journalism This selection of work represents the assigned and self-generated assignments I completed for the Journal and Courier in Lafayette, Indiana. Kevin Downham and Avery Sheets bounce before the game at Lafayette Jeff earlier this season. Downham, Sheets and Bart Hunsicker bump chests like this before every game. “It gets us pumped up before a game,” Downham said. Ike Bacon plays one of the banjos he built in his White County, Ind. workshop. Bacon, builds, plays and teaches the banjo. Elder Curtis Sessions vacuums before heading out for an afternoon of appointments. Sessions shares the small house with Elder James Brinkerhoff. A missionary’s day is rather structured starting at 6:30 a.m. going to 10:30 p.m. six days a week. Tuesday is their day off, until 6 p.m., then they have more proselytizing and appointments. Scott Alkire, a Lafayette firefighter, cools off after battling back the blaze at 628 N. Eighth St. Saturday, June 25, 2005. High temerpatures mixed with heavy smoke at times challenging the firefighters. Coyd Crawn shares a laugh with Dean Radcliff and Stuart Wolf (back) while William Myers (sitting) and Dan Crawn listen in at The Sandwich Shop in downtown Delphi, Ind. Thursday, February 19, 2004. Joking and giving each other a hard time is always going on between long time friends at the Delphi restaurant. Allison Oliver (center) waits with other angels in the snow globe float, sponsored by the First Baptist Church, for the start of the annual Christmas Parade Sunday, December 8, 2002. An inflated plastic dome encased Oliver and three other angels in a rolling globe. ony Zamora will be one of the featured musicians at the annual Riverfront Jazz an Blues Festival Saturday, August 25, 2001 in downtown Lafayette. Kyle Kilfoil is flipped off of the bull named Black Jack during the bull riding event at the Indiana High School Rodeo Association rodeo on the Fountain County Fairgrounds in Veedersburg Sunday, May 21, 2006. This was one of 11 events during the rodeo. Pastor Ed Underwood leads a prayer line for one of the church members needs during the church Sunday, November 14, 2004. Mike Wegman waits for the bus to take him to work in early February at the transfer island. “I’m a transit guy”, the New York City native says. He does drive but uses the bus about 4 days a week. Lamar Lee is embraced by McCutcheon High School fans after the Mavericks beat Harrison in the first game of the 2004 J&C Hoops Classic at Lafayette Jeff. Lee scored 24 points in the fourth quater of the game, along with the basket at the end to win it. ohanna Duran (left) and Maria Sanchez share a laugh after her quinceanera mass at St. Boniface Saturday, May 4, 2002. During the mass girls announce to God and everyone how she intends to live her life and that she is no longer a girl. After the mass, Sanchez was surrounded by friends, families and attendants. Tuba players Austin Elmore (left), Brianna Davis, Brad Grider and Alex Ade gather around to listen to Jon Eifler give instructions on marching in formation. Eifler works with the visual presentation of the marching band. Purdue coach Kristy Curry celebrates Jodi Howell’s three-pointer with other members of the team during the first half of the game against Wisconsin at Mackey Arena Thursday, December 29, 2005. Demies Moffitt (cq) picks out a target while playing dodgeball at the McAllister Recreation Center Holiday Camp Tuesday, December 27, 2005. This is the most popular activity among the 30 campers. Jimmy Bedford is seeen through a bottle of Single Barrel Whiskey from the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn. As the master distiller, he travels all over the world promoting the famous Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey. Signing bottled is one of his duties. West Lafayette players prepare the game against Tipton in the lockerroom Friday, September 17, 2004. Three hogs look for food in the snow after getting out of the barn that is on fire near the intersection of Tippecanoe County Roads 700 East and 1200 South Friday, December 24, 2004 near Stockwell, Ind. Six fire departments fought the blaze for a number of hours. Over 500 head of hogs were in the barn. Some of the hogs were able to be saved. Fire officials would not say what the cause of the blaze was. Nate Vissering, 6 of Brook, shows off his 11 pound 12 ounce cabbage that is three feet four inches around at the Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair near Kentland Tuesday, July 12, 2005. He did not expect his cabbage to get this big. Larry Wilkinson, of Mellott, drives his car in the 29th Annual Potawatomi Festival Parade with one of his birds, a cockatiel, on his shoulder Sunday, September 19, 1999, in downtown Attica. “I have four birds, but I can only handle one at a time like this,” he said. Wilkinson was one of about 115 entrants in the parade that is considered the largest in western Indiana.