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Students gear up for annual powder puff game

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The annual powder puff game, to be hosted on May 8, will promote friendly competition amongst classes.

Those dedicated to winning have already signed up and assigned coaches for the powderpuff season. It’s time for the HS girls to put on their game face and gather together to practice drills and set plays.  Powder puff will be at the North Field, May 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The roles are switched for powder puff, the girls act as the players while the boys are cheerleaders for each class. Parents and family are welcome to watch the girls compete against each other.

In previous years the senior class has dominated the lower classes with its determination and experience in the game. This year senior Madison Sieb hopes to continue the winning streak.

“This is my second year in powder puff,” Sieb said. “I think that my team needs to encourage each other and continue the winning streak. To win all of our games on Friday would end my senior year on a great note.”

Sophomore Marissa Parker believes her team will do better this year because of the experience from freshman year.

“Since this is our second year, we might have a better chance of winning,” Parker said. “We need to focus on moving the ball and putting our plays to the test. This year I hope we win at least one game and if not two; I am excited to play the juniors.”

This is my second year in Powderpuff. I think that my team needs to encourage each other and continue the winning streak. To win all of our games on friday would end my senior year on a great note. — Madison Sieb, ’15

Junior Gillian Rea competes for her third time in powder puff and is looking to have a good time while trying to win.

“I think that we should focus on encouraging each other within the team to achieve a win,” Rea said. “It’s about having fun together while competing to win at the same time. I think my team could have a chance at winning if we work together and carry out plays we’ve worked on.”

Freshman Erin Wilson looks forward to playing with her class in this year’s Powderpuff.

“I am really excited, my sister Amber Wilson played it last year and had a lot of fun,” Wilson said. “I don’t know that much about football but I think our coaches, Roman Endicott and Tyler Villines, will help us. We already got together for a meeting and we are ready to have practices.”

Come out to enjoy a fun night of football games and cheer stunts to wrap up the school year.

This writer can be reached via Twitter and email: @j0sh_carter and Joshua Carter’s email.

By |2015-05-05T08:50:09+00:00May 5th, 2015|FC Events, News, Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Annual ‘Night of the Stars’ draws campus to elegant venue

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FC’s annual formal event, Night of the Stars, took place on the evening of March 28.

With the second semester well underway, FC’s most anticipated event, Night of the Stars (NOTS), took place March 28. The event took place at a new location, Wolf Lakes, in the flower garden venue. The venue overlooked the lake and was surrounded by various gardens.

Students were scheduled to arrive 5:30 p.m. for photos taken by Milne. While waiting for dinner to be served, students went on boat rides, took pictures with friends in the photo booth and enjoyed various drinks and snacks whilst mingling with their peers.

Steak, potatoes and various vegetables were served buffet style beginning at 7:00 p.m. The movies were shown at 8:00 and ended around 9:00. The award ceremony took place immediately after the movies and ended at 9:45.

The freshmen decided to film a quick 45 second trailer of the Karate Kid. The sophomores banned together to film Kicking and Screaming, while the juniors created a mashup of Jimmy Fallon and other comedic shows. The senior class worked tirelessly on their 45 minute film of Back to the Future, which won 7 of the 10 awards.

I think NOTS went exceptionally well. Wolf lakes was beautiful, everything went great, the weather was beautiful and everything turned out great. We are going to have NOTS again at wolf lakes, we would like to change from the garden to the lakeside. We will have to change the date to later in April. The only thing I would change is the date to later in April, which we will do next year. — Vickey Belmont

Sophomore Summer McGrew chose not to attend formal but looks forward to Sadies on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

“I didn’t go to NOTS because I didn’t want to and nobody asked me,” McGrew said. “I probably won’t go next year because I don’t think I’m going to Fresno Christian. Im going to Sadies because I’m asking someone next week and I’m really excited about the location.”

Leadership advisor Vickey Belmont enjoyed to the venue and has already begun to plan for next years event.

“I think NOTS went exceptionally well,” Belmont said. “Wolf lakes was beautiful, everything went great, the weather was beautiful and everything turned out great. We are going to have NOTS again at wolf lakes, we would like to change from the garden to the lakeside. We will have to change the date to later in April. The only thing I would change is the date to later in April, which we will do next year.”

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In a break from tradition, the venue was changed to Wolfe Lakes. The new setup allowed for new additions, such as a boat ride around the lake.

Morgan Koop, ’16, enjoyed the venue change, but wished there was more seating space available.

“I went with my friends and I really enjoyed it,” Koop said. “I liked the new venue and my favorite part would have to be the boat ride. The only thing I would change for next year would be to do the lakeside spot because there was more seating space. I like Wolf Lakes better than the Grand because it felt more open. It was very spacious and had more places to walk around.”

Kayla Camini, a former FC student, now attending Clovis North, was grateful to be invited to attend NOTS.

“Since I transferred to Clovis North I was a little disappointed I couldn’t go to NOTS anymore,” Camini said. “I had waited since seventh grade to go; I was asked by Matthew Tanaka and I had a very fun time. The best part for me was the photo booth because the pictures were a nice take home item. The event was kind of different because we didn’t dance but the movies were a really cool alternative. Afterwards, the group I went with, went bowling and that was a fun thing to do to end the night.”

For more about NOTS, read Search BREAKING: Changes made to traditional NOTS event.

By |2015-04-02T11:37:23+00:00April 2nd, 2015|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC hits NY: Day 4 (SLIDESHOW)

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With two days of touring behind them, Feather editors and adviser Greg Stobbe pose in from of the Freedom Tower in NYC before they visit the 9-11 Memorial Museum, March 19.

With two full days in New York under their belts, the editors prepared themselves for their third full day in the city. One more day and the team will spend the rest of the week at Columbia University for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 91st convention.

Warm clothes were strongly suggested and the group departed from the hotel at 9:30 a.m to take the subway as FC hits NY and visit the 9/11 Memorial.

The 9-11 Memorial has been in the stages of construction since 2007 and is still being added to. The highlight of the site was the museum dedicated to honoring those who lost their lives and their loved ones.

After the memorial, the editors made their way down Wall Street and popped in to the Trinity Church. Following the cathedral the group made their way to Battery Park where they watched street dancers perform and viewed the Statue of Liberty from afar.

From there, the girls made their way back to Times Square to shop freely and the boys took a trip to Grand Central Station before returning back to Times Square to shop.

The group met up at 7:45 p.m. to make their way to the 8 p.m. Broadway showing of An American in Paris and ate a late dinner at TGI Fridays.

First timer in New York City, Trevor Beal, shares his impressions of the city along with his favorite aspects of the trip.

“This is my first time ever being in NYC,” Beal said, “I have been to other big cities before but none compare to NYC, Grand Central Station and Wall Street have been my favorite parts of the trip so far, along with the Phantom of the Opera play and 911 Memorial Museum.”

Chloe Mueller, Editor-in-Chief, says she will enjoy giving a session at the 91st CSPA Journalism Convention at Columbia University.

“This year gave me a new look on the trip because we are teaching sessions at Columbia University,” Mueller said. “But the sightseeing is still fun. I loved the 9/11 Memorial.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueros.

For more news, read the March 18 article, FC hits NY: Day 2 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO).

Career Fair: Professionals educate students

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Over 10 different speakers gave presentations on career choices and how to begin preparations for them in the 4th annual Career Fair, March 11.

In hopes of better educating campus students on different career paths, FC hosted the 4th annual career fair, March 11. Students attended three sessions throughout the afternoon followed by a meet and greet in the court yard.

The session included a variety of different speakers such as ABC 30 reporter Amanda Venegas, ultrasound technician Robyn Hill, superintendent Jeremy Brown, Engineering student Danielle St. Marie, NASA project manager Suzy Dodd, nurse Laura Sherfield, speech pathologist Christie Edmondson, Detective David Fries, CEO of High Tech Homes Jay Cobb, veterinarian Todd Conlan, occupational therapist Dorothy Siqueiros, and senior gas estimator Scott Belmont.

Aspiring engineer Breanna Jennings, ’15, says that she learned about the educational requirements and qualities an engineer should possess.

“I definitely went to the engineer session, they hardly ever have an engineer come and speak so I was really excited to learn about what it takes to be in that profession,” Jennings said. “It was awesome that she [/fusion_builder_column]

[Danielle St. Marie] is an alumni and was willing to come back and give us really helpful information.”

Venegas gave a session and Claire Kollenkark, ’16, looks forward to career day every year.

“Amanda’s session was really fun,” Kollenkark said. “She is like a local celebrity and she took time out of her day to teach us a thing or two about what she does. Now that I’m a junior, I realized how soon I’m going to be picking a career and it’s great that the school cares enough to put something like this on with so many different people to chose from.”

My favorite presentation was probably the veterinarian,” Counts said. “He was very friendly and not intimidating. He just laid all the information out and told us that this is what you choose to get into if you pursue this career. He helped me because I’ve been looking down the veterinarian path.  — Freshman Celeste Counts

Occupational Therapist Dorothy Siqueiros urges students to get a jump start on their career and connect with other people for the best educational and financial options available.

“I know that college has gotten really expensive over the years and I really hope kids out there know that there are people to talk to that have gone or are going through the whole process of earning their degrees,” Siqueiros said. “Talk to people and find out what process is going to work best for you. And I tell people all the time to go observe the job they wish to pursue while they’re still in high school, you can either rule it out or keep looking into it.”

Laura Sherfield, a nurse at Valley Children’s Hospital gives her advice to teens and insight on how her passion for nursing began.

“I first decided to pursue a career in nursing when I was really young,” Sherfield said. “My mom was a nurse also so I grew up around it and fell in love with it from the beginning. I tend to have more of a compassionate personality. I would advise you high school kids to get involved early in a hospital, job shadow, become an intern, and get a job as soon as possible to gain as much experience as possible.”

CEO of Forward Advantage Chris Roggenstein is happy with the diversity and serving opportunities the annual career day holds.

“I liked the diversity of the student service projects,” Roggenstein said. “It let students serve in a manner that they were gifted and hopefully with an attitude of serving God while serving their fellow man.”

Senior PG&E gas estimator Scott Belmont comments on the success that hard work and dedication could potentially bring to your career.

“I am a gas transition design engineer,” Belmont said. “I started working for PG&E 30 years ago on the end of a shovel and gradually worked my way up and took a lot of different positions and here I am now. When Michelle Warkentin called me to speak, I agreed because it’s great that people come in and give students a variety of different careers to look in to.”

Freshman Celeste Counts shared that she was drawn to the veterinarian in particular, due to her own interests in the trade.

“My favorite presentation was probably the veterinarian,” Counts said. “He was very friendly and not intimidating. He just laid all the information out and told us that this is what you choose to get into if you pursue this career. He helped me because I’ve been looking down the veterinarian path.”

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This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueiros.

For another news article read Campus families gather to support 32nd FC Auction

By |2015-03-16T00:00:00+00:00March 16th, 2015|FC Events, Features, Leadership, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Frazier Mountain defeats Eagles

(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

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The Eagles hosted Frazier Mountain but were defeated by the Falcons, 2-0, losing the Valley Championship, Feb. 24.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 4-5 in the West Sequoia League and 11-9 overall as of Feb. 24.

Frazier Mountain defeats Eagles in Valley Championship game

The Frazier Mountain Falcons traveled to the FC field to play in the first Valley Championship game since 2004 and the first ever championship hosted at home for the Eagles. However, the home team could not contain the visitors and lost, 2-0, in the Valley Championship, Feb. 24.

Anticipation for the game had been building up all day at school and rolled over into the warm ups. The Eagles watched as the stands quickly filled up with familiar faces. The girls rallied together to pump each other up and remind one another to give their all as this would be their last game of the season, and some of their career.

After all the pre-game festivities the game finally began. The Eagles were the first to make an advance on the Falcon defense but were quickly reciprocated and pressured the Eagle defense. About halfway through the first half, the FC goalkeeper slid outside the box in order to block a goal resulting in a penalty kick. The kick went in allowing the Falcons a 1-0 lead which quickly turned into 2-0 when a forward broke through the Eagle defense and barely scored yet another goal.

As halftime came around the Eagles communicated with each other to improve the quality of the game and encourage the team to fight back. The defense did not allow the Falcons to score again, however the offense simply could not string any passes together to get past the defensive line and the final score remained 2-0.

I was so excited, I couldn’t even sleep the night before the game. Im just so dissapointed that we didn’t play to our potential and show the crowd that came to support us what we’re really about. As a team I think we just came in too confident and couln’t make any magic happen. — Senior Mikayla Miller

Freshmen Olivia Messer, one of the top scorers on the team is dissapointed in the way the team played and is under pressure to do well next year.

“Going to valleys my freshmen year was both exciting and nerve racking. I feel like now that the seniors are leaving we all need to step up our game and try to get there again,” Messer said. “I’m dissapointed in the way we played, we werent pumped up and we couldn’t seem to wok together.”

Senior Mikayla Miller, feels proud of the team for making it so far and is happy with her last season despite the tough loss.

“I was so excited, I couldn’t even sleep the night before the game. Im just so dissapointed that we didn’t play to our potential and show the crowd that came to support us what we’re really about,” Miller said. “As a team I think we just came in too confident and couldn’t make any magic happen.”

The game was recorded by the CIF Central Section Network.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueiros.

For more sports, read the Feb 25 article, World of Sports: NBA vs NCAA.

By |2015-03-02T00:00:00+00:00March 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|1 Comment

Serve day unites student body, spreads joy (VIDEO)

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The second school-wide Serve Day rallies the whole campus to volunteer in multiple places across the city including painting over graffiti near railroad tracks, Feb. 19.

The second annual school-wide serve day took place, Feb. 19. Students signed up for their location of choice earlier in the week during chapel and prayed to leave a positive impact on the community.

The different service sites include: the Community Food Bank, Poverello House, park clean up, Neighborhood Thrift, two graffiti clean up sites, connecting with students at Kepler Elementary School and a yard work group.

The students were assigned their chaperones and buses after a rally like chapel and were encouraged to serve with a joyful heart and spread the love of Christ.

Leadership advisor Vickey Belmont gives insight into the second annual FC serve day.

“After last years first serve day and it being pretty successful, we were already planning on continuing the service,” Belmont said. “We work some of the kinks our from last year and improved in some areas. I think that this year was a great success and I am looking forward to the many more serve days to come.”

Freshman Erin Wilson found serve day to be much more rewarding than she had originally thought.

“I was expecting it to be a lot less fun than it actually was, I thought it was going to be boring but I had a really great time helping out at the Neighborhood Thrift Store,” Wilson said. “I think we were a big help to them we hung up two giant boxes of clothes and I’m really glad the school put this day on.”

Sophomore Julian Castro helped clean up an elderly man’s yard with his friends and enjoyed shining the light of Christ to him and others.

“We mowed his lawn, picked up piles of leaves, and picked up logs and branches from his property. To be honest I had a really great time, even though im not one to enjoy yardwork I found myself workng hard and having fun,” Castro said. “I do feel like we made an impact on his life because it makes him feel better when he looks out his window and sees a freshly cleaned yard. I think it’s the least we could do for him.

Junior Maddie Luginbill was in the graffiti clean up group and found that serving with friends makes the ward work fun and worth it.

“Last year I was at the food bank and this year I was with a lot of my friends and I was more interested in painting than I was about bagging food so I was more excited to help out this year,” Luginbill said. “The chaperone told us that by this time next week all the graffiti would be back up and it made me sad that people don’t respect the community but we poured ourselves into our work and it was worth it.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueiros.

For more features, read the Feb. 24 article, Speaker educates on body language, power of communication.

Mystery Spot lives up to hype, expectations

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The Mystery Spot is a destination that has both puzzled and amazed its visitors for 75 years. The attraction is centered around a gravitational anomaly in the forest near Santa Cruz, California with tours beginning in 1940.

The Mystery Spot is something that has both puzzled and amazed its visitors for 75 years. The attraction is centered around a gravitational anomaly in the forest near Santa Cruz, California.

Tours began in 1940 and have remained successful since, the Mystery Spot is a circular area of 150 feet that questions the laws of physics and gravity. A small cabin was built to enhance the effects the Spot has on it’s visitors.

The short hike to the cabin proves to be about three times harder than one would expect. This is occurs because the closer one gets to the center, the harder gravity will push them out. Once the uphill climb is over you look down and realize you can see your feet much farther in front of you than usual.

The tour guide then goes on to place a wooden board on the window sill of the house, clearly slanted down. He placed a pool ball in the center and to everyone’s amazement rolled up instead of down. Once inside the cabin there is a lead ball that is much easier to push one way than the other and handles to hang from that display a slanted hang rather than straight up and down.

Once entering the cabin all sense of balance and depth perception were challenged. Merely walking from one room to the other proved to be quite the struggle especially considering the ease our tour guide displayed. There were multiple interactive displays built into the cabin to demonstrate the effects of gravity in the mystery spot on human bodies.

After touring the cabin, a final demonstration was performed. Volunteers stood on a log from shortest to tallest and then vice versa, and the effects were buzz worthy. Once the shortest and the tallest person switched positions the shorter person then appeared taller than the tallest man. Each patron received a free Mystery Spot bumper sticker.

From the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk it was a quick 13 minute drive. Admission is $6 per person, and $5 for vehicle parking. I was very happy with the pricing and experience I received. The tour guides were very experienced and capable of captivating an audience for the entirety of the tour.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @namoodnhoj.

For more reviews, read the Jan. 9 article, Featured app: Octagon.

By |2015-01-27T00:00:00+00:00January 27th, 2015|Destinations, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Parlier

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The FC girls soccer team travel to Parlier to face the Panthers to play what is supposed to be a ‘winnable’ game.

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(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 1-2 in the West Sequoia League and overall 7-5 as of Jan. 22.

Parlier defeats Eagles in overtime

The Parlier Panthers traveled to the FC field to play what was supposed to be a ‘winnable’ game, however it did not go as planned.

With the Panthers starting the first half with ball, the Eagles were determined to gain possession quick and maintain it for the majority of the match. However the Eagles simply were unable to make any shots on goal and lacked manpower up top.

Even after the half time pep talk, the Eagles found themselves struggling against the Panthers. Both teams became frantic and desperate for a goal as the half continued to drag on. Neither team was able to score, thus leading in to overtime.

The Eagles managed to hold the Panthers off for the majority of the half, but were scored on by a kick just outside the 18. The second half of overtime was uneventful for both teams and the Panthers took home the win.

Junior captain and center mid fielder, Courtney Messer explains what she could have done better for her team.

“I could have talked a lot more during the game and told my teammates what to do and who to be. I was getting really frustrated so I was more focused on myself than the team for a whole,” Messer said. “I should have been more concerned with the whole team doing their best instead of focusing solely on myself.”

Senior defender Breanna Jennings is disappointed in the team and their performance against the Panthers.

“It was really frustrating to watch us miss all of our scoring opportunities and watch the defense work so hard only to be let down by their offense,” Jennings said. “Hopefully we can get ourselves together by Friday when we play the top team in our league.”

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For more sports, read the Jan. 16 article, Boys soccer sport short: Fowler.

By |2015-01-26T00:00:00+00:00January 26th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Riverdale

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The FC Eagles face the Riverdale Cowgirls and are ready to put up a fight.

GIRLS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 1-2 in the West Sequoia League and overall 7-5 as of Jan. 22

FC defeats number one team in league

The Riverdale Cowgirls stepped up their game this year defeating the once undefeated Caruthers Blue Raiders and dominating almost every match they’ve played this year. The Eagles were prepared to fight till the end no matter what the outcome.

Eagles started off the first half with ball, making a good run on the starting play. About ten minutes into the half the Cowgirls scored on a corner kick, only to be countered with a goal by FC (with the help of one of the Riverdale defenders) just a few minutes later. Both teams continued to play hard yet were unable to score for the rest of the half.

It was a tough game game but we managed to pull ahead. With this game the team and I regained our confidence because we had two losses in a row. I still cant believe I got the final goal, it was dream come true. –Olivia Messer

The Cowgirls started the second half strong and managed a few good runs against FC. Defender Morgan Koop scored the second goal for the Eagles midway through the second half. The Cowgirls retaliated and began playing rougher now desperate for a goal, and they managed a goal in the last few minutes of the half.

The first half of overtime set the tone for the rest of the game, both teams were neck and neck with one another. Elbows were plying, players were shoving, and parents were screaming. Although neither team scored in the first half the behavior of the parents and players intensified and carried on to the second half of overtime.

With nerves running high and time running out the game quickened in pace and aggressiveness. About halfway through the half, Olivia Messer scored on the Cowgirls with the cross from Gabriela Siqueiros. Thus ending the game and silencing the Cowgirls.

Freshmen and striker Olivia Messer was excstatic with the win and part which she was able to play in the team.

“It was a tough game game but we managed to pull ahead,” Messer said. “With this game the team and I regained our confidence because we had two losses in a row. I still cant believe I got the final goal, it was dream come true.”

The Eagles will next play the Caruthers Blue Raiders on Jan. 26

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By |2015-01-25T00:00:00+00:00January 25th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|1 Comment

Girls soccer sport short: Minarets

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Friday is a busy day in terms of athletics, every winter sports team plays at Minarets High school and the girl’s soccer team has the pleasure of kicking off the evening.

GIRLS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 1-3 in the West Sequoia League and overall 7-6 as of Jan. 28.

Girls manage win against Mustangs

Friday was a busy day in terms of athletics, every winter sports team played at Minarets High school and the girl’s soccer team had the pleasure of kicking off the evening.

The Eagles came out dry and seemingly unmotivated to play. Their level of intensity was low and the lack of focus was evident throughout the course of the game. The Eagles managed a few shots on goal, but none even remotely successful.

Even starting off with the ball in the second half, the Eagles started the second half with a lack of effort. It seemed as if the whole team was having a bad day in terms of skill. It wasn’t until the last 20 minutes of the game that the girls picked up their game and gained some momentum. Olivia Messer scored the first and only goal for the Eagles, and the Eagles just barely managed a win against the lady Mustangs.

Freshmen forward Olivia Messer is pleased with her goal but admits that the team played lazy and unfocused.

“As a team we really need to communicate more and pass because Minarets was passing around us a lot,” Messer said. “We weren’t focused and our heads weren’t in the game and we were all over the place.

Senior defender Mikayla Miller is disappointed in the performance of the team compared to years past.

“In the past we’ve always pretty much dominated Minarets and it was a bit frustrating that the game was so close and evenly matched for so long,” Miller said. “It’s great that we pulled out the win but I don’t think it was a win to be celebrated it was one to be thankful for.”

The Eagles wills will next play at home against the Parlier Panthers, Jan. 20 at 3:30 pm.

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By |2015-01-19T00:00:00+00:00January 19th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Fowler

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Varsity girls soccer face off against the Fowler Redcats for their first home game of the season.

GIRLS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 0-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 6-4 as of Jan. 13

Girls fall to Redcats in overtime

The Eagles hosted the Fowler Redcats at home for the first league game of the season. Both teams have been equally matched in the past, and the game was one to be anticipated.

Both teams came out with the same level of intensity and determination. The Eagles were the first to take shots on goal, but were shut down soon after. As the half went on the Eagles dwindled down to a state of survival as the Wildcats amped up their game.

Starting off the second half, the Eagles came out ready to put up more of a fight and battle for the win. The Eagle defense was stronger than ever against the powerhouse Wildcats and held them off for the rest of regular time.

Overtime started with both teams feeling pressured and desperate for a goal. The Wildcats managed a shot which was accidentally kicked in by an FC defender due to lack of communication. As the second half commenced the Eagles fought hard and never gave up, yet despite their efforts were unable to score.

Recently injured senior and co-captain, Ivette Ibarra, expresses her mixed feelings about the game.

“Being my first home game of the season, I was very enthused to be back on the field with my team,” Ibarra said. “Physically I was out of shape and couldn’t preform to the best of my ability, however I thoroughly enjoyed my time out on the field. I wish that we had won the game, but all that means is that we need to work harder and pull out the win next time we play them.”

Head Coach Tony Martinez believes the girls did not play to their potential but stayed in the game no matter what.

“Our girls came out ready for a fight against Fowler, we’ve been neck and neck for the past few years and it looks like it is going to continue,” Martinez said. “Our defense kept us in the game but our offense really needs to step up their game if we want to start winning.”

The Eagles wills will next play away versus the Minarets Mustangs, Jan. 16 at 3 pm.

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By |2015-01-14T00:00:00+00:00January 14th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys, girls Garces soccer tournament sport short (Needs Picture)

GIRLS AND BOYS SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2013-14, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls and boys soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and overall 5-4 as of Dec. 19-20.

Boys, girls Garces soccer tournament sport short, Dec. 19-20

The Garces Holiday Soccer Festival is the largest high school soccer tournament in the world. Both the FC boys and girl’s teams participated in the tournament in the silver B division.

The girl’s first opponent was Delano high school, a team the Eagles had fallen to in the past. The Lady Eagles came out with fire and intensity as the first game was crucial if they wished to compete for a trophy. FC came out with the win 2-0 with goals scored by Olivia Messer and Gaby Siqueiros.

The second day of the tournament the girls faced Centennial JV, a Division I JV team. In order to qualify better than third the Eagles needed to win. Centennial scored the first goal only for the Eagles to counter it by a goal made by Siqueiros. The Eagles then went in to overtime and eventually penalty kicks, however the Eagles were unable to pull out the win.

The Eagles final competition was against Kennedy high school for the third place trophy. The Eagles were prepared for a battle, only to win the game with ease. FC won 3-0 with goals from Jenna Bynum, Olivia Messer and MorgMorgan Koopan Koop.

Similar to the girls, the boys came out ready and eager for a fight, facing a familiar opponent, the Kern Valley Broncs. The Eagles carried possesion of the ball for a majority of the game. Scoring with multi-schooler Davis Borrego, Nick Fontes, and strikers Taylor Howard and Joshua Carter, ending the game, 4-0.

On the second day of the tourney, FC faced a difficult opponent, the Nipomo Titans. The game started off even, yet the Titans pulled ahead because of a lapse within the defense. The Titans scored once again in the second, due to silly mistakes which cost the Eagles dearly. Ending the game with the Eagles now in the fight for third place and Nipomo fighting for first.

The third and final game was against the Gridley Bulldogs. Both teams were tired yet the Eagles had managed to accumulate a multitude of injuries, adding another obstacle to earning a win. The game remained scoreless for a majority of the first half yet the Bulldogs managed to score just before halftime. Due to numerous injuries, the Eagles were forced to sub out several starters and pull the remaining starters into defensive positions. Making a win far from their grasp and in the end, letting go another point and losing once again, 2-0. Placing the Eagles in 4th place, just out of reach of a trophy.

For all scores from the Garces Holiday soccer tournament check out the Garces tournament homepage.

By |2015-01-09T00:00:00+00:00January 9th, 2015|Athletics, Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Fall Festivus offers fellowship, camaraderie

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The purpose of the festivus was to add a social event for FC students during the first semester and allow students to fellowship openly in a different environment.

Seasonal Gathering draws Unity

The 2nd annual Fall Festivus took place at the Beal ranch, Nov. 25. The purpose of the festivus was to add a social event for FC students during the first semester and allow students to fellowship openly in a different environment.

With nearly 70 students attending there was a variety of activities to participate in. Various camp fires were set up for students to warm up by. There was a food bar with hot dogs, popcorn, s’mores, pie, coffee, candy and hot cocoa.

The highlight of the evening was the showing of Nacho Libre on a blow up screen and a viewing area for all those who wished to watch.

Senior Breanna Jennings enjoys the atmosphere the festivus provides the FC community.

“I liked that we all got to hang out with each other, other than being at school. I got to talk and hang out with people that I wouldn’t have if I was at school or hanging out with my friends,” Jennings said. “I didn’t go last year but I thought it was a fun and different experience. I’m glad we started this new tradition and I hope it stays around for a long time.”

I thought that it was really great way to get people together outside of school. My favorite part was just being able to sit around the fire, talking and laughing with my friends. I also really like that the festivus is during the first semester because I feel like everything goes on second semester so having a little something to amp up this year was neat.–Alyssa Oakley 

FC leadership was in charge of providing all the food, drinks, activities and supplies to make the night a success. Leadership advisor Vickey Belmont believes the class met the standard of the attending students.

“The preparations for the festivus were not stressful, I put the leadership students into groups and I think that they all followed through very well. We had everything that we needed, I think the biggest hit was the Starbucks coffee and hot chocolate,” Belmont said. “This year was different because we didn’t have line dancing. We didn’t really have any games prepared but I think from last year to this year that was a better choice because this way it was a big hangout instead of an organized setting.”

Freshmen Roman Endicott enjoyed his time at the festivus and is grateful for the memories he made at the event.

“I thought the whole experience was great and it was just really nice to be able to hang out with my friends right before the break and just have a ice kick off towards thanksgiving and end the last day on a good note,” Endicott said.

Alyssa Oakley, ’15, enjoyed the simplicity and quaintness the festivus provided. With no organized games, the festivus allowed students to do what they pleased create their own fun.

“I thought that it was really great way to get people together outside of school. My favorite part was just being able to sit around the fire, talking and laughing with my friends,” Oakley said. “I also really like that the festivus is during the first semester because I feel like everything goes on second semester so having a little something to amp up this year was neat.”

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For more features, read the Nov. 21 article, Jack Leonard: A vetrans perspective

By |2014-12-01T00:00:00+00:00December 1st, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fall sports athletes awarded at sports banquet

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Each coach recognized their players and summarized the season for the audience, then individual awards were handed out to athletes who played a special part on the team

To honor athletes for their hard work and achievements, the annual Winter Sports Banquet was held in the Student Ministry Center.

Attendees included girls tennis, volleyball, football, cross country and parents of the athletes. Winter sport coaches handed out participation certificates and varsity patch. In addition coaches also handed out individual awards to deserving athletes.

Co-Athletic Director Jonathan Penberthy started of the evening with a word of prayer and allowing everyone to serve themselves to the table of desserts and drinks. Following the food, the cross country team was asked on stage to begin the ceremony. After cross country the teams go as follows: cross country, girl’s tennis, JV volleyball, varsity volleyball and football.

Co-Athletic Director Mick Fuller, provides further insight on the event and it’s purpose.

“It’s a way to honor our athletes and to have a chance of fellowship and camaraderie among the families and athletes from various teams,” Fuller said. “We want to reinforce the idea that FC athletics is a way of glorifying God in everything that we do.”

It’s a way to honor our athletes and to have a chance of fellowship and camaraderie among the families and athletes from various teams. We want to reinforce the idea that FC athletics is a way of glorifying God in everything that we do. –Mick Fuller

Each coach recognized their players and summarized the season for the audience, then individual awards were handed out to athletes who played a special part on the team. The individual awards go as follows:

Cross Country:
Coaches Award: Michael Fu
MVP: Soren Hoffman

Girl’s Tennis:
Most Improved: Hanna Hong
MVP: Macy Mascarenas

J.V Volleyball:
Leadership Award: Celeste Counts
Coaches Award: Cathryn Vender Kooi
Most Improved: Amy Ren (Jingyi)
MVP: Brittany Bender

Varsity Volleyball:
Most Inspirational: Gabriela Siqueiros
Most improved: Breanna Jennings
MVP: Ashley Garcia

Football:
Defensive MVP: Christopher Kollenkark
Offensive MVP: Taylor Howard
Coaches Award: Richard Morrison
Leadership Award: Joshua Freeman

All League:
Volleyball:
1st Team: Ivette Ibarra

Football:
1st Team: Nicholas Morrison (Receiver)
1st Team: Tyler Vilines (Running back)
1st Team: Thomas Friesen (Linebacker)
1st Team: Caleb Goodale (Defensive back)
2nd Team: Nicholas Morrison (Special teams player)
2nd Team: Richard Morrison (Quarterback)
2nd Team: Sawyer Bachman (Defensive line)
2nd Team: Daniel Ayers (Defensive line)
CSL Offensive Player of the Year: Taylor Howard
CSL Defensive Player of the Year: Christopher Kollenkark

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For more features, read the Nov. 21 article, Jack Leonard: A veterans perspective (PODCAST).

By |2014-11-24T00:00:00+00:00November 24th, 2014|Fall, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Immanuel

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball 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 14-12 overall and 8-2 in the Central Sierra League as of Nov. 13.

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FC hosted the Immanuel Eagles Nov. 13 in their first playoff game of the season.

FC vs Immanuel Eagles, Nov. 13.

FC hosted the Immanuel Eagles Nov. 13 in their first playoff game of the season.

In the first set, both teams came out loud and pumped hoping to start strong and confident. FC dig a small hole in the first rotation of serve receive, but managed to gain a momentum towards the middle of the set. It was then the senior Ivette Ibarra sprained her ankle which would keep her out of the game for the rest of the night. Immanuel won the first set, 25-13.

FC’s dynamic suffered greatly due to the confusion of the new players and lack of a strong middle hitter and passer. FC did the best they could in their predicament, however they could not manage to gain any runs or any momentum, thus losing the second set, 25-15.

With spirits low, FC came out for the third set hoping to pull it together and make something happen. Immanuel countered all the FC efforts and finished off the set and match, 25-16.

Senior Ashley Garcia bids volleyball goodbye and is thankful for the people that made it memorable.

“I thought the game was very bittersweet. We lost our momentum after Ivette got injured, but thats just how the game goes sometimes. Things happen, and we need to accept it and move on, trying our best no matter what happens,” Garcia said. “Although this does mark the end of my volleyball career, I am so very thankful I got to spend it with such amazing people.”

Senior Ivette Ibarra was disappointed to be injured during the game.

“It was extremely frustrating having been injured in the first set of the game. I had been anticipating this game vs. Immanuel for such a long time and right in the middle of the first set I was out,” Ibarra said. “There was noting I wanted more than to be out on the court with my team, and I couldn’t help but feel responsible for the outcome of the game. Although we lost, I’m proud of my team, and all we accomplished this season. I will never forget this season.”

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For more sports, read the Nov. 3 article, Football sport short: Northwest Christian.

By |2014-11-17T00:00:00+00:00November 17th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Riverdale

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball 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 14-13 overall and 8-2 in the Central Sierra League as of Nov. 6. FC’s next game will be on Nov. 10, in which the Eagles will host Immanuel once again.

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FC took a trip to play the Riverdale Cowgirls, Nov. 6, hoping for redemption from their last encounter.

FC loses 3-2 to the Riverdale Cowgirls, Nov. 6.

FC took a trip to play the Riverdale Cowgirls, Nov. 6, hoping for redemption from their last encounter.

In the first set, starting off with serve receive, the Eagles began shaky and trailing by several points. Unable to recover, the Eagles lost, 25-20.

Starting off with the serve, the Eagles started off with a comfortable lead and kept with it for the majority of the set, overpowering the Cowgirls, 25-17.

In the third set the Eagles came out with increased confidence and intensity pulling out another win, 26-24.

I think we played really well at times, our serving killed us, as a team we missed three in a row, so that’s something that needs to improve. The good news is we received the fourth seed in the playoffs and have a home game this Monday against Immanuel. –Jonathan Penberthy

With only one more game to win, the Eagles were intent on battling and finishing it off. However the Cowgirls were prepared to win the set and go to a fifth game. The Eagles held a slight lead for the majority of the game, but the Cowgirls pushed until both teams were tied and continued to battle until the Cowgirls finally won by two, 29-27.

The Eagles, fired up from the competition came out swinging, the Cowgirls responded with accurate defense. The Cowgirls managed a lead that they kept to finish off the match, 16-14.

Sophomore Hannah Nale is disappointed with the teams loss and looks forward to playing them next year.

“They’ve beat us twice now and we really should have won both times, so I look forward to plating them again next year and bringing our A game,” Nale said. “We tried our best but we couldn’t pull out the win.”

Head coach Johnathan Penberthy saw the game as a chance for improvement.

“I think we played really well at times, our serving killed us, as a team we missed three in a row, so that’s something that needs to improve,” Penberthy said. “The good news is we received the fourth seed in the playoffs and have a home game this Monday against Immanuel.”

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For more sports, read the Nov. 3 article, Football sport short: Northwest Christian.

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

Volleyball sport shorts: Parlier Panthers

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FC volleyball competes against the Parlier Panthers for their second league game of the season.

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball 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 14-12 overall and 2-7 in the Central Sierra League as of Nov. 4. FC’s next game will be on Nov. 6, as the Eagles visit the Riverdale Cowgirls.
FC dominates the Parlier Panthers, 3-0, Nov. 4

FC visited the Parlier Panthers and clinched their second league game.

In the first set the Eagles came out confident and ready to have fun, as the set progressed, the Eagles began to lose focus however they still won, 25-19.

In the second set the Eagles continued to unwind, losing focus and intensity. The Panthers took the opportunity to run points off the Eagles who still managed to conquer 25-20.

Hoping to get a win on their senior night, the Panthers were fired up and ready to battle. Despite their efforts the Eagles focused in and silenced the Panthers, 25-12. Ending the game 3-0 Eagles.

Head coach John Penberthy believes the team needs to put forth more effort in the easy games.

“We played well enough to win,” Penberthy said. “We didn’t do anything bad but we didn’t do anything good either. We played with minimal effort.”

Sophomore Jennifer King finds that the team disspoints when they play easier teams.

“I don’t like when we play easy teams because we always seem to sink down to their level,” King said. “We always win, but its ever a feel good win, and that’s what Parlier felt like.”

The Eagles girls volleyball team will next face the Riverdale Cowgirls.

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By |2014-11-05T00:00:00+00:00November 5th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Minarets

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FC hosted the Minaret Mustangs for their senior night, Oct. 30, hoping play their hardest and compete with the powerhouse Mustangs.

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball 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 13-12 overall and 1-7 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 30. FC’s next game will be on Nov. 4, as the Eagles visit the Parlier Panthers.
FC loses 3-0 to the Minarets Mustangs, Oct. 30

FC hosted the Minaret Mustangs for their senior night, Oct. 30, hoping play their hardest and compete with the powerhouse Mustangs.

In the first set the Eagles came out hoping to find their rhythm and learn the player’s patterns, however, the Mustang momentum could not be stopped and the set was lost 25-16.

With patterns identified and one set behind them, the Eagles came out ready to fight hard. Despite the adjusted defense and dedication, the Mustang offense was clean and well executed, winning them the set ,25-11.

In the third set the Eagles came out with passion and intensity hoping to go out with a bang despite the misfortune of the previous two sets. The Eagles adjusted their defense to the Mustang offense and played their best set of the match. However, still losing to the back to back Valley Champions, 25-17.

Senior Ivette Ibarra, is disappointed in losing the match but is happy to have played with passion in her last home game.

“Obviously I would’ve loved to win on my senior night, but we weren’t able to come through,” Ibarra said. “All I can say is that I’m still proud of my team, and my fellow seniors, I will always remember this season and moments spent together.”

Senior Ashley Garcia, has mixed emotions about her final game in the FC gym.

“It was bittersweet having our last home game. I’ve always looked up to the seniors and longed to have my own senior night for years, and finally having it felt great,” Garcia said. “It would’ve been nice to win, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to play on my favorite court with some of my best friends for the last time.”

Senior Breanna Jennings, is thankful for having the opportunity to play with her friends and will cherish the memories forever.

“It was fun to start and be recognized for being a senior, but it was sad that it was the last home game that I will have with the team,” Jennings said. “It has been a fun season with the team and I will forever have memories with them.”

Senior Gabriela Siqueiros, is grateful for having the opportunity to play with her friends for so long and watching everyone grow in their skills and abilities.

“It’s been a great ride watching me and the other seniors go from bench buddies to starters,” Siqueiros said. “I’ll never forget how blessed I am to have been a part of this team.”

Gabriela Siqueiros, Features Editor, also contributed to this article.

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By |2014-10-31T00:00:00+00:00October 31st, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Fowler

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball 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 14-9 overall and 1-5 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 28. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 30, as the Eagles play at home against the Minarets Mustangs for senior night.

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FC traveled to Fowler High School, Oct. 28, hoping to gain their second league win.

FC loses 3-1 to the Fowler Redcats, Oct. 28

FC traveled to Fowler High School, Oct. 28, hoping to gain their second league win.

The Redcats played short a few of their starters in the first set, the Eagles took advantage and won the set, 25-19.

With their whole team playing, the Eagles faced a larger challenge than they had anticipated. The Redcats took the Eagles by surprise winning the set, 25-8.

The Eagles stepped it up and played with increased intensity and power in the third set, however still losing the match 25-23.

It was do or die for the Eagles in the fourth set, starting off behind, the Eagles came back and managed a lead. Soon after the Redcats responded with a few good runs and gained the lead late into the set. The Eagles were unable to come back, losing the set, 25-21 and the match ended 3-1.

Senior Ashley Garcia is disappointed that they lost, but believes they played hard and gave them a run for their money.

“Yeah it sucks that we lost but we competed with them and it was fun knowing we were neck and neck with them for the majority of the match.” Garcia said. “Hopefully in last few games we can be capable of taking the win and not making silly mistakes.”

Head coach John Penberthy believes the team could have cut down on their errors and capitalized on the runs they got.

“We just had errors at all the wrong times and we really could have improved on our serving,” Penberthy said. “They did well, but there is no doubt in my mind that we could have played much better than we did.”

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By |2014-10-29T00:00:00+00:00October 29th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pageant entertains audience, embarrasses candidates (VIDEO)

To kick off a week of pageants, the princesses participated in a game show event with the rest of the high school as their audience, Oct. 28.

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Macy Mascareñas, ’16, receives a pie to the face from Ashley Garcia, ’15.

The 30th annual homecoming candidates were introduced by means of slideshow with photos from their formal introductory shoot. The candidates form each class made their way to the tables on stage to begin the game. A Jeopardy board was displayed on screens for every one to see with several categories to choose from. The questions were intended to familiarize the audience with the candidates.

The object of the game was for the candidates to answer the question correctly and earning points for their team. However if the question was answered incorrectly the princesses were forced to pick from a hat of consequences to perform.

Senior and first time queen nominee Callista Fries helped out with the princess pageant and enjoyed being able to inflict the consequences on the princesses. Fries will be participating in the queen pageant, Oct. 29.

“I think it went really well, aside from a few bumps in the road. My personal favorite part was when I got to break the egg on Jenna’s {Bynum} face,” Fries said. “When we were originally planning it someone came up with a the idea of doing a gameshow and we rolled with it and decided on Jeopardy. The whole aspect came about because we just wanted them to do something gross.”

First time nominee Claire Kollenkark, ’16, is happy with the class participation and the overall atmosphere of the pageant. Kollenkark also felt more comfortable because she was surrounded by two close friends.

“It was really fun, and it was fun being a part of it and having two of my closest friends by my side made it even better,” Kollenkark said. “I felt like everybody was involved and all the classes were cheering for us.”

Freshmen princess nominee Erin Wilson anticipated much worse but was very happy with her very first princess pageant. Wilson looks forward to watch the upcoming pageants with the queen and king participants.

“It was really fun to be up there with all the other princess nominees,” Wilson said. “I didn’t really know what to expect, but to be honest I though we were going to have it a lot worse than just an egg cracked on my face.”

Senior and king nominee Jordan Castro is happy with the way the pageant was planned and believes there was more purpose behind it.

“In the past I kind of just remember the princesses going up on stage and getting humiliated with no specific objective,” Castro said. “But this year even though the questions were impossible and they still got humiliated, it looked like something was going on, I really enjoyed the whole thing.”

Sophomore Elizabeth Baker felt that the pageant built a sense of community amongst the members of the campus.

“I really liked when the princesses got the answer wrong and they had to grab a punishment out of the hat,” Baker said. “Because we didn’t really know what was going to happen. It brings all of the school together to enjoy homecoming. The pageants are pretty funny, so I like attending.”

The Queen Pageant will be held in the Student Ministries Center from 2:25-3 p.m., Oct. 29. The King Pageant will also be held in the Student Ministries Center from 9:35-10:10 a.m., Oct. 30.

The 30th annual homecoming game will take place on the North Field at 7 p.m. The pre-game events will start at 6:30 p.m. where the princess candidates will be introduced. At half-time of the varsity game, the winners will be announced for all the homecoming court nominees.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueiros.

For more features, read the Oct. 24 article, Character counts week raises awareness to teens around the country.

By |2014-10-28T00:00:00+00:00October 28th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COLUMN: Homecoming attitude begins with you

Homecoming is considered by many to be the single most action-packed week in the FC school year. There are dress up days everyday, three pageants, a blood drive, a rally, football game and four floats. There is no way to avoid the mayhem; so why not be a part of it?

In the past few years FC has seen a drop in school spirit. Teachers and the leadership class have tried their best to get students involved by offering extra credit if students attend sporting events and by planning various events to spark student interest. Despite the efforts of the faculty and leadership class, the decision still lies with the student body.

The sole purpose for homecoming week festivities is to build up for the Friday football game. Now, I know football is not everybody’s thing, but as cliche as this is going to sound, you only experience high school once.

Now, I know some people are dying to finally get out of high school and get to actually living life. However, take a look; this is life, and later on when your kids ask about your time in high school do you want to be able to earn some cool mom/dad points by showing them super embarrassing pictures and having stories to go along with them?

Whether we like it or not, the time is now to start making those timeless memories about how ridiculous you dressed up, how you beat your rival class in a screaming match at the rally or how you completely lost your voice at the football game even though you have absolutely no idea what’s going on.

Don’t waste your time watching other people have fun. Join in, influence other people, create the memories you deserve to leave high school with. Do not put all your effort into abstaining from this week because you are afraid of what people will think. If you have already made it clear you think it’s all a waste of time but you’re having second thoughts, then who cares. It’s okay to change your mind; those who mind do not matter, and those who matter do not mind.

This week’s dress up days go as follows:

Monday, Oct. 27: ‘Merica Monday
Tuesday, Oct. 28: Tacky Tourist Tuesday
Wednesday, Oct. 29: Waking up Wednesday
Thursday, Oct. 30: Think A-like Thursday
Friday, Oct. 31: Fly Together Friday (spirit wear)

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For more opinions, read the Oct. 24, COLUMN: Invitation to homecoming.

By |2014-10-27T00:00:00+00:00October 27th, 2014|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Caruthers

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball 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 13-9 CHANGE overall and 1-4 CHANGE in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 23. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 28, as the Eagles play away against Fowler High School.

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FC loses 3-2 to the Caruthers Blue Raiders, Oct. 23

FC hosted the Caruthers Blue Raiders at home, Oct. 23, seeking redemption after their previous loss to the Blue Raiders, Oct. 7.

In the first set the Eagles managed to keep a safe lead from the Blue Raiders for the entirety of the game, thus winning, 25-22.

In the second set, the Blue Raiders fought back with force and beat the Eagles 25-12.

With both teams equally matched and tied, the Eagles shaped up and blasted the Blue Raiders, winning 25-18.

In the fourth set, both teams played with high intensity in hopes of either winning the match or getting another chance in the fifth set. In a valiant effort, the Eagles lost 25-20.

In the fifth and final set both teams walked on to the court ready to do whatever it took to win the match and be named number one in division five. The Eagles got off to a slow start but began to step up their game quickly. However the Blue Raiders kept their lead and left the FC gym victorious, 15-11.

Sophomore Hannah Nale is disappointed that the Eagles lost, however believes they played very well.

“We played really well, we were right in it the whole time and it just sucks that we couldn’t pull through in that fifth game,” Nale said. “It was really encouraging to have such a big student section especially against one of our rivals.”

Head coach John Penberthy I proud of the way the girls played and happy with the student section.

“I thought they played really well. The girls played with a lot of energy and excitement and it showed,” Penberthy said. “They competed really well against the number one team in division five, it wa also fun to have a really big student section. We played well jut came out on the short end.”

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By |2014-10-23T00:00:00+00:00October 23rd, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Riverdale

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball 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 13-9 overall and 1-4 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 21. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 23, as the Eagles play a home game against Caruthers High School.

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FC hosted the Riverdale Cowgirls at home Oct. 21, hoping to win their second league game of the year.

FC looses 3-2 to the Riverdale Cowgirls, Oct. 21

FC hosted the Riverdale Cowgirls at home Oct. 21, hoping to win their second league game of the year.

With one league win under their belts the Eagles came out with confidence and fire in the first set, conquering 25-12.

In the second set, the Eagles lost some of their edge and focus yet still managed to maintain the lead, 28-26.

The Cowgirls gained tremendous amount of momentum in the third set and fought hard to beat the Eagles, 25-14.

Still ahead, the Eagles came out flat and were unable to find a foothold losing, 25-16.

In the fifth and final set, the Eagles were clearly ready to fight, both teams were neck and neck with each other for the majority of the set. However the Eagles still could not manage to stand their ground against the Cowgirls losing the set 15-13 and the match 3-2.

Senior Ashley Garcia is disappointed by the loss but hopes that the team learns from their mistakes.

It was really disappointing and frustrating to lose to them, especially coming in to it since we though we were going to win. So I think we just came in too confident.” Garcia said.

Head coach Johnathan Penberthy believes the team underestimated the Cowgirls.

“I think that this game sucked,” Penberthy said. “We underestimated them and they got the momentum, we just couldn’t get back on offense. We played defense for three games.”

For more sports read the World of Sports: Why the Royals will win the MLB World Series.

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By |2014-10-21T00:00:00+00:00October 21st, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Parlier

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The Eagles played the Parlier Panthers at home, Oct. 13. FC was looking for forward to winning their first league match.

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball 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 13-8 overall and 1-3 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 16. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 9, as the Eagles play a home game against Riverdale High School.
FC wins 3-0, wins first league game, Oct. 13

The Eagles played the Parlier Panthers at home, Oct. 13. FC was looking for forward to winning their first league match.

In the first set the Eagles came out focused and confident, beating the Panthers 25-6.

The Panthers managed to get a run on the Eagles in the second set, however they were unable to muster the strength to beat the determined Eagles who kept the score at a modest 25-14.

With two victorious sets under their belt, the Eagles decided to switch up the line up and allow players to play foreign positions. Despite the numerous lie up mistakes, the Eagles managed to seal the deal, 25-16.

Senior Ivette Ibarra, admits to feeling immense pressure to becoming the teams’ setter in the third set.

“When coach told me that I was going to be setting I really hoped he was joking,” Ibarra said. “It was really hard to ignore my instincts to get the first ball but it was pretty fun playing a new position and doing something out of the ordinary.”

Head coach Johnathan Penberthy enjoyed watching the team have fun and play well to achieve their fist league victory.

“They played with energy and excitement, it was a lot of fun,’ Penberthy said. “We played hard and had fun even though we knew this wasn’t going to be a hard match. My goal was to win quick in three and that’s what we did.”

The Eagles next home game is Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m., against the Riverdale Cowgirls.

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By |2014-10-18T00:00:00+00:00October 18th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Seasoned senior brings leadership, experience to team

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Ward recalls admiring the high school cheerleaders and hoping to someday be just like them.

With an abundance of extra curricular activities to participate in, some choose art, others enjoy music but senior Kimberly Ward, loves cheer. Since the young age of five, Ward has never wavered in her love for it.

Ward recalls admiring the high school cheerleaders and hoping to someday be just like them.

“I was five years old when I started cheering. I wanted to start cheering when I saw some high school cheerleaders and I really wanted to be one of them,” Ward said. “I decided to stick with it all these years because it was just something really fun and I knew I was pretty good at it, so gradually I just came to love it more and more.”

Not only does is Ward a member of the FC cheer team, but also a member of the CenCal All-Star competition cheer team. She is a member of their ‘Inferno’ team which consists of cheerleaders in level 4.2.

Balancing cheer and social life seems difficult, but in reality it isn’t all that hard. I know when cheer practices are and I know when the games are, so I base my social life around those times and do schoolwork sometime after everything else. I’d rather have fun with friends and make memories than have sleep.–Kim Ward, ’15

Ward began competition cheer at five years of age and continued with it for two or three years, however, she quit and re-joined last year in 2013. Ward identifies the differences between the FC team and CenCal.

“At CenCal they require more dancing and it’s much less conservative, here at FC we can’t even move our hips,” Ward says. “It’s much more fast paced, while with FC we take the time to really teach the girls how to do something, or we work on things other than stunting.”

Flyer for Ward’s stunt group at FC and best friend, Callista Fries, ’15, has immense trust in Ward and is unable to imagine cheer without her.

“I trust Kim so much because she is my best friend and she has been my base for the past two years and she has not dropped me once so I know she will be there if I fall,” Fries said. “I love cheering with Kim, being as close as we are it’s good for us and we’re the only seniors on our team so it’s easier to lead. I can’t imagine cheer without her because having to lead alone would be terrible and she just helps with absolutely everything.”

High school is the time to make unforgettable memories with friends, and participating in two cheer teams will not stop Ward from spending time with her friends.

“Balancing cheer and social life seems difficult, but in reality it isn’t all that hard,” Ward said. “I know when cheer practices are and I know when the games are, so I base my social life around those times and do schoolwork sometime after everything else. I’d rather have fun with friends and make memories than have sleep.”

Despite cheer being that most dangerous female sport and number two in catastrophic when compared to all spots, Ward has not suffered from any cheer related injuries. However, she is able to recall her scariest cheer moment.

“One time last year we were trying to do a back tuck x, it’s like she [/fusion_builder_column]

[Callista] does a back tuck and she x’s out and falls,” Ward said. “So we tried that and Callista almost fell on her face and I caught her by her neck hoping she wouldn’t smack her head into the ground.”

Ward also will never forget the memories and accomplishments that cheer has brought, including her top cheer moment to date at the Jamz Nationals.

“Last year at the Jamz Nationals we were in a level five stunt group competition, which is crazy hard. We were supposed to be placed in level three but we ended up getting second place out of five or six teams.”

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For more sports, read the Oct. 17 article, Volleyball sport short: Minarets.

By |2014-10-17T00:00:00+00:00October 17th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Annual event encourages students to pray, worship as one

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The worship team gathers together to lead worship at SYATP.

On Sept. 24, students around the nation gather in prayer for their communities, schools, teachers, friends and families. FC students met in the quad at 7 a.m. for prayer and worship at the annual See You At The Pole (SYATP) event.

The SYATP event started in 1990 by a small group of students in Texas, and gradually increased in popularity. Currently there are more than three million students that participate in SYATP. The event was created with the intent that students would organize, plan and lead it.

The 2014 theme verse for the event which speaks about the armor of Christ, to stand tall and share the love of Christ. The SYATP hash tag was #neverstoppraying, encouraging students all over the world that no matter what day it is, to continuously pray, based on Ephesians 6:18.

The early morning time prevented some students from attending; however those that did participated in a unified worship time, then split up into small groups to pray for various things.

Sophomore Sydney Belmont has participated in SYATP for two years and enjoys that the school is able to come together and pray about everything.

“I went to See You At The Pole last year so I knew what to expect, it was pretty much the same this year too because we all prayed about the same things,” Belmont said. “I like that we get the chance to get with other people and pray about things that we all know something about.”

Senior Collin Winegarden led worship during SYATP and admits to being nervous beforehand.

“It was fun to lead worship, I felt that we got a pretty good response from everyone there. Not going to lie though it was a little uncomfortable because there was a giant circle around me,” Winegarden said. “I was pretty nervous because I don’t play or sing in front of people very often so that was different.”

Freshmen and first time attendant, Celeste Counts enjoyed watching the school unify and pray together.

“This was my first year attending See You At The Pole, and I really liked it. It was good to see everyone praying and worshiping together,” Counts said. “I would say that it was pretty much what I expected it to be, I had hoped more people would show up to pray over the school, but otherwise it was good.”

Leadership Adviser Vickey Belmont recently lost her father-in-law and found that SYATP was a very healing experience.

“I think this year went great. There was a big turn out and lots of kids and staff,” said Belmont. “My father-in-law had just passed away, I was very emotional. I felt like I was surrounded with a lot of love and a lot of prayer.”

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For more features, read Sept. 23 article Guest speaker tells story, delivers powerful message.

By |2014-09-29T00:00:00+00:00September 29th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership: Prepares for homecoming

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With homecoming on the way, Oct. 31, the class has begun planning out the various pageants that the homecoming court will participate in.

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

The leadership class has invested in The Anatomy of a Disciple by Dr. Rick Taylor. Students continue to learn about what it means to be a disciple and how they can be true disciples of Christ in the modern world.

With homecoming on the way, Oct. 31, the class has begun planning out the various pageants that the homecoming court will participate in. Dress up days have already been established and will be revealed to the student body within the next two weeks.

Both volleyball games will be away this week, on Tues. the team will travel to play Summit Charter Collegiate Academy in Portervile and only the varsity team will travel to Alpaugh to play Alpaugh high school, Oct. 2.

The next leadership class meeting will be held on Tues., Sept. 30 to continue to plan the festivities of homecoming week and preparation for Grandparent’s Day, Oct.3 from 8 a.m.- 12:25 p.m.

Grandparents are welcome to sit in on their grandchild’s classes and a luncheon will be held to celebrate the grandparents that attend. Shuttle services will be available in parking lots ‘A’ and ‘F’.

Leadership students will also help in setting up and serving dinner for Isabel Anderson’s masquerade dinner, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. in the FC gym. Anderson was diagnosed with a rare case of brain cancer and has gone through six weeks of radiation treatment. The purpose of the dinner is to raise money for the Anderson family. Anyone is welcome to attend and those who cannot are free to donate to the organization.

The next home football game will be next Friday, Oct. 10 against Kings Christain. Make sure to come out and support your Eagles!

For more news, read the Sept. 24 article, Leadership attends monthly WSL meeting, improves events

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By |2014-09-29T00:00:00+00:00September 29th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: It's rally time!

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Student leadership will host a rally in the FC gym at 2:30 p.m. to raise school spirit in honor of the football game, Sept.

Student leadership will host a rally in the FC gym at 2:30 p.m. to raise school spirit in honor of the football game, Sept. 5. The theme will be The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). Class colors are as follows: seniors wear red, juniors wear blue, sophomores wear purple, freshmen wear orange.

In order to celebrate the result of the first home football game of the season against Coast Union High School, student leadership will hold a 5th quarter in the PC gym.

Admission is $4 for students, $8 for non-students and free for the football players. This includes pizza, candy, drinks and volleyball.

Freshmen Erin Wilson anticipates her first high school rally as a high school student.

“I’m excited and I think it will be really fun,” Wilson said. “The junior high rallies people didn’t get very involved, we just played a bunch of games.”

Morgan Miller, ’16, likes the new location of 5th quarter because of the proximity.

“I’m excited for 5th quarter in the PC gym because you don’t have to drive anywhere or leave campus, its super convenient,” Miller said. “I’m really looking forward to hanging out with all of my friends like we did at last year’s 5th quarters.”

Leadership advisor, Vickey Belmont, shares the new features 5th quarter has to offer.

“We are having 5th quarter in the PC gym this week because we though we would try something new in order to get everyone there,” Belmont said. “There is going to be music, food and some volleyball so its going to be lot so fun because its going to be something we haven’t done before.”

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For more new, read Aug. 29 article, Student Leadership: Speaks out.

By |2014-09-05T00:00:00+00:00September 5th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Girls tennis returns after years of absence

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The girl’s team is made up of six players. The top four players on the tennis play singles, and fifth and sixth play doubles.

With the absence of the girls tennis team for the past few years, girls were either forced to abstain from the sport altogether or play on the boy’s team in the spring.

The girl’s team is made up of six players. The top four players on the tennis play singles, and fifth and sixth play doubles. Their first game took place at FC against Coalinga, Aug, 28. They lost the match as a whole losing both singles and doubles.

Being able to bring back tennis provides our students with more athletic and competitive opportunities then they’ve had in the last few years. It gives come girls a chance to play a sport they haven’t played before and have new experiences. It broadens the scope of what we are able to provide our students as a school.–Mick Fuller, Co-athletic Director

The Lady Eagles are scheduled to play their next game against the Caruthers Blue Raiders at home, Sept. 2. And will play against Avenal at home as well, Sept. 4.

Sophomore Karagin Udall played junior high tennis and has kept up her skills through various camps and is excited to be a member of the new tennis team.

“I’ve been playing tennis for about three years, I started at FC in the seventh grade and just went to different camps to keep me in the sport,” Udall said. “I was really excited that we got a tennis team this year because I know last year was a bummer that we didn’t have one.”

Athletic Director Michael Fuller looks forward to the wider variety of athletics that girl’s tennis will provide.

“Being able to bring back tennis provides our students with more athletic and competitive opportunities then they’ve had in the last few years,” Fuller said. “It gives come girls a chance to play a sport they haven’t played before and have new experiences. It broadens the scope of what we are able to provide our students as a school.”

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For more sports, read the Aug.28, Volleyball sport shorts: Immanuel.

By |2014-08-29T00:00:00+00:00August 29th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

New teacher overcomes initial fears, aims to help students

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Jared Kaiser joins the FC campus as new math teacher.

With a new year change has begun, goodbyes have been said to last years teachers, and a new hello has been circulating school wide for new fresh faced teachers. New math teacher Jared Kaiser takes on his first year of teaching at FC, but coached basketball and taught math for Parlier high school last year.

Kaiser grew up in Lake Forest, CA and attended El Torro high school. He later went on to play basketball for four years at Chapman University and majored in accounting.

Kaiser is not exactly a new name around FC, his wife, Jordana Siebert was the history teacher for two years, from 2011-2013. Jared admits to feeling strange about coming to a school his wife previously taught at.

“Honestly, I almost felt kind of weird coming here because I felt like it was her school, not mine,” Kaiser said. “And since she [/fusion_builder_column]

[Jordana] was invited to a lot of graduation parties I kept hearing that there were a job openings here so I took interest because it was much closer to home.”

Kaiser finds FC parents to be much more involved in both the school as a whole and in their children’s academics.

“I’m getting emails from students and parents almost daily, whether they’re sick, going to miss a day, just anything; and that never happened at Parlier,” Kaiser said “It is a completely different culture here, the kids are more involved in the learning process. Parlier was a great place to go and it taught me a lot about classroom management and how to handle a classroom, but here at FC the kids are very different just because of the culture they’ve grown up in.”

With a whole math department and multiple teachers, teaching the same class, Kaiser felt able to rely on them for any questions about the curriculum. Kaiser is very grateful to Director of academics, Michael Fenton for creating an outstanding mathematics curriculum.

“I stress out everyday because at Parlier you could rely on an entire department of math teachers,” Kaiser said. ” I had two other geometry teachers and three other algebra teachers to work with. He [Fenton] Has been the biggest blessing, and Mr. Lee has kept almost every single day of notes and homework for me to refer back to. The most challenging thing is to find a way to take all that and make it my own, at the end of the day if the kids get it then great, but if they don’t then we have a problem that needs fixing.”

Every job has it’s difficulties, and Kaiser says that he finds the hardest part about being a teacher to be the constant preparation and creativity needed to keep students interested and invested in their work.

“The hardest part about being a teacher is always having to be prepared, because there are so many kids that are relying on you to be prepared and present everyday,” Kaiser said. “It’s up to me to find what the best way for my students to learn is.”

Senior Brooke Wood enjoys Kaiser’s class for the atmosphere he provides to the classroom.

“I have Mr. Kaiser for Algebra two and I really like him as a teacher,” Wood said. “He takes the time to explain things really well and makes sure we all know what we are doing.”

Amber Wilson, sophomore, has taken a great liking to Kaiser’s hands on approach to his teaching curriculum.

“I like Mr. Kaiser as a teacher because his teaching style is very hands on and its helpful to do a problem on the board in front of the class with him helping out,” Wilson said. “Last year I had Mr. Lee and I miss him and I don’t think I know Mr. Kaiser well enough to know which one I prefer.”

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For more features, read the Aug. 28 article Devices promote class efficiency, productivity.

By |2014-08-29T00:00:00+00:00August 29th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Seniors prepare for retreat, look to grow closer

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The goal of the retreat is to bring students closer together and to create new friendships. Night hikes, team challenges and campfire worship are all activities designed to make students work together and learn to collaborate with one another.

Seniors look to bond at upcoming retreat

As students launch into their last year of high school, an event which many highly anticipate is the annual senior retreat which will be held at Calvin Crest, Aug. 16-17.

The goal of the retreat is to bring students closer together and to create new friendships. Night hikes, team challenges and campfire worship are all activities designed to make students work together and learn to collaborate with one another.

History teacher and chaperone Kori Friesen looks forward to watching relationships grow and blossom.

“I’m really looking forward to having lots of fun with the seniors, I didn’t get to go last year so this year is going to be new to me.” Friesen said.

Although the senior retreat is somewhat of a mystery to some, senior Summer Villanueba looks forward to spending time with her classmates outside of the traditional classroom setting.

“I’m not really sure what to expect,” Villanueba said. “I’m just really looking forward to being with my classmates out in the mountains and having lots of fun.”

While most students will attend, some will not be able to due to prior commitments.

Students depart from FC at 10 a.m., Aug. 27, and will arrive back at FC around 2 p.m., the next day.

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For more news articles, read Aug 13 article: 2014-’15 convocation brings excitement, sets goals.

By |2014-08-14T00:00:00+00:00August 14th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COLUMN: Love for FC

I love FC. I love the condensed environment, the caring teachers and especially the close relationships I am able to create with so many people.

Yes, FC is small, but imagine how well you get to know everyone. Eventually you get comfortable with a variety of people and can easily open up about anything. I am aware that not every single person at FC is is kind and caring; some people will hurt and abandon you, but that’s just the reality of school.

Another great aspect of attending a small school is that people are given the opportunity to participate in a multitude of activities: sports, clubs and independent classes. And so you know the best part? The teachers and coaches are willing to be flexible in order to help you manage your extra curricular activities.

And can I just say how great our teachers and faculty are? I mean they give up so much of their time and effort to put up with high school students all day, and I assure you that they do not put themselves through that for the money?. The teachers here are willing to do what it takes to make our high school experience rememberable and worth the time we put in to it.

I have made so many good relationships since coming to FC in the seventh grade, some instantly, others over the course of the years. Either way I am so grateful that I can surround myself with a variety of great people. I know that I can count on them to pray for me and be there while I go through the teen struggles.

I often hear so many people talk down on the school saying it’s “too small”, “boring, or “not fun”, but guys, IT IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT. You want more excitement at games? How about you show up and be that person who stands up in the nut house and starts the chants. Think it’s too small? Talk it up and then maybe more people will look into coming. Not fun? Make it fun, be crazy, have fun, love God.

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For more opinion articles, read Senior cherishes past 13 years, relives memories

By |2014-05-23T00:00:00+00:00May 23rd, 2014|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lifer gives advice, reminisces on campus experiences

With the school year coming to the end, seniors begin to look back on all the years of high school and the memories that came with them. Students are usually recognized for their dedication both in academics and athletics; however, some have been able to avoid the spotlight even though they have been involved in so much this year.

A perfect example of this is senior Aliciana Quintana. While being cast as the leading lady in our schools first musical, Bye Bye Birdie, she was invited to the California CIF State Meet for Cross Country, an honor only a few high school students receive.

Her favorite memory of this year however, is performing Bye Bye Birdie with her fellow classmates.

?Although I had such a blast with everyone during my time in cross country, nothing could beat Bye Bye Birdie,? Quintana said. ?The fact that we pulled off such a difficult musical in such a short amount of time is amazing and I was so blessed to be apart of it.?

Although Quintana was a big part of drama class by being a lead in the spring production, sports was also a huge part of her high school experience.

?I?ve been in track every year and I?ve done cross country during sophomore year and this year,? Quintana said. ?Getting to spend so much time with my teammates was awesome and some of my favorite memories of high school have been from those sports.

Quintana will be staying in Fresno after graduation and will attend Willow International. Though she is excited about graduating, she will miss the campus atmosphere.

?So many people complain about our school, saying it?s too strict and things like that, but I love it,? Quintana said. ?Where else could you become so close with your classmates and teachers like we can here? We became a big family over these four years of high school and I will dearly miss it.?

Being a lifer at Fresno Christian, Quintana knows this school inside and out, so she hopes that she can pass on some knowledge that she has gained over the years to some of the younger students.

?Being at Fresno Christian allows you to get involved, unlike other schools where there is so many people that it?s too difficult to even try out for something, like music or sports,? Quintana said. ?Take advantage of this, go out for sports, join drama or choir class, have fun, get out there and be apart of the school.?

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @Robbie_J24. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more features, read the May 7 Food, entertainment adds lively atmosphere to Cinco de Mayo article.

By |2014-05-12T00:00:00+00:00May 12th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-14, No. 35 (VIDEO)

This is the 35th episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of May 5, 2014. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

Lunch Schedule:
Mon: Build Your Own Burrito
Tues: Teriyaki Don
Wed: Half Day
Thurs: Pacifica Pizza
Fri: No Lunch

Sports for the week:

Monday: Golf has a match at Riverdale.
Softball has a home game starting at 4:00.

Tuesday: Baseball has a home game, starting at 4:00.

Wednesday: Track has a meet at Coalinga starting at 2:00.

Thursday: Softball has a home game starting at 4:00.

Friday: Baseball has a home game starting at 4:00.

Fri. May 9, there is Powder Puff starting at 6:30 p.m.

For these and other events, read The Feather Online announcements at the Daily News on the right menu bar. The FC Underground segments consist of news, interviews, profiles and comments on campus life. Each episode is between two and three minutes in length.

“FC Underground” first ran in the fall of 1997 and continued until the spring of 2001. In the fall of 2009, editor-in-chief Suzanna Quiring , ’10, resumed the series, which was then produced by Paige Powell, ’10. After Quiring and Powell graduated, Brooke Stobbe and David Casuga took up the job until the end the 2011-’12 school year. Now, Fries and usually senior Jared Franz have continued the segments.

By |2014-05-09T00:00:00+00:00May 9th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Food truck party promotes Parkway, Fresno wildlife rescue

The San Joaquin River Parkway hosted a small variety of authentic food truck cuisine May 4 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

The event included an artisan market, a used sporting goods sale and eight food trucks in hopes of attracting people and families to the parkway. Participating food trucks are as follows: Dusty Buns, Ooh De Lolli Ice Pops, Casa De Tamales, Summertime Pies, Eat Street Bistro, Mattie’s Pizza, Benediction and TakoBBQ.

Candy Barnes, San Joaquin River Parkway Trust board of directors, enjoys the food truck events because it promotes their venue. Barnes also believes that everyone likes food trucks events.

“We hold this event here to attract you and your families,” Barnes said. “We also augment that with this wonderful wildlife rescue, our artisan event and our used sporting goods sale. Its to bring people here and make them anxious to join us. ”

The San Joaquin River Parkways, hope to build a parkway on the Fresno side of the San Joaquin river from Friant Dam to Highway 99.

Donna Mott, owner of Ooh-De-Lollie Ice Pops, is a regular vendor at the food truck event.

“This is the third year of this event,” Mott said. “San Joaquin River Parkway does this to bring people here to show the public what they are about. I have a pretty good relationship with the other food truck owners, and the regulars and I always do the same events at Gazebo Gardens Friday and Saturday nights. There will be another event like this one in October where I will make gourmet and artisan popsicles and my ingrediance that go into them are locally grown.”

After attending last year, Bill Huene, favors the set up this than in pervious years.

“I heard about this event after attending last year and then recently I drove by the venue and saw a sign advertising it,” Huene said. “I got three tacos from Tacos La Ellegante, I got a sampling of abaida, asada and chicken tacos with chili and some hot sauce on the side. This year the weather is a lot better than last year, and there is a better set up.”

For more features, read the April 29 article Misleading nutrition labels prompt changes.

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

By |2014-05-05T00:00:00+00:00May 5th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|1 Comment

FC Underground 2013-14, No. 34 (VIDEO)

This is the 34th episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of April 28-May 2, 2014. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

Lunch Schedule:
Mon: No Lunch
Tues: Teriyaki Don
Wed: Farmer Boys
Thurs: Pacifica Pizza
Fri: No Lunch

Sister to Sister has an off campus lunch on Mon. April 28.

Debate Team meets every Wed. during 4th period in room 628.

For these and other events, read The Feather Online announcements at the Daily News on the right menu bar. The FC Underground segments consist of news, interviews, profiles and comments on campus life. Each episode is between two and three minutes in length.

“FC Underground” first ran in the fall of 1997 and continued until the spring of 2001. In the fall of 2009, editor-in-chief Suzanna Quiring , ’10, resumed the series, which was then produced by Paige Powell, ’10. After Quiring and Powell graduated, Brooke Stobbe and David Casuga took up the job until the end the 2011-’12 school year. Now, Fries and usually senior Jared Franz have continued the segments.

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 33

By |2014-04-28T00:00:00+00:00April 28th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Powder Puff sparks competition between classes

The annual FC Powder Puff football game will be held on the FC north field at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9. Each grade will assemble a team of girls which will participate in a game of flag football against other classes.

The first round will consist of seniors against freshman and juniors versus sophomores. The second and final round will be the winners playing against each other and the losing teams will compete against one another. At the end the champions will receive a trophy for their victory.

Senior Katie Uribe has yet to participate in Powder Puff and looks forward to the upcoming games.

“I don’t exactly enjoy playing football, but I want to play Powder Puff because it looked really fun and I missed out last year,” Uribe said. “I like to take people out, even though I’m pretty sure I’ll get knocked out, it’ll be worth it.”

Sophomore Alexis Kalugin feels that it was a mistake to miss powderpuff last year and is looking forward to trying it out this year.

“I didn’t play Powder Puff last year, but I saw pictures and was really bummed that I missed out,” Kalugin said. “I really look forward to playing a fun game of football and getting to know some people better.”

Freshmen Powder Puff coach Julian Castro is hopeful about the upcoming games and pleased with the positive feedback from his class.

“I know that we play the seniors first, and I actually think that we have somewhat of a chance,” Castro said. “I’m surprised at how many girls wanted to play and we have quite a bit of talent. I think it’s going to be more funny and fun, whereas real football is very serious.”

Junior Powder Puff quarterback Ivette Ibarra is excited for the competition and hoping for a three-peat.

“After last years experience, where we won the championship game, Powder Puff has become one of my favorite high school experiences,” Ibarra said. “I’m so excited for this year’s game, I know the junior class will be amazing and dominate the senior class.”

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson @gaby_siqueiros. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more news, read the April 22 article, BreakAway challenges students to service.

By |2014-04-23T00:00:00+00:00April 23rd, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gilmore initiates physical tests for 7-12

Throughout the nation, physical education classes participate in Presidential Physical Fitness Testing, to test their physical abilities. Students showcase their physical abilities through a series of tests and receive a grade based on their scores.

The test includes activities such as: hands release push ups, sit-ups, squats, sit and reach and the mile. Each test has a certain number of repetitions in order to pass, receive a higher score.

Student who pass all of the five fitness test will receive a certificate. those who are in the 80 percent and higher percentile for all five events will receive a medal.

Ericlee Gilmore physical education teacher assess all of his student, junior high and high school, with the same test.

“Physical fitness testing is a national test, and I decided to it April 2-8 because it was right around the time of SAT-10 testing. So we can test the brain along with our bodies,” Gilmore said. “I test my junior high and high school students on the same things, there are just different standards for each.

Gilmore develops the test requirements by averaging the total skill level of each grade.

“To find the standards for push-ups, sit-ups and squat tests I averaged each of the classes scores and used some of my own knowledge,” Gilmore said. “I would like to do testing more often, but it just takes a lot of work, because I have to watch each student individually.”

Junior Alyssa Oakley, believes participating in fitness testing is important for students, but they should practice each of the tests before hand.

“I personally don’t mind fitness testing, I think that its a good idea for students to get tested on there abilities,” Oakley said. “I wish that we would have practiced each of the five tests more so we could have the chance to get a better score.”

Chloe Mueller, ’16, enjoys testing her physical abilities and setting goals for herself.

“I think its important because it gives students goals to work for, and it helps them test their physical abilities and improve them,” Mueller said. “Also we had a competition between classes to see which class was the most physically fit.”

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

For more sports, read the April 2 article, Boys tennis sport shorts: Caruthers.

By |2014-04-11T00:00:00+00:00April 11th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Spring sport pictures held in FC gym, April 8

Spring sports photos will be held at 3:15 p.m. in the FC Gym for both high school and junior high students, April 8. Photos will be taken by Milne Photography after school as not to disrupt classes.

Athletes may pick up an order form from the office to select which photos they wish to purchase. To stray away from missing classes for photos, the athletic department has decided to hold photos after school. Below is the order in which the teams will take photos:

HS baseball (dismiss from class 2:10 for game set up)
HS track 3:15
JH track 3:20
JH tennis 3:25
HS golf 3:30
HS softball 3:35

Sports picture order forms can be found here, in order to view the form you must sign in to your gmail account.

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

For more news, read the April 2 article, Fresno to move forward with aquarium project.

By |2014-04-07T00:00:00+00:00April 7th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Chaffee Zoo introduces Malayan tiger cubs

Malayan tigers are typically found in southern and central Malaysian Peninsula. Their life span is about 15 years in the wild and up 20 years in captivity. Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Malayan tigers are typically found in southern and central Malaysian Peninsula. Their life span is about 15 years in the wild and up 20 years in captivity.

Zoo adds new improvements

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo has recently added a unique element to the tiger exhibits on display. In addition to the recent improvements, Malayan tiger cubs have recently made their appearance to the public.

Malayan tigers are typically found in southern and central Malaysian Peninsula. Their life span is about 15 years in the wild and up 20 years in captivity. Their population estimate as of 2008 is 489-1480; they are considered an endangered species. The common Malayan tigers diet consists of Sambar deer, wild boar and bearded pigs. The average weight of both female and male tigers range from 176-330 pounds, with a height of 6.5-7.8 feet.

Lead mammal keeper at the Chaffee Zoo, Sarah Shearer, shares the zoos concerns about showcasing the cubs on exhibit.

“I became fully employed by the Chaffee Zoo in 2005 and I worked part time since 1997 and now I am the lead mammal keeper,” Shearer said. “Our concerns are always about the animals health, we just really want to make sure that as they grow, we do what is appropriate for them. When they were really little we couldn’t put them on exhibit because it was freezing cold. We just wanted to make sure that at each step we were ready to do what was right for the cubs as they grow.”

The zoo takes part in the Malayan Tiger Survival Plan, Shearer provides insight to the participation of the plan.

“It is rare but tigers breed pretty readily in captivity but what’s rare is that we have two Malayan tigers,” Shearer said. “We participate in the Malayan Survival Plan which is a board of people that determine which species should deal with which to provide a nice healthy stable genetic population in captivity. This pair that we have now has actually bread with each other before, but they have never had a litter of four which is really cool.”

The female Malayan tiger, Mek, mother of the four cubs has been able to raise the cubs on her own with little interference from the zoos staff.

“We need to be careful that they are getting enough food,” Shearer said. “Recently they were just started on meat and we needed to make sure that one cub wasn’t hogging all of it. We need to make sure that they are getting enough time with their mom and that their mom is getting enough time on her own. When we first agreed to breed, we agree to keep the cubs up to two or three years, but we don’t expect to. We know that they won’t all stay, we don’t know if we will keep one. We play it by ear and whatever the species survival plan recommends we go with.”

Shearer explains the reasoning behind their decision to let the cubs grow up to be wild cats.

“We let the mother raise them but since they will be in captivity all their lives, we separate them from the mom and make sure the cubs are calm and comfortable around people, so they don’t become high stressed cats.” Shearer said. “We judge what we are going to do based off how they are developing.”

Whether it be hands-on contact with the cubs or watching from a distance, Shearer thoroughly enjoys watching the cubs grow up.

“All of it is fun, even if I am just shifting them out onto exhibit,” Shearer said. “I love just watching these little cubs run and frolic out onto the exhibit. As they learn to shift, walk or even open their eyes everything they do is just adorable.”

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

For more features, read the March 31 article, Music department prepares for end of the year concerts.

By |2014-04-03T00:00:00+00:00April 3rd, 2014|Community Events, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Feather in The City, Day 3 (21 PHOTOS, VIDEO)

With two days under their belt, day three in New York proved to be just as scholastic as it was entertaining. Some editors were chosen to teach classes at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Spring Convention at Columbia University with the help of journalism advisor Greg Stobbe.

The day started off early in the morning with a quick breakfast and a trip on the subway to Columbia University. Multi-media anchor Callista Fries and Sports Editor Christopher Grossman taught the first class, ‘Broadcast Your Voice,’ instructing attendees on how to create a podcast and tips on how to stay focused.

Next, Editor-in-Chief Tynin Fries and Senior Editor Viviana Hinajosa taught the second class, ‘Online Workflow,’ helping advisors and students find a good motivation to get work done as well as share how The Feather came to be successful.

Following the Columbia experience for the first time this week the group headed to The Cathedral of St. Johns the Divine , a famous old gothic European cathedral. The group took a vertical tour of the largest cathedral and had the opportunity to see the New York City from the roof.

The group then ate a quick dinner around Times Square and went back to their rooms to freshen up for Disney’s Newsies Broadway show later in the evening. The trip back to the room proved to be an adventure due to the fact that it poured rain and the streets were mildly flooded. Upon their return to the hotel, the staffers separated to their room and went to sleep to rest up for the next day.

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

For more news, read the March 18 article, Feather in The City, Day 2 (38 PHOTOS, VIDEO).

By |2014-03-19T00:00:00+00:00March 19th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Feather in The City, Day 2 (38 PHOTOS, VIDEO)

After a full night’s rest and the first day of the group’s endeavors in the Big Apple, they held high hopes for the new full day and what it offered.

To start off the morning they began their walking tour through Times Square to Bryant Park located next to the New York Public Library. From there the group visited the famous Grand Central Station which contained an underground shopping mall and fresh market. Next up was the New York Public Library famous for its architecture/ceiling, which attracts many directors to shoot movies there.

For lunch the group was allowed to venture out into Rockefeller Center to shop and find something to eat. Once in the Rockefeller Center, the group took a tour of Radio City Music Hall and interviewed a Rockette.

Multimedia Anchor Callista Fries, ’15, veteran to the trip, enjoyed touring the Radio City Music Hall even after having already done it before.

“Going to the Radio City Music Hall was my favorite thing to do, I used to be a dancer, so seeing the Rockettes was pretty awesome,” Fries said. “I must admit that being outside was definitely the worst part about today because it was so cold. This year is different because there are more people but we mostly do the same things we did last year, but it?s all still really fun.”

Before dinner the group was permitted to walk around SoHo and Little Italy and shop while waiting for an early dinner at La Nonna before heading back to the hotel to dress for the Broadway show. To finish off the night, the group attended Les Miserables, a top Broadway show.

German foreign exchange student Patrick Schmitt, guest to the journalism staff and hosted by staffer Ethan Andrews, has enjoyed his time in New York, especially taking notice of the Les Miserables Broadway show.

“I was excited because I love to meet new people and Ethan told me that you guys were a weird group and I thought I would fit in, plus I really wanted to see New York,” Schmitt said. “Les Miserables was by far my favorite thing we?ve done thus far, and my least favorite being the not very good breakfast I had this morning.”

Follow The Feather via twitter: @thefeather. These writers can be reached via twitter: @_sarapeterson @gaby_siqueiros.

By |2014-03-18T00:00:00+00:00March 18th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Owens takes leadership position in varsity baseball

Often in life high school students find themselves searching for a place to belong, and in a small school like FC, sports are a constructive and fun way to find themselves.

Junior Dillon Owens discovered his love for baseball early on in life and has continued playing throughout all of middle school and high school. His determination to be the best he can be has driven him to great lengths in the sport.

“I’ve been playing baseball since I was about three, just playing tee-ball with my dad,” Owens said. “I love baseball because it’s a rush; if you mess up there is always the next play to recover from and keep going. The most difficult thing about pitching is when you have a full count and if you walk the batter, your team hates you, but when you strike him out, they love you.”

In his many years in the sport, Owens remembers some of the greatest and most embarrassing moments in his baseball career.

“The most embarrassing thing that happened to me was when I was walking up to bat and I swung too hard and hit myself in the back of my head,” Owens said. “The greatest play I’ve ever made was a triple play. I caught a fly ball and threw it two second and then to first base.”

Unlike many high school students Owens gets the privilege of being able to play alongside his cousin Tyler Sellers, ’16.

“I’ve played baseball at Bullard and a little bit at Central and it’s a lot different because its all politics, but here at FC its more like a family and everyone gets a chance to play,” Owens said. “It helps a lot to have my cousin Tyler {Sellers} on the team because I can rely on him, and if I get mad and yell at him, there won’t be any hard feelings. We’ve played together since we were really young.”

Sellers also enjoys being able to count on his cousin out on the field, knowing from experience the two play well together.

“Dillon {Owens} is a great player, and he does a great job at what he does on the field,” Sellers said. “He is very reliable, when we throw him the ball he picks it; he is a great first basemen. We have played together for 10 years, I know exactly how he plays, and it’s great knowing what he’s going to do before he does it.”

This year, Owens has set goals for himself personally as well as for the team, ultimately hopeing to advance the team to playoffs.

“My goals personally are to go to valley, but it’s going to be tough to move forward from past years,” Owens said. “As a team I want to have a winning record, rather than a loosing record. Our record now is 4-0. The longest gave I’ve ever played was 11 innings because we had to go into over time. Right now I’m the highest pitcher in division five for strike out.”

Head baseball coach Noah Heinz admires Owens’s passion for the game and has high hopes for the team this year under his leadership.

“I would say that Dillon {Owens} has acclimated very well, and taken on leadership roles as pitcher and first basemen,” Hinds said. “Dillon and Tyler {Sellers} together both bring some really good energy to the team; their passion for the game really pushes the other players to excel. I have high hopes and expectations for this season. I think we have a really good chance at league and we can even make a run at valley championships.”

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

For more sports, read the March 14 article, Softball sport shorts: Orange Cove.

By |2014-03-14T00:00:00+00:00March 14th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Career day offers multiple professions, occupational insight

With the future rapidly approaching many students have decided to get serious and figure out possible occupations, according to their interests. To help students expand their knowledge of future careers, the third annual Career Day was held, March 12.

Students were to attend three sessions, they chose one speaker at each available session to learn about each career. The goal of Career Day was to inform students of possible career choices. Guest speakers ranged from business men, architects, physicians and many more.

History teacher Kori Friesen, instructed students on what it takes to be a photographer and run a business.

“I prepared a powerpoint and I tried to shed light on the career of photography and what distinguished a hobby from a career,” Friesen said. “I tried to give an honest glimpse into pricing as well as the cost it takes to run a the business. Career Day is a good idea because it gives students a glimpse into different careers, maybe the ones they thought they were interested in and ones they didn’t recognize as possibilities. Even more so, it gets you networking with other professionals.”

Sophomore Sierra Duffy was surprised at the interest she took in photography and is grateful for the opportunity of Career Day.

“I went to Mrs. Friesen session,” Duffy said. “When I first went I never thought that photography would be so hard. Obviously every career is time consuming and stressful but just hearing her talk about all of it made me stress out too. However, it did get me much more interested in photography. I know Career Day isn’t everyones favorite thing, but it’s still good that the school puts it on.”

Tyler Breedlove, ’16, explains his understanding of Career Day and his appreciation for the careers selected to present. He believes having that type of event truly benefits high school students.

“My favorite career out of the three I attended was Mr. Roggenstein, the CEO, because I want to get into business and own my own business,” Breedlove said. “I think it’s a good thing that we have this event because it gives people options and goals to shoot for.”

Anesthesiologist Ty Hutchins, one of the Career Day speakers, explained the journey he took to enter the profession and a description of what his job entails.

“Its takes four years of college and your major doesn’t really matter,” Hutchins said. “Once you get your college degree you have four years of medical school with the first two years being in the classrooms and labs. After those two years it’s clinical and you start seeing patients. Then you have your residency where you start to work on what your specialty is. Since I am an Anesthesiologist, I give out pain relievers and anesthesia when they are going into surgery, and then wake them up.”

Junior Brooke Wood attended the career fair and thought it was very beneficial for students to take part in.

“I decided to go to Ty Hutchins, anesthesiologist, because I want to pursue a career in criminology or something in the medical field,” Wood said. “I think I’m leaning more towards criminology because the anesthesiologist has to do with chemistry and I’m not very good at it. Career fair is good for students because it shows you what careers are really like.”

Hutchins gave insight into some of the difficulties and benefits that come from his profession. He loves the work he does, but also struggles with the lack of sleep that comes with it.

“The most difficult thing about my job is the unpredictability,” Hutchins said. “You have no idea what you are going to do every day. I could have one thing planned for tomorrow, and then it could completely change. The hardest obstacle to overcome is having to function on very little sleep. My favorite thing about my career is being able to give patients a little bit of drugs, go into surgery and watching their amusing reaction when they wake up having no awareness of what just took place.”

Hutchins recommends that students looking to pursue Anesthesia be able to keep up with the everyday stresses of the job.

“I would recommend this career to someone who would like to do something different everyday, and always wants a challenge where you have peoples lives in your hands,” Hutchins said. “Career fair is a good idea for this profession just so students can see what they are getting themselves into.”

Senior Rayna Endicott found Career Day to be very insightful for the career sessions she attended. She appreciated the advice given to her from the different speakers as well as the fair that was held afterwards.

“I thought Career Day went really well,” Endicott said. “The sessions I went to helped me understand what each job entails. It was great to hear from people who are in the profession and give a real life perspective of what they do. The fair afterwards was also very helpful because students could talk one-on-one with the professionals and get more advice.”

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

For more features, read the March 7 article, School-wide service day benefits local organizations (VIDEO).

By |2014-03-13T00:00:00+00:00March 13th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

School educates parents on technology changes

With the many changes brought about by the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, the FC Technology Leadership Team is putting on a Technology Information Night in the FC music suite, March 10 at 7 p.m.

Technology Information Night will serve as a guidance to parents for the vision of BYOD. Head of technology department David Martens, wants parents to understand the plan of BYOD.

“There are three Technology Information Nights and they are intended to allow us to communicate to parents our vision for the BYOD program,” Martens said. “So the vision as well as some of the policies are going to be put into play and communicated at Tech Night. Parents should go to hear the information and to ask questions regarding the new change.”

Parents are encouraged to attend in order to clear up any confusion or concerns they may have regarding the technology transition. History teacher, Kori Friesen explains how crucial it is for parents to be on board and support the new change.

“I am going to be showing the parents how technology will be used in the classroom,” Friesen said. “I’ll be demonstrating things that have already been completed, sample work and give them an overview of what it will look like integrated in a classroom.”

Friesen hopes that the information night will shed some light to the new BYOD program. She hopes that it will calm the fears of the hesitant parents and allow them to realize that the school needs as much support from them as possible.

“I think the change that the school will be going through could be creating some apprehension in parents,” Friesen said. “The more understanding and knowledge they have about it would take away any fears they have and help them be a part of the change and support system that we’re going to need from home.”

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

For more news, read the Feb. 4, BRIEF: Fundraiser to be held at Applebee’s, March 10 article.

By |2014-03-10T00:00:00+00:00March 10th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Orchestra aids drama department in first musical

In just a few short days, the drama department will make FC history by producing the first ever musical, Bye Bye Birdie with an added bonus of a live orchestra.

Performance days will be Friday, March 8, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale in the high school office for $10 and $5 for students, seniors and military. Tickets will also be on sale at the door on performance nights.

Bye Bye Birdie is set in the 1950s and was inspired by Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the army. The story also revolves around the life of a music producer and and his struggles.

The production will have added value of a live orchestra to play for all the musical numbers. Music Director Michael Ogdon is pleased with the progression into a more advanced drama performance.

“I’m anticipating that it’ll be fun, but there is some fear for some of the players that are still insecure about some stuff,” Ogdon said. “The good thing is that it is a big enough orchestra that sometimes the things someone doesn’t know will be covered by someone else. I think it’s important to have a live orchestra to make it real, it establishes the fact that we have skills in all areas.”

Drummer Trevor Trevino, ’17, looks forward to the upcoming performances and seeing everything come together on stage.

“I like being in the orchestra because it’s something we’ve never done before,” Trevino said. “I personally, don’t think the music was hard for me to learn but it is enjoyable. I like to practice with the drama class just to see what they are capable of.”

The orchestra has also brought in a few other people with different musical skills and instruments played in hopes of adding even more sound and detail into the music.

Junior Madison Seib enjoys performing with drama and is excited to see everything come together in the end.

“I really like it because it gives the jazz band a chance to work on something new together as a team,” Seib said. “We always meet as a jazz band during zero period except Tuesdays, but now we also have to practice after school on certain days with the drama class. I really like to practice with drama because it is really fun to watch everyone act. I play the clarinet, the music isn’t really hard except for when there are four or five sharps or flats.”

Senior Natalie Ruiz gives insight on what its like to act with a live orchestra.

“This is my first time acting with an orchestra and it’s really fun; it keeps the energy up and the audience enjoys it because it gives them that 1950s feel,” Ruiz said. “Working with the orchestra is kind of challenging because you have to wait for them to start playing and that’s not very hard, its just more of a challenge to listen in.”

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson @gaby_siqueiros. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more features, read the March 4 Campus, community collaborate for Kids Day cause article.

By |2014-03-05T00:00:00+00:00March 5th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Annual auction aims to net 100k for school funds

AuctionSmFC file photo

The purpose of the auction is to raise as much money for the school as possible and to raise awareness in the community.

Save the date for the Fresno Christian’s 31st annual auction on March 15, which will be hosted in the FC gym from 5:30-9 p.m.

The night will consist of both silent and live auction segments. The silent auction will consist of gift certificates, services and desserts. Steak dinner will be served at 6:30 followed by the live auction at 7:30. Executive Director of Christian Business Men’s Connection (CBMC), Tom Sommers will be the night’s guest emcee.

The purpose of the auction is to raise as much money for the school as possible and to raise awareness in the community. The 2014 goal is 100K, $10,000 more than the 2013 event.

Superintendent Debbie Siebert raves at the student involvement and their key part in the success of the night.

“The students help set up which is really important, setting up the tables and chairs,” Siebert said. “Every year we try to see if we can beat the time it takes us to set up because having the PE classes there, usually everyone is really cooperative and everyone participates. Then sometimes elementary comes and helps put the skirting around the edges of the tables which is also time saving, you know getting lots of kids out there to help.”

Siebert encourages all students to help at the action by setting up or donating items to be auctioned off.

“Sometimes students help carry auction items from wherever we’ve got them stored and put them put on the tables,” Siebert said. “The night of the event, Student Leadership helps with raffle tickets. Last year they beat the record and brought in $7,000 off of the raffles.”

Junior Aaron DeWolf helped with the auction last year and provides insight on his tasks.

“I helped out with the silent auction,” DeWolf said. “When time was called I’d tear off the sheets and make sure no one was still writing after time was called. Before the auction I helped set up the tables and after I helped take everything down.”

Siebert explains her role in the auction as being apart of the auction committee.

“I’m part of the auction committee, the auction committee is comprised of the chairmen of the foundation board,” Siebert said. “The foundation board is in charge of raising money for the school, and we also have other members from the parents at large that help with that committee along with Mrs. {Kathy} Pierce and myself.”

After multiple successful years, Siebert wants to raise 100K for the school, since this will be her final year as superintendent of FC.

“We usually hope to clear around $90,000 but this year we are hoping for at least $100,000,” Siebert said. “It’s bittersweet, saying goodbye is hard. I’ve been doing this for 25 years, it’s been a big part of my life. But when the Lord calls you in and then calls you out you know.”

These writers can be reached via twitter: @_sarapeterson @gaby_siqueiros.

For more news, read the Feb. 27 article, Campus choral department hosts festival.

By |2014-02-27T00:00:00+00:00February 27th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reeves recollects internment camp experiences (PODCAST)

Juniors Sara Peterson and Gabriela Siqueiros chose to interview Japanese internment survivor Diane Kanzaki-Reeves as part of their oral presentation after reading Jeanne Wakatsuki’s novel, Farewell to Manzanar. The following is part of Peterson’s and Siqueiros’ research and presentation of the Japanese internment after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They relate Wakatsuki’s Manzanar experience to that of Reeves.

During World War II (WWII), war time hysteria affected many minority groups that resided in the United States. Anxiety increased tremendously in the west after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. Many believed that any person with Japanese decent was in contact with the government overseas and conspiring against America.

In hopes of protecting the nation, president Franklin D. Roosevelt approved Executive Order 9066, Feb. 19, 1942. The act forced more than 127,000 Japanese American and immigrants in the west to government made internment camps.

Loyal and honorable Japanese Americans were angry and confused at the sudden hostility and fear everyone had towards them.

Diane Kanzaki Reeves, former internee, recalls the fear her parents felt when Executive order 9066 was enforced. When the govenrnment split up the Japanese Americans into camps, they commonly went by addresses.

“People were changing their names, in other states, to Chinese so that they would not be seen as Japanese,” Reeves said. “My grandmother told all her kids to come back closer to the house, for the addresses, so that we could stay together, otherwise we would have been all split up.”

Many Japanese internment camps were located in the California and Arizona deserts. Other camps were spread throughout the rest of the western United States.

For most, the ride from everything they had known was the hardest part due to their lack of knowledge on the camps, and what would await them there. Reeves recalls being shoved into the cattle cars with hundreds of others.

“We were told to go to this center, by alphabet, and everyone was given a number. We would be housed in the livestock stalls and then we rode on the cattle cars and they would take us to wherever camp they sent us to, but of course none of us had any idea where we were going to,” Reeves said. “Everyone was just shoved in a cattle car, just hundreds of people, and then you’re given numbers. I mean our family was together, but because of the alphabet, we were in the ‘T’ section, my grandparents were in the ‘H’ section and so on.”

Most Japanese-Americans would agree that the camps were incredibly degrading and unlawful, but some did not find the camps as bad. Although, they all agreed on one thing: the camps took away their freedom and broke their constitutional rights.

Every camp was in a different condition than the next. In most camps the Japanese-Americans were forced to live in very small barracks with many people in each one. Reeves clearly remembers her living quarters in the internment camps.

“In my living space it was only my parents and I but it was still very small,” Reeves said. “We could also hear all the other families through the walls because they were paper thin. We have any kitchen facilities or bathroom facilities, it was just a room. After every few barracks there would be a community bathroom that we would all have to share. ”

As time went on families were forced to adapt to their new way of living and make the best of their situation. Many used the term, “Shikata Ga Nai,” which means “it cannot be helped.” Reeves recollects the tight schedule they were put under.

“A typical day in the camp: a bell would ring in the morning for breakfast, then a second bell would ring for the kids to get their snacks, around mid day a bell would ring for lunch and then one for dinner,” Reeves said. “Those were the only set plans we had. Although many people didn’t have jobs, my dad was lucky and he was able to get a job in the mess hall. He made five dollars a month.”

Although most of the Japanese Americans imprisoned in the internment camps did not enjoy their time, Reeves and her family tried to make the best out of their experiences.

“There were sports in the camps, and my father was the captain of the baseball team,” Reeves said. “Their team was the best of all the blocks, they had a banner made, and they all signed their names on it. The banner went to the Smithsonian for a year, it went to four cities in Japan and it was shown in the California State Capitol Museum.”

To occupy their time in Tuke Lake CA, the internees would make art out of the scraps they found.

“Everything they made was recycled materials because we didn’t have anything. My dad would make a little drawer set for my hair ribbons and he made it out of recycled vegetables and fruit crates from the mess hall,” Reeves said. “They wove baskets and things out of the onion sacks and ties and different things. There were little shells on the river bottom, and the women would collect the shells and make corsages. They would make little flowers out of the shells.”

Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Watasuki Houston, vividly describes her time spent in the internment camps. She recalls her living condition, the food served, latrines and emotional toll that living in the camps had on her family.

Houston also recognizes what her mother did for their family and the toll it took to stay strong for the sake of everyone else. The following is an excerpt from Houston’s novel Farewell to Manzanar.

“[Mama] would quickly subordinate her own desires to those of the family or the community, because she knew cooperation was the only way to survive. At the same time she placed a high premium on personal privacy, respected it in others and insisted upon it for herself. ? Almost everyone at Manzanar had inherited this pair of traits from the generations before them who had learned to live in a small, crowded country like Japan.?

Although their time in the camps were up, the hard times endured in the camps still had long term affects on Reeves and her family.

(PODCAST) Reeves recollects internment camp experiences: Feb. 6, 2014–

“We were released when I was about six years old, we went in alphabetical order so my grandparents went first and we went more towards the end,” Reeves said. “When we were released we had to start over from scratch, we didn’t have much money.”

Reeves currently lives in the same house her family lived in following their camp experiences.

For more related articles, read the 2013 Feb. 22 article, Kawashima recalls internment camp experience (VIDEO, PODCAST) or the 2012 May 18 article, Fibber recalls life in Arizona internment camp (VIDEO).

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueiros @_sarapeterson. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more features, read the Feb. 5, FC increases technology use, involvement.

By |2014-02-06T00:00:00+00:00February 6th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Excitement of Winter Wonderland: Join the discussion (UPDATES DAILY; VIDEO)

Each year during the months of January and February, with Night of the Stars (NOTS) just around the corner, boys begin the exciting and stressful task of asking girls to NOTS. The event serves as the only formal occasion held for FC students, allowing people to take dates as well as going in a group.

NOTS is an annual event that Student Leadership plans, and encourages all FC high school students to partake in. Each class has selected a movie to remake, that will be watched the night of NOTS. The night will consist of a dinner, showing of class movies and an award show. During the night there will be a drink bar and photo opp offered.

With ever changing themes, Winter Wonderland has been chosen by student leadership as the NOTS theme this year. The event will take place at The Grand 1401, on the 10th floor, starting at 6:00 pm, with professional photos by Milne Photography at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 15.

This year early bird tickets will be sold for $55, Jan, 13-24, and regular priced tickets will be sold for $60, Jan. 27 through Feb 14.

The Feather wants to encourage students to submit their opinions about what they are excited for about NOTS, whether it be getting asked, watching the class movies or or just a good time with friends.

Soccer Game Dilemma
Zach Smith, ’15
January 31, 2014

I am not going to NOTS this year because I’m going to watch a soccer game with my brother that day. We’re going to watch LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes at Chukchansi Park. If I were going to NOTS I think I would look forward to seeing all the movies that the classes made.

Basketball Game Surprise
Kelsey Reagan, ’16
January 31, 2014

THis year I got asked by Tyler Breedlove, after the JV basketball game he came out with some flowers and asked me. I kind of suspected he might ask me, but I didn’t know when. Im really looking forward to getting all dressed up and hanging out with all my friends that are going.

World’s Finest Night
Hannah Nale, ’17
January 31, 2014

I got asked by Dawson Triplett this year, he came into my english class and handed me a chocolate bar that he mad himself. It said ‘Will you go to NOTS with me?’ and it had the date on it. On the front it said ‘Worlds Finest Night’ instead of Worlds finest chocolate. It was really great. Im looking forward to all the movies that they are going to be showing.

Flying to NOTS
Katie Uribe, ’14
January 30, 2014

I was asked by Bobby. He took me on his dads airplane, and we flew over their property. Then his dad told us to look out of the right window, then he said to look out of the right window and Bobby had NOTS mowed into their lawn. Since it is my last year going to NOTS I’m looking forward to everything.

A Formal Ballad
Collin WInegarden, ’15
January 30, 2014

This year I asked someone from a different school her name is Cierra Hamilton. I wanted to do something different to ask her, so i wrote her a song. This year I’m looking forward to the movies, because I think they are going to be really funny.

Freshmen English Hideout
Jimmy Chang, ’14
January 30, 2014

I asked Sarah Lim, Annaleah took her to a building 5 to make some copies for Mr. Stobbe. While she was gone I had Mr. Stobbe and his fourth period freshmen english class hold up a sign and I hid in the middle of them. Then when Sarah came back in the classroom, I came out with flowers. I’m excited for the limo and hanging out with friends.

Beautiful Gowns
Sydney Belmont, ’17
January 29, 2014

I was asked by Taylor Crowger, he asked me at the first home varsity basketball game. He brought me a teddy bear and a rose and asked me in front of my friends. I am really excited to dress up, and see all the other pretty dresses.

Post-it Note Craze
Chris Grossman, ’15
January 29, 2014

I asked Elora Hargis to NOTS this year by decorating her car with tons of post it notes, and on the windshield NOTS was written on it. I drove it into the quad during eighth period so that she would see it when she walked out after school. I’m really excited for everything about NOTS, I know it’s going to be a blast!

Surprise, Surprise
Natalie Ruiz, ’14
January 29, 2014

I was asked by Kyle Hudecek this year, he basically came up to me when I was on my way the the gym first period, he came out of nowhere with Nyberg and some roses. I’m really looking forward to being with my friends, and it’s my first and last time going so I’m excited to see what it’s all about.

Picture Perfect NOTS Date
Jon Ago, ’14
January 28, 2014

I asked Rayna Endicott, Robbie Hill (Robbie asked Viviana) and I asked at the same time. We had a friend take a photo of Robbie and I with the signs and flowers. Then we had Rayna and Viviana pulled out of class to “help” us with a project. We had them take a photo of us, and then we said that we had to go upstairs and get Chris Grossman. While we were gone, Lucas Lopez took a photo of Rayna and Viviana, and when they looked at the picture, he pulled up the photo of Robbie and I, then we came out with a sign and flowers.

Six Flags over NOTS
Rhyann Crain, ’15
January 28, 2014

I am not going to NOTS this year. Although I have gone to NOTS in previous years but I decided I would rather go to six flags with my boyfriend. I enjoyed NOTS, but I do not like to take the time to get dressed up, and I was not a fan of the food.

A Stress Free Night
Jordan Castro, ’15
January 28, 2014

I asked Ivette Ibarra. I got a couple of volunteers, and I duct taped the letters that spell out her name to them. Later when she came out to I had a sign and flowers for her. I thought that it would be cool to spell out her name, so I did that. I’m excited to go to NOTS because it is a lot of fun, and its not very stressful event.

Starbucks Reveals NOTS Night
Jarrod Markarian, ’17
January 27, 2014

Last week I asked Kristina Muniz. I got her a Starbucks and had a sign that you pull apart, and it said, ‘NOTS 2014’ on it. I didn’t really know how to ask her. Later I asked my mom and she came up with the idea. I’m really excited for the class movies and hanging out with friends.

Birthday Wish
Claire Kollenkark, ’16
January 27, 2014

I got asked by Philip Christopher this year, he asked me during halftime at the varsity basketball game. Robbie Hill came out and asked everyone to sing ‘happy birthday’ to him, afterwards he asked if he got all that he wanted for his birthday this year. He responded and said, “it’s been really good, but it’d be great if Claire Kollenkark went to NOTS with me.” I am looking forward to getting all dressed up and going with my friends in a limo, plus my date is pretty nice too.

Mission Made Possible
Jarred Franz, ’14
January 27, 2014

I asked Hannah Avila to NOTS this year, I asked her through a mission impossible video at chapel. I got the idea from my sister who asked someone to Sadies, so I took the idea and made it better. I am looking forward to having fun and hanging out with friends.

Lucky Ducks
Jason Swain, ’15
January 24, 2014

I asked Callista Fries, I filled her locker with a whole bunch of Mr. Fenton’s ducks and when she opened it they all fell out and I came out holding flowers and a sign that said, “I’d be a lucky duck to go to NOTS with you”. I’m looking forward to seeing the class movies and all they hard work everyone put into making them.

All eyes on you
Mikayla Miller, ’15
January 24, 2014

I got asked by Bailey Brogan at the rally today, he got three soccer players to hold up signs and he was right behind the with some flowers. I was completely surprised and embarrassed, however I am excited about getting to be with my friends on the night of, and laughing laughing at all the silly stuff that happens in the movies.

A Spanish Rendezuous
Adam Loughney, ’14
January 23, 2014

I asked Aliciana Quintana in our Spanish class, I brought her flowers and asked her in front of the class, and she said yes. I am excited because this is my senior year and its my last time going to NOTS, and because this is my first year bringing someone from FC as my date.

Spelling it Out
Timothy Nyberg, ’16
January 23, 2014

I asked Alli Breedlove. I had the cheer team hold up signs that spelled out her name, and on the back of the signs it spelled out NOTS. Then i walked out with a question mark, and some flowers. I’m excited for NOTS this year because this is my first time in leadership and I really like the theme this year.

A Sweet Surprise
Brooklynn Ainley, ’17
January 23, 2014

This is my first year going to NOTS, and I was asked by Matthew Tanaka. He asked me at the first basketball home game in the stands; he gave me a box of cupcakes. When I opened the box it said, ‘It would be sweet if you went to NOTS with me’ and each cupcake had a letter on it that spelled out NOTS. I am excited for NOTS because I am a freshman, and this is my first year going.

Caught by Surprise
Ashley Garcia, ’15
January 22, 2014

This year I was asked to NOTS by Aaron Dewolf. I was coming down the stairs from english, and he tossed me a softball and it said ‘It’d be a steal if I could catch a date with you to NOTS’. I didn’t really know he was going to ask me, but I am excited that he did ask me.

One Direction to NOTS
Morgan Miller, ’16
January 22, 2014

Sam Beyelia asked me to NOTS on Tuesday. I was at my locker and Sam walked up to me with flowers, a One Direction bag and a stuffed elephant and asked me to NOTS, of course I said yes. I’m really excited to go to NOTS this year, I’m looking forward to watching all the class movies and I don’t really know what our movie is about this year so it is going to be a surprise.

Class Movies
Justin Porter, ’15
January 22, 2014

I asked Kathryn Damschen. I pretended to be the principle because I play the principle in our NOTS movie, and had her called down to the office. When she walked into the office I asked her to NOTS and she said yes. I’m excited to go to NOTS because I want to see our class movie, its going to be awesome.

In or Out
Jacob Bynum, ’17
January 22, 2014

This year I asked Chloe Mueller to NOTS. I brought her In n Out, and I had a sign that said ‘Are you in or out on going to NOTS with me?’ Since this is my first time going to NOTS I don’t really know what to expect, but I am excited for the food, and the junior and senior movies.

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

For more features, read the Jan. 22 article, Harvard political philosopher presents morality in economics.

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Students chosen for honor choir, compete locally

HonorChoir1Bree Castro

Every year music director Michael Ogdon enters his all-star choir participants in the Fresno Madera Counties Music Educators Association honor choir.

Every year music director Michael Ogdon enters his all-star choir participants in the Fresno Madera Counties Music Educators Association (FMCMEA) honor choir. Music directors from around the counties choose however many students they deem capable of participating on a different level of difficulty.

The choir is given a very limited amount of time to learn ten songs that will be performed at the Paul Shaghoian Theater located at Clovis North at 7:00 p.m., Jan. 18.

Ogdon sheds some light on the tasks of the honor choir, and the hard work that goes into the production.

“Honor choirs something that happens annually in our Fresno/Madera county area,” Ogdon said. “Each music teacher in the area gets the chance to select singers from his choir or ensembles that he feels are the best singers and puts them in, they don’t even have an audition. They essentially have 16 hours of rehearsal to memorize the music in about two days. They are bringing in a director from southern California to lead the high schools.”

Appreciating that the event is local this year, Ogdon is happy to participate with his students. Rounding up to about 250, students from both public and private schools go to perform.

“The rehearsals and the performance will be held at Clovis North High School, luckily this year it is local for us, in past years they have been much farther away,” Ogdon said. “There are probably around 250 that have been brought together from all the public and private schools in the area. We have 14 students participating in the honor choir from our school this year.”

Freshman, Katie Blankenship, expresses her excitement for the upcoming performance. She is also very grateful for being chosen as a part of the honor choir.

“I have been doing choir ever since I was ten, it has just been a fun thing to do at whatever school I’m at,” Blankenship said. “I’m really excited and I feel really honored that they chose me and I definitely wasn’t expecting to get chosen. I feel a little intimidated because everyone has been doing this for so long and I’m new to all of it. Some of the songs that we are doing are difficult, but I am really excited for the performance.”

Adam Loughney, ’14, was chosen for the first time this year, and found the honor choir was not exactly what he expected. Loughney was not too excited about the practices, but is looking forward to the performance.

“I have never been chosen for honor choir before so this is my first year participating,” Loughney said. “I was excited when I first got selected, but once I got to the practices and saw what honor choir really was, I realized that it was not my favorite thing. I’m looking forward to the performance, but I really don’t enjoy the practices. The songs are really strange and by strange composers, but learning the notes is really easy.”

The FC participants are as follows: Adam Loughney, Josh Carter, Andrew Guthrie, Robbie Hill, Dalton Cowin, Jon Ago, Shannon Martens, Summer Villanueba, Elise Winegarden, Katie Blankenship,Maddie Luginbill, Natalie Ruiz,Amanda Menes, Illeana See.

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson @gaby_siqueiros. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more features, read the Jan. 16 article, Spanish Club focuses on community service.

By |2014-01-17T00:00:00+00:00January 17th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments