Aaden Barnett, 6, gets ready to go down a water slide during the 11th annual back-to-school bash at the John B. Hughes apartments in Springfield, Mo. on July 31, 2015. The bash, which is organized by the complex's compliance manager Sophia Smith, serves to give every kid living at the apartments a new backpack filled with school supplies for the coming year.
Members of St. Anthony's drumlinewalk to the field enveloped in trash bags and ponchos to guard against the heavy rain in which the Yellow Jackets played their week 5 high school football game against St. Stephen's Episcopal played on September 27, 2014 at Lang Field in San Antonio, Texas. Along with most other private schools in the state, St. Anthony is barred from entering UIL competition, under which most high school football in Texas is organized. Instead, St. Anthony competes under the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAAPS) along with over 200 other private schools in the state.
(from left) Justin Payne and Joshua Pool of Purdy, Mo. prepare to mount their horses prior to the start of the second day of action in the Carthage Stampede Championship Rodeo at the Carthage Saddle Club Arena in Carthage, Mo. on June 27, 2015.
Anna Hall (center), a 14-year-old Nixa freshman, dances during one of her ballet classes at Springfield Ballet in Springfield, Mo. on Nov. 19, 2015. Hall has been dancing at the academy for 11 years, and currently commutes six days a week from Nixa in order to attend lessons and rehearsals.
Richard McBeth, chaplain of the American Legion Riders, stands at attention during a burial ceremony for a Battle of Wilson's Creek soldier at Springfield National Cemetery in Springfield, Mo. on Oct. 17, 2015.
A man comes out of a residence after Springfield Police responded to a standoff on South Douglas Avenue in Springfield, Mo. on Feb. 17, 2017.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram takes part in a back-to-school backpack giveaway at the Martin C. Freeman Recreation Center in his native Kinston, N.C. on Aug. 27, 2017.
A child slides down a water slide in Grant Beach Pool in Springfield, Mo. during the opening day for city pools on May 28, 2016.
Despite the potential dangers, Shilyn keeps working towards a future career in boxing. “I want to make something of myself in boxing,” said Bradt. “I don’t want to be known as the person who had a couple fights, I want to be known as a champion.”
Haven Larbey, 1, poses for her mother in front of the Bill O'Neill Gateway prior to the start of the Missouri Valley Conference football game between the Missouri State Bears and the Western Illinois Leathernecks at Robert W. Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Oct. 15, 2016. The Leathernecks won the game 38-35.
(from left) Freshman Missouri State University student Jacob Yount, senior Nick Noll, MSU alumni Trevor Cunningham and senior Steven Jackson sing during tailgating prior to the start of the Bears' homecoming game against the Illinois State Redbirds at Robert W. Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Oct. 17, 2015. Illinois State won the game 38-2.
(from left) Jayce, 6, and Brady, 4, Jones of Diamond, Mo. lean on the fence as they watch the action during the second day of the Carthage Stampede Championship Rodeo at the Carthage Saddle Club Arena in Carthage, Mo. on June 27, 2015.
Amanda Garretson shares a moment with Stella, her 2-year-old daughter, before speaking to those attending a vigil at Jordan Valley Park in Springfield, Mo. on March 21st, 2015 in honor of Brodie and Marley WIlliams, victims of their father, William, who shot them before engaging in a police standoff and eventually killing himself on Monday.
Trameen Washington, 5, pulls a cart filled with groceries given to his family by volunteers during the Day of Hope event held at Campbell Elementary School in Springfield, Mo. on April 18, 2015.
(from left) Jeff Schneider, Brye Crite and Springfield residents Wenten and Bryan Reiter talk before the start of the team roping event, where they will all compete, during the Carthage Stampede Championship Rodeo at the Carthage Saddle Club Arena in Carthage, Mo. on June 26, 2015.