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Di Cicco’s offers good affordable food

The area off Cedar and Nees has sprung up significantly over the past few years. Some of the new buildings in the area are a Johny Quick, a GB3 and multiple small franchises at the Parkwood mini mall. Last, but not least is the brand new Di Cicco’s.

Dicco’s is a well-known small Italian franchise owned by a local Italian family. This Di Cicco’s however is one of the nicest if not the best Di Cicco’s building I have ever seen. The freshly painted stucco building sticks out among all the buildings in the area. On the inside plants and pictures of old Italy surround the patrons as they sit around new tables in comfortable chairs.

The new Di Cicco’s still gives off the feeling of being in Italy. Almost every thing from the lighting to the walls reminded me of Italy. A group of five friends and I went into Di Cicco’s for dinner on Sept. 23. Di Cicco’s sets the example for a semi formal restaurant, which is warm and friendly.

“It’s very slow paced working here (Di Cicco’s),” waitress Britt Erickson, said, “Because people come in at very different times. It is good to work here, because all the workers here are very friendly.” All the employees greeted us with smiling faces and were very attentive asking if we needed anything or wanted more water.

“Di Cicco’s is not my favorite Italian restaurant,” Byron Erkenbrecher, ’03, said. “but I do like their red sauce items. My favorite item would have to be the New York Steak ($15.95).” The prices of items range from about a $7 meatball sandwich to about a $16 steak. If you prefer red sauce the recommended item is Nonno’s Pasta that contains chicken, green peppers and mushrooms.

“The work here is easy most of the time,” hostess Brenna Esoci, said. “I usually like working here (Di Cicco’s), because all the people I work with are fun and friendly. I’m glad I got to know everybody here.” The service was a little slow, but always very friendly.

I will return because Di Cicco’s offers good affordable food at the right price.

By |2017-09-12T17:17:38-07:00July 21st, 2015|Food, Uncategorized|0 Comments

School's out: A year in review

With finals and graduation complete, The Feather staff will bid adieu to its senior members and take a well-deserved two-month break.

In view of summer vacation, no new articles will appear on The Feather until after school resumes on Aug. 15. While many are familiar with school news and activities, others are not so up-to-date. Here are a few highlights of the 2005/2006 school year.

The Feather received an Online Pacemaker award from the National Press Association for high school students; Academic Decathlon placed third at their February competition and the campus math team ranked first at the Math Field Day competition at Fresno State on April 22.

The arts competed equally well over the course of the year. Band won the overall title at the Caruthers Band Parade while choir received a gold medal ranking at the Heritage Festival in Colorado in April. Two of Sharon Scharf’s art students placed in the top three in the ACSI Art Festival in Modesto in April; sophomore Ie Run Jun and senior Corinne Pogue also had pieces honored at the Radanovich Art Festival in May.

Many sports teams also flew high this year. The girls? tennis team won a Valley Championship while the and boys’ tennis team and the girls? track team captured the West Sierra League [WSL] titles. Senior Wes Wells qualified for the State Championships track meet in the high jump by jumping 6’2″ at the Valley Championships. The girls? volleyball went undefeated in the West Sierra League this past season while the varsity cheer squad placed eighth at the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders competition in Orlando, FL.

The campus also was awarded the Spirit Stick by WSL leadership teams for the upcoming school year for the students’ enthusiasm and good sportsmanship.

National, state and valley awards were not the only accomplishments students? achieved this year. In school competitions, the senior class received first place at homecoming for their float representation of The Wizard of Oz followed by the sophomores in second with Mary Poppins, the freshmen with The Swiss Family Robinson and the juniors with Grease.

Night of the Stars also highlighted the year with the seniors Best Picture The Day After Yesterday, the juniors with The Hunted, the sophomores with Take My Breath Away and the freshman with Play Ball.

The seniors celebrated one final achievement, their graduation, together on May 25 in the Peoples Church sanctuary before heading off to Grad Night at the Downtown Club for dinner and then to Boomers for a night of free games, prizes and fun.

For more information on the above events, read the articles posted on this newspaper under the News, Features or Sports icons. For more information on the new school year, call the high school office at 299-1695, ext. 5.

By |2006-06-07T00:00:00-07:00June 7th, 2006|News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Senior trip commemorates year

Great America, Union Square and the battle between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals highlighted the senior class? final class trip together on May 20-22.

?The senior trip was awesome because I got to spend time with everyone and build up stronger relationships,? Brandon Cain said. ?One of the most memorable experiences was riding the cable cars with Brianne Raymer, Mikey Wills and Julianne Erkenbrecher because we got to see a lot more of the city; it was really fun.?

The trip was not only a memorable experience for the students, but for the chaperones as well.

?Overall the tone of this senior trip was the best it?s ever been,? Jon Endicott, AP English teacher, said. ?It was fun; I never stressed about anyone?s behavior. There was just a relaxed atmosphere.?

The seniors spent the first morning and afternoon at Paramount?s Great America amusement park. Students not only enjoyed the roller coasters, but also the atmosphere.

?I loved Great America because I had never been on a real roller coaster and I got to ride my first on the trip,? Kira Armbruster said. ?I was nervous when we were in line for The Demon ride. But after I got off, I was excited to go try more scary coasters.?

After their afternoon of thrills, the class reloaded the two charter busses and headed for the Embassy Suites just outside of San Francisco. For many, the time at the hotel was the most memorable.

?Monday morning at the hotel we had four hours before we had to be on the bus,? Tim Wilborn said, ?so Andrew King and Chapman Hutchins and I went down to the beach by our hotel. We went down and skipped rocks on the water and just talked. It was fun to just kick back and relax.?

The group spent the second day of their trip sightseeing around Pier 39 before taking in a show at the Orpheum Theatre in the evening.

?Seeing Peter Pan was awesome because it was really fun and it made me feel like a little kid again,? Jordan Hogue said. ?My favorite scene was when the Lost Boys and the Indians became friends and they started a massive drum number. That was really cool and fun to watch.?

For many seniors, day three in the Bay City was the most memorable- especially for the mall and sports fanatics. The class spent several hours shopping in the infamous Union Square, catching sales at Macy?s, Urban Outfitters, and various other stores.

?Shopping in Union Square was awesome because they had so many different stores that we do not have in Fresno,? Joelle Grimes said. ?H & M and Urban Outfitters were great because I could get cool stuff that no one else has at home. They also have really cute styles.?

After spending the majority of their time shopping and sightseeing, the baseball fans were granted priority as they watched the Giants defeat the Cardinals, 9-2.

?The game was great; I was excited that the Giants won,? Endicott said. ?It would have been nice to see Barry Bonds hit 715 but I would rather have the Giants win than see that. The best part of the game was just sitting in the stands with everyone and seeing everyone stand and cheer when Bonds came up to the plate.?

While the itinerary provided a jumpstart for entertainment, many seniors would argue the greatest memories were created spontaneously.

?One of my greatest memories of the trip was when we were down by Pier 39 feeding the pigeons our clam chowder bread bowls,? Rebecca Wilson said. ?Andrew King took his and threw the entire bowl on the ground. All the pigeons were so confused and did not know what to do with the bread. It was so funny because it was so random.?

With senior trip past the class now anticipates graduation, which will be held in the Peoples Church sanctuary on May 25 at 7 P.M. For more information on graduation, contact the high school office at 299-1695, ext. 5.

By |2006-05-23T00:00:00-07:00May 23rd, 2006|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BLISS creates positive image

The concept of perfection is everywhere. When you check out of the grocery store you see the images of Hollywood?s ?perfect? faces.

Though they do not outright say, ?this is how you want to look,? their catchy headlines guaranteeing a perfect bikini body seem to portray to teenagers the ideal image of the perfect body.

Seeing the lack of good influence in print for young adults, Molly Sargent?s peer counseling class took matter into their own hands and created BLISS.

?BLISS was the peer counseling girls’ idea,? Sargent said. ?We were talking about the lack of a fashion magazine with value. So we decided because there was not one on the market, we would create one ourselves.?

BLISS, an acronym for Beauty, Love, Intelligence, Servant and Strong, is directed towards high school girls.

?Our main goal for relaying a positive image to teen girls,? senior Kaley Hearnsberger, editor of BLISS, said. ?The acronym basically sums up the main points that we want to covey.?

According to Josh McDowell, author of More Than A Carpenter, the media has a negative effect on 49% of teenagers and 16% of those teens admit that they feel a major pressure to look a certain way.

?Through the magazine we do not focus on ways a girl can change herself, instead, accepting who she is and what she looks like and who she was created to become,? Hearnsberger said. ?We hope to show girls that everyone is unique and has different attributes that are to be praised.?

Though Christian students write the magazine, they are trying to appeal to just those that would be interested in something like Brio.

?We are not trying to be over religious and preachy, we are trying to reach out to girls in relevant ways,? Hearnsberger said. ?We do not want to seem self righteous and we hope to reach more people by focusing on the positive.?

This magazine covers more than Biblical teaching. From getting in shape and eating healthy, creating the perfect out fit for your body, dealing with depression, dating, movie reviews and having fun with your mom, BLISS gives old ideas a new twist.

BLISS is expected to be released by May 22 and is free to all students.

Students who have any questions or are interested in making a contribution to BLISS should contact Sargent at msargent@fresnochristian.com.

By |2006-05-19T00:00:00-07:00May 19th, 2006|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fresno County celebrates 150 years

California had only been a state for six years when the times of moving out west were in a great uproar. Fresno County was birthed in 1856 as part of the neighboring counties of both Madera and San Benito.

Located on the banks of what are know called the San Joaquin and Kings River, Fresno County proved to be a desired place for both U.S and immigrants settlers alike.

Settlers came by wagon trains and stagecoaches in the mid 1850s while others arrived by train after service became available in 1872.

Although the county, at times, resembles a dry desert place, the beauty that surrounds it today cannot compare to the great splendor it was 150 years ago. Because of the vast rapid growth of both population and buildings, the once untouched countryside now portrays an unending array of construction.

?Having a family that has been in Fresno or many years is neat,? Katrina Stevenson, ?06, said. ?That is why it is interesting to me to see what it would look like without all the buildings and different things that disturb the county.?

Animals such as antelope, wild elk, owls and woodpeckers roamed the vast landscape and clear blue skies of the San Joaquin Valley. Trees such as willow, oak, and ash tree covered the higher elevations while poppies, goldenrods and lupine can be seen across the valley?s floor.

?I think I would have enjoyed how Fresno was a long time ago,? Larissa Hansley, ?09, said. ?I love spending time in the country and wide open spaces so I know I would have loved to see how Fresno was before.?

Though each part of the landscape held a significant roll to the beauty of the county, the ash tree holds the key to Fresno?s name. In Spanish Fresno means ?ash tree? and due its immense quantity no other word seemed more perfect.

By 1860 Fresno County had grown to a population of 4,304 whites, 305 Chinese and 3,294 Indians equaling a total of 7,903 assorted neighbors. The varied back rounds of each individual formed Fresno?s melting pot from the beginning.

Throughout the summer and most of the fall Fresno will be celebrating its sesquicentennial year with events of many kinds.

For those living near school or in the North Fresno area, a new exhibit will open at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies on May 7 at the 11605 Old Friant Road location. “Remembering the River: Millerton on the San Joaquin exhibit will feature artifacts, photographs and documents exploring the history of Millerton in the 1850s-1860s and will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 A.M.-3 P.M.

In April, Madera teacher, Bill Coate, led his annual 11-day wagon trek through the cities of Fresno County which gave 300 students an opportunity to experience a living history of pioneer life. Coate also visited campus on Feb. 17 and spoke during history classes. For more information on Coate’s visit, go to the Feb. 24 online article, “Channel 26 writer visits history classes” by Kassy Batesole.

Upcoming events include a mid-June concert at Kearney Park sponsored by Fresno County that will portray the traditional concerts the county once had; a Sesquicentennial Parade in downtown Fresno on Sept. 30; and The Big Fresno Fair will house large-scale exhibits related to the sesquicentennial theme during its Oct. 4-15 run.

For more information about other upcoming events or Fresno’s history, go online at www.fresnocounty150.org. For Amtrak’s reservations, call 1-800-USA-RAIL or go online to www.amtrak.com.

By |2006-05-19T00:00:00-07:00May 19th, 2006|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Valedictorians prepare speeches, speak candidly

Every year it is the custom to honor the top two academic students of the senior class and crown them valedictorian and salutatorian at graduation.

This honor salutes their hard work and dedication to a 4.0+ GPA, and admires all the effort they have put into their academics throughout their high school career.

This years two top students are Gary Darakjian, 4.30, and Jennifer Schmidt, 4.26.

Q. What was your reaction to hearing the news that you were going to speak at graduation?

A. Jen: When I first learned, I was happy to receive the honor, but I don?t like giving speeches in public, so it was nerve-racking for me at the same time.

A. Gary: I had been expecting it. Speaking in front of people doesn?t bother me, as long as I have something to read.

Q. Do you have any ideas what you will speak about?

A. Jen: My speech will be about thanking our parents and our support system for all they?ve given us over the years.

A. Gary: I will speak about the accomplishments of the class and lessons learned from them. It will be about how unless we carry those lessons forward, they don?t mean much more than distant memories.

Q. Who is your academic inspiration?

A. Jen: My dad, because he never went to college, yet he?s smart and successful, and I hope to be as smart as him some day.

A. Gary: As far as my desire to grow intellectually, my mom is most influential. But as for hard work and dedication, I followed my dad?s example.

Q. Were you thinking about your G.P.A. in 9th grade?

A. Jen: I wasn?t thinking about being number one or two, but I always wanted good grades. I was always holding myself to a high standard.

A. Gary: Yes, I wanted to be valedictorian since the beginning. I have held myself to that goal throughout high school.

Q. Where are you going to college and why?

A. Jen: I?m going to U.C. Davis near Sacramento. My goal is to become a doctor, and they have a really good medical program. I like the atmosphere as well.

A. Gary: I chose to attend Pepperdine University in Malibu. It is strong academically and has a great international program. Plus it?s located on the beach.

Q. What advice would you give to high schoolers?

A. Jen: Take it one day at a time. Each day is what you make it. It can be fun or miserable.

A. Gary: Enjoy the social side of high school. Get to know the people around you. Don?t take anyone for granted, because before you know it, you?ll be graduating, and you won?t see them again.

Q. Is there a downside to being valedictorian and salutatorian?

A. Jen: Knowing that I will have to speak in front of everyone dampers the experience. After I speak, I will enjoy my evening much more.

A. Gary: There is no downside. I?ve worked hard to reach this point, and now I will enjoy the fruits of my labor.

The honorees will be adorned with a medal at graduation, in addition to the respect of all their peers. They have the honor of being known as the ones who never stopped challenging themselves, and who will continue to try hard in everything they do.

The gradutation ceremony will be held May 25 in the Peoples Church sanctuary at 7 P.M.

By |2006-05-19T00:00:00-07:00May 19th, 2006|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bands bid director fairwell

With over twenty years invested on campus, Paul McEntee will be leaving his band director position for scenic Middleton, Idaho.

McEntee has made the decision to go and teach at Payette High School, the local public school in Middleton. There he will take control of all the music programs

?At Payette, I will be teaching the concert band and the jazz band,? McEntee said, ?as well as a guitar class, choir, and even a musical tech class, which is basically going to be a rock music class.?

McEntee?s family is already tied to the campus. His father, David McEntee, teaches both chemistry and biology, while his brother, Tom McEntee, is employed as the drama coach.

McEntee has been planning on moving for almost six months. Though the move has been finalized, even McEntee still questions the reasoning behind his big decision.

?I do not know why I am moving, because there are many right reasons to stay,? McEntee said. ?I guess it just seems like the right choice for my family.?

Through years of teaching the fifth through high school bands, as well as the jazz band, McEntee has personal hope for the kids he is leaving behind.

?I want the program here to continue to grow,? McEntee. ?I hope there will be a smooth transition to the next band teacher, too.?

McEntee hopes to instill the students at Payette with the same appreciation for music that he currently experienced on campus.

?I want the kids at this school to get excited about being in the music program,? McEntee said. ?I know that the marching band is a big deal for them, too.?

McEntee?s last concert was held on May 17. There, the fifth grade, the junior high, and the high school concert bands played their best for the crowd at Riverpark Bible Church.

?I thought all of the bands did really well,? McEntee said. ?It was a great way to finish the year.?

At the end of the concert, juniors Hannah Wilhelm and Samantha Grizz presented their director with a poster board of memories and a bag of fresh Idaho potatoes as a goodbye gift from the entire band.

?I am going to miss everyone so much,? McEntee said, ?but I will come back to visit someday.?

To contact McEntee or find out more about the band program, e-mail McEntee at pmcentee@fresnochristian.com.

By |2006-05-19T00:00:00-07:00May 19th, 2006|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Factory more than Cheesecake

Because of the continuous growth of Fresno?s population, restaurants have found it easy to launch their business and take a chance on the stomachs of its locals. After all, many mouths mean many stomachs to feed.

One of the newer restaurants enticing many appetites is The Cheesecake Factory.

In December of 2005 the Factory opened and all of Fresno was talking about it. The restaurant had already made a name for itself in 30 states and over 100 cities, 20 of them in California. Fresno?s location is at the Fashion Fair mall, just off of Shaw Avenue.

?I heard about The Cheesecake Factory through my travels in other cities,? Corinne Pogue, ?06, said. ?I ate at the Factory in Chicago and other cities so I already new how good it was. Even though I haven?t ate here I knew how good it was through friends, and already from experience.?

The atmosphere of the factory is an array of eye-popping colors of gold?s, reds, yellows, and an attractive d

By |2006-05-19T00:00:00-07:00May 19th, 2006|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Serving beyond the classroom

During the past few years teachers have some and gone from the lives of students. When remembering the teachers that made the biggest influence the name Eunie McEntee, affectionately Mrs. Mac, comes to mind.

Her school spirit and enthusiasm for students was a big part of the school?s foundation. After retiring two years ago from teaching girls’ P.E. and cheer, McEntee has broadened her horizons past the school and is spreading her love to family and friends. Her days are now filled with taking care of her grandsons and caring for her elderly family members.

?Sometimes my days are “Pampers” and “Depends” while praising God continuously,? McEntee said.

After leaving her campus positions, McEntee and husband David, science teacher, hosted missionaries in Belgium for eight months last year.

Though she no longer teaches at Fresno Christian, her family still has its influences. Her husband, David, biology teacher, and her two sons, Paul, band director, and Tom, drama adviser, keep her presence alive on campus.

?I love attending Tom?s plays and Paul’s musical concerts,? McEntee said. ?I still keep in close contact with Katie [Mendenhall, cheer coach] and the cheerleaders and of course I have a new added lifetime interest in biology and chemistry,?

Her admiration for the importance of family ties has encouraged her to surround herself with them.

?The spectrum of multigenerational relationships had become important to me,? McEntee said. ?The other day the grandkids, my elderly 94 year old aunt, my twin brother, youngest son, father-in-law, and Bible study group with 9 kids [one set of triplets] and 7 women were in and out of the house for breakfast, lunch and supper. What a fun day!?

Though her redirection has involved great opportunities, God is still challenging her.

?The biggest challenge has been that our son Paul and family will be moving to Idaho,? McEntee said. ?It tugs at my heart, but opens doors for many visits.?

With the changes awaiting her and her family, the constant reminder of God?s love and strength has been an anchor in her life.

?Relationships with family members grows through seasons as the family grows and elderly members die, the dynamics change, but the wonderful Truth remains, God NEVER changes,? McEntee said. ?The primary way that I am privileged to affect our precious family is through prayer and to encourage them in their lives in their walk with God.?

Her relationship with God had been affected as well. Through the trials and tribulations God?s strength has shown true.

?I know that God is in control and I fully adhere to, trust in, and rely on His promises,? McEntee said. ?I continue to bask in warm memories of God’s past faithfulness and future hope.?

Though her presence on campus is not as obvious, her influences and guidance has a permanent influence on the student body and all those that she comes into contact.

For more information on the band department or Paul McEntee?s move, read the May 19 article, ?Bands bid director goodbye? by Chelsea Joy or e-mail McEntee at pmcentee@fresnochristian.com.

For more information on the drama department, contact Tom McEntee at tmcentee@fresnochristian.com.

For more information on the science department, e-mail David McEntee at dmcentee@fresnochristian.com.

By |2006-05-19T00:00:00-07:00May 19th, 2006|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Falcons provide Fresnans with alternative entertainment

Here in Fresno, ice hockey gets about as much attention as Fresno Christian cheer. That?s a shame, because we boast one of the most exciting hockey teams, and the number-eight cheer squad, in California.

Fresno Falcons hockey is one of the best-kept secrets in our city, and is a great leisure activity to boot. In a town were bowling and miniature golf is the only alternative to going to a movie, any other form of entertainment is welcome. Falcon?s games are cheap, not crowded, and amusing. The relaxed atmosphere makes you feel comfortable as soon as you enter the arena.

The last game I went to was amongst the more exciting sporting events I have ever attended, second only to Fresno Christian?s last second win over Firebaugh, 51-50, on Jan. 20 in basketball, concluding in JD?s game-winning shot.

Like basketball this Falcons game came down to last second heroics. The game had been a back and forth battle all night, and the war was just beginning. Fresno faced the Alaska Aces the team with the best record in their conference, on April 7.

The stage is set: it?s the conference finals. The Falcons are playing at home in the Savemart Center. The series is tied 1-1. The air is thick with anticipation, and I am happily seated between my friends, holding a large snow cone.

Since we were the first of 2,000 fans at Friday?s game, we received a free falcons team playoff photo and a ?Beat Alaska? cheer card courtesy of Big Bob?s New and Used Big Carpet.

The teams battled all night, with the falcons taking a 2-0 lead early in the first quarter. The Aces came back and tied the game at two apiece, and the crowd was momentarily quieted. The falcons then went up 3-2 with a goal in the third quarter by forward Fraser Clair. He had been in the penalty box for 2 minutes, and had not stepped out of the box for more than 2 seconds when he was passed the puck and then converted a one-on-one goal with the opposing goalie.

The stadium was roaring after Clair scored the goal to take the lead, but again was soon shushed when Alaska tied the game with 5 minutes to go. All signs pointed to overtime.

After a quick run by the zamboni over the ice, and a bathroom run for the fans, the overtime period was underway. The period was scoreless for about 4 minutes, and then the miracle on ice happened.

The Falcons were on the Aces net, pounding away the goal, and keeping the puck on their opponents? side. You just knew that if anything would happen, now would be the time.

All of a sudden, a Falcons goal bounced off the goaltender, and the puck was there, just slowly sliding in front, begging to be slapped in. It was then when forward John Wroblewski, flying vertical in the air, captivated the crowd with a slap shot to the top corner.

The overtime goal instantly gave Fresno the win, and the building erupted in celebration. You could barely hear yourself scream as the entire stadium rocked in jubilee. The falcons had taken a 2-1 series lead, and put themselves in position to beat a long time rival.

Home games take place at the Savemart Center, which is also the home of the Fresno State Bulldog basketball team. For more information on game times, go online to www.fresnofalcons.com and click on the Schedule icon.

By |2006-05-19T00:00:00-07:00May 19th, 2006|Features, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Broadening horizons

My years attending Fresno Christian High School have taught me many things, but none more vital than the importance of relationships.

Coming to this school I had high hopes. I left Liberty High after spending a year and a half, feeling unsatisfied, and wanting more? and I found it.

I was unhappy with the friends I had and the way my life as going. I decided to transfer to my sister Kelley?s [?04] school, Fresno Christian. The only person I knew was Eric Witters [?04] and I ended up following his unfortunate morals.

My first social encounters came when I joined the tennis team, and was introduced to Eirc Neufeld [?05] and Chad Wathen [?06], two more friends who would help shape my character. Sports helped me make friends and get involved in the Fresno Christian atmosphere.

The most important change I realized though in coming to a new school was the superior relationships had with the teachers as well as the new friends I found.

I knew that school was important, but I never realized the importance of interaction with the people at school. I was a shy, introverted sophomore, thrust into a new and strange environment. I was happy to be invisible and just make it through the day.

My attitude was slowly changed as I progressed through the semesters. The process started when I was asked to star in our junior movie, and I realized what I had been missing out on all these years of activity. I ended up enjoying my experience, and meeting Daniel Kessler and Spenser Koleen [both ?06] who later became two of my closest friends.

I had always stereotyped the kids in my class, and never gave the time to really get to know anyone. Spenser was the biggest, most intimidating kid in school. But I learned that my point of view of him was wrong, as I got to know him, as many of the other students in my class. My perspectives changed, as I realized students? true nature.

My advice to upcoming students is to broaden their circle of security and to not take for granted the little time they spend in school. If you only stick to your close community of friends, then you wont fully tap into the possibilities high school offers.

By |2006-05-19T00:00:00-07:00May 19th, 2006|Opinions, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Greater communication

As a senior I have been at Fresno Christian for my entire life ever since kindergarten all the way through high school. I have been waiting for the last year of being at this school for a long time, and for what lies after high school for me.

Looking back on my high school years at Fresno Christian, I have come to realize how important my friends have been to me. Between my ups and downs they have always been there for me.

Some thing I will miss is the family environment and knowing that people actually care about others. Being part of this school has been very eventful and unforgettable like the many times of late night study sessions, school trips with lots of memories.

As a part of my senior year I wanted to make it an easy year for myself. I even took a lot of summer school and took harder classes earlier in high school, instead of putting it off to the last year. I would definitely recommend to anyone, especially since when your senior year hits you get senioritis, which is the hardest thing to overcome.

I thought that maybe I could take journalism as something easy and to help me with my writing. Well it turned out to be a lot different then I expected it to be, a lot fun but different.

Not only did it help me with my writing for journalism. It helped me in my English class to organize my thoughts in a different way. I found I was able to write in a more concise manner. It helped me in Bible to be able to see things differently, to ask the right questions and to accurately relate them.

Journalism in a way has affected me for the rest of my life, even with communication with others. I already love to talk but it gave me even more of an opportunity to do the same thing and even meet new people.

No matter what people say about journalism classes it is definitely an experience and I recommend it to everyone.

By |2006-05-18T00:00:00-07:00May 18th, 2006|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sieze the day

On my first day as a senior I was no longer on the bottom of the totem pole. I was excited for all the perks of this rise in hierarchy. I felt rejuvenated and like an experienced traveler who knows the ins and outs of a place extremely well.

Sophomore year is the lost year; I don?t have many memories during that time. I simply struggled to survive. It was better than freshman year though as things were becoming slowly more familiar with high school.

By junior year something finally clicked and the world seemed a better place. Except for more intense studying than I had experienced before, the year was full of excitement because I was an upperclassmen. Confidence builds through each year and new experience.

My most memorable moments in high school were during Night of the Stars during my junior year we won ?Best Picture? and then winning again this year. Making our homecoming floats were always fun and created great class bonding moments.

The one thing I will take away from my encounters on campus is the long-lasting friendships I have made with my peers and teachers. In the beginning I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life and now I have discovered a joy and passion for my purpose.

My purpose has best been slowly revealed to me through the video productions class and in journalism. Even though this was only my first year in journalism, I have learned a useful amount that will carry me far in my future.

I only wish I had discovered this joy sooner. I have gained a lot of hands on experience through these classes. By taking journalism, I have discovered that I love to tell people?s stories and preserve significant and even insignificant events.

As I prepare to move on to Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, I will never forget all that I have learned. My experiences in journalism, video productions, and yearbook have sparked my interest in making a difference in the world through the media. I plan on studying media communications with an emphasis in film studies. I may even possibly double major in journalism.

I have been blessed with numerous career-building opportunities like working with the Fresno Police Activities League making videos for them and being able to help make a positive image girls magazine through the peer counseling class.

The best advice I can send to upcoming senior classes is to seize the day. Do not wait until the last year to realize how great this school is and what wonderful teachers and students it has.

My life changed when I chose to get involved. When I decided to not sit back and let everybody else have all the fun, I enjoyed life more fully. I found my niche and used it to my advantage. The best use of my time was spent in what I loved and best used it to help others.

By |2006-05-18T00:00:00-07:00May 18th, 2006|Opinions, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Teamwork builds success

After four years of Mr. Stobbe asking me to join journalism, I finally consented to add my name to the second semester staff roster.

I decided not to accept the invitation earlier because of my busy schedule with sports, choir, leadership, and other core classes. While a full schedule excuse was partly true, but I also did not want another class that would require more work. I barley had time to eat and sleep as it was.

Finally, after I completed my sports career and my workload eased, I decided to give journalism a try for my last semester in high school.

After four years in high school I have learned to never take on too much work at a time, because I end up letting people down. By being in journalism has helped me figure out how to balance out my schedule with school and take every opportunity to succeed.

Writing has become second nature to me just after one semester in journalism. By practicing writing skills everyday, I think less about how to write and more about what I am writing.

Stobbe pushes us everyday to persevere, because the more I write, the easier it has becomes. I love to be challenged and I love competition and this class has challenged me in many ways other than writing.

Along with the sports I have played, volleyball and basketball specifically, I have learned that being a part of a team is one of the greatest opportunities in high school. As apart of the journalism team, I have learned to persevere and work hard for God?s glory.

The journalism team has achieved so much this year, because of the determination the team has had. There are many great writers and hard working editors on our team that have given so much to the journalism program.

After high school, I am going to attend YWAM in Paia, Maui. I leave June 3 for three months in Maui followed by another three months in another country.

I am looking forward to this opportunity to grow in the Lord and find Gods? purpose for my life. I am still waiting for his will for my life, but I know I love to try new things and succeed through determination and perseverance.

By |2006-05-18T00:00:00-07:00May 18th, 2006|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Character defined

I?ve been a student of Fresno Christian Schools ever since the notorious glory days of Kindergarten. It was there that I first met James Brown, the curly haired, albino skinned, jittery little boy that would be my best friend for 13 long years. After teaming up with the class bully, Spenser Koleen, and popular kid, Mikey Wills, my course was set in stone.

Our destinies would interweave for years to come, shaping the network of experiences that have made up my life, producing both my fondest and most lamentable memories. Today we are young men, weathered by our coming of age but refined by our lasting friendships with one another.

All the wisdom and knowledge I now posses are products of the life that this campus has provided me. We are often told that there are important life lessons to be learned while we are in school. Though the popular response is to shrug your shoulders and smirk as the exceeding knowledge you posses, it might be wise to take a closer look.

School isn?t just this terrible thing that is happening to you; it is a major part of your life. So in effect, who you are in school is who you are in life, however hard we try to separate the two.

If you can just learn how to apply yourself, not only when you want to but also in every aspect of your life, you will find that the rewards you receive are far better than any you were seeking on your own.

I an exceedingly thankful for the many teachers I?ve had that cared enough about me to see past my unrelenting ignorance. They prepared me for the person I was going to be without getting overly frustrated with the person I was.

My deepest gratitude I extend to you all.

By |2006-05-18T00:00:00-07:00May 18th, 2006|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ice sequel surpasses original humor

The announcement of a movie sequel usually means a desperate attempt from the movie producers to make more money. But, when it comes to Ice Age 2: The Melt Down, rarely can a more quality sequel be found.

The original three characters: Manny, the mammoth, Sid, the sloth and Diego the saber tooth tiger have returned for a new adventure and this time there are a few new friends. Ellie, the female mammoth, becomes the love interest for the lonely Manny.

Crash and Eddie are Ellie?s younger twin brothers that cause as much trouble as possible. The catch is that those two are possums, and she thinks she is also one because she grew up with them.

The story revolves around the infamous ?melt down.? All the characters in the movie are trying to reach a giant hollow tree trunk that they can use as a floatation device for when the glacier melt comes barreling into the valley they live in.

Although the plot has a central children?s-movie idea, most of the one-liners are aimed at adult humor. The audience was comprised of all ages and by the end, all looked as though they enjoyed themselves.

Arguably the most hilarious sequences in the film are when the squirrel, Scrat, turns ninja on a school of hungry piranhas in defense of his precious acorn.

While much of the film revolves around comedic themes, there are some heart-warming scenes for the romantic. The most memorable of these occurs when Manny discovers a whole herd of mammoths and he and Ellie decide to take their place among the mammal giants.

While Manny originally feels the move is valid, he and Ellie discover their future lies with the herd they had all along, with Sid, Diego, Crash and Eddie.

This movie would be a good choice for students to take the obligatory Saturday afternoon with younger siblings or cousins to. The younger kids can enjoy the silly animated antics, and the older ?kids? will enjoy the dry sarcasm and witty one-liners.

Ice Age 2: The Melt Down is playing at Edward?s 21 Cinema in Riverpark.

For more information about the movie Ice Age 2: The Melt Down, visit the official website online at www.iceagemovie.com.

By |2006-05-17T00:00:00-07:00May 17th, 2006|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Improvement noted

At the beginning of my senior year I had high expectations for what was to come and I wanted to make the most of my last year in high school. One of my high hopes was that I could make lasting friendships with my classmates, especially those that would be moving away for college.

Along with building friendship I wanted to be as involved with school activities and clubs as possible. So, I did academic decathlon for the second year in a row and, of course, decided to give journalism another shot.

I would have to say that my favorite part about being in the journalism class is Mr. (Greg) Stobbe. I had him as a freshman in English honors and knew that I could not go a whole year without having him as a teacher again. After just one year in his publications class I was able to see my writing improve greatly and the more I wrote, the easier it became.

My junior year I took a break from writing for the newspaper mainly due to my full school schedule and a sport schedule that took up all my extra time. But, this year I have returned and I am so glad I did. Mrs. (Molly) Sargent?s senior English class requires a lot of in class essay writing and I would honestly have been lost without my previous training.

The decision to take the class this year paid off greatly because our online paper won one of the most prestigious awards in school history. We were awarded as one of the top three high school papers in the country. Winning that award made me so proud to be a student writing for the paper because all our efforts and time spent paid off.

I would strongly encourage anyone who is debating whether or not to take journalism to go for it because the only thing to loose is some bad writing habits. Mr. Stobbe is such an amazing teacher, he has taught me so much about books, writing and life in general. I feel so blessed to have known him for these past four years and I know I will miss him greatly.

By |2006-05-17T00:00:00-07:00May 17th, 2006|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Life lessons

I am a third generation Koleen here on campus. When I began attending here my first grade year, my sister Miranda, ?00, was starting junior high, and my eldest sister, Jamie, ?98, was just starting high school. We took the school by storm.

I take pride in the fact that I have learned important lessons from both my sisters. Their experiences in high school not only readied me, but also readied the school for me.

Jamie went through high school focused on work and her responsibilities. Miranda on the other hand went through school working hard for her social life. They both made friends and memories I am confident they do not regret today. They also are both successful and living gratifying lives despite their polar opposite approaches.

The things I have learned from both their choices and lives are very beneficial. As a result of my own lessons I advice current students to take my new knowledge to heart.

Students, take every opportunity to enjoy yourself in your time of security and confidence. Spend time with friends and make those memories you hear about the past generations experiencing in school. But look inward and determine when to take responsibility and show more maturity in decision-making.

Future seniors, life in high school does not always have to be completely filled with homework, studying or college prep. But they are all responsibilities that need to be dealt with.

Having a well-balanced life of present and future will highly benefit the ones willing to look ahead and remain a good example for those left behind. Time spent preparing in the present, will most definitely be repaid in the future.

While journalism has been beneficial in my high school career, no class has brought more joy or learning opportunities than student leadership. The life lessons gained from my leadership family are ones I will never forget and forever apply in my adulthood.

Student leadership taught me accountability and the rewards of self-sacrifice. Through time spent in selfless service, more of myself has developed than ever before.

Next year I will be attending Fresno State with the intent of transferring after general education.

Thanks for the opportunities Stobbe.

By |2006-05-17T00:00:00-07:00May 17th, 2006|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Music Festival draws fans to Great America

The shrill screams of daring adventure seekers can be heard year round at Great America theme park. In May these screams are multiplied by the applause of fans cheering for their favorite Christian music.

Every spring, the park holds the Spring Celebration Concert, an accumulation of Christian artists and bands. I attended the concert last year when it included Steven Curtis Chapman as the headliner.

This year all my favorite bands were performing: Thousand Foot Krutch, Hawk Nelson, Falling Up, Jars of Clay and this years main attraction, Toby Mac. After hearing that Toby Mac would be the main attraction I quickly recruited a friend to attend with me.

While our first two concerts, Thousand Foot Krutch and Falling Up, were letdowns, the park?s attractions made up for the disappointing performances.

The park rides closed around 7 PM but the ampatheater did not close until 10:30 PM, so we all returned to the theater for the last two concerts of the night, Jars of Clay and Toby Mac.

Jars of Clay had already been performing for about thirty minutes by the time we arrived. The concert did not grab my attention because the band seemed to be trying too hard to keep the audiences attention with ridiculous dance moves and lame jokes.

The unexpected highlight of the evening was the Toby Mac concert. I have attended over a dozen Toby Mac concerts, and they have all been the same. I knew his concert by heart due to its predictable routine.

When he entered on stage around 9 PM the crowd was restless from an exciting day of riding coaster and screaming their lungs out. To keep this crowds attention would be catastrophic.

Even though Toby Mac has a newer exciting CD out, Diverse City, released on August 30, 2005, I was not expecting his concert to live up to the beat that he offered in the CD. In it, instead of sticking to his roots of rock, it is a mixture of reggae and rock mix. This new feel actually gave him the advantage at his concert.

With a beat you can move to and back up dancers who took break dancing to a new level, I was impressed. His heart felt speeches in-between each selection gave the crowd an insight into where he stands on different topics like dating and worship.

I was disappointed when the night ended. The last concert had made up for all the flaws in the day and gave me a renewed energy.

The Great America Spring Celebration concerts are not for those who enjoy a good mosh pit, but the fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ, not to mention the heart jolting roller coasters, can give you a day full of fun possibilities.

For more information on Great America, go online to www3.paramountparks.com and click on the Paramount?s Great America link.

By |2006-05-16T00:00:00-07:00May 16th, 2006|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Junior high secretary retires

A teenage boy quietly shuffles into the office. His face is pallor, as he nervously glances around the room. After he slumps in an empty chair, he buries his face in the palm of his clammy hands. A feeling of nausea settles in his stomach.

As his legs begin to twitch he can feel two eyes staring at him.

Joan Swanbom, junior high secretary for six years, contributed more than just answering phones, keeping records and assisting the dean. She understood that her role was more than just a gatekeeper for an office. Her friendly demeanor created a calm environment for students.

After serving as a teacher?s aid for five years and with three children graduated and off to college, Joan felt a need to further her position, she applied for junior high secretary and started working on campus in 2000.

?I knew going into the job that I would definitely enjoy it,? Swanbom, said. ?I was able to minister to people on a daily basis while building relationships with the students, parents, and faculty; that was the main reason why I worked at Fresno Christian.?

Swanbom worked along side George Freeman, dean of students, and David Martens, director of technology. Besides their assigned positions, Swanbom and Freeman became spiritual guidance partners.

?I will miss Mr. Freeman?s sense of energy and wisdom,? Swanbom said. ?Some days would be very stressful but his jokes would lighten the intensity of the day. I learned a lot of spiritual wisdom from him, and it was good to know we were praying for each other on a daily basis.?

Swanbom went on to say that Freeman?s efficiency made a workday more easily manageable, while Freeman commented on Swanbom?s organization.

?Mrs. Swanbom was the real deal, everything that was needed for that position,? Freeman said. ?Super intelligent, great organizer, computer whiz, and very professional while she also expressed her care and concern for students.?

After six years of countless hours working alongside each other, Swanbom and Freeman built a very close relationship in and out of the office.

?She liked my jokes; some people don?t, but she sincerely did,? Freeman said. ?I will miss the joy and life she brought to the office, but mostly I will not look back and remember her as a fellow employee, but as a great friend.?

Swanbom was able to give biblical advice to those students in need. Even future graduates recall her friendly attitude.

?When I was in junior high and I had to go to the office to pick up a consequence Mrs. Swanbom was always there to console me,? Brittnee Masiello, ?06, said. ?I will definitely miss her.?

In the past couple years Swanbom has experienced changes with two new grandchildren and her husband?s retirement.

?I decided to leave for a number of reasons,? Swanbom said. ?Mostly because I needed a less rigid schedule so that I would be able to spend more time with my husband and family. But ultimately God had the final say; he said it was time.?

Swanbom and her husband left for Israel on May 1, 2006, for 12 days on a tour with their church pastor, Larry Braine, a 15-year veteran of excursion, to site see and discover biblical history.

Although Swambom may have a full schedule ahead, memories of the time she spent at Fresno Christian will not soon be forgotten.

?I enjoyed building relationships with the staff, students and teachers,? Swanbom said. ?I was able to be apart of a Christian family and see students grow up in the Lord, it was an unforgettable experience that will be missed.?

Cynthia Ward, new secretary for the junior high office, started work on April 20.

?I heard about the job opening when Joan informed me that she would be leaving,? Ward said. ?I always thought it would be neat to work at FC so I applied for the job and the Lord worked everything out.?

With three children graduated from Fresno Christian and already acquainted with teachers and faculty staff Ward?s new job was sure to be an easy adjustment.

?I love interacting with everyone here and getting to know new students and teachers,? Ward said. ?I especially enjoy working with George Freeman; he makes the day interesting and upbeat with his sense of humor and easygoing attitude.?

For more school news, go to the Read Daily News icon located on the top left column of this newspaper, or read any article under the Latest news icon.

By |2006-05-15T00:00:00-07:00May 15th, 2006|News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Girls' track dominates West Sierra League

The girls? track team huddled together, anxious to hear the final results of the West Sierra League championship on April 26. Rumors of another Fowler victory created unrest among the girls, as Redcats had won the championship the year before.

Awaiting the final results, the girls? pregnant coach, Dorina Gilmore, broke the tension. ?I really hope I don?t go into labor.?

Defying all assumptions, and defeating all odds, the girls screamed in excitement when Fowler was announced as silver medalists, crowning the Lady Eagles as champions.

The girls’ and boys’ teams had outstanding group as well as individual performances on Thursday, with exceptional efforts coming from senior Wesley Wells, junior Aliza Ford, and freshman Larissa Hensley.

?Our girls’ team won first overall, out of all the schools,? Ford said. ?We scored 152 points to win over Fowler. I won first in the 100 meter hurdles, and first in the 200 meters and first in the 100 meters.?

Both Ford and Hensley had exceptional performances, with Ford taking first in three events, and Hensley winning two.

?It was really exciting to watch my sister win second in the 400 meters,? Ford said. ?We all worked hard, had a successful year, and achieved our goal which was to win the league championships.?

The boys? team, while not finishing first, had a memorable meet as well.

?The boys team finished fourth overall,? Wells said. ?I took first in the long jump, and the 400 meters. I even broke coach [Ericlee] Gilmore?s record in the 400 meters and did it in his running shoes.?

Wells broke Gilmore?s long-standing record in the 400 meters after Gilmore lent him his shoes for the meet.

?For 14 years, no one has broken my record,? Gilmore said. ?No one has even gotten close. It was so exciting to see Wes break it in my own shoes. He didn?t want to buy track shoes for only 1 year of track, so I lent him mine from high school.?

Gilmore ran track as a high school student on campus, and then decided to come back and coach the sport loves.

?It was so fun to see Wes win the race,? Gilmore said. ?I was standing near the end, and I saw in his eyes that he really wanted to win this. He got that look, and he just took off.?

The 400-meter race came down to the last 100 meters, where Wells was neck and neck with his opponent. Rounding the final turn, Wells? face became one of sheer determination, as he turned on the afterburners and took first place (51.50) by fractions of a second.

Wells also beat his personal best in the high jump at the Reedley Invitational on April 28. The bar started at 5?8?. He had never jumped higher than 5?8?, but ended up winning the event with 6?2?.

?I broke my own personal best in the high jump, and I had 35 of the boys 76 total points,? Wells said. ?Next up I qualified for the Fowler Sierra Championships.?

For more information on upcoming track and field events, contact egilmore@fresnochristian.com.

By |2006-05-11T00:00:00-07:00May 11th, 2006|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus technology enhances learning

Huge leaps in the world of technology in the past decade have enhanced our daily lives. They provide services in the news, education and entertainment industry.

?I like the TI system because it helps compare answers with other students so that we can more effectively learn the curriculum, like when we graphed the Google logo on the SmartBoard in algebra II,? Ben Dang, ?08, said. ?Each student only got three graphs each so the whole class had to work together.?

The wireless TI-Navigator system, a network that allows TI graphing calculators to communicate with a computer, speeds up lessons and help to test students through a ?Quick Poll?, a small quiz done on the calculator. The computer can then post the information from the calculators on the SmartBoard. TI also allows the teacher to view each student?s answers and correct them in front of the entire class to view and know common mistakes to avoid.

The calculators also let students explore the effect of changing a single value in a complex equation or speed up a process that on paper takes minutes. In a short series of keystrokes a previous answer can be called up and edited or reformatted for a new like problem.

Through the jointed use of the SmartBoard and the TI-Navigators, Mike Fenton, algebra II teacher, instructs his high school math classes to become well versed with the use of new technology.

?Students will be hard pressed to find a career that does not regularly utilize technology in some way, and this trend will only grow stronger in the years to come,? Fenton said. ?The mathematics classroom is an excellent place to help students become more familiar and comfortable with a sampling of these technologies.?

The SmartBoard creates extra space as a computer-integrated whiteboard where a teacher can download computer files and the write on them extemporaneously. With the SmartBoard Fenton displays an enlarged section of his daily class notes. These notes are also downloadable from the Vault, on the Fresno Christian website, and provide a standard path for the day?s lesson.

The Internet is also integrated through the SmartBoard.
?I like using the SmartBoard with the Internet because we play games, Kristen Amerine, ?07, said, ?like Set [a strategy and matching card game] and we can access cool programs like Hot Math.?

In addition to these features, SmartBoard can be updated on the spot for instant news briefs in classes like journalism and has been incorporated to teach students with the latest tools for math.

?This afternoon Superintendent Tim Wilkins borrowed the SmartBoard for a faculty meeting,? Fenton said. ?I realized very quickly how reliant I have become on it for my day to day teaching.?

Without the SmartBoard Fenton is limited in his teaching ability because he is so used to its functionality.

Although Fenton is blessed with the SmartBoard, other math teachers, Josh Tosland and Dr. Robert Arnold have yet to gain access to the new technology.

?I think a SmartBoard would be beneficial to every class including mine,? Tosland said. ?I think that it could help in a number of ways. One is that it facilitates a more effective learning environment through interaction with the students, access to numerous programs, and organizational efficiency.?

By the 2006-07 school year the administration hopes to purchase two new Smartboards, used primarily for the math department but also to be incorporated in other classrooms. The money for these two expensive pieces of equipment, that cost about $10,000 each, will be drawn from the schools technology fund.

To read about online school tools read the Sept. 16 article ?Online programs empower community? by Julianne Erkenbrecher on this newspaper.

To access the Vault, go online to www.fresnochristian.com, scroll to the ?Classroom? icon and click on The Vault.

By |2006-05-11T00:00:00-07:00May 11th, 2006|Features, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Conflict, teen issues mold character

TeenIssuesSketchJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive
Decisions, decisions, decisions. Teens are no different than adults when it comes to prioritizing and evaluating choices. Often it is family and the influence of their peers who sway teens on selecting friends, jobs, activities or values.

Many students have clear morals and values for high school and some walk in to high school naive. Many students develop those values and discipline in the home.

“My family has highly influenced me and shaped how I have grown up,” Matthew Brouwer, ’06, said. “People become like their family no matter what; they can?t break away from the chains of their heritage.”

Problems and teen issues in the family can lead create issues that the teen will have to address later as they grow up. The lack of responsibility of parents can hurt their children later on in their life.

“Parents should spend as much time as they can with their children,” Scott Falk, campus pastor, said. “Parents must be the ones who restore relationships in the family and be concerned with their children.”

Many students feel the pressure of growing up effect the decisions the make. When there is lack of authority figures in a teen’s life, their morals and values are shaped around their peers.

“I believe the family influences each other in an extreme way,” Brouwer said. “Having that influence enables teens to appreciate them more.”

It is more challenging for a student to break away from the chains of their past than for teens who have had approapriate discipline from their parents. The principles teens learn while they are young will benefit them, as they grow older. It will be easier for them resist the downfalls that pull them away from their goals in life.

“My Dad got me a job at Gottschalks because I was looking for a job,” Kelsey Boogusch, ’06, said. “I learned by working at Gottschalks that I was just working to make money. He taught me that I should love job and find something I love and have a passion for.”

The love parents show their kids teach them valuable lessons that stick with them for a lifetime. The positive influence parent?s give their children can affect their future of the person they become.

“I never liked playing goalie in soccer,” Vincent Cabias, ’09, said. “Every time I complained about it, my Dad would get on my case. He taught me that no matter what I do, do it 110%, and never give up.”

Every little lesson learned as teens grow up shape the person they become. Teens can either learn from the lessons their parents teach them, or they can ignore them.

“I believe teens can break away from their parents and make their own decisions,” Brandon Cain, ’06, said. ?People can be influenced, but they are not robots.”

When goals are set, failures will ultimately occur and teens give up or keep striving towards their goal. The more people get knocked down, the stronger they get when they persevere through the challenge.

“The struggles I have seen my peers go through have really affected me,” Holly Furtado, ’06, said. “I have learned from the hard times they have gone through and the struggles they have experienced with their families.”

Students who come from strong families realize how much their family affects their character. When they see the pain their classmates go through, they realize how blessed they are to have a family that loves and cares for them.

“I think it takes a lot of courage and strength for teens to meet their goals,” Bethany Morton, ’06, said. “The ability to live with the sin of one’s parents and not follow in their footsteps takes a lot of ambition.”

They destiny of a person can be highly influenced by their surroundings, but everyone has their own choice to be the person they want to become. It is the consequences of that choice which will take time to play out.

By |2006-05-11T00:00:00-07:00May 11th, 2006|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bands enjoy San Francisco

The bands left for an afternoon in San Francisco on April 6 from school at 7:30 A.M. As a part of their trip they performed for the ACSI Festival at Rincon Valley Christian on April 8. The Santa Rosa ACSI is an adjudicated festival where three music professionals gave the different groups musical ideas.

Along with their performances the bands spent some of their spare time seeing the San Francisco Symphony and exploring the city with friends.

?I would have to say my favorite part of the trip was probably just hanging out with all my friends,? Andrew King, ?06, said. ?Although I will always remember our bus rides and Pier 39.?

While the city provided endless sources of entertainment, mishaps were not in short supply.

?I remember a couple of the kids almost got off the wrong tram at the BART station,? Paul McEntee, band director, said. ?It was really funny but I wont embarrass them by giving out there names.?

Performing for the festive was just a part of the memories that were made on the musical groups trip.

?One of my favorite memory was taking a boat over to Alcatraz n the pouring rain and huddling under trash bags to stay warm,? Corinne Pogue, ?06, said. ?Not to mention people were taking pictures of us because we looked so funny.?

Between shopping, baseball games and performing for others the bands spent a lot of time just hanging out with each other.

?We had a lot of fun just walking around and shopping in San Francisco in Ghirardelli Square and Union Square,? Samantha Grizz, ?07, said. ?We also went to Alcatraz which was very interesting and kind of creepy.?

The bands will next be performing their spring concert on May 16 at Riverpark Bible Church at 7 P.M.

For more information on the bands, e-mail McEntee at pmcentee@fresnochristian.com.

By |2006-05-09T00:00:00-07:00May 9th, 2006|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Akeelah more than spell off

The proctor asks the nervous girl to spell ?appoggiatura? in order to win a 2005 spelling bee in San Diego, CA. With sweaty palms and contemplative brow she attempts to spell this word for embellishing note in music lingo.

Akeelah and the Bee follows Akeelah Anderson, a girl who lives in Los Angeles, is an unmotivated intelligent 11 year old who is sort of an outcast bullied to do other people?s homework. She is encouraged to participate in a spelling bee by her teacher and is discovered to be an amazing speller.

Her principal, Mr. Welch, played by Curtis Armstrong, encourages her to continue, not only for her own benefit but also for what it could do for the school?s persona.

Although the crowd was sparse on Sunday, two days after opening, [April 28], the audience was still excited to see Akeelah.

Dr. Larabee, played by Laurence Fishburne, becomes Akeelah?s coach and sort of inspiration in staying strong. He turns out to be a very mistrustful, stern and yet surprisingly encouraging coach.

Akeelah struggles to fit in at the predominately rich society spelling bee. Through her time with the spelling bees she befriends a boy, Javier, played by J.R. Villarreal, who makes her feel more at ease.

Along with being part of the spelling bee she battles the effects of her father?s death on her family and especially her relationship with her mother. The pressure of trying to keep her friendship with her best friend also adds to the growing tension as well as the expectations of the entire neighborhood for her to succeed.

She eventually makes it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Despite multiple themes throughout this movie the main seemed to be believe in ourselves, and we can accomplish great things.

This movie was greatly promoted through sweepstakes, reading challenges, and other educational programs by Starbucks, The National Education Association, Lionsgate, Spell Check, and Sylvan?s Learning Center.

Some may think that this movie did not look very appealing by its commercial but this brief introduction did not do it justice. The movie turned out to be a lot better than expected and can appeal to any age group.

For more information on Akeelah and the Bee, go online to www.akkelahandthebee.com.

By |2006-05-08T00:00:00-07:00May 8th, 2006|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

House battles more than ghosts

Upon entering a bookstore some students tend to avoid the Christian fiction section from fear of another preachy book. But Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti are not your average Christian fiction writer. With the creation of Dekker and Peretti?s new book House, the Christian community has been introduced to a new version of the spirit world and what lies within.

Jack and Stephanie Singleton are a couple whose marriage is on the rocks, and in a last ditch effort they decided to seek counseling. On their way however, spikes in the backwoods of Alabama sabotage their car and force them to seek refuge at a nearby house that seems to be abandoned.

Upon entering the house they meet another couple, Randy Messarue and Leslie Taylor, whose car has also been sabotaged. They soon learn that this was no mistake. A mad man nicknamed the ?Tin Man? for the raged tin mask that he wears, has purposefully led them into this house to play a part in his sick game.

The Tin Man sets a list of three house rules, which are written on the side of a can.
1) ?God came to my house and I killed him?
2) ?I will kill anyone who comes to my house as I killed God?
3) ?Give me one dead body and I might let rule two slide,?

The game ends at dawn.

In order to find their escape the two couples enter the basement, which ultimately leads them deeper into the Tin Man?s game.

Though this seems like another haunted house story, the combination of the physical battle and the spiritual battle gives us insight to the power of God.

With their latest release, the perspective that these authors incorporate into their works stuns me. The visual surface that they give to the struggles of our heart and the way that we ignore the voice of God in our time of need is all personified in this book.

The theme is one that we can all relate to?though your life may seem pure, the evil that resides within the heart ultimately destroys you if you rely on your self. Life is a game and the things that you deny can hurt you the most.

This fiction horror story has not been limited to paper. By April 2007 producers expect to have a movie of House available on DVD. This is not the first time that these authors have experienced having a book turned into film. With the creation of the movies The Visitation and Thr3e coming out sometime this year, these authors have a lot of experience up their sleeve.

For those people that are familiar with Dekker and Peretti, you will not be disappointed. They stay true to their mystery genre and keep the readers on the edge of their seat until the last page. These authors take the Bible verse, ?The wages of sin is death? [Romans 6:23] to the next level.

For more information on House or other books, go online to www.teddekker.com.

By |2006-05-03T00:00:00-07:00May 3rd, 2006|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Choirs to Colorado Springs

The ensemble and the concert choir will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for their annual choir trip to sing in The Heritage Festival on April 27-30. Students will perform concerts at Heritage High School along with many other schools from across the country.

While in Colorado, choir members will have the opportunity to tour ancient Native American lands and ruins at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

The choir members will also visit the prestigious U.S. Air Force Academy. They will tour the campus and see the unique architecture of the Cadet Chapel.

Most students have different reasons for anticipating the trip; like getting to fly on a plane, performing at a festival, or just getting to tour a new place. The excitement is unanimous among the choir team.

?This is my first choir trip in high school and I really think I?m going to enjoy myself,? Shane Darakjian, ?09, said. ?I?m really looking forward to the plane ride because I love flying, especially the take-off and landing.?

The anxiety of traveling and singing creates excitement and enjoyment for the gift of song. The trip not only provides excitement for underclassmen of the singing group, but also the veterans.

?I?m really excited for the upcoming trip this year,? Brittnee Masiello, ?06, said. ?The best part will probably be the big swing that the seniors get to go on, or just traveling around a place I?ve never been.?

Under the direction of Aaron Bryan, choir members hope to enjoy the concert and experience new places while bonding through the fun of singing. Above all, Bryan cannot wait to arrive in Colorado.

?This trip is going to be fantastic, I can?t wait to see my students perform in the festival on Saturday,? Bryan, said. ?The other place I want to go is The Royal Gorge where I?ll get to ride a giant swing that swings out over the Arkansas river about 250 feet up off a cliff.?

For more information about the upcoming choir trip, contact the high school office at 299-1695.

By |2006-04-27T00:00:00-07:00April 27th, 2006|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Browns make classical cool

What?s not to like about classical music?

Maybe some think it?s boring. Maybe it makes others feel old, or they think that liking Liszt and Gershwin makes them a nerd. A person may even have to sneak around the music store in a hat and sunglasses when they want to pick up a Mozart symphony because they are afraid their friends might catch them.

Despite the typical stereotype, The Browns are a different story. All five siblings were awarded scholarships to the Julliard School of Music, a historical first at Julliard. None of them are embarrassed about classical music. In fact, Desirae, Deondra, Gregory, Melody and Ryan are proud of being piano prodigies, and are not afraid to show it.

Their story is truly one of a kind, a tale of classical worth that all should know. After releasing their first self-titled album, The 5 Browns in February, the siblings have come out with yet another musical compilation, titled No Boundaries, a compilation of classical music both well known and rare.

There are no boundaries to this CD. Songs without words are the best songs, and a song with fifty fingers flying around at once on five Steinway grands is even better.

Their album begins powerfully with Gershwin?s ?Rhapsody in Blue,? a ten-minute piece that showcases the siblings? talent as a quintet. Their performance continues as brothers Gregory and Ryan perform Lecouna?s ?Malaguena,? a speedy Spanish tune with a steady beat and a powerful ending.

With the third song, the five try a different approach. They perform together with a calmer, subtler composition, ?Simple Gifts/Going Home,? derived from pieces by both Aaron Copland and Antonin Devorak. Together, these songs mimic a feeling of singing a hymnal, and are two of the only tranquil songs among the chosen masterpieces.

The fingers fly through tracks one to fifteen, with scores of beautiful music both wild and moving. Whether in a quintet, a duo, or individually, these brothers and sisters have found a way to harmonize beautiful music and, with unique arrangements, make songs original.

Only one song, the two movements of ?Gargoyles? by Lowell Lieberman, could have been left out of the otherwise flawless album. Though the most modern composition within the disc, these songs are monotonous and are rather dry within their measures.

Despite ?Gargoyles? four minutes and forty-nine seconds, No Boundaries is something for anyone looking for freshness as well as a little culture. The 5 Browns were a thrill to listen to and should be enjoyable for most, and embarrassing for none.

Both The 5 Browns in February and No Boundaries can be bought at any local music supplier. For more information on the siblings and their albums, visit www.the5browns.com.

By |2006-04-27T00:00:00-07:00April 27th, 2006|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Staff breaks for spring, Easter

After months of updates, competitions and deadlines, The Feather staff will relax over spring break. As a result, no new articles will be posted on the online newpaper until after April 18.

However, new stories will continue to unfold during the next 10 days. And while they are important, will not get timely coverage.

The baseball and softball teams will be participating in the Fowler Easter Classic tournaments on April 8-11. Track and field will also be competing at the Sanger Easter Classic Invitational meet on April 11.

The jazz and concert band will be participating in the Association of Christian Schools International [ACSI] Festival in Santa Rosa on April 8 and will return to Fresno from their spring San Francisco trip that evening by 7 P.M.

The Feather is currently being judged as a finalist for the National Scholastic Press Association’s [NSPA] online Pacemaker competition. The top three online newspapers will be announced at the NSPA convention on April 22 in San Francisco.

Other events to look forward reading about include the profiles and stories of students and teachers who participated in volunteer projects over break, spirit week, graduation plans and more.

The Feather staff looks forward to continuing the daily forum and voice of the campus community in the days ahead. But for the next nine days, it is time to rest and relax.

For more information on other dates and events, go online to www.fresnochristian.com or double-click on the ‘Read Daily News’ icon on the top left menu bar of this paper.

By |2006-04-07T00:00:00-07:00April 7th, 2006|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Chapel apathy dampers atmosphere

Weekly chapel speakers can be somewhat nerve-racking peering out into the teenage audience. Topic choices must keep the listeners? interested and often this is not the easiest task. It certainly does not hurt if the speaker is funny or uses comedy to catch the attention of the audience.

To some chapel is about personal enjoyment and what the speaker has to bring to the audience. Another voice can help others to see different sides. The varieties of speakers are able to reach out to different array of kids.

?I look for someone who has experience in communicating to a teenage audience,? Scott Falk, Bible teacher, said. ?Somebody who wants to come and share the love of God, not someone who pushes guilt on kids (a pressure to conform).

According to a recent poll asking what people thought about chapel, 119 students took the poll out of 287 students on campus; 79 students took the poll seriously and wrote their honest thoughts while 40 others treated it as a joke and had to be discarded.

?Chapel speakers have not made an impression on me because they were not inspiring they just seemed like they were talking,? an anonymous person said. ?Some of the times they were funny but mostly they spoke about the same things I?ve always heard about.?

In responding to the poll, most felt that in order to make an impact on the audience there must be some sort of relating to teenagers.

?I like the homeless guy who spoke,? an anonymous person said. ?Because he was a person that truly appreciated life and everyday opportunities.?

Reactions to the poll were not as flippant as many of the received answers.

?When I saw the poll result, it kind of made me sad to see how everyone takes chapel for granted,? Matthew Karahadian, ?06, said. ?We are lucky to be able to talk about God in our classrooms. Not only has it become hard at public school but even in other countries. It is a freedom we almost ignore.?

Being a speaker can be difficult. Not knowing what to talk about and if you?ll make an impression can intimidate anyone. Yet most speakers have seemed to make somewhat of a good impression since 47 people (40%) felt positively impacted by chapel. This was compared to the 32 students (27%) who were either unsure or not really impacted at all.

For more information about past or upcoming chapel speakers, contact Scott Falk at sfalk@fresnochristian.com.

By |2006-04-07T00:00:00-07:00April 7th, 2006|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Come for the music, stay for dessert

The campus jazz band held its annual Jazz Band Concert and Dessert Auction on April 3 at 7 P.M. in Ground Zero.

The event included over half an hour of music played by the jazz band, led by band adviser Paul McEntee. While the band grooved in the background, its audience walked around and par took in a silent auction of desserts.

The desserts included cakes, brownies and cookies. The band members themselves make all delicacies.

?I?ve played trumpet in jazz band for three years and marching band for one year,? Scott Yantis, ?09, said. ?I?ve participated in the dessert concert for three years, and it?s always an enjoyable experience.?

The event is meant to be a relaxing time where the public can enjoy appealing jazz music while helping to fund the high school band.

?I went because I am a avid fan of jazz,? Akiko Work, ?06, said. ?I ate so much dessert while there so now I do not want to touch sugar again. I ate and I ate, and then fell into a sugar induced coma, but was soothed by the jazz music.?

Many of the jazz members are experienced and have been participating in similar concerts for yeas. Others are first timers and play all kinds of different instruments.

?I play the bass guitar,? Hannah Wilhelm, ?07, said. ?Not the real bass guitar, but on a keyboard. I?m excited to play. I didn?t think we were as prepared as we could have been, but we ended up doing fine.?

The band played the show fresh after appearing at a concert in Hanford on March 27. After participating with the many schools that attended the Hanford review, the jazz band received an excellent rating from the judges.

?I just joined jazz band this year and play the piano,? Corinne Pogue, ?06, said. ?The dessert auction was our fourth concert and I had a great time.?

Jazz band will be traveling to San Francisco on April 6-8 to attend the city’s symphony. From there, the band will be playing at the ACSI Festival at Rincon Valley Christian in Santa Rosa on April 8. Both the concert and jazz bands will be at the Festival.

For more information, contact McEntee at pmcentee@fresnochristian.com.

By |2006-04-06T00:00:00-07:00April 6th, 2006|News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Journalism, more than writing

Why should anyone take journalism? Honestly publications class demands hard work and dedication. Students are required to sell adds for each semester or donation money in order to put out the paper.

Many consider journalism as just an easy elective when in reality it is one of the hardest. Each month students need to write two to three new articles each month or their grades will drop significantly.

The advisor has high expectations for writing skill. Deadlines need to be met and reporters need to be able to deal with criticism. These are a few of the many responsibilities that come upon you.

When I first herd about journalism I was a little hesitant about joining, but through the persuasion of my friends it seemed as if joining was the only option. One thing that motivated my joining the staff was not only to improve my writing but also the benefits that come along with being in journalism.

One such perk came last year when I had a chance to go to Columbia University in New York City with the staff. We took workshop classes and toured the Big Apple and overall had an enjoyable experience.

However, journalism is not all big-city trips and meeting a few deadlines. Upon meeting the adviser, Greg Stobbe, I did not know what to think of him. While he can easily make you laugh, he also wields a very serious side as well. Many do not venture into journalism because they are bad writers or they are afraid of Stobbe?s wrath.

Stobbe?s one-on-one instruction helps improve writing styles and he shows you the do?s and don?t of journalism. When I first started journalism I was a pretty bad writer. But over the past year, I have improved more than I ever could if I did not take this class.

As time went on I improved in writing and bonded closer with my fellow classmates. Then the year ended and I was put in a predicament. Should I take journalism again?

I decided rejoin because I felt I still could learn more and improve my writing. Now I am not only in for the benefits but for the practice in writing.

Being involved now has improved my writing skills not only for journalism but also for English. When writing essays or thesis statements, journalism has come in handy. Taking this class has enhanced my social skill because of all the required interviewing sessions.

This campus has been an award wining nationally ranked online newspaper. Currently we are in the top seven, being judged to go on to the top three best online newspapers. Even being involved in a paper can boost anyone?s college resume.

Journalism well prepares high school students for general paper writing in college. In addition, some colleges look for students that have gone beyond expectations with high grades and AP classes by taking work related extra-curricular activities.

I have experienced the positive and negative sides of journalism. Even being in journalism for one year gave me the opportunity to meet new people. While I did not begin as the best writer on staff and I still am not the best, journalism is helping me get better. I am planning on being in this class next year because it has given me more writing experience than I ever could imagine.

By |2006-04-04T00:00:00-07:00April 4th, 2006|Opinions, Uncategorized|4 Comments

E-waste collections reduce health risk

Who ever says that complex problems need complex answers? With government policy changing in 2006, e-waste has been deemed to endanger society and the environment. But this issue can be simply solved by recycling.

Since Feb. 9, common items can no longer be placed in the trash for pick-up. Items like batteries, fluorescent lamps and tubes, electronic devices and thermostats that contain mercury all must be disposed of in approved containers. An outline of this new policy can be found online at www.zerowaste.ca.gov.

E-waste is defined as all obsolete or outdated computers, televisions and other devices commonly used in offices, homes, and by people on the go.

According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board (www.ciwmb.ca.gov), the global technological revolution is fueling the rapidly increasing e-waste recycling problem.

?The demand to effectively and safely recycle the obsolete electronics is pushed by the same demands our society imposes to manufacture the new, smaller, faster, more efficient software.?

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By |2006-04-04T00:00:00-07:00April 4th, 2006|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Faces for the Invisible Children

Three young Americans from the University of Southern California [USC] traveled to Africa with no apparent agenda. But they came across a touching story of fear and the fight for survival.

Originally, Bobby Bailey, Jason Russell and Laren Poole ventured to the barren lands of Africa to capture footage on the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Their plans drastically changed as they witnessed the child night commuters of Uganda.

Invisible Children is a documentary on the heartrending stories of children who are abducted by rebel forces in Northern Uganda and forced into joining them in their killing sprees. Between 16,000 and 26,000 children are forced to serve in this army’s military forces.

Under the leadership of Joseph Kony the Lord?s Resistance Army trains children to kill and steal other children from schools to add to the regime. He uses witchcraft and murderous threats to desensitize the vulnerable children to kill.

With hopes to avoid abduction, these migrant children spend each day fleeing from their family homes to find safety and solace in the bus stops and verandas of the nearest city.

The DVD includes extra features and an hour-long version of the movie that better explains the history of Uganda?s 17-year-long war. Through gruesome imagery, the movie illustrates Kony?s desires to overthrow the Ugandan government by terrorizing its unprotected citizens.

According to the Northern Uganda Crisis Response Act, the Secretary of State has designated the Lord’s Resistance Army as a terrorist organization. It is also the second worst humanitarian crisis in the world, after the attempted ethnic cleansing of the black African population in the Sudan.

The personable and authentic stories of these invisible children inspires movement among the young and passionate to act on behalf of the tragedy in Northern Uganda.

?I have a passion for doing things for other people,? Sammie Krikorian, sophomore class representative, said. ?The movie was reasonable, personal and realistic. Even as high schoolers we are capable of spreading the word of these tragedies.?

Campus leadership students plan on spreading the word of this crisis to other local schools. They will contact the student leadership classes at other schools, show them the movie and talk about what they can do together to continue spreading the news.

Along with developing fundraising programs, an all-valley showing of the documentary to local leadership classes is already in process. Students outside the leadership class also desire to help increase awareness.

?Any one person can be involved in it and without obligations,? Aaron Ortiz, ?07, said. ?I hope to join the leadership efforts to campaign to the other community schools.?

Katie Bradel, an active proponent and advertiser of the film and close friend of the original three enlighteners, fully supports the ?Invisible Children? campaign. ?This film has been warmly received wherever we have taken it,? Bradel said. ?Lots of students have signed up for the Night Commute already and more sign up after every film viewing.?

Bradel lives in San Diego where the Invisible Children offices are located. She also traveled to Uganda and helped with the filming of the final feature.

?The governments will do what the people want,? Bradel said. ?We can do a lot to end the war by asking the American government to influence the Ugandan government to take action.?

The goal of advertising the film is to get as many people as possible in the 146 participating cities nation wide to attend the Global Night Commute. The movement will be held on April 29 and hopes to raise awareness by a mass gathering at Northpoint Community Church at 4625 W Palo Alto.

For more information on the Global Night Commute and the Invisible Children movement, go online at www.invisiblechildren.com.

The purpose of the commute is to demonstrate what hundreds of Ugandan children do every night. Each night more than 18,000 children leave their homes and walk many miles to the nearest city to find a safe place to sleep and hide from the rebels.

Most of those who view the film come from a youthful generation full of resources and possibilities. Many seek to make these possibilities a reality. The fact that three normal college students created waves in society by pure inquest inspires others to do the same.

?The movie absolutely blew me away,? Bethany Morton, ?06, said. ?It made me feel like I could do something. If three college students could, then I can make a difference too.?

The final feature film will be in theaters in about a year. Since the rough-cut version of the film first appeared, the three USC students traveled back to Africa to continue giving faces to the invisible children.

The Northern Uganda Crisis Response Act reported the conflict in Uganda to the United States Senate. The Act was passed by unanimous consent in May 2004.

The Northern Uganda Crisis Response Act urges the Government of Uganda and the international community to assume greater responsibility for the protection of civilians. It also urges the leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army to stop the abduction of children, and urge all armed forces in Uganda to stop the use of child soldiers, and seek the release of all individuals who have been abducted.

It is relatively simple to get involved. Anyone can give their time, throw a house party to spread the word or raise money in a unique way. A house party kit is available online and encourages people to spread the word through viewings of the film.

?It is a simple thing to do,? Krikorian said. ?You can turn it into fun. It is a very easy way to do your part.?

For more information on how to get involved in this worthwhile cause, go online to www.invisiblechildren.com. For information on the Northern Uganda Crisis Response Act go online to http://www.theorator.com/bills108/s2264.html.

By |2006-04-01T00:00:00-08:00April 1st, 2006|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments