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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 |2015-03-06T00:00:00-08:00March 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 |2015-02-27T00:00:00-08:00February 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 |2015-02-13T00:00:00-08:00February 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: @mwarkentin@fresnochristian.com, 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 |2014-02-18T00:00:00-08:00February 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 |2014-01-29T00:00:00-08:00January 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 |2014-01-09T00:00:00-08:00January 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 |2013-12-11T00:00:00-08:00December 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 |2013-12-04T00:00:00-08:00December 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 |2013-11-05T00:00:00-08:00November 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