Monthly Archives: February 2017

Senior’s story on Vandalism Published to Global Audience

The Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri was vandalized over President’s Day Weekend and Ladue Senior Broadcast Technology student Ian Mason covered the story. The Global Student Square picked up on Ian’s video and worked in concert with him to complete article and publish to their global audience.

VIDEO: Family members express sorrow, anger over vandalism at Jewish cemetery in Missouri

Students Take Home Wins from Gateway Chess League Action Tournament

Ladue School District students competed at the Gateway Chess League Action Tournament held this past Saturday, February 18. Spoede Elementary won the 3rd grade and under division, and three students (Alex Zhang, Katie Eisenman, and Tom Xiong) placed first in their individual grade levels.

Third Grade and Under Division

  • The Spoede Elementary team of Alex Zhang, Celina Zhou, Christopher Huang, Roy Zhu, Kevin Wu, Rex Zhu, and Anish Shinde won the 3rd Grade and Under division. The Conway Elementary team of Ayden Huang came in 9th place.
  • Anish Shinde finished in 2nd place in the Kindergarten individual standings.
  • In the 1st grade individual standings, Alex Zhang came in 1st place, Ayden Huang received 2nd place, Roy Zhu came in 4th place, and Kevin Wu finished 6th.
  • In the 3rd grade individual standings, Celina Zhou came in 3rd place, Christopher Huang finished 9th, and Rex Zhu finished in 12th place.

Superintendent Discusses Digital Citizenship on METC Conference Panel

Ladue Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke discussed the importance the district places on digital citizenship while participating in an “Issues in Education” live broadcast that was part of METC’s 2017 conference (Midwest Education Technology Community). The event was held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at St. Charles Convention Center.

Joining Donna on the panel were Orlando Sharpe, STEM Program Director at YMCA Community Development & STEMpact Facilitator; Julie Smith, Adjunct Professor at Southern Illinois at Edwardsville and Webster University; and a student from Ritenour School District.

These conversations are aired live on The Big 550 KTRS Radio, streamed nationally, and then videotaped for later access on YouTube and on www.issuesineducation.net.

LMS Students Place in Top 15 at MathCounts Competition

On Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 Ladue Middle School students participated at the Regional Round of the MathCounts Competition. Nine of the students placed in the top 15, which is a remarkable stat!

In addition, 7th-grader Samuel Chen won the No. 1 overall prize; 8th-grader William Xie won the Countdown Round (a head-to-head speed round); and the team of Stephen Jiang, Jason Ding, Will Bender and Anthony Wang took First Place in the Team Round.

All of these students will move on to the state competition in March. Here are the nine students and their places (and grade levels).

1) Sam Chen (7)
2) Stephen Jiang (8)
5) William Pan (8)
6) Jason Ding (8)
7) Anthony Wang (7)
10) William Xie (8)
11) Will Bender (7)
13) Marina Sha (8)
14) Iris Zhou (7)

DECA Students Qualify for Missouri State Competition

Congratulations to the following DECA students for qualifying for the Missouri State DECA competition at the Lake of the Ozarks in March! One student, Kaycee Little, also automatically qualified for the international DECA competition in Anaheim, California!

DECA is an international association for management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing.

LHWHS Students Raise Funds for Children’s Miracle Network

This Saturday, Feb. 4, 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 $44,237.04, about $11,000 more than last year. You can watch the big reveal video here! Over the past four years, Ladue Dance Marathon has raised close to $127,000. 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.

Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 4.02.48 PM“Our executive directors, Julia Biest and Shirley Gelman, started raising money last summer, well before any previous year’s efforts had begun,” faculty co-sponsors Mike Farrell and Julie Blank said. “They never stopped striving to motivate the executive board. All of our student leaders worked tirelessly to create fundraising opportunities (through companies such as Waterway and Kendra Scott), to recruit dancers, and to inspire the participants to remember why they signed up for the event: not for the party, but 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, and is now one of two in the Greater St. Louis region.

Check out more photos here!

Fifteen Ladue Horton Watkins High School Seniors to Participate in Ceremonial Signing Celebration

On Wednesday, 15 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.

Following are the names of the students, the educational institution they will attend, and the sport they have committed to play for those schools:

Zacharia AbuAwad, University of Delaware, Rowing
John Reilly Ahearn, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Golf
Ty Buckner, Missouri State University, Baseball
Zachary Bush, Garden City Community College, Football
Pachino Davis, Truman State University, Football
Nathan DeGraw, Southern Virginia University, Football
Kinder Jones, Transylvania University, Golf
Olivia Jones, Cleveland State University, Softball
Taylor Korte, Tufts University, Swimming
Neely Lochmoeller, Miami of Ohio University, Field Hockey
Tyler Love, McKendree University, Football
Melissa Melnick, Northwestern University, Swimming
Robert Jordan Neier, Culver Stockton College, Football
Charlotte Taylor, Clemson University, Rowing
Shawe Watkins, George Washington University, Rowing