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June 1, 2017

Lanny & Lynee Geary

Not all Missouri roads lead to Columbia, and not all the streets of Columbia lead to the University of Missouri. Except in the world that Lynne and Lanny Geary have created together. Lanny is a retired physician; Lynne, a retired nurse. The…

Artstravaganza

Art in the Park, the 2-day, free fine arts and crafts festival organized by the Columbia Art League, returns to Stephens Lake Park for its 59th year on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4. The festival will feature 108 artists from 20…

Just Ask Joe

First I like to find out what the homeowner’s vision is. I like to get a starting point and then work towards what they can afford and what the space will allow. You can upgrade the whole room with fresh colors, a new countertop, mirror…

The Science of Exploring

“Only about 30 percent of our students go to state parks with their family even though Rock Bridge State Park is right here in town,” declared Columbia Public Schools’ (CPS) K-12 Science Coordinator Mike Szydlowski. “We don’t want outside…

Catherine Ryberg

Catherine Ryberg, a senior at Rock Bridge High School, doesn’t sweat the small stuff. She goes straight to the Big Issues and is already having an impact on them. She’s president of Rock Bridge Reaches Out, the community service student…

Caroline Critchfield

Caroline Critchfield, a senior at Rock Bridge High School, is royalty. Instead of holding a scepter and wearing a crown, picture her holding a rolling pin or a toilet plunger and wearing a chef’s toque or ball cap. This multi-faceted…

Emma Davenport

Battle High School senior Emma Davenport took on “Selfie Culture” in a recent series of artwork. When she showed a distorted self-portrait to the fifth graders she mentors, one of them shouted out, “That’s ugly!” “They were right, but…

Laura Cox

In the summer between her junior and senior years at Hickman High School, Laura Cox experienced what she calls a life-changing opportunity. She was accepted into the Missouri Public Affairs Academy at Missouri State University. Thirty…

Arthur Betts

Arthur Betts, a senior at Harrisburg R-VIII High School, struggled with some of the 11- to 13-year-old boys he supervised at a military camp in Michigan last summer. “Those individuals did nothing but cause problems: some of them just…

Justin Hajicek

Justin Hajicek, a senior at Rock Bridge High School, has been on missions to Paso Real, Honduras, four times in the last seven years. He hopes to become a doctor or other medical professional and is considering becoming a medical…

Boonakij Palipatana

Rock Bridge High School senior Boonakij Palipatana had some doubts when he first stood in front of a class of children with special needs. “I was wondering how much of a difference I could actually make. I started off with a lesson that…

Mariah Dale

Rock Bridge senior Mariah Dale knows the power of storytelling. She is a gifted singer and musician who wants to use her skills to tell meaningful stories through music and digital media to change attitudes and lives. Mariah was on the…

Timofey Kolenikov

Rock Bridge senior Timofey Kolenikov has wide-ranging talents and interests, from classical piano to math. He isn’t set on a career trajectory just yet, but knows the time he has spent as a volunteer at Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center…

Brady Wirth

Hickman senior Brady Wirth made a life-changing mission trip to Nicaragua in 2015. It taught him three things: never give up, don’t take privileges for granted and don’t expect “things” to make you happy. His group took on the challenge…

Serena Berrey

When Serena Berrey hits a golf ball down the fairway, its trajectory is as long and straight as her own struggle to overcome Type One Juvenile Diabetes. Serena is a senior at Father Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia. “In fifth…

Kaylin Maggard

Dance transformed Kaylin Maggard, a senior at Rock Bridge High School, from a self-described shy and insecure girl into a strong female with high aspirations and a commitment to serve others. “Because of dance, I know the importance of…