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Spirit Rising
The 56th Missouri Photo Workshop (MPW)

Photo by Leah Nash

Spirit is a 13-year-old girl in the difficult transition from childhood to womanhood. One minute she is sensual and sexual, full of the knowledge of her power as a woman, the next a giggling girl, joking with her friends and acting silly. Her days are spent in Hermann Middle School, challenging her teachers, passing notes and sometimes ending up in the office. The romance in her life is inconsistent, and she admits she has a talent for choosing the wrong boys. Her current male target is not being cooperative; showing interest and then suddenly ignoring her.

In her past she has faced painful situations where she had no control and they have left their mark. Spirit can be moody, defiant, and brazen and when attacked responds with vengeance. At these times it is hard to remember that she is only 13, still a child, still discovering who she is. And small towns can be unforgiving.

Some see Spirit as trouble and she is often accused of dressing and acting inappropriately. In a community where lack of options and lack of excitement can lead to problems, some girls only a few years older than Spirit have babies. At 13 it is hard to believe that the path may already be set...will Spirit be rising or falling?

Leah Nash
Team A
Maggie Steber
Alan Berner
University of Missouri
Tel: 573-424-5362

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Team A
Alfredo Cardenas
Leah Nash
Annie Tritt
Melody Ko
Charles W. Harr
Ruth Anne Kocour
Deborah Silver
Jennifer Coombes

Team B
Tim Gruber
Jonathan Miano
Sally Ryan
Michael Karas
Sarah Beth Barnett
Jennifer Sauer
Megan Morr
Naomi Brookner

Team C
Gabriela Hasbun
Gang Wu
Uwe Martin
Aaron Suozzi
Eric Kayne
Kevin Wellenius
Ann Hermes
Christina Ducklow

Team D
Betty Bastidas
Jodi Hilton
Velina Nurse
Kim Walker
Valentina Petrova
Paul Rutherford
Beatrice de Gea
Chris Kaufman

Team E
Ted Howell
Kevin Van Paassen
Jennifer Page
Monique Ganucheau
Autumn Pinette
Spencer Leonard
Paul Morigi
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Hermann, Mo 2004

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