Just perfect! Congratulations to two St. Louis-area high school juniors for earning perfect ACT scores: MARY MUNSELL of Cor Jesu Academy and GWYNETH PEARSON of Visitation Academy each received a top composite score of 36—something less than one-tenth of one percent of test-takers nationwide achieve. The national average is a score of 21.1.
Mary—who goes by ‘Molly’—aspires to major in chemical or biomedical engineering and plans to continue on with medical school. She has yet to decide which college to attend. Molly took part in the Missouri Scholars Academy; and is the recipient of the National Latin Exam’s Summa Cum Laude for the past three years, as well as Cor Jesu’s Harvard Book Award and the Mathematics & Science Award. She also is involved in numerous activities, including cross-country, the Campus Ministry Service Committee and the Politics Club (a new club that she founded and currently leads). Molly is the daughter of MICHAEL and SHEILA MUNSELL of Ballwin.
Gwyneth, daughter of DR. ANTHONY PEARSON and JEANNE KEMP, both of Chesterfield, is a National Merit Commended Scholar, who also earned a perfect score of 800 on the math portion of the SAT. She was a member of the Viz Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team, which placed second in its division this year. In the statewide competition, Gwyneth took home first-place honors in biology and second-place honors in math. Additionally, she has played tennis at Visitation for three years. She is weighing her college options, and plans on pursuing biomedical engineering, medicine or veterinary medicine.
OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS has announced its lineup for the 2014 Spring Season, which opens with a new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The season-opener will be directed and designed by fashion icon ISAAC MIZRAHI, who is making his triumphant return to OTSL following 2010’s A Little Night Music, which he also directed and designed. Also on the schedule: Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, and the world premiere of Twenty-Seven, featuring celebrated mezzo-soprano STEPHANIE BLYTHE in the role of Gertrude Stein.
Have you seen the new Star Trek movie yet? St. Louisan ERIC GREITENS, founder of The Mission Continues, makes a cameo in Star Trek Into Darkness, which is currently showing at theaters nationwide. The film’s director, J.J. ABRAMS and Paramount Pictures have teamed up to support The Mission Continues in its work to help veterans transition into community leadership roles following their military service. Through a dedicated webpage and the purchase of two movie effects through an app, Star Trek fans will be able to help raise money for the organization’s mission. For more information, visit StarTrekMovie.com.
Ladue’s own GRANT WEBER will be featured on the Lifetime Television show, The Balancing Act. Weber is the CEO of Riley’s Premium Pet Products, a local manufacturer of healthy dog treats that are good enough even for humans to eat. In fact, we’re told that most of the Lifetime crew sampled the treats during filming! Weber’s segment on the show will air on Lifetime June 4 and 11 (6 a.m. St. Louis time).
Daddy Double…Ready for LN’s FATHER'S DAY LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST? This year’s grand-prize winner will receive gift certificates to La Cantina and Amigos Cantina restaurants (a $100 value). Send us a photo of father and child(ren), complete with names and contact information, by Monday, June 10. We’ll publish as many photos as space allows in our June 14 issue. Email your photo (at least 1MB in size) to Julia Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.