From Readers

FROM READERS: Local youth awarded $1,000 Ford Scholarship

Sarah Darr, a 2013 graduate of Columbia FFA, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Joe Machens Ford Lincoln and Ford Motor Company.

FROM READERS: Civic Leaders Internship Program puts MU students in government settings

Through the Civic Leaders Internship Program, MU students are learning about issues affecting the state of Missouri.

FROM READERS: Mid-Missouri lifer rides his bike for victims of natural disasters

Theo Holtwick will be riding in a 800-mile bike ride between Joplin and New Orleans to raise funds for those displaced by the Joplin tornado and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

FROM READERS: You described your moms as 'fun,' 'quirky' and 'strong'

In honor of Mother's Day, we asked Missourian readers what one word best describes their mother.

TELL US: Do you have advice to share with recent graduates?

With graduation season upon us, the Missourian compiled videos of recent noteworthy commencement speeches.

FROM READERS: Make your own schoolroom hook rack

Christa DeMarke, author of the c. jane create blog, shares how she saved $62.38 by making a schoolroom hook rack from scratch instead of buying one from Anthropologie.

FROM READERS: Columbia College students celebrate achievements in an Ivy Chain

Graduating students at Columbia College participated in a special tradition on Saturday — an Ivy Chain ceremony, which dates back to 1900 and signifies a student's transition into a responsible and educated citizen. 

FROM READERS: Lunch in the Park to begin in June

Megan O'Neill shares information about the Lunch in the Park program, which provides healthy lunches to low-income children during the summer months.

FROM READERS: A poem from a substitute teacher

Margaret Prezioso-Frye shares a poem about students' and teachers' attitudes toward substitute teachers.

FROM READERS: National Short Story Month offers chance for commentary

Every day this month, a different writer will post on The Missouri Review blog about a short story. That’s all we’re asking of our contributors this month: pick a story, talk about it. We just want to see what happens, give the writers a venue, and get fired up about the story selected.

FROM READERS: 'Love those who hate you' and other lessons from the Sermon on the Mount

Several years ago, I re-discovered a road map for life itself, an ancient teaching that is like a spiritual GPS, directing our lives with thought-by-thought precision.

FROM READERS: Birds affected by 'global colding'

John Hall, a frequent contributor, snapped photos of robins trying to stay warm.

QUIZ: How well do you know prom movies?

As high school students in the mid-Missouri area celebrate high school's final dance, you can test your skills on matching these prom scenes to their respective movie.

ENGAGEMENT: Elizabeth Conner to wed Jesse Stephens

The future bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kennedy Conner of Signal Mountain, Tenn. The future bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stephens of Columbia.

FROM READERS: Stephens students honored in international fashion competition

Holly Hmielewski, a Stephens College junior, snagged two first-place awards and landed a major $10,000 prize last month at the Fashion Group International of Dallas Career Day Awards.

FROM READERS: Going to the movies is a treat for kids in residential care

Susan Reeves, the regional director of advancement for Great Circle, shares information about a movie outing that took place on April 20.

TELL US: What one word best describes your mother?

Share one word that best describes your mother in preparation for Mother's Day.


ANY QUESTIONS: An answer about regulations on the width of roads, parking spaces

A reader asked why roads are narrower in certain areas and why parking spaces can be smaller than others, and we answered.

FROM READERS: Columbia Metro Rotary celebrates partnership in education

The Columbia Metro Rotary became involved in the Partners in Education volunteer program in 2003 to help students improve their literacy skills.

FROM READERS: Tips for being a successful designated driver

MU senior Andrew Patchell has dedicated more than 1,000 hours and 150 nights of service to giving safe rides to MU students with STRIPES. He shares the best tips for being a successful designated driver.