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Feather enjoys wonderland, CSPA Gold Crown

ColumbiaGoldWInners2015WebRyan King, Photographer

The Feather editors accepted a Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Gold Crown–The Feather’s 5th since 2009.

After anxiously waiting to hear the magical phrase “The Feather Online Gold Crown” to ring out through the packed auditorium inside of Columbia University’s Lerner Hall, staffers thirst for excellence was finally quenched, March 20. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Digital Gold Crown is the highest honor that the CSPA bestows upon any scholastic publication.

This is the third consecutive CSPA Gold Crown and seventh time since 2008 that The Feather has earned a Crown from CSPA. Over 2,690 students attended the convention in New York City, representing 299 schools within 34 states. Some schools even represented neighboring nations, such as Mexico and Canada.

Even though the current Feather website was good enough to win a Gold Crown this year, change is coming. Publications adviser Greg Stobbe and The Feather staff have come together to support a new modern design that will be unveiled before next school year. Possibly even before the end of June.

The Feather website will be updated on a WordPress style site, in hopes of making the paper more competitive at the national level. This is the second year that the paper has not qualified for an NSPA Pacemaker, in part due to the outdated site and lack of digital media. The new design will provide a more streamlined access to school news and innovative media for the FC community. However, this is the fifth time the Feather has won a Gold Crown since its first in 2009.

The 2014-2015 run for The Feather is coming to an end, and along with it the end of many journalism careers. Students that have made the paper stronger by using their skills of interviewing, podcasting, writing articles or making videos will be out in the real world. Their skills will be missed by The Feather and new editors are beginning to learn what will be needed to produce a successful publication.

For more photos, visit NOTS judging and Welcome back.

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By |2015-03-26T00:00:00-07:00March 26th, 2015|Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments


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Editors-in-Chief Sara Peterson, left, and Chloe Mueller taught a session called: ‘Thriving in Cyberspace’ at the 91st CSPA convention, March 19. This session highlighted the work routine of the Feather and how staffers manage online outlets such as social media.

After concluding their first full day in New York, The Feather editors began their Wednesday with an agenda. Deporting from their hotel at 8 a.m., students caught a subway ride and headed to Columbia University.

This journey to Columbia University is the central purpose for the New York trip. Here, the students attended – and even taught – educational, journalism-based sessions at the CSPA’s 91st annual Spring Scholastic Convention.

These sessions focus on many aspects of journalism and publications. In the first session, Editors-in-Chief Sara Peterson and Chloe Mueller taught their own class: ‘Thriving in Cyberspace’. This session highlighted the work routine of the Feather and how staffers manage online outlets such as social media.

Peterson, who presented for the first time, reports her initial feelings of anxiety were unnecessary, as the session went smoothly.

“I was a bit nervous before we presented, because I’ve never done it before,” Peterson said. “I just didn’t know what to expect. Things ended up going well and I think we connected with our audience.”

During the second session, Callista Fries, Media Specialist, taught another group about the ins-and-outs of podcasting. Meanwhile, other staffers visited other classrooms to expand their knowledge. These classes included sessions about advertisement, young adults in the work field and interviewing techniques.

After spending the morning at Columbia, the students grabbed a bite to eat as FC hits NY continues. Several students dined at Tom’s Restaurant (made famous by Seinfeld), while others stopped at a pizza parlor.

After a few more educational sessions, students headed out for the city. The group took a trip to Herald Square, the home of the world’s largest store (Macy’s) and many other shopping attractions.

Finally, staffers ended their night with a Broadway play. Students ended their shopping adventure and gathered together to watch Phantom of the Opera at 8 p.m. The dinner choice was left to students, who all bought food at various places.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

For more about the Feather in NY, read the March 17 article, FC hits NY: Day 2 (SLIDESHOW).

By |2015-03-18T00:00:00-07:00March 18th, 2015|Announcements, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

EDITORIAL: Pushing through the final stretch

NOTS1Jason Swain | The Feather Online Archive

As the final all-school events commence, take the time to focus on the important and not just the urgent.

We are in the final stretch. FC marks the end of their third quarter in mid-March, leaving only one final portion of the school year left unconquered. While this news may be a source of joy for some, others are dreading pushing through this part of the school year.

Just as fall may be considered flu season, the final quarter is senioritis season. Seniors that have already been accepted into their dream schools now seemingly have very little motivation to continue turning in homework, or even showing up to class.

Not only the senior class is struggling, however. Nearly all members of the high school student body are dragging their feet under the upcoming load of stress in hope of a breath of relief.

Many students are rushing and turning in last-minute assignments to make sure their grades are up-to-par for the end of the third quarter. On top of this, a handful are preparing for AP tests and the infamous SAT (or ACT). On top of this, even the mention of spring finals can send students into an overwhelming sense of peril.

This year, FC is hosting its annual formal event: Night of the Stars (NOTS), March 28. This event hosts movies made by each individual class and plays them for the entire campus to watch. While this event proves to be rewarding fun, it does require some extra work on the students’ part.

Students must make the decision as to whether they will choose to be involved with filmmaking or not. Due to the inevitable fact that this project will take up some extra time (that many feel they can not afford to spend), many shy away from this opportunity.

This is the perplexing problem that every student must face, regardless of whether they are FC students or not. To get involved or focus strictly on schoolwork? Because of the daunting amount of work students receive from their required classes, many feel there is simply no time to join clubs or extracurriculars.

At the end of the day, the choice falls into your hands. Too many let others decide how they will spend their high school years. These four years are valuable; a bridge between childhood and adulthood. Enjoy the walk. Make the most of every moment, in ways that you will not regret when you look back on high school memories. –Feather staff

Weigh it out for yourself: Is it worth it? The answer is unique for everyone. Some feel that clubs and sporting events are vital to the high school experience, while others feel they are a needless accessory.

You make the decision. If you feel the urge to get more involved, it does not hurt to try. Go out on a limb, explore the various realms of high school. Make your experience unique to you.

However, not everyone was built with the desire to be involved in every activity. Some would rather spend their time in their own ways, without an overwhelming atmosphere. That is your own prerogative.

At the end of the day, the choice falls into your hands. Too many let others decide how they will spend their high school years. These four years are valuable; a bridge between childhood and adulthood. Enjoy the walk. Make the most of every moment, in ways that you will not regret when you look back on high school memories.

On a related topic, please read and listen to Skyler Lee’s podcast and Column: Finishing the year strong.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

For more opinions, read the March 5 article, Community reflects on life of Molly Griffin.

By |2015-03-13T00:00:00-07:00March 13th, 2015|Editorial, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus clubs sell Kids Day papers (VIDEO)

Editor’s Note: Check back later for more updates or via Twitter: @thefeather.

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The Feather staff joined the leadership class to sell Fresno Bee Kids Day papers to benefit Children’s Hospital, March 3.

Each year, the community, Fresno Bee and ABC 30 all join forces to earn money for the patients of Valley Children’s Hospital. For the 28th time, Kids Day has encouraged hundreds of individuals to take time selling special edition Fresno Bee newspapers across the San Joaquin Valley to earn the money to help the cause, March 3.

Community members and campus students including notable figures and organizations from Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Police Chief Jerry Dyer, and Fresno State football coach Tim DeRuyter to student leadership and publications from FC.

This year, according to the Fresno Bee: an estimated amount of $340,500 and counting, has been provided at the time of 5 p.m., March 3. Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Zara Arboleda has stated this year’s goal of $530,000 is reachable.

Since last year, Children’s Hospital has received over $6.3 million in donations. This year they hope to past $7 million in an even greater effort to support the patients of the Madera County hospital.

Student leadership, began selling newspaper at a dim and chilly 4 a.m., along with The Feather staff who came just about 45 minutes later to corners at Alluvial and Cedar as well as Cedar and Alluvial. For several years now both campus clubs have participated in Kids Day to help Valley Children’s Hospital.

With a total amount of 980 newspapers sold, campus representatives were able to contribute $1,954.13 to the cause. Students were able to sell all the way till 9 a.m., where they then headed to their classes for the day.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

For more on Kids Day 2015, read the Fresno Bee articles, A look back at Kids Day 2015: from celebrity corner to students in Oakhurst and Fresno’s Mendez family stays strong despite child’s medical battles.

For more videos, check out #SJW2015: Importance of Scholastic Journalism (Video).

BRIEF: Teachers serve at McDonalds, Feb. 26

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Families are encouraged to share this brief, Twitter and Instagram feeds as campus teachers serve at McDonalds, Feb. 26. Monies raised will go to FCS.

FC is always searching for ways to get it’s campus involved in the community. For example, students recently stepped outside of their usual school district to the outside parts of Fresno for FC Serve Day, Feb. 26. Campus teachers also take their turn to get involved with McTeacher’s night.

Campus teachers and faculty will be serving up Happy Meals and taking orders at McDonald’s on Cedar and Herndon, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. During those hours, 20% of all money earned will go towards FC – even without a flyer.

In previous years, this event has raised over $800 for the campus. Of course, the staff hopes to outdo this record, but this will require as much student help as possible! Faculty urges and encourages all students, friends, family, etc. to show up and spend a little.

Donn Rojeski is looking forward to his first time participating in a fundraiser for a cause he respects.

“I have never participated in a fundraiser like this before, so I’m not sure what to expect,” Rojeski said. “I am looking forward to see students and meet their parents, plus its a fun activity to give back to the school.”

Teachers will be switching out every 45 minutes. So far, teachers that have signed up will be serving as follows:

4:30-5:15– Denise Tally, Kathy Pierce, Jonathan Broersma, Karen Walters, Daniel Miranda

5:00-5:45– Michelle Devereaux, Amy Witters, Tamara Hill, Tami Grimmius, Lisa Raynes

5:30-6:15– Michelle Devereaux, Kristin Nolte, Amy Deffenbacher, Kori Friesen, Janet Vander Kooi

6:30-7:15– Donn Rojeski

Families are encouraged to share this brief, Twitter and Instagram feeds as campus teachers serve at McDonalds, Feb. 26.

Follow the Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

For more news, read the Feb. 24 article, BREAKING: Feather receives NSPA All-American rating.

By |2015-02-26T00:00:00-08:00February 26th, 2015|FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cuddy educates on body language, power of communication

Harvard professor Amy Cuddy shares at San Joaquin Valley Town Hall

IMG_3363Choe Mueller

Harvard graduate Amy Cuddy shares her expertise about body language during the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall, Feb. 18.

As a continuation of the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Lecture Series, Harvard graduate Amy Cuddy made a pit stop in Fresno to share some of her knowledge, Feb. 18. Row after row in the William Saroyan Theater was filled with listeners, eager to hear what the renowned speaker had to share with them.

As a pretense, I was aware that Cuddy spoke in one of the most viewed, most influential TED Talks online. I had also heard that she worked in the field of Psychology. However, I did not expect such a hands-on, applicable lesson from the Harvard professor.

Before the official speech, Cuddy spent some time with the attending Merit Scholars (various recommended students from schools scattered along the Central Valley) answering personalized questions. From the moment she spoke, it was clear that Cuddy did not let her vast knowledge and academia lead her onto a track that was difficult for audiences slightly less educated on her topic (such as I) to understand. She chose simple wording to explain fascinating phenomenas.

When asked about her realm of study, Cuddy explained her particular field of work within psychology.

“I study normal people; I’m not a clinical psychologist so I don’t take patients,” Cuddy said. “What I do is follow the Scientific Method in a very literal and precise way. For example, I will ask a question and randomly assign participants to one condition or another and then we will study the results.”

As her pre-speech audience was formed of primarily merit students, still enrolled in high school, there was much interest around Cuddy’s work on her college campus. Upon questioning about her methods, Cuddy gave examples of her teaching style – and that of Harvard Business School.

“We teach using the case method, and the students have to read a business case, which someone at Harvard Business School has written,” Cuddy said. “It might be about a traditional business predicament or a more advanced case, but the students are left with a question at the end of each case and are expected to come to class and start a discussion.”

I find it very obvious when someone is scripting their body language, so I wouldn’t advise someone to do that. I think that it’s good to understand what different queues signal. I teach an approach that I developed with some other practitioners, its called ‘Inside-out’, and it’s based upon method acting. So people are much better at projecting real ordinated synchronized body language when they are doing it from a honest place, so they get themselves into that frame of mind. — Amy Cuddy, Harvard professor

While the question-and-answer session orbited around topics such as college and majors, her lecture session was based on a plethora of facts and findings on the topic that Cuddy gravitates towards most: body language.

However, when many hear the phrase ‘body language’, they tend to think of how their movements affect others. On the contrary, the majority of the lecture was focused on how our personal body language can affect us and Cuddy educates on body language.

A major theme was the encouragement of using ‘power stances/positions’, in which the human body becomes large and takes up space (ie., raising your arms to the sky). These positions – as studied in Cuddy’s lab – are directly correlated with a rise in testosterone levels and a plummet in cortisol levels. This balance creates a motivated human being with low stress levels.

Now, while much emphasis was put on positive positioning, Cuddy also warned against ‘faking it until you make it’. Unnatural stances (positive or not) are easy to detect, and can actually have a negative effect. So, rather than forcing yourself into a broad position during a job interview, practice making yourself comfortable in a confident position at home!

Cuddy explains the reasoning behind avoiding false body language, and explains her theory which she calls ‘inside out’.

“I find it very obvious when someone is scripting their body language, so I wouldn’t advise someone to do that,” Cuddy said. “I think that it’s good to understand what different queues signal. I teach an approach that I developed with some other practitioners, its called ‘Inside-out’, and it’s based upon method acting. So people are much better at projecting real ordinated synchronized body language when they are doing it from a honest place, so they get themselves into that frame of mind.”

The next San Joaquin Valley Town Hall will be March 18 when scholars and religious leaders will host a reflection on the Armenian Genocide, discussing issues from reconciliation to contributions to American culture, arts and sciences. The presentation is Man’s Inhumanity to Man … The Last Hundred Years. Look for a review after that session by The Feather staff.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

For more features, read the Feb. 23 article, Scholastic Journalism Week 2015: Join the discussion.

By |2015-02-24T00:00:00-08:00February 24th, 2015|Community Events, Features, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Fresno hosts horror movie, to be released nationally

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FIlm producers Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing have brought Fresno-based horror film to the big screen.

Although Fresno is conveniently located in the Central Valley, between entertainment capitals such as San Francisco and Los Angeles, the city itself is rarely considered a prime area for national attention. However, the minds of Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing have brought together a film that takes place primarily on the streets of Fresno.

The film, which is set to be released July 10, is titled The Gallows. The movie piqued the interest of many major film labels, but was eventually bought by New Line Cinema. The piece also has been worked on by Jason Blum, the producer of franchises such as ‘Paranormal Activity’ and ‘The Purge’.

The Gallows will fall under the horror genre, and focuses on an eerie event that supposedly took place in the midwest. Because of this, a few of the scenes were filmed in parts of Nebraska. However, the primary landscape seen in this film belongs to Fresno.

The purpose behind the setting is co-producer, Cluff’s association with Fresno. Cluff discussed the convenience of Fresno’s location for filming.

“I currently live in Fresno with my family,” Cluff said. “I met Chris when he was here filming for school in LA, and we decided to come to Fresno to film because it is less expensive to film here. Fresno is in close proximity to Hollywood, but far enough away to have some fun.”

Areas that have been utilized throughout filmmaking include everywhere from local high schools (such as Clovis West and Madera High) to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Downtown Fresno.

The pair of directors have done one previous film together. The project was titled Gold Fools and was a faith-centered movie. Now, the two are formulating a horror movie, which may seem like a stark contrast from their old interests.

Lofing discussed how the duo jumped between genres, and how finances affected this choice.

“We wanted something cheap,” Lofing said. “We knew that we didn’t have much money, and the horror genre fit the budget. Horror also fits well in the market place, selling well overseas.”

Lofing goes on to share how his personal background shaped his work with The Gallows.

“We thought a ‘Paranormal Activity’ style movie would be cool. The story is based on events from where I’m from [/fusion_builder_column]

[Nebraska],” Lofing said. “And when I was making my first movie project, I dabbled in horror. It has always interested me.”

Although the movie is debuting in July, it has been worked on for many years and is a long awaited project. The pair began writing the film back in 2011, and shot a promo trailer the same year. A good chunk of the movie was filmed during 2012, and now, in 2015, the crew is putting together the final pieces.

The Gallows will be released nationwide in over 2,500 theaters. Depending on the overall success of the film, Lofing and Cluff may continue down the road of filmmaking. The two may further delve into horror, or may even try their luck in the field of television.

“The Gallows has been a long road,” Cluff said. “While we have enjoyed ourselves, we are, of course, clad to wrap it up. We are not entirely sure what we are moving onto next, that really depends on how well the movie does.”

For more features, read the Feb. 12 article, Substitute teacher makes the most of her experience.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

By |2015-02-20T00:00:00-08:00February 20th, 2015|Community Events, Features, Movies/TV, Uncategorized|7 Comments

Hope Fresno unites pastors in racial equality (Video)

IMG_8710 copyBre Castro

The Well hosted Hope Fresno, an event to stir racial awareness, on their north campus, Feb. 6 – 7, 2015.

As a reflection of the surge of social awareness and stirrings that the United States and many other nations are facing, a local church decided to take action within its own city. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7, The Well Community Church hosted just the event to bring some uncomfortable topics to the table.

Hope Fresno was an event intended to specifically unite White and African American congregations in Fresno County, whilst simultaneously spreading the awareness of racial injustice towards citizens of African descent.

Upon arrival at The Well, it was obvious that the church was packed with a racially diverse group, eager to hear what would unfold. Brad Bell, head pastor of The Well’s North Campus (where the event was held), sat amongst the panel of African American leaders to get to the core of the issue.

A major theme throughout the event was storytelling. Most would agree that a common goal between panelists was for no one to leave without some sort of change of heart. This goal was achieved through real-life, tangible tales of racial injustice.

The panel included Dr. Paul Lawrence Binion II, Senior Pastor of Westside Church of God, Bryson White, Community Organizer with Faith in Community and Sabrina Kelly of Habitat for Humanity. The speakers all took their time telling stories of how they had been affected by phenomenon such as white privilege.

Pastor Bell also spoke from his perspective, as a benefactor of ordeals like white privilege, offering the point of view that many caucasian citizens share.

“From my perspective, of a white middle class dude, I saw things a certain way,” Bell said. “But I began to see that there was another life experience that was very confusing to me. In many ways I felt very accused and angry because I’m not a racist or a guy who would intentionally discriminate against anyone.”

Bell went on to explain his new line of thinking after being introduced to the new concept of white privilege.

“What I was told that I was a recipient of white privilege and there was nothing I could do about that,” Bell continued. “It was very disheartening, and at the same time very encouraging because I sat with my friend and I heard my friend. I began to see things differently.”

However, the truth behind racial inequality prevailed through eye-witness accounts. Several panelists visited Ferguson during the time of the Mike Brown protests, and told the real story behind what occurred versus what the media showed. In short, not even a fraction of the true military presence and brashness was shown on news stations, whereas peaceful protesters were made to look violent.

After the event was over, Sabrina Kelly took some time with staffers to explain how she got involved with the Hope Fresno cause.
“Brad and I are really good friends,” Kelly said. “And I share my stories about my nephews with him all the time, because I struggle with how we never understand the reality of their lives as black men in the city or the concept of being a black man in the United States.”

As she continued, Kelly revealed that her main purpose in speaking to this congregation is rooted in the idea of empathy.

“As I was sharing this, which is something I struggle with all the time, he [/fusion_builder_column]

[Bell] said, ‘you need to tell your story in context of white privilege,'” Kelly said. “If you hear these stories from media, but you don’t experience them, it kind of goes over your head. You can think, ‘maybe that’s not true’, or ‘that’s not my experience.’ But if you hear somebody’s personal story, you can develop empathy; and that’s my goal here. If you develop empathy on this learning journey with us, then maybe things will change.”

The panel discussion was concluded by Deth Im, from People Improving Communities through Organization, with an introduction to the activities taking place on Sat, Feb. 7.

Im led exercises which were to provide an opportunity to experience systemic injustice through an exercise and then provided an open forum to share and learn from each other. Attendees also heard from the representative from Faith in Fresno, who provided statistical information about his city.

The Well Community Church can be reached via Twitter: @wellchurch. Faith in Community can be reached via Twitter: @FIC_Fresno.

These writers can be reach via Twitter: @_chloemueller and @_sarapeterson.

For more features, read the Feb. 5 article, Surviving the flu season, how to recover from illness.

By |2015-02-10T00:00:00-08:00February 10th, 2015|Features, Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15|3 Comments

BRIEF: Hope Fresno, Feb. 6-7

hope-fresno-calendarThe Well Community Church

In light of the recent issues surround racial and social justice, the Well decided to address the controversy, hosting their event: Hope Fresno.

Recently, international headlines have been filled with issues centered on social justice. The most prominent of these particular topics is racial justice. An epidemic has broken out surrounding racial issues, partially due to a new concern for social issues and also a disregard for them.

Locals have decided to address the roots of the issue hidden in their own community. The Well Community Church is taking on the challenge of facing these inequalities head-on. On Friday, Feb. 6, The Well and Faith In Community will be hosting their event: Hope Fresno.

The purpose of this event is to more deeply unite the community. The church is gathering with prominent African American leaders within Fresno to discuss everything from racial injustice within our own city.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Well’s north campus, located on Nees and Maple. However, the doors open to the public at 5:30 for early entry. There will be another program the following morning from 9 a.m. until noon.

The doors are open for anyone from the general public who is interested to attend. Several Feather staffers will be there to report on the event and talk to church officials. The Well encourages anyone from the Fresno community to attend the event.

Chris Schultz, pastor at The Well, encourages students to attend Hope Fresno to hear a new side of the story and open their minds to new perspectives.

“The purpose of Hope Fresno is to literally create a space to listen.” Schultz said. “So often in relationships with people we make assumptions, we jump to conclusions and we don’t hear the other person. In this case, it’s literally the African American community sharing with us what it’s like to be an African American in this city and what some of the struggles and inequalities they have experienced are.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

For more news, read the Feb. 6 article, BRIEF: Winter guard scheduled to compete, Feb. 7.

By |2015-02-06T00:00:00-08:00February 6th, 2015|Community Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Former CIA agent, Valerie Plame, speaks out

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Valerie Plame, former CIA agent, speaks out against Bush administration and actions taken in the Iraq war.

With the Feather staff, I had the opportunity to travel to The William Soroyan Theater to attend another installment in the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall lecture series. This particular session was focused on former CIA agent and spy, Valerie Plame, Jan. 21.

Although, to my own misfortune, I had not done extensive research on the speaker beforehand, I heard a few stories about her prior to the trip. I caught phrases such as ‘retired spy’, ‘wife of a spy’ and ‘dangerous’. Due to my lack of personal analysis, I was not entirely sure what to believe, and headed to downtown Fresno a bit skeptical.

Upon arrival, I saw a book with a well-kempt woman on the cover, bearing the title ‘Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House’. This piqued my interest, to say the least.

Through the Honors Student Program, the handful of staffers that went were not only given free admission, but also got the priceless opportunity to speak with Plame in a smaller setting before her official lecture.

The question-and-answer session offered a more personalized look at Plame and her more raw beliefs. Topics covered varied from her view on nuclear weapons (very opposed to them) to her application process for the CIA.

Eager eyes followed her as she spoke about her life and interests. Plame even touched on the misfortune that occurred with the government, in which she lost her private identity as a CIA agent after her husband, Joe Wilson, exposed inaccuracies of the government’s assertion that Iraqi was trying to buy weapons of mass destruction in 2002.

Of course, the whole room was waiting for her to gush her perspective on the happening, but she held back major information for her actual lecture.

Once seated in the theatre’s lecture hall, we got to watch a more serious, prepped Plame tell her story. She filled the audience in on the details of her work for the CIA and her mishap with the George Bush administration which led to her resignation from the CIA, a work environment she loved.

In 2003, Plame’s husband, Joe Wilson (former U.S. ambassador), published an article challenging Bush’s reasoning for going to war with Iraq. The controversy stirred by this piece stuck a nerve with many men, particularly Robert Novak, a right-wing journalist. In response to Wilson’s writing, Novak openly identified Plame as a CIA officer in an article. This choice eventually ended her career and left her exposed in a dangerous position.

The full details of the scandal can be found in Plame’s autobiography, Fair Game, which now holds a major movie adaption. Plame has also written two novels, Burned and Blowback, featured around a female spy.

Upon questioning, Plame showcased a very humble attitude about her crisis in 2003. A man from the audience asked about the ‘tragedy’ that fell upon Plame and her family, she responded with grace.

“What happened to my family and me was very unfortunate,” Plame said. “But it was not a tragedy. A tragedy is the loss of a child or a loved one. What my family experienced was difficult, but not on the same scale as a tragedy. We went through a hard time, but we have survived. We simply experienced a great misfortune.”

For more articles, read the Jan. 23 piece, Student of the Month: Poojan Gopal strives toward profession in mechanical engineering .

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller. Valerie Plame can be reached via Twitter: @ValeriePlame.

By |2015-01-23T00:00:00-08:00January 23rd, 2015|Community Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

HIS little feet performs with enthusiasm, energy (VIDEO)

IMG_5611 copyKylie Bell

FC invited HIS Little Feet, an organization through Compassion International, to bring joy and energy to chapel.

For a switch up from the regular Tuesday chapel routine, FC invited HIS little feet (an organization through Compassion International) to lead the campus in an time of worship – with the help of some adorable performers.

His Little Feet was founded in 2009 as an outlet of Compassion International by Christa and Mike Hahn. Since then, they have expanded their organization nationwide, and have traveled to over 30 states spreading their message.

Once students got situated in chapel, a stream of small children fled down the aisles, singing songs of praise. They then made it to the stage and led the audience in a medley of music, dance and drums.

Organization founder Christa Hahn shares the mission statement of HIS little feet and discusses the tour routine.

“We began HIS little feet in 2009 but Mike and I have been traveling with children’s choirs for about 10 years,” Hahn said. “Commissioning the body of Christ to help children in need throughout the world in various ways, children in poverty, orphans and those who need special care. The choir kids are usually here for 10 to 11 month and we usually tour about eight of those months and we cover about 30 states.”

Hahn believes that HIS little feet has a large impact on teenagers who are starting their lives and causes them to look outside their normal American lives.

“I think that young people who are on the brink of starting their futures,” Hahn said. “I think that it usually ignites something in them to look outside the normal American dream and see how the other side of the world lives.”

Hahn explains the lives of the children who are on tour with HIS little feet.

“We have the international children’s choir and HIS little feet also has a life training academy,” Hahn said. “So they are tutored by our staff that we travel with and they are tutored in the language that they speak [/fusion_builder_column]

[Mezzo] and in English. So as they are traveling they are getting to experience the world around them, but they are also using their books and learning.”

Feli, age 10 from India and member of HIS little feet, shares her favorite things about the choir.

“I have been here for about three months, and my favorite part is to sing and perform on stage and I like to travel with my friends,” Feli said.

Senior Ivette Ibarra shares her experience as she watched HIS little feet perform and how it affected her outlook on life.

“Having the little kids coming to perform was an eye opening experience and also put things in perspective seeing their outlook on life after everything they have been through,” Ibarra said. “It was just an encouragement to me and those around me to have a better outlook on life.”

If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please check out the HIS Little Feet website.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather and Instagram @thefeatheronline. These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller and @_sarapeterson.

For more features, read the Jan. 13 article, Student sleep triggers attentiveness, learning.

By |2015-01-14T00:00:00-08:00January 14th, 2015|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Holiday season highlights: Join the Discussion

IMG_4861 copyJarrod Markarian

As students file back into the halls for another semester of school, they discussed the most memorable moments of their winter vacation.

Winter vacation has come to a close for the FC campus. It is once again time for students to set their alarm clocks and throw their backpacks over their shoulders. While the three-week vacation was generally regarded as well-deserved, a new era of excitement begins as pupils kick off a new year and new semester.

While many students report staying at home for some much-needed free time and family bonding, a few took trips out of town. A common theme amongst students is a new found appreciation for family ties as they mature and realize the true importance of the holiday season.

The Feather encourages readers to submit any opinions or thoughts in the comments section, and to add their favorite holiday memories. Keep checking back for more stories, as the article will be updated. After reading be sure to take a glance at the comments section for even more winter recollection!

Taking a break
Ephasia Armstrong, ’16
Jan. 6, 2015

“Break was my opportunity to get away from the crowded hallways and stress of school. I loved sleeping in and being in peace for a few weeks.”

Preoccupied with sports
Courtney Messer, ’16
Jan. 6, 2015

“Since I’m always playing soccer, any vacation is a good time for me to focus on sports. I like that they give me something to do instead of laying around. I stay busy with tournaments and practice.”

Poojan Gopal, ’17
Jan. 6, 2016

“My family doesn’t do a lot over break, we usually just relax at home. It’s always nice to have a break from schoolwork and have extra time to hang out with friends, so I’d rather not go out of town on my vacations.”

Family Appreciation
Dawson Triplett, ’17
Jan. 6, 2015

“I got to see my family over this break. As you get older you start to look forward to the people in your home more than the presents under the tree, which makes holidays special.”

Final High School Christmas
Joseph Lange, ’15
Jan. 6, 2015

“I played video games and hung out with friends and family over break. It was my last Christmas vacation as a high-schooler, which was a weird feeling. I had to make the break count.”

Shaver Getaway
Olivia Messer, ’18
Jan. 6, 2015

“It was a typical Christmas. My family and I went up to Shaver Lake, too, which was a cool getaway. I also went to some soccer tournaments, which kept me connected with friends.”

For more features, read the Dec. 23 article, Central High School students connect with French pop star.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

By |2015-01-06T00:00:00-08:00January 6th, 2015|Features, Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Students say goodbye to campus teacher, Hurley

IMG_9920rChloe Mueller

FC’s woodshop teacher of 20 years, Randy Hurley, is saying goodbye to the campus.

At the end of this semester, FC is saying goodbye to a beloved teacher on campus. Randy Hurley, teacher of woodshop, is wrapping up his time spent on campus. His final day officially teaching was Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Hurley reports that he is leaving the school due to a change of priorities and a new responsibility in his life.

“I’ve got too many things going on,” Hurley said. “My wife’s health is the main reason I’m leaving. Her health continues to decline. So I have to take better care of her. My priorities are changing.”

Hurley has been on campus off and on for nearly 20 years. He reflects on a particularly special experience he had when he was teaching at Clovis High Adult School.

There were a couple years that I didn’t teach here because I taught a night school class at Clovis High adult school. That was neat. One of the students brought his grandfather and took the class with him. He later built wooden toys for all of his grandkids, and that was just before he died. So they have an heirloom piece that grandpa made for them in woodshop. — Randy Hurley, woodshop teacher

The greatest joy Hurley finds in teaching is the satisfaction of passing his knowledge and skill onto a student. He also mentions that he will miss the atmosphere of being around people in a work environment, since he is an extrovert by nature.

“I’m gonna miss being around students,” Hurley said. “I’ve always been a people person. I’m going to miss watching them accomplish something here in class. The satisfaction on their faces when they complete a project and watch it come full circle, that’s what I’ll miss the most.”

Senior Trevor Beal appreciates the passion that Hurley put into his handicraft.

“I’m really going to miss him,” Beal said. “He made woodshop more enjoyable in ways that most people couldn’t. It was clear that he really loved his work.”

Junior higher Robert Montoya, a woodshop student, expresses his gratitude to Hurley and will miss his presence on campus.

“Hurley was a really fun teacher,” Motoya said. “He was super laid back but also easy to learn from. I was really disappointed when I heard he was leaving.”

Hurley said he hopes to spent some time traveling with his wife via their RV in the spring.

Those who have memories of Hurley are encouraged to leave comments below this article.

For more features, read the Dec. 11 article, Students participates in Christmas Crowd Hero (VIDEO).

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

By |2014-12-11T00:00:00-08:00December 11th, 2014|Features, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COMMENTARY: The truth behind modern headlines

Man-rescues-another-man-from-fireABC news screen shot

Headlines across the nation were giving selective praise to their new hero, who was officially identified as Tom Artiaga, during a dramatic house fire rescue.

Yellow Journalism: a term some of us are familiarized with, due to its affiliation with US history. This phrase may trigger an association with the Spanish-American War, which some believe was caused by journalism. Yellow Journalism is simply an exaggerated form of news, created to lure readers and spike profits.

Many historians would credit the Spanish-American war to Yellow Journalism. When the USS Maine was sunk in Havana, newspapers immediately blamed Spain, causing great dissent towards the Spanish. This was a major contributing factor to the beginning of the war, even though it was later discovered that the Spanish did not actually sink the ship.

Although Yellow Journalism was officially given a title during the late 19th century, that does not mean that its use peaked during that time period. Many believe that Yellow Journalism and media go hand-in-hand. Are faulty headlines and quotes still active in today’s morning news?

Recently, Koby Johns, a spokesperson for the Fresno City Fire Department, made a visit to Kori Friesen’s US history classes to educate students on Yellow Journalism and its impacts on media today.

In the month of October, Fresno scored many headlines on nationally-acclaimed papers as a result of a fiery explosion in an apartment complex. Whether given attention or not, fires are a fairly regular occurrence in a city as large as Fresno. So what was it about this particular fire that grabbed the attention of so many hungry media giants? A palpable hero.

A woman walking by during the time of the fire whipped out her phone just in time to capture the whole scene on video, and then proceeded to send her film to local news stations. In the video, a woman who was fortunate enough to escape the flames cries for another less fortunate: her father. Her father is apparently still trapped inside the home, awaiting his heated fate.

While not always spun up with shady intentions or a hunger for profit, Yellow Journalism is like a match in a dry forest; one spark and a wildfire is ablaze. All too often, in this era of mass communication, we believe what we read without hesitation. So, before swallowing up your next news article and restating facts to your friends, take the time to double check your information. — Junior Chloe Mueller

Until an unnamed worker shows up on the scene and ‘risks his life’ to run into the burning building to save the endangered father. Seconds later, we see a man in an LA Dodgers cap running from the scene with a breathing body over his shoulder. In this moment we watch this regular worker turn into a Good Samaritan.

Not surprisingly, the media devoured that angle. Suddenly, Johns, as the representative for the Fresno Fire Department, was struck with a plethora of missed calls and eager texts. This video had gone viral in a matter of days. Headlines across the nation were giving selective praise to their new hero, who was officially identified as Tom Artiaga.

However, this story was spread far and wide before anyone even knew the facts. In fact, with some research and questioning, it became clear that, while Artiaga did act with great nobility, upon further investigation it was discovered that Artiaga never actually entered the burning home, as the video and initial media reports suggest. These two unidentified men were encouraged to stay quiet about their heroic deeds by their employer. News outlets decided to recognize Artiaga as the hero because he appears on the video. By watching the video to the end you will see the two men who also helped rescued the old man.

Even though the headlines don’t match up with witness accounts, Artiaga has earned his five minutes of fame. Not only is he regarded as a local hero, but he was shown off at the Jimmy Kimmel show. Click here to view the Jimmy Kimmel video.

While not always spun up with shady intentions or a hunger for profit, Yellow Journalism is like a match in a dry forest; one spark and a wildfire is ablaze. All too often, in this era of mass communication, we believe what we read without hesitation. So, before swallowing up your next news article and restating facts to your friends, take the time to double check your information. There may be more truth behind modern headlines.

Is Yellow Journalism still a factor of today’s media? Watch the news from different sources and perspectives, read into witness accounts. You decide.

The video below is from ABC30 news station:

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

For more opinions, read the Dec. 2 article, Ice rink festivities offer Christmas atmosphere.

By |2014-12-09T00:00:00-08:00December 9th, 2014|Commentary, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Home economics whips up treats for a good cause (VIDEO)

IMG_0394Kylie Bell

Students in Sharon Scharf’s home economics class are preparing treats to send to soldiers overseas.

Class makes cookies for Army Member

For years, the home economics department has worked to touch others with their handiwork. In the past several years, home economics is striving to not only benefit members of the school and community through their work, but to stretch their reach beyond the bounds of Fresno County.

Friday, Nov. 21, both periods of home ec. whipped up piles of cookies for a noble cause. Home ec. teacher, Sharon Scharf, has connections to a member of our Army member LTC Eric Ogborn, and decided to support his cause through her work on campus.

The batches of cookies were sent to LTC Ogborn, who is currently stationed in Germany but deployed in Afganistan. Scharf explains how the cookies were made.

“We made 16 dozen cookies,” Scharf said. “We use a recipe I have that uses coconut and the coconut keeps them fresh and prevents them from breaking up. Then, we wrap each one individually in aluminum foil, which cushions them and keeps them fresh.”

Scharf and her home ec. crew began shipping out their treats thirteen years ago. The tradition started with her nephew, who was stationed in Afghanistan.

“We started making cookies in 2001,” Scharf said. “The first set was to my nephew who was with the 82 airborn. He was one of the first ones to go into Afghanistan. When LTC Eric Ogborn gets the cookies he distributes them to all of his men. By sending the cookies it gives the men and women who are over there the feeling that they are being supported, and people are thinking of them.”

For more features, read the Dec. 4 article, Featured app: RETRY.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

By |2014-12-05T00:00:00-08:00December 5th, 2014|Community Events, FC Arts, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Spirit Wear forms due, Nov. 12

StarEagleShirtVanessa Markarian

Vickey Belmont and Vanessa Markarian have teamed up to design a new line of FC spirit wear.

The time has come for campus students and parents to purchase their very own FC spirit wear. This year, a variety of options will be available for anyone looking to buy tee shirts or hoodies with FC embellishments on them.

A student parent, Vanessa Markarian, has teamed up with a campus representative, Vickey Belmont, and a school alumni to provide completely new fashions for the campus community.

“I teamed up with an alumni who is currently studying design to make these shirts,” Markarian said. “We have eight different shirt designs, four different colors, and the choice of tee shirt or hoodie.”

Markarian’s goal this year is to provide clothing styles that both boys and girls of all ages would be interested in.

“We want a lot of choices, and to have something that everybody would like to wear,” Markarian said. “In previous years, only a couple of shirts with the same logo have been offered, and we want to switch that up this year.”

Junior Morgan Miller says that she is considering purchasing spirit wear this year, due to the eye-catching new designs.

I wasn’t planning on getting a shirt until I saw the new styles. The shirts actually look nice this year, so I’m definitely looking into buying something. — Morgan Miller, ’16

Sophomore Slater Wade reports being impressed with the new items available, particularly the more masculine options, which have been slim in numbers in years before.

“For the first time, there are some shirts that I feel are more made for guys,” Wade said. ” This gets guys interested, and opens the market. Whoever is making the shirts this year is doing a good job.”

Tee shirts cost $15, and hoodies are selling for $40. An array of package deals are also available. All orders are due by Nov. 12 to be valid.

Payments must be paid in full to be processed. A copy of the order form is available here. Checks and cash are accepted in the office, and payment through credit card may be done via Online Giving.

To order your own spirit wear, simply fill out an order form from the central office and return back to the office with full payment. Please check out the eight different designs in four colors on the Fresno Christian Spirit Wear site. Order forms and information on how to make a purchase are also available on the site.

For more information on spirit wear, contact the group via email: spiritwear@fresnochristian.com.

For more news, read the Nov. 4 article, Mock election spurs involvement, insight.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

By |2014-11-07T00:00:00-08:00November 7th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Operation Christmas Child boxes due, Nov. 12

IMG_6338Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

FC works to donate toys to Operation Christmas Child, an organization that sends presents to children in need.

For many, the best time of year is when the weather gets colder and the days get shorter. There is one holiday that is often considered to be the epitome of winter: Christmas.

While most of us pitch up our Christmas trees and wrap presents, we often let our excitement get the best of us and forget about our less fortunate neighbors. Around the world, there are families struggling to find water and edible substances. Needless to say, Christmas presents are the last thing on the minds of those in third-world countries.

This is where Operation Christmas Child comes into play. This organization offers a solution to the rising epidemic of hunger and empty homes on Christmas day.

Robert Foshee, leadership advisor, encourages students to participate in this event annually. This year, his goal is for 300 boxes to be donated school-wide.

“Last year we collected roughly 275 boxes,” Foshee said. “This year we’re upping it to 300. This is an important way for students to get involved beyond their community and around the world.”

Operation Christmas Child works to make donating easy for anyone interested. To get involved, one must simply fill up a shoebox with toys that a child would enjoy. It is also encouraged that donators throw a few toiletries (such as toothbrushes or soap) or school supplies (such as crayons or notebooks) into their shoeboxes as well.

Along with toys and everyday supplies, there is a seven dollar fee required to cover shipping and handling fees, since the boxes travel internationally.

Junior Timothy Nyberg, a leadership member, believes that this is a beneficial opportunity for people of all ages.

“Last year we collected roughly 275 boxes,” Foshee said. “This year we’re upping it to 300. This is an important way for students to get involved beyond their community and around the world.” — Robert Foshee, Leadership advisor

“I’m definitely participating this year,” Nyberg said. “It’s a great chance for us to all take a break from our holiday self-absorption and pay attention to those who are truly in need.”

Sophomore Bree Castro, a first-year student at FC, reports not being well-informed on the event, and feels that her classmates could say the same.

“All I really know is that we have shoeboxes that we put toys in,” Castro said. “Most schools do it, but I’ve never really gotten involved because I’ve never been told much about it. Even though it is sad to say, I don’t think this is high on most students’ list of priorities.”

Shoeboxes were originally due to FC on Nov. 7, but the date has been extended to Wednesday, Nov. 12.

If students choose not to donate through the school, there will be drop-off locations set up around your town during the week of Nov. 17-24. Please find Operation Christmas Child locations here.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather and Instagram: @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller. The hashtag for campus service projects are #FCGiveThanks.

For more news, read the Oct. 31 article, STORIFY: 30th homecoming begins #FCgoesHollywood.

By |2014-11-03T00:00:00-08:00November 3rd, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Freshmen earn Clovis Art Guild honors

Art Sally Rudolfs1Jarrod Markarian

Freshman Sally Rudolfs “Girl with Freckles,” is displayed at the Clovis Art Guild Fall Show in the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Old Town Clovis, Oct. 20-26

Art teacher Sharon Scharf entered campus artwork in the high school section of the Clovis Art Guild Fall Show in the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Old Town Clovis, Oct. 20-26 to represent Fresno Christian.

“I’m a firm believer in getting our name out there,” Scharf said. “It’s only been in the last three years that the Clovis Art Guild has opened the high school division up to schools other than Clovis schools. We want them to know that we appreciate it.

“The members of the Art Guild always remark at how professional and talented out students are,” Scharf continued. “They appreciate the young up-and-coming artists.”

Freshman Cayla Rivas was awarded third place with her watercolor, “Heartbreak.” She also earned an honorable mention for a pen/ink drawing, “Speak from your heart.”

Scharf said each semester she picks student artwork she feels reflects a quality effort and technique. Each of the student work this year is no exception.

“I saw a couple of pictures on the Internet and thought they would be a cool drawing,” Rivas said. “I saw pictures of an old speaker and a human heart from a couple of websites that I thought were kinda cool. An artist from my church did something similar with a heart and flowers intertwined so I thought I would try it.”

“I really didn’t think about going to see the pieces at the Clovis show,” Rivas continued. “It actually slipped my mind. My mom said she was proud of me so I guess that’s pretty good.”

Rivas went on to say that she got the idea for her Heartbreak watercolor on the Internet as well. I thought the girl would be pretty to paint. I’m glad it turned out.”

Freshman Sally Rudolfs also earned an honorable mention with her prismacolor, “Girl with Freckles.”

“I was looking through a social media site,” Rudolfs said, “and I saw a girl whose face stood out to me so I thought it would be really cool as an art piece. I changed some of the facial features to make it my own and altered the structure a little. I think I could have made it better so I’m a little surprised I got honorable mention.”

She has no plans to hang the drawing and actually thinks she will just stick it in a drawer for now.

The Clovis Art Guild invites art students who have entered the show were also encouraged to join the judges and artists at their meetings – where there is always a demonstration. Sydney Belmont and Michael Fu also had entries in the show.

“I enjoy talking to the art teachers from the other schools, getting idea to bring back to our school,” Scharf said. “I wish more of our students would take advantage of the Art Guild shows.

Be sure to check out freshman Cayla Rivas’ watercolor, “Heartbreak.”

The next Clovis art show will be in conjunction with the Clovis Rodeo in April. Please check out the 2014 Old West Rodeo Art Show. FC’s own Michael Fu was one of the winner’s last semester.

For more photos, visit The Feather’s photo section or check out Twin Day is underway or King dance tomorrow.

By |2014-10-28T00:00:00-07:00October 28th, 2014|Community Events, FC Arts, Uncategorized|0 Comments

#FCgoesHollywood: Eagles' 30th homecoming (VIDEO)

HollywoodJarrod markarian

The annual 30th FC homecoming game, Oct. 31. The night will include student-built floats, announcement of the homecoming court winners at halftime and the return of campus alumni.

With the 2014-15 school year and football season well underway, the team will host Northwest Christian, on the FC North Field at 7 p.m., for the annual 30th FC homecoming game, Oct. 31. The night will include student-built floats, announcement of the homecoming court winners at halftime and the return of FC alumni.

The 30th homecoming school week will consist of festivities including dress-up days, float building, pageantry and annual pep rally, all focused around the theme ‘A walk down Hollywood Blvd.’ and FCgoesHollywood.

Each class will depict a float correlating with the week’s theme and Hollywood movie genres. The seniors will portray a western-theme, while the juniors will create a Roaring 20s themed float. The sophomores will be recreating the 1940s mafia scene and the freshmen will be combining Star Wars and Star Trek to create an original sci-fi theme.

Vickey Belmont, student leadership advisor, has been working on homecoming along with student leadership students for about six weeks. Belmont looks forward to the festivities and seeing the excitment of the nominees.

“We have been planning homecoming since the middle of summer but only began actually working on it around the middle of September. Our goals this year are basically the same as every year: ‘a fun and successful Homecoming,'” Belmont said. “This year we have something different, a student in charge of homecoming night, Ashley Garcia, vice president of the student body, will be our ‘go-to’ person this year. She is excited and has been diligent in getting this night put together so it runs smoothly. I’m very proud of her. I’m most excited to see how it all comes together and the excitement of the nominees.”

Mikayla Miller, ’15, has high goals for the class of 2015 this year and is planning to go all out in order to help her class come out with the win.

“I am really excited for homecoming this year because I am getting the chance to be very involved with all of the activities,” Miller said. “My goal is for the seniors is to totally dominate in all things homecoming. I really hope everyone will get involved and excited about it this year.”

After being nominated for homecoming queen, Miller shares some of her favorite activities so far and those she is looking forward to.

“I’m looking forward to participating in the queen pageant because it’ll be a new experience since I’ve never been in the homecoming court before,” Miller said. “My favorite experience so far has been being able to spend time with the other nominees and sharing all the laughs and memories with them.”

The 2014 homecoming court will include:

Senior King candidates:
Jordan Castro
Nick Fontes
Aaron DeWolf
Chris Grossman
Collin Winegarden

Senior Queen candidates:
Callista Fries
Ivette Ibarra
Mikayla Miller
Gaby Siqueiros
Elise Winegarden

Juniors candidates:
Claire Kollenkark
Macy Mascarenas
Chloe Mueller

Sophomores candidates:
Sydney Belmont
Jenny King
Hannah Nale

Freshman candidates:
Olivia Messer
Erin Wilson
Jenna Bynum

Homecoming week dress-up days will be as followed:

Monday, Oct. 27: ‘Murica Monday, students will dress up in all of their patriotic garb to show school spirit and pride for our nation.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 Grab your fanny pack, sunscreen, binoculars and anything else you would take on vacation for Tourist Tuesday. The princess pageant will also take place.

Wednesday, Oct. 29: Wake up Wednesday and come to school in your pajamas for all time FC favorite: pajama day. Annual Queen Pageant will be held.

Thursday, Oct. 30 Think alike Thursday: Grab a friend that looks similar to you and dress up as twins or triplets. The kings will be strutting their stuff across the dance floor during the King Pageant.

Friday, Oct. 31 Fly together with the student body and wear all FC gear you can find to show support for the football game, Oct. 31. The student body will come together for a rally in the FC gym to get pumped for the night’s festivities.

The Eagles will be taking on Northwest Christian for the 30th homecoming game, Oct. 31. Tri-tip sandwiches, pizza and sweets will be offered besides trunks of candy for students young and old. Come check out the floats at 6:30 p.m. as well as pregame activities.

Entry to the game will be $6 for adults, $3 for FC alumni, $4 for students with IDs, $4 for seniors and for FC students with IDs and children under 5 years old, entry is free.

The Feather staff will be posting videos, slideshows and articles covering the homecoming festivities.

Tag all your homecoming photos from the week to earn extra points for your class via Instagram and Twitter: #FCgoesHollywood.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather and Instagram: @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson.

For other videos, check out The Feather Video Section and watch Get to know: The Queen Pageant of 2014 (VIDEO).

For other news, read the Oct. 23 article, BRIEF: Joni and Friends to speak on campus, Oct. 24.

By |2014-10-24T00:00:00-07:00October 24th, 2014|FC Events, Features, Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

BRIEF: Joni and Friends to speak on campus, Oct. 24 (VIDEO)

IMG_6455Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Joni and Friends has worked alongside FC to bring world-renowned speaker, Joni Eareckson Tada, on campus, Oct. 24.

As members of FC, students are given many unique opportunities on and off campus. As a school, FC offers its pupils as many exciting and educational extracurricular activities as it can. One of these upcoming events is a visit from world-renowned speaker, Joni Eareckson Tada, Oct. 24.

In 1967, as the result of a life-altering dive into the Chesapeake Bay, Tada was diagnosed as quadriplegic, or paralyzed from the neck down. While originally depressed with a negative outlook on life after the accident, Tada later changed her perspective and became one of the most influential women of our time.

So far, Tada has released several musical albums, written over forty books, stared in an autobiographical film of her life story and spoken to crowds around the world.

However, most believe Tada’s most noticeable achievement is the founding of her organization, Joni and Friends. Joni and Friends reaches out to those who have and have not been affected by disabilities alike. Built on a foundation of faith, the group helps spread the gospel message to those with disabilities.

FC students are given a chance to watch and listen to Tada speak live on campus, Oct. 24. Each class is permitted one question to ask Tada.

Senior Madison Seib has a special opportunity to meet Tada after the program, which she won from a raffle.

“I was entered into a raffle to meet Joni Eareckson Tada,” Seib said. “I won, and now I have VIP passes to sit in the front row and actually meet Joni afterward. I’m very excited because she’s so influential and is one of my heroes.”

School secretary Brenda Warkentin believes that Tada’s story is beneficial for all young adults to hear, and is looking forward to this school wide event.

“I think it’s important for students to learn the story of Joni,” Warkentin said. “And also to know how people who are handicapped are special to the Lord and how they can make an impact on the world, which teenagers need to see.”

Students will have a specialized bell schedule that has a period dedicated to watching Tada, so that no one will have to miss this opportunity.

The schedule will go as follows:

Period 1: 8:00 – 9:20

Period 2: 9:25 – 10:45

Joni and Friends: 11:00 – 12:30

Lunch: 12:30 – 1:10

Period 3: 1:15 – 2:05

Period 4: 2:10 – 3:00

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

For more news, read the Oct. 16 article, Annual celebration of healthy living returns.

By |2014-10-23T00:00:00-07:00October 23rd, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COLUMN: California drought continues its intensity

IMG_6845cJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Mueller discusses the dangers of the drought and urges readers to turn from apathy and get involved in conservation.

A topic nearly every Californian has heard about, but many shrug off without much thought, is the infamous drought. Often times, the drought gets brought up in small talk and is viewed as something to be taken lightly. It seems as if those who don’t believe they are ‘directly’ affected by this natural crisis are hardly concerned. However, if you take a look in the direction that California is headed, you will see that nearly no one will be left unaffected.

California has officially entered into one of the worst droughts in American history. For the last four consecutive years, our nation has been desperately parched. While California, as the ‘bread basket of America’, is being hit hardest by this water loss, the drought is spreading it’s dry grasp all around the U.S.

The reason that so many of us have a difficult time coming to terms with the drought, is because we have not directly suffered consequences. In majority of our own homes, we constantly have full access to water.

However, not all are so fortunate. Sure, some are being asked to water their lawns less frequently and take shorter showers, but they are actually receiving the upper end of drought consequences.

Tulare County is an area of California that is being hit the hardest, with many summer days reaching a triple-digit temperature. Many citizens in Tulare County have gone months without running water in their homes, and have no idea when their water will start up again.

These aren’t small-scale occurrences, either. The number of homes without running water is nearly 1,000 in Tulare County alone. Fire departments are beginning to supply water to homes because there is no other access.

Not only are hundreds of civilians lacking water, but also a surplus of farmers. California is a state that is known to be heavily reliant on agriculture for food and economy, so this drought is, to say the least, devastating many Californian farmers and industries.

Finally, California is beginning to take measures to slow down the rapid loss of water. Some cities are fining citizens for wasting water, and some are limiting water use in homes. While there is no state-wide law limiting water usage as of now, Californians cut their water usage by over 11% during August.

We’ve heard it all a thousand times: cut your shower time, don’t leave the sink running when you’re not using it, etc. But often times, we let these messages go over our heads, simply because we have heard them so often and no longer give them a second thought. Now, more than ever, is the time to put water conservation into action.

While the concept of losing access to water is foreign to many of us, and seems highly improbable, we must take the facts into consideration. Because there has been very little rainfall over the past years, majority of our water supply is now coming from groundwater, which is running out at a rapid pace. So, before you water your lawn everyday, consider the consequences.

For more information and an opportunity to get involved, visit Recharge Fresno’s website.

Monday, Oct. 13, Recharge Fresno will be hosting an event at Oraze Elementary School from 6-8 p.m. to propose solutions to the drought. Keep tabs on the proceedings by following #RechargeFresno on Twitter or through the @CityofFresno Twitter account.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloealxa.

For more opinions, read the Oct. 6 column, COLUMN: Disinterest in current events is impacting a generation.

By |2014-10-10T00:00:00-07:00October 10th, 2014|Opinions, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Staffers head to Palo Alto for J-Day workshops, Sept. 27 (VIDEO)

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The Journalism staff poses in front of the Paly Voice building after their time spent at J-Day.

On an early, dark Saturday morning, The Feather staff loaded up on a charter bus to head to Palo Alto High School for Journalism Day (J-Day) hosted by high school publication, The Paly Voice. Staffers of all ages prepared for a day of learning from some of the nation’s best journalism advisers, Sept. 27.

At 10 a.m. staffers unloaded from the bus and headed into The Paly Voice’s new multi-million dollar media building. Equipped with a schedule of available classes, students spread far and wide to not only learn, but also to document their trip.

The Paly Voice is a student-run high school online publication for Palo Alto High School. The Paly Voice was a winner of The Pacemaker, a national award given by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), in 2013. The Paly Voice also earned a high school digital publication Silver Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). Many believe that The Paly Voice has set the standard for high school journalism over the last decade.

Paul Kandell, The Paly Voice’s head adviser, took a moment to speak with Feather staffers. Kendall believes that J-Day will transfer skills from The Paly Voice to interested students from other publications, and will make a large impact in the journalism community.

“We actually do J-Day regularly,” Kandell said. “We figured because we had a new facility, it should be hosted by us, so it was kind of our turn. I wanted to pass on to the students how grapple with traditional journalism skills and new technology and ideas so that they could make a greater difference in the world.”

I think its incredibly important to encourage young journalist even though its no the glamorous job or where you will make the most money and its not the easiest path forward. It’s amazing to see so many kids interested in it.–Elena Kadvany.

The Feather also collected quotes from Palo Alto students on campus. One student, who chose to stay anonymous, believed that the purpose of the J-Day was to host an event in the new journalism building.

“I think they’re having this J-Day to show off the new facilities and all the benefits they give to the school,” The student said. “They’re trying to increase the reputation of this place while also teaching.”

Multimedia specialist, Callista Fries, ’15, learned during the trip that many schools place a higher focus on sports than on school life in podcasting.

“I learned that not many schools there had a very big podcasting section,” Fries said. “The stuff they did have was very limited and generally sports-oriented, rather than focused on student life.”

Fries also reported that J-Day inspired her to try a new spin on her own multi-media.

“After J-Day, I want to try filming FC Underground like a news show and maybe adding commercials to it,” Fries said. “We could implement some live broadcasting, as well.”

Freshman and first-year publication student, Devin Pitts, shares his impressions of The Paly Voice along with J-Day.

“I learned how to become a better writer and how to bring in the readers and let them know what you are trying to get across,” Pitts said. “Also I learned how to use apps to improve articles. I think J-Day was very effective, it was nice to hear from different publications that compete on our level, it was just really good learn about their techniques and how they became successful.”

Elena Kadvany, keynote speaker at J-Day, is excited to see the growth in young journalists.

“I think its incredibly important to encourage young journalist even though its no the glamorous job or where you will make the most money and its not the easiest path forward,” Kadvany said. “It’s amazing to see so many kids interested in it.”

Rachel West, current Journalism Education Association Northern California (JEANC) president, provided insight to the importance of J-Day.

“J-Day is very important to us; we try to do at least one convention or one J-Day every year,” West said. “We believe that scholastic journalism is important and we think that students are even more important. This event is hugely successful for us. We have over 300 people here from as far down south as Bakersfield, CA, and up north.”

Sara Peterson, Editor-in-chief, Trevor Beal, News Editor and Rees Roggenstien, Opinions Editor, also contributed to this article.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

For more news, read the Sept. 26 article, Small town fair hosts campus band.

By |2014-09-29T00:00:00-07:00September 29th, 2014|Academics, Features, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Football sport short: Trinity Christian

For a preview to the Eagles football season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Fall sport box scores, 2014, for dates, scores, and all fall sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 3-1 overall and 0-0 in the Central Sierra League as of Sept. 20. FC’s next game will be on Sept. 26, as the Eagles play Mojave High School in Mojave.

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Monterey High School hosted the game between the Trinity Christian Warriors and FC.


The Eagles football team crowded onto a bus and took a trip down to Monterey, Sept. 20. Monterey High School hosted the game between the Trinity Christian Warriors and FC.

Although many in the crowd thought that the game was off to a slow start, the Eagles scored a touchdown, bringing the score to 6-0 by the end of the first half.

Players began to heat up during the third quarter. By the end of the third quarter, the score was 6-12, with the Warriors in the lead.

Our defense did really well. Our offense could use a bit of work, but did well overall. I was happy with my personal performance, because I had 10 tackles and an interception.–Julian Castro, ’17

A mixture of excitement and fear in the audience rose as the Eagles began to make a comeback. During the fourth quarter, the scoreboard flipped, moving the score up to 20-18, with the Eagles in the lead. Within the last few minutes of the game, it appeared as if either team could snag the win.

Finally, the clock stopped ticking and the score was finalized. The Eagles claimed yet another league victory, with an overall score of 20-18.

Julian Castro, ’17, was impressed with the teamwork the Eagles demonstrated.

“I think our game was great,” Castro said. “We played well even when it got intense. We really had to pull through for our win at the end, and our results were amazing.”

Castro was named the defensive player of the game. Throughout the game, Castro had 10 tackles, an interception and defended two passes.

“Our defense did really well,” Castro said. “Our offense could use a bit of work, but did well overall. I was happy with my personal performance, because I had 10 tackles and an interception.”

Taylor Howard, ’16, was given the title of offensive player of the game. Howard earned three catches, all for first downs and a total of 44 yards.

Head football coach, Mick Fuller, believes that the boys showed off their expertise on the field. He was also impressed that they did not waver, even when the competition stepped up.

“The boys played well on defense and executed their assignments with discipline,” Fuller said. “They played aggressively and tackled well. The boys didn’t let the offensive miscues bring them down, so even though we gave up the ball inside our own 25 yard-line in our last three possessions, they maintained composure.”

FC will head down to Mojave for their next game against the Mojave Mustangs, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

For more sports, read the Sept. 18 article, Football sport shorts: Anzar

By |2014-09-24T00:00:00-07:00September 24th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|2 Comments