Bring on the pageantry… A Ballwin woman is the new Ms. Missouri Senior America: SONJA NELSON-STOUGH impressed the judges with her talent, playing on the hammer dulcimer, as well as with her evening gown presentation and private interview. Nelson-Stough will go on to compete in the Ms. Senior America Pageant in October in Atlantic City.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old MICDS student TESS MANDOLI is preparing to compete for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen title this month. Tess, who was crowned Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen 2013, is headed to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the competition, dubbed the ‘little sister’ to Miss America. While there, she’ll play the piano for the talent portion of the contest, as well as compete in evening wear, active wear and a question-and-answer portion. The pageant promotes scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement among the nation’s teens.

Ladue Middle School student CLAIRE ROWE was recently honored with a national title in the Young American Miss International (YAMI) pageant. Twelve-year-old Claire received the Royalty Supreme title for her charity work, including her efforts to raise money for the Cancer Support Community’s Steps for Hope Walk. YAMI contestants are judged by their community service, as well as an essay submission.

Congratulations to St. Louis City License Collector MICHAEL MCMILLAN, who has been appointed as the next president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. McMillan officially takes the helm next week, succeeding the retiring JAMES BUFORD.

Clayton elementary school teacher TOM BOBER is in Washington, D.C., to participate in a national education program by the Library of Congress. Bober, who teaches at Captain Elementary School, was selected from a pool of more than 500 to participate in the program, in which teachers work with Library education specialists and other experts to learn how to use primary sources in the classroom effectively. 

The 10th annual DINE ON DANCE kicks off in St. Louis next month. The event, hosted by Karlovsky & Company Dance, features professional contemporary, site-specific dance and live music. Noontime performances are scheduled for Strauss Park at Grand Center (Sept. 20) and Market in the Loop (Sept. 27). Spectators are encouraged to bring lunch or purchase food on location. 

The Grand Center Arts District is the new home of the INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM. The nonprofit celebrates the achievements of inventors, pioneers and pivotal artists throughout the history of photography. A September grand opening is planned.

One of the country’s leading silhouette artists, CLAY RICE, will make a St. Louis appearance later this month. Rice, who also is a best-selling children’s book author, will be at Imagination Toys in Ladue on Sunday, Aug. 25. Time slots are available from noon until 4:30 p.m. For reservations, call the store at 993-6288.