Category Archives: Students

High School Students’ Organizations Raise Funds for Refugees

Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s German Honor Society and Amnesty International joined forces on Saturday, April 22, to enjoy trivia fun, pizza, and to raise funds for St. Louis’s International Institute Refugee Relief Fund. Over 65 students came together to test their trivia knowledge and contribute to a good cause. The event raised $500, which will go to the fund. Congratulations to the presidents of these organizations, Teddy Vincent and Kenan Elzoobi, for pooling their creativity and people power to do good in the community!

Old Bonhomme Hosts Fifth Annual Spring Interactive Digital Art Show

On April 25, 2017, Old Bonhomme Elementary School students displayed their artwork with a twist. Using modern technology, visitors were able to learn about any particular art piece via QR Codes. Before the show, visitors downloaded a free QR reader on their smart device (mobile phone, iPad, etc.). Then, they scanned the barcodes on the artwork to hear a familiar voice sharing information about the art piece. New this year was the Eagle Innovator Student Technology group’s special showcase of STEM projects in the gym. Check out the video below to see how the event went!

Old Bonhomme Art Studio & Olivette Partner for Community Mosaic

Congratulations to the City of Olivette! On Saturday, April 22, 2017, the City of Olivette, one of the ten municipalities that comprise the Ladue School District, celebrated the grand opening of the new Olivette City Center! The community was invited to tour the new facility, including the official unveiling of a mosaic tree, designed and coordinated by Lisa Roth, art teacher at Old Bonhomme Elementary School. Old Bonhomme students, city officials, first responders and members of the Olivette community participated in creating this piece of art celebrating the community’s growth, strength and individualism.

“The tree mosaic turned out really great!” Lisa said. “I loved the whole process of bringing our community together through art. Each student artist has a tile included in the mosaic, along with every firefighter, police officer, city administrator, family and community members! This is a huge piece of art (10 feet by 28 feet!), and it will beautify the space for many years.”

LHWHS Sophomore Wins Spot with Award-Winning Traveling Circus

Isabella Majzun, a 16-year-old acrobatic juggler and sophomore at LHWHS, has earned a spot with Circus Smirkus, the country’s only traditional traveling youth circus!

Isabella trains at Circus Harmony as a member of the elite acrobatic troupe, the St. Louis Arches, under the direction of Jessica Hentoff, juggling coach Richard Kennison and contortion coach Rosa Yagaantsetseg. The Arches perform most Saturdays in the City Museum at 1 and 3 p.m., and during the month of June behind Powell Hall during Circus Flora. With the Arches, Isabella has performed and trained in Israel, Canada, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Portland.

Last fall, Isabella submitted an audition tape to Smirkus headquarters in Greensboro, Vermont, and was called for a live audition in January. She will travel and work with 29 other performers, ages 12 to 18, who represent some of the world’s most exciting young circus talent. This year’s troupers hail from 13 states: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, as well as Africa and Canada. Their skills include juggling, wire-walking, clowning, acrobatics, Chinese pole, hula hoop, aerials, and unicycling.

Talking Rams Rank in MSHSAA Speech and Debate State Tournament

The speech and debate team competed in the MSHSAA Speech and Debate State Tournament at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri this past weekend!

  • Levi Dyson (11) and Edward Wu (11) were ranked 9th after four preliminary rounds of Public Forum Debate.
  • Patrick Naughton (12) and Aramis Rickey (12) placed 3rd in Policy Debate.
  • Maya Mutic (12) placed 2nd in International Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Patrick Naughton (12) placed 2nd in United States Extemporaneous Speaking.

High School Students Head to National Economics Challenge Semi-Finals

Ladue Horton Watkins High School students participated in and won the upper division of the National Economics Challenge (NEC), the nation’s most prestigious high school economics competition!

There are two divisions: the upper (Adam Smith) and the lower (David Ricardo). The upper division is for AP, IB and Honors students. The lower division is for general Economics students participating for the first time.

The team won the upper division and will compete in the National Semi-Finals! The students are: David Song (12), Philip Adams (12), Patrick Naughton (12) and Alex Tan (12).

Each year, over 10,500 students across the U.S. participate in the competition. The Challenge recognizes exceptional high school students for their knowledge of economic principles and their ability to apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to real-world events.



Conway Elementary Students Create Motivational Chalk Art

This week at Conway Elementary, the students took to the sidewalk out front to create motivational messages with chalk for MAP testing! Check out the pictures and video included below!

Speech and Debate Graduate Becomes National Champion in Forensics

Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus Jerome Gregory has been competing in the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament during the past week. This tournament was the end of his career in competitive speech at the collegiate level. Jerome entered the tournament in six events and advanced in ALL six! Jerome Gregory, class of 2013, is a senior at Bradley University.

  • After Dinner Speaking – Octafinalist
  • Extemporaneous Speaking – Quarterfinalist
  • Rhetorical Criticism – 5th place
  • Impromptu Speaking – 3rd place
  • Informative Speaking – 2nd place
  • Persuasive Speaking – NATIONAL CHAMPION
    (This is the same speech he won the AFA National Championship with 2 weeks ago!)
  • Individual Sweepstakes – NATIONAL CHAMPION

Jerome won 1st place in Persuasive Speaking! Check out this video, where Jerome was announced the national champion! In it, the tournament director speaks about Jerome’s work this year and his incredible forensics career.

His former Speech and Debate team coach at Ladue Schools, Molly Beck, was asked by his teammates to send him a letter of support to be given to him as a surprise while competing in his last tournament.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported Jerome throughout his time in Ladue, his two years on the speech and debate team at Ladue, and his four years on Bradley University’s speech team,” Molly said. “I cannot begin to put into words how grateful he is for every teacher who helped shape him into someone who loves to learn and who believed in him. He speaks frequently of his time at Ladue, and he is so appreciative of the support and encouragement all of you have sent him during his time at Bradley!”

Old Bonhomme Students Excel at MCTM Competition

Results for the 2017 Missouri Council of Teacher of Mathematics (MCTM) competition were just announced, and Old Bonhomme students all shone! Congratulations to Henry Goellner (3) for winning first place in the Computer Generated Design category, and Congratulations to Bella Soyfer (4) for winning first place in the Tesselation category for their age group.

Congratulations to the following students for their placements, as well:

  • Vivek Maddineni – Fourth Place, 3rd grade Tesselations
  • Ayla Tunay – Second Place, 4th grade Tesselations
  • Lucia Kerman – Fourth Place, 4th grade Tesselations
  • Eva Kaul – Second Place, 3rd grade Computer Generated Designs
  • Cole Kaufman – Third Place, 3rd grade Computer Generated Designs

Way to represent Old Bonhomme!

Old Bonhomme Science Fair Winners Headed to St. Louis Science Fair

Congratulations to the winners of the Old Bonhomme Science Fair! These students will participate in the Greater St. Louis Science Fair later this month at Queeny Park.

2nd Grade:
Sophie Baum and Emme Hirsch (2K)
Noah Murov (2K)

3rd Grade:
Amelia Drake (3M)
Brandon Barrett (3P)

4th Grade:
Oliver Stern (4P)

This year, 31 projects were submitted, and 14 of those were blue ribbon winners (1st place)!