Student Standouts for February 26

Student Standouts: Wienstroer ’21, Danforth ’22, Karslake ’25, and Girls Swimming

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.

Sam Wienstroer - Basketball

Senior Helps Rams Earn Metro League Crown

Sam Wienstroer ’21 is highlighted on STL High School Sports for his team-high 15 points on Tuesday at the close basketball game against Westminster that earned the Rams the Metro League crown. Not only was his defensive game strong, but he scored the winning points in the 41-40 win over the Wildcats. Check out the recap above to read all of the game details!

Junior Creates Documentary On Dr. Bill Danforth, Presents It to WashU Chancellor

Annie Danforth ’22 has been working on a very special project for the past two months. For her St. Louis history documentary, she decided to focus on WashU, specifically, the role her great-uncle Dr. William “Bill” H. Danforth ’44 played in its development. She interviewed numerous WashU employees and created a wonderful documentary. She then learned that she would be able to present the documentary to Chancellor Andrew Martin along with the interviewees. For the past two months, Annie has refined the documentary even further, shifting the scope slightly to focus more on Dr. Danforth’s legacy.

Last week, Annie presented the documentary to Chancellor Martin and others, and they enjoyed a virtual viewing party. Suffice to say, they were all very impressed and Annie learned a lot in creating and presenting her documentary! “Through creating this documentary,” she shared, “I learned more about the impact of such an important institution in our community. Most importantly, however, I was inspired by the foundations that Washington University is built on: community, humility, and opportunity. My Great-Uncle Bill helped to create an institution that embodied those qualities, and it was incredible to learn more about how he did so.”

Congratulations to Annie on this exciting opportunity! Watch her “Bill”ding Bridges documentary here:

Here is a screenshot of the viewing party:

Ram Earns William T. Hornaday Award

Congratulations to James Karslake ’25 who has earned the Boy Scouts of America’s William T. Hornaday Award. This award is given to scouts who have provided distinguished service in natural resource conservation.

Karslake is featured in the Missouri Conversationist here. As an Eagle Scout, he completed four projects over two and a half years. The magazine shares that he “worked with Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, Kirkwood, to remove invasive honeysuckle and replace it with native plants. [He also] established bat boxes at Beaumont Scout Reservation, High Ridge, to help a large bat colony displaced by renovations at a local church. He planted willow tree stakes and native bushes along Deer Creek to prevent erosion, and planted natives and set up bee boxes in Southwest Park, Webster Groves.” Way to go, James!

Girls Swimming Makes a Splash at the State Championships

The MICDS Girls Swimming team competed at State last Friday. Congratulations to our Rams on their following achievements:

  • 400 Free Relay Team of Everdine Ferguson ’24, Madigan Kinsey ’21, Anna Scott Baur ’22, and Sophie Henriksen ’22 finished 11th
  • 200 Medley Relay Team of Ferguson, Kinsey, Baur, and Henriksen finished 8th
  • 200 Freestyle – Henriksen set a new school record of 1:51.62 and placed 2nd.
  • 100 Backstroke – Henriksen set a new school record of 55.94 and placed 2nd.
  • 100 Breaststroke – Baur placed 5th.