While trying to document this issue, I had the opportunity to work closely with several of my colleagues which helped to remind me that working on a team is one of my favorite things about my job. Having the opportunity to learn and grow by collaborating with others was one of the many things that made this a special year for me both professionally and personally.
Jake Hebert (in front), 9, uses his protective glasses to watch the solar eclipse along with his sister Jayda Hebert (center), 11, and their cousin Judah Adams, 11, while with their family at St. Petersburg Beach on Aug.2, 2017. "We're skipping school for the eclipse," his mom, Sarah Hebert said. Hebert was with his cousins and brother and sister who are all homeschooled.
Alexander Hannah, 40, (left) gives a kiss to his daughter, Mimi Hannah, 2, while his youngest son Asante Hannah, 6, stretch as he begins to wake up, in the morning as Alexander Hannah gets his kids ready for school at their home in Clearwater on Jan. 20, 2017. Present but not pictured is his older son, Trinzel Lewis, 10. Hannah had his car stolen from a gas station with his two sons in the back seat. He had left the car running when he went in to buy a phone charger and his car was stolen. The car thief drove the kids a block and then ordered them to get out. The family is still shaken up.
A tree down from the winds of Hurricane Irma narrowly misses a home on 7th Street and 8th Ave. N in the Historic Uptown neighborhood of St. Petersburg on Sept. 11, 2017. Despite an earlier forecast of a direct impact, Irma mostly spared the Bay Area.
Family members of Jimmie Goshey embrace in prayer with his mother and sister during a community meeting at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Clearwater on August 7, 2017. Jimmie Goshey, 14, was one of three boys that died in Sunday's stolen car crash. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter were present along with faith based leaders during the community meeting. In front is Britteny Dixon (center), Jimmie's sister, who holds Enycei Reynolds (left) and Aliza Wells, Jimmie's nieces. In (background center) is Jimmie's mom Shalanda Marshall and his stepdad Joseph Marshall (on left).
Former Tampa Bay Lightning player Marty St. Louis turns and waves to the fans as his number rises up to the rafters while watching along with his wife and kids during the Marty St. Louis jersey retirement ceremony at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Jan. 12, 2017.
Darion Bentley, 24, from St. Petersburg, sits outside of a classroom while waiting for his interview with Maximo Elementary School at a Pinellas County School's Job Fair at Countryside High School, in Clearwater on June 1, 2017. Bentley is a 4th grade co-teacher at Bear Creek Elementary School in St. Petersburg.
The scene where a small plane crashed, while making an emergency landing, striking two vehicles at 18th Avenue S and 16th Street, police said.
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates his goal along with center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) and center Steven Stamkos (91) as he scores the second Lightning goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during first period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa Saturday on December 4, 2017.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston takes a selfie with a group of students after exchanging high fives with them during a visit at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg, on Feb. 22, 2017.
Dirk Shadd graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Shadd worked as a staff photographer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, California before coming to the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) in 1998. In addition to daily assignments, news and photo projects, Shadd spends a considerable amount of his time photographing sports. Shadd’s other interests include running, traveling and rehabbing old houses. (but not all at the same time…)
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