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Feather on the east coast

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Feather editors gather in Times Square just before leaving to teach sessions at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 91st convention, March 19.

The Feather staff poses in New York City at Times Square, before they head off to Columbia University, March 19.

In the first session of classes, Editors-in-Chief Sara Peterson and Chloe Mueller taught their own class: ‘Thriving in Cyberspace’. During the second session, Callista Fries, Media Specialist, taught another group about the ins-and-outs of podcasting. Feather editors are speaking at the 91st annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association‘s (CSPA) convention.

Stay tuned for more articles and photos as The Feather on the east coast continues.

For more photos, visit Feeling forgiveness and Econ Fair.

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By |2015-03-19T00:00:00-07:00March 19th, 2015|Announcements, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 35 (VIDEO)

This is the 35th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the day of March 18, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, the feather staff is in NY for the week and Trevor Beal will be filming and editing the video every day.

“FC Underground” first ran in the fall of 1997 and continued until the spring of 2001. In the fall of 2009, editor-in-chief Suzanna Quiring , ’10, resumed the series, which was then produced by Paige Powell, ’10. After Quiring and Powell graduated, Brooke Stobbe and David Casuga took up the job until the end the 2011-’12 school year. Now, Fries and usually junior Tim Nyberg continue the segments.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

By |2015-03-18T00:00:00-07:00March 18th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|1 Comment

Authentic Italian food offers traditional dining options

DoomanFood1Ryan King, Photographer

Feather editors ate at Il Palazzo restaurant in Little Italy. Both the food and service were wonderful and worth a visit. Ask for server Marchello.

Little Italy serves up fabulous meals at Il Palazzo

This year marks my fourth time ever traveling to New York City. Among these random trips, I have eaten at at least 40 different restaurants.

Today I had the great pleasure of partaking in the most impressive meal I have eaten in the Big Apple. Il Palazzo, in Little Italy, has made a statement in the community, as one of the most authentic and traditional restaurants around.

When first entering Il Palazzo, it appears to have a similar aura to most of other the other nearby restaurants until you reach the main dining room. With a glass rooftop revealing the nearby high-rises, and brick walls with fountains and topiaries, this place was giving off a great vibe.

Feather adviser, Greg Stobbe, has made this restaurant a annual tradition for his staff members. Stobbe asked for his favorite waiter, Marchello, by name to service our table for the afternoon.

Right away, I was impressed with not only the expediency of the service, but also the personal and welcoming touch that Marchello offered. While waiting for our food to cook, Stobbe and the other staff members engaged in conversation with Marchello, learning the about how he began his career with Il Palazzo many years ago.

Within five minutes of being seated, we were given a huge basket of various types of Italian breads and toasts along with an absolutely delicious house dipping sauce consisting of olive oil, parsley, garlic, red chili flakes and Parmesan cheese.

Two thinly cut pieces of deep fried eggplant, topped with rich marinara and a large portion of mozzarella cheese and a small serving of spaghetti on the side. I believe it was pure freshness along with the fact that it was cooked to perfection that truly made this dish. — Senior Ryan King

Five minutes after the bread was brought out, our table was given yet another complimentary appetizer. Fried zucchini with marinara dipping sauce, a dish I have never before realized to be a part of authentic Italian cuisine, satisfied the stomachs of everyone at the table.

The main course soon followed the appetizers, proving these meal no easy task to finish. I ordered the Eggplant Parmesan with the Calamari Fritti. This was fabulous Italian food.

The Eggplant Parmesan was almost breathe taking. I have tried this same dish in many other restaurants back home and I can say without a doubt that none even compare.

Two thinly cut pieces of deep fried eggplant, topped with rich marinara and a large portion of mozzarella cheese and a small serving of spaghetti on the side. I believe it was pure freshness along with the fact that it was cooked to perfection that truly made this dish.

Though it was hard to turn my fork from the eggplant, I forced myself to stop and try the Calamari Fritti. The day before we flew out of San Francisco, I dined at the famous West Coast hot spot, Scoma’s, on the San Francisco wharf. It was here that I tried there signature Calamari Fritti.

I can honestly say that it was hard for me to decide which calamari I liked more. While Scoma’s was tender and cooked perfectly, the true and fresh calamari flavor was somewhat drowned out of the meat. The calamari at Il Palazzo was a little tougher, but the flavor was exquisite. I, personally, enjoy the tough texture of calamari and therefore hold Il Palazzo’s slightly higher.

While it is normally a custom to order dessert after such a meal at a place like this, we made an exception, because it was not dinner. Our meal was concluded with a plate of fresh fruit to cleanse the palate and sooth the stomach.

If there were one thing I could have changed, I would have perhaps left out the chili flakes in all of the dipping sauces. Although I love chili flakes and personally enjoyed them, not everyone has a taste for it. I would leave the flakes on the side to let the consumer decide whether or not they want the spice added.

All in all, these meal was almost perfect. The quiet, laid back nature of the building really calmed the group, allowing for a much needed hour of relaxation. The food was top notch, the service was top notch and the atmosphere was top notch.

If you ever find yourself in desperate need of a good meal in the middle of New York City, please hear my words and try out Il Palazzo. You will not be disappointed.

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

For more reviews, read the March 10 article, Featured app: GameChanger.

By |2015-03-17T00:00:00-07:00March 17th, 2015|Food, Uncategorized|0 Comments


IMG_6974Adviser Greg Stobbe

Nine Feather editors are traveling to NY to attend and speak at the 91st annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s convention. The staff arrives in Times Square ready for a night tour, March 16.

After arriving to San Francisco the night before, a total of nine journalists boarded the plane on Monday, heading to New York, March 16. Editors Rees Rogenstein, Josh Carter, Chloe Mueller, Gaby Siquiros, Ryan King, Callista Fries, Trevor Beal, John Dooman, Sara Peterson and chaperones Angie Fries and adviser Greg Stobbe arrive at the airport around 8 a.m. and will tour that evening as FC hits NY.

The Feather staff will be heading to Columbia University, for the 91st annual CSPA Spring Convention, March, 18-20. Along with being nominated for the Gold Crown by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), Fries, King, Peterson and Mueller will be presenting workshops during the convention. Throughout their stay, the editors will also spend two days touring Manhattan.

While at the CSPA Spring Convention, editors will be attending classes and workshops relating to journalism and school run newspapers. At the end of the Spring Convention, The Feather staff will attend the 2015 Online Digital Crown Awards ceremony, in which they will receive either a Silver or Gold crown.

After arriving in New York around, 7:30 p.m., the staff departed from the JFK airport and headed towards their home for the next week, the Hotel Edison.

Upon arrival students dropped off their luggage and headed to Juniors for a late dinner and then traveled to the subway to buy their metro passes for the week.

Students then took a quick tour of Times Square and headed back to their hotel, to work on articles, and to get some much needed rest.

EDITORS NOTE: Stay tuned for daily updates including slideshows and videos as FC hits NY.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @rynnking_.

For more news, read the March 13 article, Blood Drive honors FC alumna currently in recovery.

Childrens Hospital drives central Valley volunteers (UPDATE, VIDEO, SLIDESHOW, PODCAST)

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Feather adviser Greg Stobbe hawks special edition Kids Day newspapers with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, March 3.

Feather staff joins student leadership to hawk special Fresno Bee Kids Day papers

UPDATE: March. 11
After an estimate was given, March 3, for Kids Day, Valley Children’s Hospital was able to count the remainder of the money raised with a total of $535,000. Last year’s Kids Day reached a total of $480,000, which set a record for future fundraising. While this is not the total final count, Children’s Hospital has passed the goal for this year’s Kids Day reaching over the estimated $530,000.

Each year, the community, Fresno Bee and ABC 30 all join forces to earn money for the patients of Valley Children’s Hospital. For the 28th time, Kids Day has encouraged hundreds of individuals to take time selling special edition Fresno Bee newspapers across the San Joaquin Valley to earn the money to help the cause, March 3.

Community members and campus students including notable figures and organizations from Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Police Chief Jerry Dyer, and Fresno State football coach Tim DeRuyter to student leadership and publications from FC.

This year, according to the Fresno Bee: an estimated amount of $340,500 and counting, has been provided at the time of 5 p.m., March 3. Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Zara Arboleda has stated this year’s goal of $530,000 is reachable.

Since last year, Children’s Hospital has received over $6.3 million in donations throughout the course of its 28 year history. This year they hope to pass $7 million in an even greater effort to support the patients of the Madera County hospital.

Celebrity corner encourages notable figures from the community to volunteer

With the increase of involvement of a local whose who, Kids Day volunteers have deemed the corner of Blackstone and Shaw “celebrity corner”. Many notable figures from the community, as well as ABC 30 and the Fresno Bee, have used this corner to sell their newspapers for the last seven to eight years.

From the start of Kids Day, Fresno Bee has partnered with Valley Children’s Hospital. Each year they prepare these special edition newspapers for hundreds of individuals to sell. Fresno Bee Executive Editor Jim Boren has been apart of Kids Day since it’s beginnings. He really enjoys the chance the chance to help raise money for the hospital and thinks of the event as a symbol for the community.

“Well, Kids Day for one, raises a lot of money for the hospital, and does a lot of good things, but it’s also a symbolism of how important Valley Children’s Hospital is to our community,” Boren said. “This is a hospital that really cares for kids almost all of us have had either a child or a relative who has gone through that hospital and it does great work and we are just out here to help.”

Boren adds that the vision of Kids Day is expanding through the years. Along with just Fresno, efforts have been raised all across the San Joaquin Valley, including cities like Visalia and the youth of the community.

“More and more people are getting involved, we expanded across the Valley,” Boren said. “Visalia is a huge part of Kids Day, they do great work down their, especially in the high schools. So it’s expanded. This hospital has served the entire San Joaquin Valley and over the central coast, so it is an important part of the whole region.”

I have never been to this (Kids Day), and so it’s really nice seeing all these people trying to support us. Think about it this way: you are going to save a life, just by a dollar, you know, maybe fifty cents. You could spend five, ten dollars on something else, something you don’t even use. So you can make a difference with just a little bit of money. –-Juan Mendez, father of Neymar Mendez, 2015 Kids Day ambassador child

ABC 30 has also partnered with Children’s Hospital, along with the Fresno Bee, to broadcast Kids Day all day long, promoting the event. ABC 30 news reporter Amanda Venegas has estimated the volunteers of the event to over 5,000. Using the hashtag #KidsDay2015, people could promote over social media, which Venegas thinks has helped the event.

“If I could have all of our reporters out showcasing the different locations that would be really neat,” Venegas said. “But we just showcase different areas of Fresno that we can make it out to. Besides the dozens of people you see here, there is about 5,300 volunteers all over the County, like in Visalia and Merced. There is people even in the Oakhurst area that are selling newspapers right now that you don’t see. And I think social media has been huge because we can actually see what people are doing and we don’t have to be there.”

Valley Children’s Hospital Ambassador Family was able to come to support Kids Day and encourage others to donate to the cause. Juan Mendez, father of Neymar Mendez, the ambassador child, was excited to see the involvement the community offered during Kids Day and the chance to see others give their time and money for the cause.

“I have never been to this (Kids Day), and so it’s really nice seeing all these people trying to support us,” Mendez said. “Think about it this way: you are going to save a life, just by a dollar, you know, maybe fifty cents. You could spend five, ten dollars on something else, something you don’t even use. So you can make a difference with just a little bit of money.”

President and CEO of Valley Children’s Hospital Todd Suntrapak echoes Mendez’ sentiments.

President and CEO of Valley Children’s Hospital Todd Suntrapak, who was born and raised in Fresno, participated in Kids Day as well. As once a patient of Children’s Hospital, Suntrapak thinks of this event as a way to help out the children of the San Joaquin Valley.

“It’s the least I can do to take my time and come out here and thank all the terrific volunteers that are working on our behalf today,” Suntrapak said. “But more importantly on behalf of making kids well, I mean really, that’s what essentially is happening here. All these volunteers are donating their time and selling papers in partnership with ABC 30 and the Fresno Bee at the end to really a child. It’s my pleasure to be here; I wouldn’t miss it.”

Mayor Ashley Swearengin has been selling newspapers on ‘celebrity corner’ since it’s start. With other notable figures, Swearengin adds that it all comes back to help the patients.

“Every year it just gets more and more exciting,” Swearengin said. “More and more people are here, we have students from Fresno State and athletic coaches. We’ve got our law enforcement leaders other elected officials and people are out here for the same reason: to help Childrens Hospital.”

Campus works with San Joaquin Valley to sell newspapers

Student leadership, began selling newspaper at a dim and chilly 4 a.m., along with The Feather staff who came just about 45 minutes later to corners at Alluvial and Cedar as well as Cedar and Alluvial. For several years now both campus clubs have participated in Kids Day to help Valley Children’s Hospital.

With a total amount of 980 newspapers sold, campus representatives were able to contribute $1,954.13 to the cause. Students were able to sell all the way till 9 a.m., where they then headed to their classes for the day.

Senior John Dooman has been participating in Kids Day for three years. While he did not sell as many newspapers as he expected, selling one encouraged him to appreciate his time during the day.

“This year I was a little late waking up, but I was glad that I could make it to Kids Day,” Dooman said. “Even though I didn’t sell a crazy amount of newspapers, the chance to even sell one is enough to help a child in need. No matter how early it was, I’m happy I went.”

Freshman Jaden Ventura has never been part of Kids Day till this year. As a member of The Feather he was able to be encouraged by the community around him as they donated thousands of dollars to the cause.

“I remember that I was on the corner and someone gave $20 for a paper and it made me realize that people really do care about Kids Day,” Ventura said. “Being able to help be apart of such a noble cause really made the entire day worth it.”

Opinions Editor Rees Roggenstein, also contributed to this article.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @rynnking_.

For more on Kids Day 2015, read the Fresno Bee articles, A look back at Kids Day 2015: from celebrity corner to students in Oakhurst and Fresno’s Mendez family stays strong despite child’s medical battles.

For more features, read the March 3 article, WWII Veteran receives long awaited medal.

Social media promotes scholastic journalism awareness (STORIFY)

StaffSJW15Twitter and Storify illustration

The Feather Online is participating in Scholastic Journalism Week, Feb. 22-28. The staff will also participate, follow the Hashtag #SJW2015.

With National Scholastic Journalism Week, sponsored by the Journalism Education Association (JEA), mass media has been seen on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #SJW2015. Throughout the week, students posted on social media in an effect to promote Journalism Education, Feb. 22-28.

The organization encourages student journalists to raise awareness, promoting its significance to the community. The event was geared towards those apart of a educational journalism program, community members, including readers and students, to spread awareness.

National Scholastic Journalism Week was created for the support of the First Amendment which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Throughout the week, The Feather watched both medias, by creating the hashtag: #FCJW as well as the original #SJW2015. Approximately 100 posts were involved with the hashtag throughout Instagram as well as Twitter.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

For more on National Scholastic Journalism Week, read the Feb. 23 articles, BRIEF: Scholastic Journalism Week, Feb. 22-28 (VIDEO), and Scholastic Journalism Week 2015: Join the discussion.

For more news, read the March 2 article, BRIEF: Leadership, journalism students to attend Kids Day, March 3.

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Scholastic Journalism Week 2015: Join the discussion

StaffSJWJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

As The Feather has been headlining student events, featuring stories about Homecoming, issues of social equality and the sport season beginnings, this week the tables are reversed. To promote the importance of school publications, the Journalism Education Association (JEA) has sponsored the annual Scholastic Journalism Week, Feb. 22-28.

The organization encourages student journalists to raise awareness, promoting its significance to the community. Along with a student created poster template, the JEA has listed several ideas for student and publication adviser participants.

While the event is geared towards those apart of a educational journalism program, community members, including readers and students can get involved. Throughout the week, The Feather will be watching social media including Twitter and Instagram, by creating a hashtag: #FCJW as well as #SJW2015 which will appear in a Storify collection.

National Scholastic Journalism Week was created for the support of the First Amendment which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Responses from staff writers, editors and advisers, were documented in order to highlight the significance of journalism education not just nationwide, but locally.

The Feather wants to encourage students and readers to submit their opinions in the comment section on the effects of journalism and why seeking out and reporting the news is important. Please consider adding to or joining Scholastic Journalism Week 2015: Join the discussion.

Relevance of the world
Emily Ladd, ’16
Feb. 27, 2015

“What’s going on in the world is extremely relevant, especially seeing as everyone lives in it. Journalists and people alike should seek news, but journalists make what’s important known and more accessible to everyone, finding all facts they can. Journalism raises awareness for the events around us.”

Freedom of speech: A beautiful gift
Rees Roggenstein, ’16
Feb. 27, 2015

“Scholastic Journalism Week is incredibly important, and not just to journalists and those involved with media. It exemplifies the right to freedom of speech that we as Americans have been afforded, which is a gift that is not freely given. It is a time to express one’s opinion in complete and brutal honesty. It is a time to truly express one’s freedom of speech. This is a week that all who practice freedom of speech can celebrate such a beautiful gift.”

Epitome of student journalism
Kathryn Damschen, ’15
Feb. 27, 2015

“Scholastic Journalism Week is the epitome of student journalism. It is a week solely dedicated to the media, news, and information that we gather each and every day. I personally believe it is a great endeavor to be a part of, as it brings awareness to what we do as a whole (being a part of a journalism staff). It is critical to be knowledgable of the work you do and why you’re apart of such a ting, if anything. My thoughts are, what good is doing something if you don’t know what it is or why you’re doing it?”

News 24/7
Michael Fu, ’16
Feb. 27, 2015

“The importance of journalist went out to seek the new and report it is because without the motivation to seek the news or to report them. The society has no way other than having the eye witness the even that happened in front of them to discovered the things happen in school, town or the whole nation. The journalist who seek the news allow the people to connect each other and form a bobble where everyone know what is going on in this very moment. Without the journalist, the people have to look for the news 24/7 by themselves in order to keep up with the world. As a conclusion, we as a journalist who seek the news and report them allows others to be aware of things happened around them and bring the community closer than it was before.”


StaffSJW15Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive


Face and fix society
Toby Pan, ’15
Feb. 27, 2015

“America is not the only country that have the freedom of speech stated in the Constitution, but it is one of the few countries that have this important right widely applied to their people on a daily basis. Unlike some of the countries whose media industries are controlled by the government, the journalists here are endowed with considerable freedom to express their own opinions. On top of that, the journalists’ good work ensured that the public are informed of what’s happening domestically and globally; so that Americans, although have made a lot of mistakes, can always face and fix their society on time.”

Spreading the Word
Chloe Mueller, Editor-in-Chief
Feb. 26, 2015

“On campus, I don’t think journalism is viewed as relative to the lives of students unless they are directly involved with the class. This week gives us – as journalists – a chance to spread the word and importance of journalism to our classmates who don’t prioritize it.”

Exposing the Truth
Justin Houts, Writer
Feb. 26, 2015

“It’s important for journalists to seek the news and report it; by doing so we can insure that our rights and enforce rules and laws. It’s news reporting that exposed Watergate, the Clinton scandal, and many other historical events that wouldn’t have otherwise been made known had they not been exposed by journalists. The U.S. is one of the few countries that allows it’s citizens to speak freely about their beliefs and ideas, and if we don’t use this opportunity to the fullest potential its being wasted and not taken as the privilege it truly is.”

Week of opportunities
Olivia Quebe, ’16
Feb. 23, 2015

“I see Scholastic Journalism Week as an opportunity to make people aware of the importance of journalism. It is a way to get the students involved and informed not only during this week, but for the rest of the year. I’m excited to see the responses of the students and special events to come.”

Educate ourselves
Trevor Beal, News Editor
Feb. 23, 2015

“In my opinion it is important for journalists of all ages to seek out the real news because without that key characteristic we risk becoming mindless believers of mass media. Our job is to educate ourselves and others in current affairs and how we are affected by them.”

Its a big deal
Sydney Belmont, ’17
Feb. 23, 2015

“Scholastic Journalism Week is a huge deal. Students are encouraged to promote journalism. It is a way to get the student body involved and informed about what is going on during the week. I am looking forward to all the excitement involved in this week.”

Journalism happenings
Natalia Torres, ’16
Feb. 23, 2015

“Scholastic Journalism week is the week to promote journalism. Students who are already in journalism should be informing others about what journalism is about and about joining journalism. This way the student body can be updated on what events are happening as they are happening.”

A journalist’s perspective
John Dooman, Reviews Editor
Feb. 23, 2015

“Every journalists needs to report on certain stories to provide their own take on it. Two journalists would report a story in their own way from their own, unique point of view. This allows readers and/or viewers to come to their own conclusions on how news is covered.”

Club recognition
Jenny King, ’17
Feb. 23, 2015

“Scholastic Journalism Week is really exciting; as a club on the campus, this week is a recognition of the hard work that the staff puts in. It’s a fun way for students and staffers to be involved in their school newspaper.”

Effective reporting
Sara Peterson, Editor-in-Chief
Feb. 23, 2015

“Journalists need to report because it gives themselves and people around them insight into what is happening locally or in the world. Our job as journalist is to effectively report and share these stories with our fellow man.”

Think, Engage, Teach
Greg Stobbe, Publications Adviser
Feb. 23, 2015

“Journalists, and I’m being inclusive of Feather reporters, have an obligation to seek out and report the news, profiles, stories and issues that are important to their constituencies {peers} and community. This is an obligation, not whether they ‘feel like it.’ The Feather staff in particular is charged to present to the greater Fresno community who Fresno Christian citizens are and represent them. The journalists on this campus need to bear witness and independently write and comment on the news and the controversies, its peoples’ failures and success, struggles and the stories of overcoming, calling into question when peers are not morally or ethically responsible and report the accomplishments and/or consequences. The Feather staff must give fair, accurate perspective to the goings on, in and around the Fresno Christian community. They are not just to watch but to stimulate conversation so as to engage fellow students to listen, dialogue and act on truth so that the community not only knows it but also uses it in relationship. Think responsible. Be engaged. Teach the tools of citizenship.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @rynnking_.

For more features, read the Feb. 20 article, Fresno hosts horror movie, to be released nationally.

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Jack Hannah visits FC (VIDEO)

Local singer Jack Hannah, Sons of the San Joaquin fame, visited Amy Witters’ kindergarten class. The local celebrity celebrated with song as the cowboy/girl dressed class sang and interacted with him throughout a special assembly, Jan. 16.

The Western Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year multiple award-winner is a former teacher and his television appearances include the Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits, Nashville Now, American Music Shop, Prime-Time Country and Old Time Country Music.

He taught the class some of his favorite songs including “Read, Write, and Recite.” He ended his hour showing everyone how to yodel.

Kindergarden teacher, Amy Witters, thoroughly enjoyed the time that was spent with Jack Hannah.

“What a rip-roaring time we had with Cowboy Jack! Thank you, Mr. Richards, for inviting him, they went to Sunday School together. “Witters said. “The Kindergarten cowboys/cowgirls learned all about ‘life on the range,’ and some new cowboy songs too!”

By |2015-01-20T00:00:00-07:00January 20th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

Student sleep triggers attentiveness, learning

SleepJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

With the crazy schedules high schoolers have, its often difficult to find a resting period in between the week or even the weekend. Some only survive on the minimum amount and therefore struggle to survive throughout the rest of the next day.

This is not just a problem at one school, but everywhere, including all genders and ages. Sometimes the problem can be so severe that doctors will diagnose patients with insomnia. This medical condition can be triggered by stress, bad habits or even another medical issue.

According to WebMD, the approximate amount of sleep, based on age, for teenagers on average is about 8.5 to 9.5 hours. Now that is based on the fact that these teenagers have been getting a right amount of sleep previously.

The human body needs to replenish itself each day in order to function. If a person is not getting the right amount of sleep he/she’s body will need to get additional amount of hours according to the ones they missed.

Along the line of sleep deprivation, symptoms can cause memory problems, depression, weakening of an immune system and increase of pain. The lack of sleep can trigger many emotional problems and bodily hazards.

Sleeping in a cold environment provides an easier temperature drop in the body, making it easier to fall asleep. Bodies will usually drop in temperature when a person doses off.

Senior Nick Morrison describes his sleep during the week at best okay. Most of the time he is either on his phone at night or doing homework.

“Usually I get distracted on my phone and then the time kind of flies by,” Morrison said. “I kind of feel that I get the most sleep when I don’t have my phone on at night, but that doesn’t really happen too much. Besides that I don’t feel that tired in the morning and I can wake up pretty easily.”

Many times students will sleep with their devices causing them to get distracted with sounds or bright lights, preventing sleep. WebMD recommends that individuals should turn off electronics and try to stick to a schedule for going to bed and waking up, whether it is a weekday or the weekend.

Sophomore Trevor Trevino agrees that sleep is important to survive during the hectic week. Even with that, he still has trouble initially falling asleep.

“Most of time I feel rested, but sometimes it’s hard to actually fall asleep,” Trevino said. “With such a crazy week sometimes I just sleep the most on the weekends.”

Brooke Wood struggles to find the time to sleep. With a busy schedule she finds it easier sometimes sleeping the most on breaks or the weekends.

“I get like 6 hours of sleep,” Wood said. “I’m always tired and school is always so time consuming that I don’t usually have time to sleep a lot during the week. I basically hibernate during the breaks or summer vacation.”

Senior Andrew Hindes sleep routine is similar to Woode’s. Sleeping the most on the weekend helps restore his body of sleep deprived days during the week.

“On the weekend I usually wake up around 2 p.m., with about 12 hours of sleep,” Hindes said. “But on the week days I get about half that. On the weekdays it is a lot harder to wake up in the morning and it’s often a struggle. On the weekday I will press snooze for an average of 45 minutes to an hour.”

Junior Emmaline Krohn, tries to get the most amount of sleep during the week as possible. She finds that it helps her pay attention in class and during the day.

“Well I have track practice after the school day is over and I’m usually already tired from the day to day activities, so I try to finish my homework and go to bed. Most people are om their phone at night, but I think that it’s better to just turn off all your electronics so that you can actually fall asleep.”

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

For more features, read the Jan. 9 article, January, thank you month: Join the Discussion.

By |2015-01-13T00:00:00-07:00January 13th, 2015|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC Underground 2014-15, No. 19 (VIDEO)

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 9.50.09 AMJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

FC Underground is a weekly campus news Vlog post hosted by senior Callista Fries to keep Fresno Christian High students aware of upcoming events.

This is the 19th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Nov. 17-21, 2014. Senior Callista Fries is a third year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

Lunch Schedule:
Mon: No Lunch
Tues: No Lunch
Wed: No Lunch
Thurs: Teriyaki Don
Fri: No Lunch

Is creative writing something you want to develop? Join other JH/HS Creative Writers in the Creative Writing Club that meets Mondays in room 603 at lunch.

On Mon. the 16th it is the Fall Sports Award Banquet in the Student Ministries Center, start at 7:00 p.m.

Are you having trouble with writing that essay paper or any other paper for that matter. We have help for you, on Tues. and Thurs. in room 624 from 3-4:30. A writing lab to help you get those writing assignments done. Take advantage of this opportunity, it is here until December 11.

The Fall Festivus is happening again! The cost is $10, it will be held at the Beal’s house on Nov. 25, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Together we Can is undergo, bring canned food to the HS office, it is going on until the Dec. 9.

Please use the hashtag #FCGiveThanks when reposting or celebrating how others are thankful or giving back to their community.

Be sure to check out the Feather Photo section as new photos will be posted throughout the day to promote homecoming activities and those who are engaged with school spirit. Additionally, be sure to read The Feather’s Daily News section to read the announcements for the week. They are added to each day, promoting school, community, and other news.

For these and other events, read The Feather Online announcements at the Daily News on the right menu bar. The FC Underground segments consist of news, interviews, profiles and comments on campus life. Each episode is between two and three minutes in length.

“FC Underground” first ran in the fall of 1997 and continued until the spring of 2001. In the fall of 2009, editor-in-chief Suzanna Quiring , ’10, resumed the series, which was then produced by Paige Powell, ’10. After Quiring and Powell graduated, Brooke Stobbe and David Casuga took up the job until the end the 2011-’12 school year. Now, Fries and usually junior Tim Nyberg have continued the segments.

By |2014-11-18T00:00:00-07:00November 18th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|1 Comment

95th Annual Veterans Day Parade (VIDEO)

VeteransDayParade1Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

The Fresno Veterans Day Parade is known to be the largest parade west of the Mississippi river, and this year’s 95th annual presentation did not disappoint.

The Fresno Veterans Day Parade is known to be the largest parade west of the Mississippi river, and this year’s 95th annual presentation did not disappoint. Over 200 entrees and 10,000 participants snaked throughout Downtown Fresno with over 20,000 spectators, honoring those who served our country, Nov. 11.

This year’s special honorees were those veterans who served in the Coast Guard and Korean War, along with WWI, WWII and Vietnam. Many different organizations paraded with the veterans as well as countless schools throughout Fresno county.

The 95th Annual Veterans Day Parade began with opening ceremonies beginning at 10:30 a.m. in front of City Hall with many bystanders. The ceremonies included the 21-gun salute, singing the National Anthem and releasing of white doves. With help from The Fresno area Coast Guard auxiliary, Flotilla 10-5, Coast Guard Capt. Edward A. Westfall, a commanding officer based in San Diego, was this year’s Grand Marshall. Shortly following opening ceremonies, Fresno State Marching Band opened the parade.

For more media, watch the Nov. 15 video, National Kindness Day, Nov. 13, 2014 (VIDEO).

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

National Kindness Day, Nov. 13, 2014 (VIDEO)

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World Kindness Week is a week that encourages people to do at least one random act of kindness during the week.

Campus students also celebrate National Kindness Day.

World Kindness Week is a week that encourages people to do at least one random act of kindness during the week. World Kindness Week is all next week (Nov. 9- Nov. 15).

World Kindness Day was born when a collection of humanitarian groups came together on Nov. 13, 1997, and made a “Declaration of Kindness.” Likewise, on Kindness Day everyone is encouraged to make a similar declaration.

Donating books, food or clothes to your local community is a great way to celebrate. However, pledging to commit just one act of kindness is no less worthwhile: hold the door open for a stranger, let your sibling have control of the TV remote for the evening.

Val Rivera has already shown acts of kindness to Greg Stobbe and Robert Foshee by presenting them with a bouquet of flowers. A random act of kindness could be as simple as this, giving someone you appreciate a gift.

Another way to participate in World Kindness Week is to be actively involved with a local serve project. This could include serving at an old folks’ home, packing medical supplies, feeding the homeless, donating to the church or charity, helping build houses for those who need it or even working in a soup kitchen.

Being active in a local serve project is easier to keep up with than a normal act of kindness, even though both are completely acceptable. So rather than paying for someone else?s coffee, you could give the money you would have used to a charity or to your church or buy a meal for a homeless person.

Our goal this week at FC is to spread the word about this holiday, and encourage students to become actively involved in giving thanks and showing random acts of kindness. Help us spread the word by hashtagging related photos or tweets with #FCGiveThanks. Remember to give thanks this World Kindness Week, and spread the word about his holiday.

For more media, watch the Nov. 12 video, FC Underground 2014-15, No. 18 (VIDEO).

By |2014-11-15T00:00:00-07:00November 15th, 2014|FC Events, Uncategorized, Videos|1 Comment

Almunus suffers ulcerative colitis, finds natural remedies

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Alumnas Spencer Lee speaks about his ailment and discovery of natural remedies.

Alumnus Spencer Lee, ’10, graduated from Biola University and now attends Fresno State in the physical therapy school.

College life was all fun and games until the spring of 2013. It was at that time, during the concluding months of my sophomore year at Biola, that I developed severe ulcerative colitis, a devastating autoimmune disease that attacks the large intestine.

My main side effects included a daily dose of intense abdominal cramps, extreme fatigue, 12-15 episodes of diarrhea and chronic lightheadedness. A colonoscopy found hundreds of bleeding ulcers in the large intestine, and I was left devastated.

Throughout the acute phase of my illness, my mom provided a huge support base to me and frantically searched for solutions by investigating online articles, books, magazines and talking to various healthcare professionals and other individuals with ulcerative colitis. We knew the disease affected the digestive system, thus it seemed obvious that I needed to change my diet.

Two different diet plans, both of which recommended high animal protein and low carbohydrate intake, failed to improve my health condition. Frustrated and in extreme pain, I visited my doctor and demanded that he provide stronger medication to suppress my uncontrolled colitis symptoms. He promptly recommended an immunoglobulin intravenous (IGIV) treatment known as Remicade, which is administered via an IV for 3 hours once every 2 months.

Remicade proved to be very effective, and allowed me to return to Biola for the fall 2013 semester. However, the drug came with side effects of its own, among which were a heavily suppressed immune system, lethargy, bloating, and increased appetite. In addition, long term exposure to Remicade drastically increases the risk of colon cancer.

I returned to school that fall, and began eating in the cafeteria again. My appetite was so stimulated by the medication that my regular breakfast would consist of 4-5 eggs with cheese, 2 large pieces of sourdough toast with butter and jam, 2 pieces of bacon, 2 sausage patties, a heap of hash browns, a side of ketchup, and a glass of orange juice.

After nearly a year on the medication, my condition was stable but still I did not feel optimal. In May 2013, I developed an allergic reaction to Remicade and began to break out in hives each time I received the treatment.

In order to combat the reaction, my doctor switched me over to a different medication, Humira. This drug worked similarly to Remicade, the main difference being I was able to administer it myself by injecting it into my thigh once every two weeks. On the downside, Humira was very expensive and quite painful as well.

One night, as I went to inject myself, I was especially nervous of the pain it would cause. I placed the shot on my thigh, but withdrew it out of fear. However, my hand was still on the trigger, and I accidentally shot it on the floor instead of into my leg.

At that moment, a life-changing realization occurred. It was as if a light bulb went off in my mind, and I immediately knew I had to get off this drug.

During the fall of 2014, my mom had been constantly emailing me articles and videos showing the healing effects of a whole foods plant-based diet, a way of eating that she had recently adopted. This diet entails a steady menu of whole, unrefined, and minimally processed foods such as fruit, vegetables, rice and other grains, beans, potatoes, nuts and seeds, oatmeal and tofu.

A whole food plant-based diet discourages the consumption of animal products of any kind including chicken, fish, eggs, and dairy products. To top it all off, refined foods such as salt, oil, sugar, and bleached flour are not recommended on this diet.

Not being one to do things half-heartedly, I switched my diet completely, without a transition phase, on Nov. 1, 2013. What happened next astonished me.

Over the course of the next several months I began to feel better than ever as my symptoms all but disappeared. My body composition drastically changed for the better, my energy levels increased significantly, and I felt invigorated and renewed.

In April of this year, I began to feel so good that I called my doctor and told him I had decided to discontinue my medication. He was fiercely opposed to the idea and told me that I needed to stay on it for the rest of my life. However, I went off Humira anyway, which greatly improved my immune system, provided me with extra energy, saved me a large sum of money in medical expenses, and most importantly drastically reduced the long-term risk of colon cancer.

Since going off Humira in April, I am still symptom free and thriving. This past summer, I cycled 75 miles per week, rock climbed 3-4 times per week, lifted weights nearly every day, frequently went hiking, and played regular games of pickup basketball.

In addition, since going off the medication, I have climbed Mt. Whitney in the Inyo National Forest (which at 14,505? is the highest point in the continental United States), and also Half Dome (16 miles roundtrip) and El Capitan (17 miles roundtrip) in Yosemite National Park. This type of activity level is essentially unheard of for ulcerative colitis patients, many of whom struggle just to leave their homes.

If any doubters still remain as to the healing effects of a whole foods plant-based diet, consider this: ulcerative colitis is aggravated by stress due to the vast central nervous system innervation of the large intestine. Despite this, I am currently over a month into physical therapy school at Fresno State, and am carrying a 19-unit load, while still feeling great.

My illness and recovery inspired me to earn a certification in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), and I desire to inspire and educate others who are struggling with ulcerative colitis and other debilitating diseases such as heart disease cancer, diabetes, and many other ailments. Chronic disease is preventable, and a better quality of life is just a diet-change away.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more opinions, read the Nov. 7 column, COLUMN: Past iniquities influence the future

By |2014-11-13T00:00:00-07:00November 13th, 2014|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BREAKING: CSPA names Feather Gold Crown Finalist

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Last year, editor Viviana Hinojosa and The Feather staff won the CSPA Gold Crown. This year The Feather Online is a finalist.

For the 7th year in a row, Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University in New York City, has named The Feather Online as one of the 2015 Digital Media Gold Crown Finalist, Nov. 10. Nominees of the Digital Media Crowns are considered the best examples of scholastic media in the United States.

Over 1,400 digital newspapers were eligible for the award which honors the top papers in the country, regardless of size, division or state.

The Feather is one of 14 online newspapers named in the Digital Publications category as a Gold Crown Finalist nomination. Other nominees around the country include: The Clarion, FHNToday.com, Inklingsnews.com, King Street Chronicle, Livewire, My Jag News, Southwestshadow.com, The Chant, The Eagle’s Tale Online, The Foothill Dragon Press, The Paly Voice, The Pride Online, The Red Ledger and The Rider Online.

The CSPA awards its finalists with either a Silver Crown or to distinguished medias, a Gold Crown at the CSPA’s 91st annual Spring Scholastic Convention, March 18-20, 2015. Other categories which the CSPA nominates, along with Digital Publications, such as Yearbook, Magazine, Print or Hybrid are also selected as crown finalists during the year.

Last year, The Feather received an All-American critique from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and a CSPA Gold Crown.

Editor-in-Chief Sara Peterson, ’15, was hesitant about this year’s staff participation, but surprised by the outcome.

“At the beginning of the year I wasn’t sure about how we were going to do because we have a whole new editorial staff,” Peterson said. “After becoming familiar with the staff and duties this year, I’m confident in our abilities.”

Editor-in-Chief Chloe Mueller, ’16, feels excited that the staff’s effort has been effective.

“I was so thrilled to hear the news that we got nominated for this award,” Mueller said. “After a semester of stress, it’s nice to see that all of our hard work is paying off.”

Senior Editor Ryan King was elated after hearing the news and motivated by the staff to keep up the momentum while facing the challenges this year has offered.

“I’m really proud of our staff this year,” King said. “We have worked hard and I’m excited to see what is to come. With an inexperienced staff it may seem difficult to produce as much as past years, but the challenge has proven to be an opportunity for staffers to work harder through the obstacles in front of us.”

A number of editors and adviser Greg Stobbe are planning a trip to New York City, where they will attend the CSPA conference and await the announcement of Crown awards in mid-March. They hope to receive an annual critique from CSPA. Please return to this article for an update.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather and Instagram @thefeatheronline.

For more news, read the Nov. 10 article, BRIEF: 95th Annual Veterans Day Parade honors Coast Guard, Nov. 11.

By |2014-11-12T00:00:00-07:00November 12th, 2014|Academics, Feather Staff, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rally sets the stage for 30th homecoming game (PODCAST, VIDEO)

IMG_7983Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

At the end of the day, campus students and teachers alike headed to the FC gym, to wrap up the week with a rally. With the the 30th annual homecoming game against Northwest Christian High School, student leadership organized the rally to celebrate the week’s festivities and pump the campus up, Oct. 31.

From ‘Merica Monday to Fly together Friday, throughout the entire week of homecoming, students participated in dress up days, to show their spirit. Being Fly together Friday students and faculty dressed in spirit attire and FC colors during the rally.

Student leadership worked to improve and revamp this year’s homecoming game. Using this years rally, ASB will encourage students to get pumped up for the game tonight with games and cheers. In the end the seniors won this year’s homecoming rally.

Junior Juliana Rosik and member of student leadership was impressed by the motivation and participation in this year’s campus.

“I think that the class competition definitely motivated people to dress up this week,” Rosik said. “There’s a huge margin between people this year and last year who dressed up. Dress up day is mainly for the campus to have fun and get people ready for homecoming week. Dressing up on school days makes it extra special. This week is unique and extra special for all us.”

Varsity cheer started off by teaching individual cheers to students in each class, sectioned off on the bleachers. Cheers were meant pump students up and promote the game. Sophomore Michael Gibson enjoyed getting to know the cheers during the rally.

“I think everyone did really well at cheering,” Gibson said. “It sort of prepared us for homecoming. Even thought the sophomores lost, I still enjoyed the class competition and the rally as a whole.”

Junior Gillian Rea appreciated how the rally went and hopes to see more like today’s in the future.

“The rally was really exciting and it got everyone pumped up and enthusiastic about tonight,” Rea said. “It really makes me feel good that my entire class and this school are supporting each other and it’s real sense of family that comes through it.”

Classes will also show off their float correlating with the theme of homecoming, using Hollywood movie genres. The seniors will display a western-theme, while the juniors will present a Roaring 20s themed float. The sophomores will provide a 1940s mafia scene theme and the freshmen combined Star Wars and Star Trek idea creating a sci-fi theme for the night.

Senior Trevor Beal hosted the senior class float for the first time this year. Beal’s class was the first float to arrive on the campus, which gave him an opportunity to see the rest of the floats afterwards.

“Compared to passed years, float building for our class has been pretty successful,” Beal said. “The other classes pulled their floats up today and our’s {senior float} is on a completely different level. I’m waiting for half time to see our class win homecoming”

Senior Andrew Guthrie will be playing in the band during the game as well as participating in his float during half time. With the added pressures Guthrie still is excited to be apart of the event this year.

“This game is special because all week we have been practicing for the game,” Guthrie said. “I am going to be on the float as well as in the band so it’s going to be a lot of work, but worth it. We {band} are going to get everyone pumped up with some classic oldies like ‘Smoke on the Water’ and others that students know.”

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Junior Claire Kollenkark and also member of student leadership was encouraged by the effort and participation students gave during the rally even though her class was not named the winner.

“Everyone was super pumped and got into it {rally},” Kollenkark said. “Even though the juniors did not win I was happy that the Seniors won. The purpose of this rally was to pump people up for homecoming. It was extremely loud and one of the best rallies we have had all year.”

As the game starts, homecoming events of the night like court nominations and floats will focus around the topic of Hollywood, with the official theme, ‘A walk down Hollywood Blvd’. The actual game will start at 7 p.m., on the varsity field, but the festivities will commence at 6:30 p.m., starting off with the introduction of the freshman, sophomore and junior princess nominees.

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

For more on homecoming, read the Oct. 31 article, STORIFY: 30th homecoming begins #FCgoesHollywood. For more features, read the Oct. 30 article, King nominees bust a move (VIDEO).

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

STORIFY: 30th homecoming begins #FCgoesHollywood

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With the start of the 30th annual homecoming week, FC is set to host an event each day that all students can participate, Oct. 27-31.

Make sure to check back for updates of the week, as The Feather will be offering a live feed display of #FCgoesHollywood.

With the start of the 30th annual homecoming week, FC is set to host an event each day that all students can participate, Oct. 27-31. Homecoming photos from the week tagged #FCgoesHollywood via Instagram and Twitter will be updated throughout the day.

From ‘Merica Monday, students will dress up in all of their patriotic garb to Think alike Thursday where students will dress up as twins or triplets. The week will end with the homecoming game which starts at 7 p.m., Oct. 31.

Activities from the Monday’s Blood Drive to Thursday’s King Dance will be scheduled throughout the week for students participate in for homecoming class points. The homecoming court will be announced at half time during the game as well.

Students are encouraged to tag their Instagram and Twitter posts and hashtag them #FCgoesHollywood to be included; the installment will collaborate with staffers and students alike.

As students participate in dress-up days, pageants and dances, tagging photos to the official hashtag will be collected through this installment in Storify.

For more on homecoming, read the Oct. 24 article, #FCgoesHollywood: Eagles strut their stuff (VIDEO).

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

For more news, read the Oct. 27 article, Student Leadership: Homecoming is upon us.

By |2014-10-31T00:00:00-07:00October 31st, 2014|News, The Feather, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Get to know: The Queen Pageant of 2014 (VIDEO)

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more videos, watch the Oct. 28 clip, FC Underground 2014-15, No. 13 (VIDEO). For more videos, check out Queens got talent, sashay down the runway (VIDEO) and visit the

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

Campus halls star Hollywood dress up days: Tacky Tourist Tuesday (VIDEO)

Following ‘Merica Monday, today’s event was Tacky Tourist Tuesday. Students came out with fanny packs, sunscreen, Hawaiian shirts, sunglasses, and sandals with socks. All of this to show school spirit and earn points for the homecoming competition.

Kathryn Damschen, ’15 wasn’t going to miss this week and neglect the chance to have fun and be goofy with friends.

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“I just wanted to make the most out of my last year here at FC,” Damschen said. “It was exciting to see everyone dressed up in their attire and be goofy. I got my shirt from my dads closet and my fanny pack is from the 70’s and I’m wearing socks with sandals, today is an awesome day. I don’t want to look back and think I was one of those people who didn’t dress up and miss out on my high school years.”

Newly attending Sophomore Josh Olsen remained one of the few to not dress up but still tried his best to participate in today’s event.

“I didn’t have any tacky tourist clothes,” Olsen said. “Yet I improvised and tucked my pants into my socks hoping to earn points for my class. While I didn’t dress up today, their is no way i’m missing wake up Wednesday and I will probably participate in spirit Friday. Even though I am new here, it is still a good idea to show support for your school and become involved in most of the events here at FC.”

Freshmen Celeste Counts was excited for dress up day and the opportunity to portray her personality for all to see.

“It was nice to be able to portray my personality through this event,” Counts said. “I found a shirt from Indonesia in my closet, and just searched throughout my house to find he rest of my accessories. Its fun seeing everyone dress up and show parts of their personality, whether it is the shy tourist or extrovert tourist, all these forms bring us as a class and school together. While today was a blast, twin day will be outstanding, my best friend and I will be dressing up alike, this will definitely be a day which I will remember in the years of high school to come.”

Tyler Breedlove, ’16, was excited for this week and the moments in which the whole school got involved with the activities provided by Leadership.

“Homecoming week is probably my favorite week,” Breedlove said. “Its the one week where everyone has spirit for their school and shows it off with enthusiasm. I decided to rock a Hawaiian button up and some Bahama shorts. While today was fun, I am especially looking forward to wake up Wednesday, probably along with everyone else the comfortable school day will make tomorrow a day to keep me rested.”

This day’s event ended with the Juniors dressing out more than the rest of the classes. Despite the win, the Juniors are currently tied with the Seniors while the Sophomores are in third and the Freshmen are relaxing in last pace.

Tomorrow is ‘Waking up Wednesday’, which is predicted to have a large turnout. Make sure to wear comfortable pajama’s in support of FC homecoming. Also, bring your school spirit for the Queen Pageant.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

By |2014-10-28T00:00:00-07:00October 28th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus halls star Hollywood dress up days: 'Merica Monday (VIDEO)

Homecoming week is finally here so let the dress up days begin! The festivities begin with ‘Merica Monday, anything red, white or blue will do!

Cole Nale, ’15, was particularly excited for today’s theme and knew exactly what to wear.

DressUpDay1Jennifer Smith | The Feather Online Archive

“I didn’t want to be average and wear just red, white and blue,” Nale said. “I dressed up with an American flag sweater, which is pretty awesome. I also have red jeans and underwear with stars on them, but you can’t exactly see those. Also, I have patriotic socks that look super cool.”

Dillon Owens, ’15, saw ‘Merica Monday more than just a dress up day. He saw it as an opportunity to show his appreciation for the military.

“Today, instead of dressing up in the typical colors, I decided to dress up in my Airman Battle Uniform {ABU},” Owens said. “I wanted to show my gratitude for the army; they fight for our country and risk their lives for our freedom. Most of my family, such as my uncles, was in the Air Force. I have a deep respect for what they do and I plan on enlisting in the Air Force once I graduate high school.”

Kathryn Blankenship, ’17, participated in the festivities, but did not decide to go ‘all out.'”

“I decided to wear something a little more casual and not so crazy,” Blankenship said. “I have a red Stanford sweater with some blue shoes and blue jeans. I like to be comfortable while still participating.”

Brooklyn Barth, ’16, feels it is important to participate in school activities, especially during homecoming week.

“I think participation is really important during homecoming week whether it’s the dress up days, the pageants, or the rally on Friday,” Barth said. “It shows school spirit and the unity of each class.”

All the classes had a pretty good turnout with half or more of the students participating.

Tomorrow’s dress up theme is Tacky Tourist Tuesday. Also, come out and support your homecoming princesses in the Princess Pageant.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_olivialoren_.

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By |2014-10-27T00:00:00-07:00October 27th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

EDITORIAL: Overcoming everyday excuses

As the first quarter of the school year wraps up, campus students begin to stress and doubt about the various responsibilities each individual has stacked up. A major part of student life turns into wondering if there is enough time in the day to finish their pile of tasks.

With scares such as Ebola and the never ending drought taking over the news, things may seem quite depressing in the world. Some students have grown apathetic towards these news events, but the problem is that apathy seeps into other parts of their lives. Namely, procrastination.

Procrastination is a common theme laced into the lives of students, and just about everyone else in the world. This excuse is founded in fear: fear that we are not good enough and fear of failure. However, this is not the answer to our problems.

Cutting out procrastination is easier said than done. For many, It is difficult to face these responsibilities head on and to take leadership.

Embarrassment is a common factor for all teens. Our image is everything and failure is not an option. This ever-revolving cycle is an unhealthy reflection of our shaky self-esteem.

If students are unwilling to make sacrifices for their campus and the lives of others, it does not simply affect them, but will later turn to negatively affect everyone.

Sometimes it is hard to admit that we cannot do everything on our own. That does not mean that we should give up on everything. It can be hard to practice tough love on ourselves, but in some situations it is necessary.

The first step to making positive changes is letting go of our apathy. People all around are monitoring and figuring out how you act and what role you play on your campus. If all we do is complain each and every day, nothing will ever get done.

It is time to go, to help out. If you want to receive, then you must give. You cannot expect something that you do not give in return.

It works like this: If you do not give enthusiasm, then you do not get enthusiasm. We are capable, but we often times let ourselves be defined by our excuses. If no credit is given, then it is as if no work was made.

Homecoming is coming up and many students are less than likely to help with activities. Our percentages of students involved in Homecoming may be higher than nearby schools due to our small population, but that means that individuals are so much more valuable to campus culture.

Instead of hearing people complaining about our school, make a difference so that others won’t. Don’t allow other depressing themes get in the way we view our lives. If they make an impact on you, allow it to be a positive one.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more opinions, read the Oct. 14 column, COLUMN: Ebola virus continues to infect.

By |2014-10-15T00:00:00-07:00October 15th, 2014|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Annual event provides grandparents with campus experience

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High school and junior high grandparents were able to attend second and half of third period before heading off to lunch. Each year the grandparents and students are treated to a lasagna lunch provided by Student Leadership.

The young and old alike gathered together in the cramped halls of FC during the morning hours of last Friday. The 23rd annual Grandparents Day was in full swing, as students brought their grandparents around the campus, Oct. 3.

Wheelchairs and canes set foot in Building 5 and 6 around 9:30 a.m., while the faculty handed out student schedules. Grandparents where ushered into their grandchildren’s classes as Student Leadership also provided assistance with the elevators, room locations and extra chairs needed during the day.

Student Leadership member Tim Nyberg, ’16, assisted many of grandparents during the day. He enjoyed the fact that just giving your time was appreciated by many of the grandparents.

“My grandparents weren’t able to come, so must of the time I was helping out the grandparents, with Student Leadership, that needed anything during the day,” Nyberg said. “It’s fun to help the elderly because they are so grateful whenever you give your time, even if it’s something like grabbing an extra chair for them.”

High school and junior high grandparents were able to attend second and half of third period before heading off to lunch. Each year the grandparents and students are treated to a lasagna lunch provided by Student Leadership. Dessert is provided by teacher Sharon Scharf and her home economics classes.

Home Economics student Claire Kollenkark, ’16, helped bake the various cookies served at lunch in the FC Gym, along side the lasagna. Kollenkark is also apart of Student Leadership as wel, which allowed her to see all the aspects in setting up an event like this one.

“Being able to be apart of all the many parts that go into the day was exciting,” Kollenkark said. “I think serving cookies alongside the meal or just small things like a coffee and juice table set up for grandparents in the hall made the day special for them.”

Jerry Peterson, grandfather of Sara Peterson, ’15, has attended Grandparents Day for 6 years. This is Sara’s last year at FC, which was bittersweet for Jerry.

“This is my 6th year at Grandparents Day and it is also my granddaughters last year at FC,” Jerry said. “It was bittersweet for me to see that this will be my last Grandparents Day spent with her, but it was great to see her mature over the years she has been here.”

Junior Emmaline Krohn was also disappointed that her grandparents were unable to come, but enjoyed getting to see the rest of the other grandparents. In some of Krohn’s classes, the grandparents provided a sense of amusement with unique personalities and age differences.

“My grandparents were unable to come today, but it was fun to see all the grandparents walking around in the halls,” Krohn said. “In Spanish, it was really cute seeing all the grandparents trying to say the Spanish words with our class”

Jarrod Markarian was able to enjoy the day with his grandparents. Even though grandparents just visited two periods, the majority of the day was less hectic than usual.

“Spending the day with my grandparents was really fun,” Markarian said. “I found the classes to be a lot more enjoyable with family. The day was light hearted, but even the grandparents got to learn some things during class.”

Katherine Belmont, grandma of Sydney Belmont, ’17, enjoys the fact that she can see what her grandchild does during school. Not just going through her classes, but seeing her personality and decisions shes makes during the day.

“I love to see where Sydney is every day, what she’s doing in school and seeing her teachers, as well as how she interacts with her friends,” Katherine said. “All these are really exciting to see during the day. I am really happy to be here.”

After half of third period was over, the campus congregated around the FC Gym, where lunch was available to students and grandparents. Student Leadership member Chloe Mueller, ’16, helped serve lasagna during lunch, but also brought her own grandparents as well.

“I didn’t have much time to visit with my grandparents during the day, so they mostly just accompanied my cousin to the different {Jayden Ventura} classes,” Mueller said. “Besides that, I still had a lot of fun serving the grandparents food. It was nice to see everyone having a good time bonding and hanging out during the day with family and friends.”

Sandra Surolie, grandparent of Jordan Castro, ’15, and Julian Castro, ’17, has been attending Grandparents Day for three years. Not only being able to see what her grand kids are doing in school, but getting involved with the classes themselves as well was unique to Surolie’s experience on campus.

“I love being with my grandson anytime, but his {Julian} history class was very interesting,” Surolie said. We all got involved. This is probably one of the most grandparent involved classes that I have been too, since I have only been to two {Grandparents Day} other than today. It was defiantly my favorite one so far.

This author can be reached via Twitter: @rynnking_.

For more features, read the Oct. 6 article, Artist shares the gospel through paint, martial arts.

By |2014-10-06T00:00:00-07:00October 6th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Grandparents Day 2014 (VIDEO)

The young and old alike gathered together in the cramped halls of FC during the morning hours of last Friday. The 23rd annual Grandparents Day was in full swing, as students brought their grandparents around the campus, Oct. 3.

Wheelchairs and canes set foot in Building 5 and 6 around 9:30 a.m., while the faculty handed out student schedules. Grandparents where ushered into their grandchildren’s classes as Student Leadership also provided assistance with the elevators, room locations and extra chairs needed during the day.

Student Leadership member Tim Nyberg, ’16, assisted many of grandparents during the day. He enjoyed the fact that just giving your time was appreciated by many of the grandparents.

“My grandparents weren’t able to come, so must of the time I was helping out the grandparents, with Student Leadership, that needed anything during the day,” Nyberg said. “It’s fun to help the elderly because they are so grateful whenever you give your time, even if it’s something like grabbing an extra chair for them.”

High school and junior high grandparents were able to attend second and half of third period before heading off to lunch. Each year the grandparents and students are treated to a lasagna lunch provided by Student Leadership. Dessert is provided by teacher Sharon Scharf and her home economics classes.

Sandra Surolie, grandparent of Jordan Castro, ’15, and Julian Castro, ’17, has been attending Grandparents Day for three years. Not only being able to see what her grand kids are doing in school, but getting involved with the classes themselves as well was unique to Surolie’s experience on campus.

“I love being with my grandson anytime, but his {Julian} history class was very interesting,” Surolie said. We all got involved. This is probably one of the most grandparent involved classes that I have been too, since I have only been to two {Grandparents Day} other than today. It was defiantly my favorite one so far.

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By |2014-10-03T00:00:00-07:00October 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|1 Comment

5 seconds of Dooman (VIDEO)

In an effort to celebrate video goofiness, The Feather video staff has decided to return to a 2012 favorite video series. While the senior duo of Aaron DeWolf and Christopher Grossman do not currently create videos, a team has decided to resurrect a short segment those to did as freshmen: 5 seconds with Dooman.

For those viewers who missed the series, they might check out the advanced search button at the top of the menu bar and search for John Dooman. However, another way to check out DeWolf and Grossman as freshmen and their novice ways, please look for The Show (2012-13) with Grossman and DeWolf. A reasonable place to begin might be with Episode 1 in August 2012. .

At the end of each episode, the next video is promoted. Viewers may wish to comment on the youthful look of the two guest hosts but a not so different look of Dooman.

Jason Swain, ’15 and John Dooman, ’15, recall their sophomore year and remake the short series of 5 seconds of Dooman. The video contains segments from the original 5 seconds of Dooman as well as current clips of Dooman happenings.

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

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Fashion Show 2014 (VIDEO)

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 9.40.25 AMJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

During the chapel girls learned more about what NOT to wear and other stylish tips and wore clothes from the local Buckle store.

During a Thursday gender chapel, the female students on campus were treated to a talk on dress code that was a little unorthodox compared to previous talks given. Instead of teachers reviewing the dress code with the girls, they reviewed the rules through a video and fashion show, Sept. 25.

The video detailed several tricks students sometimes use to try and cheat dress code and how they sometimes ignore it all together. It featured a uniformed “Enforcer”, a familiar face dressed in a police uniform and aviators, ready to take away any dress code offenders.

During the chapel girls learned more about what NOT to wear and other stylish tips and wore clothes from the local Buckle store. Six high school girls were chosen and styled for the big event by high school teacher, Kori Friesen, who masterminded this chapel idea over the summer. Dean of Students, Amy Deffenbacher discussed dress code values. This chapel is sure to be a favorite.

Participants (Left to right) Elise Winegarden, ’15, Claire Kollenkark, ’16, Jenny King, ’17, Sally Rudolfs , ’18, Jenna Bynum, ’18, Morgan Koop, ’16, each paraded down a runway much to the delight of the girls in attendance.

Bes sure to read about the event in the Sept. 26, article, Chapel features modest fashion show, dress code.

For more on the Fashion Show, check out Chapel fashion show and Buckle website.

By |2014-09-26T00:00:00-07:00September 26th, 2014|Fashion, FC Events, Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15|1 Comment

College fair informs, excites student body (VIDEO)

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Over 30 different colleges set up their booths in the Ground Zero quad during lunch, Sept. 23. Each schools advertises the special programs and majors they offer.

With the future years running through the minds of many upperclassmen, FC hosted their annual Fresno Christian College Fair in order to inform the student body, Sept. 23.

Over 30 different colleges set up their booths in the Ground Zero area during lunch. Each advertising the special programs and majors they offer, to get the attention of campus students.

Several Christian schools, as well as local colleges and universities, presented information to students about applying and events, such as school tours and class sit-ins.

Grand Canyon University (GCU) representative Nick Chandler had the opportunity to speak individually with each class before lunch during advisory period. Chandler found that students were more inclined to learn about GCU during the college fair after he spoke to each class.

“I think the hardest thing for colleges in general is if you haven’t heard of us, you won’t be as inclined to talk to us,” Chandler said. “Getting a chance to talk to everyone exposes people that normally wouldn’t have known about GCU to the opportunities we have, and to see if it might be a good fit.”

With college coming up soon for many seniors, as well as juniors, they are more apt to ask questions during the event. Freshman and sophomores were also invited to the fair, to get a better grasp on college. To set the atmosphere, a raffle drawing was available for students to win prizes. Students were able to obtain a ticket if they visited at least three booths, which would then be entered into the drawing.

Academic Adviser Michelle Warkentin hosted the campus to several more colleges than in previous years. She was excited to see the turnout of campus students and college representatives alike.

“I feel like the college fair went very well. We had a great turnout and it seemed to be a fun event for both students and college representatives,” Warkentin said. “The event ran smoothly and the raffle drawing was a huge hit! Each year we have been able to bring more colleges on our campus which is always an exciting thing.”

Even though the fair was set up to inform upperclassmen on a variety of colleges before applying, lowerclassmen were still able to get information to help ready them for the years ahead. Sophomore Timothy Melendez enjoyed getting to see the Christian colleges at the fair, as well as the various programs available.

“I think I have a better understanding of colleges after seeing some of the options at the fair today,” Melendez said. “I liked that there were a lot of Christian colleges and a wide variety of things to get involved with.”

After attending the campus fair, students were also able to attend the Buchanan National Christian College Fair which started in the evening from 6-8 p.m.. Even though both fairs featured Christian colleges, there were a select few schools only featured at Buchanan, and vice versa.

Alumna Emily Shakeshaft represented Paul Mitchell School to advertise to former school mates on the various programs available. Shakeshaft encourages students to look into applying Paul Mitchell School because of it’s stability within the beauty professions.

“Paul Mitchell is very different from many of the schools here today, being that it is a just a trade school,” Shakeshaft said. “If you get involved here [/fusion_builder_column]

[Paul Mitchell School] you will always have a job, because no matter how bad the economy is, women don’t stop getting their done and men don’t stop getting their hair cut.”

Senior Ivette Ibarra was able to get a sense of what college she wanted to apply to after attending the event. With college just around the corner, she felt that the fair was a lot more relatable compared to in years before.

“I had a broad idea of what colleges I wanted to attend, but now I have kind of narrowed down my options,” Ibarra said. “This year it was more real to me. This is what I have to think about since it’s my last year in high school, so I found it [college fair] a lot more relatable.”

Gabriela Siqueiros, Features Editor, and Sara Peterson, Editor-in-chief, also contributed to this article.

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

For more features, read the Sept. 24 article, Eldery Fresno resident uses talents to benefit community.

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Apple announces new products: Join the discussion (VIDEO)

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Students give their opinions on new Apple products, to be released Sept. 19.

With the new Apple announcement, students all around campus were talking about the new iPhone 6 and other products soon to be released, Sept. 9.

The iPhone 6, as well as the iPhone 6 Plus, feature “bigger than bigger” screens than the iPhone 5s and a total of 50 hours of audio playback and 11 hours of video watching worth in battery life. Both phones are to be officially released, Sept. 19.

Not only did Apple introduce the newest phones of the season, but also their newest wearable device, the Apple Watch. Two other versions of the original Apple Watch have also been introduced to the public, the Apple Watch Sport and the Apple Watch Edition.

Some students express their excitement with the new devices, but others might not be used to the specs and features Apple offers.

The Feather wants to encourage students to submit their opinions in the comment section on how the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch will meet their standards and expectations.

I’m indifferent
Katy Blakenship, ’17
Sept. 11, 2014

?I think nothing about this, honestly. This affects my life in no way, and I could not care less. I?m not going to get a new phone for about five years anyway, so it makes no difference to me.”

High definition
Collin Winegarden, ’15
Sept. 11, 2014

“I think it’s editing and camera are cool to have, the iPhone 6 plus is too big. It seems like it would be really bulky to hold. With the new camera and the high definition screen it’s going to have really good quality. I would prefer the iPhone 6 from the iPhone 5s because it’s faster and new.”

The perfect fit
Morgan Miller, ’16
Sept. 10, 2014

“The iPhone 6 Plus is just too big for me. I have an iPhone 5s right now and I am really interested in getting the iPhone 6 because it can fit in everything I want in a device, it’s perfect for me.”

Watch out for the watch
Marissa Jonigan, ’16
Sept. 10, 2014

“I am looking forward for the {Apple} Watch to come out. It seems like a really good idea and I love the sleek look.”

Thinner than thin
Chris Kollenkark, ’16
Sept. 10, 2014

“I have an old LG Samsung right now, but I would probably get just the plain iPhone 6. It sounds interesting because I heard it’s going to be one of the thinnest phones ever created. I’m excited to see how it turns out.”

Features not worth the buy
Stephen Walters, ’18
Sept. 10, 2014

“They are adding something about tracking your health and fitness progress,” Walters said. “Besides that they only really added aesthetics. This makes it not really worth buying.”

Impressed by sapphire glass
Tyler Villines, ’18
Sept. 10, 2014

“I like how they made the sapphire glass because I?m accident prone when it comes to devices and with this glass it makes me feel secure about dropping my phone. I wasn’t too sure about the bigger screen, but I grew to like it because it’s not thicker, it’s just larger.”

Everyone wants the new thing
Claire Kollenkark, ’16
Sept. 10, 2014

“I think the size is good and it doesn’t scratch so that?s a plus and it’s the new thing and everyone wants new things. The iPhone 6 Plus is way too big for me because I put my phone in my pocket and that would not fit.”

Durability or size
Lauryn Tucker, ’18
Sept. 10, 2014

“I don?t know if I really like it because it’s way too big and I can?t fit it into my pocket. I like the glass because it’s more durable and it doesn’t scratch. I have the iPhone 5s and I prefer the one I have. The only reason I would switch is because of the durability.”

Old fashion
Andrea Donaghe, English teacher
Sept. 10, 2014

“The larger size is way too big for me the perfect size for me is the iPhone 4. I want it to be able to fit in a pocket, that’s what it all comes down to for me. I?m super careful with my things so the sapphire screen wouldn’t really benefit me, but I think it’s a very smart feature for other users. I only really use my phone for text and calls. I can just borrow my husband’s phone when I want to check out the new features.”

Sydney Belmont, Writer also contributed to this article.

For more features, read the Sept. 10 article International students assimilate to campus life .

By |2014-09-10T00:00:00-07:00September 10th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BREAKING: FC community loses alumna, teacher, coach

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The Feather regrets to inform its readers that on Tuesday, Sept. 9, campus alumna, teacher and coach Ericlee Gilmore passed away due to malignant melanoma.

The Feather regrets to inform its readers that on Tuesday, Sept. 9, campus alumna, teacher and coach Ericlee Gilmore (40) passed away due to malignant melanoma.

He is survived by his wife, Dorina Lazo Gilmore, and daughters, Meilani Gilmore, 8, Giada Gilmore, 5, and Zayla Gilmore, 2.

Mr. Gilmore was involved in many activities at FC including choir, Student Leadership, AP Calculus, as well as playing on the varsity basketball, football and track teams before graduating in 1992.

After high school, Mr. Gilmore got his bachelor degree at Linfield College in 1996 and went on to complete his masters in Kinesiology at Fresno State in 2000.

He started working at FC as a math, science and PE teacher from 2000 through 2009. After a short absence from FC, the alumna returned last year to teach video productions and came back as a PE teacher. Along with teaching, he worked as head track and field, head cross country and assistant basketball coach.

During his absence on the campus, Mr. Gilmore worked as director of Christian Friendship Ministries, which lead him in the ministry field. Some of this time was spent in Haiti while he evangelized to the people and was immersed into the culture.

Mr. Ericlee Gilmore went to be with the Lord this morning. Mr. Gilmore was a staff member and Alumna of FCS. Please be praying for his family and those who loved him. –Jeremy Brown, Superintendent

The Feather staff offers its condolences to the Gilmore family and all families affected in their passing. The Feather also encourages readers to leave messages for the family through the comments

Superintendent Jeremy Brown presented the FC community with information on behalf of the Gilmore family. Even though Brown did not know Mr. Gilmore, he offers condolences to those who did.

“This morning at 8:35 a.m. Ericlee Gilmore went to be with the Lord,” Brown said. “I know only by reputation that he ran the race well.”

The student body was presented the news during advisory around 12 p.m. Students were then given the opportunity to be excused to the PC Student Ministries Building to to process the news.

Brown encourages the campus to pray for the family and those who were close to him during these hard times.

“Mr. Ericlee Gilmore went to be with the Lord this morning,” Brown said. “Mr. Gilmore was a staff member and Alumna of FCS. Please be praying for his family and those who loved him.”

The service is being planned to run at 11 a.m., Sept, 13. Check back later for updates and more information.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more new, read the Sept. 9 article Student Leadership: Practices communication.

By |2014-09-09T00:00:00-07:00September 9th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Back to School Night showcases parents to classes, teachers

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Parents and teachers alike attended the annual 37th Back-to-School Night (BTSN) at 7 p.m., Aug. 18.

After students have finished their first week of school, with schedules set in stone, parents hustle and bustle through the halls. Parents and teachers alike attended the annual 37th Back-to-School Night (BTSN) at 7 p.m., Aug. 18.

Starting in the late evening, parents met in the FC gym welcomed by Superintendent Jeremy Brown and Dean of Students Amy Deffenbacher. With a quick introduction of the teachers, parents were off to their student’s classrooms.

Unlike the previous year, the junior high and high school BTSN were combined into one night. Elementary parents will meet for BTSN at 7 p.m., Aug. 19.

Looking over the night, first year BTSN host Brown, superintendent of the school, considers the night a success.

“The night’s been wonderful! Mrs. {Vicky} Belmont has been ringing the bells on time for us so that’s been a great help,” Brown said. “Parents have been happy, I’ve heard a lot of comments in the hallways. They’re excited to see many new staff here so that’s nice overall. It’s been a great night.”

For parents, it is a great opportunity to be in the same environment as their children. Mara Mueller, mother of Jayden Ventura, ’18, enjoys seeing what her child’s block schedule is and how they have incorporated it in the school system, this year.

“It’s pretty exciting, I think mostly because they switched to block schedule. I am young enough, that I actually had block schedule when I was in high school,” Mueller said. “I think it’s a better system and a better way of doing things. I’m really glad that they switched over to that.”

Parents were not the only newbies of the night. English teacher Kyle Dodson is one of the newest members to the school’s staff. Even though he has taught previously at Sanger High, he enjoyed last night’s atmosphere much more.

“It’s always important to talk with the parents not only cordially, but also exhibiting a strong presence in the classroom,” Dodson said. “I use to work full time there {Sanger High}, but I only got about 8 parents across all the classes I taught. The parents did not have as much as a concern or care about was was happening in the classroom.”

Art teacher Sharon Scharf has been teaching at the school for 26 years and still finds BTSN useful and informative.

“Being able to come each year might be the same old ordinary, but it is helpful to inform the parents about my class. It really helps them to know me a little bit more than anything else,” Scharf said. “I get to meet some of the parents that come so they can see what is happening in my class.”

Some teachers find it hard to explain to parents everything that the class will study during the year. Scharf takes a different perspective by getting to know the parents personally.

“Their is no way you can get all the information to them in ten minutes,” Scharf said. “But it’s just an introduction to let them see who is teaching their students for the year.”

In addition to meeting the teachers, David Jennings, father of Breanna Jennings, ’15, takes time to see the difference of this year, compared to last, with the new administration changes.

“With a new principle and superintendent the night went differently. The gym was even cooler,” Jennings said. “I think it was a little bit more upbeat.”

Jennings also reminisces about his daughter’s last year at school. Since she is a senior Jennings wants to make this year important for her.

“For me it’s bitter sweet. I am excited that it is her senior year, but then because of where shes going next year, she will be in Oregon,” Jennings said. “I’m going to have to enjoy this year and make the most of it. Hopefully she can too, but still it’s a little sad.”

As this is Brown’s first year as superintendent, his expectations and hopes for BTSN is that it builds relationships between the parents and staff.

“I really want to continue what has been going on before. Giving parents a flavor for what Fresno Christian offers their students, provides an opportunity to experience the amount of workload a lot of our students have with their classes,” Brown said. “It also helps build relationships between parents and the teachers so that they can put a face to the name right from the start.”

Check back later for an upcoming slideshow of Back to School Night.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @rynnking_.

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Part Two: One campus solidifies theme, 'We Are One: Growing in Christ'

This is a three part feature informing the student body how the union of the school came about, and what was required of the the administration, the faculty and the students so that the move was finalized. This is the second part of the series explaining the effects of the 6th and 5th grade combo class move to Building Six.

For the previous article, read the Sept. 3 article, Part One: One campus solidifies theme, ‘We Are One: Growing in Christ’.

After recent changes in the school by combining both school campuses together at the Peoples Church campus, fifth and sixth combo class teacher Jonathan Broersma has moved with his class to Building Six.

The fifth and sixth grade combo class is now located downstairs, by the office in room 604. With the classes move, kindergarten though second grade now has room to occupy Building Five.

Broersma discusses the impact it has had on his organization from moving to one class to another. With the new class room he was able to clean out most of the unused supplies.

“The biggest issue I had was space,” Broersma said. “In Building Five I had a closet and more storage in the cupboards. I needed to get rid of things I never use and consolidate everything. It was nice because there were things in the room that I never used and just added to the clutter. Now my room is clutter free and I can actually find things.”

Broersma enjoys his new room set up, including the arrangement of his necessary teaching equipment. The placement of the room’s door, limits distractions for the students.

“I definitely like that my classroom is downstairs,” Broersma said. “I like the placement of my whiteboard, projector and the set up of my classroom better. It feels more open and the students are not as distracted when someone opens the door.”

Superintendent Debbie Siebert comments on the helpfulness of combo class move. Having all of the school together has been a lot easier on the teachers and students.

“It makes supporting each other and collaboration with one another so much easier,” Siebert said. “Having lunch together, praying together, brainstorming new ideas together has been long awaited.”

The move has had a positive outcome for the unity of the school, but has made it slightly difficult for Broersma to communicate with the other fifth and sixth grade combo classes. The buildings are not far apart, but inconvenient when transporting supplies.

“The only thing that is hard about being in Building Six is that I still need to talk and plan with everyone in the other building,” Broersma said. “It’s not that far away but definitely a journey when I have to carry everything over there.”

Fifth grader Hunter Raynes from Janet Vander Kooi’s class does not rally think the move has made much of a separation between his and Broersma’s class.

No, its the same as last year we still see each other at recess and lunch,” Raynes said. “It really has not affected the amount of time I spend with them, we have the same times of recess and lunch together.”

The students in from Broersma’s class really enjoy seeing high school and junior high students in the building. Broersma explains that there has not been any complaints with his students.

“They love seeing the older students during school and it’s great that they {high schoolers} have been so kind to the fifth and sixth graders,” Broersma said. “I have not heard one complaint from my students.”

Sixth grader Megan Leblanc enjoys being around the high schoolers because they are nice to her. She is excited to go into junior high because she knows what it will be like since she is in Building Six this year.

“It’s fun being in Building Six because the high schoolers are very nice to me and I love being in Broersma’s class,” Leblanc said. “It will also help me be ready for junior high.”

Broersma is not looking forward to the rain because of the room’s distance from Building Five, but he is ready to accept the challenges in the future. The students must use the restroom in Building Five and it has not been an issue with his class, so he already is getting use to the situation.

“They still need to use the restroom in Building Five and that hasn’t been a problem,” Broersma said. “We will see how much they complain when it starts raining! Guess I will need provide an umbrella hall pass.”

Overall the students have taken the new atmosphere in positively. Broersma hopes that his students will be able to learn from the changes and will take their transition into junior high much easier after already being adjusted to the environment.

“It is nice for the students to see what life will be like when they are older, especially the sixth graders. Next year they will be in this building, so it won’t be as scary for them,” Broersma said. “They love hearing the announcements in the morning. It helps them to connect with the ‘big kids’.”

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

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For more features, read the September 10th article, Choir adapts to size change.

By |2013-09-16T00:00:00-07:00September 16th, 2013|Features, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Part One: One campus solidifies theme, 'We Are One: Growing in Christ'

This is a three-part feature informing the student body how the union of the school came about, and what was required of the the administration, the faculty and the students so that the move was finalized. As the first part focuses mainly on the effects of the North East Campus move to the Peoples Church campus, the next part will feature the move of the 6th grade class to Building Six.

For the first time in the school’s history, the entire school, including the North East Campus, has joined together with the rest of the students at Peoples Church, allowing the school to unite together in one location.

This idea of one campus has been known to the administration for some time, and was announced as a possibility at the end of last school year. After several meetings with organizations affiliated with the move, including Peoples Church, which holds 3rd through 12th grade, the move was confirmed and set for the 2013-’14 school year.

Superintendent Debbie Siebert was aware this summer that the North East Campus, which includes kindergarten through second grade, would have the opportunity to move this school year to Peoples Campus. Afterwards Siebert met with the Peoples Church administration to consider the options for the all campus move.

“We have been working on consolidating the elementary school for a number of years and last year that desire became a possibility,” Siebert said. “I met early in the year with Peoples Church administration to discuss our options.”

Siebert discussed the options with Peoples Church throughout the end of the last school year and this summer. Peoples Church was able to propose an agreement that would serve the school and the church’s ministries well.

“We {Peoples Church and Siebert} continued our dialogue throughout the school year and into the summer seeking the best outcome for all the ministries served on this campus,” Siebert said. “It was a wonderful experience working together with everyone concerned and to have our entire program welcomed with open arms.”

Second grade teacher Denise Tally was notified of the possibility of the move, along with other faculty at the end of the 2012-’13 school year. Tally packed her materials up, aware of the move.

“We were aware of the potential move right before the end of the ’12-’13 school year,” Tally said. “We were advised to pack up our classrooms at North East Campus and wait for the Peoples Church council to approve or disapprove the move.”

The move from the North East Campus to Peoples Campus consisted of moving class materials and furniture. The new rooms were bigger, but because of the required tables, the upgrade in space was not that significant.

“The only adjustments in the classroom environment that were needed was reappointing all of our “stuff” in it’s new place,” Tally said. “The room was bigger, however, the kind of tables we needed to use negated the extra space for my classroom.”

Siebert is grateful for the school’s community help, including everyone who has been affiliated with the school in the past or present.

“Moving the campus was a huge undertaking but doable because of the willingness of so many to help,” Siebert said. “Staff, staff family members, alumni, students, parents and friends all played a part.”

Principal Todd Bennett has also been a part of coordinating the move and helping Siebert with decisions the school has come to. With the possibility of the move, both have taken time to agree upon the objective of the move and the way it could play out.

“Moving all FC students to one campus has been a goal for quite some time,” Bennett said. “Last year, Mrs. {Debbie} Siebert and I started talking about it at length, discussing the pros and cons of making the move this year, and developing several variations of what it would look like.”

Siebert considers the solidification of the two campuses, as an opportunity for all the students. The unity provides the flexibility of growth with in the elementary grades, and the availability of more leadership within the junior high and high school students.

“The consolidation has made it possible for us to have a kindergarten through third grade primary focus and a fourth through sixth grade upper elementary focus,” Siebert said. “I am looking forward to the implementation of plans junior high and high school have to serve elementary in mentoring activities and chapel. Being in one location makes these kinds of relationships possible.”

Tally confirms the aftermath of the move to be beneficial with brand new resources and partnership with other teachers.

“The collaboration that teachers have with one another is usually done with those grade levels most similar to you, so up to this point that part hasn’t changed. However, as we become more familiar, there will be opportunities with older students to assist with the younger ones,” Tally said. “This cross over will be very beneficial for all. That part is very exciting.”

Second grade student Andres Fierro enjoys playing in a bigger playground, as well as seeing his older brother from time to time during the school day.

“I really like this campus because there is more playground area than on the other campus,” Fierro said. “It’s exciting to see the older kids during recesses and I also get to see my brother.”

Siebert is thankful for the group effort of school family and what affects the union of campuses will offer. She is pleased with the partnerships that the school has coordinated with Peoples Church and is looking forward to the years ahead.

“We {the school} all appreciate being together on one campus. Having lunch together, praying together, brainstorming new ideas together has been long awaited,” Siebert said. “We are so grateful to Peoples Church for their partnership with our school by providing such a beautiful facility for our program and for the loving, cooperation of all the ministries served on this site.”

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

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For more features, read the August 30 article, Greek Fest opens doors to cultural experience.

By |2013-09-03T00:00:00-07:00September 3rd, 2013|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

'Beasts of England' entertains campus classrooms (VIDEO)

While some students are embarrassed or even afraid of the chanting within their class room, each year the freshman English class sings “Beasts of England” from George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm. The group of students, led by teacher Greg Stobbe, sang all during second period to entertain and inform class rooms on the national anthem of the animals living on a farm, May 10.

The novella, first published in 1945, explores the ramifications of communism through an allegory involving the animals at a British farm. Through the song “Beasts of England,” Clementine’s tune is heard, but the lyrics introduce communism ideas to the farm animals within the novel.

In 2000, Stobbe would sing the anthem to his class. By 2003, his freshmen English classes were singing Beasts of England to the office staff and by 2006, the young high schoolers traveled from class to class, performing the anthem to their peers.

Each year the English I and English I Honors classes practice the song beforehand to see who will perform outside of the classroom. The loudest and most animated class this year was the English I class. This is the second year in a row that the class has won, and the third year overall the honors class has lost, out of the 12 years of this annual tradition.

The students can be seen belting out the lyrics in classrooms, offices and hallways all throughout Building Six. Many students dressed up into various costumes or wore animal-like hats and apparel to be more in character with Orwell’s novel.

After the second period class toured a total of six rooms, the freshmen came back to their room to rest after performing the anthem.

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

For the previous year’s video, check out the April 25, 2012 video, ‘Beasts of England’ 2012 (VIDEO).

For more videos, read the April 27 article, Seaside stories, Day 4 (77 PHOTOS, VIDEO.

By |2013-05-10T00:00:00-07:00May 10th, 2013|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Soak up the sun: Join the Discussion

As students finish off the end of third quarter, many are ready to rest. This week off for Spring Break is the last break before summer vacation.

For some, this week of rest is significant to the Christian faith. People remember Good Friday as well as rejoice on Easter Sunday because of Jesus’ resurrection.

The Easter Bunny is an important figure within this holiday. The Easter Bunny was started by the medieval church as a symbol for fertility. People believed that the bunny could reproduce without the lose of fertility. Later it was correlated with the Virgin Mary.

As tradition holds, the Easter Bunny delivers colored eggs, candy and toys to children on Easter Sunday. Many families hold Easter egg hunts for children during the holiday.

During this week of rest, students will visit the beach or get involved in a ministry at their church. Many will also attend church on Easter Sunday.

The Feather staff would like to encourage any students who got asked to submit their stories in the comments below.

Confetti traditions
Summer Villanueba, ’15
March 25, 2013

For the beginning of my Spring Break I will be spending time with my family doing traditional Easter things from my heritage. My grandparents will be stuffing eggs with confetti and crack them on our heads. I will also be going to six flags with a couple of my friends.

Mariage and manicures
Jordana Siebert, Social Science teacher
March 25, 2013

I am actually going down south to Lake Forest. That?s where my fiance is from, and we have premarital counseling there. Because the pastor who is marrying us is from there. Tomorrow, I am going to hang out with Miss Gillespie. Maybe we?ll go shopping, get some manicures, hang out, eat food, do what girls do.

Percussionist passion
Chloe Duerr, ’14
March 25, 2013

I know Spring Break is the time for everyone to relax, but Mrs. Sargent assigned us a five-page essay. So now I?m going to be working on my essay because it?s also our English final for AP English. For Percussion there are two competitions coming up and they are both solo and ensemble. I have to practice for my solo during the competition in April. I have two twelve hour percussion camps down in Hoover to play for the championships for Winter Percussion, and will end it all by hanging out with friends at Laserquest.

Missions at home
Marisa Jonigian, ’16
March 25, 2013

During Spring Break I’m going to work at a missions trip in Fresno called I Heart Fresno. We go to elementary school and play. In the evening we have a chapel where we go and worship.

Chilling in Arizona
Nick Fontes, ’15
March 25, 2013

I am flying to see my family in Arizona with my little sister and I am looking forward to chilling with my grandparents and my uncle.

Chores and church
Kim Schapansky, Choir accompanist
March 25, 2013

I have a list of things to do during my spring break. At the top of my list I have to finish up my income tax. I’ve got a couple of closets to clean out, some music and stuff to get organized. I?m hoping to get out in the yard and pull some weeds, spend some time with my son, maybe go to the movies. I can sleep in longer rather than get up early to go to work. I?ll be going to the Good Morning Baptism sermon at my church during Easter, and will probably spend some time with my family.

Fun in the sun
Timothy Nyberg, ’16
March 25, 2013

I am going camping in Pismo with my family. They will come over, and we will go over to church and listen to the sermon. Later we will have an Easter Egg hunt with our cousins.

Family and friends
Jordan Castro, ’15
March 25, 2013

I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and going to tennis practice. Not to mention hanging out with my friends.

Home for the holidays
Lucas Lopez, ’14
March 25, 2013

For the most part, I’ll be at home. I’ll go and hang out with friends for sure. I have some homework unfortunately so I’ll be working on that too. But I look forward to relaxing during the break.

Fun with friends
Lynn Kim, ’13
March 25, 2013

During spring break I will be going over to LA with my friends. The three of us will be going over by train. It’s going to be a lot of fun because there are nice Korean places in LA, and good Korean food.

Family time
Michael Ogdon, Music director
March 25, 2013

During Spring Break I’m thinking of three things. I’m going to write music, participate in some church services, and pick up and drop off my daughter at school.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @rkphotographyrk.

For more features, read the March 25 article, Swearengin covers issues faced by Downtown Fresno.

By |2013-03-25T00:00:00-07:00March 25th, 2013|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Blossoms peak on first day of Spring

This is a three-part feature following the growth of the blossoms on the Fresno County Blossom Trail. Each part will display photography by either Ryan King, Photo Editor or Rayna Endicott, Photographer, as a timeline of growth of during the beginning of the Spring season. As this will feature the blossoms during mid-day, the next will be at sunset.

For the previous installment read the Feb. 20 article, Blossoms rise with the seasonal weather, sunshine.

During the peak of blooming, the San Joaquin Valley’s Fresno County Blossom Trail has produced various types of flowers right in time for the first day of Spring, March 20.

This is the 25th annual Blossom Trail, in the Valley, which has caused a mass of photographers, bikers, and sightseers to roam the trail. The blossoms are located along Highway 180, were a variety of pink and white hues can be seen across acres of land, which will soon turn into various friuts and nuts of the valley.

According to the Blossom Trail Update the trail has just started to wind down. Petals have been seen falling like snowflakes. Even though the flowers have begun to fall, the crops are still covered in flowering blossoms.

The best time to go was last week and the best day was, March 13. The temperatures were in the mid 70s to low 80s, making the flowers stay on the trees, and keep them from closing up.

All of the blossoms can be seen in the Blossom Trail, that are harvested there, which includes: almonds, plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines and apples. The peaches and nectarines are the most commonly seen blossoms right now, which feature pink to red petals, along with the almond blossoms, which have white petals.

Right now, spectators can see bees pollinating the blossoms, especially almond blossoms, which are the number one pollinated crop on blossom trail and in California according to the Almond Board of California. Much of the percentage of almonds in the United States originate from California.

Becuase of the slight chance of rain today, blossoms may close again, but will rise next week, because of the temperatures ranging in the mid 70s to low 80s.

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

For more updates of the Fresno County Blossom Trail, check out the
Trail Update.

For more features, read the March 19 article, Annual Econ Fair promotes originality, business (PODCAST, VIDEO).

By |2013-03-20T00:00:00-07:00March 20th, 2013|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

EDITORIAL: Make each moment count

In light of recent events, students on campus may have begun to think about how each minute of life can affect them and those around them. This topics begins an avalanche of questions that students may ask themselves, such as ‘What was the last thing I said to my parents or friends?’ or ‘What if today was my last?’ As the students may deal with questions like these, The Feather would like to encourage them to become aware of their actions.

While high school students are only 13 to 18 years old, unexpected accidents or tragedies can occur. And though it may not be something that students enjoy contemplating, the seriousness and long-lasting effects that can ensue when an accident happens are something to outweigh the hassle.

As many students go about their day joking with friends and family, there is also a time for showing loving actions towards those very same people. Whether it may be remembering to tell parents to have a good day at work, or informing friends of appreciation, the last impression left on anyone is important.

The FC community has learned, through the death of a campus parent, that time is precious. No one can predict when accidents will happen, so The Feather prompts students to consider their actions throughout the day.

Each morning students, parents and teachers wake up to the same faces at the breakfast table, but the routine of life may interfere with displaying special affection each day. When students were forced to think about losing a parent, many reconsidered how they treat their parents on a day-to-day basis.

When class ended, did the teacher feel loved and supported by their students? Students may not realize how much their words and actions affect the others around them.

The jokes that are made between friends or in the hallway may be intended for fun, but their effects can be drastic towards the receiver. Some cases can be extreme and lead towards students feeling bullied among their own friends.

On sports team, students often treat their teammater like siblings. Though they can work together and get along, some games, matches or meets can cause conflict between the team. But be wary and acknowledge the advancements and accomplishments throughout the season. Just as students should attempt to verbally love on their family members, The Feather encourages students to do the same on their sports teams.

The Feather wants to encourage its readers to make every day count. Don’t let a day go by without telling loved ones how much appreciation should be given. When a conversation ends, be conscience of the effects that words can have on the peers around you.

The senior class especially learned that each moment is precious in the grand scheme of life. As no one knows when their last moment may be, the campus community must acknowledge that life is short.

When considering each action and conversation throughout the day, The Feather wants to leave its readers with one rule: encourage more, criticize less. Think through the actions and words that may leave a final impression on someone who will again learn that moments are precious.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more opinions, read the March 14 article, Melendez offers advice to overcome obstacles (PODCAST).

By |2013-03-18T00:00:00-07:00March 18th, 2013|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Blossoms rise with the seasonal weather, sunshine

This will be a three-part feature following the growth of the blossoms on the Fresno County Blossom Trail. Each part will display photography by either Ryan King, Photo Editor or Rayna Endicott, Photographer, as a timeline of growth of during the beginning of the Spring season. As this will feature the blossoms at sunrise the next part will present them during mid-day.

While the blossoms have just begun to rise with the morning sun, the San Joaquin Valley promotes this nature experience with the 25th annual Fresno County Blossom Trail. Through the trail, located along Highway 180, viewers may see a variety of pink and white hues across acres of land which will soon turn into the valley’s fruits and nuts.

Flowering agriculture within the Blossom Trail includes, almonds, plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines, apples and citruses. Right now the only flowering crop is almonds which have white petals.

Even though you may spot some blossoms on the road, onlookers will see the numbers increase in about five days.

According to the Fresno County Blossom Trail website, the best time to see the Blossom Trail is from the end of February through the middle of March. Viewers can travel by car or bicycle to navigate through the highway and smaller roads.

Freshman Daniel Thao, who lives near the Blossom Trail appreciates the trail as a way to bring enthusiasts around the area.

“It’s an exciting time for the rural land around Fresno,” Thao said. “Many people come to view the trail either to bike or take pictures. It’s always fun to see the blossoms during this time of the year.”

Thao is sad to see a low number of blossoms for now, but is excited for the final outcome of the trail.

“I really liked last years blossoms because of their vibrant flowers,” Thao said. “I have only seen white flowers this year, but I’m sure their will be more to come.”

Sophomore Jariah Harris appreciates the blossoms, but enjoys the city. Harris still enjoys the season of spring just not the rural land.

“There is more things to do in the city,” Harris said. “Going to Blossom Trail would be beautiful, but I’m much more of a city girl. But I do like viewing the sights of blossoming flowers during spring.”

Junior Annaleah Madison would like to visit Blossom Trail either to sight see or take pictures. Even though Madison likes the urban parts of Fresno County, she also likes to see the nature within the area.

“I think it would be a cool place to take pictures, compared to North Fresno,” Madison said. “The Blossom Trail shows the beauty of the county which I usually don’t see on a daily basis.”

With the weather varying, the blossoms will close with the cold weather and rain. To see the blossoms in full bloom, make sure to visit during a sunny day.

For more updates of the Fresno County Blossom Trail, check out the Trail Update.

Follow us for more information on the next part of this feature via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more information about Blossom Trail, read the March 5, 2012 article, Seasonal trail blossoms during spring (VIDEO).

For more features, read the Feb. 19 article, Details add to classic atmosphere of NOTS.

By |2013-02-20T00:00:00-07:00February 20th, 2013|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Heart themed art captures holiday representation

The Fresno Arts Council sponsors ArtHop, an event which educates the community about the local arts. In this column, senior Stephan Melendez chronicles his once-a-month visits to ArtHop.

For the month of February, love was in the air in downtown Fresno, as many artists dedicated this month’s ArtHop to the beauty of hearts, Feb. 7. Several artists created heart sculptures, panting, and design to add flair to their pieces.

Artist like David Medley showed his artistry through heart representations. Using variations of the heart to the actual diagram and symbolism.

While various galleries were open still showcasing non-holiday art, Gallery 25, among only a handful of other galleries displayed Valentines day themed art. This was my first time seeing a theme art show, last time I attended one of Gallery 25’s art galleries I was displeased because the Christmas themed night they advertised did not happen. To see bright lights draped with red and pink colors was mood softening.

Walking into the gallery I saw each wall filled with a different interpretation of love, whether it was in a form of collages, sculptures, hand-crafted pieces, and paintings. It was interesting to see each individuals reaction to different ideas of art, for example the cement heart with rusted nails protruding out of the heart was one of my favorite, but the person next to me made the comment of “that’s stupid”.

I liked the cement heart because it kind of reminded me of myself, I am hard to understand and know, almost like the analogy of the onion, I construct cement walls around myself to guard from hurt and pain. The nails in my life represent how someone tries to hurt me, they will feel pain ten times more than I did. The sculpture of the cement heart hit home, I couldn’t stop thinking about how unique it was.

The gallery also previewed various art pieces by Medley and Karen LeCocq. Gallery 25, different from the other ArtHops that I visited that night, also entertained the viewers with an arts and craft table; anyone who attended had a chance to to create their own version of art from: cardboard paper, tissue paper, and other supplies. I thought it was great for the gallery to give everyone an opportunity to show off their own art.

The same night I also visited 1821 Gallery and Studios, which is another studio that promotes art by crafted by locals. Even though 1821 was not promoting a Valentines day themed art, it was still intriguing and brought in many people that night. I do commend 1821 Gallery and Studios for their patriotic art piece of the early American Flag; of all pieces that night I saw I could not stop thinking about the flag, there was something that drew me back again and again. Overall I think that was the best art show I had seen at 1821 Gallery and Studios, and was truly impressed with the priceless art that was unveiled.

After viewing 1821 Gallery and Studios, I ventured to the Arthop located in the Water Tower, by Art By hand, which also featured heart themed designs. Art By Hand is a part of Hands on Central California (HOCC), a non-profit organization that provides volunteers for over 300 agencies in five Central San Joaquin Valley counties.

After visiting Gallery 25 and 1821 Gallery and Studios, I ventured to the Historic Fresno Water Tower, which hosts an ArtHop gallery, Art By Hand.

Art By Hand sponsors multiple artists which provides dioramic designs, jewelry, as well as painting and sculptures which add creativity to the uniquely shaped gallery in the Water Tower. So along with the usual art that resides within the gallery, Art By Hand hosted Valentines day art pieces.

In the back of the gallery, a variety of jewelry and miscellaneous artistry was displayed with a back drop of heart themed paintings. The usual artistic wind chimes were replaced with holiday hearts designed in pink hues, adding to the detail and close-net homey environment of the gallery.

Unlike 1821 Gallery and Studios, Gallery 25 and the Water Tower used a creative outlet to capture the theme of Valentines day. Even though only two of the three galleries I visited were themed, 1821 Gallery and Studios still had creative art that captured the eye of the viewer.

Overall, Gallery 25 was probably one of the best ArtHops I had ever been to, I will definitely be attending the next one.

Check back next month for coverage on ArtHop, March 7.

For past coverage on ArtHop, read the Jan. 8 article, Alumna artist featured at local ArtHop.

Ryan King, Photo Editor also contributed to this article.

For more opinions, read the Feb. 8 article, Fifth Quarter creates sanguine atmosphere, relaxation (PODCAST).

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

Spanish II students to experience Vallarta Supermarkets

To become more acquainted with Mexican cuisine, Spanish teacher Beatriz Foth will take her first and fourth period Spanish II classes to Vallarta Supermarkets, Dec. 3.

Vallarta Supermarkets is a Spanish supermarket and restaurant that sells genuine Mexican cuisine, including produce and traditional Spanish dishes. During the field trip, both classes will be given a tour by either the general manager, Juan Rico, or one of his assistants, and will see various Mexican dishes throughout the market.

Janet Moore, parent of Daniel, ’14, and Andrew Moore, ’16, will be chaperoning the field trip for the fourth period Spanish II class, along with Foth, who will be chaperoning first period.

Foth enjoys going to the supermarket every year because of the wide variety of produce that offers a span of Latino and Mexican Cuisine.

“Vallarta Supermarkets offer a wide variety of Latin foods and products which can only be found at its stores: meat cut to order Latin style (ranchera, diesmillo, lomo de res), spices, hot foods ready to eat, sweet breads made daily, and fresh produce,” Foth said. “In addition to everything else you would expect from a traditional grocery store.”

Foth appreciates that the market serves popular Latino dishes similar to those in Latin cultures and the variety of economical products.

“Mexican and Central American products and dishes are the key elements that have given its big success among the Latino population,” Foth said. “It is great customer service and providing the highest quality products at great prices has remained their constant goal.”

Fourth period Spanish II sophomore Linsey Baker-Pauls is intimidated about the field trip because she realizes that one of the requirements is to order a dish at the supermarket in Spanish.

“I am a little nervous saying my order in Spanish because I am still only in Spanish II, so it will be a little scary because this is my first time,” Baker-Pauls said. “I feel like it’s going to be challenging because we will see a lot of Spanish culture but it will be fun.”

Although sophomore Brittany Lewis has gone to the market before, she is interested in going this time because she is able to use her Spanish. Since the first period Spanish II class is chaperoned by Foth, Lewis feels this will be helpful if she needs assistance.

“I have gone there {Vallarta Supermarkets} before but I have never spoke Spanish there,” Lewis said. “But now I get to use the new language I have been learning for the past two years. I think that since I am with Senora Foth she can assist us with Spanish words while we ask for food at the supermarket. I am excited that we get to use our Spanish outside of the classroom.”

Unlike Baker-Pauls, Lewis is not nervous about using Spanish in the supermarket because she feels that she will be able to use the language easily with two years of experience in Spanish.

“I really don’t think it’s going to be that difficult saying it in Spanish,” Lewis said. “I have the gist of the language because I have taken Senora Foth’s Spanish class for two years, so when I get there it will probably be a lot easier than I expect.”

Foth realizes that the supermarket has been open for 25 years and appreciates the customer service. She is grateful for the supermarket allowing the school to tour the store because the students get to experience the Latino and Mexican culture of cuisine.

“For over 25 years, Vallarta Supermarkets has maintained an image characterized by its service, cleanliness, beautiful decor, a pleasant shopping ambiance and a large variety of products in all departments,” Foth said. “This is what I really enjoy about the grocery store. Also, Spanish 2 students have a chance to hear about and try some of its specialties at the different departments while they enjoy the tour.”

For more information, email Foth. For more news, read the Nov. 29 article, BRIEF: Leadership hosts canned food, warm clothes drive.

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

Boys' soccer sport shorts: Sierra

For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2012-13, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2012-13 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 0-2 in the West Sequoia League and 0-0-1 overall as of Nov. 27. The Eagles will next travel to play in the Sierra tournament Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.


For the first pre-season game, the Eagles played home on the north field against the Sierra Chieftains, Nov. 27.

The Chieftains got off to an early lead, scoring twice within the first 5 minutes. The Eagles then bolstered up their defense and did not allow another goal for the rest of the game.

The Eagles had many opportunities to score a goal during the game, but could not capitalize on these chances and were held scoreless.

Despite the effort of both teams to score, neither put up any goals in the remaining minutes.

Junior David Taylor appreciated the teams effort in the second half. Despite the loss, Taylor is excited to see how far the team will go this year.

“I think the game went really good, but we let go during the first twenty minutes of the game and let the other team score twice,” Taylor said. “Even though we lost we played really hard so I think this season is going to be a lot better than last. I think there’s a good chance we’ll finish with more wins.”

Taylor was excited to see the improvement in the teams improvement, but was disappointed that he did not score in the game.

“I am happy that we actually got the ball down the field – our communication has improved a lot since last year” Taylor said. “But I was really disappointed that I did not make any goals with all of the opportunities I had.”

Senior captain Juan Ruelas agrees with Taylor and is impressed by the team’s performance despite their loss.

“I have played on this team for three years, and this year, as the team’s captain, I was very impressed to see how we performed in our first game,” Ruelas said. “Despite the loss on the record, I count yesterday as a win because our team played more as a unit than it has done in my whole high school soccer career.”

Ruelas is confident and foresees many wins throughout this season if the team puts in the proper work.

“I am optimistic about this year’s season and I know we will win some games. We just have to work on our finishes and as the preseason goes by, we will be ready for our league games.”

Varsity boy’s soccer coach Matt Markarian realizes that the team is a lot different from last year.

“This team is completely different from last year. We have adopted a more direct style of play,” Markarian said. “The hope is to highlight our strengths – speed and tenacity – and capitalize on the play making abilities of JP Caprioglio.”

The Eagles will next play against the Yosemite Badgers, on Nov. 30 and the Firebaugh Eagles, on Dec. 1, in the Sierra Tournament.

For more sports, read the Nov. 26 article, Girls’ soccer sport shorts: Sierra.

By |2012-11-29T00:00:00-07:00November 29th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Volleyball intramurals cancelled

Since the varsity football team will trave to Watsonville high school to play the Watsonville Wildcatz, Student Leadership has organized a beach trip for the high school student body, Oct. 19. The Beach Trip will start at Sunset Beach and then students will be transported to the Wildcatz football field.

Students can not sign up for the Beach Trip anymore, but if a student did not turn in their permission slip to the office their spot will be given away to someone on the waiting list. The cost of the Beach Trip was $40 until, Sept. 28, between, Oct. 1-12, the price increased to $45 and through, Oct.15-18, the price increased to $50. The cost of the Beach Trip includes the bus ride, to Sunset Beach and back, snacks, while on the bus and the entrance fee for the game.

Before the Beach Trip, students are invited to bring their grandparents for the annual Grandparents Day, which will be held the same day. Grandparents will start to come during second period, 9:30 a.m., and will shadow their grandchild in their classes until fourth period. A special lunch will follow where grandparents will eat with their grandchild and leave. After this, students who signed up for the Beach Trip will leave at 12:30 p.m., on a bus heading to Sunset Beach.

If a student did not sign up for the Beach Trip they will stay until Grandparents Day is over after lunch and will continue their schedule of classes. After lunch instead of having seventh period, students will head to their fifth period class, then skip sixth period and attend their seventh and eighth period classes.

Volleyball intramurals were to be held throughout the week, leading up to the beach trip with the championship game to be held on the beach. However, due to the lack of participation the intramurals were cancelled. Kristen Rosenthal, ’13, organized the event and was disappointed to see it come to an end.

“It’s sad that the intramurals didn’t work out,” Rosenthal said. “But, I understand why a lot of people didn’t sign up. People are just too busy especially because it’s the week before Homecoming. Also, not everyone got the opportunity to sign up for the beach so they couldn’t sign up for the game because the championship was going to be held on the beach.”

Varsity football player Bobby Christopher, ’14, likes the feeling that many of his peer will be watching him during an away game.

“I’m excited because it’s going to be fun with all the students being their supporting us,” Christopher said. “Even though it’s three hours away.”

Sophomore Kim Ward, member of varsity cheer team, is excited to see so many students come to the game. Ward says that the game will feel more like a home game rather than an away game.

“I think the bus ride over to the Beach Trip will be a lot of fun and will be bonding experience of the school,” Ward said. “The game will feel more like a home game rather than an away game because such a large number of the high school will be attending.”

Some students like Junior Aliciana Quintana did not want to attend the Beach Trip because they felt the cost was too much.

“I wanted to sign up for the Beach Trip, but it cost too much and I really didn’t want to pay that amount of money to go,” said Quintana. “Maybe if they lowered the cost I would go next year.”

Sophomore Collin Winegarden agrees with Quintana, but is will to go on the Beach Trip.

“I thought the price was kind of expensive, but it’s worth going to the beach,” Winegarden said. “I wanted to go to the Beach Trip to hang out with friends, but mostly get out of school.”

For directions to Capitola Beach to the football game visit Google Maps, or check out the map below.

For more news, read the Oct. 18 article, Baby Drive brings in donations, support.

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By |2012-10-19T00:00:00-07:00October 19th, 2012|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Choral department to hold fall concert

To kickoff the school year for choir, they will be singing in their first performance, FCHS Choral Department Fall Concert at Riverpark Bible Church starting at 7 p.m., Oct 18. The choir consists of 80 students who will participate in the evening’s event.

Music Director Michael Ogdon is excited to bring the choir out to perform for the first time as a group in front of a real audience. He has high hopes for his choir and what they will gain from the experience. Ogdon has prepared the choir immensely, changing up the songs a bit.

“This is our first concert of the year,” Ogdon said. “We finally get to pull the big choir out of the garage for their first ride of the season. People should expect a lot of variety and to be touched emotionally and spiritually. I hope the choir comes to understand that they are both performers and worship leaders.”

Senior choir member Jenna Orcutt is excited for the first concert of the year, being able to perform in front of a real audience.

“I really am excited,” Orcutt said. “It is our first concert, performing in front of other people so it will be a good experience. We also enjoy the songs, so that makes it fun.”

Not only will the choir be singing a variety of different songs but there will also be a variety of different singers in groups.

“Technically there are two groups performing,” Ogdon said. “The Celebration Choir of 78 voices will sing and also the Adoration Ensemble of 11 women will sing. In the concert, we will also have the choir split into two separate groups to feature them as well as have soloists.”

Soloist will include seniors Lynn Kim, Bri Walker, Abbey Cowan, Jenna Orcutt, Katie Baker-Pauls, Taylor Neufeld, juniors Robbie Hill, Amanda Menes, Alec Culver, John Dooman, Kaitlyn King, Joshua Thao, Ileana See, sophomores Elise Winegarden, Summer Villanueba, and freshmen Julianna Rosik, Kiaya Hargis, Dawson Oquist, Macy Mascarenas, Gillian Rea, Skyler Lee, Dalton Cowin, Maddie Luginbill.

Hill enjoys singing for choir and being able to perform in front of crowds. He looks forward to the upcoming performance because of the new material choir has prepared.

“I love choir and singing in general, so I get excited over any performance we have,” Hill said. “We had a concert similar to this one last year at around the same time and at the same venue. The difference is that our music this year is very different from last year. We focus on joy and praising God unlike last year where we sang about the holocaust.”

Orcutt looks forward to the performance. Being Orcutts last year she hopes the outcome will go as planned for one of her last concerts in choir.

“I’m hoping that it will go well,” Orcutt said. “We have been working on it since the beginning of the school year so I am confident that it will be good. This is my second time in the beginning of the year concert. So, yes it is sad to think that next year at this time, I won’t be at FC at all. So this is my last first concert, if that makes sense.”

Hill embraces the size of the choir, feeling it will give an overwhelming pressence and great sound. Hill is excited to see what the choirs first performance will be like.

“I think it is going to be a cool performance this year,” Hill said. “We have never had such a large choir in the history of the school. I’m not sure if it will be perfect on some songs, but we will do our best and hopefully give the crowd a good show.”

Choir’s next concert will be held Dec. 13, 14 for the anual Round the Table Carol Sing. Tickets are not currently on sale, but will be priced and sold soon.

For more news, read the Oct. 16 article, BRIEF: Civics to visit Fresno Courthouse.

By |2012-10-17T00:00:00-07:00October 17th, 2012|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Annual SYATP builds appreciation for prayer (VIDEO)

Unlike an average day at FC, students woke up early along with many other students across the nation to pray as a community for their friends, teachers, nation, world and school. At 7 a.m. over 50 students gathered in the Ground Zero quad area to pray for the anual See You at the Pole (SYATP), Sept. 26.

SYATP started in 1990, where a small group of students were allowed to pray, and since 2005, the event has grown to over 2 million participants all regions of the nation. SYATP has been marked a national event, which is always the fourth week in September.

Principal Todd Bennett expected more from SYATP and left feeling a little dissatisfied at the turnout. Bennett hopes next year will bring a better outcome.

“I wish there would have been a better turnout,” Bennett said. “I hoped to see more students and teachers there. Although, it was nice to see some students out there that I didn’t expect to show up. I know as a private school we have the opportunity to to pray openly whenever we want, but I still think we should take advantage of every opportunity we get. Hopefully next year we’ll get more student involvement.”

The campus high school has 196 students and 58 participated in SYATP this year.

Student Leadership, led by Robert Foshee, started the morning off with a quick group prayer, where people circled together to pray about various requests and thanks. Then senior worship team members Brandon Porter and Nathan Bender led worship with songs like “Center”, “Overwhelmed” and “Came to my rescue.”

Porter was happy to lead worship at SYATP because he liked being a part of an event where people all wanted to worship.

“I thought it was a lot of fun,” Porter said. “I wasn’t planning on playing until the night before, so I kind of played it by ear, but sometimes that’s when it’s the best for worship. It’s a really cool and special time that only happens once a year. Just being a part of it with people that wanted to be there and worship together was really cool.”

Foshee appreciates SYATP because students aren’t required to attend, but still many attend.

“The turnout was great because students weren’t praying by themselves, but with thousands of other Christian students,” Foshee said. “I like that its student led prayer and not required to be there; worship was great too.”

After the worship team led worship, Student Leadership asked students who participated in SYATP to split up into groups to allow students can pray as small groups.

Junior Chloe Duerr felt that the small groups created a more personal environment unlike the student body prayer.

“The small groups were better I think then doing one large group because it created a more personal atmosphere,” Duerr said. “I enjoyed the small groups and would like to participate in the small groups next year in See You at the Pole.”

Seventh grader Erin Baudonnet realizes from SYATP that she appreciates FC because she is able to pray everyday unlike most public secular schools.

“I liked how we got to pray individually and as a group,” Baudonnet said. “I like how this school has the opportunity where you can pray out loud and not be shy about your faith.”

Freshman Macy Mascarenus did not go to SYATP because she felt that it started too early in the morning.

“I did not go to because I didn’t get their in time and by the time I got to school the event was already finished,” Mascarenus said. “I will probably go next year if they start it at a later time.”

Junior high history teacher Hallie Rojeski found that the small groups created a better environment for worship instead of singing worship songs and the student body prayer. Rojeski felt that the worship time could be improved if the lyrics of the songs FC sang were available.

“I realize for a lot of the kids getting there at 7 a.m. they need transportation, especially jr. high students and if parents schedule doesn’t work then it doesn’t happen,” Rojeski said. “Given those factors it was a good turnout; their were a lot of kids. I am used to us [FC] praying in a circle, but I though that the small groups worked very well because you could be more personal. It would have helped if in the worship time we had the words to the songs because I didn’t know the songs well enough to sing and it was hard to hear the guys [Bender and Porter].”

Senior Kristen Rosenthal found that since it is her last time attending SYATP at FC that is was very emotional.

“It is crazy thinking that this is going to be my last year going to See You at the Pole,” Rosenthal said. “It’s different because I feel I can use this opportunity to pray for next year since it is my last year fellowshipping with my peers. It was very emotional, as it is my senior year, but I am thankful for the opportunity to pray as a school and I pray for the underclassmen below me taking on the leadership responsibilities.”

Viviana Hinojosa, Features Editor also contributed to this article.

For past coverage of SYATP, read the Sept. 25, article, BRIEF: SYATP gathers FC community in prayer.

For more features, read the Sept. 26 article,
Day trip to Superior Dairy bonds group (VIDEO).

By |2012-09-27T00:00:00-07:00September 27th, 2012|Features, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Superintendent oversees school-wide improvements

After FC went under accreditation in April 2012, the school decided to remodel parts of its campus to match the quality of its educational standards over the summer. The update of the school involves two aspects: renovations in selective parts of FC’s campus and the use of technology to aide teachers for educational purposes.

The idea of redesigning FC came about due to recent donations to the science department. Superintendent Debbie Siebert started the summer-long process to improve the facilities.

“Last year was an accreditation year, and part of what the accreditation team does is help us see a bigger picture of our organization,” Siebert said. “They felt so impressed by our unified group of people, with our wonderful students, parent groups and teachers. They felt like what we have is so wonderful and exemplary, but our facility didn?t match who we are. They really encouraged me to see if there was an opportunity to improve the way we look.”


Donations from Christianna Enterprises, Viking Enterprises and the Dyer Family Foundation, made these renovations possible. Christianna Enterprises and the foundation board mainly contributed to the improvement of programs and facilities on campus. Viking Enterprises and the Dyer Family Foundation focused primarily on the renovation of the science and computer labs.

Alumnus Joshua Siebert, ’96, son of Debbie Siebert and owner of Viking Enterprises, chose to donate cash and time to make use of his talent and support the high school from which he graduated.

“I am a graduate of Fresno Christian, and I believe in FC,” Joshua said. “When the school asked for my help in the remodeling of the science and computer labs, I gladly accepted. I have a talent for remodeling, and Scripture tells us to use our talents and not to hide them away. I only wish I could have done more.”

Joshua hopes the new renovations will help FC students reach their full potential and excite them to learn in a better environment.

“My hope is that the renovation done to the science and computer labs will inspire the students of Fresno Christian to do great things and prepare them for the future,” Joshua said. “I truly believe that your environment does have an impact on your performance.”

Loel Wood from Christianna Enterprises shares about his past involvement with improving programs at FC. He hopes that his contributions will help improve the environment.

“Christianna Enterprises has helped support Fresno Christian Schools in athletics and fundraising for a few years,” Wood said. “Being involved in helping the school improve their academic program was the next natural step. Our efforts, financially, over the past few years have been focused more on athletics. However, we also desire to see the school excel in academics. By helping improve the labs and technological aspects of the classrooms, we hope to help create an environment that will develop and prepare students for the next step in their academic careers. We believe our teachers can accomplish this if outfitted with more advanced tools.”

Dale Devereaux, father of Makenzie Devereaux, ’15, and Madison Devereaux, ’17, did all of the electrical work in the new labs. Siebert is very grateful for all of the volunteers’ hard work and time spent on this project.

“We never could have done what we?ve done without the many volunteer hours that men have given,” Siebert said. “We are grateful for their willingness to donate their time and skills to us.”


Renovations in FC’s science and computer labs required work throughout the entire summer. Science teacher Dan Harris helped with the renovation of the science lab.

“I helped at the beginning of the summer and at the very end of the summer, making sure that all of the science equipment was either out of the room or stored in the closet,” Harris said. “At the end of the summer, I came back in to help out with some last minute decisions about what we needed or didn’t need.”

Harris is very pleased with the outcome of the renovation and believes it will enhance the student’s learning space.

“The new lab is a much more conducive environment for student learning,” Harris said. “The clean lines and spacious feel allow for a less cluttered mind so information can land in the right places. I am very pleased with the outcome of everyone’s hard work.”

A few FC students in particular assisted Harris in taking down and setting up supplies in the science lab. Jonathan Brushwood, ’15, Lauren Purvis, ’14, John Agao, ’14, Amanda Menes, ’14, and Rhyann Crain, ’15, volunteered many hours throughout the summer and school year.

Crain helped Harris partly because of her appreciation for him as a teacher and in order to help the process be completed.

“Honestly, Mr. Harris is my favorite teacher, and I’ll do whatever he needs me to do,” Crain said. “It’s not that hard to unload things and put things where they should be. I think the new classroom looks pretty cool and will help the class concentrate more.”

Agao thinks the new science lab will be helpful for Harris and his students because of it’s spacious feeling.

“The lab is a lot better than last year, and it’s easier to navigate,” Agao said. “I think Mr. Harris will be more organized and will be able to get more things done during the year because of the new renovations.”


Principal Todd Bennett believes the new science and computer labs will make FC more competitive with the science and publications programs at other schools, as well as benefit the teachers and students at FC.

“The improvement that’s been made is overwhelming compared to what we’ve had in the past,” Bennett said. “Now we have a state-of-the-art science lab and computer lab for publications and video productions that are tough to beat. Whenever anything looks nice, clean and tidy it gives people a better sense of comfort and it makes for a better learning environment. It’s improved the learning environment in both rooms quite a bit.”

Editor-in-Chief of the campus publication, The Feather, junior Tynin Fries is relieved that the lab was renovated because it allows her to have more space and more resources to lead the staff.

“I’m really grateful to those who donated the money and time to redo the labs,” Fries said. “The past two years we felt so squished; it was like we were in a closet. But now, the room actually looks like we could produce something as big as The Feather really is. Now, I have space to teach people about media and hopefully have a successful year.”

Starting from the first day of school Fries believes the new lab set the tone for how The Feather staff was going to work this year.

“Mr. {Greg} Stobbe and I had our doubts about how this year would go after loosing 17 seniors on our staff,” Fries said. “But coming into the lab on the first day of school, I knew we could continue to produce The Feather at the same rate as last year, maybe even better. So far, the staff has blown me away.”

The Feather’s adviser, Greg Stobbe, feels that the room has helped in creating motivation and excitement for the new staff.

“I’m honored that the members of the FC community have chosen to donate their time and money to creating a lab that matches the quality of effort The Feather staff has generated over the last eight years,” Stobbe said. “After working in a crowded lab for years, the staff will be able to concentrate and develop their talents in a media room worthy to be called one of the best in the state. The excitement the new digs brought energized a rookie staff to a point where I believe that they can pick up where the veteran staff left them last year.”


In addition to the renovations of the two labs, Siebert looked to see if there were any other changes that FC needed to make to help the learning environment.

In building six, which holds many of the junior high and high school classes, Siebert decided it was necessary for the school to get new chairs for the students.

“We needed to replace our chairs,” Siebert said. “Last year, Peoples Church came to us and asked if we could get new chairs. We were using their folding chairs and they preferred that we didn?t. The old chairs used to sometimes crack and pinch your leg. As a result, most of those needed to be tossed, and the majority of the chairs we had been using were from Peoples Church. I went to the board, and they approved an allocation to get new chairs. Pastor Oquist from Peoples Church chose the color.”

Along with Building 6, the school got new bulletin boards and repainted the walls of building five, where FC’s third-sixth grade elementary classes are held. In FC’s Northeast Campus, which consists of kindergarten, first and second grade, the school bought a new sandbox and four awnings. Along with these purchases all of the interior walls in the building were repainted.

High school secretary Vickey Belmont was asked by Siebert to help with the renovations because of her past job as an interior designer. Belmont helped with both of the labs, building five and the Northeast Campus painting.

“I was asked by Mrs. Siebert if I would help give my opinion on what to do in the new labs,” Belmont said. “I thought that grey would be a great color, because it goes with everthing. I was going to add some color to the biology lab but now that it is finished, I think it looks great the way it is. It looks very sterile scientific. In the journalism lab I thought painting the eagle in pixels would be good but I didn?t have time. With the other renovations, I helped teachers put things on walls, and helped them dress up their classrooms.”


New technology including iPads, Apple TVs and projectors were supplied to a selective number of teachers at FC to better the learning environment at the school. English teacher Molly Sargent in some ways finds her new iPad and Apple TV helpful and in other ways unnecessary.

“In some ways it’s a high-tech chalkboard,” Sargent said. “For example, I use an app where I can write on the iPad and then have the information presented on the screen. In fact, it has some limitations because the pad is so small and you can only write so much before you have to erase it. However, it’s really helpful when I need to access the Internet quickly.”

Johnathan Nyberg, ’14, believes the new iPads and projectors benefit the learning environment at FC.

“I think they’re a great addition to our school’s learning environment, except teachers don’t always know how to use them, so that’s kind of a downside,” Nyberg said. “As far as note-taking, it’s easier to read what’s on the board when teachers use the iPad.”

Director of Technology David Martens, explains how the school decided which teachers would receive new technology.

“The administration chose the teachers on several considerations,” Martens said. “The primary factor was a change in focus in the fifth and sixth grade math curriculum. Additional consideration was given to those teachers and administrators who would be willing to model the use of the new technology to staff.”

Martens also notes that the project to upgrade technology at the school is not over; several more teachers will be receiving iPads in the near future.

“We were able to purchase 12 iPads initially,” Martens said. “The purchase we just completed includes nine additional iPads for teachers.”

Senior Amy Savage thinks the new technology has been helpful to both students and teachers.

“I like the new iPads and projectors, because they are more efficient than the overheads and projectors that involved plugging in lots of cords,” Savage said. “They’re better for projects and to use in the classroom.”

Ryan King, Photo Editor also contributed to this article.

For more features, read the Local event continues tradition, unifies community (VIDEO).

By |2012-09-20T00:00:00-07:00September 20th, 2012|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Guess Who: The 27th Subject

The art of caricatures paints people in a new light, exaggerating and distorting features that make the individual unique.

Drawing a caricature requires the artist to choose which aspect to highlight, resulting in a representation that reflects the artist’s own interpretation.

In an effort to help the student body learn more about others on campus, The Feather has reenlisted junior Miriam DeWolf to draw a caricature of someone at school every week.

This is the 27th installment in the Guess Who? series.

Can you guess who this is? Let us know in the comments below.

Answer: This caricature is Matt Adams, ’13.

More on Miriam

The daughter of Kimberly DeWolf, a support services provider for the Learning Resource Center, Miriam enjoys drawing and reading.

She looks forward to sharing her art with The Feather’s readers and illustrating people on campus in her own style.

For the previous installment, check out the April 17 article, Guess Who: The 26th subject.

For more illustrations, check out “The Good Times,” the daily comic.

By |2012-04-24T00:00:00-07:00April 24th, 2012|Features, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Track and field sport shorts, 2012

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For the Eagles’ schedule, check out their homepage at Athletic.net.


In the fourth WSL meet, the team competed at Caruthers high school, April 18.

By |2012-04-16T00:00:00-07:00April 16th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

World art of Rhythms and Patterns inspires

The Fresno Arts Council sponsors ArtHop, an event which educates the community about the local arts. In this column, freshman Ryan King chronicles his twice-a-month visits to ArtHop.

Through the confusing college parking I was able to find my way to a small gallery located at Fresno City College. The ArtHop was unique and unlike any other venue I have visited in the past because of the unusual artwork displayed.

Featured at this south ArtHop, Space Art Gallery, artist Kathy Wosika showcased mix-media art that included multicultural weaves and ceramics in her collection, Rhythms and Patterns. Wosika traveled the world to create the portfolio of art she has today.

This mix-media artist’s story is original because before art Wosika was a violinist who happened to walk into a gallery of art at her school, University of Illinois, which changed her forever. Immediately signing up for art classes, she later moved to San Diego with her husband so he could go to school. After San Diego she moved to Fresno to teach at Fresno City College and has been there ever since.

Yet her travels have not ended with Fresno, as most of her art is from different countries including Nungua Ghana and New Zealand. From these areas she was able to grow and create new raw materials for her art. In Nungua Ghana, she worked with some of the people to create paper from sugar cane leaves, which were featured at this ArtHop additionally taking artistic symbols along with the paper to add to her art.

In the middle of the room lay a structure of art unlike the others which really captured the whole room. The piece was different from the rest of hers. Since she constructs clay plates to design some of them cracked, but she did not want to throw them away and decided to build a creation out of them. Along with the plates she gathered leaves from the fall and pruned tree branches and stuck the broken clay pieces in to make this new centerpiece for the gallery.

Her art pieces lined the wall with a collection of clay pottery and weaved pieces in forms of banners. Along with the centerpiece there were sculptures formed with leaves and even one hanging banner that she weaved.

In the back were some clay pieces that hung on the wall, called The Journey and Buried with the Baggage, which told a story with each piece. The Journey had two parts to it as a story would have multiple chapters. These types of artwork were about rebirth and human struggles.

Later I was introduced to Kindred Spirits, a very interesting comparison of a Buddhist lady and the Sun-Maid Raisin girl. With the two, she found common features and decided to create an art piece. I liked that she is able to compare things that have no relation and bring them together for purposes of art.

My favorite work would probably have to be No More Hiroshimas because of it’s effect on me. The piece was very depressing because it showed the effect of the atomic bombs at Hiroshima.

The sculpture’s meaning is devastating, but also a sign of pride concerning the use of the bomb which makes it very controversial. Layer upon layer of weaved materials created the ground to the mushroom cloud of smoke above to create this destructive bomb.

The ArtHop was spectacular because of the detailed weaves and artistic designs on the porcelain clay that must have takes time and resources far greater than most other types of art. Through this experience, I was able to decipher details in the art because of the intricate weaves.

Overall, the Space Art Gallery was worth the visit with a great atmosphere including music, unique mix media pieces and the knew knowledge of paper and clay I was unaware of. Wosika’s creativity was amazing because of how she mixed and designed cultural symbols. Altogether her art was inspirational because of her out of the ordinary creativeness is what people want to see. Art is whatever you want it to be.

For more information on ArtHop, read the Feb. 23 article
Landscape artists benefit Saint Agnes wing.

By |2012-03-08T00:00:00-07:00March 8th, 2012|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A taste of local history: Clovis centennial

The City of Clovis celebrated its centennial birthday in a vast party,
which I visited at the Sierra Vista Mall, Feb. 27. From this experience I was able to express my outlook on the occasion and the city itself.

Admission to Clovis’s birthday event was free, unless attendees wanted to buy tickets for “A Taste of Clovis,” which allowed participants to sample restaurant foods involved in the competition judging the best of Clovis. The event cost $5 for adults, but I was unable to take part in the function because tickets sold out.

In addition to “A Taste of Clovis,” this birthday bash included various other attractions and events including live music, exhibits and awards of Clovis happening from 4-8 p.m.

Being born in the Clovis area, I was anticipating a fun event that would be worthwhile to attend, and an opportunity to meet new and interesting people. During the evening I walked through the whole mall to see what Clovis representatives had to offer the community.

Walking in, I was introduced to Clovis Connection from Clovis Elementry, a local choir that presented well known songs and started the event amusingly. From the entrance and to the right of the mall, my nose guided me to the lines of tables that were decked with local restaurant samples all wanting to win “A Taste of Clovis.”

Although though the food was not free, everyone was offered small cupcakes baked by Clovis Culinary Arts School at the Institute of Technology, at the end of the event. Along with the cupcakes Clovis Culinary Arts School baked, a cake which was cut in honor of the birthday for show.

This evening was not only enjoyable, but educational as well because of the historical presentations like the Historic Photo Exhibit, which was my favorite since I have never really heard about the history of our city.

Clovis Historical Society Vice President Paul Spraetz, a volunteer at the Historic Photo Exhibit, featured memorable photos that showcased the foundation of history in Clovis that makes the city what it is today.

I liked the story of how Clovis was founded because it was interesting to hear the story in comparison to stories I have heard of how other cities were created. Being a citizen of Clovis, I am disappointed at the lack of attention toward local history at schools because it should be common knowledge to the community.

The story tells how Clovis M. Cole sold his land to Marcus Pollasky, in order to make way for the San Joaquin Valley Railroad Company project that extended from Fresno across the Sierra Nevada. The new depot was named Clovis in honor from Pollasky because of Clovis’s contributions. Since then, Clovis has been growing from that small old town into a prosperous urban city.

While the event was coming to a close, I thought of how big a deal this was to the whole San Joaquin Valley. A century might not seem a lot, but the western side of America has just started to grow compared to back East. This anniversary represents the pride of America as a new nation and to another city that has past the centennial mark.

“Hold fast to dreams,” American poet and social activist Langston Hughes said. “For if dreams die, Life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” This was said in his view on the American Dream, which is proven by the city’s existence today.

For more opinions, read the Feb. 24 article, Perception versus reality: observing biased views.

By |2012-03-02T00:00:00-07:00March 2nd, 2012|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Landscape artists benefit Saint Agnes wing

The elevator opened to a long corridor that was hung with art on the walls, lined with small private rooms decorated with single art pieces. For ArtHop this week, I visited the Valley’s Saint Agnes Medical Center’s new North Wing, Feb. 16.

The North Wing was added as the new Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, filled with 72 private rooms. Along with the advance in this department the wing features a family Church of Christ, a 20,000-square-foot pavilion that includes a cafe, library and education center and a 260-seat auditorium.

The ArtHop featured several artists who donated their art for the North Wing’s sixth floor. I was excited to see particularly the artist that showcased their art because most of the donators were new to the art community.

President and CEO of Saint Agnes Medical Center Nancy Hollingsworth, Vice President of Clinical Services Debbie Chappell and Vice President of Marketing, Communications, Advocacy and Human Resources Stacy Vaillancourt guided along the floor informing me of certain artists.

Some of the artists present at function included landscape photographer Jim Ritter, landscape and floral photographer Brittaney Osburn and landscape watercolor painter Joyce Truck.

The first artist I met was Osburn, who photographs mostly floral images. Scenic pictures were also shown at this ArtHop. Her pictures were crisp with detail, but possess a mellow tone. The art was calming and I enjoyed how it was realistic, as if I was sitting in the very meadows that she captured.

The photographs were peaceful, which perfectly benefited the hospital environment. I liked that Osburn was able to bring out the beauty of local surroundings, and capture the scenery that we usually forget about.

Next I was aquatinted to Ritter, who mostly photographs landscapes of water. It was interesting to hear him talk about his love for water, being a new photographer in the community. Though he has always enjoyed photography, Ritter recently made it his career a couple of years ago.

His pictures were unique because I have seen water like this before. I thought the images might be boring because of water’s plain features, but I was completely wrong. Each art piece was exciting, capturing water forms like waterfalls, oceans and rivers in their natural state.

Though Ritter features rich color in his art, I also liked that he finished some of his pieces black and white. I enjoyed his evident love for photography, but I wished he would have donated more art to the hospital.

Being a painter for over 30 years, Truck only created art as a hobby. However, she showcased her art at the hospital. Though hew to promoting her art, Truck loves to paint landscape in watercolors, which added a different perspective to the pictures. She enjoys painting with a group of artists as a class visiting different local surroundings around Fresno.

Her art was worthwhile to see because it showed her view of the Valley. I wish that artists like Truck, who use their art skill as a hobby, would publish their art because it allows others to enjoy and discover new masterpieces. Truck is one artist that I will not forget about.

After viewing the art in the room, I felt that all of the different artists brought a domestic touch to the North’s Wing sixth floor. I enjoyed how Saint Agnes displayed new, local artists. This provided the chance to see impressive, original art pieces.

Overall, the artists provided creative artwork that was well-worth the visit. Even though this was a one-time ArtHop promoting the donators, I am definitely curious to see more artwork from these individuals.

For more information on ArtHop, read the Feb. 9 article
Notable figures a trademark of Colligo Studio.

By |2012-02-23T00:00:00-07:00February 23rd, 2012|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Freshmen alter vision of NOTS film

New to making a Night of the Stars (NOTS) movie, the freshmen are challenged to step up to the plate and exceed the norm of a rookie. The freshmen class plans to construct a remake of the 2009 sports film, The Blind Side.

The movie is directed by Jennifer Smith, who is co-producer with Chris Grossman. Main characters include Grossman as Michael Oher, a troubled young man, who is taken in by the wealthy southern family, the Touhys, Sabrina Henderson (Leigh Anne) and Jordan Castro (Sean).

Although Grossman does not claim that the movie will be the very best, he sees it as an accomplishment for the freshman class, especially in the realm of humor.

“I don’t think it will be one of the best movies a freshmen class has ever made,” said Grossman. “But we still worked really hard on it and had a lot of fun.

Recognizing his class’s disposition, the filmmakers chose to portray The Blind Side as a spoof rather than making a stretch to create a serious movie.

“I think it fits us because we are a group of irresponsible, funny and a sociable group,” Grossman said. “Even though we started with a cast that was more like the actual movie, we had some difficulties. So instead we made a spoof of the movie that worked better to fit the cast.”

Starting off, Smith feels like it will be difficult task filming, but enjoys the challenge of directing this year.

“It has been pretty good starting off and we have a lot of bloopers,” Smith said. “Just a a little challenging, but it’s been really fun, but a lot of work because I am also editing.”

In the area of acting, Henderson has personal goals to prove her talent, and aims to win an award.

“I don’t know if we will win some awards, but I am going for best actress because I’m fierce and fabulous,” Henderson said. “Seniors can win all the other awards even though they rig it.”

Out of many of the freshmen who did not participate, Caitlin Gaines did not have the time to attend meetings and would rather participate in NOTS for a different movie.

“I didn’t have time and I didn’t really like the movie selection this year,” Gaines said. “I might participate in next year’s movie if there are more people participating next year.”

As an extra in the film, Justin Porter observes many benefits of making the movie. Although his expectations did not meet up with reality, the results were positive, he says.

“It was fun that we got to grow in friendship as a class as we goofed off,” Porter said. “I thought it was going to be a little more profession, but instead it was a lot more relaxed even though it was a lot of work. I think the movie will turn out good.”

For more information on NOTS movies, read the Feb. 3 article, Class of ’14 takes second shot at NOTS or watch the freshman trailer of their spoof of The Blind Side.

By |2012-02-16T00:00:00-07:00February 16th, 2012|Features, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Notable figures a trademark of Colligo Studio

The Fresno Arts Council sponsors ArtHop, an event which educates the community about the local arts. In this column, freshman Ryan King chronicles his twice-a-month visits to ArtHop.

Invited to this weeks ArtHop, I was eager to see the artwork of Colligo Studio, February’s South event. Established in 2008 in Downtown Fresno, the gallery, at first glance, was covered with different types of art, which made it intriguing from the start.

Colligo Studio is managed by founder Ma Ly, and is located inside Fresno’s Broadway Studios. Ly was born in Laos, but moved to France during the Vietnam War because of his Hmong origin. After living in France for 32 years, he settled in Clovis, CA, where he started his art career in the U.S. with the founding of his studio.

Along with portraits, Ly is an art instructor at Michaels, teaching different types of media which include landscape, seascape, floral and still life. He teaches all levels of skill for teens and up and his classes are usually around two hours. Additionally, Ly’s classes are available to take at home and at the Fresno Adult School.

Though Ly was not able to come to this ArtHop, I met his wife May Lee, who gave me an inside-look into his art. Ly has been a realist artist since 2007.

Ly’s artwork is unique because he mostly draws portraits of people, rather than landscape. He is known to paint notable individuals, which can include historical political figures, celebrities and athletes. I admire Ly’s ability to draw people, as it still retains a creative perspective because of the detailed surroundings he adds into the background.

One of the portraits Ly created was of the deceased General Vang Pao, a CIA agent, Vietnam Veteran and Uncle of Ly. Pao’s family asked Ly to paint the portrait in memory; the landscape of the work was filled with mountains.

Along with this feature, Ly has been highlighted on Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Day at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The piece showcased was a portrait of MLK and his wife standing together in front of a crowd.

Though he is generally known for his portraits, Ly also paints a number of miscellaneous works, which can range from landscapes to murals. Though he paints portraits of important people, Ly also works on commissioned portraits of children and adults.

Ly plans to further exhibit his art in the coming years through various museums in order to receive more recognition.

I enjoyed Ly’s art thoroughly because most of his pieces are recognizable, featuring athletes, celebrities and political figures that most people know. Since I see these people in the media, I remember the art much more than any other piece

Overall, the gallery was amazing. Each picture captured my eye to the recognizable foreground and then drew me into the detailed background. Its surroundings were precise and carefully drawn, which made all of his portraits wonderful works of art. I was extremely pleased with my visit and will certainly be following up on Ly’s career in the years to come.

For more information on ArtHop, read the Jan. 31 article,
Boling Fine Arts features unorthodox displays.

By |2012-02-09T00:00:00-07:00February 9th, 2012|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments