My year documenting school life in the Troy, Michigan school district has come to a close. I had a great time sharing their stories and snapping their photos. Here are some of my favorites.

The seniors outran the juniors during Powder Puff football at Athens High.

The band marches into the stadium under a colorful fall sky as Homecoming 2016 kicks off at Troy High.

Hamilton Elementary first-graders commandeer a tractor made from hay bales during a field trip to Blake’s Orchard in Armada.

Barnard Elementary School principal Melanie Morey gets duct taped to the wall as a reward for her students raising over $20,000.

At first, Fernanda Melgar wasn’t too sure about getting her teeth cleaned, but the Morse Elementary kindergartner happily picked out a toothbrush and a sticker afterward.

Hamilton fourth-grader Grace Belanger adjusts a wayward jalapeño atop her Nacho Ordinary Meatloaf dishes during a Future Chefs competition.

Athens High soccer players watch and wait while their team goes through a third shoot-out in less than a week.

The Athens High sidelines erupt at the moment their team won the shoot-out to advance to the state soccer finals.

Bemis Elementary 5th-grader Ayla Tovar is a dyslexic learner. And she just won a writing award.

Superintendent Machesky reacts to first-grader Anjni Mistry during his visit to the Bemis Elementary Story Pit.

Hamilton Elementary second-grader Addie Gaydash is fascinated by the caramel and chocolates being made at the Morley Candy Company.

As the late evening sun leaves the players in shadows, Troy High’s Morgan MacDonald takes control of the ball after a faceoff with Athens’ Maddie Crum in a girls lacrosse cross town rivalry game Monday night.

Troy High’s Ally Smolinski deflects a free kick with her head in the 1st half of the Athens-Troy varsity soccer game Thursday night.

The Mr. Troy High contestants, in all manner of dress, hang out backstage before Thursday night’s event. Giraffe Tyler Bouque eventually won the competition.

Jane Korotko reacts with amazement as teacher Jason Cichowic looks over the heart dissection work done by a team of fifth-graders from Schroeder Elementary and sixth-graders from Boulan Park Middle School.

Steven Forman, Division I #1 singles state tennis champion, poses after his win.

Wass Elementary students sprint toward start/end line of their outdoor track during a Tuesday morning Early Bird Trot.

Reading specialist Lisa McDonald and second-grade teacher Ed Segovia end their Dr. Seuss presentation with a laugh.

Because they supposedly didn’t do their homework, Costello Elementary 2nd-graders Jalen Jones and Katherine Heywood volunteered to wear dunce caps, like their forebears did back in the 1880s.

Third-grader John Leonard is a bit surprised by a move made by his adversary, first-grader Sam Kim, during an after-school chess class at Hill Elementary.

Larson Middle School band director Scott Crecelius entered the gym with a flourish (and cape & mask) as his students played the theme to Phantom of the Opera.

Athens High junior Dana Plastow lets an arrow fly during an archery class. “I took up archery because I just thought it looked cool,” she said.

Like a character in a Christmas television show, 8th-grader Ben Dalian uses his height to help deck the halls at Smith Middle School before the holiday dance. “I’m tall, ya know, I can do that,” he said.

Troy High’s Danny Sully goes up for two against West Bloomfield’s Chris Oviasu during tournament action.

Morse Elementary students have different reactions to a Painted Lady butterfly they raised then released on Wednesday.

Hill Elementary students dressed as their favorite peacemakers.

Black lights and fluorescent shirts made for a cosmic morning. “Bowling in the dark isn’t crazy, it’s just fun. We’re out of school, no math, no homework,” said Schroeder 5th-grader Danny Plancon.

TCC Teacher Jonathan Matthews adjusts tassels and caps, including the one on Evan Eisenberg before their group photo.

After the Athens High graduation, heartfelt hugs were plentiful.