Waiting for the cermony to start

Patiently waiting for graduation to begin, April Pummill laughs at a classmate's joke. The Rock Bridge Class of 2009 graduated 528 seniors Saturday.

All smiles

Graduate Kate Osborne, left, and family pose for a photograph after the conclusion of the Rock Bridge commencement ceremony.

Caught up in the excitement

Garry Phillips Jr. yells over to his classmate before the start of the Rock Bridge commencement ceremony. The Bruins graduated with 528 students in their senior class.

Getting ready for the big walk

Amanda Sandstedt, left, gets help from fellow Rock Bridge graduate Heather Slansky before commencement on Saturday. Rock Bridge graduates met beforehand to organize themselves before the long walk across the stage.

Hickman class of 2009

Hickman High School soon-to-be-graduates sit patiently for the commencement exercises to begin.

Commencement address

Raysha Sally delivers her commencement address to the class of 2009. Saturday’s commencement was the school’s 113th in its history.

Beach ball graduation fun

Hickman High School graduates toss around a beach ball during commencement. The beach balls kept being confiscated and then reappearing throughout the ceremony.

Confetti celebration

Ziggy Woldeghebriel throws confetti on her newly graduated son, Amann, after Hickman High School’s commencement on Saturday.

The youngest graduate

Steven Tufts holds nephew Ethan Abadi, who wears Tufts’ mortarboard. Four children from the Tufts family have graduated from Hickman High School, with one more to go.

A double celebration

Brothers Chavis and Chadrick Butler celebrate their graduation from Hickman High School with their mother, Cynthia Simmons, left, and Monique Prince. The twins were two of more than 600 students to graduate at Saturday’s ceremony.

Mass at Lenoir

From left, Rush George, Esther Ehly, Elsie Hughes, Peggy Cline, Margaret Hauschild and Bea Fray sing "Amazing Grace" during Mass inside of Lenoir Community Center on April 19.

Bible study at Lenoir

Chaplain Jerry Riggert gives a Bible study as Nora Mank and Mary Jo McBride participate at Lenoir Woods Senior Living center on April 22. The bible study is based on the Andy Griffith Show. On this particular day, the Bible study watched the "High Noon in Mayberry" episode. Chaplain Riggert made connection between the episode and the Bible.

Peggy Cline receives communion

Peggy Cline receives communion from Debbie Danforth inside of the Lenoir Community Center on Sunday April 19.

Taking on the KC squad

Kaitlyn Bowles from Boonville of the Northeast All-Star Team drives for a layup against Bryonna Snow from Blue Springs and Morgan Johnson from Platte County of the Kansas City All-Star Team during the Missouri Challenge Tournament on Friday. The teams were made up of high school seniors chosen to represent eight regional teams in Missouri. The Northeast team lost 72-54.

An all-star veteran

Jay Lee from Glasgow of the Northeast All-Star Team drives past Alex Hall from Kickapoo of the Southwest regional team during a Missouri Challenge game. Lee, who has experience playing with all-star teams, said, "I fit in wherever I go." He observes the playing styles of his teammates to see where his own skills fit in. "It was fun out there," he said. The Northeast squad lost 107-100.

MU basebal team loses regional opener

Western Kentucky's Terrence Deyleg scores on a wild pitch as Missouri pitcher Nick Tepesch moves to cover home Friday in the Tigers' 11-4 loss to the Hilltoppers in NCAA regional play in Oxford, Miss.

Renovation music

Boonville duo Cathy Barton Para, rear left, and husband Dave Para provide live music during an open house hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia to celebrate the church's new renovations.

Taking in the celebration

Deborah Chance, left, and husband Tom Mawhinney of Columbia enjoy the live music of Boonville duo Cathy and Dave during an open house hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Columbia. The reception was held to celebrate the church's new renovations; Chance and Mawhinney are members of the First Presbyterian congregation.

Cutting the ceremonial ribbon

From left, chair of the Columbia Ambassadors Rollie Hausman looks on as Mark Crawford and Allan Moore cut the ceremonial ribbon during the introduction of the newly renovated First Presbyterian Church of Columbia. Moore served as chair of the building committee for the $4.5 million renovation, while Crawford's construction company provided the labor services.

A paddler's hands

"These are third-generation callouses," says Dan Cook, who is paddling his dory 3,700 miles down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers to raise awareness for disabled veterans and the benefits of recreational rehabilitation.