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Gazebo Gardens hosts food truck showcase

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Gazebo Gardens is on the corner of Shields and Palm avenues in Fresno; host a food truck showcase on Friday and Saturday nights.

Every Friday and Saturday, authentic food trucks from all over Fresno come to Gazebo Gardens to share tasty dishes and drinks with the people of Fresno. Each weekend different trucks with a variety of foods are lined up in the gardens under the twinkly lights.

Gazebo Gardens hosts food truck showcase and starts from 5 p.m. and goes to 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night. Different trucks arrive each weekend providing an assortment of food. To add the charm of the night, bands come together and perform genres of smooth jazz or R&B.

Once arriving at the entrance, I already heard faint sounds of welcoming music. The sun had set and the glowing lights began to flicker on. The trucks were ready and lines of hungry stomachs were forming.

On this night, trucks from Dusty Buns Bistro, Sno Cafe, Mattie’s Wood Fired Pizza, Tako BBQ, El Premio Mayor, P&R Fusion and Cowboy Shaman served varieties of unique American, Mexican, Korean and Peruvian-American food.

The first item that I chose were tacos from P&R Fusion (Peruvian-American). They tasted fresh and very flavorful for the small tacos that they were; the order came with two tacos for $3. This was a great deal considering that I wanted to try more food from other trucks.

The next food choice that I picked was from Cowboy Shaman (Chinese Food), and it was a meal that consisted of 3 pot stickers and 3 egg rolls with additional sauces for $8. The pot stickers were more crispy than others that I have had at other restaurants making it super delicious. The sauces that came along with it were a perfect match of sweet and salty.

For dessert I chose to try a snow cone in “Georgia Sunset” from Sno Cafe. The “Georgia Sunset” tasted of peaches and cream and was very tasty. The snow cone was a refreshing finish to the warm night at the gardens.

The food was prepared quickly and served hot so the wait was not that long. Towards 8 p.m. more people arrived making the wait for the snow cone 10 minutes. Overall the service and presentation of food was excellent.

While enjoying the food, locales from around Fresno chatted under the stars and listened to the music brought by the band. Near the end of the night, Gazebo Gardens was packed with people from all ages, enjoying the food and tunes.

The setting was laid back and relaxing, with the twinkling lights and aroma of roses surrounding; it was peaceful. The next time you find yourself open on Friday or Saturday, check out Gazebo Gardens for flavorful varieties of food.

Check out the Gazebo Gardens website for upcoming events and line up of food.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @jennypenny.

For more reviews, read the March 17 article, Authentic Italian food offers traditional dining options.

By |2015-03-25T00:00:00+00:00March 25th, 2015|Community Events, Food, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Family friendly movie incorporates emotion, real life scenarios

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Family friendly movie, incorporates real life scenarios.

McFarland High cross country team bought to the silver screen

In McFarland, a small town in California’s Central Valley, a group of cross country runners are brought together under the coaching of newcomer Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner). Based on a 1987 true story, McFarland USA sport drama film is a family friendly movie that proves that with commitment and determination you can achieve anything.

Once arriving to the new city, White and his family have to learn to fit in the Latino town. Coach White is brought to the Latino high school in hopes of finding a job; while teaching a PE class he comes across some students with exceptional running abilities.

On a drive home from work, White coincidentally sees a student of his, Thomas, played by (Carlos Pratts), who runs home after school every day. White realizes the boys’ talents and decides to form the school’s first cross country team.

The film portrays the social issues of the 1980’s that the town and runners experience. In order to grow closer as a team, the runners need to go through trials and losses to achieve greatness. In conjunction to the poverty-stricken town, the cross country team struggles to manage school, life at home and practice.

Throughout the movie, Coach White transforms the team of athletes to championship contenders. The movie was directed by Niki Caro and produced by Walt Disney Pictures; experience the heart felt movie in theaters, Feb. 20.

After experiencing this movie, it gave me a feel good feeling; unlike most movies I was proud of the ending and was excited for my friends to watch it. I like that it took place in a small town in California, it was definitely unique. The film had a different plot than most Disney movies, I liked that it featured the inside story of the lives of teenagers who woke up every morning and worked for their parents.

Once learning of the movie’s plot, I recall when I used to participate on a cross country team myself. So while watching the races, I could remember what it felt like to run miles in the heat.

During the movie, not only does White act as the coach but as a father figure to the team. He realizes the poverty in the boys lives and purchases new running shoes and uniforms for each. In doing this, the boy learn to trust in White and are able to grow closer to him as a team.

This movie definitely is worth watching with your family. It has some funny moments that keep you laughing but also some sad parts. It introduces family lifestyles and cultures of latino families that live in small towns which is not found in most Disney movies. I would recommend this movie to anyone looking for a true story that incorporates heart and real life.

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For more reviews, read the Jan. 27 article, Mystery Spot lives up to hype, expectations.

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By |2015-02-11T00:00:00+00:00February 11th, 2015|Movies/TV, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hobby creates radio, television opportunities

IMG_0879Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Aside from his teaching career at FC, Robert Foshee, takes on the hobby as a sports spotter and statistician for local stations for ESPN. For several years at FC, Foshee has coached several sports including football and has become familiar with the sports department. In doing this, coaching sports has prepared him for participating on local sport stations.

Foshee started out his first three years of working for local stations in Fresno. Looking at the tiny details in plays motivate him while he announces during the games.

“I first started out the past three years spotting for local radio stations for ESPN,” Foshee said. “Spotting means that I watch for details in tackles and blocks; I look out for the small details during the plays. Special stats help tell the story of the game and I make sure to keep an eye out for those.”

Over the years as Foshee has completed more and more radio shows, he has had the chance to open up to television spotting.

“This year has been a new year for me,” Foshee said. “Instead of just doing radio shows I have had more openings in the television area. Recently, I did some spotting for a local game in San Jose for ESPN.”

Foshee takes joy in traveling and spotting while he’s not coaching for FC.

“When I have the chance to travel around for games, it is really exciting,” Foshee said. “During the college football season there are so many games; I visited the USC and Boise Stadiums while traveling. Spotting keep’s me busy while I am not coaching football anymore.”

Fresno State announcer, Paul Loeffler, has worked alongside Foshee and respects his hardworking attitude.

“Robert is detail-oriented, thorough, quick and dependable,” Loeffler said. “When he works as a spotter for me on football broadcasts, he makes me a better announcer. He provides accurate information in a timely manner, and sees things that I might not.”

Foshee thinks back to how he first started out on television.

“The first time I did stats for television I was really nervous,” Foshee said. “I had to talk with the producer truck and there was many times when I thought I would mess up. The announcer trusts you to say the right thing, so you really need to focus and say the right words. After while as I got used to it I was no longer nervous but I overcame it.”

Unlike any other hobby, Foshee enjoys his time announcing and spotting for local events. In the future, he looks forward to continue and travel in company with ESPN.

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For more features, read the Jan. 20 article, Family travels to D.C. during Christmas break.

By |2015-01-21T00:00:00+00:00January 21st, 2015|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Local PBS showcases exclusive Downton Abbey preview

IMG_0842Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Special preview of Downton Abbey provided by local PBS broadcast.

 

On a crisp and cold night, lines of excited Downton Abbey fans waited outside the Tower Theatre to see a sneak peek of the fifth season’s first episode. This special showing of Downton Abbey was provided by Valley PBS and Fresno Coin Gallery. As the line of fans extended around the building, the entry doors were opened promptly at five.

Fans of older ages attending made up a majority of the audience. Groups of seniors chatted happily with excitement for Season 5, prior to the showing. With the support provided by Fresno Coin Gallery, admission tickets were free.

At the entrance of the Tower Theater, tables of exquisite hats from the 1920s era were displayed and raffle tickets were being sold for themed prizes. Across the entry walls, blue and purple lights illuminated the theatre adding glitz to the night.

Dedicated fans arrive dressed up as 1920 flappers or characters from the show. Across the theatre, elegant hats stood out among individuals seated among the velvet seats. Fancy fur coats and lace dresses are worn among the guests that attended.

At 5:30 p.m., an opening from PBS’s new CEO and President, Phil Meyer, introduces the preview showing and gave a reflection about his new position as CEO. After the opening speech, gift baskets of exclusive Downton Abbey prizes were raffled off to lucky winners.

Following the showing, Lady Rose’s Flapper Fete Party was held at The Painted Table for those over the age of 21. Here the guests were served English tea, sandwiches and desserts. At the party, some could have their picture taken with the Highclaire Castle {house where Downton Abbey takes place}.

Downton Abbey is one of the Masterpiece Classics that is aired on the Valley PBS channel on Sunday’s at 9 p.m. In past years, PBS has provided early showings of the show the day before it airs. Season 5 of Downton Abbey officially airs its first episode, Jan. 4.

Because of the shows popularity in the valley, Valley PBS plans to feature more Downton Abbey events in the near future. The audience and viewers of PBS help and support the channel to make it what it is today.

Look online to the Valley PBS website for more upcoming events in the Valley.

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For more features, read the Jan. 6 article, Holiday season highlights: Join the Discussion.

By |2015-01-08T00:00:00+00:00January 8th, 2015|Movies/TV, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Drama prepares 'The Gift of the Magi', Dec. 8

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Left, Nicole Hudecek, and right, Aaron DeWolf, star as Della and Jim in the “Gift of the Magi” production.

With just one week until Christmas break, the drama department has prepared a special Christmas play, “The Gift of the Magi” to kick off the holidays. The choral, instrumental and drama groups will combine to perform a Christmas program, Dec. 8.

The story centers around Jim and Della, a struggling married couple who is faced with the challenge of buying Christmas gifts with their limited funds.

Drama teacher, Susan Ainley prepares the play and its production.

“This year the play will be shown on three platforms on the floor of the auditorium instead of onstage,” Ainley said. “This approach gives the audience the feeling of austerity and hopelessness that Jim and Della experience. The Gift of the Magi was the first play I directed here at FC. I choose it because it was simple and lovely, a ‘gift’ for the audience.”

Senior and six-year drama student Caitlin Gaines, participates once again, playing the lead role as Della.

“I did this show three years ago, during my freshman year,” Gaines said. “I was a narrator and a shopkeeper. It?s really interesting to do this show again my senior year, but as the lead this time.

“This year’s performance is slightly different,” Gaines continued, “we have a new set of actors and a different set, so it all makes the show fresh and new. Playing Della has been fun, because I remember watching in awe as alumnus, Kenna Wheeler, played this role the last time we did it, and now I get to perform my own take on this character.”

The junior high and high school choral groups will sing five songs that are placed in breaks of the play’s action during the program. The choir will sing “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” and the ladies ensemble will sing “Love Came Down on Christmas”.

Band teacher, Lesley Bannister, will conduct the instrumental groups, Eagle band, jazz band and percussion ensemble before and after the program, as well as intermission.

“I have decided to include choral and band groups to expand the play and make it a more of a full program,” Ainley said. “The choirs will sing both secular and sacred pieces. I have directed many plays before that were far more difficult, the simplicity and loveliness of this story remains a favorite for me.”

First year drama student, Nicole Hudecek, stars as Madame Vodskaya who is a Russian countess that cuts Della’s hair to sell.

“I have been in drama but this is my first year actually in the class at school,” Hudecek said. “I have been in productions in middle school including Fiddler on the Roof, Suessical the Musical and Music Man. I am both nervous and excited, I speak with an Russian accent; so remembering to enunciate while trying to project my lines is difficult. This story is not just romantic, but its about a love that Jesus teaches us. To love someone so much you’d give up something meaningful for them; it fits well with the spirit of Christmas.”

Senior Aaron DeWolf, acts as Jim who is a poor accountant’s clerk and struggles to provide for his newly wed wife.

“It is my first high school drama production,” DeWolf said. “I have the lead male role, and that?s not an easy thing to do in your first year at a high level. I was in drama in fifth grade with Mrs. Ainley as my teacher, back then I had terrible stage fright. Over the years, I have spoke in front of crowds for student leadership, overtime I became very comfortable in front of an audience. I recommend that you come out and see what else the school excels at other than athletics and academics, you won’t be disappointed.”

Sophomore Elizabeth Baker, switches from being apart of drama to a viewer in the audience.

“This year instead of being on the stage I can enjoy the play by being in the audience,” Baker said. “I love Christmas plays because they excite me for the winter season; I am also coming to support my best friend, Summer McGrew. Students should come to see their drama team show off what they can do, this play will be very entertaining.”

The play will begin at 7 p.m. in the Student Ministries Center (Ground Zero); there will be no admission fee.

For more news, read the Dec. 4 article, BREAKING: Feather receives CSPA critique: Gold Medalist.

By |2014-12-05T00:00:00+00:00December 5th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Santa's elves return to the North Pole with Operation Santa

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All across the world, letters are being sent to the ‘North Pole’ (NYC) and are being read by volunteers.

Christmas festivities inspire warm hearted Volunteers

For many children and families, the countdown for Christmas begins right after Halloween. Businesses across the nation are readying for the busiest time of the year. Decorations are hung at the end of Thanksgiving and Christmas tree lots are beginning to bring out their best pines.

With the increase of online shopping during the Christmas season, temporary jobs are needed to complete the millions of orders requested. The San Joaquin Valley is a key distribution center because of its prime location in the middle of California.

Jobs like these are growing every year because of the option to purchase gifts online. Distributing centers rush to supply stores around the country; sending more truckloads of merchandise to the shelves of stores. Companies like UPS and FedEx have been forced to double the amount of seasonal workers.

During Christmas time, a program called Operation Santa reaches out to children and families by bringing joy and warmth to those who do not receive the splendor of gifts.

This year, Operation Santa is celebrating its 103rd anniversary. Operation Santa in New York City (NYC) is one of the biggest locations for receiving letters; bringing in about 300,000 letters each year. All across the world, letters are being sent to the ‘North Pole’ (NYC) and are being read by volunteers.

Chief Elf of Operation Santa, Pete Fontana, in New York, preps the program for the most hectic time of the year.

“Operation Santa displays letters to the public to read and pick out,” Fontana said. “Families can pick out the ones that have touched their hearts and provide for the writer whether its buying gifts, toys or food. Not all letters receive gifts but the program does anything it can to make sure they do.”

Operation Santa displays letters to the public to read and pick out. Families can pick out the ones that have touched their hearts and provide for the writer whether its buying gifts, toys or food. Not all letters receive gifts but the program does anything it can to make sure they do. –Pete Fontana 

Fontana has overseen the project for over 16 years, but the Chief Elf position recently came into place three years ago.

“During the month of December, I am constantly working,” Fontana said. “Times are so busy that I have to completely devote myself towards the program. The center receives hundreds of people everyday to come and read letters; I make sure things are running smoothly.”

Throughout the years of Operation Santa, Fontana has come across some touching letters that he has read and will never forget.

“One of my favorite heartwarming stories that I have read was about this teenage boy who was in high school and had three siblings,” Fontana said. “The family was struggling and his father was no longer in the picture. The mother couldn’t pay the bills and he wanted to drop out of high school to become an actor.

“One day at the station,” he contented, “we had a TV and Broadway show producer come in and read this boy’s letter. Being touched by the boy’s letter, he took him in the family, put the kid through acting school and still to today supports the family. It’s amazing to think that just from a Santa letter, these life changing things can happen.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @jennypenny8835 and via email: Jenny King.

For more features, read the Nov. 21 article, Students reflect on the privilege of driving, pros and cons.

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

Girls soccer sport short: Hanford West

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The girls have been practicing and preparing for their game against Hanford West which took place on Nov. 25.

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, 2013-14, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and overall 0-0 as of Nov. 25

Girls win first game of pre-season, Nov. 25

Another session of soccer has begun, for the Girls Varsity it means to prepare for the games to come. The girls have been practicing and preparing for their game against Hanford West which took place on Nov. 25.

When the day came, nerves and tensions were high for the first pre-season game. Hanford West is currently in division three, while the Eagles are in sixth.

Freshman and first year soccer player, Cayla Rivas, was excited to play with her friends in her first game.

“I am used to being in situations where I am under pressure,” Rivas said. “I wasn’t really that nervous; our coach prepared us well and gave us advice to play our best. Since this being the first game I could definitely improve in a lot of areas.”

The outcome of this game could determine where the Eagles stand in playoffs. Throughout the game, both teams battled in out with many shots on goal. Despite the division difference the Eagles played with determined minds.

Hanford’s aggressiveness forced the Eagles to step up and play their best. After countless corner kicks and shots on goal, the Eagles were able to earn a score from Jenny King in the late second half. The Eagles walked off the field with a win and a score of 1-0.

Second year returner, Jenny King, walks of the field with smiles and feeling proud of their win.

“That was my first goal that I’ve made while playing on varsity,” King said. “It was a hard battle against Hanford and to score and win the game made it so much better. I feel more confident in myself to play my best and I am excited for the rest of the season.”

Senior, Gabriela Siqueiros, is proud of how well the team played and is looking forward to winning many more games.

“With the limited time of practice we had we played well as a team,” Siqueiros said. “Coming out of that game there were a few little things we could fix but overall we did great. We could definitely use more communication on the field but I was content with the win we had.”

For More Sports read Cross Country sport shorts: CIF Central Section Valley Championship.

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

Athletes dedication recognized at final home games

IMG_5662Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Senior athletes are recognized by coaches and family on Senior Night.

In remembrance of athletes on their last year competing, a traditional recognition is held for seniors at their last home game. All the hard work that athletes have put into their sports is recognized on Senior Night. Parents and family are welcome to watch and support their child play in their last home game.

Volleyball Senior Night is held on Oct. 30 and football is Nov. 7.

On the defensive line, Dillon Owens, ’15, looks forward to his friends and family to come and support him.

“It’s the last chance for the fans to watch us play a game before playoffs,” Owens said. “Its going to be a great game, I hope that the student section will be packed and loud. I’m also excited that my whole family will be coming to watch me play.”

Football coach Mick Fuller, is pleased with how far the players have come and anticipates the rest of the season.

“Preparation for Senior Recognition Night is no different from other games,” Fuller said. “For the players and their parents, it can be a little more emotionally stirring. Often, the event motivates the players to a higher level of performance as their final opportunity to play on the home field as FC athletes.”

Dorothy Siqueiros, mother of Gabriela Siqueiros, is proud of Gabriela and cannot wait to see how well she plays.
“We love her and are proud of how far she’s come,” Siqueiros said. “Its really fun watching Gaby play with her team, but it is also sad at the same time that is the last home game. Gaby’s grandparents and family are going to be there to support her. We’re looking forward to having a good rest of the season.”

Volleyball Coach Jonathan Penberthy, has enjoyed coaching the seniors and hopes that they all play their best for senior night.

“Students should come to senior night so that they can see their seniors play their last home game,” Penberthy said. “These players have come a long way and their work has paid off. My advice to the seniors would be to come out swinging because it may be their last home game that they will be playing.”

Volleyball fan Kimberly Ward, ’15, is eager to watch her friends play, she hopes that a lot of students will come along and support.

“I’m excited to come out to senior night,” Ward said. “Its great to watch Ashley (Garcia), Gaby (Siqueiros) , Ivette (Ibarra) and Breanna (Jennings) play; I am really close to all of them, and to see them play on a team together is awesome. It is going to be a great game, hopefully a lot of students attend.”

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @jennypenny8835.

For more news, read the Oct. 27 article, STORIFY: Homecoming begins #FCgoesHollywood.

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

Clovis Art Guild rewards Eagle entries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Readers might also check out freshman Sally Rudolfs “Girl with Freckles” in Freshmen earn Clovis Art Guild honors.

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

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

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

Dedicated athlete, last year on varsity (VIDEO)

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Whether it’s on the court, field or softball diamond, Senior Gabriela Siqueiros, delights in showing her skills. Nothing stops this busy athlete’s determination on the volleyball court. The fast paced and intense sport is what this varsity volleyball player thrives on.

Siqueiros first took interest in volleyball when she came to FC in the seventh grade. As a seventh grader and first year player, Gaby found it difficult to keep up with her other teammates.

“It was a little frustrating learning volleyball in the beginning,” Siquieros said. “I wasn’t quite confident in myself yet and I struggled to play like the older and more experienced players. Gradually over time, I became more sure about myself as I improved.”

Currently Gaby has played on the varsity team for all four years of high school. As a freshman, she idolized Senior Katelyn Miller as the perfect high school volleyball player.

“When I was a freshman I really looked up to Katelyn, I wanted to play with the drive and intensity that she played with on the court,” Siqueiros said. “I really liked that she came back after graduating and helped coach for the team.”

Retired Coach Jeff McNeil made a memorable impression upon Gabby’s life on the court, and also in her personal life, giving her insight which she will cherish in the years to come.

“When I had Jeff as a coach I really took in his teaching,” Siquieros said. “His coaching was very different and more meaningful. During practice, we not only worked on volleyball but he gave us a lot of life lessons as well that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Sophomore Hannah Nale, ’17, relies on Siquieros’ past years of volleyball to support the team and to help them push all the way to valleys.

“Gaby is an awesome teammate and a good leader,” Nale said. “Her silly personality and energy makes it pleasant to play with. Before the game, her excitement excites the team and gets us fired up to face our opponent with a tenacity which we would lack without her.”

Despite, previous years, Siquieros hopes the team will have the chance to go to valleys and prove that FC is still a team to be reckoned with.

“This year our team has a chance at valleys,” Siquieros said. “We are all strong in different areas. This team is really diverse in what we can do and that is really beneficial.”

Teammate Olivia Quebe, ’16, has played alongside Siqueiros for three years and will be sad to see her leave FC.

“She is one of those silent funny people,” Quebe said. “Her dedication towards volleyball shows through her work ethic. I have learned so much from Gaby just by watching her play. I am sad to see her go next year, but I am grateful for the chance I have had to play with her.”
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First year varsity coach, Jonathan Penberthy, admires her commitment on the court and during practice.

“Gaby is a fantastic athlete,” Penberthy said. “When she is excited and playing well, the team follows. Her attitude is key to how the team plays.”

Now that the season is just beginning the pressure is on for the varsity team. Siqueiros is excited to bring on a new year of volleyball and to play for one more year with the varsity.

“I want our team to be consistent together,” Siquieros said. “For myself, I want to be someone that the team can count on. I am excited to play one last time with this team.”

Aside from Siqueiros’ busy schedule as an athlete, on the weekends Siqueiros relaxes at home by watching movies on Netflix, playing board games and eating her favorite foods.

“During my free time I like to play board games,” Siquieros said. “My favorite is Sorry and Monopoly. But sometimes Monopoly gets a little intense. I also really like to beat my grandpa at Uno.”

Apart from board games, Siquieros has a passion for her work on the Feather. Much of her spare time is spent working on the Feather as Features Editor.

The Feather plays a large role in my free time as well,” Siquieros said. “Whenever I have free time, I catch myself editing articles and tweeting for the Feather. My time on the Feather has really improved my writing skills.”

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @jennypenny8835.

For more sports, read the Oct. 8 article, Volleyball Sport Shorts: Caruthers.

By |2014-10-15T00:00:00+00:00October 15th, 2014|Fall, Features, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Alumnus shares passion with campus, percussion

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Casgua, bottom left, plays the xylophone in the Fresno State Band 

Many campus graduates find that their most influential moments were made while attending FC. Former alumnus, David Casuga, discovered his passion for music and percussion during his time spent at the school.
Casuga now teaches jazz band and percussion; he is majoring in jazz performance. He began his musical career as a percussionist and has enjoyed percussion in general. His goal as a teacher is to assist the percussion program towards growth into an impressive program.

While teaching at FC, Casuga attends Fresno State. He is involved with band classes and even plays a few instruments in the Fresno State Band.

“Fresno Christian is where I discovered my passion for music,” Casuga said. “The music program gave me the opportunity to discover and explore music. I quickly found out that it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

After graduating, he wanted to give back to the program that inspired him. He enjoys being able to teach a subject that he himself is passionate about and hopes to impact his students to grow to love music as he does.

“What motivates me to teach is the thought that I could impact someone’s life through music just as I was,” Casuga said. “Because I have attended Fresno Christian since first grade, more than half my life was spent walking the halls of FC. Some of the most influential and impactful conversations I ever had were with friends and mentors of the Fresno Christian family.”

Former student percussionist, Andrew Guthrie, ’15 awaits to become better and to play with the rest of his drum team.

“This is my second year doing percussion and I really like it,” Guthrie said. “Last year was a lot more laid back and this year Casuga pushes us to college level drills. Even with the small amount of students in the class I think we can carry out the challenging drills.”

Not only did Casuga dedicate his heart towards the music program, but also towards The Feather. Throughout his high school career he served as the newspaper’s webmaster. While in the journalism lab he strived to carve his work ethic into perfection.

“Within the confines of the journalism lab is where I discovered my work ethic, to strive for perfection and my love of winning. Those are two things that I definitely transfer into my teaching methods,” Casuga said. “I can say that The Feather has helped me be an organized and responsible student.”

Emily Cox, ’19, looks at working with older classmen as a building block to success.

“The class is bigger than it was last year,” Cox said. “Casuga helps us with different techniques and challenges us a lot. I look forward to become a better percussionist this year.”
Casuga took a moment to look back and describe the unique ways that his school community changed his life. Casuga treasures how FC offers exclusive opportunities and challenges, which differentiates it from other schools. From the students’ perspective, he saw what set FC apart.

“I knew I wanted to teach at FC because the campus is unique in so many ways,” Casuga said. “It offers specialized opportunities and offers challenges. There really isn’t anything like the Fresno Christian experience.”

Every day Casuga gives thanks that he is a part of a program that he loves. He can’t wait to see what the music program conducts in the future.

“Seeing what God can do through the students and faculty’s lives is more than words can put together,” Casuga said. “Even to have a chance to be a part of the music department is more than an opportunity or privilege but it’s a blessing and I thank God for the occasion every day. I honestly couldn’t think of a better program to associate myself with then one as truly amazing as this.”

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

By |2014-10-01T00:00:00+00:00October 1st, 2014|Academics, Alumni, FC Arts, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

New season, new lineup; Eagles prepare for first home game (VIDEO)

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FC Eagles gather together to support first home football game against Coast Union High School.

The football field is freshly cut and all ready to go. Football season is here for the FC Eagles, which means students are rallying up for the first big game of the season.

The Eagles will play Coast Union High School on the FC football field at 7 p.m., Sept. 5. The entrance gates will be posted by the front of the gym as well as on the Alluvial fence entrance off of the North Field. The game tickets are $4 for children and $6 for adults. FC students get in free with their student IDs. Student leadership is sellling tri-tip sandwiches during the game from the Meat Market.

After the football game, studetns will celebrate with an after game Fifth Quarter and pizza pary hosted in the PC gym. It’s a opportunity for students to fellowship together after the game. There will be desserts, beverages and interactive games provided.

Junior Kylie Bell, enjoys hanging out after the game at fifth quarter with her friends and football team.

“Not only do I like cheering in the student section but I also look forward to after the game.” Bell said. “I like how students and football players can hang out after the game at 5th quarter. It’s a chance for students to enjoy each others company outside of school.”

Over the summer, the players have conditioned and practiced to prepare for the new season. Football coach Mick Fuller, says that this year will include building both maturity and trust.

“We have lost some pivotal players who led the team physically emotionally and spiritually, new players are stepping in to fill those roles,” Fuller said. “It is an ongoing process of growth throughout the season. Over the course of the season I expect to see the boys come together and trust each other to play at a high level of achievement that they can be proud of.”

Running back Slater Wade, ’17, is proud to play on Friday on the home field and has great hopes for the upcoming season.

“This year I strive to be the best running back I can be and for God,” Wade said. “I am not nervous to play our first game because I trust my team to do well for each other. I want my team to succeed and receive rings this year.”

For more information contact the athletic office at (559) 299-1695 ext.123

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For more news, read Aug. 27 article, Block schedule affects campus atmosphere.

By |2014-09-04T00:00:00+00:00September 4th, 2014|Athletics, Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student run publications gives knowledge, resources to school

Benfits of JurnoFeather staff

Publications improves students’ knowledge of social media, technology, and connects them to the community around them.

Fall has arrived which means it is time for many students to sign up for new classes and clubs. For The Feather, it means recruiting new members.

Unlike other classes, journalism teaches students how to become involved and reach out to their fellow classmates. Publications improves students’ knowledge of social media, technology, and helps them become extraordinary writers.

Staff members are connected with the school in all areas, whether it be at school activities or school events. The Feather Online allows you to see Fresno Christian from an inside perspective.

History teacher, Kori Friesen, believes The Feather enforces students to join the crowd and capture moments about others that not many people may know.

“There are so many things that happen during the school day that go unnoticed,” Friesen said. “Being apart of The Feather gives you access to what everyone else is doing. Students can get to know each other outside of their circles.”

Not only does publications teach its staffers to communicate but it also gives them guidelines that will improve their work ethic. Students are faced with situations like responsibility, working independently and deadlines that are in preparation for college. Colleges not only look at a students’ capability or GPA, but also club and extra activities.

Superintendent Jeremy Brown , stresses that The Feather gives students more exposure to the world and to the community around them.
“Digital media gives lots of venues for students to communicate,” Brown said. “This generation is more improved in technology, there are so many programs that allow students to connect. Not only can students learn to communicate but they can learn their voice.”

Many high school students today use cell phone devices in their everyday lives. Publications encourages FC students to tag or hashtag The Feather via Twitter and Instagram. The hope is that this will help connect students to the school. All grades have access to school events and details at their fingertips.

The digital portion of the program also teaches new learners how to stream audio and video from their cell phones. Podcasting and videos broaden the horizons for The Feather. Through podcasting, students can learn about student life and news on the campus. The Feather provides other avenues like videos and podcasts besides written articles.

The new recruits acquire the knowledge of how to use Photoshop and macromedia programs. Students who attain these skills are able to use them in college.

Superintendent Brown sees that The Feather class helps shy recruits become interactive with people of different circles.

The Feather is one of the biggest and most successful clubs on the Fresno Christian campus,” Brown said. “With journalism teacher, Greg Stobbe, pushing the staff to test their limits, The Feather will succeed and go beyond what it really means to be an high school online newspaper.”

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For more features, read the Aug. 21 article New teacher joins campus, community.

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By |2014-08-26T00:00:00+00:00August 26th, 2014|Academics, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments