February 28, 2009
KaShaye Mathews, 15, goes in for a shot during a 3-on-3 game at New Haven Elementary School on Feb. 2. Mathews basketball team was headed to the regional championship game on Feb. 21.
KaShaye Mathews arranges chairs at the tables in the cafeteria at West Junior High School on Feb. 17. Most of the chairs are stacked for after-school detention once a week and Mathews and her classmates put them back the next morning. They also take care of the school’s recycling and clean the teacher’s lounge every week. Mathews volunteers in the cafeteria stocking chips and milk and checking the expiration dates, said her teacher, Leslie Bishop.
Ashlyn Kasten, 22, left, helps KaShaye Mathews, 15, right, find a verse during a teen Bible study at the Salvation Army Worship Center on Feb. 11. KaShaye and her brother Mikal Mathews, 13, not pictured, have been attending services at the Center for about a year.
KaShaye Mathews jokes with her mother, Katrina Mathews, after their interpretive dance performance during the service at Salvation Army Church on Feb. 8.
KaShaye Mathews smiles as she performs on stage with her mother in front of the Salvation Army Church congregation on Feb. 8. Mathews and her mother performed an interpretive dance.
KaShaye Mathews clasps her hands and takes a moment before getting ready to perform with her mother during the Feb. 8 service at Salvation Army Church in Columbia.
KaShaye Mathews reads the program during service on Feb. 8 at the Salvation Army Church. She is an avid reader and also loves Jackie Chan.
The Columbia Board of Education chose Chris Belcher, currently superintendent of the Kearney R-1 School District, as the new superintendent for Columbia Public Schools starting in July. Belcher, who was born and raised in Kearney and is deeply rooted in the community, said that he will miss “how easy it feels in Kearney," but he wants to find a way to socialize with teachers and students in Columbia, even if it’s just 20 minutes a day.
Chris Belcher eats lunch with students of Kearney Elementary School. About three days a week, Belcher eats with students at one of the schools in his district. "I know I will probably not be able to do this as frequently in Columbia," he said. "(But) it’s an opportunity (for me) to get out into the schools."
Kolby Hayes, 7, left, a first-grader at Dogwood Elementary School in Kearney, tells Superintendent Chris Belcher about a rap called “When I’m kind” that he is writing in class. Belcher emphasizes the direct, personal contact with students and staff, and he tries to visit at least one of the schools in his district every day.
Student work from the schools in the Kearney R-1 School District is displayed in the lobby of the Kearney Board of Education building.
Chris Belcher answers emails in his office. Belcher is well-known throughout his hometown of Kearney and hopes to bring his sense of community to Columbia.
February 27, 2009
Senior Alicia Hatcher loses her grip on the uneven bars shortly before taking a fall at the 29th Annual Cat Classic at Hearnes Center on Friday The meet featured the Tigers against teams from Michigan State, Western Michigan and Cal State Fullerton.
Adrianne Perry, an MU senior, flips during her routine on the balance beam at the 29th Annual Cat Classic on Feb. 27 at Hearnes Center.
Kaitlyn Ritchie, left, and Jessica Giuggioli, right, of Missouri react during their double's match against the Wisconsin at the Green Tennis Center in Columbia on Friday. They lost the match 9-8.
Danielle Day, left, and Sofia Ayala, right, take a break while watching their teammates compete against Wisconsin at the Green Tennis Center in Columbia on Friday.
An American Indian-inspired costume floats above the heads of "March March" parade participants on Friday.
Nora Hargett, 10, holds up her side of a banner as the "March March" parade gets under way on Friday.
April Karlovit prepares to participate in the "March March" parade on Friday.
Alisa Hoyt, left, and Mark Schaedler walk in the "March March" parade on Friday.