Category Archives: An Eye On Alumni

Alumna Featured in Ladue News for Altruism, Art Appreciation

Lynn Hamilton is a 1963 graduate of Ladue Schools. In 2010, Lynn launched Maturity and Its Muse, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that offers seniors the opportunity to enjoy and experience art while enhancing their quality of life. Check out this article in Ladue News that features Lynn Hamilton and her philanthropy!

Alumnus Recognized for Work with St. Louis Mosaic Project

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus Vin Ko for his recent recognition in entrepreneurialthinking.com! Vin is a 2005 graduate of Ladue Schools, and works with the St. Louis Mosaic Project, a regional initiative between the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the World Trade Center St. Louis. The group welcomes immigrants into the community to share talent, ideas and energy to drive innovation.

Check out the article here!

Alumna Kristy Jackson Featured in Show-You STLs Entrepreneurship Project

Ladue Horton Watkins graduates go on to excel in any field they decide to take on after high school; and we love to share their success stories! Kristy Jackson, a 1991 graduate, was recently featured in Show-You STL’s Entrepreneurship Project for her creative consulting and event planning company, DK Solutions.

“I am a connector and innovator with a passion for helping others reach their full potential,” Kristy told the group. “This is my personal, spiritual and entrepreneurial mission. I am blessed to have the opportunity to have found my purpose and to work in it full time.”

The company has several brands to find the best fit area businesses and community development. You can check them out here!

 

 

Alumna Returns Library Book 50 Years Overdue

At the Class of 1966’s 50th reunion last week, Sarah Steinman Mock returned a book to the LHWHS library…. it was only about 50 years overdue! The book is “A Comprehensive Anthology of American Poetry”, and Jim Goldwasser, the faculty member giving the tour, decided to waive the fee!

Old Bonhomme Class Reads Alum’s Article in TIME for Kids

Mrs. Margaret Shockley shared an exciting moment with her students this week when they opened up the current edition of TIME for Kids. One of Mrs. Shockley’s former Old Bonhomme School students in 2003, Rebecca Katzman is now a professional writer, and one of her articles was included in the publication this month. Mrs. Shockley loves to inspire her writers, and what a thrill it was to see the by-line with a former student’s name!

TIME for Kids is a weekly classroom news magazine encourages non-fiction reading in a motivating format and covers a wide range of real-world topics kids love. Rebecca is an editorial assistant for the publication. You can see her Twitter profile here!

Alumna Susan Medart Gets Crafty, Business Flourishes

Susan Medart, a 1980 Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumna, found her calling just seven years ago when she decided to try her hand at starting a business for her handmade crafts.

Susan always enjoyed designing and creating her own pieces, and from this passion, Knollwood Lane was born. The business was named after a family property in Wisconsin. Susan’s business has since blossomed, and she found two other local mothers, Crystal Lindsey and Julie Frizzell, who joined her.

Ladue News featured a story about Susan’s success, and you can read more about the business and its wares here!

 

 

Ladue Schools Grad Speaks at DNC

Many Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumni have gone on to make a difference at the local, state, national and international levels. Marlon Marshall, a 1997 Ladue Schools graduate, is now the Director of State Campaigns and Political Engagement for Hillary for America. Marlon gave a speech at last week’s Democratic National Convention. You can watch this video segment below!

Ladue Grad Becky Sauerbrunn To Lead Team at Olympics

Becky Sauerbrunn and teammate Meghan Kilngenberg celebrate their win over Japan. Photo by Jonathan Hayward, courtesy of the Cavalier Insider.

Becky Sauerbrunn and teammate Meghan Kilngenberg celebrate their win over Japan. Photo by Jonathan Hayward, courtesy of the Cavalier Insider.

One of Ladue Schools’ own graduates, Becky Sauerbrunn, is headed to Rio in August to compete in the Olympics as a co-captain for the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team!

The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team is No. 1 in the world, having won the 2015 World Cup against Japan in Vancouver, British Columbia.

When asked how the two competitions compare, Becky told 101 ESPN: “You’ve got the World Cup that’s just for women’s soccer, and so it’s wonderful to have that spotlight just on your sport and the pressure that’s just on you. And then with the Olympics, it’s wonderful to be apart of something bigger and having all these other athletes from all these other disciplines. There’s more a sense of community and camaraderie, and that makes it really special, too, because you’re sharing something that’s bigger than just your sport.”

Becky is a 2003 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, and she recently visited the school’s girls soccer team to cheer them on at a match.

Becky was a distinguished LHWHS athlete, lettering all four years in soccer, volleyball and basketball. She was named 2003 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year, 2002 and 2003 Parade All-American, 2002 NSCAA Adidas (U-17) All-American and 2001 NSCAA Youth All-American.

Becky attended the University of Virginia. Currently, she plays for FC Kansas City in the National Women’s Soccer League.

To read more about Becky, visit her page on the U.S. Soccer website.

Alumnus Takes on Unique Historic Home

Bequette-RibaultHank Johnson, a 1961 Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus, found his calling about an hour south of St. Louis, in the historic little town of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Hank and his wife founded Chaumette Vineyards & Winery in the town back in 1989. Then, in 2013, Hank bought one of the most architecturally historic structures on the continent, the Bequette-Ribault house, and restored it to its original condition.

The home dates back to 1808, and was built by French settlers in the typical homebuilding style of the time. The structure is actually built with the logs standing vertically in the ground, called poteaux-en-terre, or posts in the earth.

Hank and his wife realized there were some improvements that would have to be made to restore the home. Watch the video below for an overview of the changes the couple decided needed to be made when they bought the home.

Ladue Grad Named 2016 NCAC Newcomer of the Year

Michael WielanskyA Ladue graduate is making a name for himself at The College of Wooster for his performance on the baseball team. Michael Wielansky, a freshman shortstop and 2015 LHWHS graduate, was voted the 2016 North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year and was recognized with all-conference honors.

According to the program, Wielansky has been a sensational addition to the program, hitting at a .392 clip with 17 doubles, five triples, seven home runs, and 51 RBI. He leads the league in several significant categories, including runs scored (56), hits (69), homers, and RBI, and sits fifth in average, second in doubles, tied for third in triples, second in slugging percentage (.665), eighth in walks (26), third in on-base percentage (.474), and third in stolen bases (17). As impressive as his offensive numbers are, Wielansky’s defense truly separates him as the slick-fielding shortstop: he has a school-record 156 assists while posting a .964 fielding percentage at the most challenging position.

Congratulations, Michael!