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Staffer discusses importance of public relations

 

The world of Leadership has many facets and different roles throughout its structure. Several roles stand out among the rest as these jobs require excess amount of work and time. Created this year to improve the communication between The Feather and the Leadership class was the position of Public Relations.

As the Public Relations (PR) officer, the traits of this position are organization, being able to take on stressful tasks and most importantly, being on time.

When being in office, it is vital to be an effective communicator, not only with members of Leadership, but with the rest of the student body as well. The position does not necessarily take up much of time, but rather requires thoughtful decisions.

Being organized is not required but it is a helpful quality that makes the job a whole lot easier. Each week, a Leadership article will have to go up onto The Feather.

The purpose of this is to let the parents, staff, and student body know what will be going on during the week. Having prior journalism skills helps make the job faster and easier to get through.

Public Relations is where you announce events and send out reminders to the public. It is good to have relationships with people around the school so they feel comfortable around you and share their ideas for the leadership class to take into consideration.

This position does not seem to be very important, however due to teenagers constant use of Twitter and Instagram this seems to be the only way to reach them. With this in mind, the Leadership class sought to make a deeper connection with the student body.

The PR position is in charge of both of the leadership social media accounts, that being said, this position also requires a lot of responsibility and trust. When the class decides on new events this roll is the first to know all the information and is trusted not to give out important details when told.

In the upcoming year, the position will have a lot more rolls to accomplish. The Activities Director, will be in charge of all the big events and the PR position will play a role in getting those activities accomplished.

This position is not one that runs for office, it is appointed to office. Along with the duties the PR is in charge of, the office must go to West Sierra League (WSL) meetings once a month on Mondays.

Being involved in an office position is a great choice to consider because not only are you taking a step in being a voice for the student body but you also get to bond with the rest of the student positions like the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Activities Director.

For more Columns check out Senior reflections: Sara Peterson.

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By |2017-09-11T21:06:41+00:00May 23rd, 2015|Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Emily Krieghoff blood drive, March 20

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement throughout this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

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After alumna Emily Krieghoff, ’09, was injured in an auto accident, student leadership is organizing a blood drive, March 20.

Night of the Stars (NOTS) is in two weeks, March 28, tickets are still on sale and will be sold up to the day of the event. Get your NOTS tickets soon to get a good table seat while you can!

Moving onto the next event put on by student leadership: Sadies. The event will be held on April 25 and the location is yet to be announced. The annual event is only three weeks after NOTS, so it is recommended that girls begin asking their dates out soon.

Student leadership has began talking about Sadies in class and is working on making event decisions. Although making big decisions for the event can be a stressful task, the students continue to keep the wants and needs of the entire student body in mind.

In planning activities, the goal of leadership is to include everyone in the school and consider everyone’s opinion. Even though not everyone will like the class decision, leadership still puts a lot of extra time and effort into the considerations of others.

On Friday, March 20, The California Blood Bank will be coming to FC from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. to get blood donations for Emily Krieghoff, ’09, a former FC student who was critically hurt in a car accident. Come out and show your support for the Emily Krieghoff blood drive, March 20.

Students who are 16 years of age must have parents’ permission to donate blood. However, students older than 16 years are able to come donate without parental permission. All students, regardless of age, must sign a waiver.

At the end of May, student leadership will be having ASB elections. Any student in the student body is able to run for an ASB position. It is not a requirement that students are members of leadership the year before running. Start thinking about running and your own personal goals for the school.

Look at future leadership articles to see what the ASB positions will do and require.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the March 17 article, FC hits NY: Day 2.

By |2015-03-18T00:00:00+00:00March 18th, 2015|Alumni, Community Events, FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership: 32nd annual FCS auction

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The 32nd annual FCS Auction is upon us. Student leaders will help serve, the choral and drama programs will be a part of the program and countless others will help in support roles throughout the evening. The event is sold out and administration is confident the school community will gather for Superintendent Jeremy Brown’s first auction, hoping to raise over $100,000.

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The 32nd annual FCS Auction is meant to bring the Eagle school community together in hopes of raising over $100,000, March 14.

The night of the auction will be full of exciting bidding and silent auction prizes. While the leadership students walk around the will be selling raffle tickets for the big auction prize.

Career Fair is on March 11, after lunch, the bell schedule will be on half day. All seniors are not allowed to go off campus for lunch due to the event.

After lunch all students are required to gather in the FC gym to be introduced to the career fair guests. This event will continue on until the end of the school day.

Night of the Stars (NOTS) will be held at Wolf Lakes at 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Students can purchase NOTS tickets in the office with Vickey Belmont or at the ticket table at lunch. The first deadline for tickets will be this Friday, March 13.

The seating arrangement has been changed to seniors closest to the stage, the other table seatings will be first come first served. Although, if seniors do not have tickets purchased by the first deadline, they will be put in to first come first serve seating.

Table seats will no longer will reserved for any student past the first deadline. If tickets for reserved seats are not purchased the seat will be filled by a purchased ticket.

Ticket prices are at regular price which is $60, past the first deadline, the ticket prices will stay the same.

All students are encouraged to attend the event, whether it is with a date or a group of friends. The purpose of the event is to get the whole student body involved and to go out and have a fun time.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the March 10 article, Campus families gather to support school.

Garcia shines on field, leaves legacy

Bree Castro

Senior Ashley Garcia attributes her softball successes to her high school and club coaches. She plans on attending Monterey Bay University in the fall.

Ashley Garcia, ’15, was the captain of the high school softball team for the 2014 as well as the 2015 season. Garcia has been playing for 10 years and throughout those years she has learned many things about the game and about becoming who she is today.

The student athlete started playing softball in the third grade and ever since then, she has loved the game and created many memories and great friends. When Garcia started playing her father, Theodore Garcia, has been her personal coach and pushed her to be the best player she could be.

Although she has had many other coaches, her father is the one she has learned the most from. He taught her the basics of the game and supported her through her years of playing.

Garcia started playing softball in the third grade and all throughout junior high, during her high school career, she started out playing at Clovis North where she was the junior varsity captain. After her freshman year, she had transferred to FC where she made the varsity team and was captain for her junior and senior year.

As far as playing on club teams, Garcia started playing when she was in the sixth grade. She started out playing on the Clovis Bullets where she found out that playing the game was much more fast played.

“I was very surprised on how different not only the environment was, but also how different the pace of the game was from playing school ball,” Garcia said. “It was a lot faster, and the girls were visibly more experienced, but they also shared the same passion I did, and had a strong love for the game.”

Softball is a team sport, and when you are surrounded by people who share the same love and passion as you do, you immediately become that much better of a softball team. I still keep in touch with those girls, and I have memories with them that will be with me forever. –Senior Ashley Garcia

After playing a few years on the Clovis Bullets Garcia had moved to the Clovis Rockets and played for the next four years. The athlete then noticed that softball was a huge part of her life and who she was. Garcia says that those four years were the best years of her life.

“My Rockets coach, Matt Meehan, had a tremendous impact on my career as a softball player,” Garcia said. “He was the one who taught me most of what I know, and was always there for me as a friend at the same time. I looked up to him as a person with integrity, and he succeeded in making those four years of my life something to remember.”

In playing a sport for so many years, you develop a lot of skill and meet a lot of people. Garcia states that she has met many of her closets friends and has not only met so many people and made relationships but made a connection as a family.

“Softball is a team sport, and when you are surrounded by people who share the same love and passion as you do, you immediately become that much better of a softball team,” Garcia said. “I still keep in touch with those girls, and I have memories with them that will be with me forever.”
Throughout the years of playing at FC, the player has learned patients, determination, hard work and leadership. Coming from so much experience and skill to a Division VI school requires all of those qualities.

“One thing that I am most thankful for is the fact that God has never ceased to be the main reason why our team plays,” Garcia said. “It is in His honor and in His name that we play, and I am so lucky to share that with my teammates. It just makes the game of softball that much more enjoyable.”

Coming to play at FC on the varsity team has created many memories for Garcia and the one she remembers the most is when the team beat the former league champions, Caruthers. During the game, Garcia ran into Breanna Jennings, ’15, while catching a fly ball.

“Ashley Garcia shines on field because she helps all of us be better,” Jennings said.

When the player was asked about anything she would change about playing the game she said it would be making the decision to play collegiate softball a lot sooner. She would want to start playing at that level earlier because recruiters look at sophomores and juniors to start training.

Garcia has decided to try to walk onto the Monterey Bay University team as a freshman but it will take a lot of determination and the player has faith that things will work out the way God has planned them to.

As the varsity softball team captain, Garcia would like to give her team and upcoming softball players some advice on the game and getting through tough situations as a team.

“Have fun and make the most of it, use softball as an outlet from everyday life, and enjoy every moment you have on the field because these years of playing will hold some of the best memories throughout life,” Garcia said. “Rely on each other to build up your self confidence, and know that we are a family, and we always have each other to lean on for support, as well as God’s love and faith for us.”

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more features, read the March 6 article, Former campus teacher reflects on time spent at FC.

By |2015-03-09T00:00:00+00:00March 9th, 2015|Announcements, Spring, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Student leadership: 32nd annual FCS auction is March 14

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Student leadership is joining forces with The Feather Online staff to sell Kids Day papers, March 3, and the 32nd annual FCS auction, March 14.

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement throughout this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

Student leadership is gearing up for three events in the next month: Kids Day, the 32nd annual FCS auction and NOTS.

Kids Day, March 3, all leadership students were required to be at Maple and Alluvial by 4 a.m. The ASB members must be there at 4:30 a.m., and journalism students must be at Cedar and Alluvial by 5 a.m.

Night of the Stars (NOTS) is on March 28 and early bird ticket prices are being extended from March 2 to March 6. After early bird prices of $55 is unavailable tickets will be raised to $60. In order to attend NOTS, a ticket must be purchased. If students desire to go with a date, start asking and buying tickets.

As far as seating goes, seniors will be granted a first row seat. All other students will be given spots based on a first-come-first-serve system. It is recommended that pupils hurry and get seating arranged if they want to claim a desirable spot.

The next special day event will be March 4, Western Day, in which all students are encouraged to dress in anything western themed. As a reward for dressing up, students will be given root beer floats at lunch.

The next event will be March 17, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The activity will be a scavenger hunt. The prize students will look for are pots of gold, and once found, they can be brought to the office in exchange for a gift card.

The school’s 32nd annual FCS Auction is coming up on March 14. There will be a competition between all grades to see who brings the most auction items. The rewards granted per item will be listed in the hallway downstairs in Building 5.

Leadership students will be selling raffle tickets at the auction, so look around for any students to buy raffle tickets. At the auction there will be a silent and a live event.

Basketball intramurals took place last week, Feb. 26 and 27. Each team went into the FC gym and played against each team in a type of tournament form or playing. At the end of the event, the winning team contained, Tyler Breedlove, ’16, Justin Houts, ’16, Chris Kollenkark, ’16, and Bailey Brogan, ’16.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

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

Leadership urges campus to purchase NOTS tickets

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Early-bird NOTS prices, which are available from Feb. 17-27, will cost $55 and all tickets purchased afterwards are $60. Junior Claire Kollenkark just said yes to senior Rick Morrison.

Scholastic Journalism Week is this week, Feb. 22- 28. The student body, along with the school staff, is encouraged to promote the importance of journalism. Hashtag any photos or tweets with #SJW2015 and #FCJW.

The Special Days group had planned a treasure hunt to take place at lunch, but due to the rain, the activity will be postponed until March 17 (St. Patrick’s day.)

Basketball Intramural’s will be Thurs. Feb. 26, at lunch. Each team is required to have at least one girl and is only allowed one varsity player, although a team may have all girls and a girls varsity player.

The playoff will be played on Feb. 27. The playoff games will be played at lunch in the FC gym. Sign ups will be in the office on Vickey Belmont’s desk. For more information contact Jarrod Markarian, ’17, and Trevor Trevino, ’17.

Within a month, Night of the Stars (NOTS) will take place at Wolf Lakes. In order for the school to be able to host the formal, students must buy tickets by the due date in mid-March. Student leadership is encourages campus to purchase NOTS tickets. Early-bird prices, which are available from Feb. 17-27 will cost $55 and all tickets purchased afterwards are $60.

Kids Day is coming up on March 3. FC students are teaming up to sell papers on the corners of Cedar and Maple along Alluvial for a dollar. All the proceeds received will go toward Children’s Hospital.

Leadership ASB members have to be out selling papers by 4 a.m. All other leadership students have to be there at 4:30 a.m., and all journalism students must be at their corner by 5 a.m.

The next dress up day at school is Western day, in which any student wearing western apparel will be rewarded a free root beer float at lunch. There will also be line dancing for students to participate in.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

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

By |2015-02-25T00:00:00+00:00February 25th, 2015|FC Events, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership: Serves the Community Food Bank

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The school wide serve event was a huge success and the school has decided to serve the Community Food Bank again.

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Last year, the campus had an all-day serve day, students went to different locations like the food bank, Neighborhood Thrift and covered graffiti all over Fresno. The event was a huge success and the school has decided to serve the Community Food Bank again.

The goal of Serve Day is simply to serve and show people random acts of kindness.

The school hopes to improve the lives of the community and show grace. Students will be going to clean-up graffiti, play and read to youths, cleaning up stores and serving meals.

Juliana Rosik, ’16, the school food bank director, is inviting all high school students to serve at the Community Food Bank, Feb. 21. Contact Rosik for any questions. The service project will meet at 7:45 a.m. Do not forget your waivers.

The Special Days group, ran by Olivia Quebe, ’16, and Hannah Nale, ’17, are putting on a Treasure hunt at lunch, Feb. 23. There will be pots of chocolate gold spread around the school campus. Whoever finds a pot of gold will have to bring it to the office and collect their prize.

The winter sports banquet is going on in the student ministry center (SMC) main at 7 p.m., Feb. 23.

Next week, basketball intramural’s will be played in the FC gym, Feb. 26 and 27. Every team must have at least one girl and are allowed only one varsity player. Championships is on Feb. 27 at lunch. More information to come.

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This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the Feb. 19 article, BREAKING: Course requests due, Feb. 20.

By |2015-02-20T00:00:00+00:00February 20th, 2015|Leadership, News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Student Leadership: Serve day approaches

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This week is National Kindness Week, Feb. 9-14. The purpose of the week is to show genuine kindness.

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement throughout this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

This week is National Kindness Week, Feb. 9-14. The purpose of the week is to show genuine kindness. There is a kindness poster in the hallway for students to commit to how they are going to be kind during the week by writing out a challenge for themselves.

At the end of this week, Feb. 13, Valentine’s Eve, leadership has encouraged students to wear red or pink in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Following up the theme of kindness, next week, Feb. 19, is the school wide serve day. The student body will be signing up for different locations as serve day approaches. Last year many students participated in events such as going to graffiti clean up or to clean up a city park.

Juliana Rosik, ’16, is the head of the Community Food bank group in leadership class. Any interested members of the student body are encouraged to come to the Community Food bank on Sat. Feb. 21 at 7:45 a.m.

If a student will not be able to serve at the event, they must turn a permission slip into the office. Students can pick up the waiver in the high school office in building 6.

Nigh of the Stars (NOTS) is creeping up on the student body and students are encouraged to start asking dates and buying tickets for the event.

Leadership students are preparing to fulfill the role of director activities in the classroom. More information is to come, discussing improvement and feedback.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the Feb. 13 article, BRIEF: Arte Americas offers culturally diverse art pieces .

By |2015-02-13T00:00:00+00:00February 13th, 2015|Leadership, News, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Student Leadership: Valentines Day celebration plans

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Selected leadership students will start decorating the day of NOTS, unlike other years where decorating was the day before.

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As February begins, special days are continuing to bring up new events. Although Valentine’s Day is not a new holiday, Valentine’s Day Eve is. The special days group is putting on Valentines Day celebration plans, Feb. 13.

The next special day event is Feb. 26: a school wide treasure hunt for St. Patrick’s Day.

Everyone is encouraged to dress in pink and red attire. Junior high leadership will continue to sell Candy Grams and teachers will be giving out candy to people who show kindness in honor of the Great Kindness Challenge. Be sure to use #RAKweek2015 in your tweets and on Instagram.

National Kindness week is Feb. 9-15, and to encourage students to show kindness to others, leadership will be putting out a large piece of paper where students are able to write ways they will be kind during the week.

As the basketball season comes to an end, the student leadership class will be making senior night signs in class along with soccer signs. For the basketball senior night, Feb. 3, the students are encouraged to come dressed in black for the black out game.

NOTS is arriving and Maddie Luginbill, ’16, head of the decorating committee, visited Wolf Lakes to get more information. Selected leadership students will start decorating the day of NOTS, unlike other years where decorating was the day before. Decorating will start at 8 a.m., March 28.

This year, decorating will be more simple, Luginbill has taken pictures of the venue to get a better look and inspiration for the event.

“Going to the venue was a huge help, it helped me get a better idea of what the decorating will look like,” Luginbill said. “It also helped me see where I want to set things up.”

Julianna Rosik,’16, A leadership student, is the director of the Community Food bank. The student body is invited to come serve on Sat. Feb. 21 at 7:45 a.m. For more information, Contact Julianna Rosik.

“I will be going around to each advisory class with sign-ups the week of, and I will give anyone who signs up a waiver that has to be filled out in order to volunteer at the food bank,” Rosik said.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the Jan. 29 article, Student Leadership: Begins hosting special days.

By |2015-02-04T00:00:00+00:00February 4th, 2015|Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership: Special days ahead

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The directors of the Special Days group, Hannah Nale and Olivia Quebe, have planned Super Bowl Day, Jan. 29, in honor of the 49th Super Bowl.

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This week in leadership is a busy week full of fun activities. As Night of the Stars creeps up on the student body, the class is getting the theme of Jardin de Fleur put together. Table decorations, room decorations and food are being taken on by some of the directors of the class.

Jardin de Fleur is French for ‘The Flower Garden’. With that theme in mind, and the new venue at Wolf Lakes, the event will be much more floral and nature-themed.

The student body is encouraged to start asking for NOTS dates. This year, as is tradition, the person who asks most creatively will win a free pair of tickets. The winner is still to be announced. In order to be in the competition, let the leadership advisors or photo journalism members know when and where the activity will be.

NOTS will be held at Wolf Lakes, Mar. 28, tentatively, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. pictures will be at 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., courtesy of Milne photography.

The directors of the Special Days group, Hannah Nale and Olivia Quebe, have planned Super Bowl Day, Jan. 29, in honor of the 49th Super Bowl. Wear any of your favorite football team’s attire to school and show your team spirit.

Valentine’s Eve will be the next special event for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 13, more details to come.

The first rally of the second semester will be held on Fri. Jan. 30. Wear any of your red, white or blue attire for the American Theme rally. Although the super bowl is Sun. Feb. 1, sports teams will not count for rally points.

The gym will be open starting at lunch for the classes to come decorate the class sections. Decorating the class sections will also bring classes rally points along with American spirit. Decorations will not be provided, classes must bring class supplies.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

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

By |2015-01-29T00:00:00+00:00January 29th, 2015|Academics, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership: Applies for Director of events

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Directors of events consist of Chris Grossman, student body president, Ashley Garcia, student body vice president, Timothy Nyberg, student body secretary, Joshua Carter, student body treasurer and Sydney Belmont, student body public relations.

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With Night of The Stars (NOTS) coming up, leadership has groups set up for planning and decorating. The groups are setup/decorations, parent viewing, awards/sound, food, tickets/advertising. Each group has a specific job and requirements, if the expectations are not met, the ASB officers will pick up the event.

Director of events consist of Chris Grossman, student body president, Ashley Garcia, student body vice president, Timothy Nyberg, student body secretary, Joshua Carter, student body treasurer and Sydney Belmont, student body public relations.

The Student Body President’s, Chris Grossman, job is to meet with the specific groups and talk about what their jobs are. Each group will have a very detailed progress report alone with an idea of where they what the event to go. Meetings will go on once a week until the event is over.

Ashley Garcia, ’15, will also meet with the groups and leadership advisers, Vickey Belmont and Robert Foshee or Dean of students, Amy Deffenbacher and superintendent, Jeremy Brown for events to be approved. Garcia must gather a list of students involved and schedule whether they will be missing class for their event or not.

The secretary will make and keep a calendar of all events and make sure events are planned and followed. The events will be placed on the calendar in the hallway in Building 6. If facilities are needed, ‘greensheets’ will need to be turned in.

The student body treasurer has to take count of the money the leadership class has. Each group must tell the treasurer what supplies are needed and how much they will cost. The public relations officer advertises the event to the public. If the the public relations officer is not notified, there will be no advertising.

Throughout the year, each event will be handled through the system of ASB. If the group director does not follow through, ASB will pick up where the director left off and pull the event through.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the Jan. 16 article, SoundCloud gains popularity amongst users.

By |2015-01-22T00:00:00+00:00January 22nd, 2015|FC Events, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership: Begins interviews

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As leadership continues to grow and involve the school in all events planned, the class is taking a change not only in the school but in the classroom.

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As leadership continues to grow and involve the school in all events planned, the class is taking a change not only in the school but in the classroom. The class is setting apart every monday for a session of Bible. Leadership is learning qualities of a spiritual leader. The class is reading advice from different spiritual leaders in other work fields.

With NOTS coming up on March 28, the class has begun to get into individual groups to help set up and cause the planning to run more smoothly. Each section of set up will have its own director, and the director of that particular section will have a committee helping to complete the task.

For the third and fourth quarter, each student will have to be in charge of one event and will have to help in many events in order to put the practice of serving into works.

Many of the events are activities that the student body can participate in, such as rallies, lunch time activities and inter mural sports; there are many small events coming up in the next few weeks.

In order to become a director of an activity the students must make an appointment with the leadership advisors and interview for the role of director. Leadership students must approach the interview as if it is a real job, dressing in business attire and presenting their ideas.

As the leadership students prepare for the new change, the change will help students begin the interview part of life. The events will help the class lead others by example, putting their ideas into actions and working for the student body.

Students from last year’s leadership class have seen an immense change in the way it is run. Some feel that the change was unnecessary, one of the students is Brooklynn Ainley, ’17, feels that the class was already running smoothly.

“I think the change makes the class more confusing and time consuming, and some of us may forget what we are suppose to do,” Ainley said. “As the class begins interviews, I think it’ll take longer to do some things. Having to do the interview makes me nervous because I have never been good at speaking in front of people when it’s important. However, I’m glad that we get to pick what we want to be the director of instead of the teacher telling us what we have to do.”

Student leadership is hoping the change will help the class see things from a leader’s perspective and learn new skills throughout the year.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the Jan. 7 article, Student Leadership: Prepares for winter formal

By |2015-01-15T00:00:00+00:00January 15th, 2015|Announcements, FC Events, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership: Prepares for winter formal

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While leadership plans new and exciting events, the class will be reconnecting after the holiday break to talk about winter formal.

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement throughout this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

As school rolls back in, student leadership welcomes back all FC students, parents and staff and wishes the whole school a happy new year! Over the year leadership created new events and kept old traditions running. The new events were great experiences to try out and were generally believed to be successful.

Starting the new year, the class is up and running with even more new events like National Bubble Day.

Bubble day, Thurs., Jan. 8, is a day specifically for bubbles, in honor of the event, student leadership will be handing out bubbles at lunch to distribute and have fun with. National bubble day also shares the day with national Argyle Day, Earth Rotation Day and Joy Germ Day.

While leadership plans new and exciting events, the class will be reconnecting after the holiday break. Students will line up the calendar for the next couple weeks. The class will also start to discuss the next big event, Night of the Stars (NOTS).

NOTS is a formal event where high school students gather to watch class made movies. The movies are all made by students by acting, filming, script writing, and planning. Student leadership’s goal is to get the word out sooner to give the classes more time to work, in result of a better quality film.

The event will be held on Mar. 28, and the venue has changed from The Grand 1401 downtown to Wolf Lakes. As parents enjoy knowing what their child is involved in at school, the morning of the event parents will be able to view all class movies (more details to come).

Leadership students will start planning costs for tickets, decorations, set up and dinner choice within the upcoming weeks.

As leadership continues to create events to get more students involved with the school, shortly after NOTS the class will open up to planning Sadie’s in April.

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For more news, read the Jan. 6 article, BRIEF: National Bubble Day, Jan. 8. For more from student leadership, read Student leadership: Overview of Dec. 8-12.

By |2015-01-07T00:00:00+00:00January 7th, 2015|Academics, FC Events, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Applebee’s fundraiser set, Jan. 15

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Join and support the FC family by coming to the Dining To Donate fundraiser at Applebee’s on N. Cedar Ave, Jan. 15. Come enjoy a meal that’s filling and fulfilling, support the school from 3 to 9 p.m.

Join and support the FC family by coming to the Dining To Donate fundraiser at Applebee’s on N. Cedar Ave, Jan. 15. Come enjoy a meal that’s filling and fulfilling, support the school from 3 to 9 p.m.

As families dine, Applebee’s will donate 15 percent of the bill, only if the flyer is shown to the server, which can be picked up in the high school office in Building 6.

The fundraiser is only valid at the Cedar and Herndon Applebee’s for family and friends and flyers cannot be given out in the restaurant or in the parking lot. If otherwise done, the donation will be voided.

Nikole Tucker, Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) president, stated that the purpose of the fundraiser is to have fellowship with the school and the rest of the community.

“Money is acceptable, but the main purpose of the event is to advertise the school and to have a fellowship dinner together,” Tucker said. “The reason PTF chose Applebee’s is because a worker there contacted Gary {Papa’} Schultz and brought the fundraiser to his attention.”

The fundraisers purpose is to raise money for the school and get the community involved. The school has another fundraiser event coming up in March, the annual silent auction. The silent auction is to also raise money for the school and to get the community involved. There will be opportunities for a live auction as well as silent.

That event will be held in the FC gym. The event consists of certificates, services and desserts. Dinner will be served and the live auction will soon be followed.

Come support the FC family at both fundraiser events to help fund the school for future events.

IMPORTANT: Print the flyer and bring to Applebee’s on Cedar and Herndon so donations go to FC, found here.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the Jan. 6 article, BRIEF: National Bubble Day, Jan. 8.

Student leadership: Overview of Dec. 8-12

ChristmasLane9Kylie Bell

As December continues, there will be several acts of giving: leadership will be giving away a Starbucks card to the winner of the “ugliest” Christmas sweater.

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement throughout this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

This is the last week before Christmas break. Dec. 9, is the last day for the Yes We CAN food drive. Leadership class will be taking all the high school and junior high cans to Pinedale Christian Church.

As December continues, there will be several acts of giving: leadership will be giving away a Starbucks card to the winner of the “ugliest” Christmas sweater. All of high school is invited to meet at Starbucks in Fig Garden Village to announce the sweater winner and walk down Christmas Tree Lane,, Dec. 10.

An annual tradition for Christmas is watching a Christmas movie before break. This year, the movie will be The Grinch and students are also encouraged to wear their favorite Christmas pajamas, Dec. 11. The movie will start at the beginning of lunch. Student leadership will be giving out tri-tip sandwiches, chips, and a drink.

In order to get a free lunch at the movie, bring a stuffed animal for the Valley Children’s Hospital. Lunch will be $6 unless students bring a stuffed animal.

The last week of school before Christmas break will end on Dec. 12, which is a half day.

Next week’s schedule will be a bit different, on Mon. Dec. 8, there will be Fri. schedule. Tues.-Thurs. will be normal block schedule.

When we come back:

As school starts up again, usually, there is not a lot to look forward to. The start of the year should never be boring!

Leadership will be welcoming the whole school back on Mon. Jan. 5, 2015, and sharing information about Night of the Stars (NOTS) along with an overview of last year.

NOTS is a formal event where the high school will gather and watch class made movies. This year, NOTS will be announced earlier than last year to get a head start on the movie making in hopes of better quality films. The venue has changed to Wolf Lakes.

Be prepared to celebrate National Bubble Day, Jan. 8. In order to celebrate this festive event, the leadership class will be giving out bubbles at lunch. Be sure to hang out and be a part of it.

Due to Christmas break, there will be no leadership article from Dec. 12-Jan. 5, 2015. The leadership students, as well as The Feather staff, would like to wish parents, students, and staff a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

By |2014-12-09T00:00:00+00:00December 9th, 2014|Announcements, FC Events, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student leadership: Christmas is here

IMG_3689rOlivia Quebe

Along with the holiday activities, the campus will have a red and green dress up day to celebrate the Christmas season, Dec. 4.

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Thanksgiving is over and Christmas time is approaching and leadership is creating new ways to get the student body involved with the community and the school. A part of being involved in the community is the Yes we CAN food drive. Students, families, and staff can bring cans to the high school office to give to the less fortunate; the drive ends on Dec. 9.

Along with the holiday activities, the campus will have a red and green dress up day to celebrate the Christmas season, Dec. 4.

The class is also inviting the whole high school to take a walk down Christmas Tree Lane, Dec. 10. During school, wear your ugly Christmas sweater to school and to the event. Please meet at 7 p.m.; the winner of the ugly sweater contest will be announced at the Starbucks in Fig Garden Village. The winner will receive a free Starbucks coffee.

FC has many traditions throughout the Christmas season and one of the traditions is to watch a Christmas movie before the break. This year the students will watch The Grinch and eat tri-tip sandwiches. With the lunch, chips, a drink and a cookie will also be served.

Lunch costs $6 unless you bring one stuffed animal to donate to Valley Children’s Hospital. Then the lunch is free.

After the break, the leadership class will be getting a head start on Night of the Stars (NOTS), FC’s annual formal event which will be held at Wolf Lakes.

Until then, school will be let out for break on Dec. 12, a half day, and will not be back in session until Jan. 5.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @fcsleadership_, Email: [email protected].

By |2014-12-03T00:00:00+00:00December 3rd, 2014|Announcements, FC Events, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership: Yes we can

IMG_9446Sydney Belmont

Starting Nov. 17-Dec. 12, leadership is having a friendly competition to raise awareness and gain canned food for the Yes We Can food drive.

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement throughout this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

Last week was National Kindness Week and the class created signs to support the week and to get the word out. Kindness week is to show your kindness more than just one time, but more than just a week. Try giving someone a pencil when they cannot find one or say ‘Hello’ to someone new.

Leadership class is still continuing of their unit of public speaking. Students will learn the proper use of a microphone and how to introduce a speaker. They will also be learning how to entertain the crowd.

The class is also planning Fall Festivus and will start bringing supplies to the destination. The event will be held at the Beal residence, Nov. 25.

Christmas is not far off and leadership is looking for new ways to get the school involved. One idea the class came up with was to walk Christmas Tree Lane. Come to school wearing your best Ugly Christmas sweater on go walk with student leadership on Wed., Dec. 10.

That night meet at the location chosen (TBA) to find out who won the sweater contest; the winner will be rewarded at the destination.

The annual Christmas movie is coming up, Dec. 11. The high school will be watching The Grinch while eating lunch. In order to receive lunch, students must bring an appropriate donation for the charity. The charity we are supporting is to be announced.

Each year many families in the Fresno area go without food for the holidays and often throughout their everyday lives. The high school is taking part in fixing this problem. Starting Nov. 17-Dec. 12, leadership is having a friendly competition to raise awareness and gain canned food for the Yes We Can food drive.

So it’s time to get involved and show your thanks for your blessings. Please get involved and remember to use #FCGiveThanks.

Due to Thanksgiving break next week, Nov. 24-28, there will be no Leadership update. For the two days the school is in, there will be planning in the class room for the Fall Festivus, on Tues. Nov, 25. Be sure you buy your tickets before prices go up!

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the Nov. 13 article, BRIEF: Educational Enrichment Program offers opportunities to students .

By |2014-11-17T00:00:00+00:00November 17th, 2014|FC Events, Leadership, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student leadership: Prepares fall festivities

IMG_7848Jason Swain | The Feather Online Archive

Picking up on the next event, Fall Festivus, the class has begun planning out where it will be held, what movie will be shown that night, and how much food will be available.

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement throughout this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

As homecoming week comes to an end, leadership continues to be involved with new and upcoming events. Homecoming week was a success, even though the rain had stopped a few of the class’ plans. Student leadership would like to give a thanks to all the people who helped make homecoming week great.

The Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, in front of the Fresno City Hall and will be taking place at 11:11 a.m. The parade focuses on all the veterans who fought for America’s freedom. This is the largest parade on the West Coast, so come and support the school and the troops!

Picking up on the next event, Fall Festivus, the class has begun planning out where it will be held, what movie will be shown that night, and how much food will be available. Fall Festivities are events before Thanksgiving to hangout with friends and roast marshmallows, dance, or just watch a movie.

The annual Yes We Can Canned Food Drive is arriving soon, Nov. 17, the drive is for Pinedale Elementary. To get the school involved in the project, each class will compete against each other. At the end of the food drive the wining class will be given a prize, which is still to be decided.

Last year was the biggest amount of canned food the school has collected. This year the school would like to participate in a friendly competition and beat the record achieved last year!

Along the lines of giving back, the school is getting involved in Operation Christmas Child. Gather any items that could fit into a shoe box for these Christmas gifts. Please ask for a brochure which outlines the recommended stuff to put in the box, including $7 to ship it. All boxes are due on Monday, Nov. 10. Hashtag any ways to give back with #FCGiveThanks.

Leadership is also planning an all-school walk down Christmas Tree Lane, Dec. 10. The same day, during school, there will be an ugly sweater contest as well, so wear your best ugly sweater to school. Three winners will be announced and given a prize when everyone arrives at the event.

Around Christmas time, leadership will be holding a movie viewing during school. The movie is yet to be decided. Each high school student will need to bring an item to support the organization chosen, which will serve as a ticket for a free lunch. If students do not bring the required supplies to get free lunch, it will be $5.

Night of the Stars (NOTS) is a big deal during the second half of the school year. The night is filled with fancy dresses, great remade movies, and great tasting dinner. Last year leadership sponsored the 22nd annual Night of the Stars (NOTS) at The Grand 1401 on the 10th floor in February.

Each class remakes a movie and that night the movies are shown and students receive awards for best actor, actress, film; etc. Leadership is planning out the venue, the costs, the date and theme. NOTS is an exciting formal event where guys ask girls to be their dates. Boys, think of creative ways to ask your date! Stay tuned for more information and date.

As the football season comes to an end, there will be one last Fifth Quarter. Bring $5 and come to Me n Ed’s at Cedar and Herndon this Friday, Nov. 7, for a fun time and pizza!

Leadership will continue to plan, support, and promote different events during the school year.

For more on Student Leadership, take a look at Student Leadership: Homecoming is upon us.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the Nov. 3 article, BRIEF: Operation Christmas Child boxes due, Nov. 12.

By |2014-11-05T00:00:00+00:00November 5th, 2014|Announcements, FC Events, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student leadership: Homecoming is upon us

IMG_9447Sydney Belmont

The week of homecoming has arrived, it is ‘a walk on Hollywood Boulevard’. It is the most exciting week of the year, a time of making memories and getting more involved.

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The week of homecoming has arrived, it is ‘a walk on Hollywood Boulevard’. It is the most exciting week of the year, a time of making memories and getting more involved. There are a bundle of activities in one week chock-full of crazy, eye-popping apparel, and zestful attitudes.

This year, everything is Hollywood-themed, old and new. Every school has a fun-filled week of dressing up as their school theme and living up to the school traditions. This event is a time for alumni to come back to their school and visit, and for the current high schoolers to show their school spirit.

The students will dress up each day according to the day’s theme: Monday wear any American pride clothing or cowboy attire. Tuesday, you should wear any tourist related clothing. Wednesday is pajama day, so wear your comfortable PJ’s. Thursday is twin day, so grab a friend and dress alike. Finally, Friday is spirt wear, a chance to show your school spirt and go all out. For all days of the week, dress code does still apply.

Along the lines of school traditions, our tradition is having all high school classes build a float. For a few weeks before homecoming night, the classes get together to create floats made entirely by themselves. On homecoming night, Oct. 31, the floats will be brought in between 1-4 p.m. and students are to help put up and take down the floats.

For the Freshman float, they are emulating a sci-fi theme; for the Sophomore float, the class is creating a mafia hangout; the Juniors are taking the audience back to the Roaring 20’s on their float; and the Seniors are creating a western themed float.

As excitement floats through the hallways with all these fun and crazy things to do, the leadership class puts it all on. During the week the class will be making all different signs for the hallways and for the football game on Friday. Leadership will also be planning a rally on Friday for cross country, cheer, and the tennis teams.

On the actual day of homecoming, leadership will be helping run and set things up during the day. They will also be setting up before the game and helping clean up after the game.

Although homecoming can be very exciting there are still downsides of the week. Claire Kollenklark, ’16, a leadership student, says she becomes very busy and things can get stressful.

“I don’t really do too much on Halloween but I don’t like that my friends and I can’t go trick-or-treating like we did in the past.” Kollenkark said. “With being so involved with school activities a lot of things can go wrong and sometimes it can be very stressful.”

Although homecoming does come to an end, leadership will start planning the next school event, Nov. 3-7. The next event is the annual Fall Festivius, where students gather around roasting marshmallows and eating food while watching a movie together.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the Oct. 24 article, #FCgoesHollywood: Eagles strut their stuff.

By |2014-10-27T00:00:00+00:00October 27th, 2014|Announcements, FC Events, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cafe impresses, exceeds expectations

IMG_5098Sydney Belmont

During the time I spent there, I could not find a single thing that I disliked. Kuppa Joy can expect to see me again.

I have to say my first visit to Kuppa Joy was a wonderful experience; the cafe impresses multiple people every day. The cafe is located in Old Town Clovis and is open Mon- Sat. from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The first thing I noticed when I walked through the doors was how comfortable the environment was. It was as if the room was a stress free zone. As I looked around the room, I was welcomed in with a very polite hello.

The atmosphere was lovely, and not noisy to the point where you could not keep a conversation going. On a busy night, there is not much seating, but at 5 o’clock the seating was just enough for the coffee house. All the walls were filled with different pieces of art and old coffee bags.

As I ordered, the set-up was beautifully set and not overwhelming. Another thing I noticed was the slow draining coffee. You rarely see a slow draining coffee set up in a local place like this.

This coffee house, like others in its league, serves frappes, lattes, and iced drinks as well as bottled water, coke and almond milk. I ordered the Spiced Chai Latte which cost $4.50.

This drink was like fall in a cup. When I took my first sip it was absolutely perfect! The chai was not too spiced, it was perfectly balanced.

As for food, I ordered the Apple Crumb Cake, most of the pastries are made by Fire House Cookies which are home kitchen made pastries. In my opinion, this pastry was better than the Starbucks apple cake.

I could not just take one bite of the apple cake, the slices of apple were not too much because they were covered by pound cake and cinnamon. On top of the cake were balls of brown sugar which were a great topping to this delicious pastry.

As I ate I heard alternative music in the background, which was very appropriate for the coffee house. It made me feel cozy. The music was not too noisy, it was just loud enough to listen in peace.

Kuppa Joy is a wonderful coffee shop that strives for relationships with their customers. Not only is the atmosphere quaint and charming, but paired with their excellent coffee, they have achieved their goal. The shop is focused on quality – but that is not to say that they lack in quantity.

During the time I spent there, I could not find a single thing that I disliked. Kuppa Joy can expect to see me again.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more reviews, read the Oct. 10 article, Local Mexican food offers authentic flavor.

By |2014-10-13T00:00:00+00:00October 13th, 2014|Food, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership highlights week of Oct. 6-17

IMG_7365Sydney Belmont

Leadership class helped with the Isabelle Anderson Masquerade Gala dinner on Oct. 4. Anderson is an eight year old girl with a rare case of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) which affects about 300 children nationwide every year, not many children survive DIPG.

Student Leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

The annual tradition of Grandparents Day , Oct. 3, was a success. Many grandparents attended classes and lunch.

Leadership class helped with the Isabelle Anderson Masquerade Gala dinner on Oct. 4. Anderson is an eight year old girl with a rare case of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) which affects about 300 children nationwide every year, not many children survive DIPG.

The students helped serve the guests at the Gala, set up, and clean up after the event. The event was to raise money for the Anderson family to use for treatment and going through hard times.

The class will be finishing up public speaking and learning to listen by reading children’s books aloud and introducing a famous person in history, Oct.6.

Leadership will be involved in National News Engagement Day, Oct. 7. The class will be creating signs for the hallways promoting the event and helping out in any way needed. The goal is to engage everyone in the news. Everyone will be engaging by local news, social news, and national news.

Vickey Belmont, the leadership teacher, wants to involve as many students in this event as possible. Belmont believes that having students involved in the news is becoming rare and is a good idea to start promoting being involved.

“Having students involved in the news is great because they know what is going on locally, nationally, and socially.” Belmont said. “The leadership class is honored to be able to be involved this year.”

Leadership will be working on preparing Homecoming week, Oct. 27-31. The theme of homecoming is Hollywood. Every class will be working on building a float related to the theme. The class needs a trailer to hold the float and a location to hold the trailer at. Remember that the float must be able to be transport to the school.

The next home football game will be Friday, Oct. 10 against Kings Christian. Make sure to come out and support your Eagles!

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For another news article read Choir department to perform in first festival of year, critique expected

By |2014-10-07T00:00:00+00:00October 7th, 2014|FC Events, Leadership, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student leadership: Becoming better leaders

FCSLogoJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

The class is working on becoming better leaders. Their class motto is ‘To become a better leader, one must first become a better servant!’

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this bi-weekly article series.

The class is working on becoming better leaders. Their class motto is ‘To become a better leader, one must first become a better servant!’ Student leadership is working on building relationships with the student body and making leadership, a leadership not a dictatorship.

Helping with the involvement, the class will begin to set up lunch time activities and start ten minute break activities, Sept. 22. The activities will continue on during the year, the class hopes to make this a tradition at the school.

Homecoming week is approaching, Oct. 27-31. The class is starting to plan out the theme and days attire for dress up that week.

Each class needs to build a float for homecoming week, all classes will need a trailer to hold their float on and a location to keep the trailer. The trailer will have to be able to be transported from the location to the school.

The homecoming nominees for freshman princesses are Jenna Bynum, Erin Wilson, and Olivia Messer; for sophomores, Sydney Belmont, Jennifer King, and Hannah Nale; for juniors, Macy Mascarenes, Chloe Mueller, and Claire Kollenklark. For our queens, Gaby Siqueiros, Elise Winegarden, Ivette Ibarra, Callista Fries, and Mikayla Miller. Our kings are Collin Winegarden, Aaron DeWolf, Chris Grossman, Nick Fontes and Jordan Castro.

Hannah Nale,’17, has been nominated for the second year and is looking forward to dressing up and getting to know the other nominees.

“I get to know the nominees when we are in the princess pageant and are embarrassed together,” Nale said. “To me, its just another level of friendship. I look forward to dressing up because its fun to take time to do something you don’t normally do.”

For the families new to FC, there will be a new family dinner held, Sept. 23. The dinner will be put on by the leadership students that night.

See you at the pole is, Sept. 24, at 7 a.m., will be put on by Robert Foshee. Prayer will be said for our school, other schools, the country, and our leaders, and any other needed prayer.

The second class meeting will be, Sept. 23 led by Chris Grossman,’15, the student body president. Brooklynn Ainley,’17, has been in leadership for two years and thinks things are running a lot different.

“The meeting are a lot longer and we have more time to discuss things and get everything organized,”Ainley said. “As a class we sit in a square so we are all facing each other, I think sitting that way is a better way to interact with everyone.”

Inviting all FC grandparents, Grandparents Day will be, Oct.3 from 8 a.m.- 12:25 p.m.. Lunch will be provided from the school. Shuttle services will be available in parking lots ‘A’ and ‘F’.

Isabelle Anderson’s masquerade dinner will be, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m, which anyone can attend. Anderson has a rare case of brain cancer and has gone through six weeks of radiation treatment. The dinner’s purpose is to raise money for the Anderson family. If unable to attend that evening, please donate money to the organization.

For more news, read the Sept. 22 article, BRIEF: See You at The Pole, Sept. 24.

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By |2014-09-22T00:00:00+00:00September 22nd, 2014|Announcements, FC Events, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student leadership: See You at the Pole, Sept. 24

IMG_9450Sydney Belmont

During student leadership class, students will begin to read children’s books in order become comfortable with public speaking. Time spent leading discussion and sharing out loud is meant to help the class be more at was in front of their peers.

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this bi-weekly article series.

During student leadership class, students will begin to read children’s books in order become comfortable with public speaking. Time spent leading discussion and sharing out loud is meant to help the class be more at was in front of their peers. This is the third week leadership will be working on communication and commitment.

Along with commitment, all students in leadership must attend a sporting event once a week to show support to FC athletes. Leadership is committed to the FC community completely and wants to lead the Eagle spirit charge.

The first board meeting for the leadership students will be at lunch, Sept. 15. Be sure to ask a student leader what they are working on and how you might be able to help.

Leadership class will be selling Pacifica Pizza at lunch, Sept. 19.

The time has come, once again, for See You at the Pole (SYATP). Since 1990 there has been national day and week of prayer; this year it will be held in the quad at 7 a.m., Sept. 24.

SYATP organizer, Robert Foshee, has set up a time for worship along with praying. The time will be broken up into prayer for the country, the school, other schools and leaders around the city and state.

“It’s an important day that we’ve participated in for the past years that I’ve been here.” Foshee said. “This is an opportunity for us to connect with people around the world for school, the country and leaders around the world. I think its important to focus on prayer and it’s great that students are focusing on that same thing.”

The leadership class is helping set up, serve and clean up the benefit for Isabel Anderson which is a black tie masquerade dinner. Which anyone can attend, it will be at 5 p.m., Oct. 4.

Kim Castiglione, the director of the Isabel Anderson dinner and a FC graduate in 2001, is a friend of the family and has said that there will be life comedians, magicians and dancing.

“Isabelle has a rare brain cancer that she has gone through six weeks of radiation treatment.” Castigilone said. “The organization is to help out the family with raising funds and getting through the hard times.”

Tennis will be playing against Dos Palos at home, Oct. 2.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

By |2014-09-15T00:00:00+00:00September 15th, 2014|Announcements, FC Events, Leadership, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership: Practices communication

FCSLogoFC File Photo

The student leadership class continues to focus on qualities of a leader. Communication and commitment are the two qualities they will emphasize in the next week.

The student leadership class continues to focus on qualities of a leader. Communication and commitment are the two qualities they will emphasize in the next week.

In addition to learning public speaking, leadership learned how to introduce a famous people they were not too familiar with. Hannah Nale, ’17, had Marilyn vos Savant as her speaker. Nale says this situation will help her become a better speaker in general.

“In the future this will help me by elaborating quicker,” Nale said. “I’m comfortable with public speaking, but this will help my skills greatly. This prepares me for interviews for jobs and presenting myself and speaking in college.”

The FC volleyball team will be playing at home against Sierra High School, Sept. 9. JV will play at 5 p.m. and Varsity at 6 p.m. Come support our Lady Eagles in the FC gym!

Varsity football will be playing against Anzar High School, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. After the game will be fifth quarter, location to be announced. Girls tennis will be playing Dos Palos High School at Dos Palos, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m.

The first board meeting for the leadership students will be Sept. 15 at lunch. Leadership advisor Vickey Belmont, plans on increasing responsibility within leadership students and teaching them about their actions and reactions and how they affect other students.

“The responsibilities are to oversee certain aspects of the leadership class, to delegate and see that the follow through is completed.” Belmont said. “We’re going to talk about how this all plays out and then we will explain it to them.”

Homecoming will be held on Oct. 31 and nomination day will be on Oct. 2; students are required to find a location and trailer to build their homecoming floats on. Donations for sites and trailors will be needed as well.

Leadership will be selling Pacifica Pizza on Sept. 19.

For more announcements, read the Sept. 3 article, Student Leadership: Plans a new week

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By |2014-09-09T00:00:00+00:00September 9th, 2014|FC Events, Leadership, News, The Feather, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership: Plans a new week

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As the new week starts, student leadership starts to continue working on school activities, including the first school rally for the football and the girl’s tennis teams, Sept. 5.

As the new week starts, student leadership starts to continue working on school activities, including the first school rally for the football and the girl’s tennis teams, Sept. 5. Freshmen class will be burnt orange, Sophomores will be purple, Juniors will be blue, the Seniors will be red.

To earn points for your class wear your class assigned colors and be enthusiastic. In order to earn extra points, students who dress as a Ninja Turtle will gain extra points for their class; at the end of the rally the winning classes reward will be candy bars.

The first home football game is against Coast Union at 7 p.m. Following the football game, will be the first fifth quarter in the Peoples Church gym. Students will have to pay four dollars to get in and eight dollars for parents. Make sure to be in the Nuthouse at any game and wear your spirit wear!

Leadership is selling lunch every other Fri., lunch will be sold, Sept. 5. The next lunch will be sold, Sept. 19.

The leadership class will be talking about commitment and communication, Sept. 8-12.

In addition to the two qualities they are learning, the students will be reading short children’s book to help them with their public speaking. Leadership students will also be working on learning how to introduce a speaker or any special person.

Brooklynn Ainley,’17, a FC leadership student, thinks that learning how to public speak will help her to speak in front of large crowds.

“I think it is a good idea for everyone to learn how to public speak.” Ainley said. “You never know what you’ll do in the future but no matter what you do public speaking will be useful.”

The FC volleyball team will be playing at home against Sierra High School, Sept. 9. JV will begin to play at 5 p.m. and varsity will be playing at 6 p.m. Come support our Lady Eagles in the FC gym.

The high school football team will be playing against Anzar High School at 7 p.m., Sept. 12. After the game will be a fifth quarter, location to be announced. Girls tennis will be playing Dos Palos at Dos Palos at 4 p.m., Sept. 9

Kylie Bell,’16, a girls tennis player, has been playing since she was very little and it had always been a sport she is great in. She played this year so she could build relationships with other girls at FC in addition to it being her second year at school.

“Most of the girls have never played before and I think the team can improve by helping each other learn new skills.” Bell said. “The competition has been tough this year but the team has been doing very well. By the end of the year I would like the team to become more skilled than when they started and I encourage the team to grow together as teammates and friends.”

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For more announcements, read the Aug. 29, Student Leadership: Speaks out.

By |2014-09-03T00:00:00+00:00September 3rd, 2014|FC Events, Leadership, News, The Feather, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student leadership: Speaks out

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Student leadership speaks out about qualities of a leader and upcoming events for students and faculty.

Student leadership comments on the month’s activities

Student leadership provides an opportunity for students to become involved in leading the student body along with learning leadership skills. During the school year the class is focused on learning about the Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.

In the upcoming year the class will learn all 21 qualities of a leader. The first two qualities that the class will analyze during the week of Aug. 25-29 are character and charisma.

Vickey Belmont, a student leadership teacher, believes character helps the student gain an introspective view of themselves in order to know their strengths and weaknesses.

“Charisma is learning to put others first, this helps the students to think selflessly,” Belmont said. “They do this by getting involved in service projects and helping to set up activities to encourage the student body to become more unified.”

This week in chapel, student leadership officers will be giving nomination speeches for the office they are running for, Chris Grossman will be running for president, Ashley Garcia will be running for vice president, Timothy Nyberg will be running for secretary and Kathryn Damschen for treasurer, Aug. 28.

Leadership will be working on the first school rally set for that is centered around the football and girl?s tennis teams, Sept. 5. The rally?s theme will be based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Girl’s tennis plays at home against Caruthers and football will play their first home game against Coast Union at 7 p.m., Sept. 5. Make sure to be in the Nuthouse! The inaugural fifth quarter of the 2014 season will follow the game in the PC gym.

Roman Endicott,’18, is the current quarterback of the football team as well as a starting defensive end. Endicott took over as the starter after both the first and the second string quarterbacks were hurt in the pre-season. The freshman will play in his very first home game as an FC high school student.

“I’m looking forward to being able to test my skills and execute what we?ve learned over the course of the year against other teams.” Endicott said. “I’m nervous for the first league game.”

Student leadership will be fundraising for activities by selling lunches every other Fri., the next lunch is scheduled, Sept. 5.

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For more news, read the Aug. 27, Block schedule affects campus atmosphere.

By |2014-08-29T00:00:00+00:00August 29th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: CSF applications available in the office, due Aug. 26

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California Scholarship Federation(CSF) is a club inviting students with the academic qualifications and desire to serve in their community. Launching into a new year, applications are now available in the high school office and from the CSF advisor, Michelle Warkentin.

CSF offers opportunities for academic success

California Scholarship Federation(CSF) is a club inviting students with the academic qualifications and desire to serve in their community. Launching into a new year, applications are now available in the high school office and from the CSF advisor, Michelle Warkentin.

The club is highly respected and recognized by colleges for its focus on serving others. Warkentin states that CSF is notably beneficial to students who hold a leadership position in the club. Being a life representative will be documented on student’s diplomas and will be recognized.

“Being involved in extracurricular clubs such as CSF are always great things to include on college applications.” Warkentin said. “There are also scholarship opportunities available to CSF students by special nomination their senior year.”

CSF helps you get involved in your community, self discipline, and teaches students commitment.

Being involved in CSF is a way to bond with other classmates and spend time together while accomplishing acts of service.

The club has many future perks like going on a special college trip, as well as present perks like off campus privilege.

“One of the perks of CSF is the privilege of going off campus for lunch twice a month and more access to information about college and scholarship opportunities.” Warkentin said.

All applications are due before Aug. 26 late applications will not be accepted; applications must include student transcripts and be post stamped.

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For more news, read the Aug. 20 article, Students scheduled to show best smile, Aug. 25.

By |2014-08-22T00:00:00+00:00August 22nd, 2014|Announcements, FC Events, News, The Feather, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Color guard places second, prepares for competition

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Color guard is a team that performs in many different completions involving hand eye coordination and while using flags, sabers and rifles. The schools team is performing to Love Don’t Die for their championships.

In their latest competitions the color guard team earned second place in the Scholastic Regional at Hoover High School. At this event James Logan School took first place, gaining a higher score than that campus squad. Color guard teams can contain both girls and boys in high school and junior high; it serves as a competition team that performs all year round.

Color guard is a team that performs in many different completions involving hand eye coordination and while using flags, sabers and rifles. The schools team is performing to Love Don’t Die for their championships.

14 other color guard teams participated in the competition and will prepare for their next competition at Clovis North, March 29.

Rebekah Carrol, ’19, enjoys acquiring new skills while having a great time. She loves being on the team because it provides her with the opportunity to bond with the other girls and make great memories throughout the year.

“My favorite memory from color guard is when we would sit around and talk,” Carrol said. “Color guard is a great way to get to know each other and we all enjoy getting together to practice. It’s really fun.”

Soloist performer Summer McGrew, ’17, enjoys color guard and cannot wait for championships.

“I like color guard because it gives me something to do, and it’s really fun,” McGrew said. “It involves a lot of energy, too. I like to bond with the girls and we all get to know each other better.”

Many of the girls joined the team in order to try something new and loved the experience as a whole. Color guard is a good balance between hard work and responsibility while making memories. Chloe Cooper, ’17, loves being involved in the team because she can throw the flags and dance to great songs and routines.

“The funniest thing that happened when we were practicing, was when I tossed up a single and a half and I didn’t catch it right and my flag was the only one that dropped,” Cooper said. “Next year I will be doing color guard because I love the coach, the girls and everything about it.”

In addition to competing, the girls also show off their skills at school rallies. Performing at the rallies served as a confidence booster for their upcoming event and they enjoyed performing for the school.

Coach and alumna Megan Stewart, ’11, was involved in color guard for three years during her high school career.

“When I first came only half of them had any kind of training whatsoever,” Stewart said. “Now they all have the basics down on flag and a majority of them have basics down on weapon. It was rather rough to start, getting them into performing mode, but every show their score has increased.”

When the school was looking for a coach, she thought it would be a great way to give back and teach others a sport that she loved. Stewart is very proud of how far the girls have come since the beginning of the year.

“The team has seen noticeable improvement throughout the competitive season,” Stewart said. “They have taken the judges critiques to make changes and championships will be expected to be the best show yet.”

For more news, read the March 25 BRIEF: Cheer tryouts approach, March 29 article.

Freshmen find opportunities to bond, initiate friendships

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Freshman year is a time for change; new students have come and other students have gone. In the first year of high school students start to grow up or at least try. They make new friends and lose others. It is almost like a year of wins and losses. Most classes do not bond during their first year of high school, but the class of, ’17, has.

Freshman year is a time for change; new students have come and other students have gone. In the first year of high school students start to grow up or at least try. They make new friends and lose others. It is almost like a year of wins and losses. Most classes do not bond during their first year of high school, but the class of, ’17, has.

Natalia Torres, ’17, thinks the class has bonded very well, and believes the relationships have grown and the students spend a lot more time together. She enjoyed being involved in homecoming and Night of the Stars (NOTS). In the upcoming years Torres is hoping to see better homecoming floats and better NOTS experiences for everyone. Even though junior high is more challenging Torres loves high school.

“Our class has bonded by the extra activities we have had to do for school,” Torres said. “High school is more challenging than junior high. I think our class should work on involving everyone and not being in cliques.”

New student to FC, Daniel Ayres, ’17, thinks that the class has bonded very well since the first day of school. He believes many of the students have grown together in Christ and in friendships.

“In high school you are on a higher maturity level and you get more respect from other people,” Ayres said. “You get to be an upper classmen but not completely so at the same time you’re still a lower class men.”

Looking at the sophomore class, the freshmen see how they bond and have achieved new goals together. Over the year the students have figured out how to act and react to things that they would not have faced in junior high. By this time next year the class hopes to have a better bond then we have now.

Taylor Cowger, ’17, says he likes to be around his friends and build better friendships with them. He hopes to make more friendships and become a better class by senior year. When asked about what the class could do to bond he talked about field trips.

“I would like to see the class bond in a field trip,” Cowger said. “We could go to the zoo or anywhere where the class would have good opportunities to get to know each other.”

Teachers who educate the freshman class and parents have seen the freshman class bond very well. Susan Ainley, drama teacher and parent to Brooklyn Ainley, thinks the freshman class is filled with real friends and great workers.

“I’ve seen other freshman classes sort of wander around all year, not really participating,” Ainley said. “This class had decided to participate. I love seeing how they connect with the upperclassmen. During NOTS they all jumped in and made a movie, got dates and had a blast. I think we will see this class do great things in the years to come and to always be a great group of friends.”

For more features, read the Feb. 27, WSL Talent Show awards top three winners article.

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Class of ’15 begins first year of NOTS filming

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This year for Night of the Stars (NOTS), Feb. 15, the freshman are creating reenactments of different commercials. Robert Foshee, adviser the of Student Leadership class, has let the class do commercials because they have never experienced making a movie before.

This year for Night of the Stars (NOTS), Feb. 15, the freshman are creating reenactments of different commercials. Robert Foshee, adviser the of Student Leadership class, has let the class do commercials because they have never experienced making a movie before.

The people in charge of putting all this together are the freshman students in student leadership. Some of the commercials are Squat-o-Matic, Let Jesus Decide and Nature Walk.

Jarrod Markarian, ’17, is a representative of the leadership class for the freshmen and is also one of the students in charge of putting the commercials all together. Markarian is excited to be apart of NOTS this year and to be apart of the filming process.

“The commercials we have already filmed are pretty funny,” Markarian said. “I think the student body will get a good laugh out of all the silly freshman.”

The freshman students have chosen characters, commercials and settings. All the commercials are similar to their originals. All the commercials are a comedy theme. The cast hopes to make everyone laugh and enjoy the production.

Most of the people in the freshman class are excited about NOTS. Since they have never been they do not know what it is like. The rest of the high school student body is helping out with the building of their excitement.

One of the students getting ready for NOTS is Jacob Bynum, ’17, one of the freshmen. Bynum is looking forward to hilarious moments during our filming and watching of the commercials.

“One of the commercials I’d like to do is film a lotion commercial, it’d be really funny,” Bynum said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the classes movies and watching their expressions when they watch our awesome commercials.”

Many of the commercials are being filmed at the school. Those of the freshman class that decide to show up have gathered every weekend. The class is said to be working well together for this years first NOTS film.
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Filming the commercials has taken about a month. The staff or filming and editing has taken a part of their own time to product this, all students have worked hard and has put in time. The commercials will be fun and exciting to watch the night of.

Natalia Torres, ’17, a freshman student involved in Night of the Stars, is expecting big things out of the freshman. She hopes to see more people at the meeting and participating.

“I’m hoping that the people involved focus on what they are doing and put effort into it,” Torres said. “I’m sure that everything will turn out perfectly and be a great film that we can look back on and laugh.”

Foshee is enthusiastic about this year freshmen NOTS film. His expectations for the freshmen film is not very high because its their first year making a film but he knows they are trying their best.

“The best things about the freshmen film is to see them get started,” Foshee said. “They have fun together and its neat to to see their progression from freshmen to senior and to see their improvement.”

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For more features read the Feb. 6 article, Reeves recollects internment camp experiences.

By |2014-02-06T00:00:00+00:00February 6th, 2014|FC Events, Features, The Feather, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student leadership to host PCA, Feb. 15

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NOTS is the formal event put on by student leadership for FC students to enjoy. This occasion is not the typical school formal.

As February draws closer it is time for FC’s annual event, Night of the Stars (NOTS). NOTS will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15 at The Grand 1401 in downtown Fresno from 6-11 p.m. This year’s theme is “Winter Wonderland.”

NOTS is the formal event put on by student leadership for FC students to enjoy. This occasion is not the typical school formal. Instead of dancing, students gather to watch movies made by each class. At the end of the viewing an award show is held, resembling the Academy Awards, to honor the class films. Along with the movies and award show, dinner is also served to the students with other attractions such as a drink bar and photo section opportunity.

The morning of NOTS all FC parents are invited to come view all the class movies and make the final decision of which film will receive the Parent’s Choice Award. The freshman class representatives in student leadership are hosting the Parent Choice Awards (PCA).

Jarrod Markarian, ’17, is a part of the set up of PCA, and hopes to have a great turnout. He believes the parents will enjoy seeing their children be a part of the movies, and is excited for the actual event as well.

“I think it’ll be a great event for the parents to view their child?s work,” Markarian said. “I think the parents will be excited even if the movies are good or not so great, because it’s their child’s work. NOTS will be a night to remember and a great experience. It’ll be fun to laugh at your friends and laugh at yourself.”

The event will be held in the music suite starting at 9 a.m. to an estimated time of eleven, food will be provided along with drinks. Parents will watch all the class films and vote for which they think is best.

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For more news, read the Jan. 15 article, BRIEF: ‘Winter Wonderland’ announced as NOTS theme.

By |2014-01-17T00:00:00+00:00January 17th, 2014|Announcements, FC Events, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Book Buddies promotes reading skills, advancement

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Since 2005 the school has participated in the Book Buddies program with Pinedale Elementary School. In past years students, grades 9-12, read to K-6th grade kids, but this year they are only working with kindergardeners.

Since 2005 the school has participated in the Book Buddies program with Pinedale Elementary School. In past years students, grades 9-12, read to K-6th grade kids, but this year they are only working with kindergardeners. Each student is given one to two buddies.

School secretary, Brenda Warkentin, helps in Book Buddies. She enjoys seeing the high school students interact with their book buddies. The students have thirty minutes to read to the kids and they take great advantage of the time they have.

“A lot of the Book Buddy students do not have a mentor to help them learn things and our students are great mentors toward the kids,” Warkentin said. “I have been helping in Book Buddies for four years, most students that decide to do book buddies their freshman year continue to participate for the rest of their high school years.”

Hannah Nale, ’17, participates in cheer, volleyball, basketball and now Book Buddies. She loves being a part of the club because she gets to connect with the kids and help them out with whatever they need.

“As a person I feel like I’ve become more patient with not only myself, but with others,” Nale said. “I love being with little kids, they are so much fun and spending time with them is great. My buddies name is Ruby. She is so cute, she’s very entertaining but gets easily distracted. We have great conversations together, though.”

Nale loves coming to school on Thursdays knowing that she has book buddies that day. At first she was nervous about what would happen; now she knows she will always have a good time.

“I’m really excited about the program,” Nale said. “I like showing up to school, knowing I get to see my buddy that day. First I was a little nervous but now I know what to expect from it.”

Sierra Duffy, ’16, also in book buddies, has two buddies in the program, Rianna and Trinadad. This is Duffy’s second year doing the program.

“I like being with kids and I did it last year,” Duffy said. “I thought it was a lot of fun. I also like being a good influence on the kids. I’ve become a lot more patient and tolerable in the things I do.”
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The first year Duffy did Book Buddies she did not know what to expect. She was excited to see what was to become of the club and all the new kids she would meet and interact with.

“My two buddies are very cute,” Duffy said. “They are easy to interact with which is great. I look forward to seeing the kids and how their week has been so far.”

Mikayla Miller, ’15, has also been in the program twice now. The first time she did the club was when she was a freshman. Miller loved the experience as she does now. She thinks the club is a great way to learn new skills.

“I feel like being in Book Buddies has helped me reach out to my community more than I have,” Miller said. “I wanted to do the club because I love being with the little kids and spending time with them. It’s fun seeing the excitement on their faces when we come.”

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For more features, read the Nov. 21 article, San Joaquin Parkway encourages community ownership (VIDEO).

By |2013-11-22T00:00:00+00:00November 22nd, 2013|Announcements, Community Events, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Freshman princess relives first homecoming

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I was the freshman princess of the year. It was a great experience to handle. I did not expect to win, the other princesses did a wonderful job. We were all so happy to be apart of the homecoming court.

Homecoming was an amazing week that took place Oct. 21-25. Homecoming week was one of the most exciting weeks of the year. A lot of students dressed up according to the day’s theme. Along with students dressing up they also had to build a homecoming float with their class. I love homecoming week because you can have as much fun as you would like when getting dressed up.

My favorite part of homecoming week was pajama day. It is the only day you are able to come to school in your pajamas. And who doesn’t love pajama day? Many students wore onesie pajamas which all looked fantastic! This year’s theme was superhero; throughout the week students wore superhero themed attire.

For about a month the classes had gotten together and started to build their float. The freshman class did not use the whole month, but we used the last two weeks. Even though we rushed, I feel my class worked together very well to get it done. The hardest part of the process was getting everyone to show up to help.

During the week we had our nominee pageants. The Princess Pageant was good, but I hope next year will be a bit more exciting. The princesses all got together on stage and did certain activities. The girls I was with had to paint a self portrait blindfolded, mine was defiantly surprising to see. The eyes were nowhere close to where they were suppose to be.

The Queen Pageant on the other hand was outstanding. The queens looked rather lovely and the kings were great guests in the pageant. The queens had to dress up their kings with thrift store clothes. They were great ways to show their own personal style.

Now, the King Dance, it was a great experience and by far the best of the three. The boys did a great time with putting the show together. We discovered a side of the senior kings some of us have never seen before.
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On the first day of homecoming week the kings came through the hallway with a surprise. Everyone was in their first period class and still waking up. Outside there was a noise of the theme song of each superhero the kings were dressed up as. Running down the hallway came the super kings!

That was a wonderful surprise, some students did not get to see that surprise. There were many more exciting things to see throughout the week.

As people pulled up to the game on Friday night there was an beautiful showing of dresses. Every girl was absolutely stunning. Full of nervousness and excitement, the girls all hopped onto the golf carts and rode to the sidelines of the game.

I was the freshman princess of the year. It was a great experience to handle. I did not expect to win, the other princesses did a wonderful job. We were all so happy to be apart of the homecoming court.

Being a freshman, I have never seen any of the pageants; I really enjoyed watching and participating in them. I cannot wait to see who the new nominees are, the new theme, the floats and all the excitement of next years homecoming week.

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For more information on homecoming, read the Oct. 28 article, Epitome of school spirit celebrated at homecoming game.

By |2013-11-12T00:00:00+00:00November 12th, 2013|FC Events, Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments