Category Archives: Students

Talking Rams Place Second at Oakville Autumn Congress

The speech and debate team competed in the Oakville Autumn Congress this past weekend. The team placed 2nd overall!

Congratulations to the students listed below — they each placed in their chamber!

Shaun Carr – 2nd place
Levi Dyson – Permanent Presiding Officer
Ope Falako – 2nd place
Albert Liu – Permanent Presiding Officer

LHWHS Junior Selected for Cultural Leadership Program

Congratulations to Malone Hanis, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, who was selected as for the Cultural Leadership Class 12! Cultural Leadership is a unique year-long educational leadership program including classes, cultural activities, travel/study, public speaking,and conducting diversity workshops. The goal is to teach teens about social injustice, racism and discrimination and inspire them to work toward change, promote mutual respect and dispel stereotypes.

The 2016 Cultural Leadership Class 12 is comprised of 24 students representing 14 high schools from throughout the St. Louis region both public and private, and is racially and culturally diverse with students from 13 different houses of worship, and the voices of 13 black students, 8 Jewish students, and 3 allies. The program began in 2004 originally for African American and Jewish students and has since expanded to accept students of all ethnicities.

Talking Rams Slay at First Tournament of the Year

The speech and debate team competed in their first tournament of the year, the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Pre-Season Invitational. Eleven new team members competed in their first tournament, and 12 team members won awards!

Congratulations to the students below on some fantastic performances:

VARSITY EXTEMPORANEOUS DEBATE
Levi Dyson (11) – 3rd place

VARSITY IMPROMPTU SPEAKING
Panth Shah (12) – 1st place
Audrey Wang (11) – 2nd place
Faris Ali (12) – 3rd place

NOVICE DUET IMPROVISATIONAL ACTING
Cassie Beisheim (9) and Sunny Lu (9) – 1st place
Jackson Bry (9) and Eli Goldstein (9) – 3rd place

NOVICE EXTEMPORANEOUS DEBATE
Ayushya Ajmani (9) – 1st place
Connie Chen (9) – 2nd place
Shaun Carr (11) – 6th place

NOVICE IMPROMPTU SPEAKING
Fayzan Ali (9) – 6th place

Old Bonhomme Student Races for Autism Fundraiser

Old Bonhomme first grader Sean Dixon raced in Quincy, Illinois, for the 2nd Annual Race for Autism, a benefit to raise money for autism last Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Sean took first place, but that was not the best part—he gave his winning trophy to an autistic child who came out to watch the race!

“It just melted my heart,” Sean’s mom said. “Because no one saw that coming, which was amazing. Proud “Mom Moment”, of course!”

If you want to read more about the event and see video of Sean’s win, click here.

Old Bonhomme School, which is a Missouri School of Character, celebrates Sean’s wonderful example of his school’s motto, “Choose to be nice.” Way to go, Sean!

The race was held at TNT Kartways in Taylor, MO.

Old Bonhomme Student Throws First Pitch at Diabetes Day at the Ballpark

Old Bonhomme School fourth grader Ava Leidenfrost threw out the first pitch to Hall of Famer Lou Brock at the baseball game on Diabetes Day at the Ballpark on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016!

Ava is a wonderful role model as she is becoming more independent each year, successfully managing her own Type 1 diabetes. The ball was a little to the side of home plate, but it had a lot of force! On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, Ava and Lou Brock accepted a $25,000 check from the Cardinals Care Fund.

Lou and Ava also found that they had something in common: two of Lou’s granddaughters attended Old Bonhomme Elementary, too!

STRIDE Making a Difference at Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Data aggregated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows that there is a disconnect between the enrollment of African-Americans in the St. Louis regional schools and the percentage of those African-American students taking AP classes in high school, but teachers at Ladue Horton Watkins High School are tackling the issue, and their efforts are making a difference.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an article in May giving voice to the issue and spotlighting Ladue Horton Watkins High School as an entity that is working to make a positive change. Teachers at the school volunteer their time with STRIDE, Students Taking Rigorous Instruction Developing Exceptionally, an after-school club for African-American and Hispanic students enrolled in AP classes. According to the article, in the four years since the program was launched, the number of black and Hispanic students enrolled in Ladue’s AP courses has increased by 159 percent.

Some of our students and staff were quoted in the article, explaining the program and how it affects their opportunities going forward! To read more of this article, click here.

Reed Elementary Invites First Responders to Recess

DSC_0072_editedEach year, Reed Elementary invites local first responders to recess, where these heroes hand out popsicles to the students and answer the kids’ questions about these important careers. Last Friday, the firefighters and EMT officials took time out of their day to visit with kids on the playground, tossing balls and throwing frisbees. While some students played sports with these guests, others clambered through the firetruck and ambulance.

At one point, the ambulance was called away to respond to an emergency call during the kindergarten recess. The students lined up and watched in awe as the lights flashed and the sirens pealed. The ambulance sped away down the street. When it returned, you can bet the kids had their questions ready!

The students also make cards and draw pictures as a thank you for all that these men and women do for our community. Check out the pictures here!

16 Seniors Recognized as National Merit Semifinalists

We are proud to announce that 16 of our high school students have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists this year! These students qualified based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) taken in their junior year!

These students include: Michael Burke, Jeffrey Wang, Maya Mutic, Noah DiAntonio, Hans Chan, Alexandra (Sasha) Rice, Kevin Zhang, Patrick Naughton, Donna LaMore, Julia Biest, Stephanie Zhong, Gloria Zhou, Amanda Steiner, Anna Cramblitt and Alexander Tan. Michael Muzinich also qualified, though he no longer attends Ladue Schools.

About only 20 percent of high school students take the SAT. These students are among a small group of LHWHS seniors who have achieved this accomplishment in the past 20 years.

Boys Soccer Team Ranked 50th Nationally

For the first time ever, the high school boys soccer team has been ranked nationally! TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked the team 50th in the nation.

Head Coach Dave Aronberg says the boys are happy with the recognition and that this news is just another reason the team is celebrating the great start to the season! While Aronberg said it is difficult to compare teams nationally (these teams never play each other), being ranked among the best in the country is an honor.

 

Freshmen to Perform Concertos With MBU/SCC Orchestras

Congratulations to freshmen Anna Zhong and Christopher Ye of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, who both auditioned and were chosen to perform with the Missouri Baptist University and Saint Charles Community College Symphony Orchestras in the 1st annual Solo Concert at MBU.

Both Anna, playing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Opus 64 in e minor (3rd Movement), and Christopher, playing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto Opus 22 in g minor (1st Movement), will perform on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, on the campus of Missouri Baptist University in the Pillsbury/Wainwright Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Feel free to come and support these two young musicians representing Ladue Schools!

Kudos also go out to the LHWHS orchestra music education and instructors Twinda Murry, Ruth Panhorst, and Elizabeth Dalbey, for identifying and nurturing these students’ talents.

The event is organized by SCC Symphonic Orchestra Director, Mary Sweetin. The link for more information about the concert is here.