John Cheetham conducts

John Cheetham conducts a piece of his own work during a rehearsal of the Columbia Community Band at West Junior High School on April 29. Cheetham conducted his work as well as played euphonium on other pieces with the rest of the band.

John Cheetham

John Cheetham takes part in a rehearsal of the Columbia Community Band at West Junior High School on April 29. Cheetham plays euphonium as well as conducts a work he has written.

Making music

Matthew Thurman toys around with audio editing equipment in his room on May 5. Thurman is a singer, music producer and owner of his own production company.

Lee Meyers at a high pass on Everest trip

Boone County doctor Lee Meyers stands at a high pass with the Himalayas and Mount Everest behind him during a three-day driving trip to the base of Mount Everest.

Tents at Rongbuk base camp

Tents fill the Rongbuk base camp at 17,000 feet. The tents act as homes for three months of the expedition when climbers are not too high on the mountain to use them.

Asher Kolieboi with Mallory Herrmann at Lavender Graduation

After receiving his purple tassel, Asher Kolieboi sits with fellow graduate Mallory Herrmann as others are recognized during Lavender Graduation. The event was hosted by MU's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center and the student group Triangle Coalition. Kolieboi helped create Queer People of Color, a group at MU.

Prayers on paper tossed skyward

During the Puja ceremony performed by the Buddist monk, small pieces of paper containing prayers are thrown skyward to ask the gods for a safe and successful journey.

Moving toward Camp 4 on Mount Everest

Puja ceremony during first week of expedition

Before one of Lee Meyers' trips up Mount Everest, a Buddhist monk was invited to perform a Puja ceremony, which is to ask the gods for the safety of all on the trip. Tibetan prayer flags are strung out in four directions, and as the wind causes the flags to flutter, it is believed that the prayers are taken skyward.

Saying a prayer at Truman Veterans Hospital

Willie Payne, left, prays with volunteer Jim Frisby on April 4. Frisby donates his time at Truman Veterans Hospital by working with and interacting with patients.

Recounting a war story at Truman Veterans Hospital

Patient Tony Dolahite recounts a war story while volunteer Jim Frisby listens at Truman Veterans Hospital on April 4.

Making impressions

Lugine Hein guides her son Austin's hands over a piece of clay during their Access Arts pottery class on April 23. Austin, who has Batten disease and is blind, has been attending class at Access Arts since 2004.

Pottery wall

Students' projects line the walls inside of the Access Arts pottery studio.

Social interaction

Austin Hein, 15, reacts as his mom, Lugine, congratulations him on their two completed clay picture frames during their Access Arts pottery class on April 23. "He likes the interaction, the social aspect of it — also the texture, working with this hands is good for him," Lugine Hein said.

Molding lives

Mercede Blackston, 18, molds clay with her hands while her mom, Gayla Palmero, watches during their Access Arts pottery class on April 23. "The girls (Mercede and her sister Cheyenne, 16) used to get occupational therapy, but this is the best occupational therapy there is," said Palmero of the class.

Cutting clay

Mercede Blackston cuts clay with a knife while her mom, Gayla Palmero, guides her during their Access Arts pottery class. Mercede has been going to class with her sister Cheyenne for about six years.

Atkins dedication

Tom Atkins speaks at the dedication of Thomas E. "Country" Atkins Jr. Memorial Park on Monday. The park is north of the Boone County Fairgrounds and features two baseball fields. Plans could allow for five more fields.

Throwing the opening pitch

From left, Tom Atkins, Mayor Darwin Hindman and Commissioner Skip Elkin in unison throw the first pitch at the dedication of Thomas E. "Country" Atkins Jr. Memorial Park on Monday. Atkins donated the 80-acre property to Columbia and Boone County with the intention that it be developed for youth recreation.

Hickman runner Jimmie Garth

Hickman runner Jimmie Garth, left, who helped the Kewpies finish third in the 4 x 400 relay at last year's state track meet, takes a handoff from teammate Darius Wright during a practice.

The number is mowing in the grass

Steve Peuster has been mowing a "99" on a patch of hill along highway H near the Columbia Regional Airport since the 2005 NASCAR season. Ninety-nine is local racing superstar Carl Edward's Sprint Cup Series number. "I figured he's running back and forth, in and out of here (the airport). "I just wanted to let him know one more poor fool is rooting for him!" Peuster said.