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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…

Up a Creek

She had no idea she was in over her head. It started fun, a weekend float trip on a spring-fed Ozark stream. Her classmates didn’t have to persuade her. She was ready for the adventure with her friends. Mom worried. But Lindsay reassured…

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…

Fly Fishin’ Columbia

Whatever label you give it, fly   fishing is considered a sport by many. For others, it is a hobby. Many see it for what it is — an art form. Fly fishing is a pleasurable way to spend a day outdoors, whether you are walking the edge of a…

The Story of You

For anyone bitten by the genealogy bug, there has never been a better time to delve deep into your own family’s history. Columbia is rich in resources to make your journey of discovery a rewarding one. “As a researcher of over 35 years —…

Rewind

Even though the True/False Film Fest is as annual event, now in its 14th year, the documentary film showcase is anything but repetitive. “Every year, we have an entirely new crop of films, and there’s a complete turnover in the filmmaker…

Inspired By Nature

photos courtesy of Faith Bemiss Of Sedalia Democrat On the last beautiful day of fall, just off Rocheport's main street, a blanket of muted red maple leaves intermingle with vibrant yellow ginko leaves, padding a trail straight to the…

The Chemistry of Love

Being in love is fun... the butterflies in your stomache, the sweaty palms and the romantic dates. It's a feeling we all know, but the truth is, it's only the first stage of love. How does it all happen? What's Actually Going On? Dr. Lucy…
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