Category Archives: An Eye On Alumni

Graduate Goebel Gives LHWHS Credit in Success

2000 graduate, Martin Goebel, owner of Goebel Furniture, credits the beginning of his interest in wood working to his experience at Ladue Horton Watkins High School and teachers Bill McCoy and Steve Schmidt.

550 KTRS interviewed Goebel on January 14, 2014.  

Ladue Graduate Padawer Appears on “Shark Tank”

St. Louis native, and 1996 Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate, Lauren Padawer appeared on the television show Shark Tank on January 17, 2014.  Shark Tank features “self-made millionaires” searching for businesses in which to invest.  Padawer is the owner of Alaska Glacial Mud Co., a company she founded in 2001.

Read the full story here.  

2008 Graduate Heidenreich Pays It Forward as a Resource Teacher

Emma Heidenreich, a 2008 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School and recent graduate of the University of Kansas is now a resource teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District. Emma recently completed her own personal campaign to raise private funds to buy iPads for her students at Brookridge Elementary School in Kansas City.  She is shown here featured on the cover of the University of Kansas School of Education Alumni Magazine.

2009 Graduate Betsy Crowder to Intern for German Parliament

Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate Betsy Crowder has recently been accepted as an intern for a member of the German Parliament.  She will be in Germany from March to August 2014 for this program funded by the German government through an International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) program.  Betsy is also a 2013 graduate of Washington University.

2012 Graduate Chesson Scores Against Akron

2012 Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate Jehu Chesson captured after scoring a touchdown for the University of Michigan in a game against Akron University on September 14, 2013.  Final score: 28-24

2013 Graduate Victor Wang Earns Gold Medal at International Mathematical Olympiad

As reported by the Mathematical Association of America

Official results of the 54th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), held this month in Santa Marta, Colombia, show the United States in third place, behind China (1) and South Korea (2). Russia (4) and North Korea (5) round out the top five. Complete rankings of the more than 90 countries that participated are available here.

2010 Graduate Eli Weigley Recognized for Academic Achievement by Basketball Coaches Honors Court

University of Missouri–St. Louis senior-to-be Eli Weigley has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for his success in the classroom during the 2012-13 year.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts of student-athletes off the court and the work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. This includes being a junior or senior varsity athlete with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher for the 2012-2013 academic year, with at least one year of matriculation at their current institution.

2013 Graduate Runpeng Liu Earns Gold Medal at International Chemistry Olympiad

As published on the American Chemical Society Website…

U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad program would like to proudly announce the success of the Alpha Zeta Team at the 45th International Chemistry Olympiad competition, which concluded July 23, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

U.S. Team students:  Saaket Agrawal, Mira Loma High School, CA, Silver medal, David Liang, Carmel High School, IN, Gold medal, Runpeng Liu, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, MO, Gold medal, Stephen Ting, Monta Vista High School, CA, Silver medal

LHWHS 2013 Graduate Runpeng Liu Represents U.S. in Chemistry Competition.

As published on stltoday.com on July 14, 2013…

A recent Ladue high school graduate is in Moscow this week as one of four students representing the United States in an international chemistry competition.

Runpeng Liu, 18, traveled to Moscow on Friday with his teammates to take part in the July 15-24 International Chemistry Olympiad with 70 other countries.

The road to the team began with a three-part exam that 12,000 students took. Liu was among 1,000 students who performed well enough to move on to the National Chemistry Olympiad Test.

2001 Graduate and International Choreographer Rashad “Wizdom Truth” Rounds Opens Dance Studio in St. Louis

The following information was provided by Rashad “Wizdom Truth” Rounds publicist regarding Wizdom’s return to St. Louis to begin his own dance studio.

Native St. Louisan returns home from L.A. to bring hip-hop dancing expertise to hometown students in a brand new state of the art dance studio

 ST. LOUIS, May 22, 2013 – From St. Louis to L.A. and back again, Rashad “Wizdom Truth” Rounds proudly presents a new home for Midwest dancers to experience hip hop in its purest form. Famous Fresh Studios opened June 15, 2013 in the St. Louis Outlet Mall in Hazelwood, showcasing the best hip-hop, street, breaking, tap and jazz teachers in the St. Louis area.