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Junior NOTS movie: Saturday Night Live

FeatherLogoAs each class prepares their NOTS movies for debut on March 28, the junior class of 2016 believes they have what it takes to receive the overall “Best Movie” award.

Though the juniors originally planned on recreating the movie, High School Musical,” due to a lack of class participation they decided to recreate the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. So far, the class has filmed many short skits that can be regularly seen on the Tonight Show, such as “Mean Tweets.”

By recreating scenes people already know and love the class hopes to get students excited over their production.

Gillian Rea, ’16, is the co-director of the junior NOTS movie. She believes that the Jimmy Fallon show was a good choice, because it didn’t require a large number of students to be on screen at once. Rea hopes this often watched TV-series will increase the productions popularity.

“When we decided to film a recreation of the Jimmy Fallon show I was really excited,” Rea said. “I love watching his show each week, and I hope the rest of the student body is able to relate to this film and understand where the jokes are coming from. I have had an excellent group of students who are committed to this production, and their help has been invaluable. We hope all the parents and students appreciate our movie and all the work that went into creating it.”

One of the head actors of the junior NOTS film is Tyler Breedlove, ’16. Tyler has played a major role in the production of the film since it first started. He has made the effort to attend every meeting and help in any way he can. Breedlove believes his acting and natural sense of humor help the storyline flow naturally.

“When we originally started filming for High School Musical, I was cast to play the main character,” Breedlove said. “As things started changing I told the directors I still wanted to be involved and help any way I could. I was able to play a main role in many of our skits and help write them as well. I can’t wait to see our movie on the big screen at NOTS.”

Whether or not the junior class wins the award for best picture, students involved thoroughly enjoyed their experience, and look forward to making another movie next year.

All the high school movies will be on display the morning of March 28 for parents and public view, and also to vote for the awards, from 9-11 a.m. in the Green Room. For more information, contact vbelmont@fresnochristian.com.

For another features article, read Former campus teacher reflects on time spent at FC

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By |2015-03-23T00:00:00-07:00March 23rd, 2015|FC Events, Features, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Arte Americas offers culturally diverse art pieces

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Arte Americas displays paintings by famous artists.

Until Feb. 15, the Arte Americas Museum is having a one of a kind exhibit to showcase the collections of Calixto Robles, Lylia Carr and Jason Bonilla as well as many other artists. The temporary exhibit hopes to bring in new visitors to the gallery to see these new forms of unique modernism and abstract art.

Calixto Robles is an artist from Oaxaca, Mexico. In addition to being a painter, Robles also is a sculptor and print maker. Robles is a very well respected artist and has been displayed in many countries over the years. One of his biggest collectors and supporters is international Spanish rock star, Carlos Santana. Over the years Santana continually supports and promotes Robles’ art. Rebecca Caraveo, a museum curator, believes Robles’ art is a great addition to the current collection.

“Calixto Robles is an incredible artist,” Caraveo said. “I truly appreciate his art and style. It’s a great honor and privileged to have his work on display here in our museum. Hopefully people will take advantage of this opportunity to come and see his unique collection.”

Arte Americas also enjoys appreciating aspiring local artists. Another collection on display is the works of local abstract artist Lylia Forero Carr. According to Arte Americas, Carr’s recent works are mostly considered mixed media. This means that the piece of art employs more than one medium, and often combines various traditionally distinct visual art media. Her works are contemporary and bold, and provide a unique perspective on a popular art form.

Currently at the Arte Americas museum the Hallowell family, who are local philanthropists, host a temporary exhibit that is their families personal art collection. It includes paintings, sculptures, pottery and even fine antique silverware. The family enjoys collecting art on their trips to Oaxaca, Mexico. Rebecca Caraveo hopes that the community can appreciate the Hallowell collection as long as it is on display.

“It was very generous of the Hallowell family to temporarily donate their art to the museum,” Caraveo said. “We hope the community will come out and see this exhibit, as it is only here temporarily. Their collection includes all types of art from sculptures to paintings and fine handmade jewelry. It has something for everyone to see.”

Another artist on display at Arte Americas is Jason Bonilla. I personally found Bonilla’s paintings to be the highlight of the experience. My favorite piece was the painting, “Where Dreams come from.” It is very unique and original, and something that is open to individual interpretation. Some of his other works include, “Goodbye fried rice, Hello friend Chicken” and “Family Trip”.

Calixto Robles is an incredible artist. I truly appreciate his art and style. It’s a great honor and privileged to have his work on display here in our museum. Hopefully people will take advantage of this opportunity to come and see his unique collection.

Arte Americas provides a view of all sorts of art forms and styles. Their mission is to bring art to Fresno to enrich the community, and these exhibits are great opportunities to go support local and international artists.

Admission to the museum is free, however, donations are welcome and encouraged. The museum is located at 1630 Van Ness Fresno CA 93721. For any questions or concerns they can be reached at 559-266-2623.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @JustinHFeather.

For more news, read the Feb. article, BRIEF: RAK week is here, beginning Feb. 9.

By |2015-02-13T00:00:00-07:00February 13th, 2015|Community Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Al Fin del Primer Simestre

In the third Spanish installment for The Feather in the 2014-2015 school year, bilingual writer Justin Houts will be discussing the end of the first semester and the start of Christmas vacation.

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Spanish teacher Karen Almaraz leads the class discussion on verbs, Sept. 3.

For the previous installment, read the Sept. 2 article, Estudiantes con herencia hispana comparten historias, hablan sobre tradiciones.

En el fin del primer simestre los estudiantes piensan sobre que aprendieron. En la clase Espanol III, los estudiantes practican su espanol y lo usan en conversacion en clase cada dia.

Los estudiantes ansian usar sus habilidades linguisticas en el mundo real. Julian Castro, 17 ‘, dice que sus mejores recuerdos de la clase de espanol estan practicando conversacion con otros estudiantes.

“He estado aprendiendo nuevas formas de verbos,” dice Castro. “Finalmente puedo hablar en una situacion real! Todo ests viniendo junto. Espero que pueda hablar con mi familia mexicana ahora, sin ayuda de ellos.”

A partir de mediados de ano, Karen Almaraz espera que las clases de espanol continuaron donde Senora Beatriz Foth termino. Ella espera que los estudiantes puedan salir de la clase con el mayor conocimiento posible.

“Espero que los estudiantes salgan con mas conocimiento de con el que llegaron,” dice Almaraz. “Hice todo lo posible para recoger donde Senora Foth dejo, y yo espero que ellos puedan usar su espanol a la medida de sus posibilidades. Como los estudiantes de ultimo ano, van a la universidad y solicitar puestos de trabajo espero que puedan utilizar y aplicar lo que han aprendido en nuestra clase.”

He estado aprendiendo nuevas formas de verbos. Finalmente puedo hablar en una situacion real! Todo ests viniendo junto. Espero que pueda hablar con mi familia mexicana ahora, sin ayuda de ellos. –Julian Castro, ’17

Algunos estudiantes toman la clase de espanol porque ellos tienen que hacerlo. Pero otros toman la clase porque les gusta. Alli Breedlove, 16′, dice que la clase de Espanol III es un de sus clases favoritas.

“Aprendi mas palabras y verbos,” dice Breedlove. “Me siento mas fluida en mi espanol. Pienso que el proximo semestre sera tan divertido como este semestre! Estoy emocionada por mas espanol!”

En los Estados Unidos hay mas y mas personas estan aprendiendo a hablar espanol todos los dias. Es inevitable que el aprendizaje de espanol para trabajar y las oportunidades de trabajo se haran mas y mas util.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @JustinHFeather.

For more features, read the Dec. 10 article, Children’s Electric Christmas Parade celebrates 27th anniversary, attracts sizable crowd.

By |2014-12-12T00:00:00-07:00December 12th, 2014|Academics, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Citizens compare pros and cons of flu vaccinations

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Students debate receiving flu shots.

With the beginning of fall and winter underway, many changes occur. The leaves begin to fall, the days slowly become shorter, and of course, flu season is already in the making. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, media and doctors are recommending that everyone from children to adults make a visit to receive their annual influenza/flu vaccine. They believe that receiving a flu shot will not only drastically decrease the chances of an individual contracting the flu, but also increase the chances of those around that person staying healthy.

Students have mixed feelings about getting vaccinations not only this year, but all years. Some believe it is a waste of time and usually ineffective. Bailey Brogan, ’16, says his experiences with annual flu vaccinations have not helped him. He claims every year he has gotten the flu shot he has still ended up ill later in the winter season.

“I don’t plan on getting a flu shot this year,” Brogan said. “I’ve gotten one the past few years, and have still gotten sick in the later parts of flu season. I think shots work for some people, but not for me.”

On the contrary, some students credit their health in the past to receiving an early flu shot. Junior Andrew Moore believes the flu shot is why he does not get sick. He believes if more people got it, it would decrease the likelihood of everyone catching it.

“I get a flu shot every year,” Moore said. “I haven’t gotten the flu in a couple years, and I think it’s primarily because I got my flu shot. I think one of the main reasons people get the flu is because they know someone or someone in their family has the flu and they come into contact with them. I think if everyone got a flu shot that would drastically decrease the number of illnesses occurring annually.”

Yet despite students opinions of views of flu shots, a very large majority of experts and doctors agree a flu shot is the best way to prevent the spread of the illness. Researchers say the more people can influence those they are close with to get the vaccine, the better. International students were forced to get flu shots before their arrival in America. Xiao Ke Li, 16′, says he is glad he got a shot before he left. He believes it is the reason why he hasn’t had a flu since living in America.

“When I was in jr. high, I was forced to get a flu shot before I could come to America,” Li said. “I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it at the time, but now I’m glad I did. I’ve been in America for a year and a half now and have not gotten sick. I think it’s from those shots.”

Despite students various opinions, most doctors recommend receiving a shot. Dr. Richard Insco, an ER doctor at Children’s Hospital, believes the sooner a person gets the shot the better. He also agrees people with chronic health problems should consult their doctor before receiving a vaccine.

“Most healthy high school students will recover if they get the flu,” Dr. Insco said. “But, protecting yourself isn’t the only reason to get a vaccine. Failure to get a flu shot means other family members or people with chronic health problems at home or at school could be at risk. Not receiving a vaccine could endanger them. High risk students include anybody with an underlying medical problem. This can include something as common as asthma here in the valley.”

Dr. Insco also says that shots are readily available to the public and claims they are not too much of an inconvenience.

“You can get a flu vaccine at almost any drug store such as CVS, Walgreens, or even Walmart,” Insco said. “However if you do have any conical medical problems, it would be beneficial for your doctor to know before you got one. It’s still not too late to get a shot. Flu season can peak as late as February or March. It takes about two weeks to develop the anti-bodies after the vaccine. So if you haven’t had your shot yet, there is still time.”

Whether or not people have received a flu shot or plan on doing so, it is clear doctors recommend it. With the cooperation of all the community we can make this flu season healthier than those in the past.

For more information, read Key facts about influenza and flue vaccine on the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionwebsite.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @JustinHFeather.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @JustinHFeather. For more features, read the Nov. 13 article, Non-profit director organizes holiday boutique.

By |2014-11-17T00:00:00-07:00November 17th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Positive leadership encourages strong team moral

All students have different interests that drive them through high school. Dillon Owens, ’15, has a particularly strong drive for football. His history in the sport has developed him throughout his high school career.

Even though his favorite aspect of football now is hitting someone, Owens began his football career at the age of five, and immediately knew he had found his passion. He started off throwing a football around with his dad who always encouraged him to pursue his athletic career.

“My dad always wanted me to play football,” Owens said. “Ever since I was a kid he would throw the football around with me. He used to play when he was younger and wanted me to follow in his footsteps.”

Since Owens is a senior, younger team members see him as an example for the rest of the team. Junior team member Chris Kollenkark looks up to Owens for leadership.

“I think Dillon is an awesome guy to play with,” Kollenkark said. “I haven’t always gotten along with every player on the team, but that’s never been the case with Dillon. Next year I will be a senior and it is helpful to have a role model like Dillon to set an example for the rest of the players. This year Dillon has set a great example, and I am looking forward to next year where I will follow in his footsteps. He always boosts the team’s moral.”

Dillon first played for a team at Roeding Elementary. He loved playing primarily because it meant he could hang out and practice with friends and family. Dillon treasured the support and love his family gave him, this motivated him towards greater goals.

“My favorite part about playing when I was younger was that I knew everyone there,” Owens said. “When I would look out into the stands and see my family and friends I could feel the love and support. This encouraged me to play with an even greater tenacity.”

As Owens graduated from junior high into Central High School, he became the starting quarterback. This proved to be Owens’ favorite position in football. However, when he transferred to Fresno Christian, a school with an 8 man football squad, he began with a height and weight advantage compared to the rest of the players, thus he began playing tied end and defensive end.
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Michael Fuller, head coach of the varsity football team at FC has watched Owens grow as a player and a person over the years. He believes his ability to lead drives the team towards success.

“My favorite part about having Dillon on the team is that he is exuberant,” Fuller said. “He usually has a funny remark to lighten the tone of practice. Sometimes it is even helpful. Dillon works hard and has a positive attitude. He encourages his team mates and tries to get better every day.”

As a defensive end, energy on the field and playing with strength is a necessity. Playing strong every down of the game is the only way to insure the other team doesn’t score. One of Owens’ teammates, Austin Insco, 15′, says that he loves taking the field alongside Owens because of his energy.

“Dillon always holds his head high,” Insco said. “His energy inspires teammates and motivates us. He constantly displays love for the game regardless of the outcome. It’s always a privilege to get to play with him.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @JustinHFeather.

For more sports, read the Oct. 21 article, Cross country sport shorts: Woodlake Invitational.

By |2014-10-22T00:00:00-07:00October 22nd, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Prosthetic struggles motivate Friesen's recovery

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Micah’s journey and positive attitude inspires community.

Everyone has to ultimately make life-changing decisions. Those come earlier for some than others. March 1, 2013, student Micah Friesen, who was only 8 at the time, made the decision to undergo amputation surgery for his left leg due to a bone deficiency.

Born with one leg growing at a slower rate than the other, almost a 9-11 cm discrepancy between the two legs, the family knew they would eventually have to make a decision. His bravery going into surgery inspired many, and his journey since proved equally as impressive.

Though the family struggled with the prep of surgery, the surgery itself and the road to recovery, their trust in God helped them get through everything. Kori Friesen, campus history teacher and also Micah’s mom, says she wanted her son to experience everything he wanted to in the days coming up to the surgery.

“We wanted Micah to be able to have the best time possible before his surgery,” Kori said. “We were able to take him to San Diego for a week, go with our school to Discovery Kingdom for our schools Sadie Hawkins. We also celebrated at Metal Mark rock climbing, and did a bunch of get-togethers.”

However shortly after all these events, the family had to go through with the surgery itself. Micah was taken to Shriner’s Northern California Hospital in Sacramento, this year voted the best pediatric hospital in the U.S. for 2014. Micah spent three days, July 16-18, in the hospital undergoing surgery, until in a stable enough condition to leave the hospital.

Upon Micah’s homecoming, the family immediately received support from the community. The Friesen family arrived home to a house covered with decorations, posters and balloons on their garage doors to celebrate Micah’s return. This homecoming was followed up with a class party five days later.

Despite the support from the community, the recovery at home still proved very difficult. One of the hardest things for the Friesen family to deal with were the phantom pains.

Phantom pains are neurological factors a person experiences after an amputation or loss of limb. While the body has physically lost a limb, the brain has not fully realized it. Phantom pains are when the brain gives the body the sensation of still having a leg and foot, even though they are no longer there.

Micah wore his full leg cast for six weeks after returning home. Gifts and letters of encouragement were sent in the mail every day through his healing. These greatly helped both the family and Micah to feel supported. Community support was overwhelming.

“This journey has opened so many opportunities for us we could have never known otherwise,” Kori said. Keith Gabel, the bronze medal winning Paralympic snowboarder for the U.S. Team has come alongside as a mentor for Micah during this time. Keith was introduced through chance as he was vacationing in the same resort as Micah’s grandparents. We’ve even been invited to visit the Olympic training facilities in Colorado Springs, CO.”

After wearing the cast for six weeks, Micah was very excited to get it off. Removing the cast became a very difficult emotional experience that was not anticipated. The visual reality finally set in that he would never again have a leg. Yet through all this, Micah never let it hold him back from activities.

Days later he began to go swimming again. Fishing, dirt biking and off-roading were also some of his summer activities. Doctors were amazed at his quick healing and tenacity.

The next step was to create his new artificial leg. Shriners Hospital prosthesis department, worked hard to complete a leg that was perfectly sized by his birthday. When Micah got his leg, on his birthday, he didn’t exactly like it at first. The belief that his new leg would allow him to do anything didn’t match what he saw in the box.

“When I first got my leg, I didn’t like how it looked,” Micah said. “I was afraid the other kids were going to think it wasn’t cool and make fun of me. But now I actually like it and don’t mind wearing it. I’m getting used to it now and it’s starting to feel more like a part of my body.”
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Despite all this, the one thing Micah wanted most was to be able to play soccer again. However with an estimated three months before he would be able to run and play, things weren’t looking good. On Sept. 13, Micah once again defied the odds.

After only three weeks on his new leg, Micah lead the team on the soccer field. He didn’t miss a single practice. Cristina Saelzer, a mom of one of Micah’s teammates, was inspired to see Micah playing with the rest of the team so soon.

“It was so great to see Micah playing,” Saelzer said. “After the game I asked my son what his favorite part of it was, and he told me, ‘It was getting to see Micah back on the field dribbling the ball. After watching all the struggles he’s been through and seeing that he hasn’t let it get to him was truly inspiring.”

There have been many adjustments in the Friesen household since Micah’s surgery. When rushing out of the house in the morning, it is common for Kori to say things like grab your backpacks, put on your leg, let’s go.

“One day Micah was late to school because he misplaced his leg and could not find it,” Kori said. “We just have to laugh about it all.”

Micah hopes he can one day write a children’s book about his experience. The Friesen family, and Micah himself, want to thank everyone for all their support. The Friesen family hopes to be able to host events to give back to Shriner’s Hospital, a non-profit surgical center that takes in anyone in need of help.

For more information on Micah’s story, check out Kori’s blog.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @JustinHFeather.

For more features, read the Sept. 26 article, Chapel features modest fashion show, dress code.

By |2014-09-27T00:00:00-07:00September 27th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Al Comienzo del Ano Escolar

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Gaby Siqueiros, ’15, works on her Cinco Al Dia as class starts.

Student discuses start of the school year with Spanish article

In my first Spanish installment for The Feather in the 2014-2015 school year, I will be discussing the start of the school year and how people feel about it. For more articles in Spanish, check out my profile, or look for other articles written by students in Spanish III.

Al comienzo de un nuevo ano, los estudiantes tienen diferentes sentimientos sobre todo lo que esta pasando. Algunas personas dicen que ellos estan alegres de ver a sus amigos y sobre los cambios como los horarios differentes y las nuevas clases. Pero a otros no les gustan estos cambios.

Beatriz Foth, una de las maestras de Fresno Christian, dice que tiene sentimientos encontrados sobre este ano. Ella dice que le gustan las clases y los estudiantes, pero hay aspectos a los cuales hay que adaptarse.

“Este primera semana de clases ha sido interesante, divertida, pero bastante cansadora,” dijo Foth.”Mis nuevos estudiantes de espanol parecen ser Buenos chicos con interes de aprender un nuevo idioma.

Nuevos estuduiantes vienen a Freno Christian cada ano. Este ano, muchos de los estudiantes nuevos son estudiantes internacionales de Asia. La cultura de Estados Unidos es muy diferente a la de Asia. Los estudiantes de Asia piensan cosas diferentes sobre nuestra cultura. Hoon Kim, 16, dice que prefiere Estados Unidos.

“Pienso que las escuelas aqui son mejores que las de Korea,” dice Kim. “Me gusta que las escuelas aqui terminan mas temprano. Tambien, hay menos tarea y nosotros podemos hacerla, no como en Korea donde hay demasiado tarea.”

Este ano, nuestra escuela ofrece nuevas clases. Una de estas clases es fotografia. La maestra de fotografia es Senora Friesen. Senora Friesen dice que esta muy emocionada sobre este ano.

“Quiero que los estudiantes sean responsables por capturar la vida y el tiempo de FCS,” dice Friesen. “Nosotros somos las personas que proporcionamos las fotos para La Pluma y el anuario. Voy a ensenarles habilidades profesionales sobre la fotografia y exponerlos a diferentes tipos de fotos para periodismo. Al finalizar el ano, los estudiantes podran tener un portfolio que muestre su crecimiento en el area de la fotografia. Podemos proporcionar fotos de muy buena calidad a la escuela.”

Pienso que las escuelas aqui son mejores que las de Korea. Me gusta que las escuelas aqui terminan mas temprano. Tambien, hay menos tarea y nosotros podemos hacerla, no como en Korea donde hay demasiado tarea. —Hoon Kim, ’16

Otra diferencia de este ano comparado al ano pasado es el Director de la escuela. Despues de la salida de Tod Bennett, Amy Deffenbaucher, la maestra de ingles del ano pasado, ahora es la Decana de Estudiantil. Ella dice que es mucha responsibilidad y mas trabajo.

“Ser Decana de Estudiantil no es aburrido,” dice Deffenbaucher. “Todos los dias tengo cosas diferentes para hacer. Nunca es lo mismo. Cada dia tengo responsibilidades con la administracion y con los estudiantes. Me encanta mi trabajo.”

A pesar de todos los cambios, el corazon de nuestra escuela es el mismo. La cosa mas importante de Fresno Christian es Dios. Eso nunca cambiara.

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By |2014-08-25T00:00:00-07:00August 25th, 2014|Academics, Features, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

La musica es un lenguaje universal

As a part of an ongoing assignment in the Spanish III class, students write bilingual articles, utilizing the language skills they build over the course of a year. Yet the following article is written by bilingual writer Justin Houts, expressing his love for music.

The articles will be published every month, highlighting each students’ interests. This is the eighth article in the combined series.

For the previous installment, read the Feb. 13 article, La Copa Mundial 2014 en Brasil.

Music is a great part of everyday life. It influences us all in some way, and is part of all our hearts. There are all different genres of music that people listen to, such as Pop, Country, Rap, Jazz, and many others. Some people listen to music only during parts of their day, others prefer to listen to it almost the entire day.

In the following article, Houts discusses different types of music and how they impact people.

La musica es algo que es siempre diferente. Pero, tiene su influencia en todo el mundo. Con la musica, las personas funcionan de forma diferente. La musica puede cambiar la forma como pensamos, como actuamos, y lo que decimos.

Un de los generos mas populares de musica hoy en dia es diferente. Segun Billboard 2013, entre los artistas populares estan Eminem, Miley Cirus, Katy Perry, Drake, One Direction, Imagine Dragons, y Macklemore, A pesar de que estas personas en el mundo de la musica son muy diferentes entre si, todos ellos encuentran su inspiracion en las cosas de la vida que han experimentado.

Phillip Christopher, ’17, no escucha musica moderno el espanol, porque no es parte de le cultura.

“Me amor de musica popular es muy profundo,” comenta Christopher. “Me amo nuevo artistas en el radio. Me gusta escucho los nuevas canciones todos los dias. Es unb parte favorita de mi dia.”

Otro tipo de musica que es muy popular es la musica country. Algunos de los artistas famosos de la musica country son Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, y Kip Moore. Cada ano un gran espectaculo de television es el Country Music Awards. Un estudiante que le encanta la musica es Jason Swain, ’15.

“Mi amor por la musica country es algo mas que el ritmo,” comenta Swain. “Es el profundo patriotismo y el amor por nuestro pais lo que hace Estados Unidos Estados Unidos.”

A pesar de haber muchos tipos de musica, uno de los mas populares en el mundo es rap. La musica rap es para los que pueden hablar muy rapidamente y mucho sonido del bajo. Los artistas populares de rap son Eminem, E-40, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, y muchos mas. Rap es un tipo de musica popular en su mayoria compuesto por personas jovenes.

Un tipo de musica menos popular, pero muy que es muy complicado es Jazz. La campus del la escuela tiene un banda de Jazz. Este musica es muy dificil y es un de los mas dificils para tocar. Eric Cowin, ’14, toca musica de Jazz a le casa y a escuela en clase.

“Tengo cinco anos de experencia en el bando de Jazz,” comenta Cowin. “Toco la guitara en clase, es mi favorita instramenta para tocar. Mi cancion de jazz es “El Pollo”, porque de este energia y la progressiones. Pero, a mi casa prefiero tocar la musica rock. Pero toco la musica Jazz tambien.”

La maestra de Espanol, Senora Beatriz Foth, nacio en Uruguay. En Uruguay, escuchan musica differente.

“Recuerdo hacer los quehaceres en mi casa en Uruguay escuchando las canciones en ingles y en italiano que que pasaban en la radio,” dice Foth. “Hasta mis hijos se prendieron de memoria las canciones de Air Supply y los Backstreet Boys.”

Personalmente me encanta la musica en general, y a pocas personas les gusta solamente un tipo de musica. Hay muchos tipos de musica de Estados unidos, Sudamerica, Europa y Asia, y todo el mundo. La musica es siempre diferente y siempre seta cambiando. Una cosa sobre la musica es siempre cierta: alcanza los corazones de todo el munro.

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

By |2014-02-28T00:00:00-07:00February 28th, 2014|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Aprender espanol tiene sus ventajas

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Spanish Club members pose for their 2014 yearbook photo

The Feather online is broadening its variety of articles, and is now also including articles published in Spanish. Justin Houts, the bilingual writer for the feather will be the main writer for these articles. However, once a month a student enrolled in Spanish III will be writing one as well.

For the previous column by Justin Houts, read the Sept. 12 article, Student tours Spain, experiences new culture.

Durante la escuela secundaria, los estudiantes tienen que aprender un idioma extranjero. Para muchos estudiantes, este idioma es espanol.

Los estudiantes tienen diferentes razones para escoger espanol. Muchos estudiantes escogen espanol porque piensan que es facil. Desafortunadamente, esto no es cierto.

Espanol es un idioma dificil, como todos los nuevos idiomas. Personalmente, estoy tomando el tener ano de espanol. Elegi espanol porque mi maestra de espanol es la mejor. Pero otros estudiantes eligieron espanol porque es muy comun, especialmente en California. Un estudiante anonimo dice que le gusta la clase de espanol un poco.

“La razon por la cual elegi espanol es porque mis amigos esten en la clase,” dice el estudiante anonimo. “Me gusta el espanol, pero no voy a tomar tres anos. Es dificil y no me gusta la tarea.”

La maestra de espanol, Senora Beatriz Foth, dice lo que le gusta sobre las clases.

“Ser maestra de espanol es una tarea muy dificil y desafiante pero tiene sus recompensas,” dice la Senora Foth. “Pienso que muchos estudiantes finalmente comprenden que aprender espanol en este pais es una ventaja y una inversion para su futuro. Me gusta ver cuando mis alumnos vienen a clase contando como pueden comprender lo que las personas dicen en espanol o cuando ellos pueden comunicarse fuera de la clase. Eso me hace sentir muy bien.”

Normalmente las universidades requieren que los estudiantes tomen dos anos de un idioma extranjero. Pero algunas requieren tres anos. Senora Warkentin, la consejera academica, recomienda tres anos.

“It is important to take several years of a foreign language for many reasons,” dice la Senora Warkentin. “First off, colleges are moving in the direction of wanting to see students take three, and even four years of a foreign language. Eventually students who graduate with only two years of foreign language will be required to take another year in college.”

La Senora Warkentin tambien anima a los estudiantes a tomar tres anos para salir adelante en el mercado laboral bilingue.

“Another reason is simply to be more marketable,” dice la Senora Warkentin. “In our society it is always helpful to have a skill such as speaking another language fluently. This will give you a leg up in the job market and may lead to a better, possibly even a higher paying job. Lastly, it is helpful to be able to communicate with a wider range of people and could possibly be used as a ministry tool, etc. in the future.”

Espanol no es solamente un idioma. Otra parte del espanol es la cultura del pais que habla espanol.La cultura espanola es muy relajada. Como un persona que emigro a los Estados Unidos, la Senora Foth tambien tiene experiancia sobre las dos culturas, la estadosunidense y la hispana.

Despues de todo, si tienes que estudiar otro idioma en la escuela secundaria; por que no estudiar un idioma fantastico como el espanol!

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @JustinHFeather.

For more opinions, read the Oct. 17 article, EDITORIAL: Start a fire, spread a rumor.

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

Student tours Spain, experiences new culture

As part of an ongoing assignment in the Spanish III class, students will write bilingual articles utilizing the language skills they build over the course of a year.

The articles will be published every month, highlighting each students’ interests. The first installment is written by sophomore Justin Houts.

During the summer of 2013, I had the privilege of visiting Barcelona, Spain. During my visit I had a wonderful experience getting to learn more about Spain and the Spanish culture. It was a great time for me personally to get to experience what I have been learning about for three years in Spanish class.

Durante mi viaje a Espana, tuve el privilegio de visitar muchos lugares historicos. Fui a muchas iglesias antiguas. Fue muy interesante porque antes de mi viaje, yo solo habia leido sobre lugares como estos.

Tambien, durante mi viaje, fui a muchos museos, especialmente museos de arte. Tenian muchas pinturas bonitas y esculturas de artistas famosos.

Tambien pudimos ver ruias romanas. Tambien me encanto caminar en las callas. Habia muchas verduras y tiendas en el centro de la cuidad. Me diverti caminado por los calles.

La comida de Espana es deliciosa. Las comidas populares son paella, muchas tapas, y pan dulce. Durante mi viaje, tuve el privilegio de probar muchas comidas nuevas. Mi comida favorita de Espana es la paella.

Normamlente, las personas de Espana no llevan el mismo tipo de ropa que las personas en Estados Unidos. Los hombres en Espana llevan zapatos diferentes que en EE.UU. Y las senoritas llevan muchas faltas, pero no muchos jeans o pantalones que como en EE.UU.
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La cultura de Espana es muy relajada. Las personas duermen una siesta, que es oarte de sus tres horas de almuerzo. Las personas caminan lento en las calles, no rapidamente.

La familia es muy importante para las personas de Espana. Muchos personas viven con sus padres hasta que tienen treinta anos. Las familias siempre comen el desayuno, el almuerzo, y la cena juntos.

Pase un tiempo muy bueno en Espana, y espero poder visitarla otro vez pronto.

To do a recap of what I just said in English, when I travelled to Spain I visited many different historical sites. I saw museums, old churches and ruins. It was cool to see places I had only ever seen in pictures or on T.V. Also, it was great to experience the culture of Spain. Food, clothes and lifestyle are all different from the U.S.

Family is very important to them. They eat breakfast, lunch and dinner together every day. In fact, many people live with their parents until they are in their thirties.

The people of Spain are very relaxed. They walk the streets pretty slowly and they have this thing called ciesta. They take a nap as part of their three hour lunch. It is all very chill there.

For more opinions, read the Sept. 11 article, College Corner: Application process.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @JustinHFeather.

By |2013-09-12T00:00:00-07:00September 12th, 2013|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rubgy serves as social outlet for campus students

Often students have high hopes of making it into professional competition for the sports they love to play. These athletes do not start the day they are drafted, but need to have played and trained since they were very young. Many professional sports have found their roots in other countries and made their way to the United States. One of these sports, which has rapidly grown in recent years, is rugby.

Not only is rugby one of the fastest growing sports in American high schools, it is also scheduled to make its debut in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil. The National Rugby League (NRL) is predicted to grow in popularity considerably in the upcoming years. Campus senior Ryan Dynice-Carroll plays rugby for Buchanan High School.

The goal of rugby is to score what is called a try which is worth five points and then the kicker must kick perpindicluar to where the try was scored. For the try to count, players must touch the ball to the ground under control. When the kicker kicks for points after the try is scored, the conversion is worth to two points. If the kicker kicks during normal play then the points awarded would be three.

Rugby has many different aspects within the game itself. There are muitiple positions on a 15-person team; each team has two props (one tight head and one loose head), one hooker, two locks, two flankers, one 8 man, one scrum half, one fly half, two centers (one inside and one outside), two wings (one left and one right) and one fullback.

Rugby in the greater-Fresno area is quite lively and there are three major levels of rugby: high school, college and adult. The high schools who particapte in the area are Fresno High School, Bullard, Clovis High School, Roosevelt High School, Clovis West and Buchanan.

At Bullard High School they have a unique program, offering both boys and girls rugby. California State University of, Fresno, also has two college teams, fielding both a mens and womens team.

Senior transfer student Dynice-Carroll started playing as a junior for Buchanan’s rugby club in 2012. His first year he finished as League and Valley Champion and seventh in the state of California.

His best experince of his rugby career was when he and his team played against Arroyo Grande in a football stadium in the Central Coast. He also enjoyed traveling to Sacramento, CA, for state playoffs last season as well as going to state playoffs again; also being a league and valley champion this year.

“My favorite thing about rugby, would probably have to be making big hits and big tackles; I also love scoring trys,” Dynice-Carroll said. “I also a really big fan of the camaraderie. Because on of the big things is that rugby is a big social event. After each game there’s a buffet for both teams to get to meet and chat about how the game went. Guys like giving each other hard times about the hits they made and stuff.”

Ryan is not the only rugby player on campus. Nick Moraca, ’15, also plays for Bullard High school, because FC does not have a rugby program or club on campus.

“I love playing rugby,” Moraca said. “I’ve played rugby for two years, and hope to continue playing for the next two years. I love playing for Bullard rugby, and am very thankful for the opportunity to grow in my skill set there.”

Rugby is also a social outlet for many players like Dynice-Carroll and Moraca. Rugby is one of those sports that players can grow old in its truly magical comodrodritee. The one thing about rugby is that anyone who is will to work hard and willing to understand the game there is a great chance you just might fall in love with it, he said.

“Also during the feed, each team awards one player from the other team an MVP trophy, called Man of the Match. I had the honor of getting Man of the Match,” Dynice-Carroll said. “I got it when we played Bullard High. It was a great feeling to know all the hard work I put into the off season payed off.”

Though he enjoys the competitive nature of the sport, he has also had embarrassing moments. But that hasn’t stopped Dynice-Carroll from thriving in the team-centered sport.

“The most embrassing moment of my rugby career so far is when I got a red card against Bullard on March 15 of 2013.” Dynice-Carroll said “Last season me and my team finished seventh in the state up in Sacramento during state playoffs. Last season only being my first was an acomplishment to be apart of something bigger than myself. When you acomplish something like this, you honestly feel on top of the world like no one can knock you down.”

Moraca also has been involved in some injuries, but also had the opportunity to score for himself.

“Some of my best memories in rugby are scoring; I scored my first try in a game against Roosevelt,” Moraca said. “When I got my concussion, I thought I would be out for the rest of the season. But I ended up only being out for a week and then getting medically cleared to play again.”

Dynice-Carroll not only wants to continue playing rugby throughout high school, but in college too. Possibly even if he gets the opporturnity and it is in God’s will for him, he may try and play for the US National team.

“Next year my plans are to go to Arizona State and continue to play rugby for the Sun Devils,” Dynice-Carroll said. “I’ve also received a scholarship from them for this. Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in America, and I have a great time playing it. The way i got invovled with this great sport was one of my old teammates who i also play football with invited me to come out and play.”

It’s always difficult to suffer though injury and losing games though out the season; and for Moraca’s team they suffer both travesties. Next year will possibly be a down year for him and his team.

“I think this season as a team we could have done better,” Moraca said. “We had a lot of turnovers this season, that lead to our losses. Next year we will have a lot of new players since we are losing many of our seniors. It will be an interesting season to see how the new guys fit in.”

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For more sports, read the May 6 article, Softball sport shorts: Fowler.

By |2013-05-08T00:00:00-07:00May 8th, 2013|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Student Leadership hosts PCA

As campus students have long awaited Night of the Stars (NOTS), it’s the students’ parents that will make the final decision on class movie awards. Parents will meet in campus Music Suite to watch and vote for their favorite class film, Feb. 16.

The Parents Choice Awards (PCA) viewing will run from 10 a.m. and are estimated to end at noon. Breakfast will be provided for free for all who attend the event. At the event, parents will watch the student-made movies while they eat and then vote for the movie they think is best.

This allows the parents of students to get to see the class films. Later in the evening, the students will watch the same movies at NOTS. Awards will also be presented for the best class movie as chosen by the parents during NOTS ceremony.

The freshman representatives for Student Leadership are in charge of organizing the PCA. Rees Roggenstein, ’16, is anticipating a great turnout.

“I think this years Parent’s Choice Awards will be great,” Roggenstein said. “We have a great morning planned out. Free breakfast, great movies . . . it should be a great time. I hope to see as many parents there as possible.”

For any questions, contact Rob Foshee at 559.917.5545.

For more news, read the Feb. 13 article, Celebration choir looks towards festivals with larger group (PODCAST).

By |2013-02-14T00:00:00-07:00February 14th, 2013|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Students anticipate NOTS, movies create good times (VIDEO)

Spotlights on the ceiling, carpets rolled out, everyone dressed up in their fanciest atire. These are some of the many ways schools across the nation enjoy celebrating formals. FC is going to celebrate their annual Night of the Stars (NOTS) with the theme being ‘A Red Carpet Affair,’ Feb. 16. NOTS is an event where students can participate in a white collar evening of fine dining and movies.

While NOTS is FC’s equivant of a prom, it does have a unique twist. During NOTS, instead of dancing, students each create a class movie. Each grade is allowed to choose what movie they want to do, and then are given a time frame based on their class year. They then film the movie, and it is debuted at NOTS.

Eighth grader Damian Boyce looks forward to going to NOTS next year. Expecting a good time Boyce wants to take a date with him to add to the excitement of the night.

“I look forward to participating in NOTS next year,” Boyce said. “I’m planning on going. I’ll probably ask someone too so I don’t have to go alone.”

Although Timothy Nyberg, ’16, is excited to view the movies that will be shown, he wishes the school would allow dancing. Seeing nothing wrong with the activity, Nyberg believes dancing should be added to the night.

“I think NOTS is a fun event for the students,” Nyberg said. “I think the movies are fun but I really wish there were dancing. I don’t think there is anything wrong with dancing as long as students don’t get out of control, which I don’t think they would.”

Whether or not the school should participate in dances, NOTS has always been a fun time for students. Many students enjoy different aspects that the night offers. Some students enjoy the food, whereas others prefer the movies. Olivia Quebe, ’16, looks forward to hanging out with friends most, throughout out the course of the night.

“NOTS appeals to me because I look forward to hanging out with my friends,” Quebe said. “I think it’s a great way not to make it awkward by just going with friends. It avoids the hassle and worry of the night being a date and lets you just relax and have a good time.”

In the past NOTS has had many themes. From ‘A Night in Paris,’ Roaring ’20s’ and even themes such as ‘Underwater,” it has attracted students for many years. The student leadership class chooses the theme of NOTS and Kim Bimat, assistant leadership advisor, thinks this years theme will be great.

“American glamour is often defined by Hollywood moments,” Bimat said. “I find our NOTS theme fitting because it is a glamourous event like many in Tinsel Town. The theme, Lights Camera, Action, is also fitting because at FC we have the opportunity to make class movies. So what better a theme for NOTS than a glamourous Hollywood Night out?”

NOTS tickets are currently on sale for $50. This price has not changed in many years. Leadership tries to break even with the money spent and earned on this activity. In the last 10 years, leadership has not made more than $20 total in a year. Throughout its many years as the campus’s formal, NOTS has never lost its flair among the students.

For more features, read the Jan. 28 article, Media responds to Obama’s second Inauguration.

By |2013-01-29T00:00:00-07:00January 29th, 2013|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Community honors King with events

Throughout history many men and women have stepped up to play the role of invaluable leaders. One of these such leaders was Martin Luther King, Jr. Though he faced many struggles throughout his life, he would eventually become remembered as a legacy of racial equality.

Monday, Jan. 21, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The day of the year set aside to remember this American hero’s legacy. Many events will take place this day to honor King. These include the Martin Luther King Jr. community breakfast, which will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the Clovis Memorial Building on 453 Hughes Ave.. Tickets for this will be $5 per person, with a donation of one canned food item at the door. Also, the Boys and Girls Club of the Sequoias March will take place Monday at 10 a.m.. Participants will start at 215 W. Tulare Ave., Visalia, and walk to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Students will receive the day off from school, making it the first three-day weekend of the new semester. As the extra day of rest is the main focus for students, some like to remember the reason behind the holiday.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. King was born the son of a minister and grew up in the church. He would later lead one of the most powerful civil rights movements in history. Chris Kollenkark, ’16, explained what Martin’s accomplishments meant to them.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great guy,” Kollenkark said. “His accomplishments in the area of racial equality were very large. He was an amazing man and one of my heroes.

King graduated from Morehouse College after receiving the B.A. degree, and later receive degrees from Crozer Theological Seminary and Boston University.

When King was only 35 years old, he received the noble prize. He was the youngest person to ever receive the noble prize. When Martin found out that he was nominated for the prize, he announced that he would use the $54,123 of prize money to further the civil rights movement. Rees Roggenstein, ’16, finds this decision very noble.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. was a very powerful equal right activist,” Roggenstein said. “I think the fact he decided to donate all the money awarded to him to further his movement speaks volumes about his character. It just goes to show that his heart had great intentions.”

Kevin Garcha, ’16, appreciates the honor that the community gives to an American hero such as King.

“It’s great that our city still comes together to honor Mr. King,” Garcha said. “He was an amazing man, and his words of racial equality are still heard today. His achievements should never go unnoticed.”

For more news, read the Jan. 15 article, BRIEF: Aptitude test to be administered, Jan. 23.

By |2013-01-21T00:00:00-07:00January 21st, 2013|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spanish Club incorporates new opportunities, guest speakers

After finishing first semester, the Spanish Club prepares to commence the new year with fresh opportunities to learn about the Spanish culture and to serve different ministries both locally and overseas.

During the first semester, 43 students had the privilege of exploring the culture through tasting several types of ethnic foods native to Spanish countries.

While many students enjoy different aspects of Spanish Club, Jordan Castro, ’15, shares why he enjoys being a member of the campus club.

“I really enjoy Spanish Club,” Castro said. “They do a great job of getting to learn about different cultures, the people and where they’re coming from. But most of all, I enjoy the good food.”

While the first semester focused more on the Spanish culture in general, second semester will center more around guest speakers, games, educational activities and service projects.

In order to get a glimpse of life in another country, two missionaries from Colombia, originally from Clovis, CA, plan to visit and discuss their occupations with the students. Senior Maddie Yee had the opportunity to serve alongside the missionary family last summer, getting to share their experience of taking the Gospel to those less reached.

“Matt and Shelly Actis are originally from Clovis but moved to Quindio, Colombia to serve as missionaries,” Yee said. “They have been there for two years now and have built a ministry foundation called ‘Manos de Esperanza,’ which means, Hands of Hope. They love sharing their ministry and what God is doing in Colombia, so they are excited to come share in Spanish Club.”

Yee also enjoys sharing her experience of her time spent in Colombia. In fact, earlier in the year Yee was able to share her experience in one of the campus’ weekly chapels.

“I had the opportunity to go on a short term mission trip last summer to serve alongside the Actis family,” Yee said. “I fell in love with the people there and got to form a closer relationship with the Actis family. I am looking forward to having them here because FC Spanish students will get the chance to learn about how learning Spanish can be huge in future ministry opportunities.”

Spanish teacher Beatriz Foth, who is also in charge of Spanish Club, looks forward to the second semester, and what it means for the students.

“Spanish is going to have more guest speakers this second semester,” Foth said. “Like the missionaries we are having this Friday. We also want to have more interactions among the members with games, competitions and other educational activities. Also, we want to focus on the two service projects. One of the projects is local and the other is international.”

Spanish Club is only one of many extra curricular opportunities students are offered. It is a way to learn about what goes on in other parts of the globe, as well as other nations cultures and customs.

For more features, read the Jan. 8 article, Alumna artist featured at local ArtHop.

By |2013-01-10T00:00:00-07:00January 10th, 2013|Features, Uncategorized|1 Comment

School spirit boosts student body moral

Schools are always looking for ways to boost their spirit and students’ overall moral. Recently on the FC campus parents, faculty and staff have been trying to find new ways to encourage school spirit.

Both the FC staff and students are working to offer more options to spur students’ pride in their school. The leadership class on campus started one new way to encourage the students by providing the high school body with an online shop to order their school apparel.

This includes shirts, jackets, hats, bags and other items that students can order. The online store was only temporarily available to see how the FC community would respond to it. However, even though the site was only open for a short time, leadership plans to re-open it again at a later date.

In addition to being able to have more school apparel, the junior high and high school principal Todd Bennett, thought of some ideas on how the students could improve their appreciation of FC by themselves.

“I think the more students their are willing to come out and attend our athletic events the better,” Bennett said. “We had a pretty good volleyball team this year but we had very few students come out to watch it. With basketball season coming up, we’re going to have a game a week, a girls game or a boys game, so we would like to see kids at the gym.”

Along with supporting the basketball team, Bennett also encourages students to support the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams in order to connect more as a school.

“We would also like to see kids out watching our soccer games because we are going to have some good soccer teams as well,” Bennett said. “Being part of the school is very important. Whether you are on a team or just supporting them, that’s important. I’ve been very pleased with the attitude of our students this year in general.”

Currently, Bennett is happy with the overall school environment.

“It’s been a very positive atmosphere on campus,” Bennett said. “The kids are friendly to each other, their friendly to adults and that sort of thing really helps in building school spirit. I also think it’s very important that kids really understand and appreciate what a great place our campus is, and I think this all starts with being kind to one another.”

Bailey Brogan, 16′, says he has a ton of school spirit.

“I enjoy going to this school because I like the students and teachers,” Brogan said. “The teachers are exceptionally good and friendly. Except for Mr. Stobbe; he’s just scary. But overall I’m privileged to be able to attend a Christian school and be able to speak freely about my faith, since that’s a privilege we might not have at another school.”

Fort Lee high schools newspaper says that the senior classes of most high schools tend to have the highest spirit and tendencies to attend school events. Whether or not this is due in part to most seniors being able to drive and/or having their own vehicles they can use to transport themselves it did not say. However we can all find different ways to show our pride in our school, regardless or what situation we are in.

According to freshman Tyler Voelker, he does not participate in many school events, due to most of his friends leaving the school.

“I have a little school spirit,” Voelker said. “Not a lot but just a little. On occasion I’ll participate in school spirit activities, but I usually don’t express it. To be honest I would transfer if I had the chance. Mainly because a lot of people I was friends with have left the school.”

For more features, read the Dec. 14 article, Students anticipate Christmas vacation.

By |2012-12-14T00:00:00-07:00December 14th, 2012|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Home economics bakes cookies for soldiers

This Christmas, the FC home economics class is continuing the tradition of making cookies for those who give their lives for our freedom. Art and Home Economics teacher Sharon Scharf plans on baking these cookies with her classes for active duty soldiers currently deployed in Afghanistan.

According to Nick Baladjanian, ’13, he believes the project is beneficial overall because within the short amount of students’ time, they can make a big impact on those on the receiving end.

“I think it’s a very thoughtful and encouraging thing to do,” Baladjanian said. “It just reminds the soldiers we are always here, overseas to support them. If I was a soldier, I know I would like to receive chocolate chip cookies.”

While this might seem like a small gesture, it can go a long way for a soldier far from home. According to The Fun Times Guide, cookies are one of the best gifts to send to soldiers. This small gift, or even something that people may take for granted, can make a huge difference for an active soldier who will not be home for Christmas.

Butter Maid Bakery (BMB), a family owned and operated bakery since 1955, now offers a way to donate money to send cookie packages to soldiers.

“Our inspiration for sending care packages to soldiers came one day when a close friend of ours asked, ‘Hey! Can you send these cookies to my son in Iraq?'” assistant at Butter Maid Bakery said. “We knew they had an impact when we heard the box was devoured in minutes. Personally hearing from a soldier and close friend how much it meant to him and his fellow soldiers was our driving force.”

This made the BMB cookie company realize how much their service was appreciated.

“From that day forward, our main goal was to do our part for this great country and give as many soldiers as we can, ‘a little taste of back home,'” according to the Butter Maid website. “To let them know we are thinking of them and appreciate what they are doing. We also created our donation program, Operation: Sweetest Appreciation. We created it because we needed a little help to accomplish our goal. We now send thousands of cookie care packages every year, and none of it would be possible without all the generous Americans who donate.”

The Red Cross is just one of many organizations who makes a big difference in the community. Organizations such as these are greatly appreciated by all armed forces.

Morgan Koop, ’16, is a participant in the home ec. class, as well as a participant in this service.

“We are making cookies for soldiers on Monday, Dec. 10th,” Koop said. “We’re making all different kinds of cookies. We’re making sugar cookies, cookies in the shapes of Christmas trees, cookies with icing and lots of stuff. We are sending the cookies to troops in Afghanistan.”

Scharf’s class plans on making a variety of cookies to send to troops. Home EC.’s goal is to thank these men and women for the service they have given to our country. Scharf started this project in response to a world tragedy: 9/11.

“We have been making cookies to send to soldiers since U.S. troops invaded Afghanistan after 9/11,” Scharf said. “My nephew was sent over there, serving with the 82nd airborne. So we made lots of cookies to send to him and the men in his outfit. It’s actually been a history of mine to send cookies to soldiers because I know how it blesses them.”

Scharf also used to send cookies to family members when they were overseas as well.

“My husband was in Vietnam, and I used to send him cookies then too. So it’s since progressed and my son-in-law is also career military, so I always have somebody to send cookies to distribute. So it’s a good demonstration and service project. The soldiers that receive these cookies know that they are coming from a Christian school, so who knows what kind of seeds those little cookies are planting.

Sharon Scharf says that the cookies are going to Josh Hanks, a member of the Air National Guard in Fresno. He is with the rest of the National Guard deployed in Afghanistan. Bessalee Mendoza, the campus volleyball coach, is married to a man also in this military division. However due to a broken foot, he was unable to deploy with the rest of the group.

Sending cookies is not the only way to give to others this Christmas season. Many organizations, such as the Red Cross, Toys for Tots and others can also help those less fortunate. During this holiday season, we should all try to bless others as we realize how much we are all blessed.

For more features, read the Dec. 6 article, Hierholzer designs costumes, dedicates time.

By |2012-12-11T00:00:00-07:00December 11th, 2012|News, Uncategorized|4 Comments

BRIEF: WWII Veteran to share his story

No two people live life the same. Everyone receives unique opportunities. However for WWII Veteran, Vern Schmidt, this was no easy task.

Schmidt a Company G rifleman in the 358th Regiment of the 90th Infantry Division, was also a light machine gunner, a man armed with a bazooka, and 12 riflemen in his group. His story is one of bravery and valor.

The FC campus is honored to host Schmidt to speak during chapel at 9:45 a.m., Nov. 13. All parents and students are encouraged to come. Sophomore Jordan Castro was excited to have the privileged of this unique opportunity.

“It’s cool that he was in WWII like my grandfather,” Castro said. “I’m really interested to hear his story, after hearing of such a horrific war. I’m definitely excited to hear him speak, since I don’t have any influence of that time period, or even of war itself. So hearing how a war can change a person that way should be very interesting.”

Everyone should be able to walk away with something after hearing a story about such a unique experience. The campus community is invited to join the student body for this event; there is no admission fee. Come and enjoy listening to speaker and survivor, Vern Schmidt.

For more news, read the Nov. 8 article, Fulton Mall to host outdoor ice rink (VIDEO).

By |2012-11-09T00:00:00-07:00November 9th, 2012|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments