Category Archives: An Eye On Alumni

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.

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.