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Ladue Schools’ Morgan Taylor Opens for Benefit Concert at the FOX

Morgan Taylor, a freshman at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, opened for Brian McKnight and Genuine at a benefit concert for Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club last week at the FOX Theatre! This was the largest crowd Morgan has performed for to date. Check out the video below!

Around the district, Morgan is known for her strong voice and angelic melodies. Check out another clip here of Morgan (then an 8th grade student at Ladue Middle School) wowing well-known singer and songwriter Johnny Gill while he was touring St. Louis with Charlie Wilson (GAP band) and Fantasia. She sang “Total Praise” by Yaw Osei-Owusu and even shared her CD with Johnny!

Last year, she sang at the first Courageous Dialogue Meeting at Ladue Middle School and at AA Recognition Night.

Congratulations, Morgan!

 

Twenty-One LHWHS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Twenty-one Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors have recently been recognized as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition—the highest number of Ladue Schools students to be honored in a single year, and more students than any other school in the state. These students qualified based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) taken in their junior year.

“We are incredibly proud of these students. They have demonstrated the results that can be achieved through years of dedication to their studies and I have no doubt this is just the beginning of great accomplishments these students will experience,” Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke said. “This year, we celebrate the largest number of students to receive this recognition, but it’s important to remember that while this accomplishment is made in high school, every educator who has inspired and supported these students along the way has played a role in their success.”

All of these students are eligible for scholarships that will be offered next spring.

These students include (from top left to the bottom right of the attached picture): Abhay Cashikar, Anthony Schuster, Glen Morgenstern, Joel Hsieh, Charles Loitman, Aaron Umen, Eric Yang, Lily Hauptman, Audrey Wang, Julia Wang, Xiwen Zhang, Ryan Miller, Annie Liu, Evyn Levy, Justin Chen, Albert Liu, Aleesha Shi and Sophia Li. Levi Dyson, Macey Goldstein and Edward Wu were not pictured.

LHWHS Students Graduate from 2017 STARS Program

This year, five Ladue Horton Watkins High School students graduated from the 2017 STARS Program (Students and Teachers as Research Scientists), a six-week precollegiate research program held over the summer!

About 95 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.

Over the course of the program, the five Ladue Schools students synthesized their work into research papers. The papers include:

English-Language Arts Teacher Kim Gutchewsky Named 2017 Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year

The Ladue School District is proud to announce that Kim Gutchewsky, an English-Language Arts teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has been named a Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year for the St. Louis region. This coming school year will be Kim’s 24th year of teaching and her 18th year of being an English-Language Arts teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She was honored at a celebration event hosted by the St. Louis Regional Professional Development Center at Education Plus, 1460 Craig Road, on July 27, 2017. See pictures from the event here!

The Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year award is part of the Missouri Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). This program recognizes the efforts of effective teachers in providing a quality education to their students.

“We could not be more proud of Kim for this recognition at the regional level,” high school principal Brad Griffith said. “Kim sees it as part of her role to teach her wide range of students how to navigate their world, to embrace change, constantly evolve and utilize critical thinking. In addition, as chair of the English department, she has been a true teacher-leader, sharing innovative teaching practices, and a willingness to tackle difficult issues. Kim is more than deserving of this award.”

Kim is eligible to compete for the 2017 Missouri Teacher of the Year. The selection committee, comprised of teachers, business leaders and education organization leaders, will choose the Missouri Teacher of the Year following interviews with each finalist this fall. The winner and the finalists will be honored at a banquet in October in Jefferson City. The new Missouri Teacher of the Year will serve as the state’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

The Missouri Teacher of the Year program is conducted with financial support by the Boeing Company and the Monsanto Fund.

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 was sent back to wrestle one more time after his graceful ceding of the match, and had one more chance to make state his senior year. He won.

Check out his story here.

 

Ladue Schools Programs Receive 2017 Promising Practices Awards

Several Ladue School District’s schools’ programs were selected as a 2017 National Promising Practice by Character.org! The program highlights what classrooms are doing well across the nation and across the world.

The following school received the award for their programs:

  • Ladue Horton Watkins High School — The Big Brothers and Sisters helping Little Brothers and Sisters Initiative
  • Ladue Horton Watkins High School — Peace Wall
  • Ladue Middle School — “I am LMS” Day
  • Ladue Middle School — “Listening Circles for Equity and Diversity”

Congratulations to everyone who had a part in these deserving programs!

Seniors and High School Staff Finish Another Successful Senior Service Day

Nearly 50 students and eight faculty members (Julia Harrison, Roberta McCaffrey, Drew Crismon, Mike Farrell, Bob Westerholt, Jessica Kennedy, Mary Christine Kubik, and Debra Carson) participated in the annual service day. The groups were all over the place doing great things! They planted 1,050 plants in Forest Park, cleared out honey suckle in Millennium Park, prepped 250 meals at Food Outreach, beautified the grounds at Kingdom House, sorted donations at Back to School Store, and shopped for, cooked and served meals at Gateway 180.
 
Below are some pictures from the day’s activities. The kids worked very hard and had a blast!

High School Science Olympiad Team Makes History

On Sunday, May 21, the high school science olympiad team made history at the national competition at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.  The previous top finish at the national competition was many years ago, when the team finished in 17th place.  This year, the team finished in 11th!

These students put in countless hours of hard work and dedication. They finished in the top six (and were called up on stage) in six different events as well as the one trial event! Patrick Naughton and Kevin Jiang performed spectacularly in optics and finished first in the nation in that event!

Below is a list of all the students who participated.

Ladue Schools Students Compete at U.S. Chess Federation SuperNationals VI

Seventeen Ladue School District students competed in the U.S. Chess Federation SuperNationals VI tournament from May 11-14 in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the largest-rated chess tournament in history, with 5,577 competitors and 1,586 teams from 50 states.

Students competed in tournament sections according to their grade and U.S. Chess Federation rating. Ten students from Ladue Schools returned to St. Louis with trophies from their individual tournament sections.

Ayden Huang (1) from Conway Elementary competed in the K-1 Championship section and finished in 21st place among 190 players. He was the only student from Missouri to compete in this section. Aaron Lin (2) from Conway Elementary played in the K-3 Championship section and finished 25th in a field of 214 students.

Sahil Chatwal (4) from Spoede Elementary played in the K-8 Under 750 section, and Celina Zhou (3) from Spoede Elementary competed in the K-3 Championship section.

Senior Reilly Ahearn Sets Records on the Golf Course

Reilly Ahearn, a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has been in the news lately for his achievements as a golf player. On May 8, Reilly shot 7 under par for a round of 65 to win the sectional golf tournament. His score set an all-time state record for being the lowest round ever in a district, sectional or state tournament!

He has already accepted a scholarship to play at UMSL, which is nationally ranked. But behind all of his success was the loss of his mother, the person who offered constant support and drove him to all of his tournaments. See this segment by News Channel 5 for more on Reilly’s story.