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Fresno Fire Dept. icon: Bill Phillips

150914-bill-phillips-ffd-004Jason Swain | The Feather Online Archive

Staffer Trevor Beal interviews Bill Phillips about his life and stories from his service in the Fresno Fire Department.

The Fresno Fire Department, known for its continued community support would not have nearly as much public attention if it were not for the past efforts of men similar to Bill Phillips. Phillips, former Fresno firefighter, has taken on many tasks in his lifetime to help support the Fresno Fire Department.

Phillips, at the age of 85, has been a part of one of the greatest technologically innovative periods in fire fighting history. Over the course of his 36 year career, Phillips encountered nearly every fire fighting situation possible, from brush to electrical fires.

Though he is highly respected for his valiant undertakings throughout his career, Phillips most recognized accomplishments were his efforts to preserve the rich history of the Fresno Fire Departments and other nearby departments. From old photographs to the restoration of decommissioned fire engines, Phillips has developed a passion for the preservation of local artifacts.

In conjunction with Phillips fire service he is also a veteran of the Korean War. Upon his return from the battlefield, he went to work at Hammer Field, now known as Fresno Air Terminal. At the air field Phillips worked on and repaired battle damaged aircraft.

In 1955, Hammer field closed down, leaving 3,000 employees, including Phillips, without a job. Desperate for work, Phillips signed up to take a test administered by the fire department. Out of 3,000 applicants who took the test only the top ten highest scores were accepted; Phillips finished 9th. 1955 marked the beginning of Phillips fire fighting career.

“The first fire that I ever responded to was a car fire in Fresno,” Phillips said. “I was stationed at San Pablo and Divisadero, I spent a full year there and enjoyed every second of it.”

Phillips explained the differences in procedures at the beginning of his career compared to the end. In the early days of his career, two fire rigs were required in order to fully extinguish a fire. A pumper and a hose wagon were the optimum rigs.

The response time of the Fresno Fire Department in 1955 varied according to the location of the call.
“We were required to be completely dressed and ready in 60 seconds,” Phillips said. “It didn’t matter if we were asleep, in the shower, or using the restroom we had to get ready real quick. The city was a lot smaller when I was working, the rigs weren’t quite as fast, but we still made it to the scene quickly because of our close proximity.”

 In recent years, procedures have changed, making the response times more efficient. However, the fire department 60 years ago could respond to fires quicker, strictly due to the size of the city.

Ever since the tragedy of 9/11, the brotherly bond among firefighters has become much more evident. Phillips explained how he has witnessed this “unbreakable” bond with his own eyes.

“Firefighters, no matter what station, city, state or sometimes even country, are like a brotherhood,” Phillips said. “Just look at the recent tragedy with Captain (Pete) Dern, there are fire stations in other countries with posters promoting his recovery. There was once this man on this job named Harvey. He became paralyzed, so the firefighters signed up to take his shifts so that his family could continue to receive financial support. They worked for that man for one whole year, for no compensation at all, until they convinced to police department to hire him for a desk job. This is just one of many examples where I have witnessed this seemingly unbreakable bond that connects us firefighters.”

Phillips first efforts to preserve local history began when he was on a fire call one-quarter mile away from the fire station. He explained how this specific fire would give him the opportunity to save thousands of photographs.

“We could see the fire from the fire station just West of us,” Phillips said. “When we got there we saw that it was a huge, beautiful home that had gone up in flames. We attacked the fire, put it out and then began our overhaul, which involves opening up walls, ceilings and other parts of the house to check for fire extensions.

“It was during overhaul that we realized that the house was the former residence of world famous photographer, Claude Laval, who had already passed on. We discovered a full basement under that house which served as Laval’s laboratory. I took on the responsibility of salvaging all the negatives that survived the fire and called some people to help that owed me, including the curator of Kearney Mansion and two other firefighters. We stored the photos in a huge warehouse until years later, Mr. Edwin M. Eaton, who started Guarantee Savings and Loans, took many of the pictures out and printed a book called Vintage Fresno.”

Phillips was later award by both the Fresno Fire Department and the Laval family for the good deeds he had done for the city and efforts to preserve its history.

Since then, Phillips has taken on many other responsibilities, chiefly the restoration and preservation of Fresno Fire Department relics. Phillips began his restorative hobby when he was young and learned of old equipment that was set to be sold for scrap.

 He could not stand the thought of allowing precious and historic pieces of the department be thrown away, Phillips and some of his colleagues discussed with city hall his plans for restoration and they were approved.

The city sold Phillips a 1917 seagraves pumper in 1959 and his restorative career began.


150914-bill-phillips-ffd-002 (1)Jason Swain | The Feather Online Archive

“I fired it up in front the shop at E street and Fresno street and drove it all the way home.” Phillips said. “She drove just fine all the way to my house and when I got home I parked her on my patio. The process of restoring a rig is different for every person, but I began by disassembling the rig down to the frame and sand blasting all the worn paint off. With the help of some people that I knew in town I painted the rig, placed the seats in her then learned how to do gold leafing, I did it all myself and I think I did a pretty good job.”

Phillips is the epitome of a conservationist, not in the environmental world but in the City of Fresno. He has worked countless hours to perfect his craft, he put in so much effort not because he sought out personal gain or glory but because he wanted to educate future generations on our societies progress and innovations.
Phillips said he is thankful for everything he learned at the Fire Department, both in labor and intellect. He was immersed in the departments culture for years and repaid the department by preserving and protecting its cherished history.
By |2015-05-02T11:34:31-07:00May 2nd, 2015|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Sleep Awareness Week’s sleep routine (PODCAST)


This week has marked the annual Sleep Awareness Week in America, March 2-8, 2015.

This week has marked the annual Sleep Awareness Week in America, March 2-8. The implementation of this week into the national calendar is a testament to the importance of a proper sleep schedule.

Lack of sleep can cause many complications in one’s everyday routine. Just a few of these complications include slow brain function, lack of physical energy and, God-forbid, falling asleep at the wheel.

It is can be generally assumed that the older teens get, the less sleep is needed. Age, weight and other physical attributes factor into the exact amount you need, but the average number of hours an adult needs to sleep in order to have a smoothly functioning day is nine.

There are a few activities teens can add into the daily routine if they are having trouble sleeping that will help relax their body, granting a more sound state of rest.

Exercising on a daily basis with a proper diet can make it easier to fall asleep. If teens exercise routinely, though, use caution and make sure to not do any strenuous exercise at least three hours before bed, as this will only complicate your sleep efforts.

It is highly recommended that you try to avoid caffeine, at least in the afternoon, as this spikes energy levels. Also finishing your day off with a hot bath with salts can bring a great amount of inner peace before bedtime.

There are 25 more random acts of sleep routines that can help you reach comatose every night like clock work, but if you follow these few steps, you will be on the fast track to a deeper, more fulfilling sleep.

Make sure to keep the importance of sleep awareness in mind next time you or a friend is sleep deprived.

For more information on the importance of healthy sleep patterns, make sure to check out the Jan. 15 article, Student sleep triggers attentiveness, learning.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @namoodnhoj.

By |2015-03-06T00:00:00-07:00March 6th, 2015|Features, Podcasts, Podcasts 2014-15, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Kiosk food offers delicious BBQ tri-tip dining options

Mike’s Grill heats up the competition in NE Fresno

IMG_2594Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

A top ti-tip BBQ spot is Mike’s Grill near the SE corner of Herndon and Cedar.

While FC students, especially seniors, have come to know many of the restaurants in the vicinity, however, there is one hidden treasure many may not know about. Mike’s Grill, a small kiosk located in the CVS parking lot on the corner of Herndon and Cedar, is slowly becoming a local hot-spot, mainly due to their incredible tri-tip.

I recently decided to try it out after seeing it almost everyday as I pass by the intersection. Due to my fear of stereotypically sketchy kiosk food, I was slightly hesitant, but I came to my senses when I smelled the glorious aroma coming from the grill.

With a selection of food you would find at almost any other barbecue joint, I figured I could not go wrong with the jumbo tri-tip sandwich. I was not hungry enough to get a side, but there chili beans are also highly publicized.

The food took about three minutes to prepare before it was bagged and in my hand. Though I took my food to go, there were also a few tables and chairs near the kiosk for those who wish to eat their food there.

I started off on the first half of the sandwich by dipping it in the side of complimentary barbecue sauce. I was almost overwhelmed by how flavorful the sandwich was. The barbecue sauce was probably the sweetest sauce I have ever tasted; it also had an almost sinful tang.

The sandwich itself was like none other I have ever had. It was seasoned with what seemed to be a garlic marinade. The meat appeared to have been simmering in it own hot juices by the way it leaked delicious liquid every time I took a bite.

Mike’s is the perfect place to go for FC seniors who want good barbecue, but do not have time to go all the across town to get it. I know that I will be eating there often and I recommend the same to, not only FC goers, but also anyone in Fresno looking for good food. — Senior John Dooman

On the second half of the sandwich, I tried eating it without the sauce. I also separated the meat from the bread to make out which flavors each ingredient was giving off. I discovered that the hint of garlic I was getting was coming from the toasted sesame seed bread.

I would put this sandwich on a similar level to the tri-tip sandwich from the famous Dog House Grill. My only real issue with it is how thinly cut the meat is. If they put thicker slices of meat on their sandwiches, they would give Dog House a serious run for their money.

While the meat is not as thick as preferred, it is still seasoned to perfection. Mike’s seasons and smokes the meat on the premises right before your eyes; guaranteeing excellent flavoring every time.

Mike’s is the perfect place to go for FC seniors who want good barbecue, but do not have time to go all the across town to get it. I know that I will be eating there often and I recommend the same to, not only FC goers, but also anyone in Fresno looking for good food.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @namoodnhoj.

For more reviews, read the Feb. 11 article, Family friendly movie incorporates emotion, real life scenarios .

By |2015-02-27T00:00:00-07:00February 27th, 2015|Food, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COLUMN: Racial injustice solution lies within us

IMG_8781Jarrod Markarian

The first session in the two-part series, Hope Fresno, held at The Well Community Church, Feb. 1. The purpose of this event was to make Fresno and Clovis area residents aware of the fact that racial injustice is, still, very much alive and present in the community.

Community meets at The Well for Hope Fresno

Racism: an eternal struggle that has reached out to each and every ethnic group that inhabits our planet. It is a negative psychological outlook on ones physical differences that was conceived in the earliest of times, when the Israelites were held captive by the Egyptians for nearly 400 years.

Throughout history, the world has witnessed as certain ethnic groups have undergone discrimination from other ethnic groups in what seems to be an endless cycle, engulfing all societies.

On Friday, Feb. 6, I had the opportunity to attend the first session in the two-part series, Hope Fresno, held at The Well Community Church. The purpose of this event was to make Fresno and Clovis area residents aware of the fact that racial injustice is, still, very much alive and present right here in our community.

This particular event addressed the long-lasting conflict between Caucasians and African-Americans in America. Five local community leaders, including Pastor Bryson White, Pastor DJ Criner, Pastor Paul Binion, Pastor Brad Bell and Sabrina Kelley of Habitat for Humanity, served as panelists, discussing personal beliefs and experiences regarding bigotry.

The panelists all started off by stating that of all the names given to describe their race, the common preference was “black, of African decent.” They then proceeded to share their own, individual stories with racism, involving them and their loved ones.

A popular theme in their discussions, was how the media distorts details in national events pertaining to racial issues. It was said by Pastor Criner, that the shooting of Michael Brown, which occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, went down in an upper middle-class community, contrary to the media’s portrayal of a sub-par slum.

While this does exaggerate the conditions of the situation, we also have to realize that the media often exaggerates situations, whether linked to bigotry or not. Yellow journalism tactics, first used by the infamous Joseph Pulitzer and William Hearst, exaggerated world events so much; it lit the fuse for the Spanish-American war.

Rarely does the media have interests in either side. Whatever distortions and tweaks are written into a story, are not done out of spite, but usually personal gain. If news stories are told exactly how they happened, there would not be nearly as many people interested in the news.

What about the case of Dillon Taylor, a 20-year-old unarmed Caucasian who was shot and killed by an African-American officer outside of a 7-Eleven? There was almost no news coverage on the incident.

It is very probable that Taylor gave the officer a completely valid reason to open fire, however, this is not the point. The point is that national news networks look for the more attractive story and publicize it all over the country to get a rise.

The media dips into the past mistreatment of the African-Americans and feed into it, turning events that need not be racially linked into nation-wide riots. Had history been reversed and it was the African-Americans that persecuted the whites, I believe the media would follow suit, shedding a negative light on whoever the minority might be.

After a long discussion of misleading news coverage and the police’s use of force in many different scenarios, the panelists concluded their discussion by reassuring the audience that the event was not meant to point fingers or place blame on any individual; only to inform the community of the facts and trying to come up with a solution.

To conclude the night, special speaker, Deth Im, who is Assistant Director of Training and Development for PICO National Network, introduced the audience to his interactive, experimental training activities he would lead the next day.

I brought up many valid points regarding racism in modern society, but his most intriguing statement was that the attitudes and stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner, can be explained by “implicit biases”.

He explained how these biases, whether pertaining to positive or negative outlooks on others, are placed in our brains subconsciously. These thoughts and feelings are provoked, unbeknownst to the individual, by the instincts engraved deep inside by common societal beliefs.

Ever since Adam and Eve first sinned in the garden, humans are imbedded with God-given shame, explaining why it is considered wrong to walk around naked. We do not wear clothes because clothes are better than no clothes; we wear them because society underwent a huge physiological change, in which it became abnormal to be naked in public. This is an example of implicit bias.

Observing the demeanor of each individual panelists, I noticed that the younger speakers were more passionate and outspoken about their opinions. Pastor Binion, arguably one of the most influential religious leaders in Fresno County, was calm and collected throughout the majority of the interview.

Binion, who lived through one of the most oppressive times for African-Americans, the Civil Rights Era, had a slightly different way of thinking compared to the other panelists.

I believe that having grown up in such a hard situation, Binion has witnessed much more of a positive change for his people. The younger panelists, I would assume, have only heard the horror stories passed down from loved ones, sparking anger inside.

Since the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, treatment of the African-American community has steadily improved. Unlike Binion, the younger panelists, although still affected by a white privilege, have not experienced as significant of change in societal behavior.

Binion’s on stage presence and unruffled poise challenged the audience to focus on common interests and apply I Corinthians 13 to living out a tactful and respectful lifestyle.

If I have taken away anything from attending this event, it is this: Racism, no matter the minority affected, has always been and always will be. However, looking at past conditions and comparing them to today, it is safe to assume that they are changing for the better as long as both parties focus on common interests and can listen to one another without getting defensive.

I look at the timeline of the persecution of African-Americans, which began nearly 300 years ago, and compare it to that of other cultures, such as the Jews who have been discriminated against for thousands of years, and it gives me hope that this civil conflict will soon diminish.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather and Instagram @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @namoodnhoj. The Well Community Church can be reached via Twitter: @wellchurch. Faith in Community can be reached via Twitter: @FIC_Fresno.

For more opinions, read the Feb. 6 article, Superintendent speaks: Why FC?. And please check out Hope Fresno unites pastors in racial equality (Video) for more information.

By |2015-02-13T00:00:00-07:00February 13th, 2015|Column, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Queens got talent, sashay down the runway (VIDEO)

With the 30th annual homecoming only two more days away, students celebrated the annual Queen Pageant, Oct. 29, to get to know the homecoming court queen nominees. The event featured a unique fashion show, a video all about the queen nominees and lip sync concert.

Many students get excited for the occasion and the mounting hype around homecoming, while others remained indifferent. Wyatt Koop, ’18, shared his thoughts and expectations for the pageant.

“I don’t really have any expectations for the queen pageant,” Koop said. “I really couldn’t care less because I’m not going to homecoming and as to who the princesses are, is irrelevant to me. It’s just not something to do attend that would be worth any of my time.”

Others students remained positive however. Alena Orth, ’17, shared her enthusiasm and wishes for the event.

“I expect to see a lot of fun in the Queen pageant and everybody getting super excited and thrilled,” Orth said. “I think that we had a good choice of the queens this year and I hope that the whole process runs smoothly and that everyone has a good time.”

The pageant opened with the queen candidates all lined up on stage. Elise Winegarden, Mikayla Miller, Gaby Siqueiros, Callista Fries and Ivette Ibarra each walked down the catwalk, introduced by the king candidates. Each king picked out a crazy outfit for one of the queens. The clothes varied from basketball shorts and soccer jerseys to banana costumes and plastic leis.

Afterward, a video featuring the queens began, each queen explaining why they thought students should vote for them. The video also had the nominees share what the best attribute about the others was as well as answering questions such as who would make the best date chaperone or survive in a horror movie.

Some students, like Kathryn Blankenship, ’17, enjoyed the video more than the pageant itself this year.

“I really liked the video. I thought it was funny and it was cool how they acted out their stories and stuff,” Blankenship said. I didn’t really like the actual pageant itself. It was funny when they started lip syncing but it got kinda boring. I miss last years pageant with all the challenges and food.”

Next, the queens, still dressed in their outfits and with microphones in hand, took turns heading down the catwalk into the crowd lip syncing along to different songs. The lip syncing quickly turned into dancing as well, and students sang along, cheered and waved their phones like an audience at a concert.

Senior queen nominee Elise Winegarden, originally worried that the pageant would not engage with the students or live up to previous years and shared her anxieties.

“My expectations for the pageant is just to go hard or go home sort of mentality. We just need to have some fun and go all out and not worry about what other people think about you and just kinda go crazy!” Winegarden said. “Although I think the pageants are lots of fun, I personally think that the pageants are also getting lamer each year. So they could probably step up their game a bunch. I mean the whole week is a lot of fun.”
Winegarden shares her hopes for the week and enjoys homecoming and the atmosphere it brings to the school.

“Dressing up and just having fun and going all out is my main goal for the week. I wish we could have weeks like this more often,” Winegarden said. “In my past years, FC has done cooler activities for the pageants and they used to be longer as well, and I wish we could just go back to the way it was before. I love the whole atmosphere of homecoming and it just brings people together and friends closer. In all it really is just a fun time for everybody.”

Winegarden’s expectations seem to have been met, however, with many students expressing their enjoyment in the pageant. Andrew Guthrie, ’15, weighed in with his thoughts.

“It was the best I’ve seen,” Guthrie said. “I loved the whole set up, and the dancing during the lip sync was great. Having a ‘queen dance’ was pretty awesome.”

The 30th annual homecoming will be on the north field at 7 p.m., Oct. 31. Homecoming candidates will be introduced during the pre-game at 6:30, and the homecoming court announced during half-time.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @Nhojnamood

For more features, read the Oct. 28 article, Pageant entertains audience, embarrasses candidates (VIDEO).

By |2014-10-29T00:00:00-07:00October 29th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: 40th annual ClovisFest lifts off, Sept. 20

IMG_8575Kylie Bell

As this week is coming to an end, Clovis will welcome the weekend with open arms with the 40th annual ClovisFest and Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly.

As this week is coming to an end, Clovis will welcome the weekend with open arms with the 40th annual ClovisFest and Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly.

The inflation of the 8-10 hot air balloons will begin around 6:15 a.m., making them ready for lift off by 7 a.m.

Aside from the balloons, which will be set up at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds, there will be many more activities open to the public, all weekend long.

These activities include feasting upon a vast selection of culturally diverse foods, shopping among more than 200 booths and listening to live performances from artists like Richie Blue, 51 Aces, Night Heat and many more.

This fest is open to people of all ages and has elements that pertain to all cultures. Junior, Kevinjit Garcha, who attended ClovisFest last year, shared his thoughts on the event.

“I went to ClovisFest last year and it was pretty cool,” Garcha said. “I love Indian food and there was an awesome booth set up that sold really good chicken curry. I am looking forward to going again this year and getting some more of that curry.”

Senior Tyler Dondlinger has been to Clovisfest now for many years. He enjoys the booths and activities, as well as the various types of foods.

“I have attended Clovisfest for six years now,” Dondlinger said. “The first time I went I had a lot of fun and every year since I’ve anticipated all the attraction. My favorite part is probably the kettle corn just because you can’t buy any that good in regular stores.”

If anyone wishes to attend this weekend, it is free for all ages and begins at 8 a.m. (7 a.m. to watch balloons) and runs Saturday and Sunday on the corner of Pollasky Ave. and Bullard Ave. in Old Town Clovis.

For more information call (559) 299-7363 or check out the event hosts, the Clovis Chamber of Commerce.

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

For more news, read Sept. 18 article, BREAKING: Student leadership announces homecoming theme (UPDATE).

By |2014-09-19T00:00:00-07:00September 19th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alumna works on Capitol Hill, learns to function in political society

YorkTrevor2SmJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

York traveled to Washington D.C., to serve as an intern for California’s 22nd Congressional District Representative.

Often times, The Feather likes to honor former FC students by making it known what they have done since their graduation. This time, it is FC alumnus Trevor York’s time to be honored.

York graduated with the senior class of 2012 as a respected student, avid baseball player and all around campus leader. He is now a junior in college and currently attending Whitworth University.

This past summer, York traveled to Washington D.C., to serve as an intern for California’s 22nd Congressional District Representative, Devin Nunes. York stated why he decided to go work for Congressman Nunes.

“Politics were something that just always interested me,” York said. “I figured that the best way for me to learn about it and see if it was the right career choice for me was to experience it. So I applied, luckily I got accepted, and I took the opportunity because it seemed like something I would like and something that I could learn from.”

Serving under Nunes required York to temporarily move to Washington D.C.. He lived there two and a half months, during which he lived in provided intern student housing.

Not just anyone can go serve as an intern in our nation’s Capitol. York explained how he came across the opportunity to do something so exclusive.

“A family friend of mine was actually subscribed to the Congressman’s newsletter,” York said. “In the monthly newsletter it said that he was looking for interns so I thought ‘why not?’. I applied and I actually flew home (from Wentworth) for an interview. After the interview I went back to school and about five days later, I was accepted, so it was all a fairly quick process.”

As an intern in Washington D.C., one may have many responsibilities. These responsibilities include answering phones, writing letters, filing, running errands, and sometimes they may even be asked to assist at press conferences or gather information for Congressional hearings.

York had many responsibilities as an intern and he also had the opportunity of working with many different people in Congressman’s office. York explained who it was that he worked with in the office.

“I worked with basically his whole staff,” York said. “There was his Senior Policy Adviser and he had around three or four other advisers. There was someone called a staff assistant in each office as well. The Congressman himself was in the office probably three or four days a week, so he was there pretty frequently. There’s a wide variety of people working within the office so as you would imagine, the office has many roles to it, many advisers, and kinda get to work with all of them.”

York has always shown an interest in politics. In his high school years, York was columnist for The Feather and wrote a wide variety of articles, many of which were based on political topics. These articles include Occupy protest stretches to Fresno and Brown, Whitman engage in final debate.

Now that school is back in session, York is continuing his collegiate education at Whitworth University, but with a slight twist. He described what it is that he is doing this semester that is so unusual.

“I still go to Whitworth University, although for the fall, I am actually studying abroad,” York said. “I am currently in the Netherlands, about an hour-and-a-half from Amsterdam. I guess you can say I have done a lot of traveling lately.”

If any student wishes to find out more about summer internships and serve as an intern like York, visit Internships.com.

For more features, read Sept. 11 article, Public commemorates 9/11 tragedy (VIDEO).

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

By |2014-09-16T00:00:00-07:00September 16th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|4 Comments

Debate team to help improve critical thinking skills

debateJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Since the debate team is a new class offered, not many students have signed up so far. Debate teacher, Donn Rojeski, expressed the need for more students to join the team.

New Club seeks greater attendance

Last year, a new program was introduced to the FC campus; the debate team. It began as just a club, familiarizing students with how to participate in a real life debate.

This year, the debate team has become an official class available for students to take. The team will compete against other Christian schools in tournaments hosted all over California.

Since the debate team is a new class offered, not many students have signed up so far. Debate teacher, Donn Rojeski, expressed the need for more students to join the team.

“The debate team is an official class this year and we need to make sure we have enough people to keep it that way,” Rojeski said. “In the class the students will be put through a fairly complex process to become good debaters. The first step they will take is learning about debate. They have to figure out what to do and when to do it. Second, they will be doing the research portion. The final step would be practical applications, meaning that they will discuss amongst each other, the pros and cons of what they are researching.”

Every year, a new debate subject is administered to the schools participating in the league. This year’s subject discusses whether or not the United States federal government should substantially reform its military policy towards foreign nations.

In many real life situations, possessing effective debate skills may come in handy. Rojeski stated what he believes students can gain from joining the team.

“Debating is great, because it prepares students in so many ways for any future social disputes they may be forced to face,” Rojeski said. “The objectives for the students in debate is academic excellence, critical thinking, effective communication, and because it is an all Christian school league, they get a nice spiritual component as well. Students who go through debate become excellent researchers. When they get into college and must write their term paper, I think you would find that a student who debated would be far more prepared than a student who didn’t.”

Rojeski is not the only one hoping to see more students join the team. Debate team member, Kathryn Damschen, emphasized the importance of other students joining.

“I think it is important for students to join debate, because it equips them with skills such as critical thinking and putting those thoughts into action in a formal way,” Damschen said. “So far, I have personally gained knowledge about current events and why it is necessary to stay informed about the world we live in. I hope more students consider joining debate. It’s a great class, and Mr. Rojeski is a fantastic teacher.”

If there are any aspiring lawyers on campus who enjoy the occasional light hearted banter or someone who is just seeking the challenge of overcoming a disputed subject, the debate team may be the class for you.

Any student who wishes to join the debate team should visit Michelle Warkentin in the academic advising office about how to join the class.

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

For more news articles, read the Aug. 18 article: Seniors prepare for retreat, look to grow closer.

By |2014-08-19T00:00:00-07:00August 19th, 2014|Academics, News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Finals are coming (2 VIDEOS)

Brace yourselves, finals are coming. Watch as a few FC students provide a bit of a comic relief for the stress brought by the end of the year.

If you are completely and totally blown by finals stress, then this video comes recommended.

With finals finally arriving next week, many students are stressing over whether or not they will finish with good grades. Sometimes it can help to experience a comical situation during these final days to push us through to the end of the year.

Junior Trevor Beal does not feel too worried about his last week of school aside from his chemistry testing.

“I’m not that worried about any of my finals except chemistry,” Beal said. “I suck at chemistry so that won’t be very fun. Other than that, though, I am pretty confident.

Below is a proposed schedule for the 2013-’14 finals schedule:

Monday, May 19

Period 1 Finals — 8 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

Break — 9:55 a.m. – 10: 05 a.m.

Period 3 Finals — 10:10 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Lunch — 12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.

Period 2 — 1 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.
Period 4 — 1:30 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Period 5 — 2 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.
Period 7 — 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, May 20

Period 4 Finals — 8 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

Break — 9:55 a.m. – 10: 05 a.m.

Period 5 Finals — 10:10 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Lunch — 12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.

Period 1 — 1 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.
Period 2 — 1:30 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Period 7 — 2 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.
Period 8 — 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 21

Period 2 Finals — 8 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

Break — 9:55 a.m. – 10: 05 a.m.

Period 7 Finals — 10:10 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Lunch — 12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.

Period 8 Finals — 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Thursday, May 22

Final Make-ups — 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

High School Locker check-out — 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Yearbook signing party in Ground Zero Main — 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Friday, May 23

Awards and Worship in Student Ministries Center — 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

With only a week to go, The Feather Online encourages students to turn in missing assignments, study with a purpose, and finish strong.

For more information, see the May 8 article, BRIEF: Administration posts end-of-year finals schedule .

By |2014-05-15T00:00:00-07:00May 15th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Annual senior trip creates unity, relationships

As it is at all schools, the soon to be graduating senior class is rewarded for all their hard work with an end of the year senior trip.

This year the seniors will be traveling to Los Angeles for three days. While there, they will be attending an Angels baseball game, Disneyland and the beach.

The long weekend is filled with fun. Senior Noah Belmont, stated why he is so excited.

“The senior trip is going to be legit,” Belmont said. “I am probably most excited for the Angles baseball game, just because I love going to pro sporting events. Just being able to spend time with all my friends before we all graduate will be great.”

Accompanying the seniors on the trip will be principal Todd Bennett, teacher Robert Foshee and secretary Vickey Belmont. Vickey stated how she expects senior trip to go and her past experience with senior trip.

“I am very excited,” Vickey said. “We will be attending Disneyland and a baseball game. Obviously, Disneyland will be better. I went on the trip last year, so this will be my second time chaperoning on the trip. We pretty much did the same things, just on different days.”

While almost all of the seniors will be going on this trip in a healthy state, others are not as lucky. Senior Annaleah Madison, who recently fractured her ankle, shared her thoughts on her situation.

“At first I really didn’t want to go on the trip because of my ankle,” Madison said. “When I really thought it over though, I realized that I will get to experience all the fun of Disneyland with none of the walking. I get to have all my friends push me around.”

Junior Justin Porter admits feeling jealous towards the seniors going on the trip, and can not wait for his own senior trip next year.

“I’m super excited to go on the senior trip next year. I’ve heard lots of good things from both of my siblings and numerous friends that have gone,” Porter said. “I think it’s a great way to spend some of the last few days of high school with my closest friends.”

The following is an itinerary for the trip:

Thursday, May 15

7:00 A.M. – Meet at FC
7:15 A.M. – Leave FC. If you are not on the bus by
7:15, they will leave without you
9:45 A.M. – Stop for snacks and restrooms
10:15 A.M. – Leave rest stop
12:00 P.M. – Arrive at Santa Monica Third Street
2:30 P.M. – Leave Santa Monica Third Street Promenade
3:30 P.M. – Arrive at hotel
4:30 P.M. – Leave for Anaheim Stadium for Angels/Tampa Bay game
5:00 P.M. – Arrive at stadium
10:30 P.M. – Leave stadium
11:00 P.M. – Arrive at hotel

Friday, May 16

7:45 A.M. – Load bus for Disneyland
8:15 A.M. – Arrive at Disneyland
11:30 P.M. – Load bus to leave Disneyland
11:45 P.M. – Arrive at hotel

Saturday, May 17

11:00 A.M. – Leave for Huntington Beach
3:00 P.M. – Arrive at Huntington Beach
5:00 P.M. – Dinner
7:00 P.M. – Show
10:00 P.M. – Leave for Fresno
2:00 A.M. – Arrive in Fresno

Meal needs are as follows:

Thursday – Lunch

Friday – Lunch and dinner in Disneyland

Saturday – Lunch at beach

All other meals are provided.

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

For more news articles, read May 14 article, Campus academic delivery method to change

By |2014-05-14T00:00:00-07:00May 14th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Food, entertainment adds lively atmosphere to Cinco de Mayo

In the Hispanic culture, Cinco de Mayo, is a very important day. It signifies the perseverance of the Mexican army in the Battle of Puebla. Feeling that it is important to honor the holiday, FC goes all out on Cinco de Mayo.

This year, FC’s Spanish Club and California Scholarship Federation (CSF) got together and held the annual Cinco De Mayo lunch in the quad. As usual, it featured a build-your-own-burrito lunch, a mariachi band and dancing. Along with the mariachi, senior Natalie Ruiz also sang two songs with the group while dressed in a more traditional outfit to go along with the holiday.

Having connections to Mariachi Tenochtitlan, Spanish teacher, Beatriz Foth, organizdes the whole event every year. She explained why she enjoys doing it for the students.

“I enjoy it because it is fun to have a chance to see the live performance of a mariachi band on campus,” Foth said. “I love to see students participate in this event in this event, especially those with a hispanic heritage. To me, as a Spanish teacher, it is an excellent way of teaching this particular cultural area of the curriculum.”

Many parents got together to assemble a build-your-own-burrito bar for the students. Senior, Noah Belmont enjoyed the meal served at lunch and thought the price was fair for the amount of food.

“My burrito was really good,” Belmont said. “I piled on Mexican rice, beans, beef, nacho cheese and salsa. It was pretty reasonable price too considering you got a burrito, nachos and a drink for six bucks.”

The mariachi band really brought an upbeat atmosphere to the quad. Their presence allowed some of the bystanders to get into the groove. Freshman, Nevin Gonzalez was enthused by the music and danced in front of the crowd.

Cinco De Mayo is especially unique at FC because of the Mariachis. Jesus Galicia of Mariachi Tenochtitlan, spoke about how the event went.

“I asked a student at Fresno Christian what they thought Cinco De Mayo was and they said it was when the Mexicans beat the French,” Galicia said. “We played many typical Foclorico-American songs. We like to play for the school to show how important Cinco De Mayo is to the Mexican culture.”

“I got to dance a lot,” Gonzalez said. “I liked the mariachi music, it was fun. I danced with Stobbe in front of everyone.”

Hannah Avila, ’14, enjoyed her last Cinco de Mayo as she will be graduating in a couple weeks. Experiencing the event every year, she felt that this one was the most exciting. She was entertained by the lively music and dancing.

“I thought my last Cinco de Mayo was the best,” Avila said. “It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves. The food was also really good. I appreciate that CSF and Spanish Club host this event and make it exciting.”

To reach Mariachi Tenochtitlan, contact Jesus Galicia at (559) 266-8366

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

For more features, read the May 6 article, Discovery Kingdom proves ultimate Sadies location.

By |2014-05-07T00:00:00-07:00May 7th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sophomore gains baseball skill, report

Since Fresno Christian has began its collaborations with Tower Christian School, it has given many students in non traditional school settings the opportunity to participate in sports.

Now many of these athletic students are beginning to broaden their horizons, and take on multiple sports. One of these students is sophomore, Caleb Goodale.

Goodale has participated on the boys varsity soccer team at FC for both his freshman and sophomore seasons. He now has decided that he wishes to play baseball.

Goodale explained what it was exactly that made him decide that he wanted to play baseball.

“When I found out that a few other students were going to play, I thought it would be a pretty cool experience,” Goodale said. “I have played in the past, but I have never been as serious with it as soccer. Once soccer ended, I figured I might as well keep myself active, so I joined the team.”

Goodale played baseball when he was younger, but took a year off once he went into high school. Now that FC is allowing the Tower Christian students play on its sports teams, Caleb can play again.

Goodale elaborated on his baseball career and how he got started with it, in his younger years.

“I first played baseball when I was eight or so,” Goodale said. “I played for the People’s Church club team. I had some friends that attended People’s Church and they told me about the team.”

With so many aspects to the game of baseball, there are many things to love about the game. Goodale shared some of the things that he likes about baseball.

“I love the thrill of stepping up to the plate and challenging the pitcher,” Goodale said. “I also love the satisfaction you get from catching a fly ball. Baseball is great, because it is both a team sport and an individual sport at the same time.”

Goodale has acquired many new friends this year since joining baseball. Sophomore, Tyler Sellers, described his experience this year so far with Goodale.

“Caleb is a great kid,” Sellers said. “He makes practice and just the experience of being on the team, more fun. I have really enjoyed getting to know through baseball.”

With the season already coming to an end soon, there have been many opportunities for Goodale to shine. He shared what he thought was his highlight moment this season.

“My highlight moment this year is when I made a sliding catch in practice,” Goodale said. “It is also pretty exciting stealing the bases. It always a highlight when I get to steal a base.”

After seeing how it is playing multiple sports, Caleb explained his plans for next year.

“I usually run track, so I’m not sure if I’m going to play baseball or track next year,” Goodale said. “I am definitely going to play soccer, because that is my main sport. I also plan on playing football next year. A lot of the other homeschoolers play football so that will be awesome.”

For more information, see April 29 article, Baseball prepares for league rivals

By |2014-04-30T00:00:00-07:00April 30th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Annual Sadies gains interest: Join the Discussion

With the end of the school year near, many students look forward to the last social event of the year, Sadie Hawkins. Traditionally for Sadies the girls ask the boys and the event has a laid back atmosphere.

This year student leadership has chosen to hold Sadies at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Students who are attending are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero duo.

The Feather encourages students to submit their opinions about Sadie’s whether it be their excitement about the upcoming event, or how they decide to ask their date or how they were asked.

The tune of Sadies
Chloe Mueller, ’16
April 23, 2014

I asked someone from Buchanan. I made him a CD for him and all the first letters of the songs spelled out sadies. I am very excited to go because we are going to Six Flags this year.

Searching for a date
Courtney Messer, ’16
April 23, 2014

I asked Adam Khouzam to Sadies. I am excited because Adam and I are good friends and it will be fun to spend the day with him and our other friends. Maddie Luginbill and I made a scavenger hunt for Adam and Chris Kollenkark and asked them together.

Quick and simple
Mikayla Messer, ’14
April 23, 2014

I asked my boyfriend who is graduated already. It will be awesome because I mean, who doesn’t love Six Flags? I just kind of asked him to go, I didn’t really do anything special.

Duo dates
Callista Fries, ’15
April 23, 2014

I asked Trevor Beal to Sadies. Kim Ward and I asked Trevor and John Dooman together. We made scavenger hunt for them both. I am very excited to go because Trevor is really cool and Kim is my best friend so it will be great.

Lego to Sadies
Ashley Garcia, ’15
April 23, 2014

I am going to go to Sadies with Aaron Dewolf. I made him a sign with Legos on it it and it said, “Lego to Sadies.” I am pumped because I love roller coasters and animals so its like a double awesome experience.

Lego to Sadies
Sydney Belmont, ’17
April 23, 2014

I will be going with Taylor Cowger. I made him a sign with oranges and asked if he would go to sadies with this cutie. I am excited because Taylor is a cool guy and I like roller coasters.

Up, up and away
Tim Melendez, ’17
April 23, 2014

I got asked by Claire Kollenkark. She made me a sign that had to do with the movie, UP. Claire is really cool so it will be a pretty cool experience.

On the hunt
Chris Kollenkark, ’16
April 23, 2014

I am going with Maddie Luginbill. She made me and Adam Khouzam a scavenger hunt. I love Six Flags so its going to be great.

Taking a friend
Slater Wade, ’17
April 23, 2014

I am going with a girl from another school. I asked her to go with me. She is a really good friend of mine so I am going to have a lot of fun with her and all my other friends that are going from school.

Hanging with friends
Noah Belmont, ’14
April 23, 2014

I am going to Sadies with Devin Jakuz. She didn’t really ask me in any special way, we just decided to go together. It is going to be cool getting to hang out with all my friends even though I hate roller coasters.

Riverpark to Six Flags
Collin Winegarden, ’15
April 23, 2014

I am going with Bre Jennings. Bre and my sister asked me and Justin Porter together with a scavenger hunt in Riverpark. All of my friends are going so it is going to be really fun I think. Plus I live for roller coasters, they are awesome.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @NhojNamood.

By |2014-04-23T00:00:00-07:00April 23rd, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Students feel pressure, nerves due to AP exams

As the end of the school year approaches, student tension is becoming evident. Advanced Placement (AP) students are really starting to buckle down in preparation for their final AP tests.

In an AP class, students are given an abundance of information throughout the year. These student are expected to participate in all assignments given, for there is no grade bestowed upon them for homework. The only grade they receive is at the end of the year when they take the test. If they pass, then they receive a full year of college credit, but if their scores are not up to college standards, then none of the work put in that year will count.

The AP teachers realize how important it is for there students to pass their end of the year test and are going to great lengths to help them excell. AP history teacher, Kori Friesen, explains her expectations for her classes.

“The stress level is starting to get very high,” Friesen said. “I’ve been doing as much as I can to prepare my students the best I can. If they choose not to study what I give them then that’s on them, but if they buckle down and do their work, they should be just fine.”

While the pressure is heavy on the teachers, it is even heavier on the students. Sophomore AP U.S. history student, Justin Houts describes how he is working to pass his test.

“Yeah, I’m starting to get pretty stressed with the test coming up,” Houts said. “I’ve been doing all the assignmets and packets given to me, but I’m still really nervous for the test. I’ve heard the test is pretty hard. I’m sure if I keep up my studying everynight, though, I should be fine.”

Each A.P. test will be held on a different day. AP Calculus will be on May 7, English Literature and Composition will be on May 8, Statistics on May 9. Biology on May 12 and American and European history will both be on May 14, American in the morning and European in the afternoon.

For more information contact Michelle Warkentin via email: @[email protected], or visit her office.

This writer can be reach via Twitter: @RRoggenstein. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more features, read the April 4 article, Kingsmen share experience in first-year music group.

By |2014-04-08T00:00:00-07:00April 8th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

New York restaurant offers authentic Italian experience

While Fresno is very influenced by the Hispanic culture, many other cultures are prominent in New York City; one of the most prominent being Italian, hosted primarily in Little Italy.

imageJennifer Smith | The Feather Online Archive
Out of the over one thousand Italian restaurants available to eat at in the city, we had the pleasure of dining at La Nonna. This little hole-in-the-wall is conveniently located right in the center of Little Italy on the corner of Mulberry and Grand.

The journalism team kind of stumbled upon La Nonna by accident. The original plan was to make a reservation at one of our advisor Greg Stobbe’s routine spots, Il Palazzo, but we were forced to compromise due to unavailability. We looked directly across the street and decided to make the reservation at La Nonna.

I was very impressed to discover that after arriving at the restaurant 30 minutes earlier than when our reservation was made, they had already prepared our tables.

Upon entering, we were greeted by the host. We were guided through the main dining area into a back room, whose purpose is for private parties.

Like most other sit-down restaurants, we were given complimentary bread prior to the meal. A specialty menu was given to us containing the choice between seven different meals. We were given this special menu due to the size of our group, but it was not the normal menu, which contains many more selections.

Out of the options, I chose the Penne Alla Vodka. This dish contained penne pasta covered in a vodka tomato cream sauce and then topped off with chickpeas.

The food was delivered to our table within 20 minutes. Although that may be a long wait for food in a normal dining situation, but considering the size of our party, it was understandable.

When I took the first bite, I was surprised by how creamy the sauce was. Due to the tomato base, I was expecting a more chunky texture. The meal was delicious, so I believe that the creaminess worked in favor of this particular dish.

If I had to change anything about this dish, I would add meat to the sauce. I like my protein so adding some Italian sausage would have been a nice touch. I also would have taken out the chickpeas. Personally, chickpeas rub me the wrong way, but if you enjoy them, then there would be no issue.

Many of The Feather staffers were impressed by the service provided. Junior, Sara Peterson was very pleased by the service and the plates. She also dined with a different meal: the manicotti, which she also enjoyed.

The prices of the food is on the higher end, one meal costing around $18. If you are looking for a sit-down meal in New York, you better expect to pay at least that price. Considering the portions served, the price is very reasonable.

If you ever find yourself hungry after a long day of shopping in the nearby Soho district, I would definitely recommend making the three block walk to La Nonna for dinner.

This author can be reached via Twitter: @NhojNanood. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more reviews, read the March 3 article, ‘Son of God’ lacks originality, saved by Christ story.

By |2014-03-19T00:00:00-07:00March 19th, 2014|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Senior dedicates time to basketball, improves skills

Senior year, for almost every athlete, is the year to truly impress those around you. For Senior, Brian Scott, that is exactly what he has done.This is Scott’s first year at FC. He previously played his freshman and sophomore years at Clovis East and spent his junior year on Clovis Online, playing for a club team.

Scott began his basketball career at a very young age at a local YMCA. He explained how he got involved in basketball and who influenced him.

“The first time I played basketball was probably in the first or second grade,” Scott said. “I played at the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association). I got to play with the fifth and sixth graders which was pretty cool. My dad was the coach of the team so he obviously got me involved.”

Having grown up playing basketball, Scott has had many great in-game moments. Scott explained what his greatest highlight moment of his career was.

“We had a game at Clovis East that was televised,” Scott said. “At halftime they were talking about the top players. They mentioned my name with all my highlights as a sophomore which was awesome.”

While there has been plenty of good moments for Scott in his career, he has also had his fair share of bad moments. Scott shared his worst basketball memory of his career.

“The worst moment I’ve had was probably a few years ago,” Scott said. “We were the league champions and going undefeated. Our very last game of that season, I missed a two-point shot that would have won us the game. When I missed a half court shot against Tranquillity was another bad memory.”

Many people have been very supportive of Scott pursuing a career in basketball. Among these supporters is Scott’s mother.

“Ever since Brian was born, his father put a ball in his hands,” Scott’s mother said. “He used to play at the YMCA and wherever he went he would always have a ball with him. I am hoping that Brian uses whatever gift the Lord has blessed him with, whether it is basketball or somthing else, to go out and spread the news about the Lord. If he pursues a career beyong high school, I pray that he can use it as a ministry.”

As one of the key leaders of the basketball team, Scott has developed a few goals he has hoped to accomplish with his team and for himself. Scott explained what his hopes are this season.

“My goal for the team this year is to make it to Valley ,” Scott said. “We have a really good shot. I am also hoping to get a City-County selection.”

This being his last year in high school, Scott has had to decide whether or not he will continue his career. Scott shared his plans for college.

“I’m planning on continuing my basketball career,” Scott said. “I am hoping to walk on to GCU’s (Grand Canyon University) basketball team. They are in division one so that would be a great honor.”

Brian has grown up playing with many people, but one person who has always been there with him is his cousin, Senior N’gai Jones, who also plays at FC. Jones talked about what it has been like growing playing alongside his cousin.

“It has been great getting to play basketball with Brian,” Jones said. “After so many years playing together, we have really developed a strong chemistry. Our playing styles really work well together.”

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

For more Sports, read the Feb. 11 article Girls soccer sport shorts: Minarets .

By |2014-02-18T00:00:00-07:00February 18th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Senior partakes in theatrical role, final performance (VIDEO)

Wrapping up his final year of high school, Kyle Hudecek, ’14, is venturing in to his final role for drama. Being a part of drama for some years now, Hudecek plans to go out with a bang.

Hudecek has made a name for himself around campus this year. Not only has he made countless classmates laugh, he also was announced Homecoming King this year.

Hudecek will be cast as the leading role, Conrad Birdie, in the second semester drama performance of “Bye, Bye Birdie.” The drama department, taught by Susan Ainley, is looking forward to having Hudecek starring in this semester’s performance. Since Hudecek has performed in “Bye, Bye Birdie” before, Ainley thought he would make a good Conrad Birdie, due to his familiarity of the musical.

Hudecek began his drama career at the young age of 12. Although he did not willingly enter the play, his career in theater was started.

“My first performance was back in the sixth grade,” Hudecek said. ” I was a brother in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coast. I guess you could say that my jr. high teachers got me started in drama.”

Having already performed in “Bye, Bye Birdie” in seventh grade, Hudecek is more familiar with the essence of the musical. He is able to pick up the songs and overall themes for the play much quicker.

“I memorize the music faster,” Hudecek said. “I’m able to pick up on the themes quicker and I know what one addition of it looks like so I can offer criticism and critiques if needed.”

Senior, Aliciana Quintana, who will also be playing a lead role in the upcoming musical, has been a classmate to Hudecek for the last three years. Quintana compliments Hudecek on his lively spirit and method of acting.

“Kyle is the perfect person to be cast as Conrad,” said Quintana. “He becomes so alive when we are in drama class. His energy really influeneces everyone in class to try their best. I’ve seen him progress greatly in drama and it’s so fun to watch him perform on stage.”

Every actor experiences his own kind of emotions. Hudecek explained the feelings that he has every time he steps on stage.

“I feel a lot of different feelings when I act,” Hudecek said. “At first I feel fear because I have to perform for so many people. Once I get into the performance though and begin to get into character, I feel excited. I really begin to enjoy myself.”

Although Hudecek is sad to be performing on stage for the last time in high school he understands the necessity to move on. He looks forward to what is to come and plans on continuing his drama career in the future.

“Ending my drama career is a sad but necessary step to move on to a different chapter in my life,” Hudecek said. “I mean it allows me to appreciate what it’s like to be in a play so I’ll still be involved in the theatrical side of culture. I’ll have physical experience from high school so I’ll be bale to relate to the actors and roles more, so it will help me appreciate theatrical roles as I progress through my life.”

The performance dates for “Bye-Bye, Birdie” are March 7 which will be during school for students. Then there will be a 7 p.m. performance open to the public, March 8. The final performance will be a matinee also open to the public, March 9.

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

Dooman interview from The Feather Online on Vimeo.

For more features, read the Jan. 27 article, Barisic’s aid to SPCA gains spot as spokesperson for event.

By |2014-01-29T00:00:00-07:00January 29th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Local restaurant offers flavorful dishes, low prices

If you’re tired of the processed “meat” offered by the everyday chain fast food restaurants, do not compromise quality for time when you can have the best of both worlds at Grill Masters BBQ.

Located just south of the Shaw and Clovis intersection, this place is perfect for satisfying the worked up appetite of a Clovis Rodeo visiter.

While visiting a nearby store, we were drawn in by the not-so-common aroma of a barbecue joint. We could tell when we entered the door that this family-owned business was simple and well maintained.

We both ordered the combination plate for $9 and drinks for $2. We were very pleased when our food arrived in only seven minutes from the time we ordered.

The plate consisted of a choice of a almond wood grilled tri-trip, slow-cooked ribs, or a roast chicken. Then, they offer the option to pick any two sides, including house-made chilli beans, potato salad, seasoned steak fries, hand-tossed side salad and rice pilaf. We both chose to indulge in the tri-tip and beans but had differing opinions on the second side, after much deliberation we ended up choosing salad and fries.

Upon receiving our meals, we noticed that the tri-tip was sliced very thinly and soaking in it’s own glorious excretions. The meat is cooked to perfection over almond wood, but pulled off during the state of medium rare.

Then, it is sliced, put in a pan and covered in a jus. As soon as the tri-tp meats your taste buds, you faintly hear the singing of an Angelic choir in the distance. The meat has a very smokey, yet juicy flavor and really draws out the different spices.

One of our sides, the chili beans, were hand made with a plethora of unrevealed spices. These spices give the beans a unique flavor with a little kick.

The most common problem with chili beans is the lack of different textures and the right cooking technique. The Grill Masters have succeeded in producing a cultured blend of vegetables, beans and spices. These chili beans were a very good topping for the seasoned fries that came with the meal.

Grill Masters is owned by Maribelle Aguilar and her husband, who started the business after refusing to relocated with their prior company.

“We started this place up about three years ago,” Maribelle said. “My husband barbecued for B & L Quality Meats for about nine to 10 years and they were relocating their store. We didn’t want to move and since my husband knew the business, he decided to go and venture out on his own.”

Maribelle stated that their chili beans and burgers are becoming best sellers. They also offer two different kinds of delicious barbecue sauces. These sauces include sweet and tangy along with sweet and spicy. All the food and sauces served in Grill Masters is home-made and cooked with fresh, local ingredients, provided by B &L Quality Meats.

If you enjoy challenges, you may consider taking Grill Masters up on their Matty Ultimeat Challenge.

This challenge requires you to consume a burger containing four half-pound patties, cheese, eight pieces of bacon, one quarter pound of tri-tip and three ribs all piled between two toasted buns. You must also partake in a very generous helping of chili cheese fries and rice pilaf.

All together, this burger and the chili cheese fries with rice weigh a whopping five pounds. If that didn’t already sound challenging enough, try eating all that food within 25 minutes. If you do happen to complete this arduous task, the meal would be on the house and you would acquire a special t-shirt advertising your accomplishment.

Our experience at Grill Masters was very good. With a combination of great food and friendly service, we would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quick easy dinner. It would also be the perfect place to hire to cater your next Superbowl party.

Grill Masters is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. They accept cash or credit for payment. Grill Masters are located at 2700 Clovis Ave Clovis, CA 93612. If you wish to contact Grill Masters, they can be reached at 559.348.9483.

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

For more reviews, read the Jan. 8 article, ‘Beyond: Two Souls’ disappoints despite big-name actors

By |2014-01-09T00:00:00-07:00January 9th, 2014|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Four-year player displays leadership in soccer

In high school sports, senior year is usually the year to impress. This being the last high school soccer season of her career, senior Kaitlyn King has been working hard to prepare for the season.

During her freshman soccer season, King acquired a nick name that has become her day-to-day name: Keebler, often shortened to Keebs. Named after the Keebler elf, King was given the name due to her resemblance to an elf and for her appreciated baking abilities.

Being known predominately as one of the editors for The Feather, King is also an active athlete. She has participated in FC girls soccer all four years of her high-school career.

King began her soccer career, at a very young age, with club soccer. King’s mother, Beth, got her started in soccer all those years ago.

“I believe I started playing soccer when I was five,” King said. “My mom played soccer so she basically put all my sisters through it so thats how I first started. I used to play in the People’s Church club team. In fifth grade I started playing here at Fresno Christian.”

Beth started all her daughters in soccer because she herself enjoyed the sport. Now, she enjoys watching King play on the field.

“I have always liked soccer; I played in high school also,” Beth said. “I enjoy watching my kids because it’s exciting, fun and dramatic. There’s never a dull moment watching your children be competitive athletically.”

Due to need for changes in position, King has switched positions for the upcoming season. Being switched from defense to offense, King is enjoying her new spot on the field.

“I have usually played defense,” King said. “However they have found that I can play offense well too. The coaches have put me at center-mid this year.”

Head coach Tony Martinez has coached King for the past two years and looks forward to watching her improve in her final year.

“Keebler adds ball handling skills to the team,” Martinez said. “Last season she blossomed in passing to her offensive teammates, making it look easy. That is where I really see the improvement. Keebler was a defensive player and because of her development, she has been moved to offense. I expect her to continue to get better and read the opposing teams defense in order to distribute the ball.”

King is not only a good influence on the field, but also in the computer lab. King, who has risen up to become an editor this year, has been an avid writer for The Feather.

Fellow Feather editor and friend, Chris Grossman, ’15, is appreciative of King’s attitude and skills in journalism.

“Kaitie {King} is a very hard worker in whatever she does,” Grossman said. “She takes pride in the little things, which really makes itself prevalent in everything that she produces. People say the best way to lead is by example; her work ethic inspires others to be their best.”

King has set a few goals in place that she hopes she can help her team accomplish this year. Having gotten close to the playoffs last season, King hopes that they can go even further this year.

“We almost made it last year,” King said. “I definitely want to go further into the playoffs this season. I have no plans for playing in college so it would be cool to say that I made it into playoffs my senior year.”

Every athlete has those moments in their career where it was their time to shine. Although a bit unorthodox King recalls her highlight moment as one to be remembered.

“It is not a very good highlight moment, but in playoffs sophomore year, I got a yellow card,” King said. “I had never gotten a yellow card before so it was kind of a cool experience. I was proud of myself for that one.”

King has established herself as a respected leader on her team by encouraging her teammates through a positive attitude. Teammate, Mikayla Messer, ’14, the leadership King portrays on the field as well as her passion for the sport.

“I love Keebs {King’s nickname},” Messer said. “I think she is not only an amazing player, but a huge leader on the team. She has great skills that she is passing on to the younger girls on the team. You can truly see Christ’s love through her on the field; she is a wonderful example to others.”

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

For more sports, read the Dec. 6 article, Girls soccer sport shorts: Fowler Lions Tournament.

By |2013-12-11T00:00:00-07:00December 11th, 2013|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cafe Via offers Italian comfort food

Have you been thinking about treating yourself to the great taste of an Italian meal, but hesitate because you do not want to cheat on your diet? If so, Cafe Via is the place for you.

This little slice of Italy is located on the intersection of Blackstone and Herndon. This location is ideal for your everyday River Park shopper.

The atmosphere is different from most restaurants in the Fresno area. When walking in the front door, it transforms into a Tuscan cafe. The service we received upon arrival was top notch; everyone was very inviting.

We came across this restaurant when it was referred to us by one of Jason’s coworkers. We felt that it would be the perfect place to write a food review for The Feather.

Our order was placed around 6 p.m. where we ordered the Chicken Alfredo for $15 and the Combo Via Calzone for $10. The food arrived reasonably fast, only taking about 11 minutes to be delivered to our table.

The Chicken Alfredo is crafted with whole grain Fettuccine pasta, cooked to perfection to the point of aldente. The pasta is then cloaked with homemade Alfredo sauce, featuring a smoky house made creole shrimp butter twist.

The dish comes with the options of hickory-braised chicken Brest, slow-cooked-Italian sausage, pan-seared shrimp or wood-grilled, fresh-water salmon.

The Calzone is a shell of house-made, wholewheat, Italian herbs and cheese crust. Inside this shell is specially cured pepperoni, Italian sausage, marinated bell peppers and onions.

Then, the dish is bound together with the perfect blend of mozzarella, parmesan and Romano cheeses. It is plated along side a bowl of hand-crafted marinara sauce, which is a combination of fire-roasted tomatoes, blended together with different Italian-derived spices.

The food is not the only great thing Cafe Via has to offer. The service was also overwhelmingly outstanding. The manager/owner was on a personal level with her customers.

Because she knew our intentions as food critics, she complemented us with a choice of their Artisan crafted desserts; we chose the fresh apple and pecan coffee cake. The cake is served on top a hot plate drizzled with caramel and a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

We were not the only ones who were enjoying our food. We spoke with satisfied customers, Patricia and Randy about there meal.

They split the Seared Cracked Pepper Steak for their meal. Though they thought it was a bit overcooked, they really enjoyed the marinade. Overall, they enjoyed their experience at Cafe Via.

We would definetely recommend this restaurant as a top choice for anyone having trouble making dinner plans in Fresno. Whether you are looking for a quiet setting to take a date or you just want to enjoy some good food with some friends, consider Cafe Via.

This author is available on Twitter: @NhojNamood . Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more reviews, read the Nov. 30 article, ‘A Christmas Carol’ opens hope, holiday spirit.

By |2013-12-04T00:00:00-07:00December 4th, 2013|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tower Cafe provides quick service, quality food

If you ever come out of a performance at the Tower Theatre and are thoroughly famished, you may consider walking about one hundred yards down Olive Ave to The Tower Cafe. After walking up and down the main street for about thirty minutes looking for a local favorite, we finally chose to eat at this place, due to the tri-tip sandwich they were advertising out front.

When we walked in, the atmosphere was pretty inviting. It is right on the main street so it kind of gives you a feeling of retro dining. The man working the cash register was also very polite and non-judgmental for the excessive amount of food we ordered.

Our order was made around 7:30 p.m.. We ordered two chicken tacos for $3 each, a tri-tip sandwich for $6.89, and a plate of cheese fries with bacon for $5.50. To our surprise all the food was prepared and on our table within six minutes.

We began our meal with the chicken tacos. They were quite simple containing grilled chicken, cheese and pico de gallo in two corn tortillas. These were very good due to the seasoning used on the chicken.

Next we moved onto the tri-tip sandwich. When we first saw the sandwich, we did not really think it did the advertisement in the front window justice.

This sandwich, however, was surprisingly better than expected. Sometimes a concern for people and their food is the fact that the food is cold. This was definitely not the case here due to the fact that the meat was fresh off the grill.

The meat was piled on a sesame seed bun and covered in barbecue sauce. The only negative side we could find to the sandwich was the sauce. Usually when a restaurant claims to have “The best tri-tip sandwich around,” there is some uniqueness to there sauce. The sauce on our tri-tip sandwich tasted as if it were store bought.

Our final dish of the evening was the cheesy, bacon fries. Now, you really cannot go wrong with cheesy, bacon fries, but considering this is a critique, then we must find a bone to pick. Overall they were awesome, but they could have been better if they had real cheese instead of the cheese sauce.

The other customers in the restaurant looked pleased with their meals. We spoke with a customer about what she ordered.

She told us that she ordered the French Dip Sandwich and that she was enjoying the meal so far. The only thing she found wrong with the food was the cheese. The menu told her that order would come with swiss cheese and hers came with american cheese. Overall, the customer was pleased and guaranteed her return. She rated the restaurant a strong 3.5 out of 5.

This author can be reached via Twitter: @NhojNamood. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more reviews, read the Oct. 30 article, Video game falls short of expectation.

By |2013-11-05T00:00:00-07:00November 5th, 2013|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|2 Comments

FC 9-1-1: Ep. 1 (VIDEO)

There is a new police force running the FC campus this year. Follow the adventures of Officer Trevor Beal and Officer John Dooman as they take down some of the most wanted students on campus.

Anything from hallway speeding to gum busts, FC 911 is on the job. To anyone who is thinking about violating school rules, think again because they will catch you, and there will be hilarious consequences.

Aside from keeping the students of FC safe from everyday dangers, FC 911 also tries to inform you of every important upcoming school event. This week we talk about homecoming and describe what you can do to participate. We also talk about various other topics in the elementary school.

Students seem to be excited for the arrival of this new video series. Junior, Tyler Dondlinger, shared his anticipation for the new series.

“I feel like it is going to be a funny series that The Feather was missing,” Dondlinger said. “There has never been anything like this on The Feather before so I think it will be good. I am definitely going to encourage other students to watch it.”

Beal and Dooman decided to start this police force after many years of being disgusted by school perpetrators. After watching two seasons of cops and tai kwon do classes, they joined together to make an elite task force.

While they strictly enforce the school rules, students will never cease to be entertained by their strange tactics. Do not forget to like their videos to keep FC 911 going.

Disclaimer: None of the stunts portrayed in this video should be performed at home. All events portrayed were executed by untrained semi-professional-like students. Be advised this series is for entertainment purposed only (but with a little seriousness thrown in).

FC 911 from The Feather Online on Vimeo.

By |2013-10-25T00:00:00-07:00October 25th, 2013|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Juniors seek redemption from past years

As homecoming approaches, each class will compete in the float competition during half time, Oct. 25. Until then, students meet and collaborate to construct their chosen theme.

To go along with the theme, “It’s a bird, it’s a plane. No, it’s Homecoming!” the junior class has chosen to portray The Avengers. Check back each week to see updates on their progress as the deadline approaches.

Oct. 18

The junior class has yet to recieve first place in the homecoming float competition. In 2011 they came in a close second with The Game of Life theme. In 2012, they came in last place with ‘Wizard of Oz’ float theme. This year they plan on wowing the crowd with a wide variety of Marvel superheroes.

Creating a float for homecoming is not always an easy task. Student leadership representative, Gabriela Siqueiros, ’15, talks about what is required to pull this float together.

“There is so much to do to create the float,” Siqueiros said. “So far we have built the background and a few of the props, but there is still a lot to do. We are borrowing a trailer from Mr. Hurley [FC woodshop teacher] and we are really stressing because we do not get the trailer until the day of homecoming. We are going to have to put it all together in one day.”

It will take a lot of participation from all the juniors to pull their float together. Breanna Jennings, ’15, is keeping the float at her house while it is being assembled. Although Jennings enjoys the building at her house there are some repercussions that come along with that.

“The float building is taking place at my house,” Jennings said. “I like having the float at my house because I get to stay later after the float meetings and work on it. The downside to having it at my house is that stuff gets broken and tools go missing which gets pretty frustrating. All-in-all, though, I enjoy having the float building at my house.”

Many students have come together to help with the float. Jason Swain, has been attending the float meetings for the past year, and plans to help as much as possible this year.

“I’m planning at being at all the rest of the float meetings,” Swain said. “I’m not sure I am going to buy a whole lot of supplies for the float this year, because I paid for a lot of them in the past, but I will definetely help build with whatever supplies are there. I think we will be able to pull off first place this year as long as everyone comes to the meetings and works together.”

For more features, read the Oct. 14 article, Hurley continues woodshop program.

This author can be reached via Twitter: @NhojNamood. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

By |2013-10-18T00:00:00-07:00October 18th, 2013|Features, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Junior dedicates time, displays service qualities

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There are many clubs on the FC campus, such as the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) and multiple sports programs, that are working to raise money for their causes. One of these clubs in particular, the Spanish Club, has been making great progress in raising money this year with the help of a very dedicated student. Junior Adam Loughney has given up many hours of service this school year to assist campus Spanish teacher, Beatriz Foth, in raising money.

As the Spanish Club celebrated their last meeting with a fiesta on May 10, the meeting had special significance for Loughney. He accepted a check from the Spanish Club on behalf of Doctor David Hodge for the Fresno Rotary Club’s sponsorship of “Project Nino.”

Recently, Hodge was scheduled to be a guest speaker for the Spanish Club, but due to circumstances beyond his control, he was unable to represent “Project Nino”. Using the information Loughney had learned over the years from Hodge regarding “Project Nino”, he presented information to the Spanish Club with the help of Dr. Hodge’s power point.

Hodge is one of the original founders of “Project Nino,” which began in 1985 as the result of an earthquake that had caused major devastation to the village of Tultitlan, Mexico, and the surrounding area. He and a group of California doctors traveled to assist Mexican doctors as they dealt with the destruction the earthquake had left behind. Over the last 28 years, “Project Nino” has evolved into a medical clinic outreach that draws thousands of people each year.

For one week in July, Hodge will travel once again to Tultitlan and set up the medical clinic. For many in the community this is their only opportunity to receive medical and dental care. Over the years, Loughney has helped Hodge load suitcases filled with supplies into his car to be flown into Mexico for “Project Nino.”

I knew if someone didn’t step up and take an active role in getting lunches delivered to the school, we would not have a hot lunch option for the students and staff.–Adam Loughney, ’14

This July, Loughney is especially excited that he will experience “Project Nino” for himself. He is honored that he has been invited to travel with Hodge and the other doctors to Tultitlan.

“I have witnessed the dedication Dr. David has for this project,” Loughney said. “I admire the hard work and planning he personally contributes every year as he organizes lectures, supplies and coordinates travel for the doctors. It is an honor to be invited and given the opportunity to be a part of ‘Project Nino’ and I look forward to serving the people of Tultitlan in any way that is needed.”

The check given by the Spanish Club was made possible by the hot lunch profits that accumulated throughout the year. Proceeds from the lunches have helped the Spanish Club provide funds to several organizations in addition to “Project Nino”. C.S.F. also benefitted from Loughney’s Wednesday hot lunches. The lunch profits allowed several C.S.F. members to be able to attend a recent conference in Visalia, in addition to helping with the expenses for graduating Seniors stoles, cords,and lamp pins.

Loughney helps coordinate lunches to be delivered on Wednesdays with local restaurants at a reduced price, allowing him to give the profit from each hot lunch to one of four organizations he is involved in.

The groups that have benefitted from the hot lunches are Spanish Club, CSF, choir and varsity boys tennis. Altogether, he has raised over $1,500. Loughney explained what inspired him to help out with serving hot lunches.

“I knew if someone didn’t step up and take an active role in getting lunches delivered to the school, we would not have a hot lunch option for the students and staff” Loughney said. “In the beginning of the school year, for quite a while only my Wednesday hot lunches were being offered. Now, additional groups have committed to taking other days of the week. This has greatly improved this years lunch program over last years Revolution Foods.”

Loughney volunteers because he enjoys raising money for something other than the school’s benefit. He explained why he thinks he has benefitted from volunteering.

“Wow, I believe I have benefitted most of all,” Loughney said. “I enjoy serving my school community, being able to raise funds for the clubs, and know that some of the money I made reaches organizations beyond the walls of Fresno Christian. I am happy that I have been able to provide a service to my school community through the Wednesday hot lunches along with being able to help raise financial support for organizations like ‘Project Nino’ among others.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @Dooooman10.

For more features, read the Annual Cinco de Mayo lunch incorporates clubs, students.

By |2013-05-09T00:00:00-07:00May 9th, 2013|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Brothers compete, bond through spring-time sport

Sometimes, it can be hard for brothers to get along at home, let alone at school or on the tennis court. However, for Daniel, ’14, and Andrew Moore, ’16, tennis has been a good way for them to bond while competing on the same team.

The Moore brothers, who have been attending FC since kindergarden, have decided to play on the varsity tennis team. They think that playing together will improve both their relationship and their tennis skills.

Both Daniel and Andrew have been playing tennis for a at least three years, each beginning while in junior high. Daniel thinks that they continued through high school after getting involved in the sport.

“We started playing tennis in junior high,” Daniel said. “We both decided to continue playing tennis into our high school careers. This will be my third year on the team and Andrew’s first year.”

While a lot of athletes are usually motivated by someone else to play a specific sport, the Moore brothers were self inspired. The brothers got involved with the sport because of their own interest.

“A lot of our friends were playing, so we decided to join the team,” Andrew said. “Our parents played tennis a little bit in their youth, but they never really pressured us to play. It was pretty much just us trying out something new.”

Their parents, Janet and Rick, are very supportive of their kids playing tennis. Janet thinks it was a good thing that her sons are playing together.

“Daniel and Andrew have always gotten along and been there for each other,” Janet said. “I think it is great that they are playing together because if one of them is struggling, then the other one can help him out and encourage him. I played a little tennis in my youth, but it was mostly their decision to play.”

Head tennis coach and campus Bible teacher, Robert Foshee has many good things to say about the brothers. He enjoys having Daniel and Andrew on the team because of their hard-working attitudes.

“Daniel and Andrew Moore are very dedicated athletes on the team,” Foshee said. “They are always eager to learn and try their hardest in practice and in games. It is also fun to be able to see them bond on court.”

Senior Kristen Rosenthal enjoys having the Moore brothers on the team as she thinks it adds a family atmosphere to the team.

“It’s funny having both of them on the team because they are so different,” Rosenthal said. “They really don’t play together that much, but they bring a good spirit and attitude to our team. Everyone loves them.”

Brandon Porter, ’13, also thinks that both Andrew and Daniel work hard, but they are so similar that he doesn’t associative them much.

“Honestly, I don’t even think about it,” Porter said. “They’re both so different, other than appearance, that I don’t even think about them as brothers. I know they work on their playing outside of practice, so it must be nice to have someone to play with and compete with outside the season.”

Daniel is a true three-sport athlete. Alongside tennis, he has also participated in cross-country during the fall and soccer during the winter.

“One reason I really wanted to play tennis is because it is so laid back compared to cross-country and soccer,” Daniel said. “I wanted to play a sport to stay active, but i was pretty tired from the seasons. Tennis seemed like an ideal sport to end the school year. It has officially become my favorite sport because how relaxed it is.”

While Daniel is occupied all year round with sports, his younger brother’s schedule is a little more free. Besides tennis Andrew also enjoys participating in soccer.

“I played soccer with my brother this year too,” Andrew said. “It was too much for me to be constantly playing sports all year round, so I just stuck to two sports. I think I enjoy tennis more than soccer because it’s a lot less pressure in the {soccer} games.”

The writer can be reached via Twitter: @Dooooman10. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more sports, read the April 18 article, Junior runner expands athleticism through track.

By |2013-04-25T00:00:00-07:00April 25th, 2013|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Junior strives to draw team closer

Though it can often be hard to fit in or make new friends when moving to new country, for Korean exchange student David Ryu, ’14, this is not the case at all.

Ryu has used baseball as a way to make new friends and inspire his teammates to work together. His plan is to help the team grow as a whole by encouraging them to play for each other, rather than themselves.

Last year, Ryu played baseball for Central High School, located near Dallas, Texas. This being only his second year ever playing baseball, he looks forward to fulfilling some of his personal goals for the season.

“This year, I want to be a better baseball player,” Ryu said. “I would like to play catcher if I can but I will go wherever the coach needs me. I really want to work on my hitting this year because I want to be able to come through for my team on the plate, when they need me.”

David never took a serious interest in baseball until he came to America. He explained how he became interested in professional baseball and wanted to play for his school.

“I was watching a baseball game at home one day and became very interested in the sport,” Ryu said. “I went to school and started asking my friends about baseball and figuring out how the sport really worked. Then I went out for the team and I loved it.”

According to Ryu, he has a very deep passion for the sport of baseball and knows that it will always be his favorite sport.

“I don’t just love baseball, I live baseball,” Ryu said. “I love to go out whenever I can and throw a baseball or hit a baseball. I will never let another sport take baseball’s place in my heart.”

For most athletes, there is usually one aspect of the sport they play that they might find inconvenient. Whether it be the physicality involved for a football player, or the running it takes to be a basketball player. However, for Ryu, there is literally nothing about baseball he dislikes.

“I like everything about baseball,” Ryu said. “I don’t care about all the time it takes up or any of that. I know in my heart that you have to spend a lot of time playing baseball if you want to be the best you can be.”

While Ryu may have a few personal goals that he hopes to accomplish, he has even more goals for his team that he is working to attain.

“I want to encourage my team to work together,” Ryu said. “It is not fun for me to see teammates get mad at each other at practice. I want to get rid of this problem and turn the mean things said into positive things. We cannot be a good team if we do not play as a team. Everyone has to play for the man by his side.”

Ryu has learned a lot from his coaches but his coaches have also learned a lot from him. Head baseball coach, Noah Heinz stated that Ryu is a player he will never forget.

“David is one heck of a kid,” Heinz said. “He always wants to learn something new and get better at anything he can. Whenever there is an opportunity to help his team, David is always right there to help. He definitely is an inspiring aspect to the team.”

Ryu loves to watch baseball as well as play it. He named off his favorite baseball players and teams from the Major League Baseball (MLB).

“I love to watch professional baseball,” Ryu said. “My favorite player of all time is Yogi Berra. I think my favorite baseball team is the Dodgers.”

Ryu has definitely made a good impression on his teammates so far, including friend and teammate, Aaron DeWolf, ’15.

“David is a good ballplayer,” DeWolf said. “But what really sets him apart from everyone else is his enthusiasm for the game. I have never seen anyone with as much energy when it comes to cheering on the team. His determination and work ethic also sets him apart from his other teammates.”

For more sports, read the April 2 article, Freshman plays two sports, succeeds despite injury.

By |2013-04-03T00:00:00-07:00April 3rd, 2013|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Track coach plans to set world record on longboard

It is not every day that you find a coach who has a passion for riding a longboard, let alone the drive to turn his passion into a world record. In the summer of 2013, head FC track coach, Myster Holliman, plans to set a world record for the longest distance traveled on a longboard by riding from Seattle to the South-East US.

On his journey, there are minimal rules that Holliman must follow to set the record. He will be allowed to rest whenever he needs to and he does not need to finish in any specific amount of time. As long as he puts in time on his longboard everyday and travels at least 3,616 miles, which is the current record, he will be the new world record holder.

Holliman has enjoyed riding his long-board since his freshman year of college. Growing up, he used to ride skateboards, but was never good enough to do tricks.

Holliman found out about long-boards when he began seeing students using them as an alternate form of transportation around college campuses. Holliman thought that it looked like the perfect hobby to take up, which he could also enjoy.

“I saw people traveling around campus so casually on their boards and I thought to myself, ‘A long-board will equal a lazy athlete’s paradise,'” Holliman said. “My best friend at the time, to this day, Michael Barragan, let me borrow one of his long-boards for a couple of days and I made my own within weeks. I’ve never gone more than a week without boarding since.”

Holliman started avidly riding his longboard later on in his college career. It became an alternate workout routine for him and the other athletes on the track team, he said.

“I really started riding my longboard everyday when I was living with some good friends who all loved long-boarding as much as I did,” Holliman said. “As a track athlete, it is hard to stay motivated enough to do workouts every summer, but my friends and I would board everyday, miles upon miles of just kick, push, kick, push. There came that point where we just loved it, loved it together and it helped us grow.”

Holliman decided to set the record when he heard about skateboarding world records that had already been set. Due to his passion for the sport, he wanted to do something big with it.

“I want to set the record pretty much because I have high aspirations, and I love riding my longboard,” Holliman said. “Why not track it? Why not try to accomplish something great? Why not put my body to use and hopefully inspire others to take what they love, and make something big out of it?”

Holliman has been discussing the idea of setting the record with his track team that he coaches on campus. Junior Zach Jakush shared why he thinks it is good what Holliman is doing.

“It’s going to be cool to be able to say that our coach holds a world record,” Jakush said. “It’s really cool that Holliman is doing this because he chose something he was good at and decided to try to be the best at it. Hopefully, it will show how competitive and hardworking he is to the world.”

Holliman plans on starting his trip in Seattle and ending it somewhere in the South-East United States. He said that he still has some planning to do, but he will definitely set the record.

“I am going to start my trip in Seattle,” Holliman said. “From there I will head down the West Coast, because it is the best coast, then head East across the South. I hopefully will end the trip in an awesome city like New Orleans. I still have some mapping to do, it takes hours just to complete a small amount, but I will hopefully have it all planned out by the end of January.”

Other than just being able to say he holds a world record, Holliman hopes it will display his hard work ethic. Holliman said that he hopes it might open up some job opportunities.

“It will be cool just to say I hold the record,” Holliman said. “I guess I am hoping it will open up some job opportunities, hopefully at Fresno Christian as a full-time teacher. Like I’ve told all the students here at FC, I plan on coming right back in the fall semester. I would love to come back and just be known as a teacher that affected the students in a positive way.”

Holliman has already started to motivate his friends and students here at FC. Freshman Jon Anguiano shared his thoughts on Holliman’s plans to set the record.

“I’m pumped for Holliman to set the record,” Anguiano said. “I know that he is planning to use an unnamed brand board so that the owner of the board might be able to open a skate-shop when the record is set. I think he will get a lot of opportunities to get sponsored once he is done.”

Elora Hargis, ’14, appreciates Holliman’s dedication to long-boarding. For Hargis seeing a teacher try to achieve his goal is a great motivation for the students of FC.

“I think what Holliman is doing is amazing,” Hargis said. “It’s great that he’s actually turning his passion into a reality by trying to set the world record. I think it sets a great example for students to go after their dreams.”

For more features, read the Jan. 18 article, Climbing into a redwood coral reef (VIDEO).

By |2013-01-22T00:00:00-07:00January 22nd, 2013|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Long-time illustrator nears 600th comic

While a lot of students enjoy competing in sports during their high school term, some choose to excel in other areas. Senior Katie Barisic, has been writing the comic strip, “The Good Times” for The Feather for the past four years.

Barisic has always been very interested in drawing and painting. She had never drawn comics before, but was very interested when the journalism advisor Greg Stobbe, asked her to work for The Feather.

After getting involved in drawing for The Feather it became a full time job for Barisic. Stobbe saw potential in her work and decided to make her a part of the staff.

“Ever since kindergarten, I have really enjoyed drawing and other kinds of art,” Barisic said. “I had a lot of notebooks that I would fill with doodles and sketches. Mr. Stobbe saw my drawings one day and I guess he thought it would be neat for The Feather to have a comics section, so I joined journalism.”

Since the beginning of her comic drawing career, Barisic feels as if she has developed her drawing skills. She is confident now that she can make a career out of it.

“When I first started doing the comics I was pretty good, but I don’t think I was good enough to make a career out of it,” Barisic said. “Now, having been doing it for four years, I have really improved my skills. It is fun to see my comics from freshman year and comparing them to my comics now.”

Barisic’s comics depict real-life high school problems that teens of any age can connect to. Freshman, Brittany Bender enjoys reading the comics and encourages Barisic to pursue a career in that field.

“I love reading ‘The Good Times,'” said Bender. “It is super funny and I like how it shows what happens to us students everyday. I really think she should pursue a professional career in art.”

Considering Barisic has written over 580 comics, it can get a little difficult for her to come up with new ideas. Barisic explains the struggles involved in writing the comics.

“The biggest struggle for writing comics is the time it consumes,” Barisic said. “Sometimes it is hard to find the time in my day to write a comic. Surprisingly, though, coming up with new ideas is not a problem. When I first started, coming up with new ideas was a bit of an issue, but after doing it for so long, it is really not that hard.”

Barisic has always dreamed of having a career in art. She has aspirations to go on and work for Disney.

“It has been my dream for a long time to go work for Disney,” Barisic said. “My hope is to go to Cal Arts once I graduate. I don’t really want to make a career on this particular comic strip, but I definitely would like to be an animator for Disney.

Fellow Feather staff writer, Mark Bennet, ’14, shared his thoughts on Barisic’s comics and how he thinks it benefits The Faether.

“I think Katie’s comics add a humorous aspect to the website,” Bennet said. “Usually everything on The Feather is really serious and not meant to be funny, but ‘The Good Times’ really lightens the mood a little bit. From reading her comics, I’ve noticed how much potential she has for making drawing a professional career.”

Art teacher Sharon Scharf applauds Barisic for her dedication and hard work in her art career. Scharf is proud of Barisc and how much she has improved since the beginning.

“I’m definitely proud of her,” Scharf said. “She works really hard to publish a comic each day. I can see her talent in art has progressed and Disney would be lucky to have her on their staff. She has come a long way since she started.”

To see the current comic, click here.

For more features, read the Dec. 13 article, Get used to it: You are being watched.

By |2012-12-14T00:00:00-07:00December 14th, 2012|Features, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Senior leads team with intensity, looks to playoffs

In his last year of high school, senior JP Caprioglio looks forward to making this a highlight year for the varsity boys’ soccer team. Caprioglio plans on taking the initiative and leading his team to the playoffs as serving as one of the three team captains.

Caprioglio played soccer during his freshman and sophomore year at San Joaquin Memorial High School. It was at Memorial that Caprioglio really began to sharpen his soccer skills, mentally and physically.

Having participated in two other varsity sports, football and baseball, Caprioglio hopes to prove himself a true three-sport athlete. Due to the football season being cut one week short, Caprioglio has had extra time to prepare himself for the soccer season.

“Since football ended a week short, I have had some time to breakdown exactly how I want this soccer season to go,” Caprioglio said. “I am definitely expecting our team to go to playoffs. I am also hoping to put some intensity in the younger players so that our future teams will compete at the top of their game. There is no doubt that this will be a good year for the varsity boys’ soccer team.”

Since he began playing as a kid, Caprioglio has many years of experience with soccer. He originally joined the soccer team in kindergarten because his friends played, and he thought it sounded like fun.

“I started playing soccer in kindergarten,” Caprioglio said. “My parents found out all my friends were playing and thought I might enjoy it, so they asked if I wanted to play. Now that I look back on it, I am really happy that I decided to play.”

Caprioglio’s father, Paul Caprioglio, has always supported his son when it comes soccer. Paul said that he is proud of his son and what he has accomplished.

“I’m proud of JP for sticking with soccer for so long,” Paul said. “I was surprised when he decided to play football and risk being injured for soccer, but I think it has pumped him up. He should be a very intense player this year.”

Alongside baseball, soccer has established itself as Caprioglio’s favorite sport. He says that he loves the game and how it is played.

“I just love the whole concept of soccer,” Caprioglio said. “I love the feeling of being satisfied, like when you make a good play or score a goal. It just brings me satisfaction and makes me feel good.”

While he has many positive things to say about soccer, Caprioglio has a few dislikes about the sport as well. He said that it is never fun when an opponent gets too physical.

“I don’t like going against teams that play dirty,” Caprioglio said. “It ruins the game when they take cheap shots at our players and intentionally try to injure them. I don’t play like that, nor do I support it, but when we do end up playing those kinds of teams, we just have to give the best of our ability and have a good attitude.”

Freshman Bailey Brogan, who is the team’s goalie, says that playing with Caprioglio benefits the whole team with his leadership and level of play.

“Playing with JP makes the game much more intense,” Brogan said. “He expects a lot from us {the team} and always challenges us to do better. Sometimes we follow through with what he wants us to do and sometimes we don’t, but either way, he is always encouraging.”

Having played for 12 years, Caprioglio has had many highlight moments. He said the greatest moment of his soccer career was in a tournament when he was 11 years old.

“My favorite moment was probably in a tournament when I was 11, and I scored the winning goal,” Caprioglio said. “It came down to penalty kicks and I was the fifth one to kick. I kicked it off the goal post and it somehow rolled into the goal. Everyone threw me on their shoulders, and it felt awesome.”

Caprioglio has influenced many of his teammates since he started going to FC his junior year. Friend and fellow teammate, senior Dominic Mendoza says he enjoys playing with Caprioglio due to the chemistry they have together on the field.

“I love playing with JP because of the fluid passes we can make together,” Mendoza said. “We always know where the other one will be between plays. We really communicate well on and off the field.”

Even though it is his favorite sport and he has played for so long, Caprioglio will most likely not be playing in college. He said that he cannot see himself taking it his career very much farther.

“I am probably not going to play soccer in college,” Caprioglio said. “I want to be able to focus on my studies in college, and I know that sports can be very time consuming. I can’t really see myself going pro or anything like that, so I plan on just playing in pick-up games every once in a while.”

The coaching staff are proud to have such a valuable player on their team. Head varsity boys’ soccer coach Matt Markarian says that he is excited to see Caprioglio play and how he has improved since last year.

“I can’t wait to see JP play this year,” Markarian said. “Last year he was a good player but this year I think he will be a great player. There is no doubt he will come out ready to play. I think he is going to be a key factor in taking this team to the playoffs.”

For more sports, read the Dec. 3 article, Girls’ soccer sport shorts: Fowler Lions Tournament.

The varsity boys’ soccer team will next play at Fowler and will document the girls soccer team in the Fowler Lions Tournament, Dec. 6-8.

The boys will play road games at the Garces Tournament in the Bronze Division.

By |2012-12-04T00:00:00-07:00December 4th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Scharf continues with 9-foot burrito tradition (VIDEO)

For the past 13 years, it has been a tradition in Sharon Scharf home economics class to create a nine-foot burrito. Second period home economics continued the tradition this year on Nov. 30.

Scharf, along with Judy Richards, helped the students create the nine-foot burrito recipe that Scharf got from La Victoria. The recipe requires tortillas, refried beans, seasoned meat, tomatoes, green onions, salsa, and sour cream.

Considering that this has been a tradition in Scharf’s class for the past 15 years, students look forward to the oppurtunity every year to build the burrito. Scharf said that she was inspired to start the nine-foot burrito tradition when La Victoria sold her their recipe.

“La Victoria used to encourage people to buy their products by giving out their recipes,” said Scharf. “I found this burrito recipe for an eight-foot burrito and thought it would be fun to take to the next level. That is when I decided to make a nine-foot burrito. I am not one to follow a recipe exactly. I always try to step it up a bit.”

The burrito is assembled like an assembly line. Scharf described how they must put on the layers of ingredients then fold the tortilla in special way so that the filling does not fall out.

“The students are stationed on each side of the burrito like an assembly line,” said Scharf. “The first set of students will go down and spread on the beans and then the next group will put on the cheese and so on. We then have to have half the students fold one side over then the rest of the us fold the other side.”

This was Richards first year helping Scharf make the burritos and was happy to see the kids enjoying themselves. Richards thought that the recipe was definitely out of the ordinary to make such a large burrito, but she thought it was a great project.

“I have never done anything quite like this in my 14 years of teaching home economics,” said Richards. “This was a very fun project that really does a good job of incorporating all the students. It gets everyone involved and all the students working together. I really enjoyed watching the kids build the burrito as if it were an assembly line.”

Freshmen Morgan Koop, who has home economics second period, had high expectations and was not let down. Koop looks forward to participating in the building of the burrito in the future.

“I thought it was going to be fun, and it turned out to be really good,” Koop said. “I didn’t get to eat mine because I wasn’t hungry so i gave it away. But from what I’ve heard it was really good. Given the opportunity I would like to do it again. It was a really fun time.”

Junior Noah Belmont enjoyed the experience of constructing the burrito and liked the end when they were allowed to eat it.

“The burrito building class was really fun,” said Belmont. “We spent most of the class building it, but my favorite part was when we got to eat it. It was a lot better then I thought. Usually home-made burritos are nothing special, but this recipe was really good.”

For more features, read the November 28 article, Survey provides technology-based information.

By |2012-11-30T00:00:00-07:00November 30th, 2012|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sophomore influences team mates, stays active through sports

As an experienced soccer player, sophomore Ivette Ibarra has big expectations as she enters her second year as a starter on the varsity girls soccer team.

Also an avid volleyball, Ibarra has proven to be a great influence on FC girls athletics. She notes that sports are an important part of her life.

“I have always really enjoyed playing sports,” Ibarra said. “My whole family has always been deeply involved in sports so I guess it was a given that I would participate in athletics. I plan on playing sports for the rest of my high school career.”

Ibarra was drawn to play soccer four years ago when her friends got her involved. She has really enjoyed playing soccer so far, because she gets to play alongside her friends.

“Four years ago, a group of my friends told me to play soccer with them, so I decided to play,” Ibarra said. “It’s been a good decision so far. I love being out there on the field with my friends and just have fun with it.”

As a freshman, Ibarra started on the varsity girls team. Though she does not play on a club team, she likes staying in shape by playing other sports.

“I would play on a club team, but I don’ t really have the time with other sports,” Ibarra said. “As long as I am staying active in a sport, I can stay in shape. During the summer if there is a pick-up game with my friends, then I will play, but other than that I just play on the school team. I love soccer and plan on playing for a while.”

Ibarra notes that she likes soccer due to the fact that she has always had a natural talent for it.

“Since I first started playing soccer, I have always been pretty good,” Ibarra said. “I really enjoy that fast pace of the sport and the intensity. I like having to always be on my toes.”

Jessica Healy, ’13, said that playing alongside Ivette definitely makes the sport more exciting.

“Playing with Ivette makes the soccer experience much more surprising,” Healy said. “She definitely brings a lot of excitement out to the field with her. She never fails to bring a smile tour faces and that’s what I love about playing with her.”

Soccer coach, Tony Martinez, thinks that Ibarra is a very intense player and a great advantage to the team.

“Ivette is a very hard worker,” Martinez said. “She always has a good attitude and plays to the best of her ability. She is good leader on and off the field, and I am proud of her. I am honored to be able to coach her.”

Considering that they have already had two children who have participated in highschool sports, Ibarra’s parents are very supportive of her. Ivette Ibarra, the mother of Ivette, stated that she was very proud of what her daughter is doing.

“Me and Ivette’s father are both very proud of Ivette for participating in so many sports,” said Ivette. “She has always enjoyed soccer and loves to play it. Whether she chooses to play in college or not, me and her father will always support her.”

Since soccer is a physical sport, Ibarra mentions that she has received a fair share of injuries over the years.

“I have gotten a lot of injuries while playing soccer,” Ibarra said. “The worst injury I got is probably when I hurt my knee. I always get jammed fingers and toes, but I just have to tough them out.”

Fellow sophomore and teammate Gabby Siqueiros said that she has enjoyed playing alongside Ibarra for the past few years.

“I have been playing soccer with Ivette for a couple of years and I have enjoyed it,” Siqueros said. “She has always been a good friend and a talented soccer player. I am looking forward to being able to play soccer with her for these next few years.”

Since she loves the sport so much, Ibarra said that she has considered playing soccer in college.

“I have thought about playing soccer in college,” Ibarra said. “I would love to be able to play both soccer and volleyball in college, but I don’t know if that will happen so I am still deciding on what to do. Whatever I choose though I will always enjoy soccer.”

For more sports, read the Nov. 5 article, Volleyball sport shorts: Riverdale.

By |2012-11-19T00:00:00-07:00November 19th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus parent grows up in orphanage, escapes Vietnam

Despite a now seemingly normal everyday life, FC parent Noi Duffy faced an escape from Vietnam, as a refugee, at only age seven. Duffy, parent of Sierra Duffy, ’16, and Austin Duffy, ’19, escaped from Vietnam along with 82 others children and staff members.

Noi Duffy grew up in the Cam Ranh City Christian Orphanage in Southern Vietnam. It was not until March of 1975 that the director of the orphanage, Nguyen Xuan Ha, decided to take the children to America, due to the impending threat of the war. Duffy escaped Vietnam with the help of American missionaries and Ha.

“The Cam Ranh City Christian Orphanage was established by Protestant Men of the Chapel at Cam Ranh Air Force Base in 1967,” Duffy said. “Baptist Churches helped to support it and Southern Baptist missionaries filled the roll of pastor to the children. In late March of 1975, Nguyen Xuan Ha, director of the orphanage, received news that his country was falling to communist forces from the north. He decided that he must somehow get his children out of Vietnam and, hopefully, to America.”

The children left the orphanage on April 2, 1975. Duffy, all 82 children and the staff left, hoping to reach America safely, but encountered many difficulties.

“On April 2, Ha, his staff and 82 children left their orphanage in three tiny busses, bound for Phan Thiet {capital of the Binh Thuận province}, in hopes of boarding a boat to Saigon,” Duffy said. “They encountered the first of many harrowing experiences before reaching Phan Tiet. On the road, fleeing soldiers boarded the busses. At one point, Mr. Ha said that other South Vietnamese troops blocked the vehicles from crossing a bridge, and fighting erupted between the soldiers.”

When the group eventually arrived in Phan Tiet, their next move was to board a boat that was going to Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam.

“After getting his group through this near disastrous experience, they arrived in Phan Tiet,” Duffy said. “The city was jammed with refugees, and boat owners were demanding exorbitant fees to rent a boat. For the first of many times it seemed God was intervening on their behalf: an erroneous report was circulated that another road had been opened up to Saigon. Many refugees left the city, hoping to get to their destination through this road. Director Ha was then able to get his group on a boat for considerably less money.”

Due to complications with the boat, they had to travel from Vung Tau to Saigon, by bus. Once in Saigon, they bought a boat in hopes of reaching Singapore.

“They went as far as Vung Tau by boat and the rest of the way to Saigon by bus,” Duffy said. “Thousands of refugees crowded this city too, and everything was in turmoil. It was a frightening situation, and Mr. Ha took his children to the Baptist Refugee Center for several days to decide his next move. Worried about their safety there, he again moved them further south to Rach Gia, a port city. There, he bought a leaky old diesel boat, 4500 liters of fuel and food supplies.”

Duffy explained that the people on board lacked the knowledge required to guide the boat to their destination. Within a couple days, the boat lost power and left its passengers stranded in the water.

“They soon learned they had an inexperienced crew, as the boat rammed several other vessels getting out of the harbor,” Duffy said. “After two nights and a day, the wheezing old engine gave out, and they were adrift. God?s hand was evident again when a Taiwanese merchant ship came by, first ignoring their pleas for help, but then turning around and coming back. They tied their small craft to the big one and were towed for two more night and a day toward the Singapore Harbor.”

Though they had been picked up by the merchant ship, Duffy said that the ride made them anxious and fearful.

“The help was not a mind-easing experience though,” Duffy said. “‘We were nearly frightened to death,’ Mr. Ha said. ‘The ship would travel slow during the day and speed up at night.’ They had to hang on for dear life and weren?t able to sleep at night. Instead, they squatted and kept watch, with an axe in hand, ready to cut the tow rope if it looked like they were going to be dragged under by the moving force of the larger boat.”

Due to the route the merchant ship was taking, they had to cut the rope and let the boat full of children float into the Singapore harbor. Duffy stated that the children sat in the harbor for five days before a message had been sent for help.

“As the ship neared Singapore, the crew motioned for Ha and his men to cut the tow rope,” said Duffy. “The larger ship was bound for Hong Kong, and this was as far as they would take them. Again the boat was helplessly adrift. This time God sent a rescue plane which spotted them, and later three fishing boats. The refugees were taken off the leaky boat and carried to harbor. But more waiting, weariness and anxiety beset them. They sat in the harbor for five days, scared and hungry, until finally a friendly policeman took a message from Mr. Ha to a Southern Baptist missionary, Bob Wakefield.”

Duffy explained that help arrived soon and after layovers in Switzerland and New York, they arrived safely in Dallas.

“Help came almost immediately,” Duffy said. “They were all put aboard a landing craft and taken to an island for quarantine. For five days they rested and tried to recuperate from their terrible ordeal. Meanwhile, Southern Baptist missionaries were working to get them air passage to the United States. The group was taken to a Singapore army camp and put on a jet, bound for New York, via Switzerland. From New York, they were flown to the refugee center in Ft. Chaffee, AK. After a brief stay at Ft. Chaffee, and the Paul Martin Ranch near Houston, TX, the children were brought to Buckner Baptist Children?s Home in Dallas, {TX}.”

Duffy stayed in the orphanage for about a year until she was adopted by her parents, both of whom had served in Vietnam. Her daughter, Sierra, told us what her mom has done since leaving the orphanage.

“My mom basically grew up in Montana,” Sierra said. “She went on to study at Fresno State University where she met my dad. They got married, she had me and then my younger brother, Austin. My mom’s story has really inspired me and reminded me to always be thankful for what I have.”

Duffy said that she was able to meet her family for the first time, about 14 years ago. It was a very emotional experience for her and her family.

“About 14 years ago, I was able to meet my family for the first time since I left in 1975,” Duffy said. “This was a very life-changing experience for my family and I. To think that all those years I had family out there that I didn’t even know.”

Duffy said that if it were not for God, the children of the orphanage would have never made it. She thanks God for everything he has done in her life, knowing that he has a hand in her journey.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t thank God for all he has done for me,” Duffy said. “There’s no way that things just happened for us to be rescued every time we encountered trouble back in Vietnam. I was all God. And now he has given me a great family in a great country.”

For more features, read the Nov. 2 article, Science teacher welcomes new addition, first born.

By |2012-11-06T00:00:00-07:00November 6th, 2012|Features, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Home-school Bachman duo starts on defensive line

It is becoming widely known that FC is partnering with Tower Christian and Sierra View Christian Academy, to give home-schooled students the oppurtunity to participate in sports. These students include junior Hunter Bachman, No. 32, sophomore Levi Browatzke, No. 51, freshmen Nathan Browatzke, No. 60, Josh Freeman, No. 52, and Sawyer Bachman, No. 65. Two of these home-schooled students, the Bachman brothers, are looking forward to their first year of high school football.

Hunter, the older of the two brothers, who plays linebacker, has never played football before, but has already proven himself on the team’s defence. He and his younger brother, Sawyer, who plays right defensive tackle, found they were eligible to play for the Eagles from family friends and campus students Caleb Nale, ’14, and his brother, Cole, ’15.

“Since our dads work together and we have known them for a while, the Nales had told us that there weren’t a lot of players so they were wondering if we could come out and play,” Hunter said. “I love playing football for FC because I have always enjoyed watching it and the hard practices challenge me to be the best I can be. You don’t get a whole lot of exercise when you are home-schooled, so this has really been a win-win opportunity. I am just thankful that I got to play one year of varsity football before I go to college and it’s too late.”

Sawyer is coming into the football program as a freshman and is hoping for a successful football career with FC. He, like his brother, has been home-schooled his whole life. Sawyer has always wanted to play football, ever since he started playing with his friends for fun.

“This is my first year playing football like my brother,” Sawyer said. “I really wanted to play since I have played with friends in pickup-games before and enjoyed it. I have enjoyed playing so far because I like to play rough. You don’t really get a chance to get this physical when your home-schooled.”

Head football coach Mick Fuller, stated that he is excited about the home-schoolers playing football because they bring energy to the program.

“Fresno Christian is allowing home-schoolers to participate in football this year because it gives those families an opportunity to let their students play sports that they wouldn’t have been able to otherwise,” Fuller said. “It allows us to have a larger pool of student athletes to draw from to participate in our sports. This helps us be more likely to field more levels of teams. I am excited about the home-schoolers playing our sports because they are great kids and they bring a good deal of enthusiasm to our program.”

Hunter and Sawyer have been given starting positions on the team. Both have racked up a fair amount of tackles and look to deal more damage in the future as well.

Hunter stated that he has had many highlights and lowpoints so far this season. His greatest accomplishment so far this season, he said, is when he blocked a kick in a game against Tranquillity High School.

“My low point was probably when I jogged while I had an opportunity to make a play against Tranquillity,” Hunter said. “My highlight though, also came in that game against Tranquillity, when I blocked an extra point attempt. There is no better feeling than that.”

Sawyer has also had both his high points and his low points. His differ from Hunter’s, in that, he takes an entire win or loss as his own.

“My low point so far this season was probably when we lost against Avenal,” Sawyer said. “That was a rough game for everyone on the team. My highlight though, was when we got our first win against Riverdale.”

Fellow teammate and longtime friend, Cole, said that he loves playing alongside his friends, Hunter and Sawyer. They are both fun kids to be around on and off the field, he said.

“I first met Hunter and Sawyer when I was on their baseball team in the fourth grade,” Cole said. “It has been a good time being able to play alongside them again. They have already started to help our team execute and get the job done on Friday nights.”

Hunter and Sawyer’s parents, Dave and Christen, are very excited that their sons were given this opportunity and think it will help them in their college career.

“We are very proud that are kids are taking advantage of this very special opportunity given to them,” Christen said. “We know that it is very hard to get a home-schooled student into an organized sports program, so we are thankful to Fresno Christian for allowing them to do this. We are hoping that we can get Sawyer back into the program next year.”

Longtime friend, Joby Spalding, ’13, believes that both Hunter, Sawyer and FC are benefitting from their participation.

“I met Hunter and Sawyer 14 years ago at church,” Spalding said. “They have always been hardcore football fans and really wanted to play. I think it benefits Hunter and Sawyer as well as Fresno Christian because they are playing.”

While Hunter and Sawyer are stepping up and making a difference at FC, they explained what it is they do when they are at home. The brothers have both been home-schooled their whole lives and have loved it.

“We love being home-schooled,” said Hunter. “We get to work at our own pace and if something important comes up, we can easily make room for it in our schedule. It also keeps us from being exposed to all the junk and distractions that gets thrown at kids these days. There is definitely a down side though because we can’t participate in all the activities that other kids might. That is why we are so thankful to Fresno Christian for letting us play football.”

Since home-schooling is a different culture to the FC community, people want to know what there is to do when you have all that free time. Hunter and Sawyer said that even though they are home-schooled, they still have social lives.

“We like to hangout with our friends, play paintball and stuff like that in our free-time,” Sawyer said. “There’s usually a lot to do around the house when we aren’t doing anything, so we help out with that. That’s why we like home-schooling because you just feel more free to do things that you can’t do in a public or private school.”

This being Hunter’s senior year of high school, he does not have any plans set-in-stone for college.

“I am not really positive on what I’m going to do for college,” Hunter said. “I am thinking about attending Pensacola Christian College. I would like to become either a pastor, missionary or something in music.”

Fuller stated that all students from either Tower Chrsitian or Sierra View Christian Academy are allowed to play any sport they want at Fresno Christian. They may also go to any sporting event hosted by the school for free, as long as they have their home-school identification card.

“The home-schooled students are allowed to play any of our sports,” Fuller said. “All students from either Tower Christian or Sierra View Christian Academy, are incorporated into our student body for the purpose of athletics. This means that they can go to all of our games and events for free, just like our students.”

Hunter and Sawyer said they were drawn to play football because it is both of their favorite sport. They always have enjoyed watching football and had learned a lot just from observing the professional athletes.

“I have loved football ever since I was a kid,” Sawyer said. “My favorite pro team is the Dallas Cowboys, but I have never been to a pro game. Football is my favorite sport and I have loved it so far, but I am not sure if I’m going to play next year. If everything goes good this season, then I can play next year.”

Hunter said that his senior year has been much better because of the sports program. He realized not many home-schoolers get this opportunity so he decided to take advantage of it.

“Football is definitely my favorite sport,” Hunter said. “I think that I already knew some of the techniques involved from watching my favorite team the Chargers. I have always wanted to go, but I have never been to a pro-game. I am just thankful to God that I could play football”

For more sports, read the Oct. 1 article Captain discusses mid-season focus (PODCAST).

By |2012-10-01T00:00:00-07:00October 1st, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Meet the Bloggers

This year The Feather has a total of 11 students, one parent and one teacher scheduled to blog on a regular basis this for The Feather’s blog site.

While some of the bloggers are well-known, students may wonder who they are and why they chose to blog. Varying from blogs to vlogs, to even podcast blogs, each blog has specific goals in mind.

Sophomores Christopher Grossman and Aaron Dewolf are writing a weekly blog called ‘The Sports Life’.

“We are doing a blog together called The Sports Life which basically covers Fresno Christian sports all year round,” DeWolf said. “Chris and I are both very involved with sports here at the school, so we decided to cover that area of blogging. Considering we publish a blog every Friday, our goal is to post 30 blogs by the end of the year.”

Two students, both of which have always enjoyed movies, decided to write specific movie blogs for The Feather Online.

Mark Bennett, ’14, will share his input on his blog Movies You Have to Read, which will focus on Asian cinema.

“My blog is called ‘Movies You Have to Read’ and it’s about trying to introduce people to Asian Cinema,” Bennett said. “I wanted to do a foreign cinema blog because high school students just don’t watch a lot of foreign movies and I wanted to introduce them to that. My goal right now is to post a blog every Monday.”

Writing another movie blog is sophomore Jennifer Smith. Her blog, ‘Take 2’, is a film review on independent films.

“My blog is called ‘Take 2’ and it is a independent film review for movies that aren’t well known but should be watched,” Smith said. “I have always been passionate about movies and I know that independent films can teach us a lot, so I thought this was something readers might be interested in. My goal is just to get more people interested in movies. I will be posting a blog every other Tuesday.”

Junior Sarah Lim is responsible for posting a new healthy-living blog called ‘So Healthy’.

“I’m Sarah Lim and I am a junior this year,” Lim said. “My blog is called ‘So Healthy’ and the goal is to give inspiration and ideas for healthier eating. I chose to write about this because the general diet of people is becoming more and more unhealthy. I want to teach my readers how to start eating right. I am hoping to post a blog every Wednesday this semester.”

Maddie Yee, ’13, who is The Feather’s Senior Editor, chose to make a blog this year. Yee’s blog, Maddie’s Musings, will be posted the second Wednesday of every month and serves as the school’s monthly devotion.

“My blog, ‘Maddie’s Musings’, will be following up on Brady Lee’s blog, ‘The Weekly Devotion’, from last year,” Yee said. “My hope through the blog is that I can challenge people in their faith and encourage them through Scripture. I wanted to do the devotion blog because it was something that God laid on my heart and I was really motivated from reading Brady’s blog from last year. My goal is to eventually turn my blog into a podcast.”

While some of us prefer to read, others might have more of a taste for video blogs or vlogs. Stephen Melendez, ’13, and Emily Shakeshaft, ’14, started ‘The Hungry Eagle’, a vlog showing viewers how to prepare different meals.

“We are Stephen and Emily and we made the blog, ‘The Hungry Eagle’, which will air every other Tuesday,” Shakeshaft said. “We are trying to give teenagers a young and fun cooking show to watch. Since most of the viewers know us, it will hopefully add to the entertainment. We chose to make this blog because Stephen loves making food and I just wanted to make a fun an exciting blog. We would like to post a video every week, but our goal right now is to post one every other week.”

Hannah Avila, ’14, and Meredith Monke, ’13, are in charge of a video blog as well. Their blog, ‘Frugal Teens’, teaches the young readers how to purchase their necessities for as cheap as possible. Their blog will be posted every other Friday.

“Our blog is called ‘Frugal Teens’ and we’re going to talk about how to buy quality items for as little money as possible,” Avila said. “We chose this topic because we’re going to have to start paying for our own things pretty soon when we go to college. So, we wanted to get ready. We also just thought it would be interesting. Our goal for our blog is to teach and inform people how to live frugally.”

Most of the writers of these blogs are an average high school age, but one of The Feather’s bloggers is getting an early start. This is sixth grader Seth Frietas’ second year blogging. His blog, The Nest, was made to keep his fellow elementary students informed about the campus news.

“I am in sixth grade and I like to write for Mr. {Greg} Stobbe,” Frietas said. “My blog is called ‘The Nest’ and I decided to write because I want to keep the elementary students well informed about the campus news. I’m hoping that more people start to read my blog so that they can know when school events are happening.”

When asked, Frietas started writing because of the connection between Stobbe and Frietas’ bother, J.D..

“I really wanted to write for The Feather because my brother, J.D., was in Mr. Stobbe’s English class,” Frietas said. “I knew that Mr. Stobbe was in-charge of The Feather, so I asked if I could write a blog. I am not intimidated by the high schoolers, I love writing for The Feather Online.”

Students are not the only ones getting involved with blogging this year. Junior high teacher Eric Witters and Deb Fries, parent of junior Tynin Fries and sophomore Callista Fries, stepped up to provide new perspectives to the blogsite.

Witters explains how he thinks this will get readers involved with the teachers’ lives, especially a first-year teacher.

“I teach seventh grade English, world history and eighth grade English,” Witters said. “My blog, ‘Behind the Desk’, is about my experiences as an alumnus teaching here at FC. I chose to blog about this because I wanted to let people know what I am experiencing here at FC from a unique teaching perspective and how that view differs from when I was here as a student.”

Fries shared her thoughts on her blog, ‘Life Chats with Deb’, and gave us an idea of what it is like to write for The Feather from a parents perspective.

“I am a mom to three kids and I work in Special Ed,” said Fries. “‘Life Chats with Deb’ talks about things I have taught and learned from teens: the ups and downs and how they mold us into who we are to become. I wanted to blog on this topic to connect with teens, to let them know that there are people who have their best interests at heart and to continue to learn from them as well. I want to bridge that gap that occurs between teens and parents.”

The Feather is confident that the bloggers will please the readers this year. With a large selection of topics to read about, the hope is that there should be a blog that satisfies everyone.

For more features, read the Sept. 13 article, Students, teacher observe cats for art class (VIDEO).

By |2012-09-14T00:00:00-07:00September 14th, 2012|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Scharf introduces hoecakes to classes

To change up the usual curriculum, some teachers will incorporate different subjects to add depth to their assignments. This year home economics teacher, Sharon Scharf, introduces pieces of American history to her class in the form of hoecakes.

American history is a required class needed in order to graduate. Due to limited time the history classes cannot always go into details about everyday life of historical figures such as George Washington. Scharf feels it is good to teach students the details of their lives to show how wealthy people may have eaten back then.

Scharf was motivated to add the hoecakes to her class plans because she took a trip where she gained historical information herself.

“This summer, I took a trip to George Washington’s grist mill and distillery,” Scharf said. “I learned all about how George Washington wanted his grist mill to be a granary. So I thought, ‘Hey, I always try to incorporate other subjects into my class, how about a little American history?’ I decided to make the hoecakes because they were one of George Washington’s favorite breakfasts.”

The term hoecake came from the griddle they would cook the cakes on, which was sometimes called a hoe. It is basically a pancake made from corn meal.

Scharf learned all about the history of hoecakes and how they were prepared by the servants every morning.

“They are really a corn pancake and sometimes they were called ‘Indian corn cakes,'” Scharf said. “A hoe was a griddle they used to cook these cakes, so the name ‘hoecakes’ evolved. That’s why pancakes are sometimes referred to as ‘griddle cakes.'”

Scharf visited Mount Vernon and the Grist Mill this summer while visiting her daughter. Her trip resulted in her idea to make hoecakes for her home economics class. She then incorporated the history of these hoecakes into the lesson.

“I think that this was a good idea because it showed how George Washington lived at home and not as the president,” Scharf said. “Teachers never teach about the personal lives of historical figures. My goal here is to educate the students about how a president may have lived in the 1700s.”

Seventh grader Maicy Luginbill has home economics with Scharf as her first period class. She enjoyed making the hoecakes because they were delicious, she said.

“I loved making the hoecakes because we got to eat them after,” Luginbill said. “We learned about how George Washington would eat them every day. He liked to smother them in butter and syrup for breakfast.”

While most students are generally pleased with making the hoecakes, some do not like the idea. Ashlyn Key, ’13, was not impressed with the hoecakes.

“They weren’t like the pancakes I expected them to taste like,” Key said. “They needed to be sweeter. The texture was also a little weird because it was grainy. I had to smother them in butter and syrup to make the taste better.”

Even though it was her idea, Scharf is not the only one teaching this lesson in her class. Judy Richards, who teaches second period home economics, also baked these hoecakes for her class.

“I think this will definitely educate the kids in the history of George Washington,” Richards said. “Some of the kids were interested and some were not, but I enjoyed making them anyway. Mount Vernon is very important to our country’s history so I think this is a great project.”

Believing that this will go into a little more detail of Washingto’s life, Scharf is confident that her students will enjoy the extra history lesson.

“I believe this applies to history in the sense that we go deeper into George Washington’s life,” Scharf said. “We are teaching about his dietary likes and dislikes. It is a really fun project.”

American history teacher, Jordana Siebert, encourages the extra lesson in a different class. She also appreciates the interaction between different subjects.

“I think that it’s a great thing that Mrs. Scharf is teaching history in her home economics class,” Siebert said. “We don’t always have time to go into the details about what was going on in homes and kitchens. That is definitely good context that they could use in histoy class.”

Although these hoecakes may just seem like a knock-off of the pancake, they are much more than that. They are a small part of our country’s history and the fact that they are still around proves that they mean something.

For any questions, please contact the office at (559) 299-1695, ext. 125 or email them at [email protected]

For more features, read the Sept. 5 article, Chaffee Zoo opens $10 million exhibit (VIDEO).

By |2012-09-05T00:00:00-07:00September 5th, 2012|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Farmer Boys to run concessions

While parent and student clubs have run Friday night football concessions in the past years, FC is proud to welcome Farmer Boys to run concessions for this year’s football season.

Last year, Mike and Pam Henderson, along with Shelley Freitas, took on the role of running concessions each week. This year, however, the school chose to partner with a restaurant in order to focus on hosting events like football games, according to Athletic Director and head football coach Mick Fuller.

“Having an outside vendor come and do concessions allows us as a school to focus on the aspects of the event that we can manage well and delegate the concessions to someone who can manage that well,” Fuller said. “We are then able to put on a much better event overall and we use our resources and volunteers in the best way possible.”

According to Fuller, the new partnership will allow fans to enjoy football games more and will create a better opportunity to reach out to the community.

“More people will actually be able to enjoy the game and the experience of the event because we have fewer people having to work concessions,” Fuller said. “The more opportunities we have to develop these corporate partnerships, the broader our reach into the community will be.”

Due to the vacancy of a vendor for the concessions, Farmer Boys was a top choice to bring in. The idea to bring in Farmer Boys catering originated with Julie Loughney, mother of Adam Loughney, ’14, who brought them in as vendors for school lunch on Wednesdays. It was after this that Farmer Boys offered to take care of concessions on Friday nights for football.

As a football player, David Tayor, ’14, shares his thoughts on the matter.

“Everybody likes Farmer Boys,” Taylor said. “I think it will help attract a bigger crowd to come out and support us. They can come and have a better time watching their kids play football.”

While people are generally excited about Farmer Boys, some are not as happy.

“I’m not a big fan of Farmer Boys because they throw way too many onions on their burgers and onions are terrible,” Jordan Boudreau, ’13, said. “Plus, the meat they use isn’t that good.”

“The more exposure that we have, the more chance people in the community will have to see what a great school FC is,” Fuller said. “They will get to see what a great product we put out and what a great ministry we provide to this community. These corporate partnerships will in the long run benefit us financially as well.”

For any questions, please contact the office at (559) 299-1695, ext. 125 or email Michelle Regnarus.

For more new articles, read the Aug. 22 article, BRIEF: First 5th Quarter to follow opening football match.

By |2012-08-23T00:00:00-07:00August 23rd, 2012|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments