Pro-Life Rally

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A crowd gathers for the Pro Life rally at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The rally focused on the importance of pregnancy crisis centers and offering other options to women that don’t involve abortion.
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A woman interrupts a speaker to voice her support for Pro Choice during the Pro Life rally at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The crowd responded back by chanting, “We are Pro Life,” as the woman was escorted out by security.
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Members of the crowd chant, “We are Pro Life,” as a protestor is escorted out during the Pro Life rally at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The protestor interrupted the speaker to voice her opinion in favor of a woman’s right to choose.

 

Meeting Larry

One of my favorite parts about journalism is you get to learn something new on a daily basis. The other day I was sent out to take photos of amusement ride inspectors checking out the rides before the opening night of the county fair. That’s when I met Larry, who just so happened to be conducting the last inspection of his 35 year career in the elevator and amusement safety business. I never even knew elevators and amusement rides were related, but after talking to Larry I learned there’s departments all over the country whose employees focus on those two areas.  It was a pleasure getting to spend time on the job with Larry, and even more special since it was his last inspection before retirement.web170731_ride inspection_MLC_080_e

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Miss Nursing Home Pageant

A few weeks ago I shot the Miss Nursing Home Pageant, and wow…I’ve never seen something so pure in my whole life. These ladies made the audience cry tears of laughter and sadness. I was so impressed by every single one of them.  Each woman was introduced to the audience, the emcee read a short bio about their lives that each had written about themselves, and then they answered a series of friendly questions.

My favorite was a woman who said she’d never been married, but that wasn’t a problem and she never wanted to be because, “she didn’t need a man telling her what to do.”

The ladies were all wonderful and I am so happy I got to spend the afternoon with them. Here are some of my favorite images.

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2016 District 7 Queen Dorothy Velma Strader shows off her crown during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Strader was second runner-up in the statewide pageant last year.
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Virginia Libbert points at a friend in the crowd after being crowned queen during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Libbert, who represented Villa Marie nursing home, will go to Branson next month to represent the district in the state-wide pageant.
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Rusty Bell and other audience members laugh during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Bell came to see his mother-in-law participate in the show.
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Betty Shemwell concentrates on trying to answer a question during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017.
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Contestants wait for the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant to begin at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. The pageant was sponsored by Missouri Health Care Association. Twelve contestants competed in this years’ competition.
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Rafeala Spears is pushed up the ramp and onto the stage during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. The event sponsors brought the ramp themselves so the stage would be accessible for all contestants.

 

County Fair

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Ethan Strobel, 10, of Russelville, shovels fresh chips into the pen for his pigs at the Cole County Fair at Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds on Monday, July 31, 2017. Strobel cleaned their pen before washing them in preparation for the show.
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Shelby Newberry braids her horse Decan’s hair while preparing for the Glory Days Rodeo during the Cole County Fair at Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds on Monday, July 31, 2017. Newberry and Decan primarily do roughstock and barrel racing competitions. 
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Co-founders of Glory Days Rodeo, Ben Ferrell and Tom Calliham, talk while preparing for the rodeo to begin during the Cole County Fair at Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds on Monday, July 31, 2017. 
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From left, Wyatt Carvender and James Rademan sit and lay on cows while relaxing at the Cole County Fair at Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds on Monday, July 31, 2017. “They’re soft and squishy,” said Carvender. 
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Libby Reinsch, 15, of Kirksville, blow drys her goat Short Stuff, in preparation for showing her at the Cole County Fair at Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds on Monday, July 31, 2017. Reinsch has been showing goats for 6 years, but in the last 2 has gotten more serious about competing. 

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Libby Reinsch, 15, of Kirksville, blow drys her goat Short Stuff, in preparation for showing her at the Cole County Fair at Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds on Monday, July 31, 2017. Reinsch has been showing goats for 6 years, but in the last 2 has gotten more serious about competing. 

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1 month down at JCNT

It’s been over a month for me at the Jefferson City News Tribune. Here are some of my favorite images:

 

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Lauren Moscato looks up a name of a flower at River City Florist and Gifts in Jefferson City on Wednesday, June 07, 2017. Most of the flowers the store receives come from distributors in St. Louis and Kansas City.

 

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Instructor Ken Vomund, Assistant fire chief of O’Fallon, assists a participant as they repel down the side of the municipal parking garage during training for certification in core discipline in technical rescue through MU fire rescue training in Jefferson City on Wednesday, June 07, 2017. The participants trained online for one month before doing the skills training. The repelling is useful for rescue situations over the side of highways.

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Event goers walk down the sidewalk at Thursday Night Live in Jefferson City on Wednesday, June 07, 2017.  Event attendees walked the streets and were able to listen to live music, as well as purchase food and beverages from a variety of tents set up in the street.

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Ariah Davis, 11, dances during the zumba block party fundraiser at TryFitness Studio in Jefferson City on Friday, June 09, 2017. Participants raised funds for Addison, a 5-year-old girl with a cancerous wilma tumor. Carla Henry, owner of TryFitness studio, is a friend of Addison’s family and wanted to raise as much money as possible for her medical expenses. Addison is expected to be home from treatment in St.Louis next week.

web170613_firefighters_MLC_030_e2Firefighter Anthony Schnack practices rescue safety line work at Captain Mike Shultz instructs him during firefighter training in Jefferson City on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The purpose of the training is to prepare firemen to catch a falling load if the main rope line breaks during a rescue situation.

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Lauren Cisco, 8, grimaces before she is submerged in the pool after going down the slide at Memorial Park Family Aquatic Center in Jefferson City on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The high of the day was 94 degrees Fahrenheit.

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DJ Grossenbacher, 12, braces himself before hitting the water after going down the slide at Memorial Park Family Aquatic Center in Jefferson City on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

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Danjelo Johnson, 7, dances while playing hopscotch during the grand opening of the Boys and Girls Club in Jefferson City on Monday, June 19, 2017. The Boys & Girls Club provides a safe space for children and teens to attend after school. The facility currently hosts over 300 members.

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Nana Hajan, 11, looks at the 3D printer as it creates a miniature boat during the grand opening of the Boys and Girls Club in Jefferson City on Monday, June 19, 2017. The new facility offers separate rooms for different age groups, as well as provides lessons on 3D printing, coding, and a study room.

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Jewelene Childs looks up to check what number was called during bingo at St. Martins Knights of Columbus in St. Martins, Missouri on Monday, June 19, 2017. Bingo is held every Monday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. for 21 games.

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Finn Stout,18, is a trans male originally from Michigan but moved to Jefferson City this past year for his senior year of high school. Stout got involved with the Gay Straight Alliance in school, which he found to be a comfortable space for him to discuss LGBTQ topics. Stout is a believer in the phrase, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” and strives to teach others about his experience as trans and hopes to lead others to be more accepting of identities they are not familiar with.

Jefferson City News Tribune, Week 1

My first week at the Jefferson City News Tribune was great. It really just gave me the confirmation that I really would like to do daily community journalism as a career. Here are my favorites from my first week:

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18699994_10211298683320476_664213283792663007_nMisty Mitchell cries as she accepts her diploma during the Missouri Adult Education and Literacy high school equivalency student recognition program at the Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Mitchell and her youngest son both received their high school diplomas this year.

 

18698496_10211298684040494_2283555489490999710_nShaunta Adams, 11, races through an inflatable obstacle course during a carnival to celebrate the opening of their new facility at the Boys and Girls Club in Jefferson City on Thursday, May 25, 2017.18699980_10211298684000493_6382577185598266675_nFrom left, Elikeh Adjokatse, 5, Alex Pinkerton, 6, and Dzifa Adjokatse, 7, play in the bounce house during a carnival to celebrate the opening of their new facility at the Boys and Girls Club in Jefferson City on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Kids will be able to go to the Boys and Girls Club after school and receive supervision and a safe place to spend time after school.

18700150_10211298684120496_350981555392239880_nParamedic Charlie Karotka helps his daughter Hailey Karotka, 8, push a dummy on a stretcher into an ambulance during the open house at Cole County Emergency Medical Services department in Jefferson City on Thursday, May 25, 2017. The event was held in honor of EMS week. Those in attendance met first responders, saw equipment and toured vehicles.

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Dummies at the EMS event… I just love shooting dummies. Couldn’t tell ya why.

18765624_10211298684920516_156099885600670677_nLauren Custis, 9, moves her chess pieces as she plays a game with her brother, Andrew Custis, during Evening at the Amphitheater at Riverside Park Amphitheater in Jefferson City on Friday, May 26, 2017. The Custises came from St. Louis to see their cousin, Solstice Jensen, perform.