UNBREAKABLE

Story by Trong Mai Photos by Rayce Luke “I was in a coma for four days.” Early in 2018, Alyssa Cook wanted to end it all. She struggled with anxiety and depression while working full time to try to make ends meet. Cook attended McLennan Community College and juggled...

A LETTER FROM THE EDITORS

Emma Whitt and Trong Mai The fact that 2020 was a turbulent year is no controversy or secret. From a global pandemic to political unrest to a sharp economic downturn—as a society many of us have struggled. However, in this issue of Focus we wanted to draw attention to the way that individuals have persevered, and the community...

MURALS PAINT THE CITY OF WACO

Story & Photos by Camille Rasor A nonprofit organization encourages culture and creativity to thrive in Waco Eye-catching murals have come to be an iconic feature of life in Waco, most of them depicting both the good and bad aspects of the city’s history. Among the groups adding to...

A NONPROFIT FOR NONPROFITS

Story & Illustration by Trong Mai Photos by Wilson Hui and Audrey La Waco Foundation supports long-term success for other nonprofits Among the numerous nonprofits working to create a better Waco, the Waco Foundation prides itself in working behind the scenes rather than taking the forefront. The organization was...

DEATH IMITATING LIFE

Story by Paige Phillips & Photos by Audrey La The Legacy of Waco’s Taxidermists  It’s hard to drive though Waco without noticing the numerous taxidermy shops. This certainly makes sense in a rural area with plenty of ground for hunting, but the climate in Waco is changing. Since becoming...

JOURNALING FOR GENERATIONS

Story & Photos by Camille Rasor Daily reflection can establish a written legacy Almost as a response to the pressure to succeed that can come from our parents, our mentors, society at large or even sometimes ourselves, the typical American adult books their calendars so full that there is...

PAVING NEW PATHS

Story by Anna Tabet & Photos by Ryan Feller Children of immigrants know all too well the need to make their parents’ struggle for a better life worth something, and that doesn’t stop when they get to college. As students, their desire to carry on their parents’ legacy manifests...

CHANGES IN THE CAPITAL

Story by Kyle Desrosiers & Photos Courtesy of JP Hayworth Photo of JP Hayworth John-Paul “JP” Hayworth, a 2001 Baylor graduate, is working with a large network of Baylor alumni and students to push for adequate resources and support for LGBTQ students at Baylor.  Justice and inclusion are values...

A GLIMPSE AT A DIFFERENT LIFE

Story & Photos by McKenzie Oviatt In June of 1973, Homestead Heritage started as a small chapel in the slums of New York City with around 30 members sharing a common goal––to have a peaceful chapel, bringing diverse people together. Although the church members lived in separate units, when...

One More Girl to Save

Sex trafficking detective does work with national impact Story by Corrine Moore | Photos by Aadil Sheikh | Illustration by Megan Rule In September 2017, the International Labor Organization estimated that 24.9 million men, women, and children were victims of human trafficking around the globe. Every day, victims are...

Waco Wings

Local pilot shares stories from the sky Story and Photos by Andi Risk Just to the left of the Waco Regional Airport lies the Texas Aero building – the hands and feet of operation for many Waco airplanes. On this bright, sunny day, Tommy Miller stood outside enjoying the...

The Greek American Dream

Family bring traditional Greek cuisine to Waco Story and Photos by Cameron Bocanegra It is a sunny afternoon in Greece by the time 3-month-old and first generation Wacoan Kalliroi Kelly-Lentis wakes in her crib. She has her father’s blue eyes, with a tint of gold from her mother. The...

Being Their Rock

Children’s program director does more than just help students after school Story by Emily Edwards | Photos by Katie Christofferson Mission Waco has a significant impact on the local community, and especially on children. McKenzie Miller, the heart and organizer behind the children and youth programs, plays a big...

Double Shift

Keeping Baylor clean and safe Story and Photos by Megan Rule The sun rises slowly, filling the Texas sky with gorgeous shades of pink, blue and orange. The dew begins to melt off the grass as the warmth of the morning kisses the cold night air goodbye. Building doors...