Student Standouts for September 15, 2023

Student Standouts: Day ’28, Girls & Boys Cross Country, Cyclocross


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


Rylee Day '28 Featured Speaker at Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to Rylee Day ’28, who was featured in the St. Louis American as a speaker at a recent Legacy Institute awards ceremony. Day was invited to share her experience in the Legacy Institute Leadership Class at the inaugural awards ceremony recognizing servant leaders from the St. Louis community. She has been a student at Legacy Institute for two years and enjoyed sharing her experience with an audience of more than 100 attendees.

The Legacy Institute has three main goals: to help participants build a greater sense of self, self-worth, and understanding of their history and culture; to pair participants with mentors to gain exposure to career opportunities; and to make college accessible to program participants. We’re proud of your leadership, Rylee!

Girls & Boys Cross Country Success at Forest Park Invitational

Congratulations to ​​Liam McCarthy ’24 and Shil Penilla ’26, who placed 4th and 16th at the Forest Park Cross Country Invitational. Congrats also to Grace Coppel ‘25, who finished with a 12th-place medal, and to Sophia Ashley-Martin ’26, who finished the JV race with a 26th-place medal. Zoe Dickherber ’26 set a new personal record in the 5K Run at 29:00.50 (5 minutes and 18 seconds faster than her previous PR). Keep on running, Rams!

Rams Cyclocross Sweeps Podium in First Race of Season

The MICDS Rams Cyclocross team swept the podium last weekend at the SuperPrestige Cyclocross Race at Rock Springs Park in Alton, Illinois. Team leader Connor Paine ’24 took first place with a time of 32:24.72. Sawyer Merlin ’25 and Ash Falk ’26 garnered second and third place, respectively. The race was the first of the season. It consisted of grass flats, hilly wooded trails, cobblestone, and gravel with multiple obstacles where riders had to either dismount and run over the obstacle or “bunny hop” on their bike over the obstacle. Way to ride, Rams!