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Boys soccer sport short: Caruthers

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To finish their 3 home game streak, boys soccer hosted the Caruthers Blue Raiders in their fifth league game of the season.

(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for boys’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-2015, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 0-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 3-1-7 as of Jan. 13

The Eagles break a league losing streak

To finish their 3 home game streak, boys soccer hosted the Caruthers Blue Raiders in their fifth league game of the season. With beautiful sunshine covering the North field, the game was underway and the two teams went at it.

For the majority of the first half the Eagles had the upper hand creating plenty of chances between the forwards Caleb Goodale and captain Taylor Howard. The Eagles defense, anchored by senior Adam Khouzam, was able to hold strong through the half, shutting out the very aggressive Blue Raiders attack.

One of the Eagles chances finally fell towards the end of the first half in the form of a corner kick taken by midfielder Davis Borrego to striker Taylor Howard, who finished with a glancing header into the far side net.

The Eagles went into half time up a score and were eager to maintain their lead and hold on for their first win in league for over 6 years.

Midway through the second half the Eagles gave up a soft goal on a missed clearance that left for an easy finish by the forwards of the Blue Raiders.

We broke like a 7 year losing streak! This was a very exciting win for us and is a good step going forward into the season. We still need to win a game but this is a great start. –Jordan Castro

With the score tied, distress sounded through the ranks of the Eagles when a hand ball in their own goal box gave Caruthers a penalty kick and a chance to take the lead. However a brilliant save by captain goalkeeper, Bailey Brogan, prevented a lead usurpation by a frustrated Blue Raiders.

A second goal by Taylor Howard seemed to secure the victory for the Eagles until a second missed clearance led to an equalizing goal near the end of regulation for Caruthers. With heads still head high the Eagles prepared for an overtime showdown.

During the overtime, FC certainly held the upper hand, with the Blue Raiders settling for mostly wildly far away shots that were easily swooped up by Brogan. For a second it looked as if the Eagles would snatch up a victory when Goodale received a wide open pass from Howard, leaving him wide open on the six yard box. Goodale’s shot however was blocked by the Caruthers goalie and overtime ended with neither team gaining ground.

Thus the game ended with a tie as the result as it is a new policy that league games do not end in penalty kicks as was the norm in previous years.

The result was still important for both team as a tie puts Caruthers league title hopes in jeopardy and represents the first non-loss in league for FC boys soccer in several years.

The only 4 year varsity player on the team, senior Jordan Castro, reacted very positively to the non-loss result.

“We broke like a 7 year losing streak!” exclaimed Castro. “This was a very exciting win for us and is a good step going forward into the season. We still need to win a game but this is a great start”

The Eagles will next play the Fowler Redcats, Jan. 30.

For more sports read the article World of Sports: Super Bowl XLIX

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

England vacation brings about an epiphany of gratitude

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Senior Nick Fontes traveled to England over Christmas break to take in a English football game and many of the top sites.

Over Christmas break I had the awesome opportunity to travel to England with my family to spend Christmas and New Years with my relatives whom are fortunate enough to call that magnificent country their home. My aunt and uncle moved to England this past spring and wanted to spend the holidays with their relatives that they have not been able to see in a while; my family happily obliged to go.

My journey began when my father and I traveled to London on the 22nd of Dec., eager to meet up with my mother and two sisters who had all arrived the week earlier. I was extremely excited to visit England and observe the sights and culture that the country offers up readily to wanting travelers.

Upon arrival, my first couple of days were spent mostly at my aunt and uncle’s house, reconnecting with family and celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas, respectively. Even while simply staying at home the first couple of days, I was able to absorb small parts of the British culture, the most notable being driving on the opposite side of the road, eating a grilled goose for Christmas dinner (as is the custom in Britain) and listening to the accented talk of the locals I met.

After those days of resting, reconnecting and feasting were done, I went on my first cultural foray into the city of London, which came in the form of going to a professional soccer game. I was quite thrilled about this as I am an avid soccer fan and was pumped to see some of the greatest players in the world masterfully play my favorite sport.

The game was Chelsea vs. West Ham, two clubs that were part of the Barclays Premiere League (the top football league in England and possibly the world) and two teams that were rivals and hated each other. The atmosphere was incredible beyond my imagination.

I have heard rumors that soccer fans are the craziest sports fans in the world, and these rumors were more than confirmed during my experience at Chelsea’s stadium. Throughout the game the sea of blue Chelsea supporters and the small section of West Ham supporters duked it out in a chanting insult match that was almost as entertaining to listen to as the actual game was to watch.

Throughout my experience I was also able to try many of the foods that England is famous for such as bangers and mash, meat pies, fish and chips, crisps, goose, and a popular stadium food, bacon buns. The pinnacle of my culinary experience, however, was when our whole family dressed up and went to a very fancy, very British, afternoon tea. While the food was very satisfying, I felt that a lot of it was pretty bland, as the British tend to not add salt on their food. — Senior Nick Fontes

Expletive laced chants, jeers, and songs about every Chelsea player and coach were exulted from the small but boisterous crowd of West Ham supporters, followed by more toned down, but still resounding cheers from the winning Chelsea side. This was truly an awesome event and one that was made just as memorable by the hooligans in the stands as the superstars on the pitch.

The very next day, I had the opportunity to go to another extremely anticipated sporting event, the likes of which I have never been to before: a rugby match. Though I understand very little the intricacies of the sport, I was excited nonetheless to witness the brutal game that was one of England’s most popular pastimes.

The atmosphere here was a lot more friendly and jovial than that of the soccer match the day before. The stadium in which the match was held was sold out and 82,000 fans attended, which is more than the average NFL game here in the U.S.

While I did not really understand what was going on at all times, this did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying myself. At the rugby game, I felt like I was truly experiencing something unique to British culture, an event I would not find anywhere else in the world.

The next couple of days, my family made several forays into London itself to see the landmarks and sights that made the city so unique. We were able to see or tour the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and my personal favorite, The Winston Churchill War Rooms. While seeing all of the landmarks that London is known for was incredible, I specifically enjoyed this less known attraction because I am a history buff and through this I was able to learn about one of WWII’s greatest heroes.

Throughout my experience I was also able to try many of the foods that England is famous for such as bangers and mash, meat pies, fish and chips, crisps, goose, and a popular stadium food, bacon buns. The pinnacle of my culinary experience, however, was when our whole family dressed up and went to a very fancy, very British, afternoon tea. While the food was very satisfying, I felt that a lot of it was pretty bland, as the British tend to not add salt on their food.

The final thing of renown that I did in the U.K. was tour the Warner Brothers Studio where they filmed all 8 Harry Potter movies. I have been a fan of this film franchise since I read the first book when I was 12 years old, so this experience was very eye-opening and, pardon the irony, magical.

At the studios I witnessed all of the behind the scenes action that explained how they brought the fantastical world of Harry Potter to life. I was able to walk through the actual sets and look at the actual props and costumes used in the films. Seeing how enormous of an undertaking this was by the filmmakers gave me a new and deeper appreciation for the film that I had already loved.

For me the coolest part of this was being able to witness the prolific use of green screen and after effects that I was naive to beforehand. Seeing how detailed and arduous the process of creating 8 movies basically a computer blew my mind. Advanced rigs, mechanics, and movie magic, created the monsters, flying, and landscape so iconic to the films.

After this my time in England came to an end. Sadly we bid farewell to my aunt and uncle and proceeded to the airport for our way home. Or so we thought.

Our travel home was completely thrown off track when on our flight from London to Dallas, a fellow passenger suffered an appendix burst. We were diverted to the nearest airport so that the man and his family could get off and get medical attention. The main buzzkill was that this airport that we diverted to was actually a naval base in Iceland that we were forced to stay at for four hours.

Once we were finally off the ground we could not fly all the way to Dallas so the airline decided that we would land at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City, and then after getting a new crew, we would continue to Dallas. This massive delay would cause us to miss our connecting flight in Dallas and ended up adding another 16 hours of travel. Luckily we arrived home safe and sound and miraculously, with our bags not lost in the kerfuffle.

I loved going to England and I believe that the trip not only allowed me to experience new things, but also opened up my horizons and changed my perspective on living in America and, more specifically, Fresno. The more countries I go to, the more I realize how special we are in America to have all of the blessings that we do.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @NickFontes1.

For more opinions, read the Jan. 12 article, COLUMN: Causes, consequences of terrorist attack.

By |2015-01-12T00:00:00-08:00January 12th, 2015|Destinations, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BREAKING: Christmas performance tonight

During the trip students will visit the campuses of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California, Irvine, Vanguard University and one other college yet to be determined.The Feather logo

Another performance takes off tonight, The Gift of the Magi, put on by the drama department in Ground Zero.

Tonight marks the culmination of a semester of hard work for the majority of Fresno Christian’s Performing Arts Department. This will come in the form of the 2014 Christmas Production taking place at 7 p.m. in the Student Ministry Center (Ground Zero) tonight.

The production will center around a performance of the classic O’Henry play, ‘The Gift of the Magi,’ performed by the FC drama class and starring seniors Caitlin Gaines and Aaron DeWolf in the lead roles of Della and Jim. Running as the center piece of the night, the play will include spurts of narration and will be interspersed with songs performed by the FCHS choir, the JH choir, and the collective Ladies Ensemble.

The Christmas performance will open up with several classic Christmas songs put on by the Eagle band, the jazz band, and percussion and the direction of alumnus David Casuga and Lesley Bannister.

A short intermission in the play will also include a short performance by jazz band and, during the curtain call, the crowd will be treated to another Percussion performance as they applaud the actors and singers.

There will be no price of admission for the performance and all performing members are required to meet at 6:30 p.m. to prepare beforehand. For more reading on tonights performance, see BRIEF: Drama prepares ‘The Gift of the Magi’, Dec. 8.

This writer can be reached via Twitter @nickfontes1.

By |2014-12-08T00:00:00-08:00December 8th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Third film in franchise raises expectations for final installment

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Reviewer, Nick Fontes found the third installment of the Hunger Games to be promising.

Student reflects on promising aspects of film

This past weekend, one of the year’s most anticipated sequels was released into theaters, causing millions of eager cinephiles and adoring fans to line up in hordes at theaters all across the nation. This cinematic phenomenon is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1, the third movie to be released in Lionsgate’s extremely popular Hunger Games series. Based on Suzanne Collins’ adored Hunger Games book trilogy, the events portrayed in the Mockingjay film covers about the first half of the third book of the same name.

The film begins right where the last movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, left off. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has now involuntarily become the face of the fledgling rebellion that is beginning to pop-up in the various districts around Panem. While attempting to put on a brave face to inspire and encourage the rebel fighters, she also has to find a way to cope with insane amount of inner turmoil in her own life. Combine the stress of being a symbol of rebellion, the PTSD-like symptoms of being in the Hunger Games twice, the worry about a captured and brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), and coping with the complete annihilation of your home and nearly everything you know, and you only begin to delve into Katniss’s fragile psyche.

And of course, let us not forget to mention everyone’s favorite malevolent dictator, President Snow (Donald Sutherland), whose every disturbing move seems to be a psychological ploy to further disturb our extremely perturbed protagonist.

The first thing I enjoyed about this movie was that it was a far quantitative departure from the earlier films of the series. Whereas the first films gave us a universally likeable martyr/unfortunate victim/underdog as our protagonist, this film gives us a very broken and disturbed main character, who constantly seems to be on the edge of losing it. This Katniss is not the same Katniss we saw in the first movie and the movie portrays this change well.

This movie was also different in the fact that the driving force of the movie was character development. In the first installments of the series our eyes were glued to the screen by both the extravagant grandeur of the Capital, and the heart-pounding scenes of adrenaline filled killing in the Games.

The first thing I enjoyed about this movie was that it was a far quantitative departure from the earlier films of the series. Whereas the first films gave us a universally likeable martyr/unfortunate victim/underdog as our protagonist, this film gives us a very broken and disturbed main character, who constantly seems to be on the edge of losing it. This Katniss is not the same Katniss we saw in the first movie and the movie portrays this change well. -Nick Fontes 

While definitely falling short compared to the other two movies in the action department, the stellar acting by Jennifer Lawrence and the trials that her character has to go through in this film definitely give us our moneys’ worth. I enjoyed this because it enabled the movie to go away from the young adult centered, ticket selling machine feeling that was predominant in the earlier movies and gave the audience a much darker, more mature film that people who enjoy watching high caliber acting and movies that deal with darker themes, will tend to enjoy.

Without the action however, the movie does seem to go a little slow at points, especially in the opening 25 minutes. The average movie goer who enjoyed the carnage and thrilling action of the first two movies will be left wanting more.

When I first heard that the third book was going to be expanded into two whole movies, I was excited because I knew that this would allow for a better explanation of important plot points, and for a movie that closely followed the authors vision for the third novel.

The only thing that did not translate from page to screen to well was the depiction of exactly how crazy the main character became because of the events of the novel. Aside from a short scene at the beginning of the movie, the film doesn’t delve into Katniss’s craziness to much.

The final thing I have to say about this movie is that it was, in all honestly, just a two hour trailer for the upcoming final installment in the franchise, but a well done and brilliantly acted trailer nonetheless. You go into this movie excited and wanting, and you leave with both of those desires intensified and the crushing realization of a year long hiatus between the fulfillment of those desires.

This is not a horrible thing, however, as I believe that the job of a part 1 movie is to do just this, intrigue audiences for the epic finale yet to come. I think that this movie was the second best in the series behind Catching Fire, which edged it out because of the sheer awesomeness of the arena, and this movie’s lack of action.

Follow The Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @NickFontes1.

For more reviews, read the Nov. 12 article, Writing compensates for weak story line, plot.

By |2014-12-02T00:00:00-08:00December 2nd, 2014|Movies/TV, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Students reflect on the privilege of driving, pros and cons

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One of the biggest rites of passage that nearly all teenagers go through is the experience of learning how to drive. Being able to drive opens up a whole new world of involvement and social activity to young people, who are able to partially break the chains of dependency on their parents and burst forth in a life of running errands and driving to school events for themselves.

Being able to drive oneself is a liberating experience and a fitting reward for the hours of learning and stressful driving tests that students must go through to obtain the ultimate symbol of their vehicular independence: their driver?s license.

Teenagers must overcome many obstacles in order to achieve this symbol, the most stressful for many being driving with a terrified parent in the passenger seat, clutching for their dear life as they watch their child accelerate way to fast into adulthood and then drive away.

Sophomore Zach Passmore, who is in the process of learning to drive with his parents, describes how the experience of driving is a mutually terrifying experience for parent and offspring.

“At first when I was learning how to drive, I was super nervous and I really just didn?t want to hit anyone,” said Passmore. “However as I drove more and more I grew more confident. My mom gets pretty nervous when I drive but she is also starting to get more confident in my ability.”

But parent?s frantic concern for their fledgling driver is not unwarranted. From texting to eating, drivers today (especially teenage drivers) can be very easily distracted.

According to research done by the Center for Disease Control, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America, with over one third of all teenager deaths involving a motor vehicle accident.

Instituting safe driving practices is one of the main focuses of the DMV and many other driving organizations.

A recent example of this focus is the crusade for no texting and driving, a problem that has proven rampant among teenagers. Recent research shows that texting while driving has proven to be as dangerous as drinking while driving, causing a similar level of distraction and a similar number of incidents.

It is concerns like this that tempts parents to keep their children from learning to drive before they reach the age of eighteen. This is the case with senior Kathryn Damschen.

“I didn’t get my permit until I was eighteen because my parents kept wanting me to wait on getting it,” Damschen said. “I think it was because of this that I kept putting it off, and because I was sick for a while. But now I have my permit and I’m learning, so my parents are supportive of it.”

Nevertheless some teenagers, including Tyler Dondlinger, ’15, think that, despite the possible risks, the independence of driving, partnered with the maturity that owning a car requires, are both extremely positive results, and necessary stepping stones that teenagers must cross over to be an adult.

“I think it?s important for teenagers to gain some freedom and independence by getting their license,” Dondlinger said. “In my life, being able to drive has given me more free time and helped me have my own life. I no longer have to plan my social life around my mom?s schedule, I can have my own agenda, and it is very freeing.”

For more information on the dangers of teen driving, read Near death exhibit showcases avoidable fatalities.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather and Instagram @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @NickFontes1.

For more features, read the Nov. 19 article, Featured App: goREACT, Molecules, VSB Chemistry
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By |2014-11-21T00:00:00-08:00November 21st, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Leaders organize Fellowship Friday, invites campus

This year, in an effort to offer students a time of worship and meditation before school, Student Leadership will offer Fellowship Fridays to any student wanting to form a connection with their fellow believers. Fellowship Fridays begin at 7:15 a.m. and will be hosted in the courtyard where high school students eat lunch. These sessions of prayer, and occasionally live worship, will take place on every other Friday after the session, Nov. 7.

Senior Aaron DeWolf, who was an instrumental force in the starting of Fellowship Fridays, says that Leadership was inspired by the spiritual expression they saw in students at this year’s See You at the Pole.

“The idea was initially brought in one of our leadership meetings, and the main purpose of it was to offer students a moment of prayer before they begin their stressful day of schooling,” said DeWolf. “We really want to be able to bring that awesome atmosphere we got from See You at the Pole to students every other week instead of just one time a year.”

While Fellowship Friday has taken place already three times this school year, the turn out has been small. The latest of these three outings has been the biggest though, with the addition of live worship pulling in new participants.

Bailey Brogan, ’16, says that he loved the ability to go out and clear his head with worship before the school day, and he enjoys how the worship is conducted solely by his fellow classmates.

“I think the coolest thing about the worship is that it was student led,” said Brogan. “It was really cool to be involved in it and I was grateful for the time that I could spend with God that morning.”

The live music, provided and led by senior Collin Winegarden, who played acoustic guitar, and seniors Elise Winegarden and Ivette Ibarra, who sung hymns and other worship songs to a crowd of approximately a dozen people.

Ibarra, who has been involved in Fellowship Friday all three times, thinks that the event is slowly gaining ground and that it is important for students to build a sense of community through events like this.

“I think that these times of worship are a great time for us to grow closer as a student body,” said Ibarra. “For the time being, the few meetings we’ve had have not had a large showing but I hope as we make this a more consistent thing more and more students will come.”

For now there are many reasons that students do not come to Fellowship Friday, with the biggest reason being that they simply do not know about the event.

It is for this very reason that sophomore Amber Wilson did not attend the event at any of the times it was being held.

“I just don’t know enough about it yet, that’s the main reason I haven’t gone to one yet,” Wilson said. “It just hasn’t drawn me in yet and not enough people are talking about it.”

This upcoming Fellowship Friday will include a time for prayer followed by worship and will begin at the usual time of 7:15 a.m. in the morning.

Follow the Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @NickFontes1.

For more news, read the Nov. 4 article, Mock election spurs involvement, insight.

By |2014-11-06T00:00:00-08:00November 6th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Near death exhibit showcases avoidable fatalities

This past weekend, a friend and I visited the new exhibit taking place near the Savemart Center called The 99 Experience. Through research beforehand, I found out that it was marketed as an extremely realistic walkthrough of all the major, preventable causes of teen deaths in America.

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The name “The 99” comes from the statistic that 99 teenagers die everyday from things that can be avoided.

The name “The 99” comes from the statistic that 99 teenagers die everyday from things that can be avoided. Of those 99, 31 died from automobile accidents, 16 were killed by their own peers in gang related violence, and 12 committed suicide. The other 40 die from drug overdose, drug influenced choices and other poor choices.

I had heard many mixed reviews of the event from friends who had gone and been disappointed, but I was excited to go and check it out for myself. With the tagline “The ultimate near death experience”, I didn’t go into it with much hope for a relaxing evening.

The 99, like most horror attractions, does not advertise much of its secrets, so in all reality I did not know what I was getting myself into. Not really a fan of horror attractions or haunted houses, I thought that this event would be a happy medium with all the gore of real life paired with a strong moral lesson.

Upon arrival, the many people in line were amused by a man on a microphone entertaining the people in the waiting crowd with games and a dance off competition. This set the crowd in a rather jovial mood, which was quite misleading.

The mood quickly shifted from anticipation to apprehension as we were ushered into the enormous, circus-esque tent, in which the event took place. We were greeted with morbid before and after pictures of drug users and an ominous video foreshadowing the disturbing events that we were about to witness.

We then entered the first of approximately eight rooms in the experience, where we were introduced to our guide through the exhibit: Death himself. Although in reality the hooded figure was only a performer in a mask, partnered with a insidiously sinister voice-over, the effect was quite chilling.

The next couple of rooms were the most unsettling. Gory scenes of gang violence, drug abuse, and a distracted driving collision all gave me a bad feeling in my stomach. My heightened sense of fear was intensified by the terrifying, realistic actions of the performers. Whether it was being a raving drug addict in withdrawals, or a screaming distracted driver, coming to grips with the bloody ramifications of her poor decision, all of the actors performed their tragedy in a very convincing fashion.

Then the experience took an unexpected turn. We were ushered, by Mr. Death, into a fiery room with screaming, shackled performers. Then people dressed as demons seemingly jumped out of nowhere, and a figure, presumably Satan himself, gave a chilling monologue, claiming victory over our damned souls. Suddenly a light leaped forward in the darkness, and we were beckoned by a bellowing voice to come towards it.

In the next room we were shown scenes from the film The Passion of the Christ, where Jesus is whipped and beaten by Roman soldiers. Then a performer portraying Christ was dragged into the room by a man dressed like a Roman soldier. He was told to pick up a cross and was whipped repeatedly.

To my astonishment, the supposed “reality horror show” had turned out to be a type of ministry, hoping to give an unexpected reality check to visitors who had no idea that their night was going to be religious experience.

The conclusion to the experience consisted of watching an allegorical video in which God’s love for humankind, and the subsequent sacrifice of his beloved Son. The video shows a train master sacrificing his son to save a train of people, without those people knowing what just happened.

Then everyone walked into a room filled with volunteers from local churches who sat and prayed with each individual and offered free “get to know Jesus” packets to everyone. The volunteers attempted to talk to everyone about what knowing Christ is all about, and how they can get connected to a local church.

The experience as a whole left me with a very odd feeling. This was a type of ministry that I had never before encountered and I was caught a little off guard by its brusque nature. That being said I would greatly encourage my friends and peers to attend this experience if they can, as it was a great chance to see the importance of making good choices and why we need to accept Christ as our Savior.

The exhibit will run in Fresno daily from 7-11 p.m., with the last showing on Nov. 2. Taking in account waiting in line, the entire exhibit takes around an hour and thirty minutes to go through. The next stop on the tour after Fresno will be Orlando, Florida in early 2015. Tickets at the door are $10, but half-off coupons are available on the website.

For more information on The 99, click here to view their Facebook page.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @NickFontes1.

For more reviews, read the Oct. 28 review, Horror fest terrifies, leaves lasting impression.

By |2014-10-31T00:00:00-07:00October 31st, 2014|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Annual celebration of healthy living returns


Studies show that regular exercise can improve mood and boost energy levels, benefits that are very helpful to normally tired and sluggish teenagers.

Almost 20 years ago the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), intended to create one week a year where national health was made a priority. This led to the introduction of Health Education week as an annual celebration of all things healthy, that would take place on the third week of October.

This Health Education Week (NHEW) a poll was taken of 79 out of the 187 students that attend Fresno Christian High School, to reveal just how healthy the average FC student is.

Of the students polled, 90% said that they exercise more than 3 times a week, with the majority of those people exercising about 3 or 4 times. While results vary based on age and weight even just by walking 3 or 4 times a week for a minimum of thirty minutes at a time, the average person can burn up to 136 calories. Studies also show that regular exercise can also improve mood and boost energy levels, benefits that are very helpful to normally tired and sluggish teenagers.

42% of students polled said that the main way that they exercise is by playing sports for the school or club teams, while 23% said that going to the gym was there predominant exercise regimen. At FC the majority of sports team do not require any tryouts or previous experience to be on the team, which may allow for the large amount of participation by students who attend.

When asked how many times a week they eat junk food, one third of students responded that they eat junk food three to four times a week. 29% of responders said that they eat unhealthy food at an upwards of four times a week, with only about 10% saying that they don’t eat any junk food. With even something as seemingly small as a bag of potato chips containing an upwards of 155 calories, junk foods can be a big obstacle for anyone who is trying to be healthy.

A lot of us have jobs that we have to go to after school. This plus homework, church events, and other school activities like choir or drama, is probably why students aren’t active everyday. If students have more time than I’m sure there would be a lot more exercising. –Jason Swain

Junior Brittany Bender thinks that the reason for the large amount of junk food consumption in FC students is the ease of access.

“I think that the reason that so many people eat junk food is because it is just easier and cheaper to do so,” Bender said. “If we made healthy food easier to get to I think students would begin to eat healthier.”

A resounding 50% of students polled said that they do not drink any soda or energy drinks at all. 30% said that they drink only one soda or energy drink a day, with 20% drinking more than that amount everyday. Additional studies say that drinking multiple sodas a day is caustic to the health of the individual, as a 20oz can of Coca-Cola has 39 grams of sugar and a 20oz bottle of Mountain Dew has 77 grams of sugar.

After hearing the results of this poll, junior Andrew Moore is pleased by the healthiness of his peers when it comes to the amount of them that abstain from drinking soda.

“I think that it is great that so many of our students are refraining from drinking sodas and energy drinks because they both are pretty unhealthy,” Moore said. “It’s important for us to continue this trend so that we can all live better, healthier lives.”

Jason Swain, ’15, believes that the main reason that students do not exercise is that many high school students are busy with extracurricular activities, leaving little time for exercise.

“A lot of us have jobs that we have to go to after school,” Swain said. “This plus homework, church events, and other school activities like choir or drama, is probably why students aren’t active everyday. If students have more time than I’m sure there would be a lot more exercising.”

For more news, read the Oct. 14 article, Drought continues, relief in progress

By |2014-10-16T00:00:00-07:00October 16th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Multimedia position filled: Video Productions

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This school year one of the new faces among the FC staff is Video Productions teacher, Evan Christensen.

Christensen will be filling a void that has been left in that position since the previous Video Productions teacher, Michael Ogden, left at the beginning of last year. Christensen also currently works as the Head Media Director for Peoples Church, a position that he has had for five years.

Originally from Southern California, Christensen?s first time living in Fresno was when his whole family moved here when he was 15. After graduating high school from Clovis West in 2000, Christensen decided to go to Fresno State and attain a degree in Electronic Video Production. After he accomplished that feat, Christensen felt a call from God to become a pastor.

At the age of 24, he started attending Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, where he attained his Masters Degree and became an ordained minister. Unsure of what to do next, and with no job opportunities in Southern California, Christensen decided to move back to Fresno.

“I sort of found myself thinking about what I should do next and I didn?t have any particular prospects at the time,” Christensen said. “So I moved back to Fresno and ended up working part time at Peoples Church.”

Although at first he was averse to the idea of working at a church, and even more averse to working at Peoples Church, Christensen?s mind was changed and he accepted a full time job there.

“The irony is that when I moved back to Fresno and I was looking for work, I was thinking that I don?t want to work for a church at all, and when I heard about Peoples Church I would say that I definitely didn?t want to work there,” Christensen said. “But after the opportunity for a full time job presented itself I took it and it has ended up being a really good fit.”

During the past five years of his employment at Peoples, Christensen has been the Head Media Director, while also filling several other roles at the church.

“I am the Media Director of Peoples Church, so most of what I do is create video content for our weekend gatherings,” said Christensen. “So I shoot and edit a lot of video during the week and create content that will be played for our worship songs, and lyric videos and things like that. I?m also on our creative team with our lead pastor here at the church and I?ve also been ordained through the church for pastoral duties as well.”

After hearing that the video productions class at FC had been primarily taught by coaches or physical education teachers in previous years, and knowing that the position was going to be up for grabs in the upcoming school year, Christensen asked Superintendent Jeremy Brown if he would be a good fit for the job.

“I just texted Jeremy Brown, who I knew was going to be the new superintendent, and I asked him what he thought about me being the new video guy at FC,” Christensen said. “I didn?t hear back for like a month and I just thought that it wasn?t going to happen. Then two days before the semester started they ended up giving me the job, so I kind of just fell into it.”

Although he has never formally taught in a classroom setting, one of Christiansen?s roles at Peoples Church consists of teaching volunteers the ins and outs of shooting video.

“Often I train volunteers to run our cameras and equipment for Sunday and any other outside events that we might be doing.” Christensen said. “I enjoy teaching people how to work with cameras and how to do all of the other things that go with shooting and editing video.”

With this love of teaching and occupational experience in his back pocket, Christensen hopes to redefine what being in video productions means and to educate his students on how to create an environment of creativity and cooperation, while also instructing them on how to make technically sound videos.

“Our mission this year is to change the video culture at FC,” Christensen said. “It?s going to be a culture of excellence and teamwork and cooperation. This starts by getting the basics down. This includes camerawork, and how to shoot something, and how to work together with other people.”

Freshman Matthew Casey, a first year video productions student, talks about what this “video culture” looks like from inside the class, and about what he is looking forward to learning this year.

“I like being able to figure out how to do all of the editing and all of just the simple things that we can do to make videos look better.” said Casey. “I think he [/fusion_builder_column]

[Christensen] is pretty experienced at what he does and he works with us and teaches us very well.”

In the long term, Christensen hopes that he can teach his students how create projects that they themselves think of and that they can do this at a high rate of quality.

“My ideal situation is that by the end of the year I?m just facilitating a bunch of talented young filmmakers and my students can do what projects they want to do,” Christensen said. “Hopefully by that time everyone in the class will feel totally empowered to individually come up with concepts and execute them, and be able to do this really well.”

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For more features, read the Sept. 29 article, Annual event encourages students to pray, worship as one

By |2014-10-02T00:00:00-07:00October 2nd, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Block schedule affects campus atmosphere

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This year FC has introduced a Block Schedule on four consecutive days of the week. Students will have all seven classes on Monday.

FC implements schedule changes into the 2014-15 school year

For the first time in the history of FC, students and faculty face the potential challenge and promise that comes with the introduction of a new bell schedule. Differing from years prior, the weekly schedule for the ’14-’15 school year gives teachers the chance to instruct in block periods four out of five school days.

FC students will take all of their classes on Monday and then alternate between periods 1 through 4 and periods 5 through 7 depending on the day of the week. This has caused some disorder in the minds of students who do not always know what classes to go to and what time to arrive at. Eighth grader Kamryn Shultz, dislikes the schedule because the order of the classes is confusing to get used to.

“Sometimes it’s a little confusing,” Kamryn said. “Because periods one through seven get mixed up and you have certain periods on Tuesdays and Thursdays and others on Wednesdays and Fridays, it gets hard to keep track of what class you are supposed to be at and where.”

The need for the schedule, while challenging to some, was evident according to Mike Fenton, Director of Academics K-12 and creator of the new schedule, according to Fenton the benefits of the schedule will match what educators and administration have in store for the school in the future.

“The vision behind it started a couple years ago, some teachers started asking about it and suggesting it and wondering if it would be an advantage to the school,” Fenton said. “Those conversations led to some research and thinking about what we offer at the school and what we are trying to push at the school.”

Already a few weeks into the school year some students prefer the benefits that the new schedule has to offer. Andrew Moore, ’16, enjoys the opportunity the schedule allows him to learn about subjects he is studying in more detail.

“You get a lot more done,” Moore said. “In some classes you can’t get all the work done in forty five minutes, or really focus on the subject, like math classes and classes like that. It helps to have a longer period of time where the teacher can also instruct us more and answer any questions we might have.”

Some teachers also enjoy having the longer periods because it gives their students a greater exposure to what they are learning and hopefully helps them grasp the concepts more firmly.

Drama and choir teacher, Susan Ainley, also thinks that the schedule gives her more freedom to explore new concepts and it helps to encourage students to try harder in her classes.

“When I am planning lessons knowing that I have a block period allows me to explore each concept, trying new teaching strategies that I just didn’t have time to do before,” Ainley said. “I think it benefits students to really practice hard for a long period, then take a break from it the next day. I find the students are ready to come back and work again after the day off.”

Fenton said that this was the ultimate goal of bringing in the new order of classes, to help both educators and students take their time in teaching and learning the specific subject matter.

“Having a block schedule allows us to better accomplish some of the bigger picture things like bring your own device and moving towards project based learning,” said Fenton. “It also challenges us as a teaching staff to rely less on lecture and on more and varied teaching styles to better engage the students as we go throughout the day.”

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @NickFontes1

By |2014-08-27T00:00:00-07:00August 27th, 2014|Academics, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

'The Avengers' captures Marvel superhero legacy

Merging five movies, several superhero sized personalities and a comicbook legacy is not an easy task to accomplish in just a two hour and 22 minute period. To do this, the movie would need to have a short backround on all of its characters, an intense superhero versus superhero conflict and of course, an epic final battle scene that leaves the viewer in awe. I believe that Marvel’s The Avengers covered all of those bases.

Personally, I am not a devout superhero movie-goer. I walked into the theater not having seen most of the previous movies and not having been fully satisfied by the ones I did see. So, I was interested in seeing what this “giant of all comicbook movies” was going to bring.

The movie opens up with Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) exiled brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), coming to earth in search for the Tesseract, a cube with enough power to destroy entire worlds. When Loki arrives on earth, the Tesseract is in the hands of S.H.E.I.L.D, a secret espionage agency, and its secretive leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Loki then steals the Tesseract and plans to use it to transport his massive alien army directly to Earth.

Fury decides to assemble a team of superpowered human beings to locate the Tesseract and defeat Loki before he launches his invasion. This dream team consists of Thor, Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) as The Incedible Hulk, Tony Stark as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as Captain America, Natasha Romanov (Scarlett Johansson) as Black Widow, and Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) as Hawkeye.

While all of the characters have recently been involved with their personal work, the Captain has been asleep for 70 years after his appearance as a hero in World War II. Although still trying to adjust to all of the changes since he was last awake, he still remains as patriotic and heroic as before.

The assembling of this “unbeatable” team does not go as planned. There is constant bickering and mistrust between the members of the crew, that eventually leads to epic hero fighting. In the end, they must learn to put aside their differences and work as a cohesive unit, or, face the complete enslavement of the human race.

One of the things that I enjoyed about the movie is how skillfully the director, Joss Whedon, blends the plots of all the previous movies together. As the movie develops, hints and pieces from all the previous ones fall into place to create a storyline that seems very intricate but not forced as to make the viewer dwell on it too long.

One of my concerns watching the movie was if the script could handle all of the ego that the cast brings. I was expecting a battle for screen time between actors but I was pleasantly surprised. The script allows the actors near equal roles and shows critical battle moments devoted to each one.

The entertaining conflict between the heroes themselves constantly kept my eyes glued to the screen with anticipation. Whether it was the humorous arguments sitting around the planning table, or the intense battles that almost tore the team apart; these interactions are thoroughly enjoyable and make the movie fun to watch.

The portrayal of the characters of the film was exemplary and each super hero lived up to the hype they had created in their previous movies. The two standout performances for me in the movie were Hiddleston as Loki and Mark Ruffalo playing The Hulk.

With his crafty words and arrogant smile, Hiddleston adds more and more depth to what would be a typical villain. By the end of the movie, I wanted The Hulk to rip him apart, a feat not accomplished by a sub par actor. In the final battle, The Hulk steals every scene that he has any camera time in. His childish humor and alien-smashing muscles leave the viewer in awe every time he appears on the screen.

One of my very few critiques of the movie is that the conflict is truly simple; bad guys have a massive army and the good guys have to stop it. This gives the movie a generic hero movie ending that, while epic, left me wanting something more. I would not worry about this too much because the first Avengers movie is mostly about bringing the team together. But in the future, I expect more complicated plots.

Overall, Marvel’s The Avengers was a superb movie that super hero nerds and Marvel movie newbies will enjoy. If you go to see this movie, prepare to fall in love with the humor of Tony Stark, admire the courage of Captain America, fall in awe at the power of the mighty hammer of Thor and be amazed at the pure smashing awesomeness of The Incredible Hulk.

The Avengers is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and runs for two hours and twenty-two minutes. For tickets and showtimes, visit Fandango.

For more film reviews, read the March 23 article, ‘Hunger Games’ satisfies with accuracy.

By |2012-05-07T00:00:00-07:00May 7th, 2012|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

'Lorax' encompasses zany Seuss style (VIDEO)

I love Dr. Seuss. I love how his books are filled with fantasy, strange creatures with even stranger names, and worlds filled with color that captures the attention of all audiences.

Among his works, The Lorax is one of my personal favorites because of its message about the preciousness of nature. It’s a simple tale of a greedy entrepreneur who disregards the warnings of a fuzzy orange creature. The movie, based on his book, was released March 2 from Universal Studios.

It follows the book’s deep environmental message and also adds a love story, several catchy musical numbers, and even more silliness to this classic child’s tale.

The movie begins by introducing an average 12-year-old boy named Ted (voiced by Zac Efron). Ted lives in a city that contains no nature and is constructed entirely out of manmade materials — radioactive streams, smoggy skies and plastic trees.

Ted’s heartthrob, Audrey’s (Taylor Swift) biggest desire is to own a real living tree. Ted then makes it his quest to find her one. There is only one problem: there are no trees anymore.

Based on the advice of his fun-loving grandma (voiced by Betty White) Ted goes on an adventure to find the one person who knows what happened to the trees: the Once-ler (Ed Helms).

Ted finds the Once-ler, who appears as a creepy old man living in a run down house in the middle of a barren wasteland outside of town. The Once-ler tells him the story of how he stumbled upon the forest of Truffula trees. He tells Ted of the warnings of the Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito), the speaker for the trees, who warned him about the consequences of his actions. But despite those warnings and the beauty of nature, he continues to greedily destroy the environment for money.

The strongest points in the movie for me were the graphics, character development and portrayal. The animators followed the wacky looks of Dr. Seuss’s world; the Truffula trees and zany forest animals exactly like the book. This was a big bonus point and I give props to the animation crew at Illumination Entertainment.

Along with that plus, I think that DeVito was fantastic in his voicing of the Lorax. He sounded almost exactly like what I thought The Lorax would sound like when I read the voice as a child. In addition to DeVito, White did an excellent job in voicing the endearing grandma.

Another positive aspect was the fun, upbeat original musical numbers by John Powell. The music helped the movie flow better and added more pizzaz to the movie. The music also made the most intense parts of the movie a little more entertaining and helped capture the audience more. I think that the movie also helped to add the zaniness aspect that Dr. Seuss is made famous for.

A negative aspect for me was the movie’s lack of humor. Despite a few cute acts by the bumbling forest animals the rest of the movie went basically without a good chuckle. While the upbeat musical numbers covered up most of the lack of humor, I still felt that the movie would have been more enjoyable with added comedy.

The film also could have done without one of the antagonists, Mr. O’Hare (voiced by Rob Riggle, who is a greedy tycoon making money by selling fresh air to the citizens of the town. The greedy business man hates trees and will do anything to keep them all dead. I think that this character is a poor attempt to bring a timeless Dr. Seuss tale into the modern day and the movie would have been better without him. I also think that the “industrial” mindset of people is a big enough antagonist that it doesn’t need an actual person to represent it.

While some people might think that the movie is a political argument against big business and industry I think that is just a reminder that once nature is gone it is near impossible to get back. In the book, after man destroys the forest he is regretful of all that he is done and wishes he could bring it back. Dr. Seuss was not trying to start a political debate but was merely trying to prevent a crisis before it happened.

Beside these factors, I think that The Lorax is a great movie that blends the lovable creativity of Dr. Seuss with a timeless environmental message that will satisfy younger kids and encourage older audiences to think about nature and how to preserve it.

The Lorax, which runs for 86 minutes, is rated PG for brief mild language. For tickets and showtimes, visit Fandango.

For more movie reviews, read the Feb. 24 article, Mediocrity outdoes likability of ‘Gone’.

By |2012-03-06T00:00:00-08:00March 6th, 2012|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Junior high students advance in math

During the course of their high school career, each high school student is required to take three years of math, up to at least Algebra II. For those who excel in academics, the opportunity arises to take an advanced math class, which is any class above what the student would normally take.

Taking a class like this provides opportunities to help students’ futures.

The standard set of math classes that a student takes (Algebra I, to Geometry, then to Algebra II and so on) is called the math progression.

According to Academic Adviser Molly Sargent, one of the main benefits of taking an advanced math class is starting the math progression earlier than usual.

“The main advantage of taking an advanced math class is that they get to start the math progression earlier,” Sargent said. “This means that the student gets to take college level math classes at the end of their high school career; this helps you get standard college classes like Statistics out of the way.”

Typically, students take Geometry in high school, but eight grader Bailey Brogan is currently in Geometry Honors. According to Brogan, older students are helpful and enjoyable.

“Taking an advanced math class is nice, because you’re around different people and smarter people than you who help push you to work hard so that you can become better when you do math,” Brogan said. “I would recommend taking classes like this to anyone who thinks they can keep up with the class.”

According to Sargent, taking a math class above grade level in junior high can assist the student by introducing the high school amounts of homework. Through this, students have an idea of the expectations when they shift into high school.

“Taking a class with high school expectations and homework really helps in the transition between junior high and high school,” Sargent said. “Kids who already know what it’s like to have a lot of homework will be more prepared for high school’s challenges.”

Freshman Mackenzie Devereaux is in Geometry with Brogan, and does not mind having juinor high students around, even though sometimes they are occasionally disruptive.

“They’re not that bad, but sometimes they can be annoying,” Devereaux said. “Most of the time though they pay attention and don’t disrupt the class. They listen just about the same as everyone else but can absorb more information.”

To get into an advanced math class, students must take an assessment test over the summer to test their skills, and how they apply what they have learned in former lessons. Math Department Head Mike Fenton says that the test offers a challenge that the test takers might not be prepared for.

“The hardest part is that it tests something the student might not have been taught,” Fenton says. “It also test the students critical thinking skills, and how they approach difficult problems.”

The results of the test provide the staff with insight on which math class is right for each student. The math department grades the test, but also considers how the students approached the problem, observing their test-taking skills.

According to Sargent, the math department places students in accordance of their skills. Doing this puts the student in the best scenario to succeed through high school.

Fenton has noticed that younger students who take advanced classes not only pass the class but rise to the top of the academics.

“They often learn new material with less instruction from a teacher,” said Fenton. “They are more independent, meaning they can make meaningful progress through a set concepts on their own, or with a peer, or with a few hints from their instructor.”

For more information, e-mail Fenton. To view math lesson podcasts, search “Mr. Fenton” in iTunes. For more about the math department, check out its Web site.

For more features, read the Feb. 3 article, Class of ’14 takes second shot at NOTS.

By |2012-02-07T00:00:00-08:00February 7th, 2012|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Christmas provides gift-giving opportunity

Another Christmas season has come and gone, leaving in its wake many different Christmas gifts given to the students of FC. The tradition of giving gifts has been around since the holiday’s beginning in the 4th century.

This year, many students and faculty members received money, gift cards, video games, presents or all four in celebration of the season.

Of the gifts given to students this year, one of the most commonly received was the gift card. Sophomore Sabrina Kumar appreciates receiving a wide variety of cards for Christmas, she says.

“I got an iTunes gift card because I wanted to upload new songs to my iPod, so that’s why I preferred that gift,” Kumar said. “I also received gift cards for Target and Best Buy, so I can shop there too.”

While some received cards, others received interactive gifts that can be used for music and other applications. Receiving an iPod Touch and clothing, freshman Brooke Wood values having a useful and entertaining gifts.

“I got an iPod Touch, which was cool because it has a bunch of apps and stuff I can use all the time,” said Wood. “I also got clothes, which were cool because I got the clothes I asked for.”

For some students, gifts replaced old, broken possessions, like for Dominic Mendoza, ’13,, who is glad to have a new phone.

“This Christmas I got a new phone to replace my old one,” Mendoza says. “I wanted one because my old one was broken. It also was nice because I got a better phone than I had before.”

Some students received useful gifts that they can use every day. Sophomore Tyler Laird was given contacts from his parents for Christmas, and appreciates this gift since it eliminates the trouble of glasses.

“I got contacts for Christmas,” Laird says. “They are nice because now I don’t have to play soccer with glasses and risk breaking them. They are also more comfortable to wear then glasses.”

Even though giving gifts is a tradition as old as Christmas itself, some students just like receiving money. Freshman Lance Henderson likes getting money because the options are open, and he determines what he receives for Christmas.

“I like that I got 200 bucks for Christmas because it lets me go and buy basically whatever I want right now,” Henderson said. “It also takes away the confusion of shopping for me.”

Aside from receiving cash or gift cards, math teacher Jane Gillespie received a considerate gift of ski gloves from her sister.

“It was cool because I really needed a new pair of gloves,” Gillespie said. “My hands would always get cold, so my sister gave me some of the best gloves on the market.”

For more information on Christmas, read the Dec. 16, 2011 article, Celebrate the season: Join the discussion, 2011 or check out what some students did the Monday after school was let out: CSF to host Angel Tree Christmas party.

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By |2012-01-24T00:00:00-08:00January 24th, 2012|Features, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Cross country sport shorts: CIF Central Section Finals

(Latest cross country sports shorts will be at the top of the section. For the previous meet, check out the Cross country sport shorts: WSL Central Section Finals.)


CIF Central Section Final–Nov. 10
To finish off the season for the Eagles cross country team they ran in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Central Section Finals at Woodward Park, Nov. 10. Running in this race were all five divisions of the league, with a maximum of six schools per division.

All participants ran the five kilometer course, mostly rolling hills and followed by a dirt road throughout Woodward Park.

All the boys on the team ran in the Division V boys race. The race had 37 participants ranging from varsity to freshman/sophomore. There were five schools participating in the race and six FC runners.

Leading the Eagles at 17th place was Tyler Laird, ’14, who came in with a time of 20:03. Laird felt proud of his season and felt that he beat most of his goals.

“I am really glad I improved over the course of the season,” Laird said. “I think I did fairly well considering I was only three seconds behind my goal time for that race and really well considering my times at the beginning of the season.”

Following Laird was Daniel Moore, ’14, who came in 19th place with a time of 20:07. Following was freshman Jordan Castro who came in at 24th place with time of 21:05. During the race Castro suffered from an asthma attack and had trouble breathing.

“After the first mile or so i started pushing my self too hard plus i forgot my asthma medication so a huge pin started coming over my abdomen,” Castro said. “It affected my time because i was running holding my side and I didn’t have the physical buildup to keep my pace in pain.”

Nick Fontes, ’15, came in next at 25th place with a time of 21:31. Following was Sophomore Jon Agao who placed at 30th with a time of 22:54.

The lone FC girl participant was Aliciana Quintana, ’14, who ran in the Division V – girls 5K/3.1 miles race. Quintana came in 22nd place out of 27 participants with a time of 28:12.

Coach Ross Laird feels extremely proud of his team and is impressed with how they have improved throughout the year.

“With a team made up of entirely underclassmen I didn’t know what to except other than great effort for the entire season,” Laird said. ” With some of the runners this year having no experience with what it takes to run long distance, the learning curve was pretty steep. It was my privilege and blessing to watch them all improve as the year went along and the training got harder.”

Coach Laird also feels that the team showed their training specifically in the final race of the season.

“At the Central Section Finals at Woodward Park, the team’s hard work paid off,” coach Laird said. ” Without exception, they improved their times by two or three minutes from the first race of the season over the same 5K course. This was a monumental improvement and bodes well for next year.”

By |2011-11-30T00:00:00-08:00November 30th, 2011|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cross country sport shorts: Central Section Division V

(For the previous meet, check out the Kingsburg Gun Club.)

This week, the Eagle cross country team was one of the five schools who ran in the West Sequoia League Central Section Division V Cross Country Championships at Caruthers High. The other four schools participating were Riverdale, Fowler, Caruthers and Parlier.

Due to the the small size of the league, the junior varsity boys and girls ran in the same race. The race was two miles long and the runners traveled all around down town Caruthers.The race had 39 participants, 37 junior varsity boys and two junior varsity girls.

Coming in first for the Eagles was Jordan Castro, ’15, who finished at fourth place with a time of 12:06. After Castro was Daniel Moore, ’14, who passed the finish line at seventh and a time of 12:17. Immediately after Moore was sophomore Tyler Laird who came in 10th place at 12:20.

Aliciana Quintana, ’14, came in first out of the two junior varsity girls at 16:11.

“It felt good to get first, but I didn’t fell like I accomplished to much running against one other person,” Quintana said. “I was just glad I didn’t run by myself.”

Coach Ross Laird felt that the race was a good stepping stone into the Central Section Final next week.

“The team ran well and is on track to have a successful run at Woodward Park in the Central CIF Section meet,” Laird said. “The progression of all the runners is very encouraging to the progression of the team.”

The team’s next meet will be the CIF Central Section Finals held at Woodward Park, Nov. 10.

By |2011-11-16T00:00:00-08:00November 16th, 2011|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Tribute to Veterans: My Grandpa's Service

When most high school students hear the words Veteran’s Day they think of either not having to go to school that day or a big fancy parade with floats and bands. In actuality Veteran’s Day is not a celebration, but a big thank you to the real life heroes that served and died for our country. And for my grandpa Donald Hawksworth it is a way to remember all the men he served with.

When my Grandpa Hawksworth was drafted into the military, he was a college student and a newlywed. He completed the basic training and was shipped off to Vietnam.

In his one tour of Vietnam my Grandpa served in a town called Vinh Phouk, which was 60 kilometers south of the country’s capital Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City.) It was a relatively small city in the heart of Vietnam’s agricultural center.

My grandpa and his regiment fought in the forest and rice patty fields near the Makong Deltaa of Southern Vietnam. Their main job throughout the year was to try and bring out the enemy forces into the open.

“Our main job was to go into the timberline and try to flush the Viet Cong out,” Hawksworth says. “We saw a lot of combat.”

To this day Hawksworth feels that there are certain reasons why Americans need to celebrate this holiday.

“It’s because you’re honoring the people in uniform,” Hawksworth said. “Veterans made lots of sacrifices, and when you celebrate this day you not only celebrate them, you thank their families.”

With all the brutality of war many army men saw, my grandpa feels that they deserve a appreciation.

“It’s nice when someone asks you if your a veteran and you say yes, and then they thank you for your service,” Hawksworth said.

For more information, read Ryan King’s Nov. 10 ArtHop column, “Clay Mix exhibit conveys homey atmosphere.

By |2011-11-14T00:00:00-08:00November 14th, 2011|Opinions, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Cross country sport shorts: Kingsburg Gun Club

(Latest cross country sports shorts will be at the top of the section. For the previous game, check out the Cross country sport shorts: Kingsburg Gun Club.)

Kingsburg Gun Club–Oct. 27
FC ran the Kingsburg Gun Club this week, Oct. 7. All the runners ran on the 3 mile course that expanded over dirt road and grass.

Sophomore John Agao feels that the course had its ups and downs, but was an overall good experience for the racers.

“The first mile was very dusty and boring,” Agao said. “But the other two miles were nice because we saw all the people cheering us on. It was also cool because at one point we were running on shotgun shells.”

The first race of the day was the frosh/soph boys race and the Eagles had three runners participating in the event. Leading the Eagles was Daniel Moore, ’14, coming in at 90th out of 199 runners and a time of 20:43.

A second behind Moore, with a time of 20:44, was Tyler Laird, ’14, coming in at 91st place. Finishing off the Eagles was sophomore Jon Agao coming at 149 out of 199 with a time of 23:30.

Running the freshman/sophomore girls race was Sophomore Aliciana Quintana. Times and places were not kept for this race due to an error by the races officiators.

The Eagles next meet will be the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Finals on Nov. 10.

By |2011-11-09T00:00:00-08:00November 9th, 2011|Athletics, Photos, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cross country sport shorts: Clovis North Twilight Invitational

(For the previous meet, check out the Cross country sport shorts: Roughrider Invitational.)

Eagles ran the Clovis Twilight Invitational on the Clovis North High School campus, Oct. 21. The races were conducted at night as the racers ran for two miles on a mixture of grass, street, and the last quarter mile on the school’s track.

The first race of the day was the freshman/sophomore girls race. In this race was the Eagles Aliciana Quintana, ’14, who took 22nd place out of 28 participants with a time of 15:33.

Next was the freshman/sophomore boys race. Participating in this race was five Eagle runners and freshman Jordan Castro led FC, coming in at 37th out of 66 at 11:57.

“Compared to other meets running at night was quite an experience,” Castro said,” I liked the meet because the weather was cool and the course was flat. Plus I achieved my goal of running two miles in under six minutes each.”

Immedietly behind Castro was Tyler Laird, ’14, finishing at 38th, putting up a time of 11:59. After Laird was Nick Fontes with a place of 49th and a time of 12:43.

The next race will be the Kingsburg Gun Club, Oct. 27.

By |2011-11-02T00:00:00-07:00November 2nd, 2011|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Brother to Brother returns to link classes

After its founding last year, Brother to Brother has started again. With 18 upperclassmen boys matched up with 18 junior high boys, Brother to Brother aims to impact the lives of its participants.

The program was created in order to bridge the gap between high school and junior high students. It was created as a mentoring program which focuses on fellowship and spiritual connection. This year-long program helps students connect on a much deeper level than a simple acknowledgement in the hallway.

Director and founder of the program, Terry Richards, wants the younger boys to know how to become strong Christian men.

“We try to match young guys up with old guys to mentor them and to be a role model for what a teenage Christian guy should be like,” Richards said. “We really want the older guys to build a relationship with the younger.”

Many of the junior high boys boys are eager to have a responsible role model to look up to and gain knowledge from. Justin Houts, ’16, sees the program as beneficial because he gains an insight into the high school life.

“It’s good to talk to other high school students and get to know them well and see what’s going on up there and see what to expect for me when I get to high school,” Houts said.

Over the course of the year, the boys are able to develop friendships. They share in occasional off-campus lunches at the Promised Land. Freshman Aaron Dewolf, who participated in the program last year, appreciates the tight-knit friendship between brothers. Through the program, he has become interested in being involved in high school.

“My favorite thing about Brother to Brother last year was probably getting to know someone older than you that you can rely on or just be good friends with,” Dewolf said. “It has been beneficial because it taught me how to get along with upperclassmen and it inspired me to become a brother to brother older brother later on.”

Newcomer Brandon McCormick feels that the experience is equally satisfying for the older brothers as it is helpful for the younger brothers. From his perspective, he can observe his the role of his brother’s faith in life.

“The thing that I look forward to the most is probably just seeing how my brother grows throughout the year, even with his relationship with Christ,” McCormik said, “to just talk with him more about that and try to get him closer to God and see how he grows throughout the year.”

The program gives the older brothers a feeling of completeness that is not achieved in many clubs, second-year participant Brady Lee, ’12, says.

“It’s satisfying knowing that your pouring into the life of someone else and that you get to just bless them in that way,” Lee says.

Those interested in joining the program next semester can contact Richards for information.

Editor’s note: Check back soon for a video.

For more information, read the Jan. 11 article, Brother to Brother reflects on inaugural semester.

By |2011-11-01T00:00:00-07:00November 1st, 2011|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cross country sport shorts: Roughrider Invitational

(For the previous game, check out the Cross country sport shorts: Woodward Park.)

FC ran the Roughrider Invitational at Woodward Park, Oct. 14. The race was a medium sized race holding only about 40 schools. The JV and freshman/sophomore racers ran a 2.2 mile course on mostly gravel, while the varsity participants ran a 5 kilometer track with many hills.

The small school freshman/sophomore girls race held the Eagles Aliciana Quintana, ’14. Next was the small school freshman/sophomore boys race consisting of over 200 runners. Of these participants were four Eagles.

Leading the FC boys was sophomore Tyler Laird who feels that the course allowed him to push himself more.

“I think I did fine, I liked the 2-mile course because it allowed us to run faster, so it was easier to run my best ,” Laird says.

Following Laird was newcomer to cross country Nick Fontes, ’15. Seconds behind Fontes was sophomore Daniel Moore.

Times were unavailable due to the mistakes made by the managers of the Invitational.

The next race will be the Clovis Twilight Invitational at Clovis North, Oct. 21.

By |2011-10-28T00:00:00-07:00October 28th, 2011|Athletics, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Cross country sport shorts: Woodward Park

(Latest cross country sports shorts will be at the top of the section. For the previous meet, check out the Cross country sport shorts: Firebaugh.)

FC ran the Clovis Invitational hosted at Woodward Park as the meet held thousands of runners, representing many schools in several races, Oct. 8.

The Eagles ran in two of these races: the freshman/sophomore small school girls race and the freshman/sophomore small and medium school boys race.

Running the girls race for the team was sophomore Aliciana Quintana who ran with 224 runners and came in 205th place with a time of 27:27.

“I think I did OK because it was my first three mile race and being the only girl on the team is interesting,” Quintana said.

The other race included the rest of the team among 178 runners total. Leading the Eagles was Daniel Moore, ’14, performing his best ever at Woodward with a time of 20:35 to come in at 113th.

“I did a lot better than I did last year on this course and I beat my time by 20 seconds,” Moore said.

In hot pursuit was Tyler Laird who finished 114th with a close time of 20:37. Following was freshman Jordan Castro who came in at 20:46 and 119th place.

Before the race coach Ross Laird set goals for each of his runners to run based on their times two weeks ago.

“Some of them I gave what I thought would be unreachable goals and everybody either almost reached their goal, some did way better than I expected them to do I’m surprised by everybody, everyone ran extremely well.”

The Eagles will next race at the Roughrider Invitational at Woodward Park, Oct. 14.

By |2011-10-24T00:00:00-07:00October 24th, 2011|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cross country sport shorts: Firebaugh

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The cross country season has started up again with its first meet, the Firebaugh Invitational, Sept. 20. The team has eight members, three of which are returning, Tyler Laird, ’14, Daniel Moore, ’14, and Zed Fries, ’12.

There were two courses for the runners, a two mile one for the junior varstiy and a three mile loop for varsity. Leading the JV boys was freshman Jordan Castro, coming in 22nd place out of 78, with a time of 13:02.

“I heard that a bunch of people were a lot faster than me and had been training all summer long and to get in the top third was amazing,” said Castro.

Following in that same race was Tyler Laird, ’14, with a time of 13:20, Nick Fontes, ’15, 14:38, Jon Agao, ’14, 14:55, and Ryan King, ’15, with 18:15. Daniel Moore, ’14, was unable to run the race due to a broken arm.

Sophomore Aliciana Quintana headed up the girls JV team, placing 18th with an overall time of 18:30. Running alone for the varsity boys race was Zed Fries, ’12, who came in with a solid time of 22:23.

“I am very proud of all our runners considering how much of a late start we had,” said returning coach Ross Laird about his teams performance.

The teams next meet will be the Golden Eagle invitational at Woodward park, Sept. 23.

By |2011-09-21T00:00:00-07:00September 21st, 2011|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments