Category Archives: An Eye On Alumni

Becky Sauerbrunn Visits Ladue Girls Soccer Game

“Ladue High is in the midst of what could wind up being the best season in the history of its girls soccer program.

One of the world’s best players has taken notice.”

This introduction makes you want to read more, right?! This is the lede to an article published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about 2003 Ladue graduate and co-captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team Becky Sauerbrunn’s visit to a Rams game.

Becky watched the girls soccer team win 2-1 Friday at Belton and then took time to meet with the players after the game.

“It was kind of like our motivation to get up and start playing a little bit more than we were,” Hayden Hunt, a senior midfielder and captain, told the post-dispatch. “So we got to win a pretty dramatic game in front of her, which was exciting.”

Click here to read the full story!

 

 

LHWHS Grad Named National Champion in Impromptu Speaking

One of Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s graduates, Jerome Gregory, was named the National Champion in Impromptu Speaking at the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament! This was his second national championship.

Jerome, Class of 2013, placed 3rd in Persuasion and Informative Speaking, 4th in Rhetorical Criticism and was a quarterfinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking and After Dinner Speaking. He also placed 2nd in the Individual Pentathlon (individual sweepstakes).

When he was named the national champion in Impromptu, Jerome won the first trophy in a limited prep event in 20 years for Bradley University.

Congratulations, Jerome!

Alumna’s Work Shown on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Ladue Schools alumna Candace Shacklette, Class of 2010, had her work shown on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on March 31! Candace does graphic design in New York City for Jazz at Lincoln Center. The background images and album cover that Colbert holds during the musical performance were created by Candace! The musical guests were Wynton Marsalis, Lil Buck, & Jared Grimes. If you would like to see more of Candace’s work, visit her website.

LHWHS Alumni Ed Protzel Sees Book Published

After more than 10 years in the making, Ladue Schools Alumnus Ed Protzel’s darkly ironic historical novel, “The Lies That Bind – DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1,” has been published.

Protzel, of University City and a graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Class of ’64, has written five original screenplays for feature film and worked developing film scripts/projects for 20th Century Fox. He has a Master’s degree in English Literature/Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a B.A. in English from the University of Hawai’i. The novel is based on his screenplay, which was recognized by the Missouri Playwrights Association and had brief Hollywood exposure.

On Thursday, June 23, Ed will be reading from and signing copies of his book at Left Bank Books in the Central West End.

Alumnus Passed First Round of American Idol Auditions

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus Brandyn Burnette, who auditioned on American Idol with a song he wrote entitled “Lost.” All three judges voted to send him along to the next round. Brandyn even got a hug from Harry Connick Jr.

Brandyn is a 2008 graduate of LHWHS, and was a member of Choir and performed in the Spring Musical, West Side Story with a lead role as a senior.

We all wish him luck on his musical journey!

For more information about the audition, click here.

LHWHS Grad Volunteers, Recognized at Veiled Prophet Ball

Emily Dove, a 2014 LHWHS graduate, was featured in Town & Style’s recent edition for her participation as a maid at the 2015 Veiled Prophet Ball and her dedication to service.

Dove’s record of giving back includes assisting the fundraising efforts of the Bay Harbor Foundation in Michigan and volunteering as a Spanish translator and an English teacher at various orphanages in Chincha Alta, after an earthquake struck the Peruvian town, according to Town & Style.

Ladue Alumni Sports Committee Volunteers Around the Holidays

The Ladue Alumni Sports Committee volunteered with St. Louis Arc in assisting special needs bowlers at their annual Christmas Party at Olivette Lanes this past weekend on Saturday, Dec. 12! St. Louis Arc is a local nonprofit United Way agency that provides support and services to more than 3,500 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This group of alumni will also be volunteering at the Breakfast with Santa event at Wellspring Church in Ferguson this Saturday, where they will serve a pancake breakfast, pass out gifts and take photos!

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.