Ready to go

Charlie Richey chats with friends in Hearnes Center Fieldhouse before the start of the MU College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony on Saturday.

Advice from the chancellor

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton speaks to the crowd of graduates during the MU College of Arts and Science commencement ceremony Saturday at the Hearnes Center.


Tommy Saunders leads the crowd in an M-I-Z Z-O-U chant at the end of the MU College of Arts and Science commencement ceremony Saturday at Hearnes Center. Saunders, a wide receiver for the football team, graduated with a bachelor's degree in general studies.

I made it

Becca Allgire, center, is congratulated by a friend following the MU College of Arts and Science commencement ceremony Saturday at the Hearnes Center. Allgire received degrees in Spanish and sociology.

Defendant found guilty

Clarence Arthur Tremaine testifies describing how he uses his computer during his jury trial Friday at the Boone County Courthouse. Tremaine, 33, was found guilty of possession and promotion of child pornography.

Defending attorney explains evidence

Tony Manansala, a public defender, gives his closing argument to the jury Friday during the trial of Clarence Arthur Tremaine, who was charged with possession of child pornography at the Boone County Courthouse.

Prosecutor explains charges

Prosecutor Merilee Crockett gives her closing argument to the jury on Friday in the trial for Clarence Arthur Tremaine, who was charged with possession of child pornography. The items are computer screen shots.

Anderson testifies

Andy Anderson, coordinator of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force, describes his findings during the jury trial on Friday at the Boone County Courthouse for Clarence Arthur Tremaine, who has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Keller Ryan

Keller Ryan is a junior at Hickman High School who is in his fourth year of Latin. Ryan said taking Latin has benefited him in other classes by teaching him to think at a higher level.

“It has helped me in English, but I think it has also helped me in history; for example, when we study Rome. The translating of Latin has indirectly helped me learn how to think outside the box,” Ryan said.

Sally Dollar

Sally Dollar is a sophomore at Rock Bridge High School and has been taking Latin for two years. She decided to take Latin because it wasn’t offered at the high school she would have gone to in Fulton. Dollar said she likes how Latin has furthered her education and her understanding of the ancient world.

“I like being listened to and people listen to me more now because I can use the big words I’ve learned from Latin,” Dollar said.

Katy Burch-Hudson

Katy Burch-Hudson, a junior at Columbia Independent School, has taken Latin for 5 years and completed AP Latin. The 16-year-old Los Angeles native said she appreciates the ability to read ancient texts in their original language.

“It’s important because a lot of classics are written in Latin that are so highly esteemed by many great professors, and reading the original version really adds to your understanding of the text rather than just reading the translated version,” Burch-Hudson said.

Mike Hostetler

Junior Mike Hostetler is in his second year of Latin at Hickman High School. He said his favorite part about the language is that he finds it to be easier than other languages.

“I’ve taken Spanish and a little French before and it became apparent very quickly that those were not good languages for me," he said. "Then I had some friends taking Latin and I needed a foreign language and decided to try it. It’s an easy class because you enjoy what you’re learning and it’s interesting to see where the English language comes from."

Madison Berry

Madison Berry, a junior at Columbia Independent School, said she likes how Latin connects to other romantic languages. "It’s fun to see a word, and if you don’t know exactly what it is, you can connect it to other languages like in English and Spanish and French and try to figure it out," Berry said. "I think that’s really cool."

Berry said she also has an interest in Latin because of the way it ties the past to the present.

"I think learning this base language will universalize what everyone knows," she said, "and it’s really interesting to know the history and translating things that happened hundreds of years ago, to see how it connects the past to now."

Peter Stringfield

Peter Stringfield, a junior at Columbia Independent School, said he thinks students should take Latin to help them with their English and other languages.

“I think if they do take it, it’s possible they will find something they really do like, whether it’s another language or even if they want to have a better grasp of English," he said. "In some way it ties in so much with English that it is almost something that you ought to know. The culture is another way it’s cool to know Latin.”

Penny Komes

Penny Komes is in her first year of Latin and said she has already seen the benefits. The sophomore at Rock Bridge High School said Latin has improved her English.

“It’s really fun and I find it really helpful for English as a whole through learning the Latin sentence forms and derivatives," she said. "It’s also interesting to know because everyone thinks it’s a dead language, but it makes me feel important to learn such an old language.”

Cardboard testimony

Pastor John Battaglia stands in front of volunteers at Christian Chapel who shared their cardboard testimonies of spiritual struggles and recoveries. ¦ ROSE BRACK-KAISER

Guiding hands help with reading lessons

Parkade teacher Jennifer Luna guides her student's hands around the "d" and then moves on to the "u" to get him to read the word "ducks." She teaches her students proper behavior for their age group. This can be difficult as many of her students have a mental age younger than their body suggests.

A reading lesson with Jennifer Luna

Jennifer Luna uses her special pointer to point to the letter "B" during a reading lesson at Parkade Elementary School.

Learning through play

Two boys play with Legos during their free time on Nov. 12 in Luna's classroom at Parkade Elementary School.

Jennifer Luna at work

Jennifer Luna flips through flash cards while teaching her students how to read by associating pictures with words. Luna teaches special needs students proper behavior in addition to everyday schooling.