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Five LHWHS Rising Seniors Graduate from STARS Program

Five juniors from Ladue Horton Watkins High School have graduated from the prestigious Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis! STARS pairs students More »

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LMS Students Interview Academy Award Winner

Two Ladue Middle School students shone brightly at the International Literacy Association Conference last weekend, where they had the opportunity to interview keynote speaker and Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer. The event More »

Yang Liu, second from the right, is a 2015 Ladue alumni. Liu was one of five on his team to take home a gold medal. Photo courtesy of Po-Shen Loh.

2015 LHWHS Alumni Victorious at International Mathematical Olympiad

A Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate helped the U.S. bring home the gold this year at one of the most renowned global competitions: the International Mathematical Olympiad. This was Yang Liu’s More »

Becky Sauerbrunn and teammate Meghan Kilngenberg celebrate their win over Japan. Photo by Jonathan Hayward, courtesy of the Cavalier Insider.

Ladue Alumna Sauerbrunn Is a 2015 World Cup Champion

The Ladue School District can boast that one of its own helped bring home the World Cup Final win against Japan on Sunday, July 2, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Alumna Becky More »

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LHWHS Alumni Hirschfeld’s Artwork Featured in SNL Museum

Matt Hirschfeld, Ladue Horton Watkins High School class of 1998, and a University of Missouri at St. Louis graduate, is an illustrator in Los Angeles, California recently commissioned by NBC commissioned to More »

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LHWHS Speech/Debate Team Succeed at NCFL National Tournament

Seven Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) students competed in the National Catholic Forensic League’s National Tournament on May 23-24, 2015, at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. More »

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Two LHWHS Science Olympiad Team Members Win Scholarships

The Ladue Horton Watkins High School Science Olympiad Team was one of two Missouri teams to participate in the National Olympiad Competition at the University of Nebraska on May 15-16, 2015.  Sophomores More »

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LMS Science Bowl Team Ties 9th Place in the Nation

On May 2-3, 2015, the Ladue Middle School (LMS) science bowl team competed in the National Science Bowl finals in Washington, D.C.  There were 48 teams that qualified for the tournament after More »

LHWHS Beck Named New Teacher of the Year by STAM

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Speech and Debate Coach Molly Beck was named “New Teacher of the Year” by the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri (STAM) at STAM’s annual banquet and awards ceremony on September 26, 2014.  A quick look at the articles posted to Spotlight on Ladue over the last year will attest to the outstanding work Beck has done in her short time with the Ladue School District.

LHWHS’s Griffith and District’s Jahnke Named STAM Outstanding Administrators of 2014

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Ladue Horton Watkins High School Principal Brad Griffith and Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke are the recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Administrators of the Year Award by the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri (STAM). Griffith and Jahnke were honored and recognized at STAM’s annual banquet and awards ceremony on September 26, 2014.

1993 Graduate Berzon to Direct Jewish Book Festival

Scott Berzon is the new director of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival and a 1993 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School.  The following article was published by Ellen Futterman, editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light on September 24, 2014…

Here’s a little trivia you might not know about Scott Berzon, the new director of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival:

2003 Graduate Nathanson Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

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2003 graduate Rebecca Nathanson has been awarded a U.S. Fulbright scholarship to teach at the University of Sarajevo for the upcoming school year.  She will be working and living in Bosnia and Herzegovina through June 2015.  Rebecca is the daughter of Howard Nathanson, who is currently a Technology Coordinator at the high school, after officially retiring from the school district in 2010 as Old Bonhomme Elementary School’s Instructional Technology Coordinator.  

LHWHS Beck Earns National Forensic League Accreditation

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Ladue Horton Watkins High School teacher and Speech and Debate Team coach Molly Beck has received the Professional Forensic Educator accreditation through the National Forensic League (NFL).  This important designation recognizes excellence in forensic education through competitive success, longevity in the field, and commitment to continuing education.  While the NFL is home to over 9,000 educators, only a select number achieve this important distinction.

Ladue Middle School’s Leuthen Receives September Excellence in Education Award

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Ladue Middle School (LMS) Principal Greg Baber describes Carissa Leuthen as a tireless advocate for the educational needs of every LMS student.  That non-stop energy has earned the speech language pathologist for the Special School District (SSD) the September 2014 Excellence in Education Award.

2013 Graduate Loomis Youngest Elected Official in Missouri History

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2013 graduate, James (Jimmy) Loomis currently serves as the Democratic Committeeman for Clayton Township, a position he was selected to fill in March of 2013, one week after becoming eligible for the position at age 18. He is a full-time undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, double majoring in Political Science and Mandarin Chinese. Since becoming politically active, Loomis has worked on numerous campaigns including Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill’s 2012 reelection campaign and most recently served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Steve Stenger’s successful campaign for St. Louis County Executive, beating a 10-year primary incumbent with 66 percent of the vote. He hopes to use his Committeeship as a stepping stone to furthering his career in public service.

Guitarist and 1971 Graduate Niedt to Perform at Ethical Society

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As published on September 21, 2014 on stltoday.com.

After a half-century of presentation, more than one performer has become a regular with the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society. Douglas Niedt can lay a unique claim: His father, Douglas Niedt Sr., a dedicated amateur guitarist himself, was among the group’s founders.

Speech/Debate Team Sweep Varsity Events at Pre-Season Tournament

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The speech and debate team competed in their first tournament of the year – a pre-season conference tournament hosted by the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association. The team was very successful in the first tournament of the year and four new team members competed in their first tournament.

Coach Harder Inducted into Hall of Fame

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Coach Keith Harder has been elected into the Missouri Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (MTCCCA) Hall of Fame.  Keith has been the head Boys Track coach since 1996 and the head Girls Track coach since 2003.

Harder’s programs to date have produced 286 state medals, the second highest among active coaches, and produced champions in 34 events.  His teams have either broken, or still hold, nine state records.  Under Harder’s leadership, Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) has earned 14 state (top four) trophies including three state championships, 29 conference championships, and seven district championships.