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…

Best of Columbia 2017

Photos by L.G. Patterson Drum roll please, the Best of Columbia food and drink winners are… Passionate Columbians have cast thousands of ballots… and now, those ballots have been tallied. Inside Columbia is pleased to present this year's…

Faithfully Yours

photos by Catherine Rhodes Photography Rachel Drennan and Wes Cunningham were married September 3, 2016, at the Firestone Baar Chapel, followed by a reception at Kimball Ballroom on Stephen’s College campus. The wedding drew on family…

Watched From Heaven

photos by Love Tree Studios Rachel Brocksmith and Benjamin Brammeier married July 3, 2016, at Columbia’s First Baptist Church, followed by a reception at The Roof in the Broadway Hotel. Rachel and Ben celebrated a joyous occasion. Even…

Goose Dog Diaries

photos by L.G. Patterson Dulce I’m a working dog, born and bred. My mom was a border collie who fell on hard times. A kind woman adopted her and a month later was rewarded with ten pups, including me. My dad? Well, he was never in the…