THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Boats and balloons put to the test in competitions

Sunday, April 13, 2014 | 7:26 p.m. CDT; updated 6:47 a.m. CDT, Monday, April 14, 2014

COLUMBIA – Missourian photographers were busy this week covering events including a local election, the Float Your Boat for the Food Bank competition, a hot air balloon race and a second-grader's return to school.

Themed cardboard boats were put to the test in a race across the Bass Pro Shops lake at the Float Your Boat for the Food Bank fundraiser on Saturday. Photographer Alex Scott found Barbie Reid dressed as Olive Oyl from Popeye while standing next to the MU Life Sciences Center's boat.

Photographer Sarah Rothberg captured Gary Whitby securing the ropes on his hot air balloon, "Boomer," on Friday at the Mid- Missouri Home and Lifestyle Expo's hot air balloon event at the Central Missouri Events Center. Hot air balloons participated in a hare and hound race.

After wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was dismissed from the Missouri football team, Missouri athletics director Mike Alden spoke to a crowd of reporters Friday at Mizzou Arena, as shown in this photo by Whitney Hayward. "Respect, responsibility and excellence are the values we have as a university, and we compare everything we do against that," Alden said in a press conference Friday. "When we see actions take place that are inconsistent with what we expect to represent this institution, then we have to address that."

In this photo by Shelby Feistner, Rachel Broniec and Jack March participate in Battle Club, the new fitness program at the Tiger Academy of Gymnastics in north Columbia. Craig Butler, co-owner of the gym, created a game that is a mash-up of laser tag and capture the flag using foam toys to give children a new way to exercise.

First-time candidate Ginny Chadwick won the First Ward City Council seat with 63.5 percent of the vote. In this photo by Joshua Boucher, Chadwick, an MU graduate student, checks the election results and sees that she won.

Second-grader Aiden Taylor returned to Shepard Boulevard Elementary School on Monday for the first time since being diagnosed with brain cancer in late January. Photographer Shelby Feistner captured his return. In this photo, Aiden sits with Jody Lewis, a paraprofessional who will be helping him academically and physically.

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