Monthly Archives: May 2015

LMS’ Duncan Named Grand Prize Winner of Haan Crafts Contest

Eileen Duncan, a seventh-grader at Ladue Middle School, was selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015-16 Design-a-Pillow Contest.  Haan Crafts will develop Eileen’s winning design into a sewing project for Haan Craft’s 2015-16 catalog. Eileen will also receive a $100 gift card.

Two LMS Eighth-Graders Receive Ed Greenwood Memorial Award

On Friday, May 22, 2015, Seema Patil and Nevan Giuliani were presented with the prestigious Ed Greenwood Memorial Award at the 2015 Ladue Middle School Farewell Assembly.

Given to one eighth grade boy and one eighth grade girl, Seema and Nevan were selected based on their exemplary high academic performance, citizenship and service to the school.

Dr. Greenwood promoted these virtues in his pursuit of excellence during his career as teacher and principal. Winners receive Cross-pen and pencil sets and have their pictures hung along with the previous winners.

Finalists included Carolina Alisio, Blake Berg, Rose Coughlin, Rebecca Cunningham, Robert “Trey” Fruend, Grace Hardester, Max Kornfeld and Charles Yeldham.

LHWHS Speech/Debate Team Succeed at NCFL National Tournament

Seven Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) students competed in the National Catholic Forensic League’s National Tournament on May 23-24, 2015, at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Ladue Middle School Named 2015 Missouri Gold Star School

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced that eight Missouri public schools, including Ladue Middle School, have received one of the state’s highest honors by being recognized as Gold Star Schools.  The program recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students. 

LHWHS Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team Wins Suburban Central Conference

Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) Junior Lizzy Puyo was named All Conference Player of the Year after the girls’ varsity soccer team finished the 2014-2015 regular season with a record of 17-7-1.

LMS’ Taylor-Johnson Honored with 2015 Excellence in Education Award

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School Associate Principal Tiffany Taylor-Johnson who received the prestigious 2015 Excellence in Education Award at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 28th Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship & Awards Gala!

The St. Louis American published a profile of Tiffany, which painted  painted a picture of Dr. Tiffany’s approach to education through her own word, and also aptly captured her personality and dedication to her students and to her school through vignettes.

LHWHS’ Luong Chosen to Represent Missouri at 2015 Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Ladue Horton Watkins High School sophomore Anhthi Luong was nominated based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine. She will represent Missouri at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA on June 24-26, 2015.

Two LHWHS Science Olympiad Team Members Win Scholarships

The Ladue Horton Watkins High School Science Olympiad Team was one of two Missouri teams to participate in the National Olympiad Competition at the University of Nebraska on May 15-16, 2015. Sophomores Luke Biernbaum and Patrick Naughton won first place gold medals in Mission Possible, considered the most challenging engineering event in the competition.

The two spent hundreds of hours on their Rube Goldberg device, an invention intended to do one simple task through complex maneuvering and moving between various forms of energy like mechanical, electrical, thermal, etc. In this case, Luke and Patrick created a device that drops six golf balls into three cups before a timer runs out. The mechanisms include levers, a motor, a timer and a switch, among others.

“We wanted to come up with a genius idea based on the rules but that had a simple design, because that would be more reliable,” Luke said.

The boys’ plan to implement a simple design worked; their device worked perfectly for the judges, and the two received the highest score in their event!

Luke said the two are already looking forward to this next year’s competition. He said he and Patrick plan to work as a team again, maybe this time in a category on model cars.

Both were also awarded $1,500 scholarships, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, toward the college of their choice. Each also earned an annual $13,000 scholarship to the University of Nebraska. Luke plans on going into mechanical engineering.

Overall, the LHWHS team finished 38 out of 61 teams and five places behind Pembroke Hill from Kansas City.

The 2014-2015 LHWHS Science Olympiad Team:

Michael Prablek, senior

Royce Dong, junior

Tom Liu, junior

Logan Page, junior

Spencer Chen, junior

Luke Biernbaum, sophomore

Hans Chan, sophomore

Anna Cramblitt, sophomore

Yang Liu, sophomore

Patrick Naughton, sophomore

Alex Tan, sophomore

Jeffrey Wang, sophomore

Stephanie Zhong, sophomore

Charlie Loitman, freshman

Jonathan Lin was the team’s volunteer coach from Washington University. Contributions made by the Ladue Dad’s Club and Ladue Parent’s Association assisted in the team’s travel expenses.

LMS Science Olympiad Team Takes First Place in Events at Nationals

On May 15-16, 2015, the Ladue Middle School team traveled to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and competed against the 61 top teams from 49 states. They earned first place in Anatomy—coached by Peggy Doty; and Wheeled Vehicle—mentored by Bill Middleton; then second place in Entomology—coached by Michael Clay. Overall, the team finished the school year in 13th place.

LHWHS Alum Pomranz’s Children’s Book Makes a Difference in the Publishing World

Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s Craig Pomranz, Class of 1974, is igniting an international conversation about “embracing our differences” among readers with Made by Raffi.

Made By Raffi was shortlisted from 1,000’s of books internationally for the Little Rebel Children’s Book Award.