Sarah Gerling, theater teacher at Hickman High School stands for a portrait on Thursday, September 24, in her classroom. In addition to teaching, Gerling is the faculty sponsor for the “Kewpie Stage Players” — the school’s drama club. The club puts on fundraisers throughout the year, like their fall “trick-or-treat so kids can eat” event but because of the COVID-19 pandemic the club is all virtual and those fundraisers may look a bit different this year. “We have some service projects we are trying to talk through,” Gerling said. “(Like,) a Cabaret type of performance near the end of the semester.”
Nadia Navarrete-Tindall shows off some of the native Missouri plants growing in the front yard of her house in Columbia. Navarrete-Tindall started out researching a few native plants, but that interest expanded to teaching about them. Now she also runs her own garden consulting business, Native Plants and More, focused on native Missouri plants.
Noel Heermance, 80, practices tennis by himself March 23, in Cosmo Park. "If this makes it in the paper, send me a copy," Noel said. "And tell your readers to always practice their backhand (swing.)"
Jonathan Verdejo sits for a portrait during a lighting demonstration for clients. Verdejo founded Blue Diamond Events around 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev. “In Vegas, there’s tons of competition so you gotta do something to stand out. Knowing what you’re doing and doing it a certain way sets you apart [as a DJ,]” Verdejo said. That’s one of the reasons he wanted to learn lighting, and went on to take a course in it to improve his skills. Verdejo and his wife plan and promote parties in the mid-Missouri area now.
Maurice Doughty owns and operates the Auto Embassy on Paris Road in Columbia. Doughty worked on the railroad for 15 years before opening the business. “The first year I worked on the railroad and operated this place,” Doughty said. “I chose this because (the railroad) was 15 years of not knowing when you’re going to work next. ... I'm kind of a car buff, anyway."
A bow fisherman stands for a portrait on a bridge over Perche Creek just outside of McBain, Mo. Both bow fishers and traditional rod-and-reel fishers like the area when the water is high during the spring and early summer. The bow fishers were aiming for alligator gar, not to eat but just to remove from the stream.
Aiden Alvis takes a moment to breath between drills at a Rock Bridge High School football practice the night before the school's first game. Despite the continued COVID-19 pandemic, and the fact that Columbia Public Schools weren't in session, the high school sports programs continued like any normal year.
Chuck Krainz is a sculptor, and wood is his medium of choice. He rescued the log used to make these sculptures after a major forest fire in Gaitlinburg, Tennessee. Krainz hinted at ambitions outside the art world. “Don’t you think it’s time we had an artist for president?” Krainz asked, “Someone who understands balance.”