Category Archives: Students

Eighth Grade Student Eileen Suarez Wins Social Justice Youth Art Contest

Congratulations to Eileen Suarez, an eighth grader at Ladue Middle School, who won the Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline Event & Youth Art Contest sponsored by Educators for Social Justice.

On Feb. 24, Eileen will receive her recognition and a prize for her artistic contribution at the Educators for Social Justice Conference. Her art work will be on the cover of the conference materials, and she and and her teachers will be recognized at the conference!

Her artwork and its description are below!

“There are 6 different people, their faces are split in half. One side is how they really are, the other is their race’s stereotype. My artwork reflects these themes—social justice, healing, and hope—by showing that people are not just their race/gender/sexuality that people expect them to be. They are individuals with likes, hobbies, and dislikes, and they are being shown more and more, that is why the color in the actual person’s background has color, which makes it stand out more. Also, the colors are bright, which shows a bright future.”

Journalism National Conference Award Winners

Congratulations to the journalism students who attended the National Convention in Dallas this past weekend and brought home the following awards!

Ope Falako- Superior award in Poetry Writing
Anya Tullman- Excellent award in Newspaper Design
Hannah Suffian- Excellent award in Newsmagazine Design
Adam Rush- Honorable Mention award in News Writing
Madi Ward- Honorable Mention award in Sports Photography
Gigi Goebel- Honorable Mention award in Yearbook Writing
Jackson Bry- Honorable Mention award in Sports Writing
Lily Hauptman- Honorable Mention award in Feature Writing

High School Students Make All Suburban High School Honor Orchestra

Congratulations to the following students who have successfully auditioned into the All Suburban High School Honor Orchestra:

Diya Diwakaran, Violin 1
Grace Hu, Violin 1
Cindy Wang, Violin 1
Boran Li, Violin 2
Kelly Phung, Violin 2
Ryan Lam, Viola

The All Suburban Honor Orchestras will perform at Ritenour High School on Jan. 6, 2018.

Two Seniors Sign Early with Universities for Lacrosse, Rowing

Two seniors from Ladue Horton Watkins High School participated in an early signing event on Nov. 9 to share the news of their commitment to attend and play a sport for their two respective universities.

Kaylon Buckner signed with Arizona State to play lacrosse, and Megan Present signed with West Virginia for rowing.

These are the only students known to intend to sign early with their respective universities at this time. Subsequent signing events will be celebrated as they occur throughout the school year.

Julia Wang Announced Regional Finalist in 2017 Siemens Competition

Senior Julia Wang was selected as a finalist in the 2017-2018 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. One of 101 finalists, Julia has a chance to compete for $100,000 in scholarship money.

These regional finalists were picked from an exceptional group of 491 semifinalists​ who were chosen from the pool of more than 1860 projects submitted this year. The 101 regional finalists will now advance to the next round of the competition – the Regional Finals. All regional finalists receive at least $1,000 in scholarship money while the 1st place individuals and teams from these regional competitions win $3,000 and $6,000, respectively.

The Regional finalists will compete in one of six regional competitions virtually hosted over three consecutive weekends in November at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Nov. 3-4); University of Notre Dame (Nov. 3-4); The University of Texas at Austin (Nov. 10-11); California Institute of Technology (Nov. 10-11); and Georgia Institute of Technology (Nov. 17-18); and Carnegie Mellon University (Nov. 17-18).

Winners of the regional events will advance to the National Finals to be held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4-5, 2017, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including the two top prizes of $100,000 and one of the most prestigious science honors awarded to high school students in the country today.

In a change from previous years, this year’s national finalist prize structure​​ will be: first place – $100,000, second place – $50,000, all other finalists – $25,000, elevating the minimum prize level in recognition of the overall high quality of research represented by national finalists.

International Public Policy Forum Team Advances to Round of 64

For the third year in a row, the LHWHS International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) team has advanced to the round of 64! This is Ladue’s fourth year having a team in the contest. This year the team members are Olivia Liu (11), Hale Masaki (11), and Shelei Pan (10). They are competing against a team from the Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan. The team is coached by Molly Beck, high school teacher and speech and debate team coach.

The IPPF runs a written debate contest each year. This year’s topic is “Resolved: International climate accords for greenhouse gas emissions should adopt binding enforcement mechanisms.”

The IPPF received qualifying papers from 30 states and 17 countries. Each paper was scored by three random judges. The 64 highest-scoring papers advanced to the round of 64. The round of 64 consists of four papers – an affirmative constructive, a negative constructive, an affirmative rebuttal, and a negative rebuttal. After the fourth paper is written, a panel of judges will score the round and select a winner.

Talking Rams Compete in 2nd Conference

The speech and debate team competed in their 2nd conference tournament of the year this past weekend. Congratulations to the following students:

United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Gabe DiAntonio (09) – 6th place

International Extemporaneous Speaking
Max Kornfeld (11) – 2nd place
Fayzan Ali (10) – 3rd place
Sam Hiken (11) – 6th place

Students Chosen for Community Music School of Webster University

Congratulations to the Ladue School District students who were selected for the Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) 2017-18 orchestras and ensembles!

Each group performs several concerts during the school year. The concerts are free and open to the public and are held at the Community Music School Center, 535 Garden Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119.

The following Ladue Horton Watkins High School students are members of the CMS Preparatory Program:

  • Daniel Diringer (9), cello
  • Joel Hsieh (12), double bass
  • Evyn Levy (12), clarinet
  • Jacob Sheldon (10), viola
  • Lilly Tung (10), violin
  • Anna Zhong (10), violin

Concerts:
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Speech & Debate Competes in Round Robin Debates

The speech and debate team, the Talking Rams, competed in the Francis Howell North Events Round Robin and Troy Debate Round Robin this weekend. The team placed 3rd in events, 1st in debate, and 1st overall!

Tournament highlights…
– Swept 1st- 3rd in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
– Swept 1st place in all three types of varsity debate
– Placed 1st in five of the six types of debate
– 4 debate entries were undefeated in the tournament

High School Students Make All-Suburban Honors Band

Congratulations to the following students who were selected as members of the All-Suburban Honors Band. These students won a blind audition as they competed against more than 500 students from the area!

Pema Childs, 2nd chair clarinet
Olivia DeHaven, 8th chair trombone
Gabe DiAntonio, 1st chair alto saxophone
Katie Eisenman, 13th chair clarinet
Sarah Eisenman, 1st alternate piccolo, 2nd alternate flute
Laura Ewald, 2nd alternate percussion-option 2
Alec Hines, 1st alternate percussion-option 2
Daniel Jung, 6th chair trombone
Daphe Levy, 1st alternate flute
Evyn Levy, 3rd chair clarinet
Kevin Li, 5th chair trombone
Hale Masaki, 2nd alternate tuba
Ian Pallares, 2nd chair percussion-option 3
Audrey Wang, 1st chair percussion-option 1
Alexander Ye, 8th chair clarinet
Max Yue, 24th chair clarinet
Alexander Zhou, 1st chair percussion-option 2

These students are eligible to audition for Missouri All-State on Dec. 2. The All-Suburban Honors Bands will perform at Kirkwood High School on Jan. 7, 2018.