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100 AGES, A CENTURY OF VOICES: Blake Werner, 20, learned practical skills early

By Katie Alaimo and Alyssa Goodman (video) and Andrew Wagaman (text)
June 23, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Blake Werner, 20.

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 — Blake Werner had to do his own laundry when he was 5 years old.

The Columbia resident, now 20, attended the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in the St. Louis area from the time he was 3 to 9 years old. There, laundry was just one of the practical skills he needed to master at a younger age than usual.

“That’s where I learned to communicate, learned to read lips and learned to listen,” said Werner, who has two cochlear implants rather than a hearing aid.

“Especially listening.”

View the complete project.

Supervising editor is Brian Kratzer.

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