Check out the accomplishments from various LHWHS Clubs and Organizations for the 2019-2020 school year.
National English Honor Society
Character Cadre is a club focused on making Ladue Horton Watkins a place where character and service are just as important as grades and academic achievements. In the 2019-2020 school year, students in Character Cadre got involved in many events at school and in the larger community in order to promote character and serve others. At school, students decorated flower pots and planted flowers for patients at BJC hospital, they promoted Fill the Barrel to feed the community, they spread positive messages throughout the school, and they made gifts for teachers and staff to recognize their hard work and dedication. Beyond the school walls, students packed meals for those in need with hundreds of other local high school students at World Food Day. Character Cadre is dedicated to others, and to making Ladue Horton Watkins a better place to learn and work in.
LHWHS DECA business students had the most successful district competition in history! Ladue had sixty entries qualify for the 2020 Missouri State DECA Competition in Kansas City, which was by far the largest number of any school in our district. Junior Caroline Powell was also selected as a Leadership Delegate which automatically qualified her for the 2020 International DECA Competition in Nashville, TN.
Muslim Student Association
The year, the Muslim Student Association invited a local imam to address the group about the traditions and beliefs of the Muslim faith. The MSA successfully secured a regular location and time for Friday prayers, a sacred part of the Muslim religion. Our hope for next year is to encourage new members with fresh ideas to keep the club going for years to come!
Ladue Publications National Awards 2020
The Panorama newsmagazine placed ninth in the nation at the Journalism Education Association’s national convention and fifth in specialty edition for their November issue. Panorama was also named a Pacemaker Finalist this year by the National Scholastic Press Association and earned a Silver Crown award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The Rambler yearbook placed fourth in the nation at the Journalism Education Association’s national convention, the highest we have ever placed before. The Rambler yearbook also won the Missouri Journalism Education Association’s Theme Design of the Year award for their 2020 yearbook theme: “It’s Not Bragging If It’s True”.
Hugh Chan placed first in Quill and Scroll’s national competition for Feature Page Design with “Doughnut Telephone.”
Grace Hu and Nicole Kalishman placed second in Quill and Scroll’s national competition for Photo Illustration with “Wasteful.”
Jackson Bry placed second in Quill and Scroll’s national competition for Sports Page Design with “A Swim-pressive Season.”
Sunny Lu and Anna Liner placed third in Quill and Scroll’s national competition for Newsmagazine Front Page Design with “Title IX.”
Cassandra Beisheim, Anna Liner and Sunny Lu placed third in Quill and Scroll’s national competition for Feature Page Design with “BLEACH.”
Ladue Publications Missouri Awards 2020
Seniors Anna Liner and Cassandra Beshiem were named to the Missouri All-State Journalism Team. Anna and Cassie are the Head Design Editors for the Panorama Newsmagazine and the Editors in Chief of Melodrama, an Arts and Culture magazine created this year.
Grace Hu, Anna Liner and Cassandra Beisheim won the Missouri Journalism Education Association’s Infographic of the Year award for “Through the Decades.”
Fiona Ferguson won the Missouri Journalism Education Association’s Yearbook Sports Story of the Year award for “Three in a Row.”
Alex Fu and Sydney Crump won the Missouri Journalism Education Association’s News Story of the Year award for “Food Insecurity is Real.”
Grace Hu won the Missouri Journalism Education Association’s Doubletruck Design of the Year award for “Fast Fashion Facts.”
Katie Shaw won the Missouri Journalism Education Association’s Inside Page Design of the Year award for “Got Water?”
Danielle Zhang was named a Missouri Journalism Education Association Finalist in Editorial Cartoon drawing for “Ram Day.”
Hugh Chan was named a Missouri Journalism Education Association Finalist in Sports Writing for “Playing for Gray.”
Grace Hensely, Bradford Siwak and Katie Shaw were named Missouri Journalism Education Association Finalists in Cover Design for “Fast Fashion.”
Ladue Mock Trial
This year our Mock Trial team had 21 members who, under the leadership of local attorney Rob Samuelson, and coaches Mr. Saxton and Mr. Snidman, argued both sides of a civil case in multiple rounds at the St. Louis County Courthouse. The teams had to apply the Federal Rules of Evidence to pursue justice in a wrongful death case resulting from a fall from a ride at an amusement park. After two preliminary rounds and two regional rounds, the team, through a series of victories, qualified for the State tournament which had been scheduled to be held at the St. Charles County Courthouse in March. Sadly, the State and National rounds were cancelled for 2020, but like a Phoenix, the team will be back to handle new litigation in October.
Ladue Club Neuro
Club Neuro began the year with a fundraiser called Bows for Brains at Conway’s Trunk of Treat! We made hair bows and sold to raise money for Spread Ari’s Light and the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation. In November, Club Neuro held a speaker event where Dr. Riley Nickols, a sport psychologist who specializes in working with athletes with eating disorders, came in to talk to Ladue students, parents, and staff about eating disorder awareness and performance-related concerns in athletes. In the second half of the school year, Club Neuro worked with UNICEF to hold the Snow Ball; all proceeds went to UNICEF and Spread Ari’s Light foundations. Finally, Club Neuro spent time reviewing the Brain Facts Book in order to prepare for the Brain Bee, a neuroscience competition for high schoolers held at WashU. Many members of the club competed, and several placed in the top ten.
Ladue Dance Marathon
Ladue Dance Marathon is a member of a nationwide organization that spreads awareness of the Children’s Miracle Network mission and raises funds to support our two local children’s hospitals: St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. In 2020 Ladue DM raised $76,021, bringing our 7-year total to over $350,000 for the kids! (FTK!)
TEAM 4330 Rambunction competed in little Rock Arkansas one week before spring break. The TEAM then returned to compete in St. Louis after numerous repairs to the robot. Garison Siegel and Jiya Singh were the FIRST Dean’s List finalists for Team 4330. Noah Smock and George Jurgiel were the primary programmers. Gary Davis II was safety captain. During the matches, Ben Hocaoglu and Jackson Proper were drivers. Andrew Johnson was coach.We went to the event only to find out it had been cancelled 1 hour before it was to begin, due to COVID-19. Safety F.I.R.S.T.
Ladue Best Buddies
Best Buddies has rallied around inclusive friendships for 4 years now at Ladue! From throwing holiday chapter parties at the high school, to hosting social events on the weekend, raising funds at friendship walks, and even connecting with other chapters in the area, Best Buddies has shown that when we extend a helping hand, friendship can blossom!
LHWHS French Honor Society
The French Honor Society was busy this year! We started the school year with an ice cream social and soccer tournament with the Spanish and German Honor Societies. In the fall we played French card games, read French poems, cooked some delicious crêpes after school, and inducted our new members into the Society. In December we made cards that were put in care packages for the homeless in France and we had a bûche de Noël decorating contest – miam! Second semester was shorter, but just as busy! We watched a French film, tasted a variety of French cheeses and breads, and made Valentine’s cards for our friends and loved ones. International Week in February was a blast – we made crêpes for a culinary sampler, carried flags around the school for the Parade of Nations, and sang our hearts out with the Spanish students during the Student Showcase. C’était Formidable!
Together We Rise
Students would meet regularly to study for exams…the United States Physics Olympiad and the Physics Bowl. William Bender and Stephen Jiang earned top scores in the first round of the exams. They qualified for the second round before the decision was made to cancel the 2020 International Physics Olympiad. The 2020 Physics Bowl was also canceled. So, our team is still the defending champs from 2019.
Ladue Chinese Club
Si Tong He and Di Zhu presented to small groups of students twice a month. The presentations provided opportunities to learn about Chinese Language and Culture. These students have built an informative database of presentations for anyone curious about Chinese writing, speaking, idioms, slang, customs, music, food, movies, art, literature, traditions, and history.
Ladue Chess Team
The Ladue Chess Team had a great year, even though the season was cut short by recent events. This year we had enough great players at the school to have a second team for the Gateway Chess League. Our White Team played in the East Conference. They had an amazing year, and exceeded everyone’s expectations for a 7-1-1 record and a second place finish in the East. They were led Katherine Eisenman on Board 1 (7-2), Andrew Stappenbeck on Board 2 (6-2-2), Kanishk Shanmugam on Board 3 (6-2-2), Alex Rybak on Board 4 (5-3-1), and Andrew Fruend on Board 5 (4-1-1).
Club Amigos del Espanol
Our club focuses on using the Spanish language for enrichment and looks for ways to connect with the Hispanic culture. Our most successful event this year was our breakfast gathering where students enjoyed watching “Coco” and eating quesadillas, chips and salsa, pancakes, and getting to know each other. The club continued meeting during the year and developed ideas on how to continue learning about the Hispanic culture, food, and music.
Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica
The Ladue High School Spanish Honor Society has been active since 2014 and was founded by Maritza
Sloan, a Spanish teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. The group has volunteered extensively
with WPP by spending every Wednesday evening at the West County Ronald McDonald House with the
children under WPP’s care. The club also holds annual donation drives for clothing and basic necessities
of the families under WPP, as well as fundraisers to help fund treatments for children.
On August 20, 2019, the Ladue High School Spanish Honor Society was honored by the World Pediatric
Project with the Junior Humanitarian of the Year Award. This award is given to high schoolers who are
recognized for their outstanding dedication to the WPP, a nonprofit organization that provides medical
attention to critically ill children in Central America and the Caribbean. The event was held at Westwood
Country Club to recognize and celebrate 15 years of healing.
Spanish Honor Society students have been staying connected to our friends at World Pediatric during this time by hosting
weekly virtual tutoring sessions.
Hieran Andeberhan- Epidemiology
Justin Zhang – Nutrition
Shriya Koneru – PathophysiologyIn addition to this event, HOSA also ran a booth last fall performing and teaching visitors about taking their own blood pressure at the Frontenac Festival.
Students for a Greener Earth (SAGE) embarked on a Green Schools Quest for the high school, working closely with their community sponsor, Eric Schneider from Straight Up Solar. Led by Gabe DiAntonio and Anna Reis, SAGE members met with administrators and facilities managers at the campus and district level to learn about how our school can reduce its waste in the cafeteria while advocating for impactful systemic changes. They also collaborated with the Earthways Center to conduct a waste-audit of one day’s worth of lunchtime trash. That entailed literally digging through trash, sorting it by type, and weighing it all. The findings from the waste-audit coupled with research and communication with building leaders has led the club to design a new recycling process for the school cafeteria, which you can look forward to participating in once we return to eating lunch on campus.