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100 AGES, A CENTURY OF VOICES: Lexi Barry, 16, surrounded by teachers

By Katie Alaimo and Alyssa Goodman (video) and Andrew Wagaman (text)
June 2, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Lexi Barry, 16.

You can almost see Boone County grow up before your eyes. Today, the Columbia Missourian unveils 100 videos, one for each age from 1 to 100. In these videos, Boone County residents tell a small part about themselves that together weaves a cross-generational story about us.

COLUMBIA — Lexi Barry has grown up surrounded by teachers. The 16-year-old says that’s because teachers have raised her. Barry’s mom, Teresa Barry, has taught in Columbia Public Schools for more than 30 years. Her dad, Rolando Barry, has taught at-risk youth in a local nonprofit organization, Missouri High Steppers, for more than 40.

Teachers "have always been around me," she says.

But Lexi Barry also learned something for herself: how to cope with the realization that Rolando Barry and Teresa Barry aren’t her birth parents and that she was given up for adoption.

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View the complete project.

Supervising editor is Brian Kratzer.

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