Rocket scientist in the making…Clayton High School senior MEREDITH REDICK has earned a perfect score on the ACT college admissions and placement exam. Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all test takers achieve the top score of 36 points. In addition to taking advanced classes, Meredith has participated in the Student and Teachers As Researchers (STARS) program, studying physical chemistry. She was also recently nominated for the National Council of Teachers of English Award in writing, and is a recipient of the Yale Book Award. In her spare time, Meredith volunteers for Kiddie Castle and Gateway Homeless Services. And did we mention she likes to build rockets with the Clayton Rocketry Club?

    St. Louisan MERRY KRAMER will perform as a soloist in BALLET MAGNIFICAT’s ‘Hiding Place’ at Edison Theatre. Kramer studied under CECIL SLAUGHTER and PAUL GARTLAND of the now-shuttered Ballet Midwest of Clayton. She was the St. Louis delegate to the 2006 National Society of Arts and Letters Competition in dance, and entered the Ballet Magnificat trainee program later that year. Performances will be held March 5, 6 and 7, with tickets available at the Edison box office or through

    The SAINT LOUIS ART FAIR has been officially ranked No. 2 among the nation’s fine art fairs, confirming what many of us have known for years. The distinction comes from the publishers of the Art Fair SourceBook (AFSB), which tracks 600 juried fine arts and crafts events across the country. Many artists base their show participation on AFSB, which looks at average net sales by exhibitors. Last year, exhibitors earned an average of $7,000 at the three-day event in downtown Clayton. The fair takes place Sept. 10 to 12 this year.  

    Kudos to DILLARD’S for its recent $1.4 million contribution to the local RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES (RMHC). The company’s gift was made possible through sales of the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook, which was available exclusively at Dillard’s over the holidays. To date, Dillard’s has donated more than $5.9 million to RMHC nationwide!

    Visionary care…DR. JAY PEPOSE and PEPOSE VISION INSTITUTE have pledged $1 million to a UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS initiative that provides free eye care to those in need. The money will be used to train optometry students in laser vision correction while at the same time offering no-cost vision correction and care to patients of the university-operated East St. Louis Eye Care Center. The institute’s refractive surgery initiative with UMSL’s College of Optometry began in 2001.

    Cinderella story…The town of Clayton is being hailed as the modern-day, property version of the Disney princess in the new book, From New Madrid to Claverach: How An Earthquake Spawned A St. Louis Suburb. Author and Clayton resident JAMES SHERBY uses pictures, maps and documents to show the rise of upscale Clayton neighborhoods from earthquake-ruined land, slave-owning farmland, prairies and country estates. The book also reveals little-known information behind landmarks, street names and architecture. Sherby will sign his book at the Brentwood Borders at 2 p.m. Feb. 13.

    Speaking of Disney, this month’s issue of Disney FamilyFun magazine features Kirkwood’s own CADETTE GIRL SCOUT TROOP 1486. When the magazine asked the Girls Scouts of the USA about ingenious group activities, the local troop submitted its idea, ‘Hula Hoop Game: It’s a Group Effort.’ The magazine selected eight ideas from 550 submissions across the country. For being selected, the Kirkwood troop received $250, a complete set of FamilyFun craft and activity books and a free subscription to the magazine. 

    WESTBOROUGH COUNTRY CLUB has a new executive chef. Former sous chef RON BUB (CBC High School ’99) is now in charge of the kitchen staff at the venerable club. Prior to Westborough, Bub served as lead cook for The Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis.

    Washington University’s DR. ROBERT BROPHY is one of only five physicians in the country to participate in the American Orthopaedic Association’s prestigious North American Traveling Fellowship. The program, which identifies future leaders in orthopedic surgery, sends doctors to the Midwest and Canada to identify emerging issues in orthopedics. WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ORTHOPEDICS serves as host to the fellows. 

    TGIF…We all look forward to Fridays, and a few business owners in WEBSTER GROVES are banding together to make the end of the work week even more fun. ‘Finale Fridays’ debuts tonight and recurs every last Friday of the month. Participating restaurants and shops in Webster will stay open later and some will have special deals for customers. Tonight’s maiden event features an art auction to benefit earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Local artists have donated 40 pieces of original art totaling $18,000, to be auctioned off at a Three Sinks Gallery cocktail party from 6 to 9 p.m.

    In memoriam…longtime hairstylist RON COLEMAN, whose client list included former FIRST LADY BARBARA BUSH, Miss Universe pageant candidates and a bevy of loyal customers from Frontenac and Ladue, has died from cancer at age 64. Coleman, who’s been with JAMES PEARSON SALON AND DAY SPA since 1991, had a career in hair design that spanned 40 years. His coifs have graced the pages of Family Circle, Weight Watchers, Town & Country and other national and local publications.

    A fair trade Oriental rug event is planned at PLOWSHARING CRAFTS in University City next month. The sale, Mar. 17 to 20, will feature some 300 hand-knotted rugs made in Pakistani homes by fairly paid craftsmen and women. The event is being held in conjunction with Ten Thousand Villages and Bunyaad, the artisan group that creates the Oriental rugs in Pakistan.