Category Archives: An Eye On Alumni

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.

Ladue Alumna Sauerbrunn Is a 2015 World Cup Champion

The Ladue School District can boast that one of its own helped bring home the World Cup Final win against Japan on Sunday, July 2, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Alumna Becky Sauerbrunn was a starter for the U.S. women’s national soccer team, which beat the opposition 5-2.

Becky, from the Class of 2003, is a star defender for Team USA. This weekend, after all of her hard work, she had the chance to battle alongside her teammates for the big win against Japan. She played the full 90 minutes of the final.

LHWHS Graduate Kahn Receives Scholarship From ADL

The St. Louis Jewish Light announced the following on June 3, 2015…

“The Anti-Defamation League of Missouri/Southern Illinois has awarded local high school seniors Matt Frischer and Sam Kahn the 18th Annual Meyer and Marcelle Kranzberg Memorial Scholarship.  Each will receive a $2,000 college scholarship. Kahn attended Ladue Horton Watkins High School and will be going to Vanderbilt University in the fall.  Frischer attended Parkway Central and will be going to Indiana University.”

LHWHS Alumni Hirschfeld’s Artwork Featured in SNL Museum

Matt Hirschfeld, Ladue Horton Watkins High School class of 1998, and a University of Missouri at St. Louis graduate, is an illustrator in Los Angeles, California recently commissioned by NBC commissioned to create sketches for the new Saturday Night Live museum in New York City, NY. News Channel 5 reporter Dana Dean interviewed Matt through Skype about the honor.

See KSDK interview, Artist From STL Draws for SNL

LHWHS Alum Pomranz’s Children’s Book Makes a Difference in the Publishing World

Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s Craig Pomranz, Class of 1974, is igniting an international conversation about “embracing our differences” among readers with Made by Raffi.

Made By Raffi was shortlisted from 1,000’s of books internationally for the Little Rebel Children’s Book Award.  https://littlerebelsaward.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/eight-little-rebels-have-been-shortlisted/

LHWHS Alumna Lise Bernstein Named Among 2015 Women of Achievement

Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumna Lise Bernstein, (nee Fremder) class of ’73, has been recognized for her volunteer leadership in social justice. Lise is one of ten in the 2015 class for the Women of Achievement Awards. 

LHWHS Alumnus Ben Solomon Wins Pulitzer Prize

Ben Solomon, a 2006 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, as part of a team of reporters for The New York Times, was honored on April 21, 2015, with the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.  Ben and his fellow teammates won for their coverage of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, which the committee praised for “engaging the public with the scope and the details of the outbreak while holding authorities accountable.”