From left to right, third grade students Lavelle Buchanan, Tamajah Hayes, Natasha Corona de la Torre, Demetrianna Spivey and Mhegan Smithee sit on a rug across from a group of chicks on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Blue Ridge Elementary School in Columbia. Mhegan said her favorite thing about the chicks is that they chirp and feel soft.
Missouri’s Alan Hart, top left, wrestles Virginia Tech’s Collin Gerardi on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo. Hart, who was an NCAA qualifier in both his 2020 and 2021 seasons, has a career record of 81-29.
Protesters face the Roy Blunt Building during a protest on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at the Virginia Avenue Garage in Columbia, Mo. The Coalition of Graduate Workers hosted the protest in disapproval of the University of Missouri’s decision to drop its campus mask mandate.
Rock Bridge sophomore Zack Steding helps freshman cheerleader Natalie Hayes adjust her medical boot on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Mo. Hayes, who needs six weeks off of cheer for her foot, said "it's horrible" being injured.
A soccer ball flies past a stadium light on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at Audrey J. Walton Stadium in Columbia, Mo. The Missouri women’s soccer team finished its season with a 7-10 record.
Community member Sheila Vazquez receives ashes during an Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia, Mo. The ashes, which are prepared by burning and blessing palm leaves from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebration, represent death and repentance for sins.
Helias defenders rush toward teammate Sam Hentges to jump on a loose ball on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Ray Hentges Stadium in Jefferson City, Mo. Helias’ dominating 49-6 win means the Crusaders move on to play Holt in the Class 5 District 4 final Friday in Wentzville.
Newly-wed couple Kara and Stephen Knight browse vinyls on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at Hitt Records in Columbia, Mo. Kara said since she bought Stephen a new record player this past Christmas, it has added even more “fuel for a fire to come and get records.” They often come to Hitt Records in search of unique, one-of-a-kind albums.
Missouri’s Kobe Brown watches the ball during a free throw on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Missouri won the game 83-75.
Missouri’s Ladazhia Williams, right, hugs the ball while Drake’s Maggie Bair reaches over her on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Bair had the most rebounds for Drake against Missouri.
Peoples’ Defense founder Roy Lovelady gazes into a mirror on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, at 360 Star Styling Studio in Columbia, Mo. Lovelady said this salon is one of a few meeting grounds for the organization.
Sixth grader Jeremiah James lets a snake slither through his hair on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at Jefferson Middle School in Columbia. “My mom’s gonna make me take a shower when I get home. She hates snakes,” Jeremiah said.
Chamber of Commerce ambassador Cathy Cook, left, dances with Truman the Tiger on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at Raising Canes in Columbia, Mo. Chamber of Commerce ambassador Michele Spry said “giving back to the community and celebrating these wonderful things,” is her favorite part of being involved.