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Yosemite preserves adventure, history

Yosemite1Yosemite National Park has a way of making first time visitors feel like old friends. The beautiful landscape that is Yosemite has been changing the hearts and eyes of its visitors for thousands of years. Some would describe the place as The Incomparable Valley.

I recently visited the Wonder Valley a couple weeks ago with my boyfriend for my birthday celebration. I had not been since I was a little girl, so it was a pleasure seeing it through older eyes of mine.

We tooled around the valley and went wherever our adventurous hearts desired. We took a small hike up to the base of Bridal Veil Falls, walked around meadows, and visited the chapel in the heart of the valley.

Jack Moriarty, student at Clovis Community College, accompanied me on this trip, in fact, it was his idea to go. He shares a bit of why he chose to visit a land so dear to his heart:

“Yosemite is a home for the homeless and a cathedral for the lost. It’s my home,” Moriarty said. “It doesn’t change, but your memories do. So many things in life are moving and changing, but Yosemite is constant. It’s a part of my heart, and so is Kathryn, so why not put those two together and create something wonderful?”

A little side note: there was a journal on a side table where you first walk into the church and it looked like people had been writing in it, so Moriarty and I started reading a few of the things people were writing, and many people from all over the world that had been married in that church, or just visited over the years, and they kept leave messages like, “Ring the bell!” or “We rang the bell! God is good!” So we decided to ring the church bell together and then documented our journey in the little journal on the side table. It was the coolest, most exhilarating thing I had ever been apart of. If you ever get the chance to ring the bell, do it.

The Ahwahneechee, one of the seven tribes that are well known today that descend from the original tribes from before the 1800s, lived there for generations; which shortly thereafter followed by European travelers (by horseback or stagecoach) in the mid to late 1800s. In 1907, the railroad from Merced to El Portal made the journey a little more doable for newcomers and visitors, thus increasing population. Each and every day we can uncover new stories told from our ancestors who walked the very steps we know so familiarly.

Yosemite is a home for the homeless and a cathedral for the lost. It’s my home. It doesn’t change, but your memories do. So many things in life are moving and changing, but Yosemite is constant. It’s a part of my heart. — Jack Moriarty, student at Clovis Community College

Within the history of Yosemite, different variations of communities had thrived in the little big valley and dispersed over many nations, leaving their mark. From early lodging establishments, such as the Wawona Hotel, which gave visitors an archaic setting for when they traveled, to historic miners and their mining sites during the gold rush. Yosemite preserves adventure, history of the region, its peoples and culture.

There are details of the Mariposa Battalion entering the Valley of Yosemite in 1851 in recent history books. The result of Euro-Americans coming to the valley meant the removal of the Ahwahneechee native tribe. Travelers in the early years came on foot, horseback, and train. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill granting California the Valley of Yosemite and Mariposa Grove. It was not until 1890 when Yosemite National Park was established.

A Yosemite museum flourishes and thrives with remnants of the past and evidence of the valley’s ancestors. More than 4 million items fill its quarters. A research library is maintained with more than 10,00 books relating to the Valley of Yosemite. In recent years, the National Parks Service (NPS) has collected an oral history project of interviews of people’s stories and experiences related to Yosemite.

The NPS is devoted to preserving the Yosemite Valley to honor it’s history and culture and to keep it at its original value throughout the years for visitors, newcomers, and old friends.

Research and Studies:
There is ongoing research about the history of the park. Researchers and land lovers come from all over the world to see what there is to see about the beautiful land that is Yosemite and uncover facts, new and old, for people like us to discover.

There are events coming up in the future, courtesy of the NPS:

Oct. 1, Yosemite will be celebrating 125 years of being a National Park.
Aug. 25, 2016, the NPS turns 100 years old.

Moriarty has visited the National Park of Yosemite four times in the past month, and looks forward to “return home” soon; as do I.

If you have not made it up to Yosemite recently, or at all, I would urge you to take that jump and go. Like all earthly things, it will not be there forever, and neither will we, so why not see all the beauty there is to see in this world while we are still able to?

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @Kamschend.

For more opinions, read the March 24 article, College Corner: Fresno State Standards Changing.

By |2015-03-24T00:00:00-07:00March 24th, 2015|Destinations, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Winter Sports Banquet welcomes athletes, Feb. 23

BanquetKylie Bell

FC will have it’s annual winter sports banquet, Feb. 23.

FC will have it’s annual winter sports banquet Monday, Feb. 23. Athletes who participate in basketball, cheer, and soccer will be celebrated and honored during the event.

These sport banquet are a time to recognize the hard work and achievements of the athletes throughout their season. Each team brings a variety of desserts and drinks and the coaches present awards to a select amount of players.

Coach for the varsity boys soccer team, Matthew Markarian, feels the banquet is a good way to honor the athletes.

“The banquet is great way to celebrate the effort and accomplishments of our student athletes,” Markarian said. “I feel it is also important for parents to attend the event. Parents also sacrifice for the student athlete, and for some it is a culmination of that sacrifice and effort. Parents enjoy seeing their student athlete excel and this is a night where it is all about the student athlete.”

Jonathan Penberthy, head coach of the boys varsity basketball team, sees the night as beneficial for the coaches and the players.

“This night is a great opportunity for the coaches to show their appreciation for the dedication of the players and parents,” Penberthy said. “I think it also encourages the players and shows them that we do see their efforts and hard work. I like that I have the opportunity to publicly tell my players how proud I am of them.”

This night is a great opportunity for the coaches to show their appreciation for the dedication of the players and parents. –Jonathan Penberthy, Co-athletic Director

Head coach of the varsity girls basketball team, Tamika Thomas, feels it is especially important that the parents attend the event.

“Parents should definitely come,” Thomas said. “They are their student-athletes biggest fans and supporters. It’s important to make your parents proud and it’s important for them to know that they are proud of them.”

The banquet begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23. Parents are encouraged to come and support their children as well as the teams.

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

For more news, read the Feb. 20 article, Student Leadership: Serves the Community Food Bank.

By |2015-02-20T00:00:00-08:00February 20th, 2015|Announcements, News, Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

New academic installment creates environment for change

Academic Lab was designed to help students with low grades have more time to study and focus. Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Academic Lab was designed to help students with low grades have more time to study and focus.

As the second semester of the 2014-2015 school year comes to a comfortable cushion of normalcy, the teachers and faculty awaken the students with an abrupt announcement of a mandatory Academic Lab.

Director of Academics, Michael Fenton talks about the reasoning behind the decision to start an academic lab.

“We don’t want students who are behind in their school work to stay there,” Fenton said. “We wanted to think of the best way to help them be able to utilize opportunities such as this one, to work on the grades they have in order to strive for better ones.”

Some of the students are openly on board with the whole premise of the situation, such as Devin Jakusz, ’15.

“I think it’s a good way for students to get homework help,” Jakusz said. “Our focus is on getting missing assignments finished on time.”

There are also some students not completely thrilled with the whole idea of going to a mandatory after school session, due to having poor grades.

Junior Marisa Jonigian shares her thoughts on Academic Lab.

“I think if kids wanted to get good grades, they would,” Jonigian said. “They shouldn’t be forced to go to some after school hang out for half an hour – where they probably wouldn’t do the work anyways – for making the choices they made; it was their choice.”

Fenton goes on to explain the grand purpose behind the academic labs, and how he believes they will benefit the student body.

This change is impacting students, sports teams, drama clubs, music departments, and any other campus group that you can think of. Parents seem to be giving positive feedback, so it would seem that this new installment is here to stay. — Superintendent Jeremy Brown

“We have completed something that forces the conversation in February instead of waiting until it’s too late in May when some of our students are on the verge of graduation,” Fenton says. “This way students are able to graduate with achieving the intention of graduating with good grades. We want to hold students accountable for improving their grades.”

There are three main administrators who are on board with this whole endeavor: Amy Deffenbacher, Michelle Warkentin and Michael Fenton.

Superintendent Jeremy Brown is excited about the lab and believes the cause is beneficial as well. The faculty is doing their best to get the whole school involved. Teachers are involved, the athletic department is involved, etc.

This change is impacting students, sports teams, drama clubs, music departments, and any other campus group that you can think of. Parents seem to be giving positive feedback, so it would seem that this new installment is here to stay.

If students have a grade of a D or an F by any Tuesday at 3 p.m., they are required to participate in the Academic Labs held on Wednesday or Thursday. The student gets the option of which day they choose to attend. On Wednesdays, the session start at 3:05 and goes until 3:35, and on Thursdays, from 2:55 until 3:25.

Those in charge of this new opportunity view it as a good way to keep students from having unacceptable grades and getting them on track for things like college and the real world.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @kedamschen.

For more features, read the Feb. 12 article, Substitue teacher makes the most of her experience.

By |2015-02-17T00:00:00-08:00February 17th, 2015|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Senior night honors winter athletes

Senior1Jarrod Markarian

The beginning of the end begins tonight as we honor the seniors of winter sports of 2015.

The beginning of the end begins tonight as we honor the seniors of winter sports of 2015. To start off the senior nights of the winter season, the girls soccer team have a game against the Minaret Mustangs at 3:30 p.m. The honoring of the seniors will be taking place before the game. The girls team are dressing up by wearing skirts or dresses to show their excitement for the game and the evening. There are four seniors being honored.

The girl’s soccer team has had a bit of a downfall this season, compared to previous seasons, but they look forward to future games to seize opportunities to achieve more wins.

The boys soccer team is looking forward to future games to continue their uphill climb towards a great season. They will do so by playing the Mustangs as well at 3:30 p.m. and the ceremony for the seniors will also take place before the game begins. There are four seniors being honored. To show excitement for the game, the boys will dress in their best dress for the school day.

The third ceremony, which will be honoring the senior basketball boys will be taking place shortly before their game against the Mustangs at 7:30 p.m. There are six seniors being honored. To keep the tradition of dressing nicely for each home game, the boys will be dressing in their best attire during the school day.

Basketball coach Jonathan Penberthy reminisces about the year so far and the memories to be made for seasons to come.

“This is my first basketball senior night,” Penberthy said, “They are extremely hard workers, fun to be around, enjoyable guys for the whole team. I believe they are setting a good standard for the upcoming seasons and for the years to come.”

There are only four more games after boy’s basketball senior night, so if you haven’t been to any games this year, be sure and support your Eagles.

Being the Physical Education teacher, Penberthy, enjoys being able to see students in a variety of different sports like volleyball and basketball.

“It’s always fun to honor our teams and our school,” Penberthy said. “I have had the privilege of having a handful of them in volleyball or in Physical Education classes.”

During each senior night game, seniors typically get to start in the games since it is their honored night, and the coaches like to give them as much playing time as they can for the fans that have come to support all of the seniors.

Senior Ivette Ibarra reflects on her past years on the soccer team, and the impact it has made on her life.

“I’ve been playing soccer for six years and have thoroughly enjoyed it,” Ibarra said. “I’m going to miss these girls a lot. It’s going to be hard to make the transition of living without it. These girls have played a big role in my life and been some of my role models for years. Any type of chance I have to keep playing in the future, I will absolutely take it. I’ll probably make a point to play for recreational purposes, because I’ve always loved it.”

Tomorrow is the last home league game for the girl’s and boy’s soccer teams. The boy’s basketball team have four more games after tomorrow night. Make sure to support your Eagles this afternoon for girl’s soccer senior night as well as the rest of the winter sport’s teams senior nights tomorrow.

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

For more sports, read the Feb. 2 article, Boys soccer sport short: Caruthers.

By |2015-02-02T00:00:00-08:00February 2nd, 2015|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COMMENTARY: Family travels to D.C. during Christmas break

IMG_1716Kathryn Damschen

FC student travels with her family to D.C. during Christmas break.

My family and I got on a plane on Tues. morning, Dec. 16, to head to my home away from home, Washington, D.C. during Christmas break. Annually, my family and I take a trip to our nation’s capital.

Due to the illness TRAPS we have we are required to take a yearly visit to allow the doctors studying our disease to keep a close eye on the changes of our disease, while also searching for new remedies.

Each year the trip has been an exciting one, with long plane rides, family giggles and eager eyes waiting for results of our previous year’s research. At the National Institutes of Health (NIH) there are a team of doctors working to find out how to allow my family and I to live healthy lives. So far they are doing a marvelous job with the research and procedures.

Each time we go, we make a point to go sight seeing, or at least visiting one museum. Our favorite places to go to, as a family, are the American History Museum and the National Gallery of Art. I also enjoy going to other Smithsonian museums such as Museum of Natural HistoryThe National Zoo, the Air and Space Museum, and many more.–Kathryn Damschen, ’15

Usually, the trip to the NIH takes about a full day, with blood tests, physicals, etc. Our family likes to take extra days to explore the better part of Maryland and Virginia, which surround D.C. Since I can first remember going to D.C., we have always made a family trip out of the experience.

From the time I was three years old, I have the earliest and fondest memories of going to D.C. It is still difficult to have to go to the hospital and get my blood drawn, but the best of the trip is always thoroughly enjoyable. It is also worth going through the hardships of getting blood tested and getting a check up because without all the tests, the doctors would not know what disease I have, and I would not be able to live a normal life.

Each time we go, we make a point to go sight seeing, or at least visiting one museum. Our favorite places to go to, as a family, are the American History Museum and the National Gallery of Art. I also enjoy going to other Smithsonian museums such as Museum of Natural History, The National Zoo, the Air and Space Museum, and many more.

Since I’ve been going to the Nation’s Capitol for as long as I can remember, we do not get to see all the museums every time we go, but each visit, we make a point to go to at least a different museum every time. This past year, we went to the National Gallery of Art, and the National Museum of African Art. Both museums were riveting, and quite appealing to browse through. I personally enjoy art very much, so this was a real treat for me.

My family and I also always make a point to head to Eastern Market on a Saturday morning. Eastern Market is the local flea market in one of the neighborhoods in Eastern D.C. We also try to stop by Capitol Hill Books, which is near Eastern Market. We also went to Midnight Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

We stayed for about 10 days and flew home on Christmas Day, which was quite the experience, because who wants to spend Christmas on a plane all day, right? But I was with family, which is all that mattered; and I got to spend the holiday with my siblings, which is more than I could ever ask for, and the greatest gift I could ever receive.

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

For more opinions, read the Jan. 16 article, EDITORIAL: Respecting boundaries of free speech.

By |2015-01-20T00:00:00-08:00January 20th, 2015|Commentary, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Leadership invites campus to Christmas Tree Lane, Dec. 10

ChristmasLane5Feather file photo

It’s that time of year again, Christmas time! And leadership is rallying up as many students as they can to attend the second (and last) walk night of the season.

The Fresno Christmas Tree Lane has been an ongoing tradition for 92 years, making this one of the longest Christmas traditions in the nation.

Each year, during the month of December, the street of Van Ness Blvd. is decorated from top to bottom, end to end, from early December to Christmas Eve. Hundreds and hundreds of Fresno/Clovis natives and visitors come to see what the lane has to offer.

There have been other make-shift lanes in Fresno that have modeled their decorating after the historical Christmas Tree Lane, but none have ever come close to the vast number of people and tourists that return a number of nights throughout the season ever year. Christmas Tree Lane will always be the favorite, the go-to holiday tradition.

On Wed., Dec. 10, the student leadership class has invited the FC junior high and senior high to attend the Christmas Tree Lane walk night. The leadership class has advised everyone attending to wear their ugliest Christmas sweater and meet at the Starbucks in Fig Garden Village at 7 p.m. Whomever wears the ugliest sweater will receive a free Starbucks drink. After participants all meet at Starbucks, students will head over to the lane and walk.

Looking forward to seeing you in your ugly Christmas sweater walking the lane!

Sophomore, Sydney Belmont shares her excitement for the upcoming walk night.

“I’ve been to Christmas Tree Lane once before, but have never experienced the walking part of it. I look forward to walking the lane with my fellow classmates next Wednesday,” Belmont said. “A couple years ago, I was with Jenny King and we were having a Christmas party, and decided to head to the lane to see the lights and decorations, but there wasn’t enough room in her mom’s car so I had to squish on the floor; but I still thought everything was really pretty all lit up, with what little I could see.”

Senior Matt Ely talks to us about his love for the ties he has with the lane.

“I live a block away from the lane, and it’s nice to be in that environment because it helps me get into the Christmas spirit,” Ely said. “I also decorate my house and it’s enjoyable to be able to admire the lane whenever I choose because I’m so close in proximity.”

Junior Kylie Bell shares her thoughts on living near the lane.

“I live a block away from the lane, and it’s always very crowded around my house, and people always park in front of my yard,” Bell said. “I often tell my mom we should charge for parking because it’s so crowded and our gravel driveway gets disheveled. It’s really special living in Fig Garden because you can sign up to be in charge of turning on the lights on and off for one of the nights. My dad and I did that a few years back, and it was very cool to be a part of the lane.”

For more information, contact the student leadership class.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather and @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @kedamschen.

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

By |2014-12-05T00:00:00-08:00December 5th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

New album sparks interest in community

Known as the cheeky, blonde haired, country girl we all know and love, Taylor Swift has continued to make a name for herself and has stayed true to her vision.


Born Dec. 13, 1989, now the American singer-songwriter that she has grown to be, she’s really done well for herself.

She was raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. Her parents moved her and her brother Austin there to help Swift pursue her dreams of becoming a musician, which she well fulfilled.

Swift has, so far, released 6 albums. In 2006 she came out with her first album, Taylor Swift. Following that was her 2008 album, Fearless. In 2010 she debuted her album Speak Now. In 2011 her Speak Now Live World Tour album. After that came her 2012 Red album, which changed the game for her, as this is the album where she started making a name for herself. And now in 2014 her 1989 album has topped many charts within the first month of selling.

Her newest album debuted on Oct. 27, 2014, through Big Machine Records. The title, 1989, was fitting being that was the year that she was born.

This album marked Swift’s third time selling 1 million copies of a debuted album within the first week. She is the first ever artist to achieve this, and was recently given the award: The Dick Clark Award for Excellence, Sunday at the American Music Awards.

Swift has been widely known through and by her music from various genres to country, (where she started her career), to alternative rock, to pop, to and eclectic indie style, (as showcases by her new album, 1989). She has never been one to follow the crowd, but to simply make her own crowd, which is why she has been such a hit with young girls in the past years, helping them to identify themselves musically.

Music is a powerful thing; it can speak to anyone.

Moving away form her country twang familiar sound towards a more eclectic, pop sort of sound, the CD is a big hit with her fans.

The 1989 album comes jam-packed with 16 tracks:
1. Welcome To New York
2.Blank Space
4. Out of the Woods
5. All You Had To Do Was Stay
6. Shake It Off
7. I Wish You Would
8. Bad Blood
9. Wildest Dreams
10. How You Get The Girl
11. This Love
12. I Know Places
13. Clean
14. Wonderland (Bonus Track)
15. You Are In Love (Bonus Track)
16. New Romantics (Bonus Track)

Exclusive voice memos:
1. I Know Places (piano/vocal)
2. I Wish You Would (piano/vocal)
3. Blank Space (guitar/vocal)

To CD listeners only, there are three bonus tracks, and three voice compilations that walk the listener step-by-step through Swift’s process of song writing.

Junior Alexis Kalugin gives feedback about the newest Taylor Swift album.

“I personally like her ‘Red’ album the best, so this one was kind of a let down for me, but a lot of the songs are surprisingly growing on me,” Kalugin said. “The track I like the most is the song ‘This Love’, because it reminds me of her old stuff, and I enjoy being nostalgic.”

Senior Aaron DeWolf shares his opinion of the new album.

“This album was a let down for me, because Taylor has always been one to migrate to a new sound, but this album just made it seem like she is trying too hard, and I’m not a fan of that. There are a few songs I enjoy, but over-all I’m not pleased with it. I wish she would have stuck to the old Taylor.”

Senior Jason Swain expresses his admiration for the new album.

“I’ve always liked the country Taylor Swift, but I’m also liking this new, iconic Taylor. It’s new and fresh, and I like it. I’m sure the album is a hit.”

Some of Swift’s fans are disappointed, while others are applauding her with a great smile, but that’s the beauty of music; a song can relate to just about anyone no matter the circumstances. Have a listen for yourself and see what she’s accomplished.

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

For more reviews, read the Nov. 18 article, Bands inspire spiritual growth through lyrics, beats (VIDEO).

By |2014-11-25T00:00:00-08:00November 25th, 2014|Music, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Group travels to Capitol, admires historical sights

Veterans Day was celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The holiday is a special one, as it is the only holiday where we take an entire day to appreciate those who served and gave their lives in the return of the freedom of this great country.

This national holiday is one not to be taken lightly; it is a somber holiday, where we not only thank those who have served, but we remember those who have lost their lives in doing so.

This past June, a family that is very involved at FC, known as the Rurik’s (Scott and Julie, and their son Alex), embarked on a journey to Washington D.C. They brought along with them James White, his parents, Jim and Beth White, alumni Katie White, ’09, and Ashlyn White Neal, ’11.

Also accompanying them were junior high students John Monke, ’19, Hope Byars, ’19, and her mother Joy Byars. Freshman Josh Oakley, and Carlee Whipple attended, with her parents Rocky and Darby Whipple.

Several former FC students also attended the trip. Chandler Baladjanian and her brother, alumni, Nick Baladjanian ’12, as well as Giana, Niki, and Christian Castro.

The dates that the trip took place on were May 31, 2014- June 5,2014 (just after school let out).

Day 1- Historic Jamestown Settlement and Colonial Williamsburg
Day 2- Monticello (Home of Thomas Jefferson), The Smithsonians, WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Vientnam Memorial
Day 3- Fords Theater, The House Where Lincoln Died, Washington Monument, Mount Vernon, Home of George Washington, Washington Nationals baseball game
Day 4- Capitol tour (House and Senate Chambers) *Tour lead by Trevor York ’12 (Summer intern for Devin Nunes), Library of Congress, Supreme Court, National Archives, Washington National Cathedral, FDR Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Jefferson Memorial.
Day 5- Arlington National Cemetery, (saw the tomb of the unknown soldier, changing of the guard) a wreath ceremony was performed at the grave site of Staff Sgt. Nino Livaudias, brother of a friend of Julie Rurik, Holocaust Memorial Museum, and last but not least, the White House.

Alex Rurik, ’19, shares a tidbit of his experiences and sightseeing.

“It was a thoroughly enjoyed visit with my family,” Rurik said. “I liked seeing all the monuments and feeling something that I had never felt before: melancholiness. I was neither happy, nor sad, just there, taking everything in. I’m glad I went.”

Former FC student, Chandler Baladjanian, talks about her thoughts through the whole trip.

“It definitely was a trip to remember,” Baladjanian said. “My favorite part was where we went to the top of the Washington Monument because we could see all of Washington D.C. from up there and it was breathtaking. I would go back again in a heartbeat.”

Freshman Carlee Whipple recalls her perspective of the East Coast trip.

“At first, I was a little apprehensive about the whole trip, mainly because I had never been to Washington, D.C.,” Whipple said. “Before so this was a whole new experience for me. But I’m so glad I went. The memorials that we visited were so phenomenal and breathtaking, it was a well worth it trip.”

Veteran’s Day is a unique holiday because it gives a chance to sit back and think about all the wonderful freedom we have and how blessed we are as a country. Take this opportunity to reflect on the opportunities we have and are able to achieve that no one else in every other country can.

Follow the Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronline.

For more features, read the Nov. 6 article, Mock election challenges student involvement in politics, familiarize with issues.

By |2014-11-12T00:00:00-08:00November 12th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Character counts week raises awareness to teens around the country

IMG_6078Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Annually, the U.S. President, U.S. Senate, state governors and officials around the world proclaim the third week in Oct. CHARACTER COUNTS Week (CC)!

The goal of CC Week is to help the nation, but most importantly, high school students across the country and even the world. To make a difference and know what it means to portray the six pillars of character and what it is to show good standing character.

There are six pillars of character:

To always be honest, to try your best to not deceive others, cheat, or steal, to be reliable ? do what you say you?ll do, to have the courage to do the right thing, to build a good reputation, to be loyal – stand by your family, friends, and country.

To treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule, to be tolerant and accepting of differences, to use good manners, not bad language, be considerate of the feelings of others, to try your best, not to threaten, hit or hurt anyone, to deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.

To do what you are supposed to do, to plan ahead, to persevere: keep on trying, to always do your best, use self-control, be self-disciplined, to think before you act – consider the consequences, be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes, to set a good example for others.

To play by the rules, to take turns and share, to be open-minded; listen to others, to try your best not to take advantage of others or blame others carelessly, to treat all people fairly.

To be kind, to be compassionate and show you care, to express gratitude, to forgive others, to help people in need.

To do your share to make your school and community better, to cooperate, to get involved in community affairs, to stay informed; vote, to be a good neighbor, to obey laws and rules, to respect authority, to protect the environment, to volunteer.

Showing good character is important to FC. I asked six students what each of the six pillars of character meant to them.

Sara Peterson, ’15, talks about what it means to be fair and helpful to others.

“Fairness is everybody doing their part,” Peterson said. “For example, if we’re doing a group project, everyone can put in their fair share to reach a common goal.”

Nick Fontes, ’15, feels that it is important to take responsibility of your own actions and portraying honesty in such a way that people can learn from you.

“Responsibility means taking control of your own life and being willing to be held accountable for your actions,” Fontes said. “Doing what people expect of you and doing what you say you can do.”

Tim Nyberg, ’16, urges his fellow peers to get out there and give back.

“I believe citizenship is doing your part as a citizen to help the community, giving back, cleaning up a nearby park,” Nyberg said. “All these things qualify as good deeds.”

Marisa Jonigian, ’16, shares her hope for her classmates to practice being trustworthy.

“Trustworthiness is being able to rely on someone, such as your friends or your family,” Jonigan said. “If you are a reliable or trustworthy person, people will most likely come to you for help or advice, and that is, I think, one of the most flattering things in life.”

Michael Coit, ’15, tells us what it means to him to care for others.

“I believe caring is letting someone know the truth no matter how much it hurts them,” Coit said. “For instance, if I had to tell one of my buds some bad news, I wouldn’t hide it from them and have them find out later that I knew all along. I would tell him the truth even if it hurt his feelings because I would want him to hear it from someone he cares about rather than someone else. By doing that, I’m showing him I care.”

Vanessa Shubin, ’16, talks about respect and what it means to practice it.

“I think respect is something you earn. If you’re making a fool of yourself and always goofing around, it’s hard to get people to respect you,” Shubin said. “The only example I can think of is substitute teachers. If you lay down the ground rules and don’t take any funny business, you will earn the respect of the students. But if you joke around all willy-nilly, the students won’t take you seriously.”

As the Character Counts Week comes to a close, let’s not forget what it means to show good character, not only our peers, but people we haven’t even come into contact with yet. Doing a good deed or portraying trustworthiness will serve you well in life and you will gain respect from people you encounter over the course of your life.

But let’s not shrink down exemplifying good character to just a week. Let this not be the end of Character Counts Week, but the beginning of making a difference one interaction at a time.

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

For more features, read the Oct. 23 article, Seniors strive to wrangle a win.

By |2014-10-24T00:00:00-07:00October 24th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Worship team evolves under new leader

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Peoples Church worship leader, Daniel Garrison, will assume the position as worship coordinator from previous teacher, David Martens.

As Worship Team teacher, David Martens embarks on a new adventure to Hillsboro, Kansas, long time worship leader for Peoples Church, Daniel Garrison, will step in to take his place.

Martens has been a part of the FC family for 18 years. His son, Ryan, and his two daughters, Kristen and Shannon, all attended FC, and loved every second of the family dynamic on the campus. He will be missed by faculty and student alike.

Not only was Martens the worship team teacher, but was also appointed to the new position of Director of Technology. Garrison will be taking over the worship team class. Robert Hyatt, Peoples Church attendee, will be covering the technology for the 2014-2015 school year in order to fill the void Martens is leaving.

“I am excited for this year as a whole,” Garrison said. “The students seem eager to try something new, and their attitude toward this change has be extremely helpful for this transition.”

Garrison has been married six years to, Anukina Garrison, who is an English and Drama teacher at Kastner Middle School. They both share a passion for The Lord and are equally involved in their local church, Peoples Church, home to the FC campus.

“I attended the church and youth group as a kid and well into my high school and college years,” Garrison said. “I always loved the worship aspect of things, and I knew somehow someday I’d be a part of it.”

For over five years Garrison has been the leader of Student Ministries Worshipat the church, and has spent some time in the main services on Sunday mornings in the Main Sanctuary as well.

The student body is nothing less than thrilled to have such an experienced leader grab hold of the reins.

Devin Jakusz, ’15, tells us her thoughts on the worship aspect of the year so far.

“The worship so far has been really great,” Jakusz said., “The song choices have been inspiring, and I always leave wanting more.”

Garrison’s aim is to evoke a sense of awe in students through worship. The new 20 minute break between chapel and the next period, as opposed to the old ten minute break, will allow students to remain in chapel after the set time is over. This will allow for more connection to the Lord.

“It gives the kids an opportunity to sit and wait on The Lord a bit more,” Garrison shares. “As followers of Christ, as it is in our name, we are to be obedient to the voice of God, and one cannot hear it without allocated time. That extra ten minutes is just what the kids will hopefully be able to utilize.”

Richard Morrison, ’15, enjoys the extra time as he feels it allows him to draw closer to God.

“It’s cool because it is optional for those who want to stay and worship a little bit more,” Morrison said. “But for those who want to get a head start to their next class, they’re not hindered from that choice. You get the best of both worlds.”

Time will tell if the changes have the potential to become the norm for classes to come.

For more news read, Sept. 3 article Students prepare to take SATs, testing schedules and information

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By |2014-09-04T00:00:00-07:00September 4th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Econ Fair to showcase student-made products, March 26

As tradition, students that are taking the economics class will participate in the annual Econ Fair, March 26. Students gather into groups of two or more to create an original product to sell during the Econ Fair.

The whole premise of the Econ Fair is to teach young people about the importance of budgeting their money, learning about the effects of marketing, how to create an effective business plan and what entrepreneurship looks like in the eyes of a business person.

Various products such as homemade candles, waffles with ice cream, tie-dye attire and other products are being made for the fair. Students are usually given about 6 weeks to prepare a product and create it by hand.

Economics teacher Robert Foshee, constantly explains to the class what a good business looks like, and how it is to be run.
Foshee prepares the students from the beginning of the semester for this fair. The goal of the fair is not necessarily to make the most profit from your business, but simply to learn how a good business is run, and to learn from the mistakes, if any are made.

“The whole idea of the Econ Fair is to teach the students about the importance of frugality in creating a business model and following through with it,” Foshee said. “I think it’s best to equip the students with this sort of knowledge, as they soon will be stepping out into the world to someday have their own businesses.”

Finding the actual fair as the best part, Elise Winegarden, ’15, is excited to see all the finished products. She looks forward to the event, hoping to see great presentations from all teams.

“The most exciting part of the Econ Fair, I think, is the actual fair itself,” Winegarden said. “It’s exciting to see everyone’s hard work come to life, and see all of the progress that has been made from beginning to end.”

Junior Justin Porter is ready to showcase his project with his partner, Collin Winegarden, ’15, at the fair. He hopes the work put into his product pays off, making it a good quality commodity for all.

“I am very much excited for the Econ Fair,” Porter said. “Collin Winegarden is my partner, and we are working extremely hard on our project to make it the best it can be.”

Seniors Elora Hargis and Annalise Rosik are taking the food approach to the fair. Many have been successful in the past and they hope to be on that list as well. Hargis believes their food item will be delicious and popular among the students.

“Annalise Rosik and I are baking waffle cakes, and they are going to be amazing!” Hargis said. “We are combining various flavors of ice cream, along with various types of waffles made with cake batter.”

Be sure to bring money for the Econ Fair and support the students.

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

For more news, read the March 25 article, Eagle Madness aims to create fellowship, March 25.

By |2014-03-25T00:00:00-07:00March 25th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BREAKING: Auction donations to be delivered to office’s

FC puts on an annual auction to help raise money for the school each year around the Spring time and this year’s will be held March 15.. In doing so, the school is able to provide necessities to both the students and faculty when needed.

The event will be held in the FC gym and will begin at 5:30 p.m. Donations for the evening will be accepted through the end of the day, March 14. Donations can be given to the Central Office in building 5 or in the main office in building 6.

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

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

Superintendent, Debbie Siebert speaks about the auction and the funds the school hopes to receive through this annual event.

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

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By |2014-03-14T00:00:00-07:00March 14th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Academic advisor experiences pregnancy in the workplace

Academic advisor Michelle Warkentin is just starting her third trimester of pregnancy with her soon-to-be baby girl, McKenna Paige Warkentin. Warkentin is currently 31 weeks along, with approximately nine weeks to go (40 weeks is considered full term). This time she is expecting a girl, which is quite exciting for her, being that her first pregnancy was with a boy.

Warkentin has always had a heart for young girls. She used to work at the Pregnancy Care Center and counseled a lot of young girls who were pregnant, often alone, and didn’t know what to do. Having a baby is a huge decision, which is why Warkentin believes girls need to be mindful of the choices they make in their relationships, especially knowing that their decisions affect more than just themselves.

“Obviously abortion is never an option in my mind, and I encourage young girls to think something as serious as that through, when making such permanent decisions,” Warkentin said. “Obviously people make mistakes and if you’re in that position, getting support from your family is important as well.”

There are a lot of wives tales that circulate with pregnancy, such as the rumors that a baby takes away beauty through pregnancy with a girl, or skin breaks out, or carrying the baby higher, but Warkentin has not experienced these rumors to be true.

There are other sayings such as seeing something ugly can make your baby ugly, or that you cannot take a bath while being pregnant due to harm of dirty water getting to the baby, or if you have heartburn, your baby will be very hairy. Many of these are of course, not true, but it is interesting who would believe some of them.

Warkentin personally feels like it has been the same as her last pregnancy, for the most part. She did experience some morning sickness with this pregnancy, whereas her first pregnancy, she experienced almost none.

A few of her friends have had to be on medication and some even hospitalized for morning sickness during pregnancy, she has not had it that extreme.

“With morning sickness, a lot of things just sounded gross to me,” Warkentin said. “So I had to stick to a bland diet in order to keep me from feeling too sick.”

There are certain things that she cannot eat, such as certain kinds of fish that contain high levels of mercury, which can be harmful to the baby. Pregnant moms should also avoid highly processed foods and deli meats that contain nitrites. In addition, Warkentin cannot have too much caffeine, which is difficult for her because she is fan of coffee.

“Due to the pregnancy I have to be more careful and self aware,” Warkentin said. “When in a relationship or married, your attention usually goes to your significant other, but when pregnant, you are no longer to be selfish, you have another life to think about.”

The stress level of her job has been difficult at times but she is so thankful for the supportive staff and students who are such a joy to work with. She has noticed that simple tasks, like climbing the stairs to her office, are becoming a bit more of a challenge with the extra weight.

“Without my parents watching Matthew, my two year old, I don’t think I could be working here {Fresno Christian},” Warkentin said. “They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it’s true. I cant imagine being in high school and having to do all the things that come with school, and having a baby on top of that would just make life very difficult.”

Warkentin also has her two year old, Matthew, running around and when she gets home there is no time to nap or relax. With such a young child, the new baby situation can be difficult for them to grasp.

“We waited a while to tell Matthew until it was the right time,” Warkentin said. “He was old enough to grasp the concept. We told him that he would have a baby sister, and {started} calling her by her name.”

Luckily, Matthew understands the situation and is also eager for her sister to arrive.

“He’ll come up to me and put his hand on her tummy and ask to feel the baby move, Warkentin said. “He’ll get a stuffed animal and pretend to hold her like a baby, and he’ll rock her. It’s fun because he kind of understands what’s going on. He’s at the age where he kind of is able to grasp it. She has a lot of friends with babies, so he’s able to experience what babies are all about.”

Michelle is very thankful to have such a strong support system, especially with her husband standing by her side at all times.

“Having a loving and supportive husband has been so helpful during my pregnancy,” Warkentin said. “You need a lot of moral support, especially with all the physical and emotional changes that you experience. My husband is my other half and a huge help to me with our son, I?m so thankful for him.”

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

For more features, read the Feb. 19 article, NOTS excites student atmosphere, impresses attendees.

By |2014-02-19T00:00:00-08:00February 19th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Health issues drive family to Washington D.C.

Once a year, my family and I visit Washington, D.C. We go each year to further investigate our medical disorder.

Due to our medical disease, Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor Associated Periodic Syndrome (TRAPS) we need to go to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) each year, as that is where they research our genetic disease.

Each year the doctors run a series of blood tests to make sure the research and diagnostics of our disease is up to date. There is a team of doctors at the NIH that study our specific disease 24/7. Their entire job description is studying the basics and ingenuity of diseases that are unknown to mainstream doctors.

Our disease is not the only disease that is being currently researched at the NIH. There are millions of diseases that are being researched and studied throughout the institution.

When the doctors first discovered what it was that we had, there were only 12 known families of the same disease. Now, as of January 2014, there are over 300 families in the world that are diagnosed with TRAPS.

Both of my siblings, my brother and my sister, have the disease as well. We each inherited it from my dad. When we found out what we had, we learned that it is dominantly inherited. We did not know exactly how my dad came to have the disease, as his mother tested negative.

When we found out what we had, his father had already passed away, so the doctors could not test him for it, and he was an only child. So we have made an estimated guess that my dad has received it from his father, but there is no evidential proof.

We will continue having to go to Washington, D.C. each year in order to keep up with how our disease is going. The doctors researching it continue to try different medication on patients constantly, as they have done this with both my sister and I.

The doctors originally put my whole family (the ones who have TRAPS) on a medication called Enbrel. Just like any medication, Enbrel works for some patients more than others. As for me personally, Enbrel worked quite well my first 12 years of taking it, but as I continued to take it, my body began to get extremely used to the drug, and was not as responsive as the doctors would like it to be.

Because Enbrel was not giving my body the response the doctors were looking for, they put me on a new medicine called Kinaret (Anakinra). This medicine is a daily injection, and is quite painful, but the long term effects of the medicine are well worth it.

Families, just like ours, travel from all over the world to go to the NIH in order to become part of the doctor’s research. This is exactly what our family did. If it were not for the doctors and researchers, we would not even know what type of disease we had, or if it were a disease at all. Our family is extremely grateful to what the team has done, is doing and will continue to do.

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

For more opinions, read the Jan. 15 article, Junior enjoys Utah ski resort, luxury.

By |2014-01-16T00:00:00-08:00January 16th, 2014|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Feather takes Christmas poll

With the upcoming Christmas season quickly approaching, students are sharing their most cherished memories of past Christmases.

The Feather asked students what their favorite Christmas memories are, including favorite gifts, family traditions, favorite Christmas movies, and much more.

Senior transfer student, Toby Pan shares his memories from past Christmases, as this Christmas will be his first holiday season in the United States.

“Although Christmas is not an official holiday in China, young people started to hang out with their friends on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day,” Pan said. “People who are older than 40 usually don’t attend these sort of activities.”

Junior Andrew Hindes enjoys the holiday season as well because he is very involved in skiing and snowboarding.

“My favorite Christmas tradition is skiing on Christmas day and giving yummy treats to the lot operator,” Hindes said.

Sophomore Courtney Messer expresses her excitement for Christmas Eve with her family.

“Every Christmas Eve, we sit around as a family and read a Christmas story. Then we open some gifts with my grandparents. It’s such a fun night.”

FC math teacher David Lee talks about his family traditions each year. Lee enjoys the family traditions and talks what his family does on Christmas Eve.

“Some traditions that we do in the Lee household is that we all decorate the Christmas tree together,” Lee said “My wife, Sharon, takes the ornaments out of the boxes and hands them to the kids and myself as we decorate the Christmas tree every year. Also, the night before Christmas, we go to church and then come home and the kids exchange gifts.”

Many students shared their thoughts about Christmas, as some do enjoy it, while others do not.

Although there are different traditions among many families, there are also similar traditions among the campus families such as, singing Christmas carols together, decorating the Christmas tree as a family and wrapping and giving gifts together.

The Feather took a poll of favorite memories students have of past Christmases. Here are the results:

Favorite Ornament:
? Mickey and Minnie Mouse
? Home made ornaments
? Gingerbread man

Favorite song:
?”Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”
? “Jingle Bells”
? “All I want for Christmas is You”

Favorite Christmas Cartoon:
? How the Grinch Stole Christmas
? Charlie Brown
? Tom and Jerry

Favorite gift memory:
? iPhone
? Bicycle
? Going on a Cruise

Favorite traditions:
? Opening Presents
? Spending time with Family

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

For more features, check out the Dec. article, Christmas parade sparks new traditions, family fun

By |2013-12-11T00:00:00-08:00December 11th, 2013|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus community reflects on Thanksgiving memories

While most school districts have been out for Fall break since last Friday, Thanksgiving is still very much on the mind of students, teachers and other faculty on campus. With the holiday just days away, many FC members are looking forward to the days to come.

Below, students and faculty have shared their memories and stories from past Thanksgivings. The campus anxiously awaits the end of the school day, when Thanksgiving break begins.

Superintendent Debbie Siebert talks about her family getting together each year, and what she is looking forward to most.

Every Thanksgiving we try to get together as an extended family. My sister and all of her family are all coming up from Los Angeles, and they will all be staying at my house, so my house will be full of people and children, it’s wonderful.

And then for dinner we all go to my brother’s house. There are always about 40 people there that evening. What I look forward to is just being together as an extended family, and I make a real effort to make sure that happens, because my parents passed away three years ago.

So it’s difficult, because they were the hub that brought us all together. And now my sister is 70, so I just said, ‘We need to make an effort to do this and to be together as much as possible as a family’.

Senior Illeanna See is most looking forward to spending time with her grandma. As an annual endeavor, the whole family gets together and enjoys each other’s company.

My grandmother makes a big, delicious Thanksgiving dinner. And I look forward to it every year. It’s sort of a tradition that we do. I especially enjoy the stuffing. My grandmother makes it the best.”

Peoples Church Custodian Julio Hernandez states his excitement for the upcoming holiday.

This Thanksgiving will be something new for me since my wife just had a baby, so we have our own little family now. I am looking forward to having Thanksgiving at my house instead of going out of town, mainly to spend time with my wife and our new baby.

I very much like the pumpkin pie at the end of the meal. This Thanksgiving will definitely be one that I will always remember.

Junior Andrew Hindes is heading to Minnesota for a week to visit his dad’s side of the family.

I am looking forward to just getting out of California, traveling and spending time with my family and eating great Thanksgiving dinner! This will be my third year of visiting my family in Minnesota, and I am very excited.

Sophomore Maddie Luginbill is eager to spend the day with family and friends, and enjoying a little flag football.

We always go over to my grandma’s house every Thanksgiving to have Thanksgiving dinner with the whole family. But my favorite part is Thanksgiving morning when we have our church friends come over, and we have this big flag football game.

My dad is in charge of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) at Clark Intermediate School, so all of the members of FCA come and play in the game as well.

Publications adviser Greg Stobbe spent half of his life celebrating Thanksgiving a month early.

I’ve learned to adjust my Thanksgiving holiday to my adopted home. While most of my traditions are much the same, Canadian Thanksgiving takes place on America’s Columbus Day.

Your northern neighbors celebrate the holiday on that weekend and churches especially showcase a grand harvest on Thanksgiving Sunday.

To me, growing up was always a visual overload. On Thanksgiving Sunday or Monday my extended family would celebrate very much like we do in the United States with turkey, ham, and my particular favorite, candied yams.

Freshman Summer Mcgrew is looking forward to her family coming down for Thanksgiving because she hasn’t seen them since last holiday season.

I’m really excited to see them and to have this big Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a great time because we really don’t see all of our family all the time because it’s so big and so spread out from each other.

I have about 30 cousins, so it’s fun to get all of the family together for a fun night. I am especially looking forward to the food. My favorite thing to eat is deviled eggs and mashed potatoes.

Sophomore Kevin Garcha, enjoys eating turkey with his family.

I enjoy breaks from school because I grow tired of all the constant hard work, and I love Thanksgiving for the company of my family, but especially the food.

Junior Devin Jakusz is extremely excited for the Thanksgiving break and spending time with both sides of her family.

Well on Thanksgiving, I usually have a brunch with my mom’s side of the family, then I have dinner with my dad’s side of the family. I am looking forward to seeing my family and being able to spend time with my grandpa, and of course eating!

The holiday season is quickly approaching with little time to prepare. Enjoy this season with loved ones, great food, and remember what all have to be thankful for.

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

For more features, read the Nov. 22 article, Book Buddies promotes reading skills, advancement.

By |2013-11-26T00:00:00-08:00November 26th, 2013|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Campus hosts Sweet Tomatoes fundraiser

FC is proud to hold a fundraiser in an effort to create fellowship and raise money for the school. It is located at Sweet Tomatoes today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 18. Come for great family fun and tasty food. Present the campus flyer, available in the high school office, to grant a portion of the profit to benefit FC.

Sweet Tomatoes will be donating 20 percent of the profit from today’s earnings to FC.

In order for your meal to benefit FC, all participants must purchase a beverage with their meal. Coupons or discounts will not be honored along with your purchase.

Elementary physical education teacher, Darby Whipple, is a big supporter of the event each year.

“The whole event is organized to help create fellowship among the K-12 students, teachers and parents,” Whipple said. “It’s a great way to get to know one another and have great food and wonderful company.”

Whipple believes it’s a great way kids of all ages get to be with one another and have fun. It really brings the school together.

“I went last year,” Whipple said. “It was a great turnout, and the company was very enjoyable. Everyone who attends will not be sorry.”

The fundraiser will take place at Sweet Tomatoes Location: North Fresno 7114 North Fresno St., Fresno, CA, 93720-2905. Those who wish to attend this fundraiser MUST bring the Sweet Tomatoes flyer that can be found on the FCS web site.

For more information on FCS fundraising opportunities, contact Ashley Beal.

For more news, read the Nov. 14 article, BRIEF: Alumni director calls for fundraising help (PODCAST).

By |2013-11-18T00:00:00-08:00November 18th, 2013|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fulton ice rink serves as holiday pass time

The Downtown Fresno Ice Rink located at Fulton Mall in Mariposa Plaza, opened Nov. 11, and will remain open through Jan. 20. The environment focuses on family oriented values.

I went with junior Chris Grossman and sophomore Kylie Bell to the rink to see what it had to offer, Nov. 13.

The rink was quite enjoyable. Lights were strewn around the trees surrounding the rink, and giant lit-up snowflakes hovered over the skaters as decorations.

When we first arrived at the rink, the zamboni had just finished cleaning the ice, which allowed us the opportunity to have fresh, new ice to skate on. But this made it very hard for all of us to skate, due to the slipperiness of the fresh ice, causing Chris to fall immediately within the first five minutes, and dragging me down with him; it hurt. There was a good amount of people there, and the ice lost it’s slickness fairly quickly, making it easier to skate on.

While skating, the rink had a varied selection of music, playing all the top hits of today’s music. This made skating enjoyable, as we knew all of the songs being played, and could easily sing along.

The night lasted a few hours, and we skated the whole time. It was tiring, but it was a blast. I definitely recommend going downtown and skating at the Downtown Fresno Ice Rink. I’m sure it can be fun alone, but it’s even more fun with friends.

The rink opens daily at 11 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and closes at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings.

On Monday through Friday the price of admission for adults is $10, and $8 for children 12 years and under. Saturday and Sunday, adults are $12 and children are $10. These prices include the price of admission, skate rentals and being able to skate as long as desired.

Season passes can be purchased that are good through January 20. Family passes are also available, which includes two adults and as many as four children. Additional children can be added to the pass for $20 more. Individual season passes can also be purchased: $49 for adults and $39 for children.

You can purchase your tickets here, or visit their website at DowntownFresno.org.

Come down for a great night of family fun from 6-9 p.m. and receive free tickets to an advance screening of Disney’s latest animated hit “Frozen.”

Tickets are limited so be to get there early.

Watch this video clip or visit Downtown Fresno’s Facebook page for more information.

In addition to the ice rink, Downtown Fresno offers many attractions and shows that are scheduled at various venues. Continue to check out their website to stay updated with upcoming events.

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

For more opinions, read the Nov. 12 article, Freshman princess relives first homecoming .

By |2013-11-15T00:00:00-08:00November 15th, 2013|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student body studies Romans 12, theme verse

Continuing the tradition of having a theme verse for each school year, for the students and faculty to focus on, the Bible program has chosen Romans 12.

Campus Pastor Robert Foshee and Music Director Michael Ogdon, focus their lessons on the verses to make sure the students have a precise understanding of the meaning behind Romans 12.

Romans 12’s entire basis is on the understanding of becoming a living sacrifice, and living out Christ’s love to show others how one should live as a Christ follower. The chapter goes well with the rest of the book, as the apostle Paul is writing a letter to the Romans about how one should live a Godly life. Just as in Romans chapter one, Paul talks about being a servant unto the Lord, and the chapters to follow touches on God’s wrath and faithfulness.

“I expect the student body to be perfect in living this verse out, as that is what it says in the verse,” Ogdon said. “But I also expect them to fail, as we human beings are not perfect. I expect them to gain a sense of what is right, and what is pleasing to God, and live it out.”

Verses 1-8 refer to being a living sacrifice, and truly letting earthly desires go for the Kingdom of God, while verses 9-21 refer to the love that God has for humans, and the love that people should show to others. This really gives a new perspective on how to live, given the living sacrifice example.

Following the living sacrifice example, is the love example. The love that people are to show, the God-given love that humans can only receive through Christ living in them. This love can be shown in many different ways, such as going out of ones way to do something nice for someone else.

In the Christian Living classes this semester, Dr. Phil Hinton, who is a vascular surgeon at Valley Vascular Surgery Associates, and an Associate Professor of Surgery with University of California San Francisco, is visiting the class every Tuesday to give the students insight about what it means to be a Christ follower. Hinton talks about the different types of relationships people can have with others.

“One type of relationship being “I-It,” whereas the relationship is only one-sided, and only beneficial to the person trying to get something out of it,” Hinton said. “The other type of relationship being “I-Thou” where the two people in the relationship can coexist and really benefit from each other in a healthy way.”

Foshee’s passion for this years theme verse is to provide understanding for the students on how to live their daily lives. He hopes to encourage the student body down the path to God.

“I really want the student body to gain an understanding of the verse in order to live their lives daily to bring glory to God,” Foshee said. “That’s why we provide the verse, to help the students.”

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

For more features, read the Nov. 13 article, Annual parade honors veterans, offers community.

By |2013-11-13T00:00:00-08:00November 13th, 2013|News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Friesen fills recent history department opening

Due to Jordana {Siebert} Kaiser accepting a new job in Sanger Unified for the 2013-’14 school year, FC found itself in need of a new social studies teacher. Alumna Kori Friesen accepted the position with pleasure.

As Kaiser was preparing to embark on her new journey, Friesen sat in all history classes to learn the ropes, the last week Kaiser was teaching. Friesen will be taking over the world history, US history, Advanced Placement (AP) US history and AP European history.

Friesen brings to the position a masters in education, a love of history and experience as a business woman. She also has a photography business on the side that she has had for a number of years. Friesen will balance her photography business with her new teaching position. She will also be incorporating photography into a few of her classes this year.

Sophomore, Allie Breedlove voiced her keen interest in the AP US class she is taking this year with Friesen.

“She said we’re going to be using photography with our class, so that’s going to be interesting,” Breedlove said. “I’m excited to see what that’s about.”

Principal Todd Bennett was excited to have the opportunity to ask Friesen to join the academic department. Friesen had been a substitute for the school many times before, and to Bennett, it seemed like the perfect fit.

“I really liked the way she interacted with the kids,” Bennett said. “I liked the way that she had their attention, and she just had a knack for teaching. When the school year started, Mrs. Kaiser came in and told me that she had accepted another job in Sanger, so I started interviewing people for the social studies job. Mrs. Friesen was substituting at the time for Mr. Stobbe, and I said, ‘Kori would you like a position here full-time, lets talk about it.’ So I came in here and gave her an interview, and things just worked out well.”

Friesen’s students are very pleased with the way the school year is going so far. Trevor Trevino, ’16, states his enthusiasm for the world history class.

“I’m excited because history is one of my favorite subjects,” Trevino said. “I just think we’re going to have a lot of fun in that class, especially if we pay attention and focus. I don’t know if she’s going to be a hard teacher or not, but we’ll just have to be patient and see.”

With Friesen working here full time, she believes that managing her time is key. Friesen has kids enrolled to FC as well and wants to keep her home life separate from her work.

“Boundaries. You have to have boundaries,” Friesen said. “Obviously, right now because I’m taking on a new class without preparation, it’s a key concept. I could be here all day, all night, I could camp out, but at some point you have to put boundaries on that, because if you don’t have balance then something is always sacrificing.”

When she goes home she is a cooking dinner, playing with her kids and doing chores mom. When her children go to bed, she catches up on all of her school work. She get’s up at five in the morning to do her workouts because she does not want to give up her health for her work.

Friesen is excited to get to know the students and to learn about them individually, and as a whole student body. Since being a substitute here at the school many times before, she is already quite comfortable with the students and the way that the school flows, it helps to make a smooth transition.

“So I just have to make sure that I balance my time,” Friesen said. “I have to keep boundaries on things that are not important, and things that are. My biggest goal for the year would be to teach history through the lens of a Godly perspective.”

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By |2013-09-06T00:00:00-07:00September 6th, 2013|Features, Uncategorized|5 Comments