Category Archives: District Recognition

LHWHS Senior Receives Congressional Award Gold Medal

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School Senior Jacqueline Wong, who was honored at the 2015 Gold Medal Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on June 17, 2015!

The Congressional Award Gold Medal is awarded to students who set goals and excel in four areas of individual growth: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration.

Students Raise Over $1300 for Cancer Research

Students and staff in the Ladue School District stood up to cancer by raising $1,385 for a cure in this year’s School and Youth Campaign!

Each year, the spirit and hard work of our teachers and students helps the Gateway Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society continue funding research for cures and treatments for blood cancers. Our support also helps the chapter provide services to these patients and families during their times of need.

LMS Students Interview Academy Award Winner

Two Ladue Middle School students shone brightly at the International Literacy Association Conference last weekend, where they had the opportunity to interview keynote speaker and Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer.

The event was held at America’s Center where, on a stage in front of thousands of guests, students Dale Chesson and Kiara Crawford spoke with Octavia, best known for starring in films like “The Help” and “Black and White.”

LHWHS Ranked Third Most Challenging Missouri High School

The Washington Post has released its 2015 list of the most challenging high schools across the country.  In Missouri, Ladue Horton Watkins High School ranked third behind one magnet (Metro Academic and Classical) and one private (John Burroughs) high school. The ranking was based on the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year and the number of graduates that year.

Jahnke Named New Superintendent of the Year

Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke was named New Superintendent of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) for outstanding performance as a new superintendent.  Dr. Jahnke became superintendent for Ladue Schools in July 2013 and accepted the award at the annual MASA Spring Conference on March 25, 2015.

LHWHS’s Flinn Named NSDA’s Eastern Missouri District Principal of the Year

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Associate Principal, Pablo Flinn, is the first recipient of the National Speech and Debate Association’s Eastern Missouri District Principal of the Year Award.

Mr. Flinn was nominated for his commitment and support for the LHWHS speech and debate team as well as his support for the local speech and debate community.  Students on the speech and debate team surprised Mr. Flinn with the award at a faculty meeting.

LHWHS Students Dominate at District Career Development Competition

The Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s DECA chapter triumphed at the District Career Development Competition. Students placed first and second in 15 of the 16 events.

LHWHS Renovation Project Receives Local Media Attention

As part of KMOV-TV’s News 4 School segment, reporter Alissa Reitmeier visited Ladue Horton Watkins High School campus on March 3, 2015. She toured the science labs and highlighted the school’s need for renovation.

Ladue Schools Win National Recognition in WordMasters Challenge

Ladue Schools third-grade team placed fourth in the nation out of 292 teams, and the district’s sixth-grade team placed third in the nation out of 170 teams in the first round of the WordMasters™ Challenge.   The WordMasters Challenge is a national competition for students in grades 3-8 that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning.  Each year, over 125,000 students from some of the best public and private schools throughout the United States participate in the WordMasters Challenge.  Students from Ladue Schools’ elementary schools, Fifth Grade Center and middle school participated.

Two third-graders earned perfect scores of 20: Rohan Suri and Mara Welch.

LHWHS’s Griffith and District’s Jahnke Named STAM Outstanding Administrators of 2014

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Principal Brad Griffith and Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke are the recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Administrators of the Year Award by the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri (STAM). Griffith and Jahnke were honored and recognized at STAM’s annual banquet and awards ceremony on September 26, 2014.