Hats off to John Burroughs junior TRISHA BHAT, who achieved a perfect score of 2400 on her SAT. In case you were wondering, Trisha also scored a perfect 36 on her ACT, which she took this summer. Both were her first attempts! Bursting with pride are parents SANJAY and SAVITA BHAT of Chesterfield.

Chesterfield Day School’s new head of school is a familiar face to many: MATTHEW VIRGIL, currently the director of curriculum and instruction for City Academy, also served as upper school director at Rossman School and as faculty member at MICDS. He’ll begin his new duties with the 2011-2012 school year.

We salute little TIFFANY UNG, winner of the Missouri Music Teachers Association Sate Piano Competition (first grade division). Tiffany is a student of YULIA RIFE of Milder Musical Arts.

Congratulations to LAUREN RINCK (Nerinx ’03), who recently competed in the Ironman World Championships held on Kona, Hawaii. Rinck was among 1,800 athletes from around the world who competed in a 2.4-mile ocean swim, a 112-mile bike ride through lava fields where winds gusted up to 50 miles an hour and a full marathon. She finished in 11 hours and 11 minutes, and ranked 27th in her age group.

A number of St. Louis City families will soon get a knock on their doors from workers with the National Children’s Study—the largest long-term study of child health conducted in the country. SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH is leading efforts locally in this landmark research designed to help improve the health and well-being of future children. Workers will go door-to-door in selected neighborhoods to identify pregnant women and those trying to become pregnant who want their children to participate in research on the environmental and genetic influences on child health. Some 1,000 children here are expected to take part in the study that will last for more than 21 years. Nationally, the study will involve more than 100,000 participants.

Can I get a Woof! Woof!? Kennelwood personal trainer DAVE VAN GARDEREN and his Belgian Malinois STEWART are preparing to represent the U.S. in the DVG Schutzhund World Competition in Germany in April. Van Garderen and Stewart recently placed first in the Schutzhund Nationals, which included tracking, obedience and protection categories.

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience in St. Louis, the FOUR SEASONS may have just what you need. The downtown hotel is offering a singular ‘Sky’s the Limit’ package, complete with overnight accommodations in the 3,000-square-foot presidential suite, chauffeur service in a 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost, personal butler, private five-course dinner, spa treatments and Champagne and caviar at midnight, among other irresistible indulgences. All yours for $10,000.

Opening soon: HOTEL IGNACIO, a 51-room boutique hotel in the former Interiors Unlimited building just north of the Saint Louis University campus. Currently under construction, the property will be under the supervision of industry veteran JOHN DALTON, who will serve as the hotel’s GM, and Equis Hospitality Management of St. Louis. The hotel, named in honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola, is owned by Moto Hotel Investors, an affiliate of SLU.

The newest installment in a popular children’s book series features the Saint Louis Zoo as its backdrop. Wendy on Wheels Goes to the Zoo is the second book of the Wendy on Wheels series written by St. Louisan ANGELA RUZICKA and illustrated by UMSL grad ELIZABETH GEARHART. De Soto resident BRANDON O’HARVER’s name is used for Wendy’s companion in the zoo adventure. Brandon was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 4. In his honor, a portion of book sales will be donated to Muscular Dystrophy Association. LN