Olivette Residents Invited to Create Community Art Project with Old Bonhomme

Old Bonhomme Elementary students are partnering with their local heroes—Olivette Police and Fire—to create a community artwork for the new Olivette City Center that is scheduled to open in April! The project is More »

Spoede Students Spell Their Way to the Top in Annual Bee

Spoede Elementary just held its annual spelling bee on Jan. 19! Third and fourth grade students participate. This year, the champion was Will Kodner, and Isabella Huang was the runner-up. The students More »

LECC Special Education Teacher Terri Linhoff-Balk Recognized with January Excellence in Education Award

Terri Linhoff-Balk, an Early Childhood Special Education teacher for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, received the January Excellence in Education Award at the Jan. 23, 2017, Board of Education More »

LMS 8th Grader Speaks at Women’s March on St. Louis Rally

This past Saturday at the Women’s March on St. Louis, LMS 8th grader and activist Lauryn Donovan spoke to the more than 20,000 marchers as the youngest of the rally’s scheduled speakers! More »

Reed Elementary Students Share Dreams on MLK Day

To celebrate and reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day last week, Reed Elementary once again created the MLK Graffiti Wall! Each class brainstormed dreams for themselves, for their school, and for More »

Talking Rams Take First Place at Round Robin Debates

The speech and debate novices competed in the Oakville Novice Events Round Robin and Eastern Missouri Novice Debate Round Robin last weekend. They took 1st place in debate sweepstakes and 1st place More »

7th Grader & U.S. Youth Chess Team Member Opens Winter Chess Camp for Peers

Iris Zhou, a seventh-grade student at Ladue Middle School and a member of the U.S. national youth chess team, has decided to share what she has learned and teach her peers how More »

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Teacher Named 2016 Missouri History Teacher of the Year

Ladue Horton Watkins High School social studies teacher Dr. Robert Good has been recognized as the 2016 Missouri History Teacher of the Year! The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History bestows this prestigious award to celebrate teachers who work hard to cultivate a connection to the past with their students.

A panel of teachers, administrators and scholars from around Missouri selected Dr. Good for his use of primary documents in the classroom, the level of inspiration he provides to his students and his career achievements in education.

“I was deeply honored and humbled to be recognized by one of the leading institutions supporting K-12 history education,” Dr. Good said. The institute also commended Dr. Good on his engagement with students, along with the dedication and creativity that he brings to each of his lessons.

Alumnus Takes on Unique Historic Home

Bequette-RibaultHank Johnson, a 1961 Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus, found his calling about an hour south of St. Louis, in the historic little town of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Hank and his wife founded Chaumette Vineyards & Winery in the town back in 1989. Then, in 2013, Hank bought one of the most architecturally historic structures on the continent, the Bequette-Ribault house, and restored it to its original condition.

The home dates back to 1808, and was built by French settlers in the typical homebuilding style of the time. The structure is actually built with the logs standing vertically in the ground, called poteaux-en-terre, or posts in the earth.

Hank and his wife realized there were some improvements that would have to be made to restore the home. Watch the video below for an overview of the changes the couple decided needed to be made when they bought the home.

Boys Tennis Teams Qualify for State Championships

Boys Tennis

Congratulations to two Ladue Horton Watkins High School doubles teams for making it to the state championship for tennis this season!

Aaron Umen (10) and Aiden Miller (12) excelled past their expectations and finished fourth in the Class 2 division. Ben Cobin and Philipp Kentner also qualified for the state championships.

To read more about the state coverage, see the stories below:

State Coverage 1

State Coverage 2

 

Three Students Compete in National Forensic Tournament

This past weekend three students traveled to Sacramento, California, to compete in the National Catholic Forensic League’s Grand National Tournament. Congratulations to Simi Falako who was in the Top 16 in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate and to Jacob Granick and Bobby Zitzmann, who were in the Top 32 in the Public Forum Debate!

Two LHWHS Siblings Wrap Up Seasons with Success

IMG_2527Congratulations to both Ty and Kaylon Buckner on their athletic accomplishments this year! The siblings have both verbally committed to playing their respective sports at their choice universities.

Ty, a junior, was selected as the Suburban Central Conference Baseball Player of the Year. This is his third 1st Team All-Conference selection. Prep Baseball Report Scouting Service ranks Ty as a top 10 baseball player in the state of Missouri. He has verbally committed to continue his collegiate baseball career at Missouri State University.

IMG_2528Kaylon, a sophomore, was recently selected to the 1st Team All-State Women’s Lacrosse Team. This is the second year Kaylon has received this honor. As a co-captain, Kaylon assisted in leading the team to a 2016 District Championship. It wasn’t quite the success of the 2015 State Final Four appearance; however, the team looks forward to reaching this goal again next season. Kaylon has verbally committed to continue playing collegiately for Arizona State University.

LMS Science Olympiad Team Places at Nationals

After a year of hard work, the Ladue Middle School Science Olympiad team finished 14th in the nation at finals!

Training for the event began in August and some of the kids even worked on events over the summer last year trying to get to this point.

“The coaches are very proud of the students’ determination and work ethic,” head coach Martin Long said. “Thanks to all the teachers—Kindergarten and up—who contributed to their success by instilling such a wonderful love for learning!”

An asterisk before a student’s name indicates a top ten finish:

High School Science Olympiad Team Places at Nationals

Congratulations to the high school students who gave an outstanding performance at the national Science Olympiad competition at the University of Wisconsin-Stout this past weekend!

The team included: Luke Biernbaum (11), Justin Chen (10), Anna Cramblitt (11), Royce Dong (12), Annie Liu (10), Albert Liu (10), Charlie Loitman (10), Michael Muzinich (11), Patrick Naughton (11), Logan Page (12), Seema Patil (9), Kate Prablek (10), Jeffrey Wang (11), Audrey Wang (10), Kevin Xue (12), Noah Goldman (10) and Stephanie Zhong (11).

The team competed against the 60 best teams in the nation and finished in 21st place. The following five events finished in the top 10:

Air Trajectory – Jeffrey Wang (11) and Luke Biernbaum (11) (2nd Place)
Astronomy – Noah Goldman (10) and Justin Chen (10) (7th place)
Wright Stuff – Anna Cramblitt (11) and Stephanie Zhong (11) (7th place)
Geologic Mapping – Audrey Wang (10) and Anna Cramblitt (11) (7th place)
Fossils – Anna Cramblitt (11) and Noah Goldman (10) (9th place)

LHWHS Senior Places Fourth in Division at Intel ISEF 2016

Monica Malone_Science FairLHWHS senior Monica Malone received an award for a science experiment that she entered into Intel ISEF 2016, a worldwide science competition. About 7 million people from across the world compete for 1,700 spots at Intel, and about 15 percent of those competing are awarded. Monica received a fourth place award of $500 for her experiment, which was entered into the Microbiology category. About 150 participants were also competing in this category.

Monica said that this was a huge accomplishment for her.

“Most students who had won an award at ISEF had competed for multiple years in the competition, so placing at my second science fair ever was pretty exciting!” she said.

Ladue Grad Named 2016 NCAC Newcomer of the Year

Michael WielanskyA Ladue graduate is making a name for himself at The College of Wooster for his performance on the baseball team. Michael Wielansky, a freshman shortstop and 2015 LHWHS graduate, was voted the 2016 North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year and was recognized with all-conference honors.

According to the program, Wielansky has been a sensational addition to the program, hitting at a .392 clip with 17 doubles, five triples, seven home runs, and 51 RBI. He leads the league in several significant categories, including runs scored (56), hits (69), homers, and RBI, and sits fifth in average, second in doubles, tied for third in triples, second in slugging percentage (.665), eighth in walks (26), third in on-base percentage (.474), and third in stolen bases (17). As impressive as his offensive numbers are, Wielansky’s defense truly separates him as the slick-fielding shortstop: he has a school-record 156 assists while posting a .964 fielding percentage at the most challenging position.

Congratulations, Michael!

LMS Girl Scout Launches Book Blog for Students

As school lets out and summer begins, area middle schoolers have a new way to find books to enjoy, thanks to the creativity and efforts of a local Girl Scout.

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 4.13.15 PMKatie Eisenman, a seventh-grade Girl Scout at Ladue Middle School, completed her Girl Scout Silver Award project by creating a book review blog for teens and middle schoolers. An avid reader, Katie said she wanted other kids her age to be able to enjoy reading and have a resource for finding books they would like. She named it The Reading Ram’s Book Blog after her school’s mascot, and wrote and published a book review every week for a year. She also occasionally posted about special readings and events at area libraries.

“Keeping a blog up and running is a lot harder than I thought it would be,” Katie said. “But hopefully it will make kids have fun reading books, and then they’ll be introduced to the world of reading. Everyone needs to read a good book.”

The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette, girls in grades six through eight, can earn, and requires girls to identify a need in their community and dedicate at least 50 hours toward addressing and solving the issue. Over the year she spent working on the blog, Katie worked more than 156 hours on the project.