1. From left to right, Nazaria Taylor, 12, Andiyahna Moffett, 12, Cavetta Munerlyn, 12, and Destinie Paxton, 12, laugh together as they pass pennies down the line with their eyes closed as part of a listening and teamwork activity during Youth Empowerment Fridays at New Standard Academy in Flint on Jan. 9, 2014. 

    2. The Beecher and Goodrich varsity basketball teams warm up before the second half of a Genesee Area Conference Red game at Beecher High School in Mt. Morris on Jan. 6, 2014. Beecher won the game 60-50.

    3. K-9 search and rescue crew search team Kym Roldan, of Mt. Morris, and Pat Waugh, of Flint, send Brandy, a six-year-old lab, on the search for Ken Gruno, 27, miles from where he was last seen in Otisville on Jan. 1, 2014. After months of searching, Gruno's body was discovered in a small pond about a mile away from where he was last seen. 

    4. Snow and ice covers a parking lot in downtown Flint on Jan. 3, 2014.



    1. Ellis Thrasher, 46, poses in the hallway with his walker decorated as Santa's Sleigh in Flint on Dec. 17, 2014. Thrasher started the tradition last year after someone in his apartment building raised the question about why nobody decorates their walker. Thrasher uses the walker for various health issues. “Kids even from two years old all the way to people 97 years old have been enjoying this and everything. So I like to see everybody smile and stuff."

    2. Volunteers hang out and talk as they wait for people to come up and get food during a free thanksgiving dinner at the North End Soup Kitchen in Flint on Nov. 27, 2014. 

    3. Davison High School students Caleb Gulledge, 17, left, hands down boxes of food from a bus while Cameron Morin, 17, right, hands off a box to someone to carry as they volunteer for the Cool to Care Campaign at First Baptist Church in Davison on Dec. 3, 2014. The food will go to to benefit Outreach East, a local food bank in Davison. 

    4. The "Textbook Terminators" team watches other members as they compete in a Lego Robotic competition at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School in Flint on Dec. 13, 2014. 

    5. Abbi Steenhagen, 13, from Grandville Middle School, hangs out beside members of her team, the "Orange Lego Batman", during a Lego Robotics competition at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School in Flint on Dec. 13, 2014. 

    6. From left to right homeschooled students from Allendale Alex Carrel, 14, Jaden Kraker, 11, Andrew Carrel, 11, and David Dew, 12, test out their robot during a Lego Robotics competition at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School in Flint on Dec. 13, 2014.

    7. Shakayla Asher, 14, watches as Jalil Smith, 9, and Aaliyah Malone, 9, play a game of air hockey while hanging out at Karen Malone's home in Mt. Morris Township on Dec. 30, 2014. 

    8. A plastic Santa Clause is seen inside the donation center of The Old Newsboys in Flint on Dec. 10, 2014.

    9. Cynthia Neeley, center, holds hands in the middle of the aisle as the crowd prays after the swearing in service for state representative Sheldon Neeley at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Flint on Dec. 18, 2014. 

    10. Maria Smith passes through the narrow entry way to go outside as she leaves her family's home that is built around a camper in Holly Township on Dec. 3, 2014. The Smith family has been in a five-year struggle with the government over their land.



    1. Beecher players huddle together and pay attention to head coach Courtney Hawkins as he talks to the team in the locker room at half time during a Division 6 playoff game against Madison Heights in Mt. Morris on Nov. 7, 2014. 

    2. Santa Claus takes pictures with a group of children during the Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic event at Crossroads Village in Flint on Nov. 28, 2014.

    3. Rows and rows of trees grow at Petiprin's Tree Farm in Swartz Creek on Nov. 28, 2014. 

    4. Presley Huelskamp, left, holds the sled as Mark Huelskamp, center, tries to drag the 18-foot tree while Karen Huelskamp and Carley Huelskamp, right, watch as they prepare to bring the tree back to be wrapped at Petiprin's Tree Farm in Swartz Creek on Nov. 28, 2014. 

    5. Fenton High School juniors Jonathon Fleck, left, and Nick Melero, right, shovel snow off the grandstands of the Fenton High School football field in Fenton on Nov. 21, 2014. Volunteers have been working all day and some of last night to get the stadium ready for a MHSAA semifinal game between Lansing Sexton and Detroit Country Day on Saturday. 

    6. Professional wrestler Chris Jericho performs on stage while the audience cheers as the band Fozzy kicks off their tour at The Machine Shop in Flint on Nov. 21, 2014. The show featured Shaman's Harvest, Texas Hippie Coalition, and Fozzy.



    1. Thad Feral Cordes, left, of Tracy, CA, marks the price on a pumpkin with a market while Bonita Pelky, right, of Flint, lifts up a large pumpkin from the back of a trailer to put it on the grass with other pumpkins for customers at Eichelberg Farms in Linden on Oct. 5, 2014.

    2. Beecher senior running back Raumello Cooper runs drills on the field before their game against Montrose in Montrose on Oct. 17, 2014. 

    3. New Lothrop students cheer for one of their favorite players, senior offensive lineman Austin Clark, during the game against Genesee in New Lothrop on Oct. 10, 2014. New Lothrop won the game 63-14

    4. Genesee football players take shelter from the cold in their school bus during half time during the game against New Lothrop in New Lothrop on Oct. 10, 2014. New Lothrop won the game 63-14. 

    5. From left to right fifth-graders Zearon Bradshaw, Joseph Williams, Unique Callaway, Caroline Moore and Zarriya Brown hang out together during a Halloween carnival at Scott Elementary School in Flint on Oct. 31, 2014. 

    6. Students play a game where the try and mummify their fellow classmates as quickly as they can during a Halloween carnival at Scott Elementary School in Flint on Oct. 31, 2014. 

    7. Louann Genella poses for a portrait in her backyard which borders the abandoned American Estates mobile home park in Flint on Oct. 29, 2014. 

    8. Abandoned trailers left over from American Estates mobile home park are seen from Branch Road in Flint on Oct. 29, 2014.

    9. A group of people dressed as zombies in various costumes walk by the Flint Farmers Market as they participate in the 6th annual Flint Zombie Walk in downtown Flint on Oct. 4, 2014.

    10. Mackenzie Boillat, 13, crawls on the sidewalk and moans like a zombie as a man comes up and pretends to shoot her as the crowd walks down S. Saginaw Street during the 6th annual Flint Zombie Walk in downtown Flint on Oct. 4, 2014.


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    1. Justin Mahoney, right, of Flint, sits in the front seat with Sarah Tanner, left, of Flint, while Ryan Tanner, 5, plays in the front seat and Brook Mahoney, 3, hangs out in the back seat while they sit in Mahoney's 1959 Ford Custom 300 in the US-23 Drive-In Theater lot during the Back to the Bricks Drive-In movie event on August 12, 2014. The car has been in Mahoney's family for 45 years, but spent the last 30 years in storage until Mahoney fixed it up. It was passed down from his grandfather to his mother, who drove it throughout her high school years.

    2. Students of the Beecher homecoming court and their escorts hang out by the grandstands while waiting to go out on the field during halftime at the Beecher vs. Corunna game at Beecher in Flint on Sept. 26, 2014. Beecher won the game 33-7. 

    3. Police lights flash on a woman as she stands by and watches the scene where a man was shot and killed at Brothers Food Center on N. Saginaw Street in Flint on Sept. 28, 2014.

    4. Students line the walls of the gymnasium and raise their hands hoping to be picked to play the "Cookie Monster" as part of a game during the first day of school at Central Elementary School in Davison on Sept. 8, 2014. 

    5. Raquan Robinson, 14, center, smiles as he throws the ball  towards the basket as he and Travohn Floyd, 13, left, and Dominique Seabron, 13, right, play basketball in the street in Flint on Sept. 23, 2014. 

    6. A large University of Michigan-Flint sign painted onto the road is seen at the intersection of Kearsley and Wallenburg Street in downtown Flint on Sept. 24, 2014. 

    7. Trinity Baptist Church Pastor and youth group leader Aaron Burden, of Flushing, left, laughs and jokes around with students as they play basketball during youth group in Flushing on Sept. 3, 2014. 

    8. A group of people gather around a table as they look at maps that outline a proposed natural gas line by ET Rover Pipeline LLC that would pass through Genesee County during an information meeting for affected residents at Spring Meadows Country Club in Linden on Sept. 16, 2014. 

    9. Kearsley High School football coach Jeff Putnam talks to his offensive players during half time during their game against Goodrich High School in Goodrich on Sept. 6, 2014. Goodrich won the game 31-14. 

    10. Goodrich High School cheerleaders shield their eyes from the sun during the Goodrich vs. Kearsley Flint Metro League game in Goodrich on Sept. 6, 2014. Goodrich won the game 31-14.