We Climb Because They Climbed—that’s the tagline for the recent Clayton 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, which invites participants to climb 110 flights of stairs (the same number as in the World Trade Center Buildings) to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This year’s climb raised more than $55,000, honoring the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. Firefighters and paramedics completed the trek in full gear, wearing a picture of a firefighter who died in the attack. Monarch firefighter Nick Smith was this year’s top individual fundraiser. Pictured: Monarch firefighters team
The epitome of timeless elegance, equestrian-inspired fashion is a look that will never go out of style.
The head of the class...For the second year in a row, Ladue Horton Watkins High School is the top-rated high school in Missouri, according to a nationwide annual ranking.
Students at Ladue Horton Watkins High School celebrate their high marks.
We are officially back to school. And for the high-school crowd, Homecoming is the first big event. These guys and gals all are members of the Fashion Club at Ladue Horton Watkins High School—the perfect models for our spread.
A packed house at the Fox Theatre was entertained by the area’s most talented high school students during the 4th annual Teen Talent Competition. First-place honors went to Donesha Buhr for her dazzling hula hoop routine.
Julie Lynn Jackson and Jacob Daniel Molitor
Stephanie Kantis is a bona fide St. Louis success story. LN recently spoke with Kantis about her Ladue roots, advice for fellow entrepreneurs and her most sought-after venture to-date.
Jennifer Reiss and Jerred Killoren
TAYLOR ROBINSON, a senior at Ladue Horton-Watkins High School, is one of 814 high school athletes nationwide who have been nominated to play in the 2013 McDonald’s All American Games. The 2013 nominees include high school basketball players from across the country who have been selected by coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. Pictured: Taylor Robinson with Colleen Schoendienst, local McDonald's owner/operator
Katherine Watt & Richard Banahan
Anationally renowned scientist, a superior court judge and a professional WNBA player are among past graduates of Ladue Horton Watkins High School. These accomplished professionals and others will be honored at the school’s 60th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Recognition Ceremony on Sept. 21.
It was a special moment for Diane Patershuk when she witnessed a group of second-graders speaking Mandarin at a Ladue elementary school. The Chinese language class is one of several programs funded in the Ladue School District through the Ladue Education Foundation (LEF). “It was neat to see those students participate in something like that. LEF allows us to provide those extraordinary opportunities,” says Patershuk, a member of the foundation’s board.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sher of St. Louis are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Rachel Sher, to Matthew Robert Wagner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wagner of O’Fallon, Mo.
Dr. Robert and Penny Ramsey of Ladue are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Ramsey, to Brandon Gill, son of Simon and Sharon Willard of Irvine, Calif., and Jon Gill of Hemet, Calif.
Multiple Grammy Award-winning composer TERENCE BLANCHARD and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright MICHAEL CRISTOFER have teamed up to create Champion, a new opera starring DENYCE GRAVES that will premiere in St. Louis next month. Champion, which blends American jazz with opera, is based on the story of prizefighter Emile Griffith. The work is a co-commission with OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS and JAZZ ST. LOUIS and will receive its world premiere June 15 through 30 as part of Opera Theatre’s 2013 Festival Season.
Students, parents and faculty at the Ladue School District conducted Fill the Bus, a food drive to benefit the Jewish Family & Children�s Services for the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry? More than 6,000 canned goods were collected through the course of the campaign, more than double last year�s total. Pictured: Ladue Horton Watkins High School students help load thousands of cans into a bus for the Fill the Bus campaign
Legrand Atwood and Kathy Atwood, both of St. Louis, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tinsley Atwood, to Jamie Saettele, son of Gustave and Lisa Saettele of Ladue.
Acclaimed trumpet player and composer WYNTON MARSALIS will headline the ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY’s fourth annual gala, Red Velvet Ball Swings!
Native St. Louisans, Jeff and Mary Gentsch, who have been married for 25 years, have lived in New York City and Chicago. In 1992, they returned to their hometown when Jeff joined a St. Louis-based private equity firm. Their two sons, Clayton, 22, and Chris, 20, are both graduates of Ladue Horton Watkins High School. In 2005, Mary received her real estate license and joined the Ladue office of Coldwell Banker Gundaker. Both Jeff and Mary are active volunteers in the community focusing on health care and the welfare of young adults.
Combining Bill DeWitt III’s duties as president of the St. Louis Cardinals with his wife Ira’s role as founder of Notifi Records, an urban music label, means a busy life for the DeWitt family. Their Ladue home provides a relaxing retreat at the end of the day.
Thanks to a failed stunt and two broken arms, Justin Willman discovered a talent he never knew he had. “One day after school, in junior high, I was riding my bike with friends, trying to impress the girls,” he recalls. “I strapped on my rollerblades and tried to ride my bike with them on. I was going down a hill when I caught my brake with my rollerblade and flipped over the handle bars, breaking both arms.” Willman’s arms were placed in casts for the next six months, and his doctor advised him to learn some card tricks as a way of gaining back his dexterity, Willman’s mom drove him to Gibbols, a magic shop on Laclede’s Landing, to learn magic, “There are a lot of magicians in St. Louis oddly enough.” he says. “I became obsessed.”
June and Alvin Wolff of St. Louis are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer RachelWolff, to Thomas Howard Hertzberg, son of Sue and Stuart Hertzberg of Wilmette, Ill.
FRIDAY, NOV. 4
Deavin Edwards is the definition of a running back running amok. The senior running back and safety for the Ladue Horton Watkins football team has been one of the most dangerous and dynamic players on the gridiron this fall. He’s scored 19 touchdowns and rushed for 1,152 yards on 102 attempts. That’s more than 11 yards every time he’s handed the football.