June 1, 2009
Newly elected Columbia Public Schools superintendent Chris Belcher answers questions about his plans for the school district on Tuesday. "The thing that excited me about Columbia is that I want to close the achievement gap," said Belcher who starts his job on Wednesday.
May 31, 2009
Western Kentucky's Chad Cregar, right, steps on home plate in front of Missouri catcher Trevor Coleman, left, after hitting a three-run home run.
The Centro Latino and the Central Missouri* Stop Human Trafficking Coalition held the first annual "Empowering Young Women" Quinceañera Celebration on May 29 at Memorial Union at MU. The event was planned to celebrate the many birthdays of the Latino youth who attend the Centro Latino and to promote awareness for the problem of human trafficking in Missouri. In Mexican culture a quinceañera celebrates a girl's fifteenth birthday and entrance into womanhood.
Early morning rains did not discourage more than 800 people lined up to get into the third annual Tiger Treasures rummage sale before 6 a.m. Saturday. More than 18 tons of unwanted clothing, refrigerators, couches and shoes were donated by departing MU students.
Millvina Dean, shown here in a 2003 file photo, was the last living survivor of the Titanic disaster. She died in her sleep on Sunday. She was 97. Her family had been on the Titanic with plans to resettle in the U.S. — specifically in Kansas City, where Dean's mother had relatives.
Matt and Caleb Bryson, sons of Circuit Judge Larry Bryson, compete in the team division of the Anchor Driving Contest in Centralia. The pair drove a 38-inch land anchor into the ground but lost to the father-and-son pairing of Larry and Luke Bryson.
Abbigale Cloven, age 3, was the youngest competitor in the Anchor Driving Contest. The contest was sponsored by the Centralia Rotary.
The Hargis family watches family member Ethan compete in the Boys 8-and-under division of the Anchor Driving Contest in Centralia. Halia Hargis, cheering her brother, also competed in the competition.
The Ball Brothers were this year's entertainment at Centralia's Anchor Festival. Real brothers Steven, Andrew, Daniel and Josh are a harmonic gospel group who tour around the South and Midwest.
Feathers, glitter and plenty of hair spray were used to create wild hair styles at the All-Night Senior Party. Students had the option of visiting the hair salon, massage spa or nail salon throughout the evening.
Dozens of students from the high school graduating class of 2009 gathered at the All-Night Senior Party held Saturday at Hearnes Center. Karaoke, bingo, basketball and sumo wrestling were just some of the activities available at the event, which lasted from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Paula Nguyen, a recent Hickman High School graduate, gets her hair done by a stylist from High Maintenance salon. "I've never had my hair done like this before. It's pretty awesome," Nguyen said.
From left, Sam Stanley and fellow Rock Bridge High School graduate Tarin Smith sing karaoke with Hickman High School graduate Eric Pyle at the All-Night Senior Party.
Blackjack, craps and roulette tables offered students the chance to win big at the All-Night Senior Party held Saturday at Hearnes Center. The chance to win prizes such as laptops and iPods kept students gambling, with fake money, late into the night.
Atlande Guajardo, left, beats out his friend Garth Kirkham for a prize of $1,000 in fake money Saturday at the All-Night Senior Party held at Hearnes Center. Students were given $20,000 in fake money to start and could increase their funds by playing bingo, gambling at the "casino" or competing in activities.
Missouri's Kyle Gibson pitches against Monmouth on Saturday in the Tigers' victory.
Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine, left, talks with pitcher Chelsea Thomas, center, during the fifth inning of the Tigers’ loss Saturday.
Hickman senior Josh Harvey threw 59-1/2 for third in the shot put finals Saturday at the Class 4 state track and field meet at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
May 30, 2009
Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools graduated their senior classes Saturday in Mizzou Arena.