Five Ladue Schools Teams Advance to FIRST Lego League Championship

Five Ladue teams advanced to the FIRST Lego League Eastern Missouri Championship Tournament at St. Louis Community College in Florissant Valley on Saturday, Jan. 13th. Forty teams from around Missouri advanced to More »

LHWHS Debater Edward Wu Earns Top Recognition

Edward Wu, a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, earned his Degree of Premier Distinction in the National Forensic League, the honor society for the National Speech and Debate Association. Throughout More »

Speech and Debate Team Named 2017-2018 Conference Champions

The Talking Rams competed in the third, and final, tournament of the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Conference Tournament Series on January 12th and 13th at Ritenour High School. At the conclusion More »

Senior Rower Jeri Rhodes Featured in St. Louis American

Senior Jeri Rhodes was recently featured in the St. Louis American for her accomplishments as a rower! Jeri is a stand-out member of the St. Louis Rowing Club; she is one of More »

U.S. Junior Chess Team Player Holds Second Annual Chess Camp

Iris Zhou, an eighth-grader at Ladue Middle School and a member of the U.S. junior chess team, has hosted her second winter chess camp from Dec. 21 to Dec. 24, 2017. Iris More »

Senior Julia Wang Named Top 300 Scholar in Regeneron Science Competition

Ladue Horton Watkins High School recent alumna Julia Wang has been named a top 300 Scholar in the 77th Regeneron Science Talent Search—the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition More »

Two Ladue Schools Graduates Featured in Town & Style for Veiled Prophet Ball

Two Ladue Schools graduates are featured in the “Meet the Maids” portion of the Jan. 3, 2018 edition of Town & Style. Hannah and Hadley Parham were maids of the 2018 Veiled More »

Bonhomme Masonic Lodge 45 Donates $2,000 for Student Lunches

The Bonhomme Masonic Lodge 45 gave a $2,000 donation to the Ladue School District to be used for families who may be in unfortunate financial situations and cannot currently afford to purchase school lunches or have an account in arrears. Worshipful Master Kevin Keating presented the check to Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Dr. Jason Buckner and representatives of the district’s food service provider Chartwell’s.

“We are grateful to the Bonhomme Masonic Lodge 45 for their considerate contribution,” Dr. Buckner said. “Our district is fortunate to have such a giving community surrounding our schools, and this act of kindness will help us to assist those of our families most in need.”

Alumna’s Nonprofit is Featured by KMOV

Joy Benedick Millner, 1980 LHWHS alumna, founded a nonprofit organization called Fit and Food Connection, which strives to bring fresh food and fitness to neighborhoods with limited access. The group is profiled in an article by KMOV, which you can see here. Joy was profiled in a recent Ladue Education Foundation article, which you can see here.

Art Students’ Work Chosen for Young Artists’ Showcase

The Young Artists’ Showcase is a juried, all-media exhibition of artwork created by high school students. This year, 395 works were submitted, and 125 of those were accepted.

Please congratulate the following students’ whose work made the exhibition:

Xuantong Ning (10)
Carly Schaffrin (11)
Betsy Johnson (12)
Claire Raichle (12)
Sunny Lu (10)
Sara Eastlund (12)
Mitch LaMar (12)

High School Girls Basketball Team Holds Staff Appreciation Night

The high school girls basketball team held a staff appreciation night on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Each player chose a staff member to recognize, and Activities Coordinator Greg Baber read a tribute that one player wrote as they walked out onto the court. A reception was held after the game.

Eighth Grader Selected as Scholastic Writing Awards Contest Winner

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School eighth grader Isabella Peng for being recognized as one of the winners in the 2018 Missouri Writing Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards Contest! Winners were selected from more than 1,000 submissions received from throughout Missouri and the Kansas City, Kansas, area. Winning pieces will be published in Missouri Youth Write, an online publication which will be available in June 2018. Bella’s entry included a beautiful, original poem written in response to a study of historical and realistic fiction.

Nine Ladue Horton Watkins High School Seniors Participate in Ceremonial Signing Celebration

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, nine seniors from Ladue Horton Watkins High School attended a Ceremonial Signing Celebration to share the news of their commitment to attend and play a sport for universities across the country. The celebration took place at 3 p.m. in the Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) cafeteria. Following are the names of the students, the educational institution they will attend, and the sport they have committed to play for those schools.

LHWHS Junior Selected for 2018 Washington Journalism and Media Conference

Marilyn Lercel, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has been selected to represent St. Louis as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2018 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University from July 8 – 13, 2018.

Marilyn was chosen for this opportunity based on her academic accomplishments and her demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

“Marilyn has really found a passion and talent for Broadcast Technology and creative filmmaking,” Broadcast Technology teacher Don Goble said. “And now the opportunity for Marilyn to attend a prestigious summer journalism camp at George Mason University will truly prepare her for a productive senior year in our our high school program, and well beyond. Marilyn has worked hard to take advantage of the many broadcast opportunities Ladue Schools offers her, and I am incredibly proud of her for being selected.”

High School DECA Students Qualify for State

Congratulations to the following DECA State Qualifiers! The state competition will be held in March in Kansas City. See the students and their recognitions below!

Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making
1st- Giuseppe Di Cera (10) and Christopher Ye (10)

Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making
1st- Jane Farmer (12) and Emma Warticovschi (12)

Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
1st- Julian Peng (12) and Eric Yang (12)

Alumnus Named President of St. Louis Media History Foundation

Congratulations to Bill Greenblatt, Ladue Schools Class of 1972, for being named the new president of the St. Louis Media History Foundation! This foundation preserves the history of radio, television and advertising in the St. Louis area, maintains a media hall of fame and awards an annual college scholarship. Click the link here to learn more!

Fifth Annual Dance Marathon Breaks Another Record for Donations

On Saturday, Feb. 3, Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) students held their annual Ladue Dance Marathon at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, where their efforts to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals culminated in their largest donation to date.

This year, the students raised a grand total of $80,120.05, about $35,900 more than last year. Over the past five years, Ladue Dance Marathon has raised more than $207,000. All funds stay local, going directly to Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon to help pay for new patient programs, equipment and facility renovations.

Students who participate in Ladue Dance Marathon spend months fundraising and wrap up their efforts at the event with music and dancing, games and philanthropic activities. Several patient families, known as “Miracle Families,” also attend the event to share their inspirational stories with the students who support them.

“We are both in awe of our students, their dedication to a worthy cause, and their enormous hearts,” faculty co-sponsors Mike Farrell and Julie Blank said. “All of these students worked tirelessly throughout the year to create fundraising opportunities, recruit dancers and inspire everyone to remember the purpose of the event: it’s for the kids.”

Dance Marathon is a nationwide organization that raises funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network. Ladue Dance Marathon is student-led and was the first high school Dance Marathon in Missouri.