Ladue Middle School Students Hold Memorial for Lives Lost in Parkland, Florida

On Wednesday morning, our middle school students held a moving demonstration to join together in support of the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida. All three grades walked out to the field More »

Broadcast Students’ Video to be Aired on KSDK

Congratulations to LHWHS seniors Kaycee Little and Jaylen Sykes for being the school’s winners in the KSDK/Gateway STEM/Ladue “Pair & Share Program.” For the last 15 years, students from LHWHS and Gateway More »

Six Talking Rams Team Members Heading to National Tournament

The speech and debate team competed in the Eastern Missouri District Speech and Debate Tournament, and took home several awards! The team took 7th in Speech Sweepstakes, 1st in Congress Sweepstakes, 1st More »

Ladue High School Chorale Students Recognized for Outstanding Performances

The Ladue High School Chorale students have been recognized for outstanding performances in the last week. Five students from the Ladue High School Chorale participated in the St. Louis Suburban District Music More »

High School Catering Connection Club Takes on Run and Run S’more Event

Congratulations to the Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s Catering Connection Club for their performance at the Run and Run S’more event! The students worked tirelessly through the three days leading up to More »

LHWHS Students Take Top Two Places at 2018 St. Louis Brain Bee

Akhil Kondepudi, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, won the 2018 St. Louis Brain Bee, an annual neuroscience competition held at Washington University in St. Louis! The second place winner More »

Spoede Fourth Grader Competing on MasterChef Junior

Any MasterChef Junior fans? A Spoede Elementary student has become a TV star! Fourth grader Juelz Bugg made the top 24 chefs for Season 6! The season premiere of the show aired More »

LHWHS Junior Selected for 2018 Washington Journalism and Media Conference

Marilyn Lercel, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has been selected to represent St. Louis as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2018 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University from July 8 – 13, 2018.

Marilyn was chosen for this opportunity based on her academic accomplishments and her demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

“Marilyn has really found a passion and talent for Broadcast Technology and creative filmmaking,” Broadcast Technology teacher Don Goble said. “And now the opportunity for Marilyn to attend a prestigious summer journalism camp at George Mason University will truly prepare her for a productive senior year in our our high school program, and well beyond. Marilyn has worked hard to take advantage of the many broadcast opportunities Ladue Schools offers her, and I am incredibly proud of her for being selected.”

High School DECA Students Qualify for State

Congratulations to the following DECA State Qualifiers! The state competition will be held in March in Kansas City. See the students and their recognitions below!

Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making
1st- Giuseppe Di Cera (10) and Christopher Ye (10)

Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making
1st- Jane Farmer (12) and Emma Warticovschi (12)

Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
1st- Julian Peng (12) and Eric Yang (12)

Alumnus Named President of St. Louis Media History Foundation

Congratulations to Bill Greenblatt, Ladue Schools Class of 1972, for being named the new president of the St. Louis Media History Foundation! This foundation preserves the history of radio, television and advertising in the St. Louis area, maintains a media hall of fame and awards an annual college scholarship. Click the link here to learn more!

Fifth Annual Dance Marathon Breaks Another Record for Donations

On Saturday, Feb. 3, Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) students held their annual Ladue Dance Marathon at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, where their efforts to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals culminated in their largest donation to date.

This year, the students raised a grand total of $80,120.05, about $35,900 more than last year. Over the past five years, Ladue Dance Marathon has raised more than $207,000. All funds stay local, going directly to Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon to help pay for new patient programs, equipment and facility renovations.

Students who participate in Ladue Dance Marathon spend months fundraising and wrap up their efforts at the event with music and dancing, games and philanthropic activities. Several patient families, known as “Miracle Families,” also attend the event to share their inspirational stories with the students who support them.

“We are both in awe of our students, their dedication to a worthy cause, and their enormous hearts,” faculty co-sponsors Mike Farrell and Julie Blank said. “All of these students worked tirelessly throughout the year to create fundraising opportunities, recruit dancers and inspire everyone to remember the purpose of the event: it’s for the kids.”

Dance Marathon is a nationwide organization that raises funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network. Ladue Dance Marathon is student-led and was the first high school Dance Marathon in Missouri.

A Cappella Group Viva Voce Takes First Place at 2018 Midwest ICHSA Quarterfinals

Congratulations to Viva Voce, the a cappella group at the high school that won first place last night at the 2018 Midwest ICHSA Quarterfinals! The group now will be moving on to compete in the semifinal round in DeKalb, Illinois, for a chance to sing at the Beacon Theatre in NYC!

Junior Menea Kefalov was also awarded Outstanding Soloist of the night.

See the team members below:

Reed Elementary Named a 2018 State School of Character

The Ladue School District is pleased to announce that Reed Elementary School was named a 2018 State School of Character (SSOC) by The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the character education movement. The State Schools of Character program recognizes schools that have demonstrated the use of character education and development to create a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate.

“At Reed, we believe in making character education an integral part of our students’ daily lives,” Principal Dr. Chris Schreiner said. “To have our hard work recognized with the State School of Character designation is an incredible honor, and well-deserved by our staff, our students and their families who offer such tremendous support.”

Reed Elementary School has 418 students and is located at 9060 Ladue Road, St. Louis, MO, 63124. In 2018, along with Reed Elementary, 64 additional schools and 5 districts across the U.S. were recognized.

LMS Teacher Quentin Alimayu Selected for Missouri Council for Social Studies

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School teacher Quentin Alimayu for being selected to serve on the board of the Missouri Council for Social Studies. Quentin will serve as one of the regional delegates representing the entire Metro St. Louis area for the next two years. He will be seated next month.

“It’s exciting to know that Quentin will serve as an advocate for all students and will represent LMS and Ladue Schools at the state level,” Principal Tiffany Taylor-Johnson said. “What an accomplishment!”

Senior Julia Wang Selected as 2018 National Honorable Mention of NCWIT

Senior Julia Wang was selected as a 2018 National Honorable Mention (NHM) recipient of the National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing.

More than 3,600 students applied for the 2018 Aspirations Award, and the NHMs represent the top 10 percent of all applicants.

For more information about the award, visit


Alumna Betsy Heller Cohen Profiled for Work with St. Louis Mosaic Project

Recently, 1972 Ladue Schools alumna Betsy Heller Cohen was featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for her work with the St. Louis Mosaic Project, a regional initiative with the goal of transforming St. Louis into the fastest growing major metropolitan area for immigration by 2020.

Betsy is the Executive Director of the organization, which is professionally managed by St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center St. Louis and a 27-member committee.

The article delves into Betsy’s penchant for international activities and relations.

“I’ve always been involved with different nonprofits and businesses,” she told the post-dispatch. “I think of myself as a connector.”

To read more about Betsy’s background, the St. Louis Mosaic Project’s mission or its initiatives, read the article here.

LMS Science Olympiad Teams Perform Well at Regional Competition

Congratulations to the Science Olympiad teams! Both teams performed exceptionally well at the regional competition held at Lindenwood University over the weekend. The Competition team took first place by a landslide and will be moving on to the state finals in Fulton, Missouri, in early April.

This is Ladue Middle School’s 27th consecutive year making it to the state finals!