Category Archives: Students

Students selected for Community Music School ensembles and orchestras

Several Ladue School District students have been selected for the Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) 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 Ave. in Webster Groves.

The following Ladue Horton Watkins High School students are members of the CMS Percussion Ensemble: Jacob Cytron, Laura Ewald and Miles Kim. The first Percussion Ensemble concert was held on Dec. 20, 2015, and the next one will be at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Senior Wins Computing Award, Volunteers with Young Coders


Congratulations to Jessica Thoelke, a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School who was recognized as a 2016 St. Louis Affiliate winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

The St. Louis Affiliate Selection Committee chose Jessica for her computing-related aspirations and for her “demonstrated, outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology/computing; solid leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education.”

LMS Science Bowl Team Takes on Channel 4


Last year’s Ladue Middle School Science Bowl team was invited to join Channel 4 for a mini science bowl on a live show last Friday!

Everyone had a blast buzzing in to answer questions in STEM-related topics (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Fall 2015, a Semester to Celebrate

Fall 2015 was another semester to celebrate! The Ladue School District is recognized nationally for the outstanding academic achievements of its students inside the classroom. The district’s staff and students are also achieving at a high level outside the classroom.

Here is just a sampling from the first semester of the 2015-16 school year.

Learn about district, student, staff and alumni accomplishments as they happen by “liking” the district on Facebook ( or following us on Twitter @LadueSchools.

LMS Physical Education Department Awarded SHAPE America Grant

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The Ladue Middle School’s Physical Education Department was selected as a 2016 SHAPE America Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart Grant Recipient for its passion and commitment to the Hoops For Heart Program! The grant will allow the department to expand both its curriculum and focus on student health.

2015 Missouri Science Bowl Winners Ready for Upcoming Event

The Missouri Regional Middle School Science Bowl, or “MoSciBo,” will return again in late February at Washington University in St. Louis. In its Jan. 2 edition, Ladue News previews the event while also telling the story of last year’s victors—the LMS team.

“Last year was an exceptional experience,” LMS teacher and MoSciBo coach told Ladue News. “The team we took to regionals at Wash U. was impressive. They did extremely well and took first place, winning them (and me) an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Science Bowl held in Washington, D.C.”

In 2015, the team beat out 18 other teams from 10 other middle schools around Missouri. To read the full article, click below.

LHWHS Talking Rams Finish Off the Season Strong

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The Talking Rams, LHWHS’s speech and debate team, completed their season with heads held high.

Senior Simi Falako, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the Eastern Missouri district and 20th in the state! This year, Simi earned the highest degree level possible for a student: the Degree of Premier Distinction in the National Forensic League of the National Speech and Debate Association. “This accomplishment reflects 1,500 points and is the mark of an incredible career in speech and debate,” Head Coach Molly Beck said.

Kids Helping Kids: FGC Students Raise Money for Backpack Program

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Each year, the Ladue Fifth Grade Center’s Penny War provides our students with the opportunity to help other kids! This year, the students raised $1,473 for the Backpack Program that sends food home in the backpacks of students who need it for the weekend. Their funds were matched by an anonymous donor, bringing the total to about $2,950. The Dragon Council kids presented the donation to the representative from Operation Food Search.

LHWHS Seniors Earn Place at Top-Notch Universities

The Ladue Class of 2016 is solidifying plans for life after high school, and many of our seniors have already been accepted into top-notch universities! This past weekend, many colleges released early decisions. Acceptances for our seniors include: Macalester, Bates, Stanford, CalTech, Duke, Northeastern, Rhodes, Wooster, Tulane, two for Vanderbilt and two for Harvard. But the biggest news is that 12 LHWHS students were accepted to Wash U Early Decision. Way to go, seniors! ‪#‎DueTime‬

Fifth Grade FIRST Lego League Team Competes at Regional Level, Qualifies for State Competition


The regional and state First Lego League Competitions have finished, and Fifth Grade Center’s team has proven that it could compete with the best!

Mabel Schepker, David Ju, Robbie Mabbs, Ana Lang, Bryson Liang and Anna Carpenter competed as a team in the qualifier at Southeast Missouri State University on Nov. 21, one of 10 qualifier events in St. Louis region. More than 20 teams participated at the qualifier. The team won 3rd place in overall performance and advanced to the state competition, along with the 1st and 2nd place teams to the state competition. Their robot got the 3rd-highest points in the programming game among all teams.