Missouri this summer in Michigan! Harrison will train at the Midwest Regional ID US Youth Soccer ODP camp. Way to go, Harrison!
Ryan Smith Spelling Bee

Spelling to Victory

Ryan Smith ’24 participated in 33rd annual St. Louis Post-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 16 and tied for 5th place overall! He was one of 39 spellers out of 300 to make it to the finals. Way to go, Ryan!


Swimming Success

Congrats to Spencer Kinsey ’26 who competed in the NCSA National Age Group Swimming Championships in Orlando, Florida over Spring Break! This a national meet for selected USA swimmers and is an invite-only event. Spencer competed in seven races and made finals in the 200-yard breaststroke, where he finished 22nd overall in 11-12 year old age group and 6th in the 11 year old finals.

Henry L.

1st Grader's Car Earns 3rd Place at Cub Scout's BSA Pathfinder's Pinewood Derby

The MICDS Cub Scout Pack was well-represented at the St. Louis BSA PathFinder’s 2019 District Championship Pinewood Derby! First grader Henry Lurk’s car placed 3rd in the 1st grade division (Tiger Scouts) and 9th overall (out of 100 cars). Way to go, Henry!

JV Baseball Team Pitches in for Garth Brooks' Teammates for Kids Sports Camp

ProCamps hosted Garth Brooks’ Teammates for Kids Sports Camp recently at MICDS, focusing on baseball and featuring Larry Walker! Members of our JV baseball team got to help out along with Coach Chris Ludbrook. The camp was covered on the Teammates for Kids website here.

MICDS JV baseball players who pitched in to help with the camp included Luke Rickers ’21, Michael Swanson ’22, Oliver Rohan ’22, Mac Southern ’22, Riley Clinton ’21, Jack Niedringhaus ’22, Ben Weiss ’21, Jake Kellner ’22 and Andrew Lindsey ’21.