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Senior reflection: Sara Peterson

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Sara Peterson will be attending Fresno State in the fall, majoring in Nursing.

After six long years at Fresno Christian, my time at here has finally come to the end. At the beginning of the seventh grade, graduation seemed like a lifetime away but it has come within a blink of an eye. Despite the many complaints about high school and how we cannot wait to leave, there is some place within all of us seniors that genuinely enjoyed their time spent here, even if we don’t think so now.

During my time spent at FC I know I have had one of the best high school experiences possible. Yeah sure, our school is small and maybe we don’t have as many activities as public schools, but everyone at FC has the opportunity to get involved whatever suits their interests. Our teachers put many extra hours into their students without hesitation and are willing to help us in anyway. Students have the chance to gain many close relationships within and out of our own class.

My most memorable moments at FC are with my friends at school events, most recently powderpuff. I have two younger brother who will be entering high school and I’m extremely excited for the experiences they will be gaining and I hope that they will make the most out of their time here.

Journalism has also been a big factor in my high school experience. My junior year I was very reluctant to join journalism but now I do not regret it. Serving as Editor-in-Chief my senior year was an experience like none other. I learned a lot about myself and what it takes to be a leader. Improving my writing, in journalism, along with expanding my use of multimedia are skills that will surely benefit me throughout college and career.

Through journalism I interviewed many high profile individuals along with getting to be a guest speaker at Columbia University, and traveling to New York City my junior and senior year with my friends. I’d like to thank Greg Stobbe for encouraging me to join journalism and constantly encouraging us to be better writers and interviewers everyday. Also my best friend Gaby Siqueiros, for staying by side throughout high school and being my partner in crime in journalism.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson.

By |2015-05-15T08:37:44+00:00May 15th, 2015|Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BREAKING: Feather earns CSPA Gold Crown

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Feather editors celebrate in Times Square after earning a CSPA Digital Gold Crown, March 20.

As the conclusion of the Feather editorial staff’s trip to New York City, staffers attend the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) crowning award ceremony at Columbia University, March 20. This event, which takes place on mid-afternoon Friday, reveals whether students have received a Silver or Gold Crown for their efforts.

After anxiously waiting for their paper to be called, staffers finally got the news that they earned a CSPA Gold Crown, the highest award given by the CSPA. This is the third consecutive and fifth time overall that The Feather has taken home this award along with two Silvers since 2008.

The Feather is honored to be recognized by such a nationally acclaimed source. Staffers hope to continue the tradition of taking home a Gold Crown. Next semester, The Feather will be moving in a new, more modern direction with a new website layout. The Feather will also work to implement more texture and media through new outlets.

2,691 students attended the convention, representing 299 schools within 34 states. Some schools even represented neighboring nations, such as Mexico and Canada.

Editor-in-Chief, Chloe Mueller, ’16, reports an attitude of elation towards this win, and motivation for the future.

“Of course, before you actually get the award, you are worried that you may not receive it,” Mueller said. “So when I heard that we won a Gold Crown, I was ecstatic. This experience has really motivated me to push on and come back stronger next year.”

Senior John Dooman, Reviews Editor, shares the highlight of the New York trip along and winning the Gold Crown award.

“This is the third Gold Crown that The Feather has won since I first joined,” Dooman said. “The anticipation that was built up around winning this last crown was crazy. Most of us editors are seniors and this was our last chance to help The Feather achieve excellence and I think I speak for all the senior editors when I say that this was a great way to end our high school journalism careers.”

Videographer Timothy Nyberg, ’16, explains his reaction to winning the CSPA Digital Gold Crown and looks forward to working for the gold next year.

“I was thrilled when I found out that we had won the CSPA Gold Crown. Each staff member has put in so much work this year and we are happy to receive a pay off,” Nyberg said. “I’m looking forward to going above and beyond next year.”

While The Feather Online did not qualify for a National Scholastic Press Association Online Pacemaker for the second year in a row, the staff is excited to rebuild the website and be more forward thinking to include a more modern look and feel with an emphasis on media. Look for the changes by summer’s end.

Along with The Feather, the Foothill Dragon Press from Ventura, CA, was also awarded a Digital Gold Crown.

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

For more features, read the March 18 article, Alumna shares personal journey, life with professional athlete.

By |2015-03-23T00:00:00+00:00March 23rd, 2015|FC Arts, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

32nd Annual FCS Auction raises over $140,000

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The 32nd annual FC Auction raised over $140,000 for Fresno Christian, March 14.

The 32nd Annual FCS auction is a highly anticipated event in which the generosity and close knit community is exemplified. Each year, families and FC enthusiasts look forward to the opportunity for a fun way to give back to the school which has touched their lives.

At the auction March 14, attendees were given a unique auction number and were able to bid upon different items including desserts, gift cards and donated items. Once dinner was served participants enjoyed a quick trailer of the upcoming April musical, Music Man.

Over the course of dinner the silent tables began to close and a raffle took place where attendees could win a variety of different hundred dollar prizes.

The highlight of the night, the live auction, offered a wide array of prizes. Prizes included everything from front row seats at the 2014-’15 graduation ceremony to signed helmets from Oakland Raider QB Derek Carr.

Every table at the auction sold out within weeks. The auction brought in a record breaking $140,000+. The money is used in multiple ways but is focused on filling the funding gap between tuition and the amount needed to operate the school.

Dr. Sam Hinton, father to Max Hinton, shares his impressions of this years auction and remembers attending his first auction for FC.

“I started volunteering at the auction when I was a sophomore at Fresno Pacific because that’s where they used to hold the auction,” Hinton said. “The auction this year is very intimate and elegant, I love how the auction brings in money and helps the community get together and remind each other why we support the school and what a great place it is.”

I have co-chaired the auction with Pete DeGroot for at least 10 years now. My favorite memory is when my girls to attended FC and now I get to watch my grandchildren grow up here. The whole thing has been a blessing and now I can give back because my kids are grown. I expect to net over $100,000 for the good cause of this school and help all the young people who attend here. –Marvel French, grandmother to Maddie and Maicy Luginbill, and FC Board member

Former history teacher Ellen King comments on the decorations and reminisces on the numerous years she spent teaching.

“The auction is decorated beautifully, I love the tables, the centerpieces, Chinese lanterns it’s all just so beautiful,” King said. “I have attended almost every auction, I honestly cannot remember not attending one. Coming to the auction makes me really miss the kids and teaching.”

Marvel French, grandmother to Maddie and Maicy Luginbill, comments on her favorite FC memories and shares her expectations for the 32nd annual auction.

“I have co-chaired the auction with Pete DeGroot for at least 10 years now,” French said. “My favorite memory is when my girls to attended FC and now I get to watch my grandchildren grow up here. The whole thing has been a blessing and now I can give back because my kids are grown. I expect to net over $100,000 for the good cause of this school and help all the young people who attend here.”

Nancy Weis, long time auction attendee, shares her first impressions of the auction.

“I have attended the auction for about 20 years, my children graduated from here and now my grandchild attend. We want to support this school because we love it and what it stand for,” Weis said. “We have a lot of great memories here, we met a lot of great people here at FC and my children made great friends. Coming in the auction just looks beautiful and it just feels likes its going to be a great night.”

Senior FC student, Collin Winegarden, came out to the auction to perform with his drama class. The class sang and danced to a portion of the Music Man, which will be debuting in April.

“I’m here for drama because we performed a dance from our upcoming musical Music Man,” Winegarden said. “I think it went well but we still have a little room for improvement. It was a good practice run for us because now we know what we have to work on.”

Superintendent Jeremy Brown talks about his first year at the auction as Superintendent. This experience has given him a new perspective on the event.

“I love interacting with the different families, it’s amazing how many people come out here to support. Its a full house, its a great lively events and everyone is here to support Fresno Christian Schools,” Brown said. “I went last year and didn’t really know many people because I was just hired. But this year it’s great because I know the community a lot better.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson.

For more features, read the March 16 article, Career Day: Professionals educate students, share experiences.

By |2015-03-17T00:00:00+00:00March 17th, 2015|FC Events, Features, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the news: New website launch

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A new website launch happened during the 32nd annual FC Auction, March 14. Please take the time to visit www.fresnochristian.com today.

The 32nd annual FCS auction was held at 5:30 p.m., in the FC gym on March 14. This year the auction was sold out. There was hundreds of great items sold from trips, event tickets, class baskets and deserts.

This year there was also something new: the launch of the redesigned Fresno Christian website. Each of the 47 tables had ipads on them to showcase the beautiful website. Please check it out and share your positive thoughts http://www.fresnochristian.com.

A special thanks goes out to Director of Technology, Robert Hyatt, History and Photojournalist teacher, Kori Friesen and web Designer Justin Pierce of PC Pierce for putting the website together.

For more photos, visit Coming soon and Pamela Powell Memorial Garden.

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

By |2015-03-16T00:00:00+00:00March 16th, 2015|Announcements, FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

#SJW2015: Importance of Scholastic Journalism Week (Video)

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Juniors Rees Roggenstein and Chloe Mueller share in assembly the importance of scholastic journalism, Feb. 23.

Publication students throughout the nation will be celebrating the art of Journalism during Scholastic Journalism Week, Feb. 22-28. This yearly event, sponsored by the Journalism Education Association (JEA) was created to raise student awareness about their First Amendment rights and civic responsibility.

Scholastic Journalism Week is used to promote the efforts of high school journalism students throughout the nation. This year the JEA has chosen “Our Staff at Work” as the logo to motivate people to see the efforts of student publications and The Feather staff wants to share the importance of scholastic journalism.

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.”

Editor-in-Chief Chloe Mueller gives insight into the celebration of Scholastic Journalism Week and student publications throughout the nation.

“Throughout the school year, various journalism-centered events occur, but this particular event is unique,” Mueller said. “This week delves a layer deeper into journalism and what it means by exploring the First Amendment and its role in the realm of publications.”

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.’

The Feather will be taking a student survey asking what the campus would like to see on The Feather and will include the results in an info-gram. This year in honor of promoting journalism week, The Feather staff has also created a hashtag for Twitter: #FCJW as well as #SJW2015 which will appear on The Feather’s Storify. Please share why the First Amendment is important to students’ voices today.

To ensure that the school is staying up to date with journalism week, The Feather is putting on a friendly competition. The campus student who tweets and includes #FCJW the most this week, will win a $15 gift card of their choosing.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson.

For more videos, check out Girls soccer hosts Frazier Mountain for D-VI championship (Video).

By |2015-02-25T00:00:00+00:00February 25th, 2015|FC Arts, Features, Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

BREAKING: Feather receives NSPA All-American rating

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For the fifth year in a row The Feather recieved an All-American rating and five out five marks of distinction from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) who released their annual web critique, Feb. 23.

For the fifth year in a row The Feather recieved an All-American rating and five out five marks of distinction from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) who released their annual web critique for 2014, Feb. 23.

The Feather scored the top in all five essential categories: Coverage and Content, Interactivity and Community, Breaking News, Design and Navigation and Rich Media along with scores from Student Work Credit and Frequencie of Update Credit.

With the combination of the five high score in all five categories and the two extra sections, The Feather receives NSPA All-American rating and a score of 3,992/4,300 points.

Feather adviser Greg Stobbe expresses his gratitude for the nomination, but acknowledges that there is still more work to come for staffers.

“While earning another All-American nod demonstrates The Feather staff’s proficiency,” Stobbe said, “I’m fully aware of the weaknesses and realities of producing a daily online paper. This award is just a step to honor first semester’s work, and it’s nice to know the things I’m pushing the staff to do have been pointed out by an independent judge. I’m thankful for the review, but the season is not over.”

Starr Sackstein, World Journalism Prep School, critiqued The Feather and shared her thoughts of the website.

“It was an absolute pleasure navigating though your website,” Sackstein said. “I’m hoping to share it with my students as I feel they can learn a lot from what you guys are doing.”

Chloe Mueller, Editor-in-Chief, shares her opinion on the review and how it has affected her motivation to carry out the rest of the semester.

“Here at the lab, we’ve been awaiting this review for awhile,” Mueller said. “I was very excited to receive the critique and more than satisfied with the results of our work. This is my first year serving as Editor-in-Chief, and this just goes to show that what we do here pays off. This is definitely a motivator for us – and myself – to continue striving through the year.”

FC’s web site critique scoresheet:

Coverage and Content: 900/1000
Interactivity and Community: 950/1000
Breaking News:450/500
Design and Navigation: 900/1000
Rich Media: 500/500
Student work credit: 92/100
Frequency of update: 200/200

Total score: 3992/4300

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

For more news, read the Feb. 23 article, BRIEF: Scholastic Journalism Week, Feb. 22-28 .

By |2015-02-24T00:00:00+00:00February 24th, 2015|FC Arts, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Scholastic Journalism Week, Feb. 22-28 (Video)

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Scholastic Journalism Week is used to promote the efforts of high school journalism students throughout the nation.

Publication students throughout the nation will be celebrating the art of Journalism during Scholastic Journalism Week, Feb. 22-28. This yearly event, sponsored by the Journalism Education Association (JEA) was created to raise student awareness about their First Amendment rights and civic responsibility.

Scholastic Journalism Week is used to promote the efforts of high school journalism students throughout the nation. This year the JEA has chosen “Our Staff at Work” as the logo to motivate people to see the efforts of student publications.

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.”

Chloe Mueller, Editor-in-Chief, gives insight into the celebration of Scholastic Journalism Week and student publications throughout the nation.

“Throughout the school year, various journalism-centered events occur, but this particular event is unique,” Mueller said. “This week delves a layer deeper into journalism and what it means by exploring the First Amendment and its role in the realm of publications.”

Throughout the school year, various journalism-centered events occur, but this particular event is unique. This week delves a layer deeper into journalism and what it means by exploring the First Amendment and its role in the realm of publications. — Chloe Mueller, co-editor-in-chief

The Feather will be taking a student survey asking what the campus would like to see on The Feather and will include the results in an info-gram. This year in honor of promoting journalism week, The Feather staff has also created a hashtag for Twitter: #FCJW as well as #SJW2015 which will appear on The Feather’s Storify. Please share why the First Amendment is important to students’ voices today.

To ensure that the school is staying up to date with journalism week, The Feather is putting on a friendly competition. The campus student who tweets and includes #FCJW the most this week, will win a $15 gift card of their choosing.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson.

For more news, read the Feb. 20 article, BRIEF: Winter Sports Banquet welcomes athletes, Feb. 23.

By |2015-02-23T00:00:00+00:00February 23rd, 2015|FC Arts, News, Uncategorized|4 Comments

BRIEF: RAK week is here, beginning Feb. 9

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Often in life people are subject to hard time and trials, but with the help of others, those times are more easily endured. Feb. 9-15 will serve as Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Week, in which students are encouraged to look past their own desires and put others before themselves.

Student Leadership and The Feather staff will be teaming up during RAK Week to take the extra step and challenge students to step out of their normal routines and comforts zones to help one another with a random act of kindness.

Participation in RAK week is quite simple, such as giving a compliment to people you normally do not talk to, making a new friend, telling someone you appreciate them or offering someone your help.

To promote the concept of RAK’s, classes such as student leadership have hung banners through halls for students to write how they will participate on. The Feather has stepped in as well, advertising the hashtag ‘#RAKweek‘.

Additionally, students will have an opportunity to serve and show kindness, Feb. 19. The high school students will be off campus to engage with the community and help with graffiti removal, Neighborhood Thrift, the Poverello House and others. Junior high students will be staying on campus to help teachers and custodians.

As an example of RAK week, ABC’s Primetime: What would you do? TV series showcases actors being put into real life situations with hidden cameras to see how people react to conflict, illegal activities, etc. Recently, a segment from an episode published in 2011 resurfaced via social media just in time for RAK week. The video featured a single mother who was unable to pay for her family’s groceries, but was assisted by other shoppers. You may be surprised by what happens.

Clink to watch grocers help a single mother at the check stand.

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

For more news, read the Feb. 5 article, Students chosen for honor choir, perform with community.

By |2015-02-10T00:00:00+00:00February 10th, 2015|Community Events, News, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Student Leadership hosts quarterly WSL meeting, Jan. 26

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FC Student leadership hosts WSL quarterly meeting for the first time after three years, Jan. 26.

In order to increase productivity and improve FC events, student leadership along with other schools in the West Sequoia League (WSL) join together for quarterly meetings to collaborate with one another. The visiting schools included Firebaugh, Fowler and Riverdale.

After a three year gap FC leadership hosted the quarterly meeting on campus, Jan. 26. The day began with a quick tour of the FC campus, including the computer lab, in which they briefly spoke to journalism adviser Greg Stobbe and the gym facilities.

The group then headed back to the Student Ministry Cafe, where they all participated in an ice breaker. The activity consisted of students given a slip of paper with an item or person on it, and being told to find their ‘pair’ (i.e., peanut butter and jelly). Once united with their pair, they discussed topics such as their hobbies and interests.

After the ice breaker, the students had a leadership discussion. Six tables were set up, each with an FC leadership member, to discuss campus events such as Sadies and service projects. Students sat at a station, and after the allotted time, they switched over to a new station to discuss a new topic.

After the official meeting was adjourned, the schools were invited to make a stop by John’s Incredible Pizza for some fun and games. After their long day, the WSL officers headed back to their own campuses.

Leadership advisor Vickey Belmont feels that it was a good decision for FC to step up to host the event, because it joins the WSL community on a deeper level.

“This event was necessary to bring the WSL league schools together,” Belmont said. “Students were able meet on a field apart from the feeling of competition, but a meeting of the mind. It was a successful choice for FC to host.”

Student leadership ASB officer, Timothy Nyberg, felt that the WSL meeting went beyond simply unifying the WSL league, but also unified the members within the leadership class.

“This meeting was essential for our leadership class,” Nyberg said. “We stepped up to host this event, which drew even our own class together. It was also nice to meet the members of these schools beyond sports.”

Alex Flores, a student from Fowler, reports that this was the most entertaining WSL meeting he has attended.

“My favorite part of the day had to be musical chairs,” Flores said. “We all had a lot of fun and met a lot of new people. This was probably one of the most fun meetings I’ve gone to.”

Jonathan Sanchez, from Riverdale, enjoyed seeing a new perspective and faculty.

“These meetings are helpful because we get to see other school’s special events and we get to share a lot of ideas,” Sanchez said “They help us find new ways to make school more enjoyable for the students and the faculty.”

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson and @_chloemueller.

For more news, read the Jan. 22 article, Student Leadership: Applies for Director of events.

By |2015-01-26T00:00:00+00:00January 26th, 2015|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Feather staff recollects fall semester, 2014

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Senior Trevor Beal plays volleyball at Calvin Crest during the Senior Retreat of 2015.

With the commencement of the 2014-’15 first semesters, The Feather would like to recollect on the campus’ past events and accomplishments from the fall semester. From a handful of new teachers, new sports teams and a renovated bell schedule, FC kept busy with new additions.

The Feather has worked to inform readers on and off campus of the details of campus life along with community events. The Feather has used various outlets such as articles, slideshows, videos and podcasts.

After an overlook of the fall semesters, staffers have decided to breakdown the events into the following categories: academics, campus events, athletics, community and extracurriculars.

CAMPUS EVENTS

To kick off the 2014-’15 school year, the student body, parents and faculty members gathered for the annual morning convocation, Aug. 11. The school was welcomed by new Superintendent Jeremy Brown and continues with worship and prayer along with the announcement of this school year’s theme: Living our faith.

In hope to unite the class of 2015, seniors traveled to Calvin Crest for the annual senior retreat, Aug. 16-17. Divided into groups, the seniors participated trust building exercises, a variety of games, a skit and the traditional night walk.

To welcome new families to the campus community student leadership hosted annual New Family Dinner at Johns Incredible Pizza, Sept. 23. This tradition stand to reach out to new campus attendees and their families.

The 30th annual homecoming game was in full swing, Oct. 31. Student leadership brainstormed and decided upon A Walk Down Hollywood Blvd as this year’s theme. Each class was encouraged to create a float that represented a film genre.

To build up excitement for homecoming students participated in dress up days to earn points for their class. The dress up days, chosen by student leadership included: Merica Monday, Tacky Tourist Tuesday, Wake up Wednesday, Think Alike Thursday and Fly Together Friday. The homecoming court participate in numerous pageant and campus activities.

At half time the court was announced as follows: freshman princess Erin Wilson, sophomore princess Hannah Nale, junior princess Claire Kollenkark, senior princess Gabriela Siqueiros and homecoming king and queen was awarded to Ivette Ibarra and Jordan Castro.

ACADEMICS

Previous Superintendent Debbie Siebert stepped down and welcomed Jeremy Brown as new Superintendent. In place of Todd Bennett, Amy Deffenbacher stepped up from English teacher to Dean of Students.

ATHLETICS

This year The Eagles up kept the tradition of inviting multi school students to play amongst campus students on sports teams. Playing another year as an 8-man football team, The Eagles placed 4-1 in the Central Sierra League and 7-4 overall.

Girls volleyball ended the season 2-7 in the West Sequoia League, 12-5 in preseason play and 14-13 overall. The girls made it to the first seed of playoffs, but lost in the first match.

The FC Eagles cheer team attended the annual cheer clinic on the FC North Field, Oct. 6-10. Elementary students were invited to practice in order to learn new cheers and improve skills to be preformed at half time of the home game, Oct. 10.

Girls soccer traveled to the Garces Holiday Soccer Tournament in Bakersfield, Dec. 19-20. The team placed third in the Silver Division. The boys varsity team also attended the Garces tournament, and placed 4th in the Silver Division.

The varsity boys basketball team is currently 6-6 in preseason play. JV boys basketball are currently 1-2 in preseason play.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

The student body gathered for the annual See You at the Pole in the Student Ministry quad at 7 a.m., Sept. 24, for a time of worship and prayer. Since 2005 the event has grown to reach over 2 million attendees nationally, with students and faculty gathering all over the country to pray over their school, community and nation.

To reach a helping hand to neighboring citizens, FC enrolled in Pinedale Elementary’s Book Buddies Program. The student body also collected canned and boxed foods for the Yes We Can! Food drive, which were delivered to Pinedale Elementary as well.

As a school, FC also participated in Operation Christmas Child. Throughout the holiday season, students K-12 donated boxes with toys to send to children in various developing countries.

During the last week of school, student leadership hosted the Annual Christmas movie, Dec. 11. The film shown was the Grinch. Students were encouraged to donate a stuffed animal upon entry (to be donated to Central Valley Children’s Hospital), for which they would receive a free tri-tip lunch.

EXTRACURRICULAR

Under the direction of Susan Ainley, the high school drama department performed Gift of the Magi as their annual Christmas play. The class has also begun rehearsing their upcoming spring musical, The Music Man.

Susan Ainley also took the role of high school choir director this school year. The choir intermingled their songs with the Gift of the Magi performance.

VISUAL ARTS

As a project, many art students entered their pieces into competitions at the Fresno Fair. Art and Home Economics teacher, Sharon Scharf, had her students bake cookies to send to soldiers overseas.

CLUBS

California Scholarship Federation (CSF) is taking place under the leadership of Academic Advisor, Michelle Warkentin. Their projects thus far has included a fundraising luncheon and a trip to neighboring Carington Pointe to sing carols and offer company to its residents.

Two long upheld traditions at FC have continued to take place under Terry Richards and Hallie Rojeski: Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister. Upperclassmen are invited to act as mentors to junior high students who have signed up for the program. As a perk, the students involved are allowed to journey off campus every other week for lunch with their ‘brother’ or ‘sister’.

PUBLICATIONS

The Feather Online received the Columbia Scholastic Press Association critique, awarding the staff with a gold medalist and several All-American rankings. The Feather was graded upon three separate sections: essential, verbal, and visual, and received a combined score of 976 out of 1,000.

The staff is continuing to work to expand their reach beyond campus events, but also to community affairs. Their efforts have included trips to town hall and other schools with online publications.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather and Instagram @thefeatheronline. These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson and @_chloemueller.

For more features, read the Dec. 23 article, Trek to the Tree 2014.

By |2015-01-05T00:00:00+00:00January 5th, 2015|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Feather staff breaks for holiday, returns Jan. 5, 2015

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The Feather staff will be taking a hiatus for winter break until Jan. 5.

Students and teachers finished their last finals and officially concluded the 2014-’15 first semester, Dec. 12. The campus will be taking a three-week vacation and will return, Jan. 5, 2015, for the beginning of the second semester.

The Feather staff will also be breaking for Christmas and will not be publishing regularly. Despite the low coverage from staffers, there will still be a few events taking place over the holiday.

The girls soccer team will travel to Tranquility High School, Dec. 15 and will play at 4 p.m. However, the boys soccer team originally scheduled against Liberty High School, Dec. 16, will now be played Jan. 7, 2015.

Varisty basketball will play Acel at home: the girls play at 5:30 p.m. and boys at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 16. Varsity girls will then play at McLane High School at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 17.

Both the boys and girls soccer teams will travel to compete in the annual Garces Holiday Soccer Festival, Dec. 19-20. Both teams are competing under the Silver Division against a variety of non-league teams.

Varsity boys basketball will be competing in the Liberty High School Tournament, Dec. 19-23. Please return to The Feather’s Winter sport box scores article for up-to-date information.

For other events, check Daily Announcements.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson.

For more news, read the Dec. 9 article, BRIEF: Eighth graders scheduled to take Constitution test, Dec. 11.

By |2014-12-15T00:00:00+00:00December 15th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fresno mansion attracts tourists for the holidays

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Kearney Mansion offers Christmas Tours Fri-Sun at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Also on Sun. Dec. 14 there will be an open house where you can tour the house solo, while listening to Christmas Carols played throughout the house.

Visitors attracted to decorations of historical home

With the Christmas season well underway, visitors flock to one of Fresno’s many beloved sites: Kearney Mansion. Upon arrival at Kearney Park, guests can spot the sizable home between a luscious green landscape. The estate is engulfed by a cultivation of evergreen trees.

After walking up the front stairs, a tour guide welcomed us into the front room of what was Martin Theodoore Kearney’s grand residence. The group of about 10 people was then led into the Estate Office, which earns the title of largest room in the house.

In the first Office, a small tree sat with red ornaments and a collection of various colored gifts laid beneath. Next to the tree was a black and white aerial photograph of the grounds. We then entered into Kearney’s personal office, where we were then shown the customized estate currency from the beginning of the 20th century.

Next, we were taken upstairs for a view of several other bedrooms. The largest bedroom belonged to Kearney himself, and was left untouched by Christmas decor, to preserve the nostalgia of the room. Other bedrooms included those of Kearney’s then Estate Manager and his children, which featured archived pictures of Kearney Ranch citizens hanging from Christmas trees.

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[Kearney Mansion] when I was a child. So we decided several years ago that it was time to revive the tradition. I’m glad we picked the tradition back up because I appreciate the place more now than I did as a child.–Jamie Jones 

After a trip back downstairs, we were led into the grand finale: The Parlor. The Parlor hosted a magnificent ten foot noble fir Christmas tree, ornately covered in golden bows, ornaments and lights.

Overall, the atmosphere of Kearney Mansion was welcoming and warm. This site is a gem, sat apart from other landmarks in Fresno County. Topped off with the touches of Christmas spirit, the tour was a very enjoyable experience.

Fellow visitor, Jamie Jones, makes an annual trip to Kearney Mansion during the holiday season to reminisce on her childhood, when she went to Kearney with her grandmother.

“My grandmother and I always came down here [Kearney Mansion] when I was a child,” Jones said. “So we decided several years ago that it was time to revive the tradition. I’m glad we picked the tradition back up because I appreciate the place more now than I did as a child.”

Kearney Mansion offers Christmas Tours Fri-Sun at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Also on Sun. Dec. 14 there will be an open house where you can tour the house solo, while listening to Christmas Carols played throughout the house.

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For more reviews, read the Dec. 2 article, Third film in franchise raises expectations for final installment.

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

BREAKING: Feather receives CSPA critique: Gold Medalist

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The Feather Online is informed by the CSPA that they will be finalists for the Gold Crown journalism award.

After returning from five-day Thanksgiving break, The Feather received the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) critique, Dec. 3. The critique awarded the staff with a Gold Medalist rating and three All-Columbian Honors.

The Feather was scored upon three different sections: essentials, verbal and visuals, with a total of 1,000 points. The essentials category was scored bases upon accessibility of the site, resources, coverage and interactivity giving 190/200 points. Verbal included the text and article flow within the publication, where The Feather received 386/400. Finally The Feather was graded upon multimedia, photography, graphics and typography, earning 400/400.

With the combination, The Feather received a total score of 976/1,000 points, placing it as a Gold Medalist. The critique is judged by an anonymous CSPA judge.

Receiving a perfect score in the visual section, the judges complimented The Feather for a strong multimedia presence.

“The visual appeal of this web site is outstanding and there is a strong multimedia presence,” the judge critiqued. “The coverage is comprehensive and creative with excellent journalistic writing style.”

The judges also offered suggestions on improving The Feather’s verbal section, including better captioning techniques.

“Because the captions are the most read copy in any media, caption mini stories are a major trend right now,” the judges wrote. “Consider adding more to your coverage.”

Feather adviser Greg Stobbe, reports feeling remarkable pride for his busy staff this year.

“I’m personally amongst the most proud of this group,” Stobbe said. “I would say they are probably the hardest working, blue-collar staff that I’ve ever had. This staff is amongst the most committed I have ever had the privilege to advise.”

Editor-in-Chief, Chloe Mueller, expresses her gratitude for her fellow staff and their dedication to The Feather.

“I was so excited when I saw that we were nominated for a Gold Crown, and I’m happy with our score as well,” Mueller said. “Our staff this year is amazing and everyone is hard-working, which is what we have to accredit this win to.”

The award is in addition to The Feather‘s earning a CSPA Gold Crown finalist nomination, Nov. 17. Last year the CSPA also named The Feather a Gold Medalist.

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For more news, read the Dec. 3 article, Student leadership: Christmas is here.

By |2014-12-04T00:00:00+00:00December 4th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Feather highlights: Behind the desk

FC junior high teacher Matthew Weimer writes a weekly blog entitled ‘Behind the Desk.’ Weimer writes from the perspective of a teacher, looking out on students’ life, hoping to give advice to his readers.

Courage to let go

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As my wife’s health slips away from us, I find that my life is changing quickly. It seems everyone around me is encouraging me to step away from the things I’ve been doing and seek GOD, the same GOD who is poised to take half of me away.

I will, for no one else has the words of life. I will seek Him in the morning and relearn how to walk in His ways.

But I must confess to being excited and scared. It feels like stepping out on wisps of vapor, my weight, and the weight of my four children to be supported by what looks like less than cotton candy? But this is the GOD who led Moses through the sea, and Joshua across the Jordan at flood stage.

He led me here, to FC, seven years ago on a trail that was not much more substantial.

He is the One who made it possible to bring my oldest daughter home from college in Kansas last weekend. A colleague offered to pay for a ticket to bring Jenna home, not knowing where the money would come from. When he returned home from school a check was in his mailbox.

While she was visiting, re-connecting with her mother, and us, we contacted her pitching coach and set up a time for her to throw. I am her catcher, so after church I changed my clothes. As I did GOD asked me a question.

“Do you remember Friday night?”

Of course I did. That was the night we picked up Jenna at the airport. We were all so excited to see her earlier than the original December reunion we had planned. As we waited at the end of the long hallway, Lindsay, my youngest girl, must have been even more excited than I was. She shot past me and grabbed the first hug. Then I held her.

The thoughts came tumbling in like water. That?s how You feel about my wife.

“That?s how I feel about My daughter.”

Of course she?s Yours, and though this week marks 21 years of having her as my partner, my helper, my beloved, she?s more Yours than she is mine.

Change. Rapid change. Yes, I?ll seek the one who loves me, and I will love Him though He slays me. My decision is much like C.S. Lewis’ quote: “I would rather be consumed by Him than fed by another.”

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For more features, read the Nov. 21 article, Jack Leonard: A veterans perspective (PODCAST).

By |2014-11-25T00:00:00+00:00November 25th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BREAKING: Chemistry experiment smokes out labs

 In the next few weeks seniors will follow a different schedule than the rest of the school due to their early graduation.Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

In the next few weeks seniors will follow a different schedule than the rest of the school due to their early graduation.

Amy Deffenbacher, Dean of Students, released information on the incidents of 5th period in the Chemistry lab. The following press release was emailed to the faculty and parents alike.

As many of you know, this morning during 5th period {around 9:30 a.m.} we evacuated the upstairs of Building 6 because of a smoke issue that occurred in our Chemistry Lab.

The Chemistry activity today was to investigate the chemical reaction of KNO3 + sugar which burns to form CO2, H20 {water}, N2 and K2CO3 {potassium carbonate}. This is a safe classroom experiment, however one group did not follow the heating safety guidelines and the device got too hot resulting in a tremendous amount of smoke being produced. The smoke is a combination of carbon dioxide, nitrogen gas {80% of our air is nitrogen} and water vapor.

Students responded well and promptly left the room. All heating units were turned off and the situation contained.

The local fire department was consulted, and they determined that no further action was needed and their presence was not necessary.

Thanks to a great staff and quick action, students are safe and clean-up is under way.

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For more news, read the Nov. 12 article, BREAKING: CSPA names Feather Gold Crown Finalist.

By |2014-11-13T00:00:00+00:00November 13th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Humble beginnings inspire sweet success

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Jerry Greenfield speaks to local people from Fresno about his success at Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.

After opening a small ice creamery in the cold of Burlington, Vermont, with best friend Ben Cohen in 1978, Jerry Greenfield would have never expected his business to thrive and grow as much as it did in the years to come. 30 years later, Cohen and Greenfield have used their unorthodox methods of business, which has made Ben and Jerry’s a success.

For the third San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Lecture Series Greenfield spoke to the community and selected California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Merit Scholarship nominees at the Saroyan Theater, Nov. 12.

Starting at Oberlin University, Greenfield studied in pre-med studies, to later be denied by 20 medical schools. After having no luck, he met up with childhood friend Ben Cohen, taking a $5 correspondence course on ice cream making, starting a small college town ice cream parlor.

“I went to college and decided to go to medical school, but I never got in,” Greenfield said. “Ben dropped out of college and then we opened up our homemade ice cream parlor in 1978 in Burlington Vermont. We were about 26 and we thought that we would do it for a couple of years.”

Greenfield has been friends with Cohen since they were 13 years old, attending the same junior high, but recognizes their differences in personality as well as their similarities.

“We’ve been friends for 50 years now,” Greenfield said. “We met in gym class because we were two of the slowest kids in the class. We went through school together and Ben is a very unusual person. He is extremely ant-authoritarian and unconventional and smart. Ben peaked in the 6th grade, he just wasn’t that into school. He loves learning, just not through the traditional methods.”

Starting with the traditional flavors, the Greenfield and Cohen began with vanilla, but grew towards many of the popular kinds made today. Cohen came up with many of the flavors, as well as their big fans of the shop.

“In the old days Ben came up with the flavors, we started with vanilla,” Greenfield said. “But Ben created many of the classic Ben and Jerry’s flavors Toffee Bar Crunch, New York Super Fudge Chunk, Ben made fish food. Some of the flavors are customer suggestion such as: Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey and Chubby Hubby. Now there is a department of people and all they do all day, everyday is come up with new flavors.”

Because of the climate in Vermont, it was hard for Greenfield and Cohen to profit throughout the whole year. In the winter they came up with unique business methods.

“Well the winter came and sure enough people stopped buying ice cream cones,” Greenfield said. “We came up with, what I think in retrospect, was one of the best marketing promotions in the history of Ben and Jerry’s, it was called Penny off Per Celsius Degree Below Zero Winter Extravaganza.”

Along with their own shop, Greenfield and Cohen sold to local stores and gradually started selling pints to bigger chain supermarkets. Haagen-Dazs owned by Pillsbury wanted to limit the company’s distribution of ice cream in Boston, Greenfield and Cohen wanted to file a lawsuit against the company. Instead the company went a different direction.

“We decided if we are going down, we will at least take our case to the people,” Greenfield said. “So we started the What’s the Doughboy Afraid of campaign.”

After years of being in the ice cream business their company began to take off. Prioritizing their focus on the people, socially and environmentally.

“We weren’t business people and we weren’t really thinking about it as careers,” Greenfield said. “We were trying to stay in business and we were working hard and the business finally started to prosper which freaked us out because we realized we were business people and we never had good thoughts about business people.”

Fourteen years ago, Greenfield and Cohen sold their company to Unilever. They still are the face of the company, but have sold their rights.

“Ben and I both work at the company, but we don’t have specific jobs there,” Greenfield said. “The company got sold about 14 years ago and Ben and I get to be Ben and Jerry, but we don’t really make the decisions or do anything. Some people think its good and others think it’s weird, but I really enjoy it.”

The morning session ended with a complimentary ice-cream giveaway. Greenfield offered three different delicious flavors of ice cream for all atendees.

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For more features, read the Nov. 13 article, Broadway Studios displays local cultures, backgrounds.

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Fresno salutes Coast Guard, veterans (VIDEO)

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The annual Veterans’ Day Parade begins in downtown Fresno with a display of colors.

Fresno Celebrates 95th annual Veterans Day Parade

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.

Fresno salutes Coast Guard soldiers and Korean War veterans, along with remembrances of soldiers WWI, WWII and Vietnam. Many different organizations paraded with the veterans as well as countless schools throughout Fresno county.

The 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.

James Lemay, Army, served in Vietnam in 1950, believes Veterans Day is crucial for the remembrance of the sacrifices made of this nation. He also enjoys seeing veterans lining the streets for the parade.

“It is important to remember those who fought to defend us,” Lemay said. “I volunteered to serve because it was my duty to serve my nation. Veterans Day reminds this nation of what was sacrificed for our country’s sake. This is done through the personal accounts of veterans lining the sides of the street. I hope that people will never forget what veterans have done their country.”

Sergeant Brian Burry, retired US army Vietnam Combat Medic, attended the Fresno Veterans Day Parade and is adamant about remembering the work veterans have done for America.

“I thinks its extremely important to have a constant reminder of Americas freedom because of veterans,” Burry said. “Its fought with blood, sweat and tears and is definitely an honor to always remember them.”

I thinks its extremely important to have a constant reminder of Americas freedom because of veterans. It’s fought with blood, sweat and tears and is definitely an honor to always remember them. — Brian Burry, US army veteran

Veteran Richard Espinoza, served in Vietnam from 1968-1972, believes in educating the youth about the service of veterans and the hard work put into this country.

“Being a veteran myself, I believe that we still honor the past, present and the future,” Espinoza said, “so we can teach younger generations about what the men and women who have served and are currently serving our country have done.

Lesley Bannister, band director, gathered all percussion, color guard, music students and high school, junior high and elementary cheerleaders to march in the parade. Any student interested in participating was allowed ride on the FC float pulled by Randy Hurley’s 1940s restored John Deer tractor.

Cheerleader Brooklynn Ainley, ’17, looked forward to cheering at the parade and seeing the veterans from the central valley.

“I marched in the Veterans Day Parade in 7th grade, I was in front of the band carrying the FC banner,” Ainley said. “I’m looking forward to this year because I actually get to cheer and I’m not limited to just carrying the sign. The parade is a great way to see the veterans who live in Fresno and have served.”

After five years, percussion member William Barisic, ’19, returns to the FC band. Barisic enjoyed FC receiving attention and honored the veterans.

“I marched in a parade about 5 years ago and I had a lot of fun,” Barisic said. “I really like the attention our school got and myself. The Veterans Day parade is just a great way to honor those who have fought for us.”

Summer Villanueba, ’15, who marched in the event, was thankful for the opportunity to support her nation.

“I have marched in about seven parades and this is my last one,” Villanueba said. “My favorite part about marching is being able to hit people if they get in my way. The cool thing about the Veterans day parade is not only is it one of the longest, but we also get to support our troops and say ‘thank you.'”

Editors John Dooman, Trevor Beal, Gaby Siqueiros, Rees Roggenstein and Josh Carter also contributed to this article.

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For more features, read the Nov. 10 article, Veterans of today: Norris Jernigan.

By |2014-11-12T00:00:00+00:00November 12th, 2014|Features, News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

BRIEF: 95th Annual Veteran's Day Parade honors Coast Guard, Nov. 11

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To honor the Coast Guard, the 95th annual Veteran’s Day Parade commenced in front of City Hall, Nov. 11.

Fresno County will honor the Coast Guard at the 95th annual Veteran’s Day Parade, Nov. 11. The parade will begin with speakers at 10:30 a.m. followed by opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall.

With over 200 entries featuring over 10,000 participants, the parade will snake throughout Downtown Fresno starting on Tulare and P Street. The Fresno Veteran’s Day parade is known to be the largest parade held West of the Mississippi River.

The Coast Guard ship was created by the American Legion Post 509. In addition, Korean Veterans and their families will also be honored for their service.

FC percussion, color guard, music students and cheer will also march in the Parade. They will pull two trailers with seating for those who would prefer to ride. Students who are participating in the parade should meet at Ventura on M St., south of Inyo St. in downtown Fresno at 11 a.m.

Junior cheerleader Allison Breedlove, will be marching in the veterans parade for the first time. Breedlove believes the parade will be benefit the whole cheer team with their rhythm and confidence.

“This will be my first year participating in the parade,” Breedlove said. “I would have to say I’m pretty excited to cheer in front of that many people. I think that us going to the parade will help with rhythm and the whole teams level of confidence.”

Senior Andrew Guthrie looks forward to marching in his last parade.

I’m going to be up in the front leading the march. I’m excited for it. It’s our last parade so going out with a bang. I’m playing our tener quads, one of the marching drum instruments. I’m walking with the percussion block and color guard. — Andrew Guthrie, ’15

“I’m going to be up in the front leading the march,” Guthrie said. “I’m excited for it. It’s our last parade so going out with a bang. I’m playing our tener quads, one of the marching drum instruments. I’m walking with the percussion block and color guard.”

Cheerleader Alena Orth, ’17, looks forward to the parade because she gets to participate in honoring the veterans with the cheer team.

“I’m excited to be there tomorrow,” Orth said. “I love getting to see and acknowledge all the veterans. We’ve been practicing a lot, so I think we’ve got it down.”

Trevor Trevino, ’17, is excited to ride on the float and pass out candy to all of the kids.

“We are going to throw out candy to the people,” Trevino said. “Last year I don’t remember the parade so its going to be really fun.”

Publication students will be meeting at 10:45 a.m., across the street from Fresno City Hall.

The Fresno parade will be broadcast on both DODNews (Pentagon Channel) and on NBC affiliate, KSEE 24. Be sure to return to The Feather Online for a feature story, including a slideshow and video.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson.

By |2014-11-10T00:00:00+00:00November 10th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Chipotle hosts FC fundraiser, Nov. 10

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Parents Serving Teachers hosts fundraiser at Chipotle to raise proceeds.

In hopes of raising extra funds for FC, the Parents Serving Teachers (PST) have organized another fundraiser, Nov. 10. Chipotle Mexican Grill across the street from the River Park Shopping Center, located on Blackstone and Nees, will be donating 50 percent of all proceeds collected from 5-9 p.m.

In order for FC to receive the earnings, one must present the official flyer while they are paying, either on a smartphone or in person.

Chipotle offers a wide variety of Mexican food, ranging from the classic burrito or the healthier choice of a salad. Chipotle has proven to be a local and nation-wide favorite.

Although being ill informed, Madison Seib, ’15, still plans to attend the fundraiser in hopes to show school spirit and help FC.

“I didn’t know about the upcoming fundraiser at Chipotle because I wasn’t told about it yet,” Seib said. “I will most likely still go because I want to support FC and its a good thing that Chipotle is willing to participate. Plus I really like Chipotle, especially their chips and guacamole.”

Despite not liking Mexican food, Wyatt Koop, ’18, believes Chipotle was a good choice because many students enjoy the food.

“I am not really a fan of Chipotle because I just don’t like Mexican food,” Koop said. “But I’ll still probably go because my dad likes it and I still want to support our school. I think that Chipotle was a good choice because a lot of people from FC like it and that will encourage more people to attend.”

If you would like to participate in helping support our school, pick up a flyer in front of the high school office and present it to the person at the counter when you order. Click and download and print the official Chipotle flyer here. This offer is only valid Nov. 10, so hurry and pick up or print a flyer today.

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For more news, read the Nov. 7 article, BRIEF: Spirit Wear forms due, Nov. 12.

By |2014-11-10T00:00:00+00:00November 10th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

30th annual homecoming unites school, finalizes spirit week (VIDEO)

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FC’s 30th annual homecoming celebration took place Oct. 31, crowning Ivette Ibarra and Jordan Castro as Queen and King.

Alumni, students, family’s and staff all congregated at the 30th annual homecoming game and traditional festivities, Oct. 31. With a jammed packed week of dress up days, pageants and dances the suspense was leading to the annual Eagle football game against Northwest Christian, kicking off at 7 p.m., and the coronation of the homecoming court.

The night began with the announcement of the princess candidates during pre-game at 6:30 p.m. The varsity game began at 7 and the crowning of the homecoming court commenced at half time. Due to rain and showers, the floats were judged during 2nd quarter and the winners announced at half time.

After a week of pageantry and competitions, the homecoming court gathered in their best formal wear for pictures at 6 p.m. on the north field. The female candidates were dolled up from head to toe in an assortment of gowns and jewelry, and took photos with all their closest friends and families. The king candidates suited up in formal outfits and shoes and waited to see how the night played out.

The princess candidates were paraded in classic cars and announced to the crowd during the pre-game show at 6:30. During half time the homecoming court gathered at the fifty yard line under umbrellas due to the sudden downpour. The king and queen candidates were then given a quick but effective formal introduction.

Last year’s homecoming queen, Hannah Avila, and king, Kyle Hudecek, returned to the campus to pass down the crown to this years court. The results of the winners are as followed:

Freshman Princess: Erin Wilson
Sophomore Princess: Hannah Nale
Junior Princess: Claire Kollenkark
Senior Princess: Gabriela Siqueiros
King: Jordan Castro
Queen: Ivette Ibarra

The title of freshman princess was awarded to Erin Wilson. Wilson was surprised by her win, but very excited and grateful for the opportunity to bond with her fellow candidates.

“I did not expect to win because the other two candidates had been there for life so I thought everybody would pick them because everybody knew them a lot longer,” Wilson said. “I’m really happy that I won and I thought that this was just an amazing experience and it was all just a lot of fun. I feel like any of the candidates could?ve won. My mother escorted me and I was super pumped because of that. Being nominated was really cool because I got to get to bond and know the candidates better than before this experience.”

Senior Ivette Ibarra was stunned when she was crowned homecoming queen and shares her favorite experiences of the night.

“Getting dressed up everyday was just fun then just seeing everyone else getting dressed up makes it more real that homecoming is here and that this is actually happening and just the dress up days as a whole. Favorite part of friday night was probably the rain. It was fun even though we were all dressed up and we all looked pretty it was just fun to deal with it because like it was unexpected so it made it more memorable. I was surprised. I was expecting Elise to win but when they said my name I was like ‘what in the world’ and was like ‘dad I won’ and he was like ‘I know!’ So it was very unexpected to me.”

Homecoming king Jordan Castro, ’15, explains his favorite part about the game and his favorite memories from the week.

“Obviously when they announced my name and I heard my family and even my extended family, they just erupted in cheers for me that was the best part for me. I love pajama day because with minimal effort I have to go to school. I get to dress up in what I went to sleep in. My favorite memory from the week was the king dance. Just dancing with all those guys we put so much time and effort into it just to see it come and all the fans-students cheer was so much fun.”

Annual float contest creates competition between classes

Another cherished aspect of homecoming is the rivalry between grades, as they all compete to win the annual float competition. This year, for the first time, classes were also given points for their participation in dress-up days and the blood drive.

By the time the game started, all four high school classes had an individual float that they crafted for a theme that coincided with the homecoming theme of ‘A Walk Down Hollywood Boulevard’.

The freshmen assembled a sci-fi themed float that was intended to be a mix of Star Trek and Star Wars. This float featured green lights and an otherworldly feel.

The sophomores showed off a mobster-themed float, crafted during the era of the 1940’s-50’s. Students dressed as mafia members stood in a dark, grimy alley.

The juniors offered up a roaring 20s themed float, with a backdrop of bright lights and a party atmosphere. Girls were spotted in black flapper dresses and boys attended in high-class suits.

Finally, the senior class stunned with a western theme. Along with a saloon and bar, the seniors had cacti and tumbleweeds for props. Students on the float had on an array of western apparel – from cowboy boots to flannels.

Although most would agree that all the floats turned out spectacular, only one took home first place.

The results of the float competition went as follows:

 First place: Seniors.
Tied for Second place: Juniors and Sophomores.
Third place: Freshmen.

Senior Trevor Beal was thrilled that his class took home the win for the float competition, because he put so much hard work into the event.

“I was really excited that we won the float competition and since leadership included all the homecoming week points into the float competition, the seniors basically won the entire spirit week,” Beal said. “The seniors and I really put a lot of work into the float, so I guess hard work really does pay off.”

Although the sophomore class did not win, Amber Wilson, ’17, was content with the results of the work they put into their float.

“I loved our float because I thought it was very creative how we focused more on props than the background,” Wilson said. “It turned out exactly how I hoped it would. I would have put a little bit more organization into the props because I felt that the posters in the back were hard to see.”

Trevor Trevino, ’17, enjoyed seeing the camaraderie between classes during float building and seeing how everything all came together that night.

“I liked homecoming because this year I felt like my class had a lot more participation in the dress days,” Trevino said. “I also liked how most of the class contributed every weekend for the float building. It all came together on Homecoming night because the whole school got to see and appreciate the other class?s floats.”

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For more features, read the Oct. 30 article, Campus halls star Hollywood dress up days: Think-A-like Thursday. For more on last years homecoming, read Epitome of school spirit celebrated at homecoming game (VIDEO).

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#FCgoesHollywood: Eagles strut 30th annual homecoming

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Fresno Christian’s 30th annual homecoming court prepares for the upcoming festivities.

With the 2014-15 school year and football season well underway, the team will host Northwest Christian, on the FC North Field at 7 p.m., for the annual homecoming game, Oct. 31. The night will include student-built floats, announcement of the homecoming court winners at halftime and the return of FC alumni.

The 30th annual homecoming week will consist of festivities including dress-up days, float building, pageantry and annual pep rally, all focused around the theme ‘A walk down Hollywood Blvd.’

Each class will depict a float correlating with the week’s theme and Hollywood movie genres. The seniors will portray a western-theme, while the juniors will create a Roaring 20s themed float. The sophomores will be recreating the 1940s mafia scene and the freshmen will be combining Star Wars and Star Trek to create an original sci-fi theme.

Vickey Belmont, student leadership advisor, has been working on homecoming along with student leadership students for about six weeks. Belmont looks forward to the festivities and seeing the excitement of the nominees.

“We have been planning homecoming since the middle of summer but only began actually working on it around the middle of September. Our goals this year are basically the same as every year: ‘a fun and successful Homecoming,'” Belmont said. “This year we have something different, a student in charge of homecoming night, Ashley Garcia, vice president of the student body, will be our ‘go-to’ person this year. She is excited and has been diligent in getting this night put together so it runs smoothly. I’m very proud of her. I’m most excited to see how it all comes together and the excitement of the nominees.”

Mikayla Miller, ’15, has high goals for the class of 2015 this year and is planning to go all out in order to help her class come out with the win.

“I am really excited for homecoming this year because I am getting the chance to be very involved with all of the activities,” Miller said. “My goal is for the seniors is to totally dominate in all things homecoming. I really hope everyone will get involved and excited about it this year.”

After being nominated for homecoming queen, Miller shares some of her favorite activities so far and those she is looking forward to.

“I’m looking forward to participating in the queen pageant because it’ll be a new experience since I’ve never been in the homecoming court before,” Miller said. “My favorite experience so far has been being able to spend time with the other nominees and sharing all the laughs and memories with them.”

The 2014 homecoming court will include:

Senior King candidates:
Jordan Castro
Nick Fontes
Aaron DeWolf
Chris Grossman
Collin Winegarden

Senior Queen candidates:
Callista Fries
Ivette Ibarra
Mikayla Miller
Gaby Siqueiros
Elise Winegarden

Juniors candidates:
Claire Kollenkark
Macy Mascarenas
Chloe Mueller

Sophomores candidates:
Sydney Belmont
Jenny King
Hannah Nale

Freshman candidates:
Olivia Messer
Erin Wilson
Jenna Bynum

Homecoming week dress-up days will be as followed:

Monday, Oct. 27: ‘Murica Monday, students will dress up in all of their patriotic garb to show school spirit and pride for our nation.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 Grab your fanny pack, sunscreen, binoculars and anything else you would take on vacation for Tourist Tuesday. The princess pageant will also take place.

Wednesday, Oct. 29: Wake up Wednesday and come to school in your pajamas for all time FC favorite: pajama day. Annual Queen Pageant will be held.

Thursday, Oct. 30 Think alike Thursday: Grab a friend that looks similar to you and dress up as twins or triplets. The kings will be strutting their stuff across the dance floor during the King Pageant.

Friday, Oct. 31 Fly together with the student body and wear all FC gear you can find to show support for the football game, Oct. 31. The student body will come together for a rally in the FC gym to get pumped for the night’s festivities.

Maddie Luginbill, ’16, looks forward to being on her float for the first time.

“I’m looking forward to our float, because I’m super excited from how hard everyone has been working. And this is the first year I get to dress up and be on the float,” Luginbill said. “Homecoming is my favorite football game of the year. We have been working really hard in leadership and we are just going to take each day at a time.”

Freshman Matthew Oliver, is looking forward to the week’s festivities but will not be attending the game due to a prior engagement.

“This is my first FC homecoming and I think it will be interesting to see how everyone celebrate and show school spirit,” Oliver said. “I going to try and dress up everyday but I think Twin Day is going to be the hardest to find someone who I look like. I won’t be going to the game, because my family and I always do something together on Halloween.”

Superintendent Jeremy Brown, has invited the K-6 classes to host a “Trunk or Treat.” Each class will have one car which they will decorate according to their class theme. All elementary students are invited to dress up to show school spirit and support FC homecoming. However, scary costumes are not permitted.

Entry to the game will be $6 for adults, $3 for FC alumni, $4 for students with IDs, $4 for seniors and for FC students with IDs and children under 5 years old, entry is free. Tri-tip sandwiches, pizza and desserts along with a variety of drinks.

The Feather staff will be posting videos, slideshows and articles covering the homecoming festivities.

Tag all your homecoming photos from the week to earn extra points for your class via Instagram and Twitter: #FCgoesHollywood.

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

For more news, read the Oct. 23 article, BRIEF: Joni and Friends to speak on campus, Oct. 24.

By |2014-10-24T00:00:00+00:00October 24th, 2014|Features, News, Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

School program benefits youth, community

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The annual Book Buddies program at FC began, Sept. 26. Organized by Linda Amparano, volunteer coordinator, Book Buddies gives kids from Pinedale Elementary and campus students a chance to connect and bond. The kids from both schools have reported that they are benefiting from the program.

The program was created by Diane Dillie. The original name for the program was “Literacy in Neighborhood Churches” (LINC), but after a request to change, it became “Book Buddies” in order to to fit in with the school.

While the program began in 1996, it was not until 2003 that Amparano reestablished the connections and Book Buddies became a recognized name in Fresno.

Linda Amparano is impressed with the results Book Buddies brings to the kids and is thankful for how it changes them for the better.

“It is difficult to measure the academic effects of this program,” said Amparano. “However, what we do get to see is a transformation of students who were once shy blossom socially. They have learned to build a trusting relationship with an adult and are willing to try and read on their own.”

Book Buddies lets the kids have a mentor they can talk to and just have fun with. Reading to their buddy takes the pressure of reading off of their shoulders. It benefits them by allowing them to become better readers.

Amparano enjoys that the kids build relationship with their buddies and create a special bond.

“They have been supported by their FCS buddy,” Amparano said. “They have built a special friendship that they will always remember.”

The children enjoy that the FC kids support them in trying to become better readers. Student Elijah F. likes to read with his buddy.

“They try and help us read,” Elijah F said, “Arthur Cleans His Room is my favorite book to read with my buddy.”

Savanna Z. cannot wait to read to her buddy by the end of the year.

“As time goes by we will be able to read to them (FCS Buddies)” Savanna Z. said, “Pete the Cat Saves Christmas is my favorite book to read with my buddy.”

The kids enjoy reading all kinds of different books with their buddy. Johnny A. enjoys reading a variety of books.

“My Book Buddy once read a rhyming book to me and it helps me to read,” Johnny A. said. “Pete the Cat and His White Shoes and a rhyming book are my favorite books to read with my buddy.”

FC students reportedly enjoy the program just as much as the Pinedale students. One example of a student enjoying her time at Pinedale is sophomore Hannah Nale.

“I have three Buddies: Juju, Julie, and Reyna,” Nale said. “I enjoy Book Buddies because I get to connect with the kids and see their cute faces every Thursday morning. I will definitely do Book Buddies next year.”

If you are interested in joining the Book Buddies program talk to Kyle Dodson. Book Buddies occurs every Thursday until early December.

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

For more features, read the Oct. 22 article, Veterans commemorated by Central Valley Honor Flight.

By |2014-10-23T00:00:00+00:00October 23rd, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Underclassmen strive to gain positive reputation through float building

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As homecoming draws near, students will scramble to put the final pieces in place for their floats to compete against other high school classes. Freshmen students will come together and participate in the construction of their Sci-Fi themed float and rush against the clock to attempt to make it the most superior float.

Students will be continuing to work on it every weekend until homecoming, Oct. 31. The freshmen plan on having a good time making their float this year, and hope to have as much support as possible.

It all comes down to one night. Many students will come to the game and view the varying floats. They will all do this however, many of them will never really understand how much time and effort has gone into each and every float.

As lead designer, Sally Rudolfs, ’18, has taken leadership over the freshmen and plans on making a successful float. Rudolfs has enjoyed working on her first homecoming float with her classmates along with coming up with the float’s theme.

“On our float we are planning to combine the Enterprise from Star Trek and the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars,” Rudolfs said. “I’ve had a really fun time working on my float with all my friends and I really hope that this project will be accomplished on time.”

Freshman Roman Endicott expands upon his goals for the upcoming festivities and hopes the best for his class.

“If we stay diligent and keep working on the float and not be distracted, we should be able to finish on time,” Endicott said. “We’re shooting for the stars, but usually the freshmen don?t get very high, and hopefully we don?t come in last.”

The underclassmen will continue to work on the float right up to the week of homecoming. When the float is being showcased on homecoming night, all of the strenuous sweat dripping work will be payed off.

Freshman Erich Miller is confident that the freshmen who are working on the float, if properly worked on and portray a good work ethic, can be successful and win the float contest this year at homecoming.

“This is definitely the most fun I’ve had this year while helping out making this float,” Miller said. “I hope we get to win this year after all of the hard work we put in to this, it could give the freshmen a good reputation but only for a
short amount of time.”

Freshman Carlee Whipple, 18′, likes to spread joy to her floats group and is hopeful that this year, the freshmen will be victorious.

“Although building our float is really hard work, Its also really rewarding. Getting to be a part of a project for my school, and being able to do so with friends is priceless.” Whipple said. “Im so happy I decided to help participate in the float this year!”

Nathan Mount and Jaden Ventura, writers, also contributed to this article.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @devin_pitts1735.

For more features, read the Oct. 16 article, Author preserves culture with Monumental heroes.

By |2014-10-20T00:00:00+00:00October 20th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Drought continues, relief in progress

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The Feather would like to recognize the recent absence in rains throughout the Central Valley. A previous column on the drought within Fresno Country area was published last week, to promote better water conservation.

With the recent absences of rainfall in the Central Valley and throughout California, there has been a vast increase of awareness raised in the community. According to the City of Fresno our water levels have dropped to their lowest amounts.

Since the beginning of 1985, Fresno has drastically lowered its water levels, starting from 80 ft. to an estimated 130 ft. in 2010. Water levels are based upon depth, a level of zero means more water for the community. The deeper we go to find water sources via wells, increases the risk of calamities in our water sources.

While the information may appear morbid, looking at the smaller aspects of the Fresno water cycle will improve understanding on the topic. Not all of our water sources are considered drinkable because of the ocean contaminants; which means we either treat the water underground with the minimal amounts of time available or access available rainwater.

Less rain means less ways to efficiently produce drinkable water. Right now, 12% of Fresno?s water is drinkable for the community. The other 88% is considered groundwater, or not liable for consumption. People may blame the California budget for the minimal resources, including the water, but that is not the case.

The California budget summary for the year of 2014 has increased since 2012, from a deficit of negative $9 billion and has improved to a balance of $5 billion dollars. The money is not the problem, the resources are.

The community has been watching their water usage. Citizens of Fresno have been reducing their daily use of water since 2008, with an average of 306 gallons to 235 gallons. But there have been incentives put in place (i.e. fines levied).

These citations are put forth by the city, also known as ‘the water cops’, with the public as the informers. However these sources are not to be abused in terms of petty waterwork activities. For example if your neighbor is flooding his/her lawn in the middle of the day, it?s okay, even encouraged, to inform the police.

Despite the community’s best efforts, the plan is a work in progress without the heavy rainfall to sustain the valley.

The water plan of Fresno set in action for water relief, Recharge Fresno, has made a future proposition concerning our water sources. With the path the community is on now, in 2025 Fresno could reach an estimate of 53% treated drinkable water, 11% recycled water, and a 36% remaining ground water used.

Many students are unaware of the severity of the drought or doubtful that there are any ways to take action. Senior Breanna Jennings agrees with the efforts that have been made towards water saving.

“I didn’t realize water conserving was all that big of a deal. I mean, I see commercials on TV all the time advertising about saving our water,” Jennings said. “I think just taking some time during the day to be mindful of how much water we use could be helpful enough.”

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @rynnking_ and @_sarapeterson. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more features, read the Oct. 13 article, Featured App: Duolingo.

By |2014-10-14T00:00:00+00:00October 14th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Local Mexican food offers authentic flavor

With such a wide variety of authentic Mexican food to pick from in the Fresno area, it can sometimes be difficult to make a dinner choice. Let me assist in your next partaking of Central American Cuisine by suggesting Sal’s Mexican Restaurants.

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Walking through the doors, you get the feeling as if you have just walked into a within a small pueblo. Kindly greeted by hostess upon arrival, I was taken directly to my table in the Fresno restaurant.

Within five minutes of being seated, there was a bowl of tortilla chips and fresh Pico de gallo. A lot of Mexican food restaurants will bring you some sort of homemade salsa, but I believe that Sal’s choice of pico de gallo really clears the pallet and freshens the taste buds, preparing them to receive full satisfaction from the meal soon to follow.

Having such a large selection of entrees to choose from, I decided to treat myself to a chili verde burrito. After hearing good things about this particular dish from my fellow classmate Jason Swain, ’15, I simply had to try it.

The time between ordering my food and receiving it was about 18 minutes. This would normally be a little lengthy of a wait, but considering I was dining on a Friday night and there was a considerably large amount of people, it was a reasonable amount of time.

When biting into the burrito, I felt as if I had just taken a bite of Mexico itself. The amount of authenticity that was put into that burrito was overwhelming and it was simply fantastic.

Inside the large flour tortilla was a combination of slow roasted pork drowned in a pool savory chile verde sauce, beans, rice and cheese. This burrito was top notch.

Personally I am a cheese person so if there were one thing I would add to the mix, it would be more cheese. However the normal person would probably find the amount of cheese used to be adequate.

Having a large fan base throughout the valley, it is not hard to find a fellow admirer of Sal’s. Sophomore Philip Christopher, shared his thoughts on he restaurant.

“I love going to Sal’s with my family,” Christopher said. “We like to go there when we are feeling Mexican food. I usually order either carne asada tacos or chicken enchiladas, it depends on the mood I’m in.”

Sal’s has managed to create itself quite the reputation for delicious catering. If you are ever in need of cuisine services for an upcoming party or event, I would recommend Sal’s any day.

There is a Sal’s Mexican Restaurant in Fresno, Selma and Madera.

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

By |2014-10-10T00:00:00+00:00October 10th, 2014|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

National News Engagement Day: Join the discussion (VIDEO)

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Although our generation has gained the label as the ‘communications era’ through social media, many of today’s students are growing less and less aware of current events in today’s society.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) has created News Engagement Day (NNED) and is sponsored by Journalism Education Association (JEA) in order to increase student involvement in news media.

The Feather staffers have spent time spreading awareness for News Engagement Day and it’s purpose throughout the halls of their school.

The Feather editors hosted a press conference after chapel on the steps of Building 6 to show support for National News Engagement Day. With seniors John Dooman and Trevor Beal providing opening comments on the reason for the day, Editor-in-chief Sara Peterson and senior editor Ryan King continued by encouraging those in attendance to know why engaging with the news is important, namely to be empowered and to protect our civil liberties.

Finally, The Feather is a source of local news for campus students. Those in attendance heard five reasons why the editors hoped their peers would engage. Without a school population and sharing their voices, there would be no Feather. The Feather is one way students can connect with campus news and events.

The Feather would like to encourage students to submit their opinions on National News Engagement Day and it’s effects on students. Any responses are appreciated in the comment section. The Fresno Bee covered #NewsEngagementDay and featured the campus students later in the day at Fresno Christian celebrates National News Engagement Day by reporter Hannah Furfaro.

No harm, no foul
Gaby Siqueiros, ’15
Oct. 7, 2014

NNED means that we are raising awareness of the importance of news and no matter what age you are, news will always pertain to you. Involvement with the news is important to highs school students because, there is no harm in not knowing what is going on. We, as young people need to start developing opinions and diving in to the real world.

Establishing beliefs
Tyler Villines, ’18
Oct. 7, 2014

When I’m in world history we always have to research the news and I usually go to BBC. I like to look at the sports section on The Feather because thats what I’m in too. Students should definitely get involved in news media because they need to establish their own beliefs and not just follow their parents.

Informing the future
Devin Pitts, ’18
Oct. 7, 2014

I think News Engagement Day is important because it is a day to recognize the hard work of people who bring you news and articles about what’s going around in your community and what’s going on around the world. Its very important for high school students to be informed about the news because we are the future of the world and its our job to know what’s happening around the world and inform our generation about the good and bad things that we are experiencing in today’s world

True understanding of the world
Michael Fu, ’16
Oct. 7, 2014

The National News Engagement Day means we could go back to the old age and start to care about the world around us once again. In Mrs. Friesen world history class, students check on the world news every Tuesday, and that’s how we get involved in news media. As we raised the awareness of the news, we will truly understand what it is happening in this world. The world that we are live in might seems peaceful on the surface, but once we to dig into the news. We realize the war in Syria and Ukraine and the Ebola in Africa. The world that we live in is not as save as it seems like.

Sports galore
Dillon Owens, ’15
Oct. 7, 2014

My favorite news station is ABC 30 because I can just go on at anytime and see what is happening in my community. My favorite section on The Feather is the sports section because I like how I can go and see how the teams are doing. High school students should be informed on local news along with current campus news.

Survival in the real world
Sydney Belmont, ’17
Oct. 7, 2014

I think it is important to raise awareness of the news because the news is being ignored partly because it has always been there. If people do not know what is going on in the world or the news they might repeat what has occurred in the past. I do think it is important for high school students to be informed of the news. If high school students go out into the world outside of school and do not know what is going on in the world, we will look like we don’t care and are uneducated.

Technology based
Knowing your surroundings
Matthew Garza, ’17
Oct. 7, 2014

I think News Engagement Day is a time where we as people focus our time in whats going on locally, politically (even though its so confusing), in our country, in the world, etc. I think it’s a good time to see what we do and why we do it. I think high school students need to know at a young age what’s going on so when they are older, they know what’s going on and they are aware of their surroundings.

News brings school spirit
Olivia Quebe, ’16
Oct. 7, 2014

Well this is my first year being a part of The Feather and my main job is writing the volleyball sport shorts. I do my best to make people more excited to come out to the games and increase school spirit. I think it is always better to be more aware of what is going on at school and around the nation. Personally, I feel like I am more a part of the school and I am a better citizen.

Get news via mobile
Jenny King, ’17
Oct. 7, 2014

I like to use my cell phone to look up news because it is a faster way to retrieve news. In my history class, we go online to news websites and read articles and then talk about them in class. In doing this, we are able to get a better perceptive of world news. NNED pushes students to read about news around them, including their online school newspapers. Instead of students looking at their phones for news, they can look at their own school newspaper.

A picture is worth a thousand words
Alyssa Oakley, ’15
Oct. 7, 2014

Me and my dad listen to KMJ on the way to school with my dad because he wants to know whats going on in the world. My favorite section of The Feather is the photo section because a picture is worth a thousand words.

Journalism expands involvement
Katie Jacobson, ’17
Oct. 7, 2014

I think National News Engagement Day is important because not a lot of people watch or pay attention to the news, so some don’t know much about what’s going on in the world. It also can show how important it is to be informed about current events. Now that I’m in journalism, getting involved will be a good way to see how the news uses social media to spread stories quickly.

Uniting a community
Skyler Lee, ’16
Oct. 7, 2014

I think that news serves to unite us as a community. There is something about understanding the issues that are at hand, the people who serve us and those who have been under looked for so many years that draws people together. For high school students, news not only applies to the overall community but to the school itself and to each individual. The purpose of a school paper is to highlight every person and give a sense of belonging to even the most socially removed. This is why engaging in news is so important.

Teens improve sources
Jared Coppala, ’18
Oct. 7, 2014

I think that NEE is important for those who only refer to non-news media to get news. Too many people rely on Twitter and Instagram for today’s news, leading to bad rumors, and incorrect beliefs. An awareness day like this is necessary for those many teenage students to refer to better sources.

Current events
Marisa Jonigan, ’16
Oct. 7, 2014

I like to look at the news on Twitter because I follow the BBC and CNN. My favorite section on The Feather is pictures because I enjoy photography. It’s important for students to be up to date in current events.

Understanding a purpose
Nathan Mount, ’18
Oct. 7, 2014

I think news Engagement Day is important to me because it is something that doesn’t get noticed that much and it shows a better understanding of a journalist’s purpose. I think it is important because it can show people how the news is actually important and how it can better peoples lives.

Check back later for the upcoming video and slideshow

The AEJMC and NNED can be reached via Twitter: @AEJMC and @newsengagement. The official hashtag is #newsengagementday.

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson and @_chloemueller. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more features, read the Oct. 6 article, Annual event provides grandparents with campus experience.

By |2014-10-07T00:00:00+00:00October 7th, 2014|Academics, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Students submit art into annual Big Fresno Fair

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A event for citizens of Fresno County and beyond is the 131st annual Big Fresno Fair. The 2014 Fresno Fair will be taking place from Oct. 1-13.

A beloved event for citizens of all varieties from Fresno County and beyond is the 131st annual Big Fresno Fair. The 2014 Fresno Fair will be taking place from Oct. 1-13. The fair will be held at the Fresno Fairgrounds as is tradition.

Many believe that the fair is a great place due to its many attractions. At the fair, people have the opportunity to embark on stomach-twisting rides, eat great food, look at art, watch horse racing, concerts, mutton busting, livestock exhibits, an array of educational programs. Consider making a pit stop at the Fresno Fair Museum as well.

There will be several new foods this year such as deep fried candy bars, deep fried Kool-Aid, and deep fried pork rinds. Big Fair Food is the only reason some people go to the fair. However long time favorites such as: cinnamon roles, soft tacos and cotton candy.

There are many opportunities to save money at the fair. Coupon books, season passes and unlimited carnival ride wristbands are offered via the website. There is plenty of stuff to do for all ages at the Big Fresno Fair.

The campus art class traditionally contributes art in the Junior Exhibit Building and will also be going to look at art, and a few will even be submitting a some of their own pieces. For art students, this opens many doors to prizes and experience. This is also an opportunity for students to get their artwork noticed in the community.

Art teacher Sharon Scharf believes that this event is crucial for aspiring art pupils. The art competition gives a unique chance to move their line of work into a more competitive range.

“We enter the Fresno Fair competition every year to give the kids a chance to show off their art,” Scharf said. “It also lets other schools and the community know that we are still here, and still have a competitive art program.”

Scharf said that as along as she is involved in the art department, students will continue to make an annual trip to the fair. She enjoys going to the fair and competing.

Senior Ryan King, has participated in the art competition held by the fair independently in years before. This year, King will be entering several of his personal photography projects into the contest once again.

“I entered a photo into the fair last year,” King said. “This was helpful to my photography career because I received constructive criticism. I’m entering a few more pieces this year, and I can’t wait to hear what the judges have to say about my work in this year. I would hope to hear that I have improved since last year.”

Scharf will be taking Sally Rudolfs, ’18, Cayla Rivas, ’18, and Amber Wilson, ’17, to compete in the fair chalk drawing event, Oct. 7. They will compete against other high school’s art teams.

In the next few months art students will be competing in a number of different competitions, including the Congressional Art Competition. Be sure to return to this paper for art updates in the months to come.

Chloe Mueller, Editor-in-Chief, contributed to this article.

Follow the Feather via twitter: @thefeather. This writer can be reached via twitter: @dawsontriplitt.

For more news, read the Sept. 29 article, College information night scheduled, Sept. 29.

By |2014-09-30T00:00:00+00:00September 30th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Smothering Stobbe

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After a day trip to Palo Alto High School and the NorCalJDay, The Feather staff crowded their adviser Greg Stobbe for an impromptu staff photo, Sept. 27.

Some of the Feather staff goofs around with Feather adviser Greg Stobbe, Sept. 27. Feather staff went to the Palo Alto High School Journalism day and learned about online newspapers and print newspapers.

They heard from key note speakers and the Editors of the Palo Alto High School journalism team.

After the workshops, the staff seems to create an uncomfortable situation, smothering Stobbe.

For more photos, visit NorCalJDay in Palo Alto and PE participation.

By |2014-09-29T00:00:00+00:00September 29th, 2014|Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: See You at The Pole, Sept. 24

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Students worldwide will gather for See You at The Pole (SYATP), to pray for their peers, schools, administration, families and nation at 7 a.m., Sept. 24. SYATP will be held in the court yard/quad area, where worship will be led by Collin Winegardern and Ivette Ibarra.

Since 1990, SYATP has been a time set apart where students can come together to worship and pray with one another. The annual event began in Buerlson, Texas as a grass roots movement with only ten students, and now has blossomed into a nationally recognized event.

Leadership Advisor Robert Foshee, shares the benefits of SYATP for FC students and students across the nation.

“I think it is a great opportunity not only to pray as a school, but you’re also connecting with students all over the country that are praying,” Foshee said. “Prayer is important at all times but I think just to see all the students praying together, who normally wouldn’t, is great. We will be coming together to pray for our school and other schools, city and state leaders and our nation’s leaders.”

This year’s SYATP national theme is #keeppraying, which is based out of Ephesisans 6:18. Foshee explains the importance that this verse holds.

“This year’s SYATP theme is #keeppraying from Ephesians 6:18, talking about the power of prayer and how it guides and shows us to seek God in all the things we do,” Foshee said. “I think it’s cool how it’s not just us, but it’s people all over the country that are joining together.”

Olivia Quebe, ’16, looks forward to starting her day bright and early with worship and fellowship at SYATP.

“I think students should come out to SYATP because its a really great way to start your morning,” Quebe said. “The worship is amazing, the fellowship is fantastic and it’s great way to connect with students who you may not see on a regular basis. Im going because it’s a refreshing way to start my day. It’s something different and it’s a way I can start my day with friends that I might not see during the day.”

Freshman Daniel Chandler has not been to SYATP and does not plan on attending this year, due to the early morning schedule which interferes with his sleeping patterns.

“I don’t really know what SYATP is, I know that we pray but I have never actually been,” Chandler said. “I’m not going this year because it’s early in the morning and I would like to sleep in.”

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

For more news, read the Sept. 18 article, BREAKING: Student leadership announces homecoming theme.

By |2014-09-22T00:00:00+00:00September 22nd, 2014|News, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Sports Center: Sept. 22 – Oct. 10

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In the hopes of better communication, the athletic department will offer a short sports news brief every three to four weeks called Sports Center.

9/22-10/10 upcoming events

In the hopes of better communication, the athletic department will offer a short sports news brief every three to four weeks called Sports Center. We hope to publish dates, times and locations of upcoming contests as well as highlight crucial events that our parents, supporters and students might wish to attend.

FC is proud to introduce our new Co-Athletic Director and P.E. teacher, Jonathan Penberthy. Penberthy will be leading our department alongside Mick Fuller.

The fall schedule kicks off with Grandparents Day, Friday, Oct. 3. However, football is on their bye week and will not have a game that day. The FC community is encouraged to attend this event as over 500 grandparents and/or guardians visit classrooms with their students and eat lunch together. The next Eagle football home game is against Kings Christian, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.

Football and homecoming go hand in hand. Be sure to put Friday, Oct. 31 on your calendar. The Eagle football team will be taking on Northwest Christian High School. Please plan on eating dinner on campus with friends and alumni before the game and watch the high school students build and later present their floats.

The volleyball team will be taking on Liberty High School on Sept. 23. The JV game starts at 5 p.m and varsity at 6 p.m.. Then the Lady Eagles go on the road for four games. They are home again on Oct. 9 vs Fowler–JV at 5 and varsity at 6 p.m.

Girls tennis is on the road until Oct. 7. Come out and cheer on the Lady Eagles as they face Fowler High on the FC tennis courts at 4 p.m.

Schedule

Upcoming FC Sports Events:
9/23 HS girls tennis @ Coalinga High 4 pm
9/23 HS volleyball vs Liberty High JV 5 pm varsity 6 pm
9/25 HS girls tennis @ Caruthers High 4 pm
9/25 HS volleyball @ Tranquillity High JV 5 pm varsity 6 pm
9/26 HS football @ Mojave High 7 pm
9/30 HS girls tennis @ Avenal High 4 pm
9/30 HS volleyball @ Summit Charter Collegiate Academy JV 5 pm varsity 6 pm
10/2 HS girls tennis vs Dos Palos @ 4 pm FC tennis courts
10/2 HS volleyball @ Alpaugh High varsity only 5 pm
10/3 Football BYE no game
10/7 HS girls tennis bs Fowler High 4 pm FC tennis courts
10/7 HS volleyball @ Caruthers High JV 5 pm varsity 6 pm
10/9 HS girls tennis vs Riverdale High 4 pm FC tennis courts
10/9 HS volleyball vs Fowler High JV 5 pm varsity 6 pm
10/10 HS football vs Kings Christian 7 pm FC football field

JV = Junior varsity
Var = Varsity

You can find the most up to date HS girls volleyball schedule at Fresnochristian.com or by clicking here

You can find the most up to date HS girls tennis schedule at Fresnochristian.com or by clicking here.

You can find the most up to date HS football schedule at Fresnochristian.com or by clicking here.

The department includes Co-Athletic Director Mick Fuller, Co-Athletic Director Jon Penberthy, Athletic Secretary Michelle Morse and Facilities Supervisor Val Rivera. They can still be reached via email, phone and on Twitter @FCEaglesSports

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Michelle Morse
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559.299.1695, ext. 123

As a reminder, all high school students must have their sports physicals completed before they will be allowed to practice. Athletes must also complete an athletic packet.

Athletes will receive their uniforms at practice from their coach within the first few weeks of practice.

 

By |2014-09-22T00:00:00+00:00September 22nd, 2014|News, Uncategorized|3 Comments

BREAKING: Student leadership announces homecoming theme (UPDATE)

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student leadership announced this years homecoming theme: “Hollywood Homecoming” and students voted on the homecoming court nominees, Sept. 18.

UPDATE: Sept. 22
After student leadership announced this years homecoming theme: “Hollywood Homecoming” and students voted on the homecoming court nominees, Sept. 18. Leadership adviser Rob Foshee, announced the homecoming court, Sept. 22.

This year’s homecoming court is listed as follows, in no particular order:

Senior King candidates:
Jordan Castro
Nick Fontes
Aaron DeWolf
Chris Grossman
Collin Winegarden

Senior Queen candidates:
Callista Fries
Ivette Ibarra
Mikayla Miller
Gaby Siqueiros
Elise Winegarden

Junior candidates:
Claire Kollenkark
Macy Mascarenas
Chloe Mueller

Sophomore candidates:
Sydney Belmont
Jenny King
Hannah Nale

Freshman candidates:
Olivia Messer
Erin wilson
Jenna Bynum

Original article: Sept. 18
During FC Advisory period, Sept. 18, student leadership announced annual homecoming theme for the Oct. 31 home game: “Hollywood Homecoming”. Student leadership is giving students six weeks to build float and put the finishing touches on the event.

The homecoming game will be held on the FC north field, with activities beginning at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 31. At halftime the results will be given for princess, queen and king nominees, along with judging the floats.

Students will be nominating homecoming princesses, queens and kings, along with choosing their float themes. Grades 9 through 11 will each nominate three princesses and seniors will nominate five girls and five boys for king and queen. This year seniors have chosen Western, juniors have chosen Roaring 20’s, sophomores have selected Mobsters and the freshmen have decided upon Sci-Fi.

Student Leadership advisor Vickey Belmont, encourages students to get involved with this year and bond with classmates.

“I’m looking forward to the floats, seeing the girls dressed up and not doing as much work as last year because leadership is taking on more responsibility,” Belmont said. “I encourage students to get involved by building and participating on the floats, dressing up on the dress up days and doing things for their class. It’s a great way to bond with your classmates.”

Belmont shares her expectations for this years homecoming and hopes that students will be more involved that past years.

“This year we chose Hollywood Genres for our theme, because looking at past years we saw they did movies, so we decided to do genres, because there are so many options for it,” Belmont said. “I have high expectations for this year because we have always done so great in the past, and I hope that more students get involved.”

Claire Kollenkark, ’16, expresses her excitement for her classes homecoming theme.

“I’m very excited for this years homecoming because our float theme is pretty amazing, we chose the Roaring 20s,” Kollenkark said. “This is my first year in leadership and I’m looking forward to planning homecoming and hope that this year is more organized than previous years.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson.

By |2014-09-18T00:00:00+00:00September 18th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Feather highlights: 'Health Nut' blog

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Junior Skyler Lee, writes a weekly blog, Health Nut encouraging students to take the time to exercise even if only for a few minutes. Lee gives effective workouts that can be completed in short amounts of time.

A workout for the time-deprived person

It is 6 pm and you just returned home from youth group. A solid two to three hours of homework looms before you and it is all somehow due tomorrow. You walk to the kitchen table to get started when “ouch”; you stub your toe on a five pound hand weight. “Darn, I forgot to work out again,” you say and shuffle off. Perhaps tomorrow will be a less hectic day.

Does this sound a little too familiar? I am convinced that time is the most depleted resource for a busy person. It is also an amazing excuse to get out of a work out. Time isn’t the only excuse though. Maybe you don’t live close to the gym, have a swimming pool, or a friendly neighborhood to be active in.

Regardless of any excuse physical fitness is necessary for a “life”. According to New York Times writer Tara Parker-Pope, a quick exercise session can reduce levels of fatigue by as much as 65%.

Below, I have made a quick set of exercises using a method called Tabata Intervals. Feel free to take this workout at any safe level that you can manage. Although, I do encourage you to push yourself especially considering these exercises should take only about 15 minutes.

Equipment: A timer, a minimum of 12 feet of floor space

20 seconds squat jumps (at a fast pace)
10 seconds of rest
20 seconds of mountain climbers (at a fast pace)
10 seconds of rest
20 seconds of Baby Burpees ( at a fast pace)
10 seconds of rest
20 sec of lunge jumps (at a fast pace)
45 seconds of rest
Repeat 2 more times then move on to final exercises

Squats (15 reps) add weights if you are feeling especially daring
Push Ups (15)
Crunches (50)
Jumping jacks (30)

If you enjoyed this style of work out you can always substitute other exercises using a similar format. For any additional questions feel free to comment or contact me. I highly encourage you to choose action over excuse when it comes to workouts. The choice is yours. Will you choose to be nutty about health?

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

For more features, read the Sept. 15 article, BeTheMatch: Stand for more (VIDEO).

By |2014-09-16T00:00:00+00:00September 16th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC community celebrates Ericlee Gilmore

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Ericlee married Dorina Lazo in April 2003. The two had many sweet adventures together both in Fresno and traveling around the world.

On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Ericlee Russell Gilmore took an Olympic-sized long jump into the arms of Jesus. He passed away at age 40, battling melanoma cancer. He will be deeply missed by his family and extensive community across the globe.

Ericlee was born on April 2, 1974, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and moved to Fresno, California, at the age of 3 with his mother, Christene Karlyn. From the time he was a little boy, Ericlee loved to run and had a strong faith in Jesus Christ.

Ericlee attended FC for junior high and high school. He played basketball, football and ran track and field. His specialty was the long jump. He attended university on a track and field scholarship, graduating from Linfield College with a bachelor degree in Physical Education. Ericlee obtained his teaching degree from Fresno Pacific University and attended California State University, Fresno, for a master?s degree in Kinesiology.

After college, Ericlee taught at FC for nine years {2000-2009, returning for the 2013-14 school year}. He went on to teach Kinesiology and Nutrition at Fresno Pacific University and DeVry University. Ericlee had a love for fitness and shared that passion with anyone he could. He worked as a CrossFit coach at Crossfit Combat Fitness in Fresno.

Ericlee married Dorina Lazo in April 2003. The two had many sweet adventures together both in Fresno and traveling around the world. Their first daughter, Meilani, was born in 2006, followed by Giada, born in 2009, and Zayla born in 2011. His girls were his pride and joy.

For the last five years, Ericlee also served as the director of a non-profit organization, Christian Friendship Ministries, partnering with leaders in Haiti. This ministry was originally started by his grandparents, Oran and Arshaloos Bell, in 1947. His heart?s desire was to continue their legacy of sharing the gospel with people in Haiti and offering a hand up, not a hand out to the people there.

He is survived by his wife, Dorina, three young daughters, Meilani, Giada and Zayla, his mother, Christene Karlyn and step-father Larry Karlyn.

“A Celebration of Ericlee’s Life” will be held at Peoples Church {7172 N. Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93720}, at 11 a.m., Sept. 13. A reception will follow at the Fresno Christian School gymnasium, a short walk across the parking from Peoples Church. Fresno Christian community are encouraged to park on the north side of the campus near Alluvial or the east side near Jackson Park Place.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the “Bridge Memorial Fund” to benefit his children through any Bank of America branch or to his favorite charity, Christian Friendship Ministries, {P.O. Box 27584, Fresno, California, 93729}.

By |2014-09-12T00:00:00+00:00September 12th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Public commemorates 9/11 tragedy (VIDEO, PODCAST)

Pelco by Schneider Electric hosts touching memorial

The Feather understands that the events of 9/11 can be seen as gruesome to some audiences. Readers discretion is advised.

On the 13th anniversary of 9/11, crowds gathered to remember those who risked and lost their lives at the World Trade Center.Jarrod Markarian

On the 13th anniversary of 9/11, crowds gathered to remember those who risked and lost their lives at the World Trade Center.

In response to the tragic events committed on September 11, 2001, people around the nation gather to remember the fellow Americans that lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

For the past 13 years, in honor of the horrific acts, Pelco by Schneider Electric, has held an annual 9/11 memorial event on their grounds. This event is open to the general public and all who have served to defend our countries rights.

This year, the event featured various processions that varied from mounted patrol to a 21 Gun Salute by the Marine Corps. Since the start of the annual ceremony Chief Anthony Whitaker, retired, of the Port Authority Police of New York and New Jersey, and retired New York Fire Department (FDNY) fire fighter Andy Isolano, have been the guests of honor.

These two highly respected 9/11 survivors shared their struggles in overcoming the event and left the crowd with a deeper understanding of the tragedies that occurred that day.

At the time of the attack Chief Whitaker, was the police captain responsible for all Port Authority officers assigned to the World Trade Center. He played a key role in the evacuation of the complex after the attacks.

Whitaker, in his speech, stressed the importance that we as American citizens must renew our loyalty, love and dedication to our country.

“The losses that we, the American people, incurred on Sept. 11, 2001 by the way of terrorist attacks against our nation, still remain vivid in our consciousness,” Whitaker said. “Our nation, our people, our way of life and our God; give us the strength to endure through that cowardly act.”

Whitaker witnessed gruesome scenes within the flame engulfed towers on 9/11 (Readers discretion is advised for the following comments).

“While I was in the towers that day, I was knocked unconscious multiple times,” Whitaker said. “The one time I remember waking up, I was in a large corridor leading from tower 1 to tower 2. My vision was still blurry and I felt as if I was walking upon pillows. As I began to regain clarity I realized that I was walking upon a mass of dead bodies. I continued to make my way throughout the corridor, when I witnessed two burning bodies running towards me. There was nothing I could do for them because by the time they got to me, they were already reduced to skeletons.”

(PODCAST) 9/11 survivor Chief Whitaker: Sept. 11–

The perspective on the attacks from a students point-of-view is nearly as emotional as that of an adult at the time of the attack. Freshman Mariana Fikse, described her memories of the attacks

“I was only about one when 9/11 happened,” Fikse said. “I don’t really remember much only what I saw on the news and what my parents have told me. I think it’s important to remember all the people who died and to prevent it from ever happening again.”

Upperclassman have a better grasp on the severity of the carnage created by the attacks. Senior Tyler Dondlinger, expressed his feelings on the importance of remembering 9/11.

“I remember that everyone was talking about it everywhere, it’s all you heard about on the news,” Dondlinger said. “I was about to leave for school and my parents started to freak out, but I had no idea what was going on. It’s important to remember because as time goes on the subject becomes duller and isn’t as much of a big deal to people.”

Debate teacher Donn Rojeski, expounded upon the importance of adapting to our international affairs.

“Sept. 11 2001, may well have been the Pearl Harbor of this generation,” Rojeski said. “Our {America} initial response was similar to that of Pearl Harbor, but that commitment, at least in part, faded away. However, the events of the last few days may have reignited Americas commitment to confront evil with all our strength. At least I hope so.”

National security policy has become much more strict following the attacks on 9/11. Wars have been waged due to the atrocities on that day and continue to be fought throughout the world.

Despite occurring conflicts within our own borders, events like 9/11 unite us as a nation and as people.

Andy Isolano, former FDNY fire fighter, expressed the importance of learning from our national tragedies.

“Here we are 13 years later. This day doesn’t get any easier for me, only this day though,” Isolano said. “I made a commitment many years ago that I would not let that day run my life. I hope that I am an example of perseverance to people.”

Learning through tragedy is a theme that Isolano wanted people to learn from this tragedy.

“It is time that we remember, and put behind any grievances or issues that we have with anybody, friends, family or foes,” Isolano said. “I would like everybody here to take home with them that they are going to make a phone call or to give a hug to someone that they haven’t in a while. If we put behind these issues we have, we may never have to stand here after a tragedy like we are today.”

For a feature story on another New York City firefighter’s experience, read Brittany Stobbe’s March 29, 2007, interview with John Morabito of FDNY Ten House: 9/11: Portrait of FDNY hero.

For more information, check out the Pelco 9/11 memorial.

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @2015Beal and @namoodnhoj.

For more features, read the Sept. 10 article, Apple announces new products: Join the discussion.

By |2014-09-11T00:00:00+00:00September 11th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: ASB election scheduled, Aug. 28

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Candidates will be running for president, vice president, treasurer and secretary and are giving speeches to persuade the crowds for their vote, Aug. 28.

ASB election scheduled for Aug. 28

Student leadership is once again opening the polls for the ASB election. Candidates will be running for president, vice president, treasurer and secretary and are giving speeches to persuade the crowds for their vote, Aug. 28.

The candidates for president are Chris Grossman, vice president Ashley Garcia, ’15, secretary Timothy Nyberg, ’16 and administrative assistant/treasurer Kathryn Damschen, ’15. Contenders must be in student leadership and either a junior or senior.

The speeches will be given during chapel Thurs. at 11:55 a.m., and students will vote directly after chapel.

Senior Christopher Grossman has waited patiently for his opportunity to become president of the student body.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to be President of the high school, and I think that I could really make a positive impact on the high school. I think that we can really make this year a good year,” Grossman said. “My goal is to grow the student body spiritually and give them the best high school experience they can have.”

Ashley Garcia, ’15, running unopposed for vice president is passionate about bringing FC to its full potential and leaving a legacy behind.

“I am running for vice president, because I want to give back to FC for all its done for me,” Garcia said. “I hope to bring this school to its full potential so it can strive, and be better than its ever been. This school means a lot to me and I hope being vice president will help me leave my legacy and change this school for the better.”

Junior Timothy Nyberg hopes to keep the class on task and organize events.

“This is my first year running for office and I’m running for secretary,” Nyberg said. “I want to keep student leadership organized and so were are on top of events like Sadies and Night of the Stars (NOTS).”

Kathryn Damschen, ’15, is looking forward to gaining more responsibility and stepping out of her comfort zone, within her senior year.

“I am running for Treasurer (administrative assistant),” Damschen said. “I mainly ran for this position because, one, no one else was running for it, so I figured ‘Why not?’ and, two, I thought that this year would be a year of opportunity to take on roles that ask more of me (to bring me out of my comfort zone) and to take on more responsibility, thus preparing me for real life responsibilities.”

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

For more news, read the Aug. 22 article, BRIEF: CSF applications available in the office, due Aug. 26

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

EDITORIAL: Leave a mark

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The Feather editorial staff encourages students to leave their mark on the school as individuals, but also as a unified class.

For many, high school is the time for self-discovery and questioning one’s importance in the surrounding community. Leaving a legacy behind is beneficial for others in the future, leading to the feeling of fulfillment.

Fresno Christian is an optimal place to leave a mark thanks to the small class sizes and the family-like environment. People are warmly welcomed and not easily forgotten. The campus is unique in the way it is able to incorporate the love of Christ into every aspect of the high school experience. Because of this, students should feel led to embrace their blessings and make the most of the experience.

Some people would say that high school is only a small chapter of a much larger book, and that their legacy means nothing compared to what they will do later in life. However, the legacy left will provide closure and achievement, knowing that all the effort one put in was to make lasting memories.

An example of legacy is the renowned sports chant “Eagles Fly Together.” Senior Mckay Mohuhn took advantage of the family atmosphere in fall of 2013 and felt comfortable enough to try something new. Now, a year later, the chant is still used at many sporting events. Although it is only a chant, it’s something to look back on and helps the community focus.

Leaving a mark does not only have to be an individual; whole classes can make differences that effect the entire student body. Teamwork and communication are tools that will be used for the rest of our lives, so why not start now and have some fun?

The way we act in school now creates a chain reaction for those around us. Underclassmen should look up to the traditions set by classes before them and strive to maintain the school spirit. If leaving a mark on FC is not something one wishes to do for themselves, think of the junior high and elementary students. Give them a hope for a great school year.

The Feather staff encourages the student body to step out of their comfort zone and be a leader. Leave a mark on this school, not only as an individual but also as a class.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more opinions, read the May 27 article, Senior congratulates classmates, recollects.

By |2014-08-20T00:00:00+00:00August 20th, 2014|Editorial, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Volleyball returns for first pre-season game

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Volleyball’s first league game will be held, Tuesday Oct. 7th at Caruthers High School, JV will play at 5 p.m. and varsity at 6 p.m.

The FC junior varsity (JV) and varsity girls volleyball will compete in their first home pre-season game against Laton High School, Aug. 19. The JV game will being at 5 p.m. and varsity at 6 p.m. in the FC gym.

The team will participate in the Caruthers Raisin Harvest tournament tournament, Aug. 27-30. Volleyball’s first league game will be held, Tuesday Oct. 7th at Caruthers High School, JV will play at 5 p.m. and varsity at 6 p.m.

Im excited for this game because it’s the first game of my last season. This season I want to at least get to play offs, and have fun and bond with my teammates.–Ivette Ibarra, ’15

First year varsity coach at FC, Jonathan Penberthy expects the girls to play aggressively and with their utter most effort. His goal is that they would strive to increase their individual skill sets with every game.

“My expectations for the girls for this game are to play hard and to the best of their abilities,” Penberthy said. “My hopes for the girls this season are to improve their skill set every game.”

Ivette Ibarra, ’15, looks forward to her final season and hopes to bond with her teammates.

“Im excited for this game because it’s the first game of my last season,” Ibarra said. “This season I want to at least get to play offs, and have fun and bond with my teammates.”

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

For more sports articles, read the May 16, Golf takes WSL golf league championship.

By |2014-08-18T00:00:00+00:00August 18th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|1 Comment

2014 school year welcomes new transitions, adjustments

New School year results in changes

The 2014-15 school year has begun, and the FC community gathered as one in the Peoples Church

Convocation started off with a welcome to students and families from new school superintendent Jeremy Brown. Afterward, the assembly continued on with worship led by a worship team put together by alumni Tyler Duerr. Brown shared this year's theme from James 1:22: Living our faith.admin

Convocation started off with a welcome to students and families from new school superintendent Jeremy Brown. 

auditorium to celebrate and fellowship together, Aug 11.

Convocation started off with a welcome to students and families from new school superintendent Jeremy Brown. Afterward, the assembly continued on with worship led by a worship team put together by alumni Tyler Duerr. Brown shared this year’s theme from James 1:22: Living our faith.

With the new year, FC welcomes many changes around campus including a new superintendent, 10 new staff members and a new bell schedule. Students have a regular schedule on Mondays, and will have a block day Tuesday through Friday.

Due to the drastic bell schedule change, students were often spotted confused with schedules in hand. The first day of change is always a bit scrambled, but by the end of the day most students already had the hang of things.

While all these changes might take a bit of adjustment, they intended to benefit all of FC students and staff. While the 2014-15 school year is going to be filled with new technology and staff, staff members believe it is going to build a stronger school environment.

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

For more news articles, read the May 14 article, Campus academic delivery method to change (VIDEO).

By |2014-08-11T00:00:00+00:00August 11th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Graduation ends school year, celebrates class of 2014

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The class of 2014 said their last farewell to FC and to their high school years, May 22. Family and friends all gathered together to celebrate the 33rd annual commencement and the beginning of a new chapter.

The class of 2014 said their last farewell to FC and to their high school years, May 22. Family and friends all gathered together to celebrate the 33rd annual commencement and the beginning of a new chapter.

The ceremony began at 7 p.m and was held in the Peoples Church auditorium, followed by a reception in the Peoples Church gym.

Current Superintendent Debbie Siebert welcomed the audience at the beginning of the ceremony followed by an invocation by Mike Burton, FCS School Board Chairmen. Burton was followed by speeches from salutatorian Tynin Fries and co-valedictorians Tyler Laird and Daniel Moore. Principal Todd Bennett then presented academic honor awards.

Proceeding the awards, the Celebration Concert Choir and Concert Band preformed, “When We Live Our Alleluias”.

Superintendent-elect Jeremy Brown followed the special music with the graduation address. Brown encouraged the graduates to seek wisdom rather than knowledge, and to be brave in their faith.

After Brown, the Principal’s address/recognition of students was given by Bennett, followed by the staff and faculty award announced by Greg Stobbe. The faculty/staff award was presented to Rayna Endicott for her outstanding character.

Following the presentation of diplomas to the graduates, Adoration Ensemble and the Kingsmen preform “Lord, I Run To You”. Finally student body president Caleb Nale gave the benediction to end the ceremony.

After 25 years of service and 7 years as superintendent, Debbie Siebert will be stepping down and Jeremy Brown will be taking over, June 1.

With six high school and junior high teachers leaving, FC is set to see big changes in the upcoming year. In addition, next year will implicate the use of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.

Any students that wish to enroll are required to register for classes online.

The last day of the 2013-14 school year was on May 23, and school will resume on Aug 11. The Feather will no longer be publishing articles until the week of Aug 11.

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson @gaby_siqueiros.
Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more news articles, read the May 16 article, The year’s a wrap

By |2014-05-27T00:00:00+00:00May 27th, 2014|FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Faculty/Staff Award winner

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Senior Rayna Endicott receives the Faculty/Staff Award from Feather adviser Greg Stobbe at the 33rd annual Fresno Christian graduation, May 22.

Senior Rayna Endicott receives the Faculty/Staff Award from Feather adviser Greg Stobbe at graduation, May 22.

The Faculty/Staff award is unique to Fresno Christian. Some of the criteria to win the award is leadership qualities, academic potential, and outstanding contributions to the school.

“I remember this shy 9th grader sitting in the second row of my freshman English class,”Stobbe said, “hiding behind her peers, still showing her classic grin but not smiling as big as I remembered.”

Endicott has been Photo Editor for the Feather for the past two years. She hopes to major in Psychology or Liberal Studies at Fresno Pacific University in the fall and plans on a career in counseling or teaching.

For more photos, visit Graduation and Media arts winner.

By |2014-05-24T00:00:00+00:00May 24th, 2014|Photos, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Say your goodbyes, graduation set for May 22

The 33rd annual campus graduation will be held Thursday, May 22. The ceremony will take place in the Peoples Church main auditorium at 7 p.m. followed by a reception in the PC gym.

The class of 2014 will be honored with various awards, along with speeches from co-valedictorians Daniel Moore and Tyler Laird, and salutatorian Tynin Fries. The Adoration ensemble, Kingsmen quartet, jazz band and Celebration choir will also be preforming.

Principal Todd Bennett, reflects on his past experiences with the class of 2014.

“The class of 2014 has been an outstanding group of students,” Bennett said. “They are a close-knit group who supports each other and accepts one another’s unique individual personalities and talents.”

Bennett expresses his hopes for the 2014 class both spiritually and academically.

“I expect the graduating class of 2014 to continue to be successful, and to develop an even closer relationship with Jesus as they mature and face life’s challenges,” Bennett said. “I first met these students during their 8th grade year. It has been a pleasure to be their principal.”

Senior athlete Annalise Rosik is excited to be recognized by her friends and family for her hard work.

“I’m excited to see my friends and family come together in one place to celebrate my work,” Rosik said. “I’m going to miss seeing teachers who have poured into me, passing friends in the hallway, and the community of the school. The people here have been in my life for song long it’s hard to imagine how it will be without them.”

Jared Franz,’14, expresses his love for FC and hopes to leave an impact on the school.

“I’m really excited to start the next phase of my life and to expand my horizon beyond what high school can offer,” Franz said. “I’m really going to miss the good times I had with here with the students, the people I’ve met here are truly amazing. I leave FC hoping to have made a difference to the school and the people in it.”

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

For more news, read the May 14 Annual senior trip creates unity, relationships.

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Profile on co-valedictorian: Daniel Moore

High school in itself is hard enough, but Daniel Moore put in all the work required to get him at the top o his class where he will remain. Not only has Moore put in the academic work, but managed to be a multi sport athlete as well as being a member of several school clubs.

With an accumulative grade point average (GPA) of 4.34, Moore is being honored as a National Merritt Scholar Finalist and as co-valedictorian of his senior class.

Peterson: How does it feel to be valedictorian?

Moore: It?s a pretty strange feeling. I am proud of my academic success to this point, but at the same time I am humbled by being honored like this.

Peterson: Were you working for this position throughout high school?

Moore: Most of high school I was just working to keep up my GPA to get into college rather than to become valedictorian. Still, I was aware that I was always near the top of the class on my transcript, so I had some hopes. It just wasn?t my main academic motivator.

Peterson: How many advanced placement (AP) classes did you take throughout high school?

Moore: Counting the ones in which I am currently enrolled, five, including AP Calculus, AP Stats, AP English Literature, AP English Language, and AP US History.

Peterson: What drove you to work so hard?

Moore: Mainly, I wanted to have good opportunities in college, and that helped motivate me. For my first couple years of high school, I had no idea what career path I wanted to follow. Because of this, I tried to keep as many doors open as possible by keeping up my grades in all of my subjects.

Peterson: Was there a specific person that motivated you or was it strictly self motivation?

Moore: My parents helped motivate me a lot by having high but reasonable expectations. Tyler Laird and I have had a lot of classes together and we work together on a lot of homework during class, so I guess in the way he served as a motivator. I also am self-motivated to some extent; I know that I am capable of academic success and I don?t want to fall short of my potential.

Peterson: What was the hardest class that you took throughout your high school career?

Moore: Conceptually, Calculus was the most difficult. I found AP US to be the most homework-intensive and tiring.

Peterson: What is so rewarding about finishing at the very top of your class? Was all the work worth it?

Moore: Being the valedictorian means that, to some extent; I am representing the Class of 2014 and FC. This is both rewarding and a little intimidating. I would say that the work was definitely worth it.

Peterson: What other activities have you participated in at school?

Moore: I have run cross country and played soccer and tennis. I am involved in the choir and in journalism. I am also Vice-President of the Spanish Club and a member of CSF.

Peterson: How did you keep up your grades with extracurricular activities?

Moore: Probably the hardest part of keeping up my grades was working around extracurricular activities. It is really hard to do homework after a late soccer game in Parlier. Right before vacation is the most difficult time. Between clubs, choir and finals, at the end of any semester my responsibilities are at an all time high and my motivation is usually fairly low. My best tricks to avoid this are doing homework during spare time in class and having a thorough knowledge of the rules regarding excused absences and assignment due dates.

Peterson: Do you think that learning in a small school setting helped you learn more than you would at a public school?

Moore: I learned a lot of things from FC that I would not have encountered at a public school. In particular, my critical thinking skills have developed a lot in my time at FC. Attending FC has given me a chance to participate in activities like sports, which I probably would have been unable to do at a public school. My time at FC has also helped me grow in my faith through classes like Christian Living and Choir.

Peterson: What is one experience you will remember from your high school career?

Moore: The most memorable experience of my high school career was watching Kyle Hudecek flail like a madman during this year?s King Dance.

Peterson: Do you think you are prepared for college?

Moore: I like to think so. College will be a big step up in difficulty, but I feel that the college-prep focus of FC has adequately equipped me.

Peterson: What college will you be attending? Why did you choose that college?

Moore: I will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I chose it for a variety of reasons. First, It has a great engineering major, and I plan to study Mechanical Engineering. The nice weather and location also came into consideration. To top it off, I have some family connections there.

Peterson: We are really excited that you earned this National Merrit Scholar finalist. What advice do you have for students as they strive for academic excellence?

Moore: My advice would be to do the easy things. Simple stuff like turning in all your assignments can make a huge difference in your grade. Also, I found that Honors and AP courses are helpful, since students in these classes tend to be more motivated. This also provides a boost to your GPA if you get an A or B, and they aren?t as scary as they seem.

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson and @gaby_siqueiros. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more features, read the May 21 article, Bittersweet departure brings new superintendent

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Media Arts Winners

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Seniors Tynin Fries, left, and Viviana Hinojosa pose with Adviser Greg Stobbe during the senior award ceremony. They shared the Media Arts award for their many years and articles on The Feather, May 21.

Seniors Tynin Fries, left, and Viviana Hinojosa pose with Adviser Greg Stobbe during the senior award ceremony. They shared the Media Arts award for their many years and articles on The Feather.

All the department heads gave their awards to seniors in a separate assembly.

For more photos, visit Chinese diner and Juniors: write to live .

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BREAKING: Leadership campaigns to end texting and driving (VIDEO)

In the annual texting and driving month of April, FC leadership created a series of consequences stemming from texting and driving. Included was an anti-texting and driving pledge, a video by Jared Franz, an obstacle course, and a texting and driving death simulation.

Leadership entered in the competition, Teen to Teen Safe Driving Campaign hosted by the Safety Center promoted by Allstate Insurance.

The purpose of the competition was to raise awareness about texting and driving, and to engage youth in a competition by sending positive messages discouraging teens from distractions behind the wheel. Safety Center sent checks to each of the winning schools with Safe Driving Campaigns. Three first-place winning schools received $500, three second-place winners received $250 and three third-place winners received $125.

Leadership adviser Robert Foshee expresses his joy with FC success.

“This was a great opportunity for the Leadership students to get involved. Not only did they get to promote safe driving amongst their peers, but they came up with the activities and ideas on their own,” Foshee said. “They implemented activities that could impact peoples lives. I am proud of their work and am excited that they were recognized by the Safety Center for their hard work! We placed third and tied with Clovis West.”

Junior Johnathon Brushwood was in charge of the death simulation and explains his reasoning behind the decision to take large measures.

“When we were told about the texting and driving experiment I immediately had a few ideas on what we could do,” Brushwood said. “After some collaboration in the leadership class we decided to make a “death” of a student. I made some lanyard signs that went around four students necks. The lanyards idea came from the AT&T commercial about texting and driving.”

Brushwood went on to explain how students participated in making the project realistic.

“A few selected students wore these around their necks and were ‘dead’ until chapel right before lunch,” Brushwood said. “This was to simulate what it would be like if the students weren’t actually there due to a texting and driving accident.The students went about their classes like normal but could not be spoken to or speak because they were ‘dead.’ For some students this was harder than you would think.”

For more news articles, read the May 16 article, The year’s a wrap

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson @gaby_siqueiros. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

By |2014-05-20T00:00:00+00:00May 20th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Senior gets involved, gains campus family

With my year coming to a close, I have begun to look back on all the things that I have experienced at Fresno Christian: the good and the bad. At times, I have thought that leaving the school would be a good option for me to mature more, so I could expand my horizon beyond the life I’ve had in FC.

However, choosing to stay at this school was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Sure you could call our school strict and sheltered, but I would not be the man I am today without the help of the friends and mentors I have gained during my time here.

My encouragement to you reading this, is to stay positive, and to focus on the good things about being at FC, and eventually you will know how lucky you are to be enrolled here.

This year I have had some dramatic changes occur in my life, and all have eventually been for the better. I have lost some friendships and relationships, which were hard to get over, but I learned that there were other people outside the small group of friends I have had for my first three years of high school.

Around halfway through the first semester, I did not know who I belonged with after distancing myself from my old friends and lifestyle and I was confused. I started hanging with some people who I?ve known forever, but never tried to get to know them well. Within a month, I gained new friends that changed my life and made me feel welcome. I can talk to them about anything, and they have given me so much advice that I could have never figured out on my own.

At this school, you do not just make friends, you make a family. The relationships I have made at this school will last for a lifetime, and that is a rare occurrence in any other school. This is a special place, and I am so happy to have spent my high school time here.

In October of last year, my dad suffered a serious heart attack, and was in critical condition for about two days. I did not know if he was going to make it, but what I did know is that I was scared and confused.

During one of our Tuesday morning chapels, Mr. Foshee announced the news about my dad, and called everyone to pray for him. I had no idea that this was going to happen, but before I could react, I had the entire student body surrounding me, praying over me and my father.

After that experience, I knew that this was where I belonged. Nowhere else in the world could you have an entire school praying for a family member in need, and it is the best feeling you could ever have. I felt cared for, and I knew that my dad would be covered in their prayers. This school helped me through one of the toughest times of my life, and I will always remember that.

It is not just the students who have been helpful and accepting during my time at FC, but the teachers as well. At public schools, teachers have so many students, they can?t even remember most of their names. At this school, teachers make it a mission to get to know us, and try and be a positive influence in our lives. These men and women have showed me the ropes in academics, and in life. Their advice has helped me in times of struggles, and they would be happy to do the same for you.

So my advice to you all would be to get involved in school groups, and begin building relationships centered around Christ. There are some amazing people at FC, so get out there be open with people, and don?t spend your high school years with the same old groups.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @Robbie_J24. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more senior reflections, read the May 15 article, Senior offers advice, knowledge to underclassmen

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In case you missed it: Beasts return

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With English teacher Greg Stobbe leading the charge and instruments keeping the beat, nearly 50 teenagers interrupted classes, May 8.

While all the freshmen each year do not read George Orwell’s Animal Farm, this spring both English classes read and sang “Beasts of England” to most of the student body.

With English teacher Greg Stobbe leading the charge and instruments keeping the beat, nearly 50 teenagers interrupted classes, May 8. The Beasts return? Yet the annual event was never as strong or ridiculous.

Be sure to check out the 2014 version of the song: ‘Beast’s of England’ encapsulates freshmen unity, passion (VIDEO).

For more photos, check out Final CSF senior meeting or End of year performance.

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BREAKING: FC students earn ACSI awards

Students from throughout Northern California entered in the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) art festival. The competition was held in Sacramento Ca at Trinity Christian School, May 9.

FC was one of eight different schools entered into the competition and as FC students earn ACSI awards at he competition. Sharon Scharf, art teacher, entered 24 students to encourage the students and give them a sense of competition.

“It was mostly Northern California and the festival was held at Trinity Christian in Sacramento, May 9,” Scharf said. “I like to enter my students to give them a sense of competition, and Michael Fu received best of show for his watercolor painting of a windmill.”

Sophomore Michael Fu took best of show out of all the 10th grade entrees.

“I painted a picture of a windmill with watercolors and sharpie,” Fu said. “I was really surprised when I found out that I got best of show because it took me about five days to paint it and I put a lot of work into it.”

Sydney Belmont, ’17, entered into the competition and was honored and pleased with the recognition of her good work.

“I submitted charcoal drawing of the Eiffel Tower,” Belmont said. “It took me two weeks to complete it. I was really surpassed to get second best of show, it is a real honor.

Congratulations to the following students for winning big at the ACSI Art Festival in Sacramento on Friday:

Michael Fu – 10th grade best of Show
Shannon Martens – 11th grade second best of show
Sydney Belmont – 9th grade second best of show
Elora Hargis – 12th grade third best of show
Cayla Rivas – 8th grade third best of show

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson and @gaby_siqueiros. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more news articles, read May 9 article, Campus community supports families in need

By |2014-05-12T00:00:00+00:00May 12th, 2014|FC Arts, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stobbe and short stories

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English teacher Greg Stobbe teaches the freshmen class how to find the deeper meaning and understand the symbolism intertwined in the stories.

English teacher, Greg Stobbe lectures the freshmen class on short stories, March 3, 2014.

Through out the year, the freshmen English class reads a series of short stories and analyze the content. Stobbe teaches the class how to find the deeper meaning and understand the symbolism intertwined in the stories during Stobbe’s short stories unit.

For more photos, check Sisters and their sandwiches.

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Sophomore portrays dedication through drama

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Kiaya plans to participate in drama productions inside and outside the school enviornment.

Often in life people find themselves looking for something to find a passion for, something that gives them joy and meaning. Sophomore Kiaya Hargis found her passion in acting when she was little, and has loved it ever since.

Hargis plans to portray dedication through drama, participating in plays or musicals inside and outside of school. Currently Hargis is involved in 2nd Space Theatre with Good Company Players in the production of A Christmas Carol.

“Outside of school I act in 2nd Space Theatre, with Good Company Players,” Hargis said. “I have done drama there for about a year and a half now, I really enjoy it because it has a really good family feel. I also really enjoy preforming at 2nd Space because I am being paid, and you get to do about 40 performances, so its worth your while.”

Hargis enjoys performing with the cast of her upcoming play. She believes the audience will appreciate the humor and good acting that will be portrayed on stage.

“This year we are doing A Christmas Carol and I’m playing an ensemble part,” Hargis said. “You can definitely expect to laugh, because the people on stage are just really funny, they are really good entertainers.”

Throughout her four years in drama, Hargis still remembers her first play in seventh grade. She recalls the enthusiasm from the cast and the good times she had with her peers.

“I did my first play at FC, in the seventh grade, it was The Bible in 30 Minutes or Less,” Hargis said. “I played a lot of roles in the play because we all had to be different Bible characters. My favorite part about it was that everyone was really enthusiastic about the play, and were excited about being in drama.”

Fellow drama classmate Kyle Hudecek, ’14, sees the improvement Hargis has had over the years.

“Kiaya is really dedicated when she acts, she always goes for the whole role and uses a lot of her emotions,” Hudecek said. “She is really expressive on stage, does a lot of hand gestures and I think she’s gotten lots of lovable characters. She’s definitely improved from year to year.”

“Kiaya is really dedicated when she acts, she always goes for the whole role and uses a lot of her emotions. She is really expressive on stage, does a lot of hand gestures and I think she’s gotten lots of lovable characters. She’s definitely improved from year to year.”–Kyle Hudecek

After her many years of drama Hargis reminisces on her past experiences with the class. She recalls her favorite plays as well as the roles that were more difficult for her.

“My favorite play has been Meet Me in St. Louis, being Tootie with Jenna Orcutt and Caitlin Gaines was just really fun,” Hargis said. “The most difficult was the Bible in 30 Minutes or Less, because I had to learn a lot of different parts and know when to go out on stage. My most embarrassing moment was when I forgot my lines on stage and then I said someone else’s, then we all got messed up.”

Junior Caitlin Gaines has participated in many productions with Hargis, throughout the years. She appreciates Hargis’ dedication to each character she has played.

“I have done several shows with Kiaya and we have been in drama together since 8th grade,” Gaines said. “My favorite show that I’ve seen her in is Meet Me In St. Louis, because she did a really good job. She is really good at sticking with her character and going as far as she can with the role. My favorite memory with her is when we did The Bible in 30 Minutes or Less because it was really fast paced and fun.”

Senior Elora Hargis, Kiaya’s sister, has seen her dedication to drama, and the amount of effort she puts in to it.

“I go to most of her plays, but mostly our parents go to support,” Elora said. “I make sure to go to at least one of each production that she’s in so she knows I support her and encourage her abilities. Kiaya makes her costumes at home and puts forth a huge amount of effort in to them. She goes thirfting a lot to find random odds and ends to put into her costumes. She just takes fabric and sews them together and creates the picture in her head.”

PODCAST: Students interview sophomore actress involved in local play.: Dec. 3 , 2013–

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

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BRIEF: Parent Teacher Fellowship to host annual Fall Festival

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FC PTF will be hosting a fall event for the campus community, Oct. 19

The Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) encourages all campus students, families and teachers to come out to the annual Fall Festival. The festival will be held Oct. 19, 4-7 p.m. on the North Field.

The festival is an opportunity for the FC community to come together and get to know one another in a fun environment. There will be free food, bounce houses, games, a pumpkin patch and much more for everyone to participate in. Co-leader of the PTF, Becky Covington, expresses her excitement for the upcoming festivities.

“The PTF holds this annual event to bring everyone together and generate fellowship,” Covington, said. “It is also a celebration for the elementary students who have just finished their fundraiser.”

The school community parents are coming together in the hopes of rallying students of all ages for an afternoon of entertainment. Sophomore Brittany Bender looks forward to the event, after attending last years.

“It was really fun, and I got to meet any new people because I was new this year,” Bender said. “My favorite part of the festival was the food and face painting. I look forward to attending this year.”

Principal Todd Bennett enjoys the festivities, because it brings together the student body.

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FC spirit wear will be available for purchase at the event.

“After attending the festival last year, I am very excited for what it will bring this year,” Bennett said. “I just like to see all of our families to come together and enjoy themselves.”

New to FC, Sam Beyelia, ’17, is hearing about the Fall Festival for the first time. Unsure if he will go, Beyelia still thinks the festival is a good idea for the school.

“I have never heard of the Fall Festival before, since this is my first year here,” Beyelia said. “I haven’t heard any information about it, I might attend depending on when it is. It seems like it would be a really good time though.”

For more information on the Fall Festival contact the high school office: 559.299.1695, ext. 5.

For more news, read the Oct. 10 article, BRIEF: Fifth Quarter venue change, Farmer Boys hosts reception.

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

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