Category Archives: An Eye On Alumni

The Spotlight Continues to Shine on Alum Jehu Chesson

Jehu Chesson, wide receiver for the Michigan Wolverines and 2012 LHWHS grad, continues to make the folks at home proud with his success on the football field.

Jehu was recently selected to the 2015 First Team of the All-Big Ten Football Team (Coaches Poll). He was also an honorable mention for the 2015 All-big Ten Football Team (Media Poll). This season, Jehu made 8 touchdowns and 45 catches for 646 yards. He’s a senior this year, enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and Arts and majoring in sociology.

President Obama Praises Becky Sauerbrunn’s “Quiet Dominance”

President Barack Obama gave a special shout-out to each member of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, including our own alumna Becky Sauerbrunn, at the White House on Tuesday!

The team was invited to a tribute in honor of the team’s 2015 World Cup win. President Obama pointed out Becky’s “quiet dominance” as a necessity for the win as he listed each girl’s characteristic contributions.

LHWHS Alumnus Selected as Minnesota World Language Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Grant Boulanger, a 1993 Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate, who has been selected as the 2015 Minnesota World Language Teacher of the Year! This award is one of the highest bestowed by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures.

Grant went on to be chosen as the 2016 Regional Language Teacher of the Year by the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Grant will represent the central region at the national competition at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention & World Languages Expo in Boston, Massachusetts in November.

LHWHS Alum’s Glass Factory a Successful Venture in St. Louis

Many graduates of Ladue Horton Watkins High School go on to lead happy, successful careers after leaving our doors. Jim McKelvey, a 1983 alum, is among them. One of his ventures, the Third Degree Glass Factory, is featured in the Oct. 2 issue of Ladue News.  Jim and his partner Doug Auer co-founded the center nearly 13 years ago. Today, about 25 local artists teach classes at Third Degree, and nearly 30,000 visitors grace its doors annually, according to the Ladue News article. The factory’s three studios include glassblowing, flameworking and kilnworking.

Alumnus Boulanger Selected World Language Teacher of the Year

Grant Boulanger, a 1993 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School and a Spanish teacher at Skyview Middle School in the North Saint Paul, Maplewood, Oakdale District (ISD 622), was recently selected as the recipient of the 2015 Minnesota World Language Teacher of the Year Award from the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC).

Ladue Schools Graduate and Her Father Paint Phillips 66 Mural

The 1,200-square-foot mural that is being painted in Grand Center is sponsored by Phillips 66 and showcases 66 great things about St. Louis. Liza Fishbone, an alumna of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, and her father, Robert, are the duo painting the piece.

Robert and his late wife, Sarah, owned a mural company called On the Wall Productions, where they painted various murals around the city of St. Louis before settling down. Their children, Tyler and Liza, both attended Old Bonhomme Elementary School. Elisa Roth, the art teacher at Old Bonhomme, said Sarah volunteered her time and talent to the school, helping plan and facilitate a mural in the front hall and in the library.

Ladue Alumnus, National Human Genome Research Institute Director Speaks with Students

A group of Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) students recently had the opportunity to hear Dr. Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in Bethesda, Maryland, and 1977 graduate of LHWHS, speak at the St. Louis Science Center. Dr. Green discussed the growing significance of his field of genomics to medicine and its relevance to various related careers.

Alumnus Chases his Passion and Succeeds in the Local Art Scene

Deciding to follow one’s passion can be risky when it comes to a career, but for Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus Ted Collier, the gamble paid off.

Ted started out in commercial real estate, and he did well for himself. But it wasn’t his passion. He wanted to be an artist, fulltime. When he met his future wife, Katie Lee, she encouraged him to go for it. And he did.

LHWHS Alumnus’ Artisan Furniture Business Thrives

If you’re interested in seeing what some of our alumni are up to, check out Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate Martin Goebel’s artisan furniture workshop!

Martin’s shop is located on Locust Street in Midtown St. Louis, and he’s making waves with his minimalist, sturdy yet elegant pieces.

LHWHS Alumna is Founding Principal of New St. Louis Charter School

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumna Robyn Viloria Wiens who is founding principal of Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, the first single-sex charter school in St. Louis.  Robyn graduated from LHWHS in 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Drake University, her Master of Education at Harvard University and her Doctorate of Education at the University of Washington.