High School Cheerleaders Take Home Awards from National Cheerleading Camp

The Ladue Horton Watkins High School cheerleading team attended the National Cheerleaders Association camp at Lindenwood University from July 6- 9. The team won numerous awards, including multiple Superior ribbons (the highest More »

Students Take Home Awards from MCTM State Math Contest

Ladue Fifth Grade Center students participated in the MCTM State Math Contest in Columbia on Saturday, May 6. Four students placed in the top 10 and were eligible to move on to More »

Speech and Debate Members Compete in National Tournament

Eleven members of the speech and debate team competed in the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament last week. The tournament takes place over six days and was held in Birmingham, More »

Ladue Schools Recognized as a St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2017 Top Workplace

Ladue Schools has recently been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2017 Top Workplaces. Of the 1,100 local companies nominated, only 100 are recognized with this annual award. This is More »

Alumnus Honored by St. Louis Business Journal

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus Vin Ko, who has been selected by the St. Louis Business Journal as a “30 Under 30” honoree! Vin is a 2005 graduate of Ladue More »

Senior Wrestler Gives Lesson in Sportsmanship

Leor Goldfarb gave up a win he would have received after his opponent made an illegal move—and giving it up meant he was giving up a spot at the state tournament. Leor More »

Second Graders Visited by BJC Hospital’s Book Brigade

Second graders at Spoede Elementary were treated with a visit from the BJC Book Brigade, a school outreach and youth development program that distributes books to children. This year—the group’s second year More »

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Seniors Score Perfectly on ACT

Eight Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors earned perfect scores on their ACTs. Noah DiAntonio, Patrick Naughton, Maya Mutic, Jeffrey Wang, Hans Chan, Gloria Zhou, Jake Loynd and one other senior, who wishes to remain anonymous, each earned a 36 on the college readiness test.

This means that the students correctly answered every question in each of the following subject areas: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning.

KSDK ran an extended segment on the students’ achievement, which you can view here.

“We have a large number of seniors who achieved a perfect score on the ACT this year, but it’s important to remember that while these accomplishments are made in high school, they are a product of our students’ learning experiences throughout the district,” Principal Brad Griffith said. “Every educator who has inspired and supported these students along the way has had a hand in helping them succeed, and we are all excited to see what our students will go on to accomplish after graduation.”

Noah is the son of Aaron and Bronwen DiAntonio; Patrick is the son of Michael and Cathy Naughton; Maya is the daughter of Sasa and Jada Mutic; Jeffrey is the son of Peter Wang and Natalie Chen; Hans is the son of Tat Chan and Carol Wong; Gloria is the daughter of Jianpeng Zhou and Jing Liu; and Jake is the son of Michael and Katie Loynd.

Each student plans on attending a four-year college after graduation. Noah plans on majoring in political science; Jeffrey would like to pursue computer science and continue playing tennis; Gloria is interested in scientific fields and studying abroad; Hans plans on majoring in piano and economics; Patrick will major in electrical engineering and computer science; and both Maya and Jake plan on studying engineering.

Students Make the Right Moves at Gateway Chess League Fall Open

Students in every level of the Ladue School District showed off their tactical strategy skills at the Gateway Chess League Fall Open held this past Saturday, Nov. 12. Spoede Elementary won the 3rd grade and under division at this tournament, LMS took home two 2nd place team trophies (8th grade and under and 6th grade and under) and LHWHS took home a 3rd place team trophy.

Elementary:

The Spoede Elementary team of Celina Zhou (3), Cooper Buxner (2), Christopher Huang (3), and Alex Zhang (1) won the 3rd grade and under division.

In the 3rd grade and under individual standings, Celina Zhou (3) came in 1st place and Cooper Buxner (2) finished in 7th place.

Fifth Grade

In the 5th grade and under team, Zachary Barrett (5) came in 9th out of 22 teams.

In the 5th grade and under individual standings, Zachary Barrett (5) came in 4th.

Talking Rams Come in No. 2 at Greater St. Louis Speech Association’s Conference Tournament

The speech and debate team came in second in the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Conference Tournament this past weekend!

Congratulations to the following:

DOMESTIC EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Patrick Naughton (12), 3rd
Pranay Peddinti (12), 5th
Hale Masaki (10), 6th

FOREIGN EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:
Maya Mutic (12), 1st
Aramis Rickey (12), 2nd
Max Kornfeld (10), 4th

LHWHS Students Selected to All-Suburban Honors Orchestra

Congratulations to the following students who were selected as members of the All-Suburban Honors Orchestra:

Violin 1
Kelly Phung (10)

Violin 2
Shelei Pan (9)
Benjamin Phung (11)
Boran Li

Viola
Jacob Sheldon (9), principal
Moses Schindler (10)

Cello
Menea Kefalov (10)

The All Suburban High School Orchestra will perform on Jan. 7, 2017 at Ritenour High School.

LHWHS Band Students Selected for All-Suburban Honors Band

Congratulations to the following students who were selected as members of the All-Suburban Honors Band. These students won a blind audition as they competed against more than 600 students from the area!

Sarah Eisenman (11), 1st chair piccolo

Evyn Levy (11), 1st chair clarinet
Megan Bernstein (11), 4th chair clarinet

Kenji Sherman (12), 3rd chair trombone
Macey Goldstein (11), 4th chair trombone

Jacob Cytron (12), 1st chair percussion opt. 1
Audrey Wang (11), 1st chair percussion opt. 2
Miles Kim (12), 1st chair percussion opt. 3
Laura Ewald (11), 1st alternate percussion opt. 1
Ian Pallares (11), 1st alternate percussion opt. 3

These students are eligible to audition for All-State on Dec. 3. The All-Suburban Honors Bands will perform at Kirkwood HS on Jan. 8, 2017.

Senior Selected for All-State Sight Reading Bee

Congratulations to LHWHS senior Donna LaMore who was selected for a second time to represent the St. Louis Suburban District at the All-State Sight Reading Bee, and was also selected as an All-State Soprano alternate at State Auditions on Saturday, Nov. 4. More than 300 students audition for District Choir, and only the highest score is selected for this honor.

The competition will be held at Tan-Tar-A during the Music Educators Conference in January. It is similar to a spelling bee but instead of words, students are given excerpts of music to sing without any accompaniment and a short amount of time for study. The excerpts become increasingly more difficult and consist of multiple rounds to eventually determine the finalist.

Talking Rams Make Prestigious 200 Club

Congratulations to last year’s Talking Rams, the high school’s speech and debate team, and its sponsor and coach Molly Beck for their recent recognition by the National Speech & Debate Association for their outstanding achievements last year!

In the 2015-2016 school year, the group earned a total of 200 or more degrees, ranking it among the top 8% of schools nationwide and earning membership in the association’s prestigious 200 club.

“This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills—including communication, research, listening, writing and organization,” J. Scutt Wunn, executive director of the association said. “I encourage you to build upon this momentum to ensure that even more students are empowered to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals and honorable leaders in our global society.”

In speech and debate, students earn points and degrees based on competitive and service-related activities, ranging from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more points to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more points.

Old Bonhomme Students & Staff Harvest Sweet Potatoes

Old Bonhomme’s sweet potatoes were ready to harvest this week! Kate Pichon, a parent volunteer who works with the Old Bonhomme garden, approached Chartwell’s about doing an activity with the students using the potatoes.

First, the second grade students harvested more than 60 of the potatoes on Wednesday.

“It was great to be there and watch the students dig up the potatoes,” Sue Blumm, the district’s in-house representative from Chartwell’s, said. Melissa Garth, a Chartwell’s employee, even got in with the students and got her hands dirty.

Then on Thursday, the cafeteria employees made fresh sweet potato fries with the students, and every kid got to sample the fries during lunch. They also learned some fun facts about the spud.

“Students loved making the connection between what they took from the garden one day to what they were eating the next,” Sue said. One student even told them, “Thank you for all your hard work. It couldn’t have been easy cutting up all those hard potatoes.”

Talking Rams Debate Team Takes First Place in Debate Sweepstakes

The speech and debate team competed in the Francis Howell North Events Round Robin and the Francis Howell Central Debate Round Robin this past weekend. The team took 1st place in debate sweepstakes and 2nd place in overall sweepstakes!

VARSITY FOREIGN EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING
Akshay Govindan (10), 6th place

VARSITY ORIGINAL ORATORY
Olivia Liu (10), 2nd place

Harlem Wizards Take On Ladue Schools Staff

This past Sunday, the Harlem Wizards visited the LHWHS Nielson Gym to take on a team of Ladue Schools staff! Everyone enjoyed watching the fun, and our team members proved to be good sports. The event was the first of its kind and hosted by the Ladue EducationFoundation (LEF) and the Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) Boys’ Basketball Program.

 

Team Ladue consisted of:

Maggie 2Staff Members:
Dr. Chris Schreiner – Reed Elementary Principal
Kurt Garner – Reed Elementary Teacher
Mark Williams – Spoede Elementary Teacher (and alumnus)
Quentin Alemayu – LMS Teacher
Matt Strayhorn – LMS Teacher
Connie Jander – Old Bonhomme Elementary Teacher
Chad Anderson – LMS Teacher and LHWHS Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
Jeff Guidry – LHWHS Varsity Boys Basketball Coach

District Parents:
Gary Bussard
Bruce Schneider
Tom Harmon

Also Participating:
Score Keeper: Brian Archibald, LHWHS Math Teacher
Referee:  Dr. Derrick Wallace, Director of Student Services

Check out this video!