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Fall 2015, a Semester to Celebrate

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Fall 2015 was another semester to celebrate! The Ladue School District is recognized nationally for the outstanding academic achievements of its students inside the classroom. The district’s staff and students are also achieving at a high level outside the classroom.

Here is just a sampling from the first semester of the 2015-16 school year.

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Schoolwide Recognitions:

  • LMS administrators accept the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools award.Spoede Elementary School was named the No. 1 School in Missouri for logging the most minutes in the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, with 178,443 minutes read.
  • Ladue Middle School (LMS) was recognized as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, a selective honor with only 285 public schools receiving the award.
  • Old Bonhomme Elementary was a recipient of the Gysbers Success Designation Award for the school’s commitment to implementing a guidance and counseling program that focuses on development for all students.


Ladue Horton Watkins High School Athletic Accomplishments

  • The LHWHS Boys Cross Country Team placed 4th at districts. Four runners medaled at districts: Devin Callahan, Ryan Witt, Aramis Rickey and Adam Sherberg, and the team qualified for sectionals.
  • LHWHS Girls Cross Country Team members Lila Bensky, Anna Margraf, Natalie Behrens, Grace Chicoine, Diane Mwonga and Courtney Christ, earned All District honors. Lila Bensky earned All-Sectional honors.
  • The LHWHS Football Team, with a 7-3 record, was second in the Suburban Central Conference, with eight First Team All-Conference Athletes (CJ Tammons, Daylen Edwards, Jarrod Smith, Mike Dothard, Luke Dibler, Alex Hahn, Chino Davis and Evan Mack), four Second Team All-Conference Athletes (Justin Moore, James Bell, Jordan Jackson and Asa McCurdy) and two Honorable Mention All-Conference Athletes (Charles Burton and Jeremy Levinson).
  • The LHWHS Boys Soccer Team poses for a team photo with their coaches.The LHWHS Boys Soccer Team record was 22-6, the second-best record in school history. The team was ranked 5th in the state coaches poll and won districts for the 4th straight year and sectionals for the 3rd straight year. School records were broken for goals (103) and shutouts (18) and Chris Naunheim, also named All-Regional Offensive Player of the Year and All-Conference Player of the Year, broke the record for the most career goals and points in a career at LHWHS. Four players made All-State, one player made the 2nd Team All-State. Four players made the All-Regional Team, one player made the 3rd Team All-Metro. Three players made 1st Team All-Conference, five players made the 2nd Team All-Conference, two players were named Honorable Mention All-Conference and Porter Rios won the All-Conference Sportsmanship Award.
  • The Softball Team record was 3-18, with two players earning All-District honors (Charlotte Mabbs and Madyson Espinosa), two team members making 1st Team All-Conference (Charlotte Mabbs and Jessie Rich) and two players making the 2nd Team All-Conference (Madyson Espinosa and Lillian Ohlsen).
  • The LHWHS Boys Swim Team record was 16-2. The team won the Ladue Invitational and came in 3rd place at both the Cape Rock and Lindbergh Invitational meets. The boys were the Suburban Central Conference Champions and placed 34th out of 67 teams represented at the State Championships.
  • The Volleyball Team record was 12-11-1 and they placed 3rd at the Ritenour Tournament. One team member (Hunter Byrne) made the 1st Team All-Ritenour Tournament, one team member made the 1st Team All-Conference and received the Sportsmanship Award (Aris McCurdy), and two team members made the 2nd Team All-Conference (Hunter Byrne and Lauren Murphy).

Final season information for Girls Tennis and Field Hockey is not yet available and will be included in the spring edition of Semester to Celebrate.

Community Outreach

  • Fourth-grade students from Reed, Spoede and Old Bonhomme gave presentations on waste management at the regional First Lego League Competition. Reed’s team beat its high score from past years, while both the Spoede and Old Bonhomme teams won the Core Values award.
  • Sadie Strelow volunteers as a patient ambassador at Shriners Hospital.Ladue Middle School (LMS) seventh-grade student Sadie Strelow was named the Shriners Hospital’s Hero of the Week in August for her volunteering activities as a patient ambassador.
  • District schools donated $5,044 and 6,630 cans of food and other supplies to area food banks and charities.
  • LHWHS National Honor Society raised $632.76 on Old Newsboys Day to support at-risk children of St. Louis with clothes, school supplies, food and medicine.
  • LMS and the Ladue Fifth Grade Center raised $4,617 combined through “Penny Wars” with proceeds going to area organizations providing food to families in need.
  • The FGC raised over $2,050 for the Siteman Cancer Center through the sale of “Due Time for a Cure” t-shirts.
  • LMS raised $1,207 for the St. Louis Challenger Baseball in memory of former student Joseph Goldman. The charity was one of his favorite philanthropies.
  • LHWHS students participated in Children’s Grief Awareness Day, raising support for the one out of 20 children who will lose a parent before graduating from high school.
  • Spoede Elementary collected 1,012 books for its book drive held throughout November.
  • The Ladue Talking Rams raised $400 for the Syrian Refugee Project of the United Nations High Commissioner, which will buy 127 sleeping mats for the refugees.
  • In Their Fields of Interest
  • LMS students Dale Chesson and Kiara Crawford attended the International Literacy Association Conference where they interviewed Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer.
  • LHWHS senior Jacqueline Wong received the Congressional Award Gold Medal for conquering goals in areas of individual growth including volunteering and personal development.
  • LHWHS 2015 graduates Nautica Huddleston, Gabrielle Hannah and Malcolm Davis received $3,000 McDonald’s Academic Excellence Award Scholarships.
  • LHWHS senior Alison Gold’s essay on alcohol and adolescence was recognized by the American Psychological Association committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools with a $250 scholarship.
  • Two LHWHS seniors, Simi Falako and Rasika Sant, were nominated and selected as guests of the Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court during the Missouri Bar Association’s Annual Meeting.
  • Huayu Gao meets with President Barack Obama at the White House.LHWHS senior Huayu Gao was one of two students chosen to represent Missouri at the Girls Nation program in Washington, D.C. this summer, where students create a mock legislature and meet with U.S. senators and the president.
  • LMS sixth-grader Iris Zhou was the only student to represent Missouri on the U.S. team in the 2015 World Youth & Cadets Chess Championship.
  • Reed Elementary first-grader Oscar Yanuck won first place at the 2015 AAU Junior Olympic Games Sport Stacking Championships in Virginia.
  • Five LHWHS juniors graduated from the 2015 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program and two were awarded an LMI Aerospace Award in Excellence in Research for their work.
  • LHWHS 2015 graduate Yang Liu won a gold medal for the second year in a row in the 2015 International Mathematical Olympiad as a member of the U.S. Team.
  • LMS sixth-grader Jackson DiBlasi’s story “The Union Visit” was published in “Grannie Annie: Vol. 10,” and he attended the annual book signing at the Missouri History Museum.
  • LHWHS band member recognitions include: six students in the All-State Band, eleven students in the All-Suburban Honors Band, one student in the All-Suburban High School Jazz Band.
  • The Talking Rams pose for a group photo.LMS band recognitions include: thirteen students in the St. Louis All-Suburban Middle School Honors Band.
  • LHWHS choir recognitions include: nine students in the St. Louis Suburban District Choir – all selected for honor chairs and three selected as top 20 in their voice part and eligible to audition for All-State Choir.
  • LMS choir recognitions include 13 middle school students in All-Suburban Middle School Choir.
    LHWHS orchestra recognitions include: four students in All-State Orchestra and nine students in All-Suburban High School Orchestra.
  • LMS orchestra recognitions include: fifteen students selected for All-Suburban Middle School Orchestra.
  • For the fifth year in a row, LHWHS’ speech and debate team, the Talking Rams, earned designation in the Two Hundred Club of the National Forensic League of the National Speech and Debate Association for 2015. This designation places the chapter in the top 7.5% of teams in the country.

Staff Recognitions

  • Karen Engelkenjohn, a Gifted Specialist at Reed Elementary, receives a $1,000 grant from Monsanto.LHWHS Boys Soccer Coach Dave Aronberg was voted the 2015 Coach of the Year for public schools in the Class 3 Division.
  • LHWHS teacher Hannah Behr was recognized as a 2015-16 Outstanding Project Lead The Way Engineering Teacher.
  • Old Bonhomme’s Technology Integration Coach Patricia Brown was chosen as a 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator.
  • Reed Elementary Gifted Specialist Karen Engelkenjohn received a $1,000 grant from Monsanto to buy agriculturally-focused kits for students.
  • Ladue Schools’ boys varsity tennis head coach Margaret Junker was named 2015 State Coach of the Year by MSHSAA and the NFHS.
  • LHWHS Choir Director Thomas Lowery received the 2015 Presidential Award of Excellence by the Missouri Choral Directors Association.