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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 More »

What a Turn of Events

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 More »


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, More »


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 More »

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Alumna Susan Medart Gets Crafty, Business Flourishes

Susan Medart, a 1980 Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumna, found her calling just seven years ago when she decided to try her hand at starting a business for her handmade crafts. More »


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 More »

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Art Teacher’s Painting for Peace Submission Featured in Exhibition

Congratulations to new Ladue Horton Watkins High School art teacher Christine Warner for being included in a community art exhibition: Outside In: Paint for Peace.  The exhibition features paintings from the Painting for More »

Third Grade Students Learn Through Climbing


Greenery is growing on the Ladue Schools campuses again, and for the first time, Old Bonhomme third graders had the opportunity to learn all about the flora through the disciplines of botany, biology and ecology—all while safely suspended in one of the school’s beautiful trees!

The event “Science in a Tree” was held on March 23 and 24. The program is founded and operated by Dean Eckhoff, a former teacher with a Ph.D. in physics. “Tree Guy” Mott, a certified arborist and climbing instructor, teaches the students how to climb safely. The two travel to local schools to offer students the adventure of recreational climbing mixed with fun scientific experiments conducted on the way up.

Linden Haynes & Jack Lloyd_edited_OB“The Science in a Tree program was built with the students and teachers in mind,” Eckhoff explained. “We focus on science activities and topics that can’t be studied properly in the classroom. Our experts work directly with the schools before, during and after the event to deliver content that matches the educational goals of the teachers.”

The third grade team was excited to create memories for the students that will last forever, while also fostering teamwork and perseverance as the students learn about scientific topics.

The chosen tree was prepared by Mott, who teaches climbing with the Global Organization of Tree Climbers. Each third grade class spent three hours climbing, exploring and learning with “Science in a Tree.”

For more information, visit the “Science in a Tree” website.

High School Senior and Girl Scout Awarded Scholarship

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Congratulations to senior Jessica Thoelke, who received a $5,000 scholarship for higher education from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. The honor was given to recognize Jessica for her leadership abilities and for recently completing her Girl Scouts Gold Award project.

The Gold Award is bestowed after the recipient has undergone a rigorous, in-depth project. Jessica’s project consisted of creating and facilitating a coding program for Ladue Middle School students. At the beginning of the year, Jessica recognized a lack of opportunities for young students to learn coding. She approached administrators and worked with teachers to structure an after-school Code Red coding program. Now, 30 to 40 students attend the sessions to learn the basics of coding and explore the possibilities.

The best part of her experience was watching the students grasp the concepts and then put them into practice, Jessica told the Girl Scouts.

Jessica will attend Washington University in the fall to study engineering. She hopes to become an aerospace engineer.


Ladue Middle School Chess Teams Succeed at State Championship

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School chess teams for their performance at the state championships this past weekend, March 19, in Columbia, Missouri!

The sixth grade team took home the 2016 state championship title. The team’s co-captain Benjamin Liu took home six wins and no losses two years in a row now. He is also the 2016 Missouri State Champion as an individual.

The members of the school’s 6th grade team include: co-captain Benjamin Liu, co-captain Roshen Chatwal, Daniel Ye, Domenic Fenoglio, Arya Brushan, Aryan Gowda, Alex Rybak, Kanisk Shanmugam and Ian Rothstein.

Ten High School Students Qualify for International DECA Competition

Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s DECA students competed in the Missouri State DECA competition from March 13-15 in the Lake of the Ozarks. About 10 of those students qualified for the international DECA competition in Nashville, Tennessee in April!

DECA prepares students to become leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

In addition to our international qualifiers, senior Semhar Mekonnen was awarded the Lester B. Kesterson Scholarship in the amount of $1000 for her contributions to DECA throughout high school. Sophomore Kaycee Little was named a finalist in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism.

Ladue Middle School Science Bowl Students Headed to D.C.

What term is used to describe the resistance of lava to flow as reflected by its gas content, temperature and chemical composition?

Don’t know?

Well, the Ladue Middle School Science Bowl students do! These kids race to hit the buzzer first and rattle off the answer to questions just like this at their competitions.

BUZZZZ! And the answer is: Viscosity!

Both the 7th grade and 8th grade teams have surpassed everyone’s expectations this year! The seventh-grade team is preparing for Nationals in Washington, D.C. in April. KMOV captured some of the teams’ practice and ran a great segment last week. Check out the video below!

Freshman Claire Rowe Launches a Website Against Cyberbullying

When Claire Rowe was a Ladue Middle School student, she began an initiative called STAMP (Students Together Against Mean Posts), which advocates against cyberbullying. Now a high school freshman, Claire recently launched a website to share her message, and FOX2 aired a segment on her work. Check out the video below!

Ladue Middle School Students Advance to National Math Counts Competition

On Saturday, March 12, seven Ladue Middle School students competed in the State Math Counts competition in Columbia, Missouri. All of the students placed in the Top 25, and five placed in the Top 10 as individuals!

Will Bender (6) – 1st
Jeremy Ouyang (8) – 4th
Anna Zhong (8) – 5th
Stephen Jiang (7) – 6th
Jason Ding (7) – 8th
William Pan (7) – 19th
Harry Chen (7) – 23rd

In the Countdown Round, Stephen Jiang placed 1st, Anna Zhong placed 2nd, and Jeremy Ouyang placed 3rd.

The LMS team of Jeremy Ouyang, Anna Zhong, Stephen Jiang, and Jason Ding placed 1st in the team competition.

The top four students in the state advance to the national competition. Will Bender and Jeremy Ouyang have won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. from May 7- 10. Seventh-grade math teacher Nancy Chambers will accompany these students and coach the state team.

Please congratulate all of these students; they are outstanding representatives of our middle school!

Speech & Debate Team Rank High at Eastern Missouri District Tournament

National Qualifiers

The speech and debate team competed in the Eastern Missouri District Tournament. The team took 2nd place in Speech Sweepstakes, 1st place in Congress Sweepstakes, 1st place in Debate Sweepstakes and 1st place in Overall Sweepstakes!

Simi Falako was named the Eastern Missouri District Student of the Year, and she will represent Ladue and Eastern Missouri in the National Student of the Year contest!

Jerome Gregory (class of 2013) was named the Eastern Missouri District Alumnus of the Year! He was recognized for his continued commitment to supporting the Eastern Missouri speech and debate community and his success in competing at the collegiate level.

Ladue School District qualified 13 students to the national tournament. These students will represent Ladue and Eastern Missouri at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah in June:

Ladue Early Childhood Center Raises Money for Mighty Oakes

Thanks to the Ladue Early Childhood Center’s giving preschoolers, their involved parents and caring staff, the building raised more than $250 for the Mighty Oakes Foundation. The organization assists families who are affected by the challenges of congenital heart defects. The preschool students brought in change from home to donate to the foundation. To read how the foundation supports families and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, click here.

Students’ Work Showcased at St. Louis Artist Guild

Congratulations to the following students who were accepted into the Emerson Young Artists’ Showcase at the St. Louis Artist Guild.

The Emerson Young Artists’ Showcase is a juried, all-media exhibition of artwork created by high school students between 15 and 19 years old residing within 150 miles of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild.

The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 17 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Gallery dates will be Thursday, March 17 to Saturday, April 9. The event is free and open to the public.