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Water protestor Nayyirah Shariff, left, guards the crosswalk as a line of other protestors walk by including Gladyes Williamson, center, who carried a jug of discolored water with her, as they chant loudly and walk the streets of downtown Flint on April 25, 2015, which marks the one year anniversary of the City of Flint switch from using Detroit water to using Flint River water. Flint residents of all ages gathered outside Flint City Hall, located on S. Saginaw Street, with signs, t-shirts, and megaphones before walking throughout many streets downtown to voice their concerns with the public. 


I had to bid Flint an earlier than expected farewell a few weeks ago after accepting a full-time job at the Charleston Gazette in Charleston, West Virginia. I am incredibly grateful for the new opportunity, but I'll openly admit I miss Flint dearly. Here are some images from the last several weeks of my internship at The Flint Journal. 

Water protestors hold up colorful signs and chant loudly as they walk through downtown Flint on April 25, 2015, which marks the one year anniversary of the City of Flint switch from using Detroit water to using Flint River water. Flint residents of all ages gathered outside Flint City Hall, located on S. Saginaw Street, with signs, t-shirts, and megaphones before walking throughout many streets downtown to voice their concerns with the public.

The Swartz Creek girls soccer team warm up on the field before the start of the second half on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Flint Kearsley High School in Flint. 

Holly sophomore Samantha Love, center, and her teammates rake the field after playing a double header against Clio on Monday, April 27, 2015, at Holly High School in Holly. The Bronchos lost 21-4 in Game 1 that was stopped because of the five-run mercy rule, and pulled within striking distance in Game 2 before losing 15-7 in a full seven innings. 

Dressed as the Green Lantern, first-grader Luke Raquepaw, 7, watches the dads v.s. kids baseball game on May 1, 2015, also referred to as Super Hero Day at Saint Pius X Catholic School in Flint. Raquepaw's grandparents won a bid during the the Charger Derby Day auction, a school fundraiser, to allow him to dress up and step in to help run the school for the day.

Talise Campbell, 10, center, and her older cousin Ja-Naea Proctor, 12,  right, shoot some hoops on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, as their parents sit outside to talk and watch them play in Flint.

A young girl eats food at the cookout before the Flint Public Art Project's first Neighborhood Art Parade of the year on Thursday, April 30, 2015, starting at Sarvis Park in Civic Heights in Flint. Participants of all ages met at Sarvis Park at 5:30 p.m., to eat food before lining up for the parade that started after 6 p.m. The Nightfire Drumline provided a beat for parade participants to march to as they walked a mile through the Civic Heights neighborhood.

                                                 

Fire Chief John Ringwelski, 53, sits at his desk on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, during his second to last day of work at the Flint Township Fire Station 1 off of Reuben Street. Ringwelski, who became fire chief in 2009, will turn in his radio and uniform in at the end of his work day on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, as he begins retirement. When asked what he planned to do with his retirement Ringwelski explained that he plans to travel, especially overseas, and stay active through various sports and hobbies."I'm going to go buy some street clothes because I won't be wearing a uniform every day," he added. 

Burton police investigate the scene of a motorcycle crash that happened shortly after 11 p.m. on April 26, 2015, near the corner of the Lapeer and Belsay in Burton. Two men attempted to pass a a car and crashed separately. Both were taken to Hurley Medical Center and are listed in critical condition.

Flushing High School senior Jadera Perdue, center, reacts excitedly with friends as she is announced prom queen on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint. 

Elmer Knopf Learning Center, a special education school, held a prom for students in the cafeteria from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015, in Flint. The Hollywood themed prom had an estimated 170 students attend, the highest attendance they have had over the years.

 

Mt. Morris High School senior Crystanna Stacy reacts excitedly as she is named prom queen on Friday, May 1, 2015, at Signature Chop House in Flushing. After the initial shock and emotions set-in, Stacy said "this is the greatest thing ever, I almost cried." The "Paris Dream" themed prom had an estimated 168 students in attendance.

A performer waits backstage during the opening show of "Sincerely: the Musical Odyssey of an Original Moonglow" on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at the New McCree Theatre – located in the old Flint Powers Catholic High School building – in Flint. The show, written and produced by Charles H. Winfrey, will run at various times from May 7 through May 30, 2015. 

Shayla Blade, right, gets her make up done by her sister Jameelah Brewer, center, in the girls dressing room before preforming as Diana Ross from the Supremes during Act II in the opening show of "Sincerely: the Musical Odyssey of an Original Moonglow" on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at the New McCree Theatre, located in the old Flint Powers Catholic School building, in Flint. The show, written and produced by Charles H. Winfrey, will run at various times from May 7 through May 30, 2015. 

Dancers of all ages and styles warm-up before the Berston Banger dance competition began on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Berston Fieldhouse, where Creative Expressions Dance Studio is located, in Flint. A pool of 32 competitors were cut down to 16 and performed in dance battles to determine a 2015 winner. The winner received $300 and the runner-up received $100. 

Toni Williams, 43, shows her tattoo that symbolizes "Faith, Life, and Love" and her fight with breast cancer on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at her home in Flint. The tattoo covers a scar that she received from the port, a small disc made of plastic about the size of a quarter that sat right under her skin, which was used to help administer chemotherapy medicine to her body.

                                                   

Roderick Graham wears his best friend Calvin McDaniels's jacket on Friday evening, May 9, 2015, during the vigil held for McDaniels in the front yard of the townhouse where he lived with his mother, Sabrina Broadnax, in Mt. Morris Township. "Calvin was a nice person. He was a true gift from God," Graham reflected. "Him being taken away from me, showed me he was a gift from God." Early Tuesday morning, May 5, police found McDaniels with a stab wound in the upper chest and he was pronounced dead at the scene. McDaniels had gotten into an altercation with his mothers ex-boyfriend Maurice Eugine Graves, 36, who allegedly stabbed him.

Sabrina Broadnax, center, is surrounded by a handful of family and friends gathered together to celebrate the life of her 25-year-old son Calvin McDaniels on Friday evening, May 9, 2015, during the vigil held in the front yard of the townhouse where they lived together in Mt. Morris Township. Early Tuesday morning, May 5, police found McDaniels with a stab wound in the upper chest and he was pronounced dead at the scene. McDaniels had gotten into an altercation with his mothers ex-boyfriend Maurice Eugine Graves, 36, who allegedly stabbed him.