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.

MU men's basketball player Keith Ramsey

Keith Ramsey was a first team All-Panhandle Conference selection during each of his two years at Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.).

MU women's basketball player Bekah Mills

Missouri's Bekah Mills suffered a season-ending knee injury before the start of last season and was seeing limited minutes at the start of this season. But she has started the past five games at point guard.

MU women's swimmer Lori Halvorson

Senior Lori Halvorson, a captain on the Missouri women’s swimming team, holds three individual records for the Tigers. Coach Brian Hoffer calls her “one of the best” in school history.

Rock Bridge basketball player Matt Kelly

Rock Bridge guard Matt Kelly drives down the court Dec. 18 against host Hickman.

Anderson is cross-examined

Andy Anderson, coordinator for the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force, is cross-examined by defense attorney Tony Manansala on Thursday.

Tremaine waits for trial to begin

Defendant Clarence Arthur Tremaine waits for his jury trial to begin Thursday. Tremaine is charged with possession and promotion of child pornography.

Andy Anderson testifies in trial

Andy Anderson, coordinator of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force, testifies during Clarence Arthur Tremaine's jury trial on Thursday. Tremaine is charged with possession and promotion of child pornography.

Director of Orr Street Studios

Elaine Johnson is the new director of Orr Street Studios. She says she is not an artist but loves art.

Concerned MU faculty

Victoria Johnson, associate professor of sociology, listens to Chancellor Brady Deaton speak at a general faculty meeting in Jesse Wrench Auditorium on Dec. 17. Deaton addressed faculty concerns stemming from the current state of the economy and from potential budget cuts of up to 25 percent.

Radio Ranger's show reflects times

Steve Donorio, the "Radio Ranger" at KOPN/89.5 FM, checks his levels as he begins a tune during his Sunday radio show.

Learning Kwanzaa traditions

Elayna Mottaz, left, and Melissa Carranza play African instruments Wednesday during a Kwanzaa presentation at Rock Bridge Elementary School. Dee Campbell-Carter taught the first-graders about the holiday.

Celebrating Kwanzaa

On Wednesday at Rock Bridge Elementary, Dee Campbell-Carter shows a mask her family made during Kwanzaa. Kuumba, Swahili for creativity, is celebrated during Kwanzaa.

Summer Hock takes her sled to the top of a hill

Summer Hock drags her sled back to the top of a hill at Stephens Lake Park on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008. Hock spent the afternoon sledding with her father, Ken Hock, and her friend Regina Hartliep, 7.