Student Standouts for January 25

Student Standouts: Bluestone ’21, Shanker ’22, Duchars ’20, Christopher ’20, Oliver ’22, Lesslie ’20, Howard ’23, Puri ’25 

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


Two Students Dance for Food Charity Event

Madeline Bluestone ’21 and Sasha Shanker ’22 recently put on their pointe shoes and danced their hearts out, participating in a charity event called Dance for Food. Together, they performed a ballet dance called “Western Symphony” at The Grandel Theater in St. Louis.

Dance for Food is an event that raises food for the hungry while delivering a cultural experience to the community and bringing the dance community together to help those in need. Last year’s Dance for Food series collected nearly 5,000 pounds of food which was donated to local food pantries. This year, partners include the Monsanto Fund, Farmworker Coordinating Counsel and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. To date, Dance for Food has raised and distributed nearly 18 tons of food to the Treasure Coast and the Palm Beaches. Learn more about the cause here.

Outstanding Field Hockey Accomplishments

MICDS field hockey players are well-represented on the 2018 West/Mid-West All-Region Teams. Mia Duchars ’20 made First Team in addition to her other accolades: Metro League Conference Player of the Year, All-Metro First Team, Preseason Regional Player to Watch and All-American Watch List. Molly Christopher ’20 and Kate Oliver ’22 made Second Team for the 2018 West/Mid-West All-Region Team. See the full First and Second Team listings here.

In other field hockey news, Skyler Lesslie ’20 was honored to be selected by Max Field Hockey as one of the Top 18 Players in the NFHCA Winter Escape Recruiting Uncommitted Showcase in Sanford, Florida, January 18-20. See the top performers results here.

Patrick B. Howard '23 Awarded Scholarship

Patrick B. Howard ’23 was awarded the Redbird Rookies Saigh College Scholarship from the St. Louis Cardinals. Redbird Rookies is a youth baseball league sponsored by Cardinals Care, the charitable organization of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Redbird Rookies Saigh Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding integrity, confidence, leadership and teamwork as a Redbird Rookies team member in addition to demonstrating the strength of character, attitude and promise that define a successful graduate of Redbird Rookies program.

Howard was awarded the scholarship at the 2019 Cardinal Care Winter Warm-Up event on January 19. The scholarship is to be applied to his college education upon graduation from high school.


Arjun Puri '25 Declared Chess Champion at Evansville Winter Open

On Saturday, January 19, Arjun Puri ’25 won the Evansville Winter Open Chess Tournament held in Evansville, Indiana. He defeated many accomplished players across four rounds in the tournament to be declared the winner.