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 More »

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 More »

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 More »

Alumna Featured in Ladue News for Altruism, Art Appreciation

Lynn Hamilton is a 1963 graduate of Ladue Schools. In 2010, Lynn launched Maturity and Its Muse, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that offers seniors the opportunity to enjoy and experience art while enhancing their quality of More »

High School Science Olympiad Team Heads to Nationals in May

This weekend, the state Science Olympiad competition was held at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and the high school team finished in first place! Out of the 23 events, there were only More »

Senior Girls and Boys Swimming and Diving Members Earn All American Honors

All nine graduating senior girls of the Girls’ and two graduating senior boys of the Boys’ Swimming & Diving teams at Ladue Horton Watkins High School earned All American Academic status with More »

LMS MathCounts Students Dominate at State Competition

In February, nine Ladue Middle School students qualified at the regional Chapter Round of the MathCounts competition to advance to the Missouri State Round. MathCounts is the premier mathematics competition for middle-school More »

Women’s Lacross Player Youngest on All-State Team

Congratulations to Kaylon Buckner, a sophomore who was recently the youngest selection for the 1st Team All-State Women’s Lacrosse Team! Kaylon made 98 goals for the team this season, which were second to only one other area player. She also scored seven goals four times and had eight multi-assist games this season.

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. She has verbally committed to continue playing collegiately for Arizona State University.

Kaylon hopes to become a four-time all-stater and set the record in career points earned!

 

Reed Technology Integration Coach Recognized with Innovator Award

Congratulations to Reed’s Technology Integration Coach Jill Badalamenti who has been recognized as one of 10 educators nationwide who won a first place Henry Ford Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Award in June.

This award recognizes educators who use the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking among its students. The winners were chosen by a team of judges and Discovery Hug, a team specifically focused on innovation at Shell.

Jill will receive a week-long “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, from July 31 to Aug. 4. This includes behind-the-scenes tours with curators and archivists, a teaching innovation workshop and a special recognition ceremony.

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation is a half-hour program on CBS that tells the stories behind historic innovators of the past and today’s visionaries.

Girls Soccer Team Ends Season With Recognitions

Congratulations to the Ladue Schools girls soccer team on a fabulous 2016 season! This year, Coach Dave Aronberg was recognized as the Suburban Central National All Conference Coach of the Year, and Lizzy Puyo, a senior, was named the Player of the Year.

Five other seniors made the First Team, including: Claire Petersen, Madeline Billeaud, Hayden Hunt, Natalie Behrens and Anna Hartig. Three players made Second Team, including: Hadley Cytron (9), Sarah Cook (10) and Jillian Mann (9).

Two Fifth Graders Have Historical Family Stories Published

Fiona_Story AwardTwo Ladue fifth grade students had their historical family stories chosen for publication in “Grannie Annie, Vol. 11,” which will be released later this month. Fiona Hayreh’s “No Shoes, No Guardian, No Protection” and Julian L. Prakken’s “The Mysterious Man Who Lived in a Pipe” were both winners!

Only 36 of 555 submissions were selected. The stories will be published by the Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration. They will also be available as an eBook, a PDF book and on The Grannie Annie’s website.

Fiona is one of 13 young people who were honored at The Grannie Annie’s Family Stories Festival at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park on June 5.

Ladue elementary students have submitted stories to The Grannie Annie 10 of the past 11 years and have regularly had stories accepted for publication. Fiona’s story took place in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania in 1893. It tells of two young girls who encounter a menacing surprise on their way home from a morning of berry picking.

Annual African-American Recognition Night a Success

The annual African-American Recognition Night at Ladue Middle School was another success! The event was hosted by the LMS Diversity Cadre and was held on Tuesday, May 17, at the school’s gymnasium.

Certificates were issued for academics, citizenship, attendance, and service/school involvement. Several students’ vocal, instrumental and artistic talents were spotlighted, as well. The evening was closed with naming the Anthony Warren Diversity Cadre Students of the Year, who received an engraved pewter tray, along with a cash stipend to use toward an educational technology purchase, camp or activity.

Check out the photos below from this outstanding event!

2016 Grad Receives Outstanding Youth Award

Volunteers were recognized at the annual meeting of the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis Section. Rachel Krug, a 2016 graduate from Ladue Horton Watkins High School, received the B’nai Amoona Men’s Club Medallion Award. The award recognizes outstanding youth in the congregation. Daughter of Elise and Mark Krug, Rachel will be attending the University of Minnesota in the fall. Congratulations, Rachel!

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!