Shanxi Omoniyi (Copy Editor)

I started copy editing at the Lawrence Journal-World during my sophomore year (fall 2005) at KU. I chose to major in journalism because I've always loved to read and write. I also benefited from amazing mentors, including the late KU lecturer, Christy Bradford.

My interests include playing the accordion, debating and traveling around the world. I'm a fairly new citizen of the United States, having been born in New Zealand.

In case you're wondering about my first name, it is a mountainous province in China. I have a Eurasian background from my parents (a Singaporean mother and an Australian father) and am married to a Nigerian graduate student at KU (hence the African last name). All we have to do is adopt a child from South America and a penguin from Antarctica, and our family will have ties to all seven continents.

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This is the entrance to Prairie Elf Christmas Trees. The company typically plants 1,000 seedlings a year.

This is a stump of a Austrian pine tree that was cut down at Prairie Elf Christmas Trees.

The tree for the Lawrence Arts Center is cut down on Dec. 8, at Prairie Elf Christmas Trees. Steve Richardson used a chainsaw to cut it down.

This is a full grown, 10-year-old tree, at Prairie Elf Christmas Trees.

This younger tree is planted at Prairie Elf Christmas Trees, a farm that spans seven acres.

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