Student Standouts for January 7

Student Standouts: Cordes ’24, Gibli ’26, Evan S. ’31, and Highlights from Wrestling, Boys Basketball, and Girls Basketball

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

Sophomore Henry Cordes Commits to University of Missouri

A huge round of applause goes to Henry Cordes ’24 for committing to the University of Missouri! He will be playing baseball for the Mizzou Tigers and we look forward to cheering him on at the college level.

“Committing to the University of Missouri is my greatest accomplishment so far in both my athletic and academic career,” shares Henry. “It shows my deep dedication to my dream, the many hours spent in the classroom, on the field, or in the gym making myself better. Although it is an amazing success in my collegiate process, as my dad always says, ‘I hope to see this accomplishment as simply a small base camp on a mountain, giving you a quick rest and sense of pride, but the next morning you’re still going to have to keep climbing.’ It’s a moral to never be satisfied, to stay hungry for more success, which I think is very important for my future. With that being said, this accomplishment couldn’t have been achieved without the many close people I have, supporting me through thick and thin, and to them I will always be thankful. And perhaps most important to my MICDS teachers who have prepared me for this accomplishment well before I had even thought it was a reality, so thank you all.”

Ram Nation is so proud. Congratulations, Henry!

Eighth Grader Selected to Missouri Soccer Olympic Development Program

Samson Gibli ’26 has been selected to the Missouri 2008 Olympic Development Program (ODP) 1st team (2008 refers to the team members’ year of birth). As described on the Missouri Soccer website, “The mission of Missouri Youth Soccer Association’s (MYSA) Olympic Development Program is to identify and develop the top players registered within the State of Missouri, to promote development through quality coaching, and to help these players gain recognition on the Regional and National levels.”

Samson and 16 other athletes will represent Missouri boys soccer as they compete against 13 other state 1st teams in the Midwest Region. Go, Samson!

Third Grader Earns Gold

A big congratulations to Evan S. ’31 for bringing home the gold in the long jump and javelin at a recent track meet!

Wrestling to 2nd and 4th Place

In the Chaminade Wrestling Tournament, Nat Bilderback ’22 took 2nd place and Grayson Marks ’23 took 4th place. Way to go, Rams!

Wins in Boys Basketball

The Boys Basketball team has shined in more ways than one over the past few weeks. The team defeated Fort Zumwalt South 52-37 on Friday, December 17, a game recapped by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The article highlights the four top scorers from MICDS who all earned double figures in points: Brandon Mitchell-Day ’22, Jayden Banks ’24, Marcus Coleman ’23, and Jack Hayes ’22. Photos from the game by the Post-Dispatch can be seen here. Mitchell-Day is highlighted further in this article by the Post as well.

Then on Thursday, December 23, the team beat O’Fallon Christian, 62-19. In the summary of the game by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mitchell-Day led in points (14) along with Banks and Coleman each scoring 11.

On December 27, Brandon scored a third-quarter dunk that pushed the Rams’ lead to 13, gave him 24 at that point in the contest, and made him a member of the 1,000 point club with 1,000 points scored as a member of the MICDS Varsity Basketball Team!

Mitchell-Day is listed as a top star in Missouri boys high school basketball according to his performance during the Fort Zumalt West game where he scored 30 points and had eight rebounds. Way to go, Brandon!

Photo Credit: Michael Gulledge, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Boys Varsity Basketball Team won the MICDS Holiday Tournament for the first time since 1987 in December. Way to go, Rams! Congratulations also to Brandon Mitchell-Day and Marcus Coleman for being named to the Don Maurer Holiday Invitational Boys All-Tournament Team during the MICDS holiday tournament!

Girls Basketball Wins Don Maurer Holiday Invitational

The MICDS Girls Basketball Team won the title for the Don Maurer Holiday Invitational, named after former MICDS Director of Athletics, Coach Don Maurer. The invitational raises funds for Special Olympics Missouri. Thank you to all of the teams, coaches, administrators, tournament staff, spectators, trainers, and sponsors for making the tournament such a success. Congratulations to the Girls Basketball Team for earning the top spot!

Congratulations to Binta Fall ’23 and Zaire Harrell ’22 for making the Don Maurer Holiday Invitational Girls All-Tournament Team!

In this article by Prep Girls Hoops, Zaire is listed as a top basketball player standout for the Class of 2022 due to her performance during the invitational. She is committed to the University of Missouri – Kansas City.