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LHWHS Junior Selected for Cultural Leadership Program

Congratulations to Malone Hanis, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, who was selected as for the Cultural Leadership Class 12! Cultural Leadership is a unique year-long educational leadership program including More »

What a Turn of Events

Talking Rams Slay at First Tournament of the Year

The speech and debate team competed in their first tournament of the year, the Greater Saint Louis Speech Association’s Pre-Season Invitational. Eleven new team members competed in their first tournament, and 12 More »

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Old Bonhomme Student Throws First Pitch at Diabetes Day at the Ballpark

Old Bonhomme School fourth grader Ava Leidenfrost threw out the first pitch to Hall of Famer Lou Brock at the baseball game on Diabetes Day at the Ballpark on Monday, Sept. 12, More »

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STRIDE Making a Difference at Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Data aggregated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows that there is a disconnect between the enrollment of African-Americans in the St. Louis regional schools and the percentage of those More »

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Alumna Susan Medart Gets Crafty, Business Flourishes

Susan Medart, a 1980 Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumna, found her calling just seven years ago when she decided to try her hand at starting a business for her handmade crafts. More »

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16 Seniors Recognized as National Merit Semifinalists

We are proud to announce that 16 of our high school students have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists this year! These students qualified based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National More »

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Art Teacher’s Painting for Peace Submission Featured in Exhibition

Congratulations to new Ladue Horton Watkins High School art teacher Christine Warner for being included in a community art exhibition: Outside In: Paint for Peace.  The exhibition features paintings from the Painting for More »

Two LHWHS Siblings Wrap Up Seasons with Success

IMG_2527Congratulations to both Ty and Kaylon Buckner on their athletic accomplishments this year! The siblings have both verbally committed to playing their respective sports at their choice universities.

Ty, a junior, was selected as the Suburban Central Conference Baseball Player of the Year. This is his third 1st Team All-Conference selection. Prep Baseball Report Scouting Service ranks Ty as a top 10 baseball player in the state of Missouri. He has verbally committed to continue his collegiate baseball career at Missouri State University.

IMG_2528Kaylon, a sophomore, was recently selected to the 1st Team All-State Women’s Lacrosse Team. 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. It wasn’t quite the success of the 2015 State Final Four appearance; however, the team looks forward to reaching this goal again next season. Kaylon has verbally committed to continue playing collegiately for Arizona State University.

LMS Science Olympiad Team Places at Nationals

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After a year of hard work, the Ladue Middle School Science Olympiad team finished 14th in the nation at finals!

Training for the event began in August and some of the kids even worked on events over the summer last year trying to get to this point.

“The coaches are very proud of the students’ determination and work ethic,” head coach Martin Long said. “Thanks to all the teachers—Kindergarten and up—who contributed to their success by instilling such a wonderful love for learning!”

An asterisk before a student’s name indicates a top ten finish:

High School Science Olympiad Team Places at Nationals

Congratulations to the high school students who gave an outstanding performance at the national Science Olympiad competition at the University of Wisconsin-Stout this past weekend!

The team included: Luke Biernbaum (11), Justin Chen (10), Anna Cramblitt (11), Royce Dong (12), Annie Liu (10), Albert Liu (10), Charlie Loitman (10), Michael Muzinich (11), Patrick Naughton (11), Logan Page (12), Seema Patil (9), Kate Prablek (10), Jeffrey Wang (11), Audrey Wang (10), Kevin Xue (12), Noah Goldman (10) and Stephanie Zhong (11).

The team competed against the 60 best teams in the nation and finished in 21st place. The following five events finished in the top 10:

Air Trajectory – Jeffrey Wang (11) and Luke Biernbaum (11) (2nd Place)
Astronomy – Noah Goldman (10) and Justin Chen (10) (7th place)
Wright Stuff – Anna Cramblitt (11) and Stephanie Zhong (11) (7th place)
Geologic Mapping – Audrey Wang (10) and Anna Cramblitt (11) (7th place)
Fossils – Anna Cramblitt (11) and Noah Goldman (10) (9th place)

LHWHS Senior Places Fourth in Division at Intel ISEF 2016

Monica Malone_Science FairLHWHS senior Monica Malone received an award for a science experiment that she entered into Intel ISEF 2016, a worldwide science competition. About 7 million people from across the world compete for 1,700 spots at Intel, and about 15 percent of those competing are awarded. Monica received a fourth place award of $500 for her experiment, which was entered into the Microbiology category. About 150 participants were also competing in this category.

Monica said that this was a huge accomplishment for her.

“Most students who had won an award at ISEF had competed for multiple years in the competition, so placing at my second science fair ever was pretty exciting!” she said.

Ladue Grad Named 2016 NCAC Newcomer of the Year

Michael WielanskyA Ladue graduate is making a name for himself at The College of Wooster for his performance on the baseball team. Michael Wielansky, a freshman shortstop and 2015 LHWHS graduate, was voted the 2016 North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year and was recognized with all-conference honors.

According to the program, Wielansky has been a sensational addition to the program, hitting at a .392 clip with 17 doubles, five triples, seven home runs, and 51 RBI. He leads the league in several significant categories, including runs scored (56), hits (69), homers, and RBI, and sits fifth in average, second in doubles, tied for third in triples, second in slugging percentage (.665), eighth in walks (26), third in on-base percentage (.474), and third in stolen bases (17). As impressive as his offensive numbers are, Wielansky’s defense truly separates him as the slick-fielding shortstop: he has a school-record 156 assists while posting a .964 fielding percentage at the most challenging position.

Congratulations, Michael!

LMS Girl Scout Launches Book Blog for Students

As school lets out and summer begins, area middle schoolers have a new way to find books to enjoy, thanks to the creativity and efforts of a local Girl Scout.

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 4.13.15 PMKatie Eisenman, a seventh-grade Girl Scout at Ladue Middle School, completed her Girl Scout Silver Award project by creating a book review blog for teens and middle schoolers. An avid reader, Katie said she wanted other kids her age to be able to enjoy reading and have a resource for finding books they would like. She named it The Reading Ram’s Book Blog after her school’s mascot, and wrote and published a book review every week for a year. She also occasionally posted about special readings and events at area libraries.

“Keeping a blog up and running is a lot harder than I thought it would be,” Katie said. “But hopefully it will make kids have fun reading books, and then they’ll be introduced to the world of reading. Everyone needs to read a good book.”

The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette, girls in grades six through eight, can earn, and requires girls to identify a need in their community and dedicate at least 50 hours toward addressing and solving the issue. Over the year she spent working on the blog, Katie worked more than 156 hours on the project.

Eighth Graders Score High on National French Contest Exam

Several Ladue Middle School eighth grade students recently took the National French Contest Exam and won medals for their performances. See the list below!

Silver Medals: Sereen Bouhraoua, Julia Boeyink, Noah Posey, Jill Goldwasser

Bronze Medals: Jenna Gold, Madeline Stoces, Angela Liu (8), Bradford Siwak

Honorable Mention: Hannah Abraham, Isabella del Cid, Robel Esayas, Eli Goldstein, Anna Liner, Simone Liu, Celeste Liu, Alex Migala, Ashley Osborn, Ria Parpelli, Kevin Tan and Camille Yang.

Congratulations to all of the participants!

Three Seniors Earn Girl Scout Gold Award

Three graduating seniors at Ladue Horton Watkins High School have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement possible in Girl Scouting. This prestigious award challenges the girls to make positive, lasting contributions to their communities.

All three projects were geared toward inspiring and interacting with middle school and high school-age students:

  • Rachel Steiner’s project launched a new Youth Writing Club in collaboration with the St. Louis County Library. She designed meeting plans, a website and fun activities as a way for teens to share ideas and grow in expressing themselves through creative writing. The club meets on a monthly basis and invites teens from all around the St. Louis community to join.
  • Jessica Thoelke’s project established a new after-school coding club for Ladue Middle School students. She applied for and received grant money to purchase a coding curriculum. She then received training so that she could teach the students what she had learned. Throughout her project, Jessica provided more than 50 coding sessions to students.
  • Jackie Wong’s brought a global tech competition called the “Technovation Challenge” to the high school by launching an after-school club promoting the girls’ participation in technology-related fields. The club is exclusive to girls who have an interest in entrepreneurship and creating apps. One LHWHS team submitted their app creation into the competition.

Seniors Spend Day Volunteering Around St. Louis

Seniors spent time volunteering with various organizations on May 6 as part of their annual Senior Service Day. Students were at: Haven House gardening and cleaning; Habitat For Humanity St. Louis Re-Store organizing tulips for their Mother’s Day tulip giveaway; Forest Park planting 1,550 plants; and Our Lady’s Inn sorting donations, doing inventory and cooking lunch for the ladies.

Check out pictures from the day below!

LHWHS Girls Participate in Grant Program, Award $3,600

Two LHWHS girls were involved in the St. Louis Community Foundation this year, a collective grant-making group of high school girls. The organization awarded a $3,600 grant to Caroline Mission Early Childhood Education Program at the second annual grant celebration on Sunday, April 24.

Jessie Steinbaum (11) and Rose Coughlin (9) were two of 36 members. Each girl gave $100 and collectively determined the grantee after a year-long process of reviewing the grant proposals, site visits and learning about grant making.

The grant awarded will provide baby items for infants at the Caroline Mission.

This is the second year the group has been formed, and the girls have given a total of $6,300 to the St. Louis community.