THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Battle High School welcomes students; Ashland rodeo draws spectators

Sunday, August 25, 2013 | 6:32 p.m. CDT; updated 6:56 p.m. CDT, Sunday, August 25, 2013

COLUMBIA — This week, Missourian photographers captured images of Battle High School students preparing to start the school year and children enjoying the festivities at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Fun Fest.

In this photo by Kevin Cook, sophomores Shannon Olson and Jacob Gerhard spend time together Monday in the Battle High School cafeteria as part of the new school's Jump Start Day.

Quint Smith took this photo Monday of Battle High School students juggling balloons in a competition.

In this photo from Monday by Kevin Cook, Battle High School students walk past the school's first trophy, which Battle High's varsity cheerleading team won at a competition held in July.

Mackenzie Bruce shot this picture of Quinn Kesler, 2, playing a rubber duck game Wednesday at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Fun Fest at Flat Branch Park.

Mackenzie Bruce captured this shot Thursday of Battle High School student Zeontrez Marshall preparing for evening football practice. Marshall says the sport helps take his mind off the loss of his cousin Tre'Veon Marshall, who was killed in a shooting in July.

In this photograph by Kholood Eid, Dean Jenkins bags produce Thursday at the stand on Business Loop 70 East where he and his family sell fruit, vegetables and salsa.

Unho Yi took this photo Saturday of rodeo clown "Gizmo McCracken" putting on clown makeup before a performance at Cattlemen Days Rodeo in Ashland.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Stephens.

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