Student Standouts for September 2

Student Standouts: Ray ’23, Clennan ’24, Dickherber ’24, McCarthy ’24, Mikulec ’24 & Girls Tennis, Coppel ’25, and Jerlecki ’27

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

Ray Featured for her Final Girls Cross Country Season as a Ram

In a Girls Cross Country season preview article with STL Today, Julia Ray ’23 is featured as she begins her final season of cross country at MICDS. She won the Class 3 state championship as a freshman and placed 4th in back-to-back Class 5 state meets during the past two years. Read the article and learn what Ray thinks about her success and the upcoming season leading the Rams. The article also shares quotes from Head Girls Cross Country Coach Jim Lohr. Let’s go, Julia, and let’s go Rams!

Three Rams Place at Fleet Feet Classic

Congratulations to Bridget Clennan ’24 for medalling at the Fleet Feet Classic JV 2 Mile. She finished in 15th place with a time of 15:31.8!

A big congrats also to Wyatt Dickherber ’24 and Liam McCarthy ’24 who placed 21st and 14th, respectively, at the Fleet Feet Classic Varsity 2 Mile. Dickherber raced to a time of 11:34.6 and McCarthy’s time was 11:30.0!

Mikulec Makes List of Girls Tennis Players to Watch & Girls Tennis Metro League Action

Junior Mikaela Mikulec ’24 has been dubbed a “player to watch” as the Girls Tennis season begins, according to STL Today. Mikaela was the number 1 singles player and also shined in doubles action in Class 3.

Fittingly, Mikulec secured a nailbiting victory for MICDS in the Metro League’s top singles flight against John Burroughs’ Sahana Madala ’24. When each player won eight of the 16 games, they had a tiebreaker match that Mikulec won after another close game.

Read a recap of the top singles flight from STL Today which also highlights Stella Kreisel ’23 winning at No. 4. See other photos of the Rams in action in the article. Go Rams!

Grace Coppel '25 Wins Division at Chicago Sprint Triathlon

Grace Coppel ’25 is an All-State Swimmer as well as a State Qualifier in Cross Country. Last Saturday, she put two-thirds of those skills together along with cycling to win the women’s 19 and under division of the Chicago Sprint Triathlon sponsored by Lifetime fitness.

The sprint triathlon consists of a half-mile swim, a 15-mile bike ride, and a 5k run. Grace covered the total event in 1:34.29, winning by nearly 10 minutes over her closest competitor. The Chicago site was picked because their family had competed there on many occasions, but this was the first time for Grace on this course.

During the competition, Coppel had no idea of her position in the race as there were over 2,000 competitors overall who started in heats of 20. Grace was 102 of all entrants! She was the first swimmer out of the rough open water swim and then she, unfortunately, crashed on the bike with another athlete after the first mile which cost her some time as well as a few bruises. She managed to push through the run and went on to the division win. Coppel said she enjoys the triathlon and plans to compete in several more. Grace added why she likes triathlon events: “Not only is it a competition and a race, but it is also an adventure. So many things happen out there during a race, and it is unpredictable”

Head Cross Country Coach Jim Lohr says, “Grace is an outstanding athlete and loves to compete. I am really impressed that she was able to win but not surprised.” Grace will start her cross-country season for the Rams on Saturday in Columbus Indiana. Keep it up, Grace!

Eighth Grader Earns "G" Award at Field Hockey Camp

This summer, Mallory Jerlecki ’27 attended many field hockey camps. A memorable highlight for her was attending the University of Michigan Camp. While there, she was chosen for the G Award. The “G” stands for Growth, Grind, and Grit. Way to Go, Mallory!