Neal Boyd the winner of "America's Got Talent"

Neal Boyd, center, is congratulated by judges Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne, host Jerry Springer and judge David Hasselhoff after winning the NBC talent competition, "America's Got Talent," in Studio City, Calif., on Wednesday.

Neil Boyd on 'America's Got Talent'

Neal Boyd performs on an episode of "America's Got Talent" in Studio City, Calif. Boyd won the competition Wednesday.

Hanging on to Hurricane Allie

Margaret Hultsch holds on tight to her dog Hurricane Allie during a blessing. Hultsch said her wild nature was the reason for Hurricane Allie's name.

Seeing how it's done

Sassy watches the Rev. Paula Robinson give blessings.

Back for another

Bill Berry carries the family dog, Lillie, into the courtyard of the Calvary Episcopal Church to be blessed. "She's just so friendly and likes to be in my lap and cuddle up," said Mrs. Berry of Lillie. "We like her 'cause she's just so little!" This is Lillie's second blessing.

It's Sassy's turn

Arnold McNeary holds his dog Sassy, 7 years old going on 8, while she is blessed by the Rev. Paula Robinson.

Waiting for her moment with the minister

Emma stands between her owners, waiting with the other dogs, a cat and a snail to be blessed.

A blessing for Gertie

The Rev. Paula Robinson blesses Gertie Littleton during St. Francis of Assisi Day at Calvary Episcopal Church, where members of the congregation brought their pets to receive blessings. Gertie was brought to the blessing by her owner's aunt, Connie Schenk.

Already a winner

Nancy Moen is propelled from her chair in excitement for Neal Boyd's win in "America's Got Talent" during a watch party at the Mizzou Arena on Wednesday night. When the final two were announced in the competition, Moen called Boyd to congratulate him and say that he was already a winner.

'We think he's got it'

Nancy Moen walks around the Clinton Club of the Mizzou Arena on Wednesday night saying repeatedly, "We think he's got it!" to cheer on Neal Boyd in the finals of "America's Got Talent." Boyd, who graduated from MU in 2001, is a friend of Moen, the director of communication of arts and sciences.

Neal Boyd

NEAL BOYD, winner of "America's Got Talent"

Honoring an MU graduate

During Neal Boyd's final song as winner of this season's "America's Got Talent," Wally Pfeffer, left, and Jeneva Powella stand to honor the Missouri graduate's accomplishment at the Mizzou Arena on Wednesday.

Tigers struggle at Nebraska in 2006

Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel fumbles after being hit by Nebraska defensive end Barry Turner in the Tigers' 2006 loss in Lincoln. It was the sixth or seventh game I had started,” Daniel said.

Rooting for Boyd

Chris Stevens, left, and Betsey Shay abandon their seats in the Clinton Club at the Mizzou Arena to cheer for Neal Boyd, who won "America's Got Talent" on Wednesday. Stevens organized the event as President of the Arts and Science Alumni Organization to root for Boyd, a 2001 MU graduate.

MU volleyball's Priscilla Armendariz

Missouri freshman Priscilla Armendariz dives for a ball in the TIgers' victory over Iowa State on Oct. 1 at Hearnes Center. Armendariz had eight digs for MU.

Shoes in a pile

Shoes should be removed before prayer in the Muslim faith, so the hallway of the Knights of Columbus was littered with sandals, loafers and tennis shoes on Wednesday morning.

Services for Eid

Ronald Smith Jr., the imam and director of religious affairs for the Islamic Center of Central Missouri, leads a group of Columbia residents in prayer on Wednesday morning. The services for Eid, a holy day of prayer celebrating the end of the month of fasting, were held at the Knights of Columbus at 2525 Stadium Boulevard.

Bridget Mullen mug

Bridget Mullen

Undecided voters

From left, Amy Davis, Miguel Lopez and Keith Clark are undecided about whom they want as America's next president. The Missourian will follow these three undecided voters through the remainder of the presidential campaign, right up to Election Day on Nov. 4.

MU journalism student Amy Davis plans to vote for the first time Nov. 4

MU freshman journalism student Amy Davis, 18, will vote for the first time in the presidential election on Nov. 4. “I just think that it actually does truly matter, and that one person's vote really can make a difference,” she said.