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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.
The Missouri State Senior Games, also known as the Senior Olympics, provides a setting for seniors to enjoy the spirit of competition, while encouraging physical exercise, social interaction and awareness of the abilities of older individuals. Meet three local athletes who truly benefit from their participation.
Joan and Larry Petralia of St. Louis and Nancy and Bob Ryan of Oklahoma City, Okla., are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Scott Nenninger, to Meghan Leeming, daughter of Adele and Bruce Leeming of Hudson, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Podgorski of Ladue are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Ann, to Michael Bryan Hill, son of Rachel McMahon of Olivette and the late Stephen Hill.
Dr. Steven Goodrich of Des Peres and Ms. Mary Goodrich of Creve Coeur are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Andrea Louise, to Steven Andrew Baker, son of Dr. John Baker of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Mrs. Stephanie Rindelaub of Plano, Texas.
When…St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association held its first annual Monte Carlo Gala? Guests enjoyed fine dining, dancing and gaming at Palladium-St. Louis. The organization provides services annually to more than 29,500 children struggling with a learning disability, their families and teachers. Pictured: Elaine Knight, Joan Morrissey and Sheryl Silvey.
St. Louis native MAURA KIDWELL (Clayton HS ’00) is drawing raves for her turn as Miep Gies in The Rep’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank, which runs through March 7. Kidwell plays the Dutch woman who served as Anne Frank’s protector from the Nazis during World War II. “While she did play a big role in helping the Franks, she didn’t see herself as anything extraordinary,” Kidwell says. “Knowing that about her takes the pressure off me as it relates to my role in the show.” The real Gies passed away in early January, one week before Kidwell began rehearsals for Anne Frank. “She was the one who actually preserved the diary—and she never even looked at it for all those years!” The Chicago-based Kidwell is a member of Redtwist Theatre and also counts commercials and industrial and feature films among her credits. Her parents are MARY and TIM KIDWELL of Clayton.
Next to family, teachers have the greatest impact on a child’s life. Emerson, a St. Louis-based global manufacturing and technology company, recognizes this through its Excellence in Teaching Awards, honoring 100 local educators annually with a cash grant to support professional development and matching grants to their schools. Recipients are nominated by their institutions. Three of this year’s honorees come from the heart of the LN reader area.