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Hannah Huston became a household name as a finalist on The Voice in the show’s 10th season. Being a Grand Island, Neb. native she attended a homecoming at her former high school, Grand Island Senior High in which a live broadcast was conducted. While on the popular show Hannah became a hit sensation and made a lot of Nebraskans proud. I tweeted a photo of Hannah that included her Twitter account. She re-tweeted it and it went viral.

A screenshot of the Tweet activity is below the main photo which currently has 17,273 impressions (times people saw this Tweet on Twitter) and 1,119 total engagements (times people interacted with this Tweet).

The Voice finalist and Grand Island native Hannah Huston has a selfie taken with Jack Sheard of Grand Island Public Schools during a homecoming at the senior high auditorium Saturday.

The Voice finalist and Grand Island native Hannah Huston has a selfie taken with Jack Sheard of Grand Island Public Schools during a homecoming at the senior high auditorium Saturday.

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Hannah Huston bows her head as she asks the audience to join her in a moment of silence in remembrance of a season six The Voice contestant, Christina Grimmie, who was killed after a concert performance in Orlando, Fla. the evening before Huston’s homecoming. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Hannah Huston bows her head as she asks the audience to join her in a moment of silence in remembrance of a season six The Voice contestant, Christina Grimmie, who was killed after a concert performance in Orlando, Fla. the evening before Huston’s homecoming.

Hannah Huston answers questions during a live broadcast during a homecoming inside the Grand Island Senior High School auditorium Saturday. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Hannah Huston answers questions during a live broadcast during a homecoming inside the Grand Island Senior High School auditorium Saturday.

Hannah Huston holds up a Grand Island Islanders jacket presented by Jack Sheard during a homecoming for The Voice finalist Saturday. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Hannah Huston holds up a Grand Island Islanders jacket presented by Jack Sheard during a homecoming for The Voice finalist Saturday.

Hannah Huston waves to a member in the audience during a homecoming for The Voice finalist Saturday inside the Grand Island High School auditorium. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Hannah Huston waves to a member in the audience during a homecoming for The Voice finalist Saturday inside the Grand Island High School auditorium.

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Hannah Huston makes a funny face while joking around with her sister Rachel, center, and Brian Gallagher, left, with 107.7 The Island.

Tara Burkhardt holds up a sign as Hannah Huston gets a standing ovation during a homecoming Saturday inside the Grand Island High School auditorium. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Tara Burkhardt holds up a sign as Hannah Huston gets a standing ovation during a homecoming Saturday inside the Grand Island High School auditorium.

 

Nebraska Truck Driving Championships

Grand Island is host to the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships which is held at Fonner Park. Ninety-eight truckers competed in six stations to show to officials their driving expertise. The stations were simulated as every day circumstances professional drivers face.

Alan Rogers, safety director with Wynne Transport Service, motions for driver Joe Busch to come up to the starting line during the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships at Fonner Park Saturday. Ninety-eight drivers competed in six stations that are simulated challenges drivers face every day.

Alan Rogers, safety director with Wynne Transport Service, motions for driver Joe Busch to come up to the starting line during the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships at Fonner Park Saturday. Ninety-eight drivers competed in six stations that are simulated challenges drivers face every day.

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Fifth Generation Wedding

A recent assignment was to cover a fifth generation wedding in which five brides were all married in the same church, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran. Once a country church located outside of the town of Hampton, Neb., relocated at the Stuhr Museum in 1966. It was a beautiful ceremony with a young couple.

Mrs. Laura Goodwin and her husband Shawn smile as a couple after getting married at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Stuhr Museum. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Mrs. Laura Goodwin and her husband Shawn smile as a couple after getting married at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Stuhr Museum.

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Recent Favorites

Here is a collection of images taken throughout this spring that are some of my favorites.

Hannah Huston’s name is in lights as a watch party takes place inside the Grand Theater during the season finale of The Voice.

Hannah Huston’s name is in lights as a watch party takes place inside the Grand Theater during the season finale of The Voice.

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Nebraska State Track & Field Championships

I had an enjoyable and demanding opportunity to photograph a two-day state track & field championship at Omaha Burke High School. It was neat to see the sportsmanship held with rural athletes from opposing schools as I saw just as many teammates embracing as I did certain rivals schools.

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Sand flies as Grand Island’s Mackenzie Puckett lands while competing in the Class A triple jump during finals Saturday. Mackenzie won with a leap of 39-1 1/2.

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Structure Fire

The Winfrey Plumbing and Heating building became fully engulfed in a fire after an explosion on a late Sunday night at 808 W. North Front St. in Grand Island, Neb. This as a result of the business owner, Mike Winfrey, who was making homemade bombs in which he lost his life. Three businesses and a residence were without power because of the fire.

Firefighters gather while battling an overnight fire.

Firefighters gather while battling an overnight fire at  Winfrey Plumbing and Heating at 808 W. North Front St. in Grand Island, Neb.

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Easter Eggstravaganza

One of my many enjoyments and strengths as a photojournalist is going to what may be considered an ordinary event and coming back to the newsroom with good images. I had to improvise a little in which there weren’t many people at the event to start, but also the events were stretched out across the afternoon. Having two other assignments later that afternoon I saw how a small photo essay would come together with a beginning (children and their families constructing devises for an egg drop). Secondly, the egg drop itself from the rooftop of Edgerton Explorit Center and lastly reactionary images as a result.

Kris Yockey, left, helps her granddaughter Micole with preparing an egg for a drop from the Edgerton Explorit Center rooftop during Easter Eggstravaganza in Aurora, Neb.

Kris Yockey, left, helps her granddaughter Micole with preparing an egg for a drop from the Edgerton Explorit Center rooftop during Easter Eggstravaganza in Aurora, Neb.

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2016 Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships

The Nebraska State Activities Association held the state boys basketball championships in Lincoln, Neb. Our publication The Grand Island Independent cover city and area teams that make the three-day tournament. The event can make for some early mornings and very late nights depending on timeframes within the bracket. It’s can be a lot of fun, but also very draining. However, I appreciate the opportunity to go as there are any number of newspapers in my past that don’t cover the finals or hire a freelancer. Arriving back home at 2 A.M. on my second wind I realize it’s all worth it. Here are some of my favorites:

The arena lights are turned off as part of a pregame effect and Adams Central students use their cell phones to illuminate the darkness during the NSAA State Boys Basketball Championship game against Bishop Neumann at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Saturday. Bishop Neumann won 63-54.

The arena lights are turned off as part of a pregame effect and Adams Central students use their cell phones to illuminate the darkness during the NSAA State Boys Basketball Championship game against Bishop Neumann at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Saturday. Bishop Neumann won 63-54.

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Fonner Park

Starting up in late February we’ve had great weather for horse racing at Fonner Park. It’s been very enjoyable and refreshing photographing something new other than watching horse racing a few times on TV. As any assignment I worked various angles with a variety of lenses, attempt to be spontaneous, take the reader where they can’t go and capture moments perhaps they didn’t see. And given the time experiment a little. The lead image is just that, panning with the action at 125th of a second to create slow motion blur.

Horses Rain Ray (jockey Karlo Lopez), Setnmupknocknmdown (Nathan Haar), and Just Happened (Luis Ranilla) race down the stretch Saturday at Fonner Park. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Horses Rain Ray (jockey Karlo Lopez), Setnmupknocknmdown (Nathan Haar), and Just Happened (Luis Ranilla) race down the stretch Saturday at Fonner Park.

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Game Day: Aurora vs. Hastings Boys Basketball March 1, 2016

The Aurora Huskies boys basketball teams have been one of the dominant ones this season in which they secured their spot in the state basketball tournament with a 64-27 victory over the Hastings Tigers.

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