Monthly Archives: February 2012

Speech and Debate Team Wins Big!

The Talking Rams, speech and debate team at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, earned multiple trophies at their last regular season tournament of the 2011-2012 school year!

The final regular season tournament of the year was the Marquette Invitational. This tournament is one of the three biggest in Saint Louis and brings competition from every major area of Saint Louis as well as some schools from Illinois and Kansas.

LHWHS Courtney Jonas Wins “Poetry Out Loud” Competition

Courtney Jonas, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, recently won the Poetry Out Loud competition against eight other regional finalists.  Jonas will go on to the state competition in Jefferson City in March 2012.

House Hunter Episode Features Ladue Schools

Location, location, location…  This episode of HGTV’s House Hunter chronicles the process of a couple moving back to St. Louis and the priorities they set to find their dream home.  Top of the list is “good schools” with the Ladue School District being mentioned multiple times and Reed Elementary School shown toward the end of the segment.

LHWHS Junior Caitlin Malone Wins Contest for 9/11 Video

Ladue Horton Watkins High School junior Caitlin Malone won’s “We Remember” video contest. In her video, Malone tells the story of how City of Ladue police officer Ken Andreski’s life was changed by the events on September 11, 2001.

Corcoran Teams Up With Anheuser-Busch for “Family Talk”

Family Talk About Drinking is an underage drinking prevention program created by Anheuser-Busch in collaboration with certified parent coach MJ Corcoran. First launched more than 20 years ago, Family Talk was renovated and expanded in 2011 to become a program that parents can turn to throughout the parenting process, no matter how old their kids may be.


LHWHS Senior Dageforde Chosen to Visit White House

The National Blues Museum (NBM), a not-for-profit educational institution and planned museum, hosted ten St. Louis high school juniors and seniors, including Ladue Horton Watkins High School Senior Bea Dageforde (fourth from left), at the White House for an educational program celebrating blues music.  The program was hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

LMS’ Brandon Williams Touts “Play It Forward”

Founded by Samantha Fisher, the Play It Forward STL organization was created with the belief that no child should be denied his or her musical voice. The organization believes it is the community’s responsibility, and obligation, to ensure kids have every chance to explore their musical passion.

In this segment of HEC-TV’s recent feature on “Play It Forward,”  Ladue Middle School’s music teacher Brandon Williams is interviewed regarding the place music takes in the public schools. 

LMS Hosts Speakers Series for Black History Month

On February 15, 2012, students and staff at the Ladue Middle School had the opportunity to hear from nine accomplished African-American professionals from the St. Louis area who came to the school to speak about their professional experiences, as well as their dedication to making the world a more equal place.  The speaker series is just one part of how Ladue Middle School is using Black History Month to both celebrate and learn about the many contributions of African-Americans.  The Black Experience Speaker Bios

Reed Skater Helps Team Make Missouri Sports History

The St. Louis Synergy Preliminary Team took the gold medal at the U.S. Figure Skating Midwestern Sectionals for Synchronized Skating in Plymouth, Michigan. The team, based out of the Webster Groves Ice Arena, is part of the Metro Edge Figure Staking Club of Missouri and consists of skaters from the St. Louis area, including Reed Elementary School’s Bree Baker.  This is the first time a Missouri team has ever earned a gold medal at Midwestern Sectional competition.

LMS Bailey “Noted” for Worthy Character

The St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently teamed up to form an eight-week Character Education program called Note-Worthy Character.  As part of the program dedicated to encouraging “character in the classroom,” Ladue Middle School’s Tyson Bailey was the winner of the Courage portion of the Note-Worthy Characteristic Contest.  Bailey won tickets to a Blues game as his award.