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Art Students’ Work Chosen for Young Artists’ Showcase

The Young Artists’ Showcase is a juried, all-media exhibition of artwork created by high school students. This year, 395 works were submitted, and 125 of those were accepted.

Please congratulate the following students’ whose work made the exhibition:

Xuantong Ning (10)
Carly Schaffrin (11)
Betsy Johnson (12)
Claire Raichle (12)
Sunny Lu (10)
Sara Eastlund (12)
Mitch LaMar (12)

High School Girls Basketball Team Holds Staff Appreciation Night

The high school girls basketball team held a staff appreciation night on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Each player chose a staff member to recognize, and Activities Coordinator Greg Baber read a tribute that one player wrote as they walked out onto the court. A reception was held after the game.

Nine Ladue Horton Watkins High School Seniors Participate in Ceremonial Signing Celebration

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, nine seniors from Ladue Horton Watkins High School attended a Ceremonial Signing Celebration to share the news of their commitment to attend and play a sport for universities across the country. The celebration took place at 3 p.m. in the Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) cafeteria. Following are the names of the students, the educational institution they will attend, and the sport they have committed to play for those schools.

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)

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:

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 aspirations.org.

 

Speech and Debate Team Has Three Tournament Champions at Capital Classic

The LHWHS Speech and Debate team competed in the Capital Classic hosted by Jefferson City High School on Jan. 26- 27. The team took 5th place in Overall Sweepstakes!

The team also had several students advance out of preliminary rounds in the tournament.

Check out the winners below!

High School Students Worm Their Way to Sustainability

A group of nine high school students have made it to the Finals portion of the LEXUS EcoChallenge! This competition is a national STEM competition for grades 6-12. Student teams are encouraged to tackle environmental issues that affect their communities and create practical solutions while competing for a total of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. This is the first year students from our high school have entered the challenge.

The students’ project centers around feeding styrofoam waste to mealworms, critters that can safely digest the refuse. The two teacher sponsors are Monica Bowman and Katie Kane, and the students include: juniors Antonio Amore Rojas, Alice Breternitz, Faith Deddens, Carolyn Duncan, Eleanor Duncan and Megan Ross; and sophomores Abigail Bernstein, Cindy Wang and Christopher Ye.

In Monica Bowman’s science classroom, nestled behind bundles of yarn, are twelve 8-oz. cylinders, each filled with mealworms and superworms happily munching away at bits of styrofoam.”The yarn keeps them warm,” junior Alice Breternitz said, smiling.

“The interesting part of this project, for me, is the creative problem-solving as a group,” Alice said. “We found a problem—styrofoam that’s just thrown away after it’s used—and then we needed an out-of-the-box solution, something that would be sustainable. We learned that mealworms eat styrofoam, and that led to more research about how to make this work for our school.”

The students collected styrofoam from around the high school and began experimenting. They soon found that a group of superworms can eat 1 to 1.5 containers filled about 3/4 of the way with styrofoam each week.

“The part that impresses me most is that the students found this interesting idea, and it motivated them to try it out for themselves,” Katie said. “These students threw themselves into this project using their enthusiasm and critical thinking skills to figure out how they could make this a sustainable process for our school.”

Sustainability is key to this project, so the students are not only working on breaking down the styrofoam. They are also experimenting with using the feces of the worms as compost. And when the mealworms eventually turn into beetles, they will be used as food for the reptiles living in science classrooms.

“We would like to start collecting styrofoam from the middle school and the elementary schools, too, so that we can
make an impact at the district level,” Alice said.

For the Finals, the students’ project submission is due on March 5, 2018. To learn more about the Lexus Eco Challenge, please visit http://lexus.scholastic.com.