Ladue Middle School Student Ben Rich Creates Charitable “Mitzvah Market” For Those in Need

Check out the awesome charity work that Ladue Middle School student Ben Rich is doing through the process of becoming a bar mitzvah! Ben organized a clothing drive and market for people More »

Fourth Grade Robotics Teams Excel at Regional FIRST Lego League Competition

Nine fourth grade robotics teams from all four elementary schools in the district competed in the regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Competition on Nov. 12 More »

Old Bonhomme Giving Assembly: 37 Years and Still Going Strong

Each year, the Old Bonhomme School Giving Assembly spotlights how much we have to be thankful for and how generous we can be towards those in need! During the assembly, students see More »

Ladue Middle School Donates Nearly 19,000 Cans to Gateway 180

The Ladue Middle School donated 18,949 cans to Gateway 180 through their annual Turkey Trot and Canned Food Drive! At the Celebration Assembly, teachers, counselors and administrators received a pie in the More »

Two Seniors Sign Early with Universities for Lacrosse, Rowing

Two seniors from Ladue Horton Watkins High School participated in an early signing event on Nov. 9 to share the news of their commitment to attend and play a sport for their More »

Talking Rams Compete in 2nd Conference

The speech and debate team competed in their 2nd conference tournament of the year this past weekend. Congratulations to the following students: United States Extemporaneous Speaking Gabe DiAntonio (09) – 6th place More »

Speech & Debate Competes in Round Robin Debates

The speech and debate team, the Talking Rams, competed in the Francis Howell North Events Round Robin and Troy Debate Round Robin this weekend. The team placed 3rd in events, 1st in More »

Talking Rams Host First Conference of the Season

The speech and debate team competed in its first conference tournament of the season this weekend, which they also hosted! The team took on this tournament after the original host canceled a More »

Art Student’s Design is a Winning Entry in Orange is the New Black Competition

oinb port printJunior Cameron O’Keefe recently submitted a digital artwork piece for the hit television show, Orange is the New Black. The competition was sponsored by Creative Allies, and participants were asked to create a new identity for the show. Out of 300 entries, only four were chosen as winners. Cameron’s design was the winning entry, earning her $1,000!

Cameron is a new to Ladue Schools; she spent 12 years at MICDS before deciding that she wanted to become a digital media artist. The best way to pursue that dream, she said, was to transfer to a school that offered a graphic design and AP studio art course where she could continue to build her portfolio. Ladue Horton Watkins High School was just the place!

“My transition has been spectacular,” she said. “It’s weird being the new junior, but the people I have met and the experiences I have been through so far have calmed my nerves tremendously. I cannot thank everyone who has just said “hello” to me in the hallways enough for how much they have helped me feel more comfortable at this school.”

Cameron plans to attend art school in a few years and is intent on spending her remaining time in high school focusing on her portfolio and building the strongest possible body of work for entrance. She’s checking out the programs at schools such as FIDM, SCAD, MassART, and a few more.

Congratulations, Cameron!

Senior Announced a Winner of the 18th Annual George N. Tuerck Concerto Competition

Congratulations to Joel Rosen, a senior at LHWHS, who was announced one of three winners of the Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s 18th annual George N. Tuerck Concerto Competition!

The three students will perform at the orchestra’s Tuerck Memorial Concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Life Church, 4180 Smelting Works Road in Swansea. The public is invited.

Joel, the son of Robert and Wendy Rosen, plays cello with the St. Louis Youth Orchestra and Preparatory Program. He has attended the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory for three years. He also plays piano. He is a Ladue Tri-M Music Honor Society member and Ultimate Frisbee competitor.

You can read more about the award here!

High School Students Attend Gateway2Change Summit on Race

Gateway2Change held its second Student Summit on Race this year last Thursday, Nov. 17, at Emerson World Headquarters. Several Ladue School District students participated in the summit this year, along with students from about 40 other area schools.

During the summit, student leaders joined the representatives from local businesses and organizations who will present real-world challenges they are facing in the areas of social and cultural difference, diversity and equity. Students learned about problem-solving methods that can be utilized to create solutions to these challenges. Several local businesses and organizations participated in the summit, as well, including: 1st Financial Credit Union, Build-A-Bear, Children’s Medical Network, Edward Jones, Emerson, Monsanto and Mayor Slay’s office.

Students were paired with a sibling school, and over the next few months, they will meet and collaborate on solutions for solving the real-world challenge. These plans will be presented to business leaders at the final summit on March 10, 2017.

The movement began following the events at Ferguson and provides students opportunities to become reform agents for racial and diversity issues.

You can check out this short video recap from the CharacterPlus Facebook page here.

LHWHS Sophomore Lily Rapp Cast in COCA’s Annual Ballet

Ladue Horton Watkins Sophomore, Lily Rapp will perform the role of Edgar Dega’s Little Dancer on December 9th and 11th, 2016 at The Center for Creative Arts (COCA) in University City. The story brings the famous statue alive as she dances through Paris, France where The Little Dancer dreamed of dancing with the Paris Opera Ballet.

Lily is a member of COCA’s Pre-Professional dance program and The Ballet Eclectica First Company. COCA is a comprehensive arts institute where Lily spends 20 hours a week rehearsing and taking classes. Lily has been dancing since she was 3 and has attended Summer Intensives at Washington University, Nashville Ballet, San Antonio Joffrey Workshop and most recently The Burklyn Ballet Theater in Vermont.

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.