Student Standouts for March 12

Student Standouts: Pace ’21, Kleinlehrer ’21, Quiroga ’22, Madala ’26, and Boys Basketball in the News

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.

Jalen Pace

Jalen Pace '21 Commits to Ohio State

On Tuesday, senior Jalen Pace ’21 officially announced his commitment to The Ohio State where he has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the Buckeyes football team. Jalen’s father, Orlando Pace, played for the Buckeyes prior to becoming a Pro Football Hall of Famer, playing for the St. Louis Rams. Jalen has played outside linebacker and tight end for the MICDS Rams, finishing with 46 tackles and a team-high four interceptions across eight games in the state runner-up finish of the Class 4 playoffs.

Jalen’s commitment is highlighted on ElevenWarriors.com, the Buckeye Grove, and The Lettermen Row. Congratulations, Jalen!

Kleinlehrer '21 Earns Stuart I. Pessin Award

Noah Kleinlehrer ’21 is one of four recipients of the Stuart I. Pessin Awards. It is a merit-based award that provides funding for high school students who will travel to Israel in 2021. Candidates are selected on the basis of a combination of academic and personal achievement and commitment to the St. Louis Jewish community. Noah’s bio is included on a Jewish Federation of St. Louis page about the award. Congratulations, Noah!

Equestrian Student-Athlete Earns Recognition

Isabel Quiroga ’22 recently completed the US Equestrian Interscholastic Athlete Program, a program that provides “recognition for the accomplishments of young equestrians and encourages their future involvement in equestrian sport. US Equestrian recognizes the dedication of equestrians preparing for competition through practice and training sessions as similar to other students in athletic programs and developed this program to honor individual achievements with a varsity letter in the student’s chosen sport, regardless of the availability of an equestrian team or club through their school.” During the year, Isabel had to document 100 hours of training along with participating in three equestrian competitions. For this achievement, she will receive a varsity letterman patch and/or lapel pin. Congratulations, Isabel!


MICDS Spelling Bee Champ

Congratulations to Abhiram Madala ’26 for winning the MICDS Spelling Bee this year! Madala is highlighted online as a 2021 finalist in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Spelling Bee presented by Lindenwood University. He is one of 10 spellers who will compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. W-a-y t-o g-o, Abhiram!

Boys Basketball Takes 2nd at Districts

The MICDS Boys Basketball team finished off the season with a close game against Westminster. Although the Rams beat the Wildcats twice before during the Metro League season, the Wildcats defeated the Rams in the district championship, 60 to 57. Individual Ram highlights included Nick Roper ’21 scoring 18 points and earning 10 rebounds while Sam Wienstroer ’21 scored 18 points as well. (Photo below from prior season).