Category Archives: An Eye On Alumni

LHWHS Alumna Conway Receives Legacy of Leadership Award

Ladue High School Alumna Alice Conway, class of 1972, will receive the Legacy of Leadership Award from St. Louis Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

Although Alice was born blind, she didn’t  allow that disability deter her from achieving her goals. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Distinguished Alumni Award from Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

Read Alice Conway Will Receive Legacy Of Leadership Award From St. Louis Society For The Blind & Visually Impaired in Stltoday.Com

LHWHS Alumna Sets Her Own Pace in the Music World

Ladue Horton Watkins High School grad, Miriam Raziel Schwartz, class of 2003, was featured in the March 4, 2015 online issue of The Jewish Highlight.

1969 LHWHS Grad Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of Illinois College of Medicine

Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate, class of 1969, Dr. Steven Averbuch was presented with the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He was honored at the Reunion Dinner and Gala on September 19-20, 2014.

2012 LHWHS Graduate Chesson Preps for the Business World

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Jehu Chesson, class of 2012, is concentrating on his next move at the University of Michigan. Chesson was a receiver with the LHWHS Football Rams. Wooed by the Wolverines at the University of Michigan, Jehu earned a spot as a wide receiver.

LHWHS Alumna Kristy Daniels Jackson Becomes First African-American to Head Gifted Education Program

Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumna Kristy Daniels Jackson, class of 1991,  has been named the new District A Director of the Gifted Association of Missouri (GAM) for the Webster Groves School District. Kristy has worked in various school districts over the last 13 years as a gifted specialist, including the Ladue School District at Conway Elementary School. She serves as an adjunct professor for graduate gifted education courses at Maryville University and Webster University.

She was featured last summer in the business section,”People On the Move,” in the St. Louis American newspaper.

Former student retires and starts unique jewelry business

Jo (Randy Wisnev) Pietig retired from 30 years of government service and started her own jewelry business. Jo has been making jewelry for friends and family for decades and decided to open an ETSY store showing her creations. You can view over 600+ items for sale at www.etsy.com/shop/theblingfollowing. Please use the coupon code LADUE15 at checkout to get 15% off your entire purchase.

Jo still visits St.Louis frequently as her dad lives at The Hallmark in Creve Coeur and her son and wife settled in St. Louis after graduating from Mizzou. Why not add some “bling” to your life from an alumni!

LHWHS Alumnus Vin Ko Brings Energy to the District and Community

Vinfung “Vin” Ko, Ladue Horton Watkins High School class of 2005, is focused on empowering the region’s future leaders. Vin was recently appointed to The Ladue Education Foundation Board of Directors.  Kristen Wild, executive director of the foundation, says, “Vin offers a unique perspective as a young alumnus, and the LEF is grateful for his willingness to advise, govern, and assist with the leadership.” The foundation’s mission is to advance the excellence of the Ladue School District by expanding opportunities for extraordinary student success.

In addition to that commitment, Vin recently joined the St. Louis Mosaic Project as its program manager with a goal to enrich the community’s cultural diversity.

LHWHS 1959 Alumnus Russell Inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) alumnus Charles Andrew “Andy” Russell, class of 1959, will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. The Enshrinement Ceremony will take place on January 25, 2015 in Springfield, Missouri. Andy had an impressive sports career with the LHWHS Rams, playing fullback and linebacker. He attended the University of Missouri at Columbia before playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, earning two Super Bowl rings and being named the Steelers’ Most Valuable Player in 1971.

Steve Turner, Class of ’69, Celebrates 25 Years with Solomon Turner PR

Steve Turner, class of 1969, is celebrating his 25th year in business with Solomon/Turner, a St. Louis public relations firm. Steve and his partner, Shelly Solomon, launched the firm in 1990 following a merger of their companies. The two also had a family merger, getting married as well.

“I ran a PR firm, The Turner Group, and Shelly had an advertising agency called S. Solomon & Associates. We actually did business together before we got married. It made sense to bring it all under one roof,” Turner said.

Originally, Solomon/Turner focused on providing graphic design, media buying, printed materials and publicity for clients from many industries.  “This was before the Internet when the focus was more on traditional marketing methods. Nearly all companies used article reprints, brochures, direct mail and sales pieces to drive business.”  Shift to 2015 and the emphasis is on a multimedia approach. This includes blogs, digital ads, email newsletters, search engine optimization, social media, video and website design.”

“Today we help businesses develop all encompassing campaigns with quality content, whether it be through articles and interviews, social media, special events, video creation, and/or web-based promotions.”

Steve stays in touch with many Ladue Horton Watkins High School grads and attends all reunions. “Several classmates are also our best friends. It’s great to see them succeed both personally and professionally.”

To connect with Steve email, sturner@solomonturner.com or call 314-205-0800.

LHWHS Graduate Receives Prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award

Leah Rothberg, a 2013 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, was one of three young ladies from the St. Louis area to receive the Girl Scout Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of the USA. It is an impressive honor that less than one percent of Girl Scouts earn. Leah spent at least 80 hours planning and implementing a challenging community project at a West St. Louis County home for adults with mental or physical disabilities.  

Read more on Three Area Students Complete Projects Benefiting Community To Earn Girl Scout Gold Award at stltoday.com.