Academics Building Recognition Ladue Horton Watkins High School Students

Tariq Lashley Wins WashU Essay Contest

LHWHS 2022 graduate Tariq Lashley recently was named a winner of the inaugural St. Louis High School Student Paper Awards, organized by The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE²) at Washington University.

Students were asked to write about why the study of race and ethnicity is important and how it benefits different communities.

An excerpt from Lashley’s piece, titled “We Needed Black Studies Ten Years Ago,” reads: “If we as children were taught what race really was, and how racism—even the small jokes—built up into a wild entity of our creation, I do not think we would be where we are now.”

Lashley was one of three winners selected and received a $500 prize; he will attend the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in the fall.

Several LHWHS received honorable mentions, including:

  • Mekdes Desta
  • Eleanor Fister
  • Grayson Francis
  • Isabella Huan
  • Sophia Liu
  • Will Loynd
  • Destini Rogers
  • Mariah Thomas

To read more about the winning papers, visit the CRE² website .