LINCOLN, NEB. - 01/12/2019 -Fourteen-year-old Cadence Watson and eleven-year-old Sasha Watson watch as their 8-year-old sister Noel Watson tries to catch snowflakes on her tongue on Saturday Jan. 12th, 2019, at Holmes Lake.
Museum founder Ann Harithas laughs as she looks at one of the art cars on display at the Five Points Museum in Victoria, Texas. The exhibit features several art cars that have outlandish details. Each car has a specific theme from a cockroach themed vehicle to a car that features a water buffalo on the front hood.
A group of farmers take a break from working during the Indiana State Fair.
OMAHA, NEB. - Winnebago coaches Adam James (left) and Adam Tranmer jump out of their seats and cheer after Winnebago's Propser Gilpin pinned David City's Jake Ingwersen during the second round of the Class C 285 pound match on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, during the state wrestling semifinals at CHI Health Center.
LINCOLN, NE - Omaha Central guard Brayden Miller (10) becomes emotional as he hugs players from Omaha South at the end of the Class A championship on Saturday, March 9 2019, at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Omaha South defeated Omaha Central 58-56.
Community member Frances Barrera (left), places her hand over Yoakum Police Officer Christi McChesney and Lavaca County Patrol Deputy Jimmie Heiman during a prayer asking for protection and safety for those working in law enforcement.
Ashley Wagner (left), Pam Body, Shama Verma, and Beverly Martin let go of their purple balloons in remembrance of their late co-worker and friend Sonya Gutierrez. A year ago, Gutierrez was murdered by her husband and was an employee of the Texas Internal Medicine and Diagnostic center. To honor Gutierrez, co-workers wear purple shirts that read, “Stop Domestic Violence,” to help raise awareness for men and women who are involved in violent relationships around the country like Sonya Gutierrez was.
Hernan Jaso (right), grasps Chris Rivera’s hand and speaks to him as other friends and family gather around him in support. Rivera, a former county commissioner suffered a massive stroke in March 2016, leaving him and his family with thousands of dollars in medical bills. The benefit was put together by friends and family to raise money through bbq plates and silent auction in order to help offset some of Rivera’s bills.
10-year-old Logan McPherson waves the green flag to indicate the start of the race at Shady Oaks Speedway. @Savannah Blake
A young boy comes out of the water after being baptized at Brandywine Church in Greenwood, Indiana. The church baptized nearly 100 people in their pond outside of the church.
Trainer Kat Munoz of Fit Strong United CrossFit in Victoria works with 13-year-old Jason Hernandez. Hernandez has visited the gym several times before, but started working with Munoz to get more comfortable with various exercise routines in preparation for the teen CrossFit class Munoz is starting next month.
Kianna Angelo, founder of the Living Islands Organization, lays in bed with her five-year-old son Konstantin. With her heavy involvement in projects around the state she is often pulled away from home, so moments like tucking her son into bed have become more important to her. @Savannah Blake
Lincoln, NE - 2/3/2019 -The room erupts after Los Angeles Rams and Pius X alumni Greg Zuerlein successfully kicks the field goal tying the score 3-3 on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at Dino's in Lincoln.
Pastors of Brandywine Church in Greenfield, Indiana smile as one of their young members gets baptized. Nearly 100 people were baptized in the pond just outside of the church on that Sunday. @Savannah Blake
Indycar driver James Hinchcliffe looks down at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he was suffered a near-fatal accident during an Indy 500 practice race. He was rushed to IU Hospital where he was treated for puncture to the upper left thigh reaching the pelvic area that caused heavy arterial bleeding. IU Health flew him over the city of Indianapolis to commemorate the anniversary of the accident and the surgery that saved his life.
Kathryn Salo brushes her horse Walker after finishing her riding lesson at the Therapy Riding Center of Victoria. Salo was born with Cerebral Palsy and has had trouble walking since she was little. When Salo first found the Therapy Riding Center she started out as client and rode once a week. As Salo grew stronger from her time with the horse she visited more frequently. Eventually Salo was promoted to Tack Manager at the center and still rides once a week as well. Employees say that she has a special way with horses and Salo says she feels most at home when she is around them. Since she her time at the center, Salo says her strength has improved tremendously and hopes to inspire others with medical conditions.
Students gather outside of Johnson Hall at the University of Oregon for the Black Lives Matter rally. Students, faculty and Eugene residents gathered together at Matthew Knight Arena and marched up to Johnson Hall where several people spoke about their experiences and voiced their desire for change.
Two plungers join hands while walking around in the river. Plungers and onlookers gather for the annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Maurie Jacobs Park in Eugene. With over 250 plungers diving into the Willamette River, participants look to surpass $412,000, which was last years total. Eugene is just one of the five locations around Oregon that hosts the plunge, but is a nationwide event. The funds raised by today’s plunge will go towards assisting Oregon Special Olympic teams. Photo by Savannah Blake