BUSBY999 follows young musician Justin Busby as he navigates the highs and lows of his life. When Justin decided to move to Los Angeles over a year ago, he saw it as his chance to make it big with his hyperpop music. Despite Justin’s success performing in shows and gaining fans, the euphoric moments couldn’t transcend LA’s oversaturated and unforgiving music scene. Back at home, Justin reconnects with friends, fueds with family, and knows he’ll never stops making music.

My film premiered at the Stronger than Fiction Film Festival in May 2024.

Finding your Starpower

2023 Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, Best Video, 1st place (Columbia Missourian).

Locust Street Expressive Arts Elementary School Secretary Erica Chapin and Librarian Kristen Burkemper coached their first Girls on the Run season together at their school. Girls on the Run is a national organization that teaches third through fifth graders the power of physical activity, as well as life lessons centered around friendship, confidence and team-building. 
Girls on the Run Heart of Missouri serves over 200 girls and has over 50 volunteer coaches each season. Over the course of 10 weeks, Chapin and Burkemper taught their 11 girls invaluable lessons on topics such as gossip, beauty and positive self-talk with the help of MU students Tiffany Pode and Allison White as assistant coaches. Not only do the girls become part of a team and make friends across grade-levels and ages, but the coaches develop a special relationship with the girls. 

“You kind of break down those barriers between teacher and student and get to know them on a personal level and become a friend,” Burkemper said. 

At the end of their season, GOTR teams from elementary schools across Columbia completed a 5K on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Albert Oakland Park.

Three Creeks Torrent

Race director Ryan King welcomes runners about to race in Columbia’s Three Creeks Torrent Trail Runs yesterday morning. Runners had the option of running in the 10, 20 or 30 miles race.

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