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 Schools Grad Speaks at DNC

Many Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumni have gone on to make a difference at the local, state, national and international levels. Marlon Marshall, a 1997 Ladue Schools graduate, is now the Director of State Campaigns and Political Engagement for Hillary for America. Marlon gave a speech at last week’s Democratic National Convention. You can watch this video segment below!

LHWHS Students Graduate from 2016 STARS Program

This year, six Ladue Horton Watkins High School students graduated from the 2016 STARS Program (Students and Teachers as Research Scientists), a six-week precollegiate research program held over the summer!

The students include: Philip Bell Adams (11), Cindy Geng (11), Matan Gabriel Gottesman (11), Anhthi Hoang Luong (11), Nisha Ayesha Naseer (11) and Alexandra Lee Rice (11).

The program was held at the University of Missouri—St. Louis from Jun 13 to July 22. About 90 students from area schools worked with more than 60 local scientists from fields such as biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, physics and psychology. The program runs six weeks and offers high school students an opportunity to gain some undergraduate-level research experience.

Speech & Debate Coach Earns Accreditation

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s Social Studies teacher Molly Beck for earning her Professional Speech & Debate Coach Accreditation through the National Speech & Debate Association! This award recognizes excellence in coaching and teaching speech and debate.

Molly just finished her fifth year of teaching at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She has coached the Talking Rams, the speech and debate team, since she joined the Ladue Schools team in 2011.

The Talking Rams is a nationally-recognized team, bringing home the wins year after year! Congratulations, Molly!

 

Girls Soccer Team Receives High Honor For Ethics

Congratulations to the Ladue Horton Watkins High School Girls Soccer Team on being recognized with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)’s Platinum Award! This is the highest honor the association bestows for team ethics. The Ladue Schools team received the award because they didn’t receive any penalty cards the entire season!

“I’m very proud of the team for receiving this award,” Coach Dave Aronberg said. “This honor shows that character counts, and that’s what we want our players to take away from these experiences.”

 

High School Swim Teams Recognized for High Academic Rankings

The Ladue Horton Watkins High School swim teams made waves this year in academic rankings! The National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America (NISCA) All-American Scholar Team rankings have been released, and all Ladue Schools aquatic teams ranked exceptionally well!

Teams qualify for three levels of All-American Scholar Award status based on their average cumulative GPA: Bronze Level is 3.200-3.499; Silver Level is 3.500-3.749; and Gold Level is 3.750-4.000 (with 4.000 being the highest).

Ladue Grad Becky Sauerbrunn To Lead Team at Olympics

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

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

One of Ladue Schools’ own graduates, Becky Sauerbrunn, is headed to Rio in August to compete in the Olympics as a co-captain for the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team!

The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team is No. 1 in the world, having won the 2015 World Cup against Japan in Vancouver, British Columbia.

When asked how the two competitions compare, Becky told 101 ESPN: “You’ve got the World Cup that’s just for women’s soccer, and so it’s wonderful to have that spotlight just on your sport and the pressure that’s just on you. And then with the Olympics, it’s wonderful to be apart of something bigger and having all these other athletes from all these other disciplines. There’s more a sense of community and camaraderie, and that makes it really special, too, because you’re sharing something that’s bigger than just your sport.”

Becky is a 2003 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, and she recently visited the school’s girls soccer team to cheer them on at a match.

Becky was a distinguished LHWHS athlete, lettering all four years in soccer, volleyball and basketball. She was named 2003 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year, 2002 and 2003 Parade All-American, 2002 NSCAA Adidas (U-17) All-American and 2001 NSCAA Youth All-American.

Becky attended the University of Virginia. Currently, she plays for FC Kansas City in the National Women’s Soccer League.

To read more about Becky, visit her page on the U.S. Soccer website.

Ladue Schools Recognized as a St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2016 Top Workplace

TWP_TOP100_St-Louis_Portrait_2016_AWLadue Schools has recently been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2016 Top Workplaces. Only 100 local companies are recognized with this annual award, and our district ranked 11th in the category for large companies. This is the second time the district has participated in the program, and we are honored to have been selected for the award on both occasions!

“Ladue Schools strives to recruit the best educators and support staff members, and with that comes the responsibility of providing those employees with a work environment where they feel appreciated and can do their best work,” Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke said. “This award recognizes those efforts, and we are honored to be counted among the top local workplaces.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published the full lists of Top Workplaces online on June 24, 2016. The lists—for small, medium and large companies—are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few. The survey distributed to Ladue Schools staff received a high response rate of 74%.

Talking Rams Bring Home the Wins from Nationals

The Talking Rams attended the 2016 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah, last week. The students all performed phenomenally and were recognized with several awards!

The teams and individual awards are listed below:
Coach Molly Beck had this to say after the tournament: “Thanks to everyone who supported the team this year – it was our best season in five years! We look forward to kicking off the 2016-2017 season in August!”

Graduating Seniors Make Girls Soccer All-Metro Third Team

Two Ladue Horton Watkins High School girls soccer players made the All-Metro Third Team, which can be seen here. Both 2016 graduating seniors, Lizzy Puyo and Anna Hartig left their marks on the program with several prominent accomplishments during their careers:

  • Lizzy Puyo: “Puyo capped her historic career for the Rams by helping them win their first district championship in nearly three decades. Her team-leading 25 goals left her with 79 for her career, the most ever by a Ladue player. Puyo scored in 16 of her team’s 27 games while recording three hat tricks, and she also had six game-winning goals and three assists.”
  • Anna Hartig: “Nineteen of the Rams’ 24 wins came by shutout, and Hartig spearheaded that effort as a steady player on the back line. She was especially good at man marking and created her own matchup problems on the attacking end, finishing with 11 goals to rank third among Ladue players. Hartig was second on the team with four game-winners, helping the Rams win their first district title in 28 years.”

Congratulations, ladies!

 

Ladue Grad Wins Award in Youth Nationals Rowing Championship

13418953_10153562737975986_3424363859348201641_nA 2016 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Hunter Wallace, won first place in a youth national rowing championship! Hunter and his teammate, Will Lerwick, won the Men’s Youth 2!

Hunter is a member of the St. Louis Rowing Club, which sent its teams to Nationals on June 8. Hunter will attend Harvard University and row for their team.