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FROM READERS: Sandra Wicklund, a freshman at Stephens College, with her foster cat Emily

Sandra Wicklund, a freshman at Stephens College, is fostering Emily, a cat from Second Chance. Wicklund is a pre-veterinary student at Stephens.

FROM READERS: Tiawna Johnson, a Stephens College sophomore, snuggles up with her foster cat

Tiawna Johnson, a Stephens College sophomore, snuggles up with her foster cat, CP. There are 20 scholarships available to students at Stephens College in exchange for fostering animals from Second Chance, a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia.

Bennett calls parents of child

Rachel Bennett calls a parent to talk about a student on Nov. 7 in her office at Muriel Battle High School. "I love working with teenagers who maybe need a little more extra support, stability and encouragement, and I love working with those parents, too," Bennett said.

'Spartan Time' gives students a free period and a break

Rachel Bennett talks to Marea Brown and Eliya Todd on Dec. 5 during "Spartan Time," a free period for students. Bennett was a Spanish teacher at Oakland Middle School before coming to Battle High School, where she is now an assistant principal.

Bennett listens in on a science class to give feedback

Rachel Bennett listens in Dec. 5 as science teacher Phillip Popham helps Jordan Carothers with an assignment. Bennett does "walkthroughs" every Friday in the foreign language and science class to assess the teachers and give them feedback.

Walkie-talkie rests on Bennett's waist

A walkie-talkie sits at Rachel Bennett's waist on Nov. 7. Administrators at Muriel Battle High School use the walkie-talkies to communicate with one another.

Rachel Bennett eats dinner with her children

Rachel Bennett sits down to eat dinner Nov. 9 with her boyfriend Andrew McCarthy, another assistant principal at Battle, and her children Eliyah, Brookson, Samuel and David. Bennett has been fostering kids for the past 12 years, and in that timespan, she has taken in more than 30 children.

Laughter ensues after brushing teeth

Rachel Bennett and her son Samuel laugh as Samuel throws a towel off his head after Bennett helped him brush his teeth on Nov. 9. Samuel, 2, is the youngest of Bennett's children and is adopted.

Rachel Bennett reads with her children

Rachel Bennett's kids Eliyah and Brookson laugh as she helps Samuel read a "My First Alphabet" book on Nov. 2. Bennett has seven kids, five of whom are adopted.

Rachel Bennett hugs a football player following a win

Rachel Bennett hugs Quetin McHenry, a Battle High School football player, on Nov. 14 after the team's win over Fort Zumwalt North. As assistant principal, one of Bennett's jobs is to attend school sporting events to supervise the students.

Junior Lauren Reedy practices backflips

Members of the Missouri diving team watch junior Lauren Reedy practice backflips during a Sept. 30 practice at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook looks up at scoreboard

St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook looks up at the scoreboard after the Rams turned the football over on downs late in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday in St. Louis. Arizona won 12-6.

Colorado lawmaker wants to ban powdered alcohol

Colorado Republican Rep. JoAnn Windholz is pictured in Larkspur, Colorado. In the session that begins in January, Windholz is introducing a bill to ban the product Palcohol, which is alcohol in powdered form, before the product goes on sale.

Descalso and Rockies agree to $3.6 million, 2-year contract

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso, left, is unable to turn a double play after making an out against Cincinnati Reds' Ramon Santiago during a game in St. Louis on Aug. 20. The Colorado Rockies added Descalso with a $3.6 million, two-year contract Tuesday.

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk hands off to tailback Russell Hansbrough

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk hands off to tailback Russell Hansbrough during the Southeastern Conference Championship on Dec. 6 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Students socialize while eating latkes

Students socialize while eating latkes and doughnuts after a menorah lighting ceremony on Tuesday, the first night of Hanukkah, in the MU Student Center.

Plastic dreidels lie on table

Plastic dreidels lie on a table before a menorah lighting ceremony on Tuesday, the first night of Hanukkah, in the MU Student Center. This is the third year that Chabad of MU and Mid-Missouri has hosted a menorah lighting at MU.

Ben Trachtenberg lights candle for first night of Hanukkah

Ben Trachtenberg, an associate professor at the MU School of Law and the faculty adviser of the Chabad of MU and Mid-Missouri, lights the candle for the first night of Hanukkah during a menorah lighting ceremony Tuesday in the MU Student Center. This is the third year that Chabad of MU and Mid-Missouri has hosted a menorah lighting at MU.

Pelini heading to Youngstown

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini prepares to take the field before a game against Iowa on Nov. 28 in Iowa City, Iowa. Pelini was fired as Nebraska's football coach Nov. 30, after a seven-year stint. Youngstown State University has announced that he will be its next football coach.

Former Mayor Bob Hugh presents submarine battle flag to Mayor Bob McDavid

Former Columbia Mayor Bob Pugh, left, presents the USS Columbia battle flag to Mayor Bob McDavid and Anne Moore, chairwoman of the Columbia Submarine Committee, at the Columbia City Council meeting on Monday.
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