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LHWHS Home to Three James Madison Fellowship Recipients

Ladue Horton Watkins High School has the distinction of having three recipients of the James Madison Memorial Graduate Fellowship on its staff.

Principal Brad Griffith, Social Studies teacher Riley Keltner, and Social Studies Department Chair Chris Saxton all have previously received the fellowship, given to secondary educators pursuing a master’s degree with a focus on teaching courses related to the U.S. Constitution.

The fellowship is given to one educator per state each year; Saxton received the award for Missouri in 1998, followed by Griffith in 2003, and Keltner in 2019 as a teacher in Illinois.

The James Madison Foundation recognized the trio in a tweet on Sept. 2.

Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States, the fellowship funds up to $24,000 of each Fellow’s course of study towards a master’s degree.

The award aims to recognize promising and distinguished teachers, strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government, and expose the nation’s secondary school students to accurate knowledge of the nation’s constitutional heritage.

Additional information about the Foundation may be found at