Through Our Eyes – 11/15/16

Freshman Kain Youman, of Frankfort, Kentucky, attempts to tell a friend to call his mother through the glass of a Warren County Sheriff's car window after the anti-Trump protest on campus on November 10, 2016. Youman was charged with failure to disperse.

Freshman Kain Youman, of Frankfort, Kentucky, attempts to tell a friend to call his mother through the glass of a Warren County Sheriff’s car window after the anti-Trump protest on campus on November 10, 2016. Youman was charged with failure to disperse. |Justin Gilliland

JT Graves shows off his puppy Rambo while his sister Alisha watches from close by at their home in Bowling Green, Ky. on Nov. 6, 2016.

JT Graves shows off his puppy Rambo while his sister Alisha watches from close by at their home in Bowling Green, Ky. on Nov. 6, 2016. |Gabriel Scarlett

Margaret Tabor has worked at voting stations in Bowling Green, Ky. for the last 42 years as a voting clerk and a ballot judge. At 80, she thinks it might finally be time to retire. Unabashedly supporting Donald Trump and toting her elephant necklace, she says, "I just don't think Hillary would stand behind this flag if we elected her."

Margaret Tabor has worked at voting stations in Bowling Green, Ky. for the last 42 years as a voting clerk and a ballot judge. At 80, she thinks it might finally be time to retire. Unabashedly supporting Donald Trump and toting her elephant necklace, she says, “I just don’t think Hillary would stand behind this flag if we elected her.” |Gabriel Scarlett

A man is helped by emergency workers after being hit by a car on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, at on Highway 31W in Bowling Green, Ky. Campaigners lined the corners of the intersection where the man was hit. "I didn't see him" said the driver while talking to police. The man that was hit moved onto the street as people were campaigning on a nearby sidewalk.

A man is helped by emergency workers after being hit by a car on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, at on Highway 31W in Bowling Green, Ky. Campaigners lined the corners of the intersection where the man was hit. “I didn’t see him” said the driver while talking to police. The man that was hit moved onto the street as people were campaigning on a nearby sidewalk. |Michael Noble Jr.

Boys scouts and members of the military bring out a flag before the national anthem in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ky.

Boys scouts and members of the military bring out a flag before the national anthem in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ky. |Michael Noble Jr.

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Through Our Eyes – 11/1/16

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“You gotta be careful, my man, I got girlfriends looking for me,” Jason joked. Released from prison in 2006, he is ineligible to vote in the upcoming election. “I just can’t concern myself with that anymore.” Kentucky is one of just three states that permanently ban convicted felons from voting.

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Carolyn Caplinger, 53, feels abandoned by her party this election. A registered Republican, she is disgusted with the allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trump, the GOP candidate, and “all his trash about women and these teenage girls.” Hundreds of Republican officials and legislators have left pulled their support for Trump in recent months, but he and the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton are very close in the polls.

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“I didn’t see girls with my type of hair growing up,” said WKU senior, Indygo Ray, who believes that natural hair is not seen as professional in society. “Learning about my hair just made me feel at one with myself and free and beautiful,” said Ray.

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Evansville senior, Jessica Jackson hardly remembers a time in her life where she did not chemically alter her hair. When Jackson was a sophomore at WKU she decided to give natural hair a try, “when I went home, I just cut it all off,” said Jackson. “I felt so good at the moment, this is my hair,” said Jackson, “I wanna wear the hair that grows out of my head.”

 

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Through Our Eyes – 10/25/16

Sister Lucy Bonifas, 78, prepares a bouquet of flowers grown in her backyard before delivering them to the chapel of Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, where she worked from 1969 until April 2016. Though she recently retired, Sister Lucy, a member of Sisters of Saint Francis, still visits the hospital every week to deliver fresh flowers and talk to patients. ÒGod speaks to me through flowers,Ó says Sister Lucy. ÒHe suprises me with his gifts, with the beauty and love he brings.Ó

Sister Lucy Bonifas, 78, prepares a bouquet of flowers grown in her backyard before delivering them to the chapel of Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, where she worked from 1969 until April 2016. Though she recently retired, Sister Lucy, a member of Sisters of Saint Francis, still visits the hospital every week to deliver fresh flowers and talk to patients. “God speaks to me through flowers,” says Sister Lucy. “He suprises me with his gifts, with the beauty and love he brings.” |Skyler Ballard

Hobo, a shetland sheepdog up for adoption at the McCracken County Humane Society, introduces himself to Coy Stalions.

Hobo, a shetland sheepdog up for adoption at the McCracken County Humane Society, introduces himself to Coy Stalions. |Skyler Ballard

Jamey Ward, 45, in his trailer in Paducah, Ky. on Oct. 22, 2016. A retiree of the river barges, Ward is now an alcoholic who spends most time at home surrounded by beer cans. Fights often break out between himself and his friends as they search for money to buy beers.

Jamey Ward, 45, in his trailer in Paducah, Ky. on Oct. 22, 2016. A retiree of the river barges, Ward is now an alcoholic who spends most time at home surrounded by beer cans. Fights often break out between himself and his friends as they search for money to buy beers.| Gabriel Scarlett

Justin Griffith, 27,  kisses his youngest son, Lucas, in his front yard in Farley, an area of Paducah, Ky. nicknamed "Farlem" for its low income demographic. Justin is a young father taking bible classes through the mail to become a pastor. Two of his boys are his fiancŽe's sons. "It's one of the great feelings in this world when they started calling me dad," he explains. "Not something I made them do so when they first called me that, my heart just melted."

Justin Griffith, 27, kisses his youngest son, Lucas, in his front yard in Farley, an area of Paducah, Ky. nicknamed “Farlem” for its low income demographic. Justin is a young father taking bible classes through the mail to become a pastor. Two of his boys are his fiancŽe’s sons. “It’s one of the great feelings in this world when they started calling me dad,” he explains. “Not something I made them do so when they first called me that, my heart just melted.”| Gabriel Scarlett

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Through Our Eyes – 10/11/16

A man cries on the altar of St. Joseph's Church as Spanish-speaking members of the congregation lay hands on and pray for him during the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. | Photo by Gabriel Scarlett

A man cries on the altar of St. Joseph’s Church as Spanish-speaking members of the congregation lay hands on and pray for him during the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. | Photo by Gabriel Scarlett

St. Joseph's Catholic Church is reflected on the hood of a black Cadillac on Oct. 10, 2016. | Photo by Gabriel Scarlett

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is reflected on the hood of a black Cadillac on Oct. 10, 2016. | Photo by Gabriel Scarlett

ÒI got all kinds, and all colors. I got charcoal, green, rust, I got colors I canÕt even name. Anytime I put on a suit the shoes match.Ó Thomas Brown, 62, of Vinegrove, said outside State Street Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Ky. Brown regularly drives over an hour from Vinegrove to worship at State Street Baptist Church. | Photo by Michael Noble Jr.

“I got all kinds, and all colors. I got charcoal, green, rust, I got colors I can’t even name. Anytime I put on a suit the shoes match.” Thomas Brown, 62, of Vinegrove, said outside State Street Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Ky. Brown regularly drives over an hour from Vinegrove to worship at State Street Baptist Church. | Photo by Michael Noble Jr.

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Through Our Eyes – 10/4/16

 

From left to right, Hayley Hoback, Izzy Rager, Morgan Goetz and Rachel Shipp lean on one another at a vigil to memorialize their Alpha Gamma Delta sister, Stephanie Campbell, on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the AGD sorority house. Campbell passed away Sunday, Sept. 25 as a result of a single-car accident on the Western Kentucky Parkway. "She has tattooed on her foot 'You can breathe,'" remembered Hayley Hoback at the vigil. "And that's what I can say to her. 'You can breathe now.' She's in a better place now.Ó | Photo by Gabriel Scarlett

From left to right, Hayley Hoback, Izzy Rager, Morgan Goetz and Rachel Shipp lean on one another at a vigil to memorialize their Alpha Gamma Delta sister, Stephanie Campbell, on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the AGD sorority house. Campbell passed away Sunday, Sept. 25 as a result of a single-car accident on the Western Kentucky Parkway. “She has tattooed on her foot ‘You can breathe,'” remembered Hayley Hoback at the vigil. “And that’s what I can say to her. ‘You can breathe now.’ She’s in a better place now.” | Gabriel Scarlett

Members of the Western Kentucky Big Red Marching Band practice before an NCAA college football game with Western Kentucky University taking on Houston Baptist University, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ky.  | Photo by Michael Noble Jr.

Members of the Western Kentucky Big Red Marching Band practice before an NCAA college football game with Western Kentucky University taking on Houston Baptist University, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ky. | Michael Noble Jr.

Lydia Billion, a WKU alumnus, quietly kneels during the "National Anthem" as a form of peaceful protests of the current treatment of African-Americans in the United States. Last weekend when students and members of the Major Redz knelt during the song, fellow fans attempted to shout them down. The protests were also spurred on by two recent incidents of racism on Western Kentucky University's campus. | Photo by Gabriel Scarlett

Lydia Billion, a WKU alumnus, quietly kneels during the “National Anthem” as a form of peaceful protests of the current treatment of African-Americans in the United States. Last weekend when students and members of the Major Redz knelt during the song, fellow fans attempted to shout them down. The protests were also spurred on by two recent incidents of racism on Western Kentucky University’s campus. | Gabriel Scarlett

After spotting the new moon members of Bethel Fellowship Ministries blow shofars in celebration of the Feast of Trumpets. It is a biblically commanded celebration and is observed after sighting the new moon which starts the first day of the seventh biblical lunar month.

After spotting the new moon members of Bethel Fellowship Ministries blow shofars in celebration of the Feast of Trumpets. It is a biblically commanded celebration and is observed after sighting the new moon which starts the first day of the seventh biblical lunar month. | Ashley Cooper

 

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Through Our Eyes – 9/27/16

Members of the Major Redz file out of the DSU before Western Kentucky University took on rivals Vanderbilt on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Members of the Major Redz file out of the DSU before Western Kentucky University took on rivals Vanderbilt on Saturday, September 24, 2016. |Gabriel Scarlett

Vanderbilt outside linebacker Caleb Peart, 9, celebrates after a win over rivals Western Kentucky University on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Vanderbilt outside linebacker Caleb Peart, 9, celebrates after a win over rivals Western Kentucky University on Saturday, September 24, 2016. |Gabriel Scarelett

Arthur Woodsen, 74, becomes aggravated on the topic of civil rights in the living room of his home in Bardstown, KY. Woodsen grew up in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. "My race of people were looked at as not even being human," said Woodsen. "And that same segregation is still around today. God's blessed me to live seventy four years, and I've seen this country get worse instead of better."

Arthur Woodsen, 74, becomes aggravated on the topic of civil rights in the living room of his home in Bardstown, KY. Woodsen grew up in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. “My race of people were looked at as not even being human,” said Woodsen. “And that same segregation is still around today. God’s blessed me to live seventy four years, and I’ve seen this country get worse instead of better.” |Skylar Ballard

Western Kentucky University wide receiver Nacarius Fant (1) makes a 61 yard catches for a touchdown during the second quarter of the Western Kentucky University-Vanderbilt University game on Saturday Sept. 24, 2016 at L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.

Western Kentucky University wide receiver Nacarius Fant (1) makes a 61 yard catches for a touchdown during the second quarter of the Western Kentucky University-Vanderbilt University game on Saturday Sept. 24, 2016 at L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. |Shaban Athuman

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Through Our Eyes – 9/20/16

Derek Harris, the bass player for The Misty Mountain String Band, fixes his tie backstage before the start of the first Live Lost River Music Session at the Capitol Arts Center on Thursday, September 15th, 2016. This Lost River Music Session hosted a variety of folk-genres for a packed crowd, such as Bluegrass and Americana. || Photo by Weston Kenney

Derek Harris, the bass player for The Misty Mountain String Band, fixes his tie backstage before the start of the first Live Lost River Music Session at the Capitol Arts Center on Thursday, September 15th, 2016. This Lost River Music Session hosted a variety of folk-genres for a packed crowd, such as Bluegrass and Americana. |Weston Kenney

Skeeter Depp carries his new son, Treyson Depp, out of the c-section surgery room. Tryson is a "rainbow baby," a healthy child born after a series of miscarriages. || Photo by Abigail Potter

Skeeter Depp carries his new son, Treyson Depp, out of the c-section surgery room. Tryson is a “rainbow baby,” a healthy child born after a series of miscarriages. |Abigail Potter

William Kirby, 71, recalls difficult memories from the tumultuous 1960s in America. As a teenager in Alabama, he remembers the rape of an African-American girl by a group of white boys. After weeks of recovery, the girl and her friends went out to a movie that he was at with his friends. "They snatch this particular girl from the crowd and they hung her right out in the courthouse yard," Kirby explains, his voice breaking with emotion. "There wasn't about five of us, and all these white people around, we wasn't going to try to save her. We runned for our lives too." Three years later, he volunteered for the U.S. Army to fight for a country that did not yet guarantee him his human rights. During the recruiting process, he witnessed the riots in Montgomery from the third floor of a hotel but was ordered by his commanding officers to not take part, talk about it, or to take sides. "I watched them spray them with a hose, letting them dogs loose on people...It's in the history books, but what I saw made those history books real." || Photo by Gabriel Scarlett

William Kirby, 71, recalls difficult memories from the tumultuous 1960s in America. As a teenager in Alabama, he remembers the rape of an African-American girl by a group of white boys. After weeks of recovery, the girl and her friends went out to a movie that he was at with his friends. “They snatch this particular girl from the crowd and they hung her right out in the courthouse yard,” Kirby explains, his voice breaking with emotion. “There wasn’t about five of us, and all these white people around, we wasn’t going to try to save her. We runned for our lives too.” Three years later, he volunteered for the U.S. Army to fight for a country that did not yet guarantee him his human rights. During the recruiting process, he witnessed the riots in Montgomery from the third floor of a hotel but was ordered by his commanding officers to not take part, talk about it, or to take sides. “I watched them spray them with a hose, letting them dogs loose on people…It’s in the history books, but what I saw made those history books real.” | Gabriel Scarlett

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Through Our Eyes – Summer Share – 9/13/16

Coney island clowns dance atop of a mobile boombox during the second day of the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. More than 400,000 festival goers migrated to Las Vegas to celebrate the 20th anniversary of EDC. The sold-out festival featured eight stages, multiple art installations, theatrical performers, and much more.

Coney island clowns dance atop of a mobile boombox during the second day of the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. More than 400,000 festival goers migrated to Las Vegas to celebrate the 20th anniversary of EDC. The sold-out festival featured eight stages, multiple art installations, theatrical performers, and much more.|Harrison Hill

As dusk approaches, Desaire Gaddy explores the dry scrubland that surrounds her rural home outside of Thoreau. Gaddy was moved back onto the Navajo Nation Reservation from her life in Florida to stay with relatives who live without running water due to the ongoing water crisis. ÒDo you want me to show you where I dreamt of the water running?Ó she muses. ÒAll through here, just blue water and dolphins.Ó Most children grow up on the reservation not knowing of another life, but not she.

As dusk approaches, Desaire Gaddy explores the dry scrubland that surrounds her rural home outside of Thoreau. Gaddy was moved back onto the Navajo Nation Reservation from her life in Florida to stay with relatives who live without running water due to the ongoing water crisis. “Do you want me to show you where I dreamt of the water running?” she muses. “All through here, just blue water and dolphins.” Most children grow up on the reservation not knowing of another life, but not she.|Gabriel Scarlett

Board of Supervisors Malia Cohen and Ahmed Abozayd vice president of Local 87 speak before a march in support of janitors with SEIU Local 87 on Thursday, July 28, 2016 in downtown San Francisco. The janitors are in a contract fight with employers.

Board of Supervisors Malia Cohen and Ahmed Abozayd vice president of Local 87 speak before a march in support of janitors with SEIU Local 87 on Thursday, July 28, 2016 in downtown San Francisco. The janitors are in a contract fight with employers.|Michael Noble Jr.

Camp 8 brush fire squad members take a break as a valley catches fire in Duarte, California on June 20, 2016. As temperatures reached triple digits, more than 1,000 firefighters deployed to fight two fires that raged just miles apart from each other in Duarte and Azusa, California.. Together, the fires burned around 5,000 acres and forced the evacuation of at least 770 homes according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Camp 8 brush fire squad members take a break as a valley catches fire in Duarte, California on June 20, 2016. As temperatures reached triple digits, more than 1,000 firefighters deployed to fight two fires that raged just miles apart from each other in Duarte and Azusa, California. Together, the fires burned around 5,000 acres and forced the evacuation of at least 770 homes according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.|Harrison Hill

Robert Mims of Bryan, TX competes in the bull riding portion of the National Senior Pro Rodeo on Tuesday July 5, 2016 at O.L McMains JR. Arena in Grants, Nm. Mims finished second.

Robert Mims of Bryan, TX competes in the bull riding portion of the National Senior Pro Rodeo on Tuesday July 5, 2016 at O.L McMains JR. Arena in Grants, Nm. Mims finished second.|Shaban Athuman

ÒCoach Lederhouse always tells us we are Ôfree to swim.Õ God has made us free and already redeemed us. We donÕt have to earn anything, and we can have peace that He is in control," Wheaton swimmer alumni '16 Kirsten Nitz said. "Do your best, and leave the rest up to God." Through practicing and competing with broken ribs and illnesses like the flu, Nitz never stops. Her dedication and strive to do her best over the years has led her to earning five individual national NCAA titles - a first for any Wheaton athlete in any sport. She is also the first Wheaton swimmer to go undefeated in all of her 12 CCIW individual events and earned the title of a CoSIDA All-American athlete three-times.

“Coach Lederhouse always tells us ‘we are free to swim’. God has made us free and already redeemed us. We don’t have to earn anything, and we can have peace that He is in control,” Wheaton swimmer alumni ’16 Kirsten Nitz said. “Do your best, and leave the rest up to God.” Through practicing and competing with broken ribs and illnesses like the flu, Nitz never stops. Her dedication and strive to do her best over the years has led her to earning five individual national NCAA titles – a first for any Wheaton athlete in any sport. She is also the first Wheaton swimmer to go undefeated in all of her 12 CCIW individual events and earned the title of a CoSIDA All-American athlete three-times.|Erica Lafser

ÒAny time I think about it, I speak about it, I get angry.Ó A retired uranium worker of over two decades reacts in frustration and anger as he explains the harmful practices he took part in during his years as an employee of the United Nuclear Corporation at their Church Rock Mill. His name is withheld for the safety of himself and his family. In the past when he has spoken out, his family was threatened and once a coworker came to his house and threw a brick through a window, nearly hitting his infant grandson. While working at the Church Rock Mill, he remembers taking part in chemical dumping, burning of official medical documents, and he vividly remembers the faulty practices that led up to the Church Rock Spill, the largest spilling of radioactive material in North American history. "IÕve got stories about what we did, about what was done by the companies, about how they donÕt care about the people... A lot of times I shed a tear. I think about the elderly, I think about the kids."

“Any time I think about it, I speak about it, I get angry”. A retired uranium worker of over two decades reacts in frustration and anger as he explains the harmful practices he took part in during his years as an employee of the United Nuclear Corporation at their Church Rock Mill. His name is withheld for the safety of himself and his family. In the past when he has spoken out, his family was threatened and once a coworker came to his house and threw a brick through a window, nearly hitting his infant grandson. While working at the Church Rock Mill, he remembers taking part in chemical dumping, burning of official medical documents, and he vividly remembers the faulty practices that led up to the Church Rock Spill, the largest spilling of radioactive material in North American history. “Love got stories about what we did, about what was done by the companies, about how they don’t care about the people… A lot of times I shed a tear. I think about the elderly, I think about the kids.”|Gabriel Scarlett

James Copas, 52 (left) and Harold Copas, 62 (right) sit on the front porch with their mother Mildred Walker, 89 as they enjoy the summer breeze and making their mother laugh. 23rd June 2016. Tompkinsville, Ky.

James Copas, 52 (left) and Harold Copas, 62 (right) sit on the front porch with their mother Mildred Walker, 89 as they enjoy the summer breeze and making their mother laugh. 23rd June 2016. Tompkinsville, Ky.|Srijita Chattopadhyay

A group of protesters gather to demand D.A Gasc—n to bring charges to the police officers that shot and killed unarmed Amilcar Perez-Lopez on June 22, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

A group of protesters gather to demand D.A Gasc—òn to bring charges to the police officers that shot and killed unarmed Amilcar Perez-Lopez on June 22, 2016 in San Francisco, California.|Michael Noble Jr.

The Suffer's singer Kam Franklin performs at BottleRock 2016 in Napa, Calif. on Sunday, May 29, 2016.

The Suffer’s singer Kam Franklin performs at BottleRock 2016 in Napa, Calif. on Sunday, May 29, 2016.|Michael Noble Jr.

Inez Grace is held by her brother Leo Gomez as they watch their homes burn on Saturday June 26, 2016 in the Gamerco neighborhood on in Gallup, Nm.

Inez Grace is held by her brother Leo Gomez as they watch their homes burn on Saturday June 26, 2016 in the Gamerco neighborhood on in Gallup, Nm.|Shaban Athuman

Russell Gardner, 5, holds plungers he used as paintbrushes during the Big Art Everywhere activities Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at the Children's School.

Russell Gardner, 5, holds plungers he used as paintbrushes during the Big Art Everywhere activities Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at the Children’s School.|Michael Clark

Annie Herring, 16 of Graford, Tx, will competes in Pole bending and Barrel racing in the Best of the Best timed events rodeo in Churchrock, NM. "I came for the experience, I wanted to a new rodeo" Herring said.

Annie Herring, 16 of Graford, Tx, will competes in Pole bending and Barrel racing in the Best of the Best timed events rodeo in Churchrock, NM. “I came for the experience, I wanted to a new rodeo” Herring said.|Shaban Athuman

LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 08: Roddrick Woods, 5, visited the Muhammad Ali Center and I Am Ali festival on June 8, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Woods did a Kindergarten project on Ali. "He was a boxer from Louisville. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!" Woods said.

LOUISVILLE, KY – JUNE 08: Roddrick Woods, 5, visited the Muhammad Ali Center and I Am Ali festival on June 8, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Woods did a Kindergarten project on Ali. “He was a boxer from Louisville. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!” Woods said.|Justin Gilliland

|Video by: Alyse Young

|Video by Michaela Miller, Ashley Cooper, Madihah Abri and Alyse Young |Edited by Katie Roberts and Alyse Young

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Hearst Championship Year In Review

Hearst Journalism Awards Program

The WKU PJ family is proud of our 2015-2016 academic year students with a plethora of awards bestowed upon them by the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. This year-long competition in visual story-telling is comprised of two photojournalism categories and 4 multimedia categories.

In photojournalism Brittany Greeson placed first for her photo story on the flint water crisis and Nick Wagner placed third for his story on a migrant worker and the trials and tribulations of having to leave his family in Mexico for months at a time to earn a living.

WKUPJ placed second in the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Championship.

In multimedia category II – News Alyse Young placed first with her story on the Muslim culture in Kentucky and Brittany Greeson placed second with an interactive version of her Flint water crisis project. In category IV – Team Reporting Kreable Young, Katie McLean and Kae Holloway (a print journalism major) placed third for The Dream & The War, a story on Nappy Roots, a dynamic 1990’s performer, and their lead singers fall from stardom. Morgan Walker and Adam Wolffbrandt placed fourth with their project Radio Silence which follows the struggle of a mother trying to figure out a way to get help to their child while imprisoned.

WKUPJ placed first in the Intercollegiate Multimedia Championship for the fifth consecutive year.

Alyse Young, Nick Wagner and Brittany Greeson have qualified for the National Championship where they will travel to San Francisco to compete with the other top collegiate journalists in a two-day “shootout” winner take all competition. We wish them luck!

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Through Our Eyes – 4/16/16

SUNDAY, APRIL 17 2016--BROWNSVILLE, KY-- Abby McPeak, 7, and her siblings Jazmine, 9, and Dathan, 3, play in the front yard of their trailer home outside of downtown Brownsville, Ky. "I like this place because we have a trampoline and friends that play with us," said Abby. (Photo by Skyler Ballard)

Abby McPeak, 7, and her siblings Jazmine, 9, and Dathan, 3, play in the front yard of their trailer home outside of downtown Brownsville, Ky. “I like this place because we have a trampoline and friends that play with us,” said Abby. April 17 2016, Brownsville, KY. |Skyler Ballard

Shaun Bridgmohan celebrates his 1st place victory riding four-year-old Miss Pink Diva during the Maiden Special Weight horse race at Keeneland Racecourse on April 17, 2016. The win was a first for Miss Pink Diva, earning $36,000.

Shaun Bridgmohan celebrates his 1st place victory riding four-year-old Miss Pink Diva during the Maiden Special Weight horse race at Keeneland Racecourse on April 17, 2016. The win was a first for Miss Pink Diva, earning $36,000. |Alyse Young

Dr. Erika Brady has not had a formal haircut since she was 12 years old, after her first trip to the salon.

Dr. Erika Brady has not had a formal haircut since she was 12 years old, after her first trip to the salon. |Justin Gilliland

TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016 -- BOWLING GREEN, KY -- Keyshawn Brown, left, and Isaiah Brown, right, swing on a part of their porch on 14th Ave. and Stubbins St. These boys were with their uncle waiting for their mother to come home from out of town. "I'm doing well in school, I have A's and B's in all my classes unlike Keyshawn, he has all D's and F's," Isaiah said. "I hope Isaiah and Keyshawn do what you're doing, go to college," said their uncle Junior Lancaster.

Keyshawn Brown, left, and Isaiah Brown, right, swing on a part of their porch on 14th Ave. and Stubbins St. These boys were with their uncle waiting for their mother to come home from out of town. “I’m doing well in school, I have A’s and B’s in all my classes unlike Keyshawn, he has all D’s and F’s,” Isaiah said. “I hope Isaiah and Keyshawn do what you’re doing, go to college,” said their uncle Junior Lancaster. April 12, 2016, Bowling Green , KY. |Ebony Cox

The final race of Sunday, April 17, of the 2016 Spring Race Meet at Keeneland Race Track finishes on the turf. Kasaqui (6) won, ridden by Paco Lopez.

The final race of Sunday, April 17, of the 2016 Spring Race Meet at Keeneland Race Track finishes on the turf. Kasaqui (6) won, ridden by Paco Lopez. |Justin Gilliland

Jockeys relax in the Jockey's Quarter's before their races at Keeneland Racetrack on April 16, 2016 in Lexington, KY.

Jockeys relax in the Jockey’s Quarter’s before their races at Keeneland Racetrack on April 16, 2016 in Lexington, KY. |Harrison Hill

Rafey Wahlah models an Oyster Perpetual gold black faced Rolex Watch retailed at $12,550. The watch was a gift from his grandfather and matches the gold ring he wears from his grandmother that symbolizes eternal love.

Rafey Wahlah models an Oyster Perpetual gold black faced Rolex Watch retailed at $12,550. The watch was a gift from his grandfather and matches the gold ring he wears from his grandmother that symbolizes eternal love. |Alyse Young

WKU professors Rita Meredith and George Kontos dance during the weekly Corvette City Bop and Dance club in Bowling Green, KY. Both Kontos and Johnson have been dancing with the club for over two years. "I love coming here because I am able to socialize and dance with other professors and bowling green natives," said Kontos

WKU professors Rita Meredith and George Kontos dance during the weekly Corvette City Bop and Dance club in Bowling Green, KY. Both Kontos and Johnson have been dancing with the club for over two years. “I love coming here because I am able to socialize and dance with other professors and Bowling green natives,” said Kontos. |Harrison Hill

SUNDAY APRIL 17, 2016--LEXINGTON, KY-- Jockeys and horses are up early morning warming up and prepping for the last day of races for the weekend at the Keenland race tracks.

SUNDAY APRIL 17, 2016–LEXINGTON, KY– Jockeys and horses are up early morning warming up and prepping for the last day of races for the weekend at the Keenland race tracks. |Tyger Williams

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