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A view from the outside: College freshman speaks out

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Tynin Fries, left, former Feather editor-in-chief, is a freshman at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and at Barrett, the Honors College.

Tynin Fries is a freshman at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and at Barrett, the Honors College. She is pursuing both an undergraduate and graduate degree in Journalism as well as a minor in European History. She responded to The Feather’s request for a post high school article and responded with A view from the outside.

The things people tell you about college: you find your people, it’s the best years of your life and it’s hard. The things no one tells you about college: you learn a lot about yourself, the food sucks and high school does not matter.

I thought I had realistic expectations for college after having friends and siblings go to college years before me. But I was wrong. College is what you decide it is. You can either make the most of it, or you can struggle through and be that awkward freshman.

It’s true: you find your people. When I decided to enroll in Barrett, The Honors College, I solely did it for academic reasons. But once I got here, I learned that these Barrett kids really are my people. They enjoy learning, they do their homework, they are all nerds! So, for all you seniors out there, making friends really is the easiest part of college. (But it’s also the scariest part)

I’ve been told these will be the best years of my life, but I cannot testify to that now. But It does seem like I’m on that track.

I’m an honors students and I still do not feel like freshman year is hard. Classes are simple, mostly stuff you will learn before you graduate college. The hardest part of college is now having to handle everything on top of school. You have to go grocery shopping. You have to find a job. You have to make time for friends. You have to call your mom. And then you have to do homework. That’s the hard part.

And here’s the last thing: no one wants to tell the homecoming queen or the valedictorian high school doesn’t matter. I was the Editor-in-Chief, the Salutatorian and varsity soccer captain. But when you get to college, the only thing that matters is that you LIKE journalism, reading and soccer. Those titles and all that work you put in during high school really means nothing. I was shocked when my professor advised us all to leave all that ‘high school crap’ off our resumes. It literally means nothing. — Tynin Fries

But let’s move on to the stuff no one tells you. First off, you will learn more about yourself in the first few weeks of college than you did all of senior year. I may have thought my biggest fear was spiders, but now that I’m here, I know that my real biggest fear is having a bad roommate. I may have liked eggs, but then I look at the ones in the dining hall and I’ve completely changed. Granted these are silly examples, but it gets deep too.

Also, the food sucks. Even if you go to the fanciest college in the world, the food will suck. No way around that one. Just start preparing your stomach for ramen now. The sodium levels are unreal here.

And here’s the last thing: no one wants to tell the homecoming queen or the valedictorian high school doesn’t matter. I was the Editor-in-Chief, the Salutatorian and varsity soccer captain. But when you get to college, the only thing that matters is that you LIKE journalism, reading and soccer. Those titles and all that work you put in during high school really means nothing. I was shocked when my professor advised us all to leave all that ‘high school crap’ off our resumes. It literally means nothing.

Reality check: you are at the bottom now. So seniors, do not think college is crazy and scary. It is. But it’s so much more than that too. After you’re forced to realize high school doesn’t matter, you’ll accept it and thrive more than you ever have. You’ll make friends and create a whole new life for yourself.

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For more opinions, read the Dec. 2 article, COLUMN: The American illusion; justice for all.

By |2014-12-04T00:00:00-07:00December 4th, 2014|Alumni, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Senior reflection: Fries appreciates support, adviser

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Senior Tynin Fries shares her appreciation for adviser Greg Stobbe in her final Feather article. She will attend Arizona State University in the fall, joining the Barrett Honors College.

After writing 100 plus articles for The Feather, there’s really only a few things left to say. Here’s everything I wished I had said during the last four years to my adviser, Greg Stobbe:

I wish I had known on the first day of school just how much you would teach me about journalism, myself and my future.

Stobbe you were the sole reason for my motivation throughout school. As I lost my favorite teachers and watched them move away, you stayed a constant encouragement. The Feather and your crazy mind kept me from breezing through high school like everyone else.

You pushed me to my limits and made me feel insane. For months I stayed up late, meeting and surpassing your expectations.

Stobbe you’re the most inspirational teacher I’ve ever had, and probably ever will have. You put four years of work into me, and I won’t let you down.

Just like my parents will see their finished product when I move away, so will you. Now that you’ve done your job, it’s time for mine.

These last four years have been grand. We visited New York, Seattle, Disneyland and San Diego. We taught classes, won awards and even met famous people. You gave me more opportunities than an average kid could dream of having.

But rather than the big things, I’ll remember the small lessons you taught me. That when I’m too stressed it’s okay to get wheeled around the room, even if I think there’s no time. New things are scary, but also very cool. And Twitter isn’t just for morons.

This next year will bring be changes for me and you. And I hope that you never lose your inspiration to inspire. There will always be a freshman, eager to learn from you. Don’t give up now because you’ll always be a teacher.

You mean more to me than any other teacher, Stobs. I can’t wait to return in a few years to make you proud of the student and person you helped create.

I love you, Stobbe. Write on!

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @TyninFries. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather. She will attend the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University.

For more senior reflections, read the May 20 article, Senior overcomes struggles, builds confidence.

By |2014-05-23T00:00:00-07:00May 23rd, 2014|FC Arts, Opinions, The Feather, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Class of ’14 travels to SoCal, enjoys last weekend

After finishing the last academic days of their high school career, the class of 2014 embarked on the annual Senior Trip, May 15-17. The some 50 students and chaperones trebled to Southern California after departing at 7 a.m. from the school, May 15.

After reviewing rules and itinerary, the bus headed towards Santa Monica where the students are lunch and toured the boardwalk. Following that, the group checked in to their hotel at the Embassy Suits.

The first night needed with the group attending the Los Angeles Angels versus the Tampa Bay Rays where everyone received hats and shirts featuring left fielder Mike Trout.

Senior Kaitlyn King enjoyed the trip because of the time she spent with her peers, celebrating their accomplishments.

“Senior Trip for me was much anticipated,” King said. “I was looking forward to it all year. I had a blast with my friends and classmates. For me it was the perfect way to end my senior year.”

The following day was the highlight of many students’ weekend, when the class arrived at Disneyland for a full day of rides, food, and entertainment.

Senior Adam Loughney loved making memories with his friends in the happiest place on earth.

“Well my favorite part of the trip was going on rides with friends and hanging out in Disneyland, Loughney said. “And I think that is important for the seniors to take this trip together because it is the last time we get to do something as a class before everyone goes their separate ways.”

Following an exhausting day at the park, the students slept in before visiting Huntington Beach for a few hours. The seniors also dined at a tepanaki restaurant before attending a community theater showing The Music Man.

For many this final day was a relaxing, well-deserved vacation before finally graduating high school. Senior Katie Uribe especially liked this portion of the trip.

“They kept us busy the whole time with fun activities that allowed us to actually enjoy ourselves and not make us feel like we were actually on a field trip,” Uribe said. “It felt like a well deserved vacation. My favorite part of the senior trip was probably the Huntington Beach because it was really relaxed and breezy. We were able to explore in a perfect amount of time and then go to a nice dinner and a play.”

Overall the class enjoyed a fun-filled weekend that allowed them to bond as a class before moving away and out of touch.

“I think it was a good trip to take because we get away from home for a while with a well deserved break and a celebration of our accomplishment of finishing high school,” Uribe said. “It was so fun and interesting. It was just a great way to end the school year. And an even better way to end our high school career.”

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

For more features, read the May 13 article, How to: Stain removal.

By |2014-05-19T00:00:00-07:00May 19th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The beasts are back in 2014! (VIDEO)

Stobbe’s freshmen English class parades through hallways

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English teacher Greg Stobbe, center, has creates a chorus of freshmen singing “The Beasts of England” from George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’.

The ghosts of George Orwell’s pigs have been roaming the campus hallways since the 2000 school year.

And while national anthems are routinely sung, chanted and hummed throughout the world, a classic song echoes through this high school’s classrooms each April after a week of practice in Greg Stobbe’s English room.

This spring is no different.

Be prepared to host a gaggle of cows, turkeys, pigs, dogs, sheep and an array of other animals as the chorus of riled up tenderfoots weave their way through both expectant and surprised rows, May 8. And if listeners dare, sing along with the greenhorn choristers during period 4.

But expect nothing less than organized propaganda. The beasts are back!

Orwell’s Animal Farm is the focus and the Beasts of England lyrics are its centerpiece.

Listeners may have a favorite verse or may still know most of the anthem as they too survived Stobbe’s antics and passionate push to learn the memorable song. Therefore, may this serve as a warning or heads up or both. While the song may be brief, its catchy tune and lyrics often revisit the participant for weeks.

Do you remember it appearing in your dreams, random humming while getting dressed in the morning, or just hearing it repeat over and over again in your head when you least expect it?

This is the power of song.

The Feather staff posts this practice video as a demonstration only. The 2014 freshman English class, in a friendly competition, hopes to entice you to participate with them. Be ye prepared.

For those who need a reminder of past performances, watch the 2013 version as the ‘Beasts of England’ entertains campus classrooms (VIDEO).

And if that is not enough, be sure to check in with ‘Beasts of England’ 2012 (VIDEO) and/or the Animal Farm: Beasts of England, 2011 (VIDEO).

Listeners may also check out photos on Instagram (@thefeatheronline) and Twitter (@thefeather) over the next couple of days. You might view your favorite animal close up?

By |2014-05-07T00:00:00-07:00May 7th, 2014|Academics, Features, Uncategorized, Videos|1 Comment

Editor-in-Chief offered unique journalism opportunities

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Feather editors Tynin Fries, right, and Viviana Hinojosa teach a session at the NSPA convention in San Diego, April 9-13.

During my final journalism conference in my high school career, I had the opportunity to interact with more people through opportunities that were offered to me for my work on The Feather.

Alongside my adviser Greg Stobbe, eight other students and I traveled down to San Diego, CA, to attend the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and Journalism Education Association (JEA) national high school journalism conference, April 9-13.

Though this trip included a lot of fun tourist activities, I was also challenged journalistically to network and interact with big-names in the NSPA/JEA world.

Previous to attending the trip, Stobbe and I were approached to teach a class at the conference. As an online publication, we challenged new publications to create efficient staffs through “Thriving in Cyberspace.”

On top of that, Senior Editor Viviana Hinojosa and I were invited to take part in a Conversation with Journalists who Code with Geoff McGhee during a live streaming event, April 11. This opportunity was awarded to us through our previous work and awards, giving us the opportunity to discuss data visualization with a professional and other media students.

The same day, we were also invited to attend a lunch with the JEA President Mark Newton and 10 other students in a first-time event, April 11. Though we applied for this experience, Viviana and I were chosen among many students to participate.

Through these three opportunities, the conference proved to challenge Viviana and me to continue networking and using my resources to improve The Feather for future years to come.

Geoff McGhee was especially helpful in aiding us with ideas and links to encourage student journalists to incorporate date visualization. During his career, McGhee worked at various publications including The New York Times, Le Monde in France and ABCNews.com.

McGhee inspired us to begin a “senior project” to publish on The Feather, including an interactive map showcasing where each student in the class of 2014 is attending college. McGhee was also our resource for the links to begin our chapter.

These opportunities were not only an awesome resource for our staff, but they were an encouragement and affirmation to Viviana and I as we reflect on the hours of work we placed into The Feather. All the hard work we’ve done has been rewarded and recognized by professionals all around the nation.

As both Viviana and I are moving into the journalism field, this final conference was a major encouragement and relief for our futures. This comfort will stay with us as Viviana moves into New York University and I into Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

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

For more opinions, read the April 25 article, EDITORIAL: Intentional actions through final days.

By |2014-05-01T00:00:00-07:00May 1st, 2014|Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC Underground 203-14, No. 33 (VIDEO)

This is the 33rd episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of April 7-11, 2014. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

Lunch Schedule:
Mon: No Lunch
Tues: Taco Bell
Wed: China Bistro
Thurs: No Lunch
Fri: Panda Express

Sister to Sister has an off campus lunch on Mon. April 7.

This week in Sports:

Monday: Softball has a home game starting at 4:00.

Tuesday: Tennis has a match at Fowler starting at 3:30.
Baseball has a home game, starting at 4:00.

Wednesday: Track has a meet at Caruthers starting at 3:00.

Thursday: Golf has a match at Sierra Meadows.
Softball has a game at Parlier starting at 4:00.
Tennis has a match at Home starting at 4:00.

Friday: Baseball has a game at Parlier starting at 4:00.
Track has a meet at Yosemite starting at 2:00.

On Tues. April 8, there is a Spanish Club meeting at lunch in room 603.

Sadie’s is May 3, buy your tickets in the office now, $65 per ticket.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 32

By |2014-04-23T00:00:00-07:00April 23rd, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|1 Comment

Kingsmen share experience in first-year music group

This year, a brand new music group at Fresno Christian sprung up, creating a whole new bond for four male students on campus: the Kingsmen quartet. With only three performances left, the group reflects on their favorite memories throughout the year. As two of the members are seniors, after this semester the Kingsmen’s quartet will break up.

The Kingsmen’s final three events include singing the “Star Spangled Banner” for a Grizzlies game, April 12, followed by the group singing soundtrack songs at a Star Wars themed wedding the same day. Their final performance will be alongside the rest of the music department for the closing concert, May 12.

Each member of the quartet, including their adviser, shares their most prominent memory from the past two semesters below.

Robbie Hill
Senior

This year I have had the privilege of being part of a brand new music group at Fresno Christian: the Kingsmen quartet. We?ve had quite a few performances, and at every single one, we have gotten great feedback on our music.

With all the songs we?ve done in that class, I have to say that the “Pirate Song” is my favorite to perform. Getting to go up there and sing well, and make people laugh at the same time is a wonderful feeling. I never really enjoyed singing in a choir where you have to stand still and keep a straight face. I feel comfortable on stage with these guys, and every time it’s a blast.

Joshua Carter
Sophomore

I enjoy singing with the guys because we are actually singing good and interesting songs, and we all try our best. Also being in a room for 50 minutes a day with a fun group of guys is always a good time. My favorite song has to be “De Animals.” It is just a really cool song, and we get to be funny the entire time.?

Andrew Guthrie
Junior

The reason why I?ve enjoyed the quartet so much is because it is the first group I?ve actually felt accepted in. I?ve felt changed as a person and more spiritually developed from being in this class, and the friendships I?ve made will never be forgotten. My favorite song was also “De Animals.”

Adam Loughney
Senior

I have had a great time with the quartet because of all the stuff I?ve learned from the guys. They have been such an inspiration and taught me so much, now I?m a much better singer, and I owe a lot to them.

Michael Ogdon
Music Director

The Kingsmen really started out as an experiment. At the beginning of the year we had six members, but due to difficulties, ended up with four guys. Then we looked at each other and said, well here we go. Now later in the year with a bit of work, we have a really good blend and balance musically. But whats more impressive to me is that we?re all friends, and everyday we come together we have fun. I wish we could?ve done a lot more, but it takes time. But I?d say that the favorite piece we?ve done is De Animals, mainly because we get to act like a bunch of hams.

Upcoming, we?ll be singing the Star Spangled Banner for a Grizzlies game on April 12th. And then on the same day we head to a wedding where we?ll be helping sing a few Star Wars themed songs. We?d love to see you come out and support Kingsmen at the game and have a fun time with us.

Robbie Hill
Senior

Rather than feeling sad and melancholy about not singing with the boys anymore, this is the time when I look back at the fun times we?ve had and the hilarious moments that have happened in that choir room. For me, my favorite thing about the quartet has been that its not just a music class, it?s a time of fellowship.

I?ve learned new things about singing in a group like a quartet, but I also gained so many life lessons from Mr. {Michael} Ogdon and the guys. When we got into that room the first week of school, I thought we were the weirdest group on campus. Now I?m happy to call these guys my brothers, and I would not have chosen a better group of men to spend this time with.

To see the Kingsmen quartet perform, attend the Grizzlies game at Chuckchansi Park at 7 p.m., April 12. Ticket prices range from 10-25$. For more information, click here.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more features, read the April 3 article,

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

FC Underground 2013-’14 No. 32 (VIDEO)

This is the 32nd episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Mar. 31-April 4, 2014. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

Lunch Schedule:
Mon: No Lunch
Tues: Chik-Fil-A
Wed: Farmer Boys
Thurs: Pizza
Fri: No Lunch

Mon- Tues. the SAT10 will be given.

Sister to Sister older sister training is Mon. Mar. 31 at lunch in room 628.

There is a mandatory CSF meeting Wed. April 2 at lunch in room 621.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 31

By |2014-04-03T00:00:00-07:00April 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-’14 No. 31 (VIDEO)

This is the 31st episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Mar. 24-28, 2014. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

Lunch Schedule:
Mon: No Lunch scheduled
Tues: Teriyaki Don
Wed: No Lunch Scheduled
Thurs: Pizza
Fri: Farmer Boys

Eagle Madness is going on everyday this week in the FC gym at lunch.

Spanish Club has a meeting on Tues. at lunch in room 603.

Sports for the week:

Tuesday: There is a home Baseball game on Tues. Mar. 25, starting at 3:30.
There is a Golf Match at Riverside at 4:00.
Tennis has a match at home starting at 4:00

Wednesday:
Softball has a home game starting at 4:00.
HS Track has a meet at Tranquility starting at 4:00.

Thursday:
Golf has a match at Eagle Springs at 2:00.
Tennis has a match at home starting at 4:00.

Friday:
There is a Track meet at CW starting at 4:00.
Softball game at Tranquility starting at 4:00.

Debate Team meets every Wed. during 4th period.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 30

By |2014-03-28T00:00:00-07:00March 28th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Stroke victim inspires, gives hope for trauma recovery

Over the past three years, I’ve attended many of the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall lectures. I’ve heard and met famous speakers such as Frank Abagnale, Platon and Ben Vereen. But during the final lecture I would attend, I listened to Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor who shared on a topic I originally felt was far from home.

Going into the event, I expected to hear a first-hand account of a stroke. But Dr. Taylor shared much more than that; she revealed a passion for brains I had never before experienced.

Not being a science-geared person myself, I often see related topics under a solely academic scope. But Dr. Taylor managed to use words such as beautiful, cool, adorable and exciting when describing brains.

Dr. Taylor’s passion for brains and their makeup was evident. She was alive and visibly excited to share about her experience. Dr. Taylor is a nuero anatomist, who also suffered from a stroke when she was 37, then because of her knowledge of her brain, was able to nurse herself back to full health.

To begin her session, Dr. Taylor reviewed the basic anatomy of the brain; she highlighted the two most important pieces that have to do with all our learning and emotional reactions: amygdala and hippocampus.

The rest of her lecture centered on the idea of the amygdala, which I would summarize as a gland in our brains that identifies whether or not we feel safe. When we do not feel safe, our hippocampus, which allows us to access information we have learned or memorized, cannot function. This is the source for all the anxiety and fear we face, all relying on our amygdala.

As one of the most important parts of our bodies, Dr. Taylor encouraged all her listeners to take care and understand our amygdalas. From here, most of the scientific vocabulary went over my head.

However, I did take from her lecture the important ideas of how our brains function. In one simple quote from her: “We are feeling creatures who think. And I am a life force power of 50 trillion molecular geniuses. It’s empowering to know that I can control a force that powerful.”

With 50 trillion cells inside our bodies, we have immense power to control them, including our emotions. By knowing how to think, following our emotions, we can control when we are happy, sad and angry within a 90 second range of thought.

By following her own advice, Dr. Taylor was able to fully recover all the abilities she lost in her stroke. She daily talks and encourages her cells, literally, to thank them for the huge job they do each day.

Dr. Taylor’s lecture revealed not only her passion for brains, but also hope for anyone who has suffered brain trauma. By the end of her lecture, she had everyone in the room captivated, wondering what they were doing with their 50 trillion-strong life force.

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

For more opinions, read the Feb. 28 article, https://archive.thefeather.com/?page=articles&id=59753.

By |2014-03-17T00:00:00-07:00March 17th, 2014|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BREAKING: NSPA honors finalists, Feather absent from list

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For the second time since 2005, The Feather was not named an Online Pacemaker finalist, previously missing the nod in 2011.

The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) judged 148 entries for the 2014 Online Pacemaker contest, naming 28 publications as finalists in the competition. The winners will be announced at the Journalism Education Association (JEA) and NSPA spring conference in San Diego, April 12.

For the second time since 2005, The Feather was not named an Online Pacemaker finalist, previously missing the nod in 2011.

After winning a Pacemaker during her first year as Editor-in-Chief, senior Tynin Fries is extremely disappointed by the missed acknowledgment. However, Fries knows the work the staff has put in this year and believes the staff is at the same level as all the finalists mentioned.

“After having our winningest year last year, I had really high hopes that we would be finalists for both the Gold Crown and the Online Pacemaker,” Fries said. “Even though this is really disappointing and not the way I wanted my Feather career to end, I know that we are still just as good as always. This year we just failed to show the judges that.”

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The NSPA judged 148 entries for the 2014 Online Pacemaker contest, naming 28 publications as finalists in the competition.

The entries were judged by a group of professionals from across the country who graded the sites based on content, design, writing and editing, rich media and breaking news.

Finalists are located across the country, including seven from California: Scot Scoop, The Tam News, Chronicle, Raven Report, thelowell.org, The Carillon and The Foothill Dragon Press.

The finalists and winners will be recognized at the JEA/NSPA Spring Journalism Conference, April 12. Members of The Feather staff will attend the conference with adviser Greg Stobbe in mid April.

Besides the Online Pacemaker Award contest, The Feather staff is also a Gold Crown finalist and will attend the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) spring conference in March 2014 to either receive a Silver or Gold Crown, March 21.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more news, read the March 4 article, BRIEF: Fundraiser to be held at Applebee’s, March 10.

By |2014-03-11T00:00:00-07:00March 11th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-’14 No. 27 (VIDEO)

This is the 27th episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Mar. 10-14, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No lunch scheduled
Tuesday: Chik- Fil- A
Wednesday: China Bistro
Thursday: Pizza
Friday: No lunch scheduled

Spanish Club has a meeting on Tues. at lunch in room 603 at lunch.

Cycling club meets this Sat. at 7:15 in the morning, for any questions contact Dan Harris.

This Sat. Mar. 15 is the annual FCS Auction starting at 6:30 p.m.

Sports for the week:
Monday: Softball at Immanuel
Tuesday: Golf at Kingsburg. Tennis at home
Wednesday: Softball at home
Thursday: Tennis at home
Friday: Baseball at home

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 26

By |2014-03-10T00:00:00-07:00March 10th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-’14 No. 26 (VIDEO)

This is the 26th episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Mar. 3-7, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No lunch scheduled
Tuesday: Teriyaki Don
Wednesday: Farmer Boys
Thursday: No lunch Scheduled
Friday: Panda Express

There is a Sister to sister off campus lunch on Mon. Mar. 3.

Kids Day is Mar. 4, Fresno Christian students will be on the corner of Cedar and Alluvial.

HS Debate Team meets every Wed. at lunch in room 629.

The HS Drama will be performing Bye Bye Birdie on Mar. 1-9 tickets are $5 or students and Seniors and $10 for adults.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode:FC Underground No. 25

By |2014-03-03T00:00:00-07:00March 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

EDITORIAL: Weighing the effects of words

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” We all sang this tune throughout elementary school, but as we got older we realized how improbable its truth is. Now, as teens we struggle with words every day.

This semester the Bible classes, chapel themes and worship songs are centered around Ephesians 4. Ephesians is often referred to as the book of encouragement, however The Feather staff has seen an increase of hate, gossip and cruelty around campus.

Not only do the teens on campus struggle with verbal abuses, but it begins at a much younger age. Recently, bullying has been a hot topic, specifically in the elementary grades as kids develop their personalities, preferences and cliques. But in order to prevent further disturbances, the change must begin in all areas.

As high school students reign at the top, change must start now. The Feather staff has observed a larger amount of gossip and judgement in the halls. Not only that, some incidents include blunt insults spoken to their peers.

Students are told “not to care what people think,” or “their opinion doesn’t matter” from any mentor around them. But in reality, even adults struggle with ignoring judgement and criticism.

Students criticize teachers, snide comments are blurted out in front of others and the effects are lasting. Though one mistake might seem like a small insult, in reality that’s the one thing that will remain engrained in the victim’s mind.

The Feather has also noted that many of the issues are spurred at school events such as athletic games, performances and others. Instead of attending to support a peer’s efforts, some criticize endlessly. The staff encourages its readers to consider the consequences of their words.

Though a simple joke or whispered comment may not seem harmful, anyone can testify to the pain everyone can suffer from words. Again, think about how much more it could impact someone having a bad day or struggling with depression.

Instead of using words to harm other students, The Feather hopes students of all ages will begin to consider the consequences of their words. Even if the consequences are never known, each word out of one’s mouth has an impact.

The Feather challenges all readers to use their words in an encouraging manner, instead of morphing them to damper someone’s spirit. Words have the power to make friends, inspire nations and make someone’s day. Or they can have the strength to discourage a friend, scar self esteem and leave lasting negative effects. You choose.

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Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more opinions, read the Jan. 21 article, Journalism matures Senior Editor.

By |2014-02-26T00:00:00-07:00February 26th, 2014|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-’14 No. 25 (VIDEO)

This is the 25th episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Feb. 24-28, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No lunch, Brother to Brother off campus
Tuesday: Taco Bell
Wednesday: Half Day
Thursday: Pacifica Pizza
Friday: No lunch scheduled

Spanish Club has a meeting on Tues. at lunch in room 603 at lunch.

Tues. Feb. 25 HS Golf has a match at Riverdale.

There is a home playoff Basketball game on Tues. Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. everyone must pay; students and senior are $4 and Adults are $6.

This Wed. is a Half Day.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 24

By |2014-02-25T00:00:00-07:00February 25th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Feather press conference: #SJW2014 (VIDEO)

Thousands of schools across the nation are celebrating Scholastic Journalism Week. The yearly focus is sponsored by the Journalism Education Association (JEA) and gives students opportunity to focus on First Amendment rights and a chance to share the freedoms and encourage civic responsibility.

This year Scholastic Journalism Week is Feb. 16-22. The event is meant to promote awareness for the efforts of high school publication students across the country. This year the JEA has decided on ‘Share the Love’ as their logo to encourage people to check out publications.

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

Feather senior editor Viviana Hinojosa is hopes campus students add to their knowlege about their freedoms, eventually expressing themselves in community.

“While we all take U.S. history in eighth grade and learn the constitution and the Amendments, we too often take them for granted,” Hinojosa said. “This week we just want to share our vision for the school and treat this week more than just an academic exercise.”

Journalism staff adviser Greg Stobbe believes Scholastic Journalism Week helps promote First Amendment freedoms and encourages students to become active in their education.

“While the students learn about First Amendment rights during their education experience, it is my hope that the emphasis on Scholastic Journalism Week provides a little real life insight into the importance of students investing in their five First Amendment freedoms,” Stobbe said. “Just learning about something is not enough. We must be responsible with that information and put the principles into action and promote our rights to meet, speak and petition to better our community.”

Hinojosa also does not take this week lightly and will be one of the spokespersons during Wednesday’s press conference.

“I’m really excited about this week,” Hinojosa said. “This is such a great way for publication students to celebrate the work they do as well as the rights they are given. The entire staff is on board for this week and I’m excited to see the work the writers, photographers and other staff members produce in honor of Scholastic Journalism Week. This is just one example on how we can dialogue with each other.”

For more news, read the Feb. 12 BRIEF: CJSF provides Candy Grams on campus.

By |2014-02-21T00:00:00-07:00February 21st, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Senior stars in ‘Birdie,’ pursues professional acting

As the spring season approaches, so does the annual spring performance of the campus drama class. However, this year, the cast is tackling something that has never been done in the history of the school: a musical. Bye Bye Birdie, set in the 50s, follows the story of a music producer and his self-discovered rockstar.

The preparations launched into full force when the students returned from Christmas break. Not only is the cast performing a musical, but they endured long days of choreography, singing and live-orchestra rehearsals.

Bye Bye Birdie will be performed for the general audience three different times: at 7 p.m., March 7 and 8, and again at 4 p.m., March 9. The cast will also perform short scenes from the play for their peers during chapel, March 4.

This is the biggest challenge the drama class has ever undertaken. With such a difficult play, comes challenging roles, and senior Robbie Hill takes on the lead for this year?s play. This being his last year at Fresno Christian, he hopes to be able to impress the crowd, and make it the best play in the school?s history.

“Well this year is our first ever full length musical at Fresno Christian, and I?m happy to say that rehearsals are going well and everything is coming together quite nicely,” Hill said. “Bye Bye Birdie is a really fun musical with a great score and a hilarious plot. Getting to be the lead role in such an amazing play puts a smile on my face, and I can?t wait to put on a good show for the audience.”

Hill will play the role of Albert Peterson, which is the leading male role. He is confident in his ability and is glad to be challenged by the complexity of a musical.

“Not only is this my first lead role at the school, I get to be the lead in the first ever Fresno Christian musical,” Hill said. “I am extremely excited, but also very honored that I get the opportunity to be the lead actor. I?ll do my best, and hopefully won?t let my team down.”

Though Hill has been involved in drama since freshman year, his acting career dates back into elementary school. Early on, he discovered his passion for acting and has only grown in his abilities.

“My first acting role was in my third grade production of The Wizard of Oz where I played the King of The Winged Monkeys,” Hill said. “My first role where I actually performed on a stage was in the play Christmas Unwrapped, where I played a bratty little child named Bobby. As soon as I made the crowd laugh, I fell in love with acting, and I haven?t lost that love at all over the years.”

One of the reason?s Hill has achieved success is because of the support of his parents and family.

“My parents have been beyond supportive,” Hill said. “Driving me to rehearsals when I was young, running lines with me when I need to practice and building up my confidence when I was discouraged. They are my biggest fans, and I can?t thank them enough for all the love and support they?ve given me.”

Senior and fellow drama student, Tynin Fries, has performed with Hill in both elementary school and high school. She enjoys watching his various characters and witnessing his passion develop.

“I remember being in drama with Robbie in fifth and sixth grade, and now it?s senior year,” Fries said. “Robbie has always had so much passion and it is evident when he is on stage. Now that he has decided to pursue acting beyond high school, he is so dedicated to challenging himself. I can?t wait to see where he ends up in the future.”

Hill has chosen to continue acting throughout his college courses and career path. He dreams to perform in the production of Les Miserables, being his all-time favorite play.

“I want to major in performing arts,” Hill said. “Whether I?m acting in movies, television or getting to be on stage; as long as I?m acting, I?m happy. My favorite theatrical production is Les Miserables. It has always been my dream to be involved in that play, and hopefully I can fulfill that dream in the future.”

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more features, read the Jan. 14 article, Junior finds niche in alternate media outlet.

By |2014-02-20T00:00:00-07:00February 20th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-’14 No. 24 (VIDEO)

This is the 24th episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Feb. 17-21, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No School
Tuesday: Chik-Fil-A
Wednesday: China Bistro
Thursday: Pizza
Friday: Wahoo’s Chicken Burritos

The first HS Baseball game is this Tue. at Roosevelt HS starting at 3:30.

On Tue. there is a home Basketball game JV starts at 5 and Varsity plays at 7:30, It is also Senior night.

HS girls Soccer has a playoff game on Wed. at Ceasar Chavez HS the game starts at 6:30 p.m.

There is a Boys Basketball on Fri. at Fowler JV plays at 5 and Varsity plays at 6:30 p.m.

There is a mandatory CSF meeting on Wed. at lunch.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 23

By |2014-02-18T00:00:00-07:00February 18th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

La Copa Mundial 2014 en Brasil

As part of an ongoing assignment in the Spanish III class, students will write bilingual articles, utilizing the language skills they build over the course of a year.

The articles will be published every month, highlighting each students’ interests. The seventh installment is written by senior Tynin Fries.

For the previous installment, read the Jan. 23 article, La Historia de un Viajero.

Este ano, la Copa Mundial 2014 se celebrate en Brasil, uniendo las naciones de todo el mundo en su pasion por el futfol. La mayoria de los paises participantes en el evento son de habla hispana.

El torneo tiene lugar cada cuatro anos donde el campeon es coronado despues de numerosos partidos. La tradicion fue fundada en 1930 y solo perdio dos anos (1942 y 1946) debido a la Guerra Mundial II.

En el ultimo torneo, celebrado en Sudafrica, Espana se corono campeon en 2010. La Copa Mundial es general incluye unos 32 equipos que califican a lo largo de los tres anos anteriores.

Ha habido 19 torneos de la Copa Mundial desde su fundacion, pero solo ha sido ganadapor ocho equipos diferentes. Brasil tiene cinco titulos, Italia tiene cuatro, Alemania ha ganado tres veces, Argentina y Uruguay cada celebran Campeonato e Inglaterra, Francia y Espana tienen ganaron una vez.

La Copa Mundial es uno de los eventos deportivos mas vistos en el mundo, recibiendo unos 715,1 millones de vistas durante la Copa de Mundial 2006 en Alemania. El motivo de que este evento es tan popular es porque llega a todos los amantes del futfol, de todo el mundo.

El evento es realmente increible como se une al mundo a traves de un deporte. La Copa de Mundial anterior recibio 3.178.856 visitantes de todo el mundo, quien es viajaron a ver los partidos. Esta tradicion es un evento increible que solo crecera hasta convertirse en un fenomeno en el mundo.

This year, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be held in Brazil, uniting nations from all over the world in their love for football. Most countries participating in the event come from Spanish-speaking backgrounds.

The tournament takes place every four years where the champion is crowned after numerous matches. The tradition was established in 1930 and only missed two years (1942 and 1846) because of World War II.

In the last tournament, held in South Africa, Spain was crowned champion in 2010. The World Cup usually includes about 32 teams that qualify throughout the previous three years.

There have been 19 World Cup tournaments since its founding, but it has only been won by 8 different teams. Brazil holds five titles, Italy holds four, West Germany has won three times, Argentina and Uruguay each hold two championship, and England, France and Spain have each won once.

The FIFA World Cup is one of the most watched sporting events in the world, last receiving about 715.1 million views during the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The reason this event is so popular is because it reaches all football fanatics, which is people all over the world.

The event is really incredible in how it unites the world through one sport. The previous World Cup hosted 3,178,856 visitors from around the world who traveled to watch the games. This tradition is an amazing event that will only grow to become a phenomenon around the world.

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

For more Spanish columns, read the Jan. 23 article, La Historia de un Viajero.

For more opinions, read the Feb. 4 article, Senior pursues alternate route after graduation.

By |2014-02-13T00:00:00-07:00February 13th, 2014|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alumna chosen to show styles in New York’s Fashion Week

As the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off on the other side of the country, the campus community in Fresno finds interest in the event for a whole new reason. Though a new name in New York, Lauren Barisic is a well-known name among the students at FC.

Lauren is a 2010 alumnus of the campus, and now attends the Art Institute of California, San Francisco (AiCA-SF) where she is studying fashion as a third year. Her younger sister, alumnus Kaitie Barisic, ’13, also attends AiCA-SF, studying animation as a first year where she also aids Lauren in drawing designs.

Lauren was chosen out of hundreds of students to be featured in Fashion Week, where her styles opened the show, gaining much attention, Feb. 11. A total of 15 pieces, adding up to 6 outfits, were featured on the runway.

Though Lauren revels in her success, her dreams of being a fashion designer were recently bred. Before discovering her passion, Lauren planned on being an architect, until late in her senior year at Fresno Chrsitian.

“I didn’t know from the beginning that fashion would be my most impassioned pursuit,” Lauren said. “My seven-year plan to pursue architecture was demolished, and I graduated with no plan as to how I was going to figure fashion design. I was sure it would be the right decision, but is was a bit stressful graduating with no plan.”

Many of the Barisics show artistic talents, so with the support and genes her family gave her, Lauren feels her family has been the most influential in her fashion career.

“My family and close friends have always been extremely supportive of me, and my pursuits, and are certainly the reason I have come this far,” Lauren said. “I feel as though I was dealt an opportune genetic hand?Dad was an engineer, and my Mom’s family is very creative?so in designing clothes, both the technical and creative aspects of crafting wearable garments seems almost instinctual.”

Only two weeks after the death of her father, Barrington, Lauren was given the news that she had been selected to attend Fashion Week. The next few weeks were packed with stress.

“When I was told I made it into Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I was in slight disbelief,” Barisic said. “Thrilling as it was to find out such exciting news, I knew there would be a lot of work involved in bringing it to the finish line. But I looked at that as a challenge to myself, a means of proving to myself that I was indeed capable of accomplishing such a task.”

Rebekah, Lauren’s mother, shares in her daughter’s successes and is bursting with pride as she watches Lauren’s dreams come true.

“I was shocked, thrilled, surprised, yet not surprised, delighted, a little overwhelmed and extremely proud,” Rebekah said. “We all support Lauren. Each one of us has contributed in one way or another. And there have been some rough moments, but we’ve gotten through them. I feel it’s brought us closer together.”

Lauren enters the New York fashion scene as a sponge, ready to learn more about her future industry and hopefully gain a few clients. She has already been interviewed by a buyer from Macy’s.

“I hope to gain further insight into the ins and outs of the industry, especially in the production aspect of putting on a runway show,” Barisic said. “Since I am still a student, and should be for the next year and a half, learning the showmanship aspect now, and the manufacturing along the way, will give me a progressive education, which I hope prepares me to be able to eventually establish my own line eventually after I graduate.”

While this is definitely a highlight in her year, Barisic is already planning new designs for the upcoming AiCA-SF show in June. Despite her recent fashion fame, Barisic plans on finishing school before fully launching into her career.

“I want to finish my college education, so what happens after the MBFW show will greatly effect my next move,” Barisic said. “Right now, I am working on my next collection for the AiCA-SF show in June, so my next education-focused project consists of working on that collection for the next few months. More than anything, I am excited to see everything come together on the runway.”

At the biggest event of Fashion Week, Lauren watched her styles come down the runway, adding to the entirely surreal experience.

“Last night it was fantastic to see all my work come together on the runway,” Barisic said. “It was surreal to watch my styles come down the runway in New York. But it was really fulfilling to see all that hard work come together. I’ve mainly been getting a lot of feedback from my professors, as well as learning how to handle media, newspapers and press.”

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

For more news, read the Feb. 8 article, XXII Olympic Winter Games held in Sochi, Russia.

By |2014-02-12T00:00:00-07:00February 12th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Minarets

GIRLS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2013-14, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls? soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 2-1-5 in the West Sequoia League and overall 10-1-8 as of Feb. 10.

EAGLES DEFEAT COWBOYS, RETAIN CHANCE FOR PLAYOFFS, 1-0

Despite wet weather conditions, the Eagles travelled to Minarets High School to compete against the Cowboys for the final time during league, Feb. 7.

When the Cowboys previously saw the Eagles, they were able to defeat the team, 1-0. This time, however, the Eagles came out on top, retaining their chance of moving onto the playoffs.

During pre-game warmups, rainy weather dampened the field, creating dangerous playing conditions, forcing the referees to call a tight game. Due to this, both teams suffered a messy game, ending with everyone covered in mud.

The Cowboys were the first to score, sending a ball straight into the corner of the goal, slightly too far for the goalkeeper to reach. The Cowboys held their lead, 1-0, for about 20 minutes.

The Eagles countered the Cowboys goal with an offensive push. With a direct penalty kick given to the Eagles, sophomore Morgan Koop, No. 9, scored a goal, leaving the game tied, 1-1.

“I was so glad to be able to score for my team,” Koop said. “It was a crazy game given the rain, but it also made us think more and put better passes together. That was an intense game for us, I’m glad we pulled out a win.”

Later, in the second half, the Eagles and Cowboys continued to press, each getting shots on goal. But the Eagles were able to score first with a shot from senior Annalise Rosik, No. 19, bringing the Eagles on top, 2-1.

From then on, the Eagles attempted to get another goal, ultimately failing to score again. But the Eagles did succeed in keeping the Cowboys out of the box, ending the game with an Eagle win, 2-1.

Head coach Tony Martinez is proud of his team for pulling out a win, even though he thought the Eagles could have scored more.

“If it wasn’t for the conditions, we would have killed them,” Martinez said. “I’m proud of the girls for working together, despite the rain and cold. Now we just have to continue this streak, win one more game and continue to playoffs.”

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

For more spots, read the Feb. 11 article, Sports Center: Feb. 15 through 28.

By |2014-02-11T00:00:00-07:00February 11th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-’14 No. 23 (VIDEO)

This is the 23rd episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Feb. 10-14, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No School
Tuesday: Teriyaki Don
Wednesday: Farmer Boys
Thursday: No Lunch
Friday: Home made Tacos

This is the last week that Candy Grams will be on sale, they are $1.

Spanish Club has a meeting on Tues. at lunch.

There will be a Debate Team meeting lunch on Wed. Feb. 12.

Sports for the week; on Tues. Feb.Boys Soccer has a home game starting at 3:30, it is also Senior night. Also on Tues. There is a Basketball game JV plays at ^ and Varsity plays at 7:30. On Wed. HS Girls Soccer at home starting at #;30, it is also their Senior night.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode:FC Underground No. 22

By |2014-02-11T00:00:00-07:00February 11th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Tragic losses affect campus family (UPDATE)

UPDATE Feb. 5

The following update comes from Kim Schapansky, accompanist for the FCS music department.

As many of you already know, one of our very-involved music students and a FCS lifer, junior Andrew Guthrie, lost his mother very suddenly last Friday. Many of you have asked how you can help.

Their church, Northeast Assembly of God, is coordinating meals and this would be a very practical way to show our love and care for them.

The meals are being coordinated through the Takethemameal.com website. Here’s what you do to help the family:

Log on to takethemameal.com
Family name is Guthrie
Password is Nancy

Better yet, here’s a direct link to their meal schedule: takethemameal.com From there, a schedule will come up & you’ll see which dates are available. Their address and a map are also available if you need them.

Thanks so much for your care and concern for Andrew and his family. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.

Blessings,
Kim Schapansky

ORIGINAL ARTICLE, FEB. 4

The Feather regrets to inform its readers that on Friday, January 31, campus mom Nancy Lynn {Critchfield} Guthrie (52) passed away due to unknown causes.

The same week, Wednesday, Jan. 29, Mrs. Guthrie’s father-in-law, Lenard Denver Guthrie (86) also passed away due to natural causes.

Mrs. Guthrie was a Staff Information System Analyst at the California Highway Patrol (CHP) beginning in 1991. She was married to her husband of 22 years on April 13, 1991, at New Hope Community Church in Clovis, CA. But above all she considered herself a mother and caretaker for her family. Her children were the pride of her life.

Mrs. Guthrie is survived by her husband Randall Guthrie (56), her son, campus junior Andrew, (16), her step-son Dustin (30) and her daughter, Rachel (21).

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

Principal Todd Bennett offers his condolences to the Guthrie family and encourages students to be available and present in the family’s life, as well as pray continuously for the family.

“If there’s any comfort to be had, it’s knowing she’s with God,” Bennett said. “She {Nancy} raised her children to be kind and loving and that’s not going to change. It’s always hard to know what to say to people when they’re grieving, especially after a sudden loss, but it doesn’t matter what you say; just be kind and loving and supportive.”

Junior Andrew Guthrie chooses to remember his mom in her best moments, specifically by her contagious laugh.

“Anytime there was a conversation she would just talk up a storm,” Andrew said. “You could hear her laugh from across the house sometimes; it was just contagious. She lightened up the mood every time she spoke, and that’s something I’ll always remember.”

Andrew recalls going through trying times due to bullying and how his mother dedicated herself to helping him overcome the incident. Andrew admires everything she did for him throughout his life.

“During my junior high years I had a lot of problems with being picked on and bullied,” Andrew said. “She was willing to help me to make sure I would be alright. Just a couple days before she passed away, she told me that she was so happy that after all the work and stress, I was up on my feet and couldn’t be knocked down.”

Services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Northeast Assembly of God, Feb. 7. The family asks that all attendees wear red, as it was her favorite color.

Through takethemameal.com anyone can sign up to bring the Guthrie family a meal by using the last name, Guthrie, and Nancy as the password.

Remembrances may be made to Fresno Christian School Music Program, 7280 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA 93720.

This author can be reached via Twitter: @TyninFries. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @TheFeather.

For more news, Art students submit postcards, compete nationally.

By |2014-02-05T00:00:00-07:00February 5th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

FC Underground 2013-’14 No. 22 (VIDEO)

This is the 22nd episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Feb. 3-7, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

This week is Bottles for Richards week, any bottles that you have, please put them in the designated bins to help out the Jr. High science teacher collect and recycle the bottles for Brother to brother.

The older Brother to Brothers have training on Mon. Feb. 3 at lunch in room 628.

Sister to sister have off campus lunch of Mon. Feb. 3.

Sports for the week: On Mon. Feb. 3 there is a home Girls Soccer game starting at 3:30 p.m. On Tues. Feb. 4 there is a home game for the Boys Soccer and the HS Basketball, soccer plays at 3:30 and JV Basketball plays at 6 and Varsity plays at 7:30. At Minarets on Fri. there is a Girls soccer game stating at 3:30 a boys soccer game at 5:30, Jv basketball game at 4:30 and a Varsity basketball game at 7:30.

There will be a Debate Team meeting at lunch on Wed. Feb. 5.

NOTS is approaching, buy your tickets now, for the price of $55, in the office or at lunch at the ticket table at lunch.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode:FC Underground No. 21

By |2014-02-04T00:00:00-07:00February 4th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Campus president takes 70-day pledge

Ladies and gents, when you read this letter there will be approximately 70 days of high school left in this school year. I am using this forum to beg my class and schoolmates to spend these final hours embracing old and new friendships, supporting and attending our friend?s activities and sharing what few opportunities we have before us to enjoy and experience each other as high schoolers.

Just like Jesus said in Matthew, “We are in the last days,” and “The end is immanent.” I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is not an oncoming train, it is the vast world of colleges and universities and jobs that will separate us from our Fresno Christian family in many many ways.

I am making a pledge to attend winter and spring sports events, to cheer and celebrate our friends’ successes and console their failures. I will be at the upcoming drama production and the choir/band performances.

Please join me at these events so we can sit back and enjoy the entertainment together ? lets laugh until we cry. I will save you a seat if you would like.

I am especially calling on all seniors because our fates have been sealed; colleges have received our applications, the padding of a resume is futile at this point, and frankly we have been trained well in the ways of God and men ? it will all work out.

Let?s take these 70 days to put others before our selfish desires. Join me in this 70 day pledge to embrace the achievements of our friends with enthusiasm at this last opportunity to cheer them on. The final act has begun, so let?s end it with a bang.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more opinions, read the Jan. 28 article, Junior discusses origins, customs of Chinese New Year. For Caleb’s previous article, read the Dec. 12 article, ASB president finds self, encourages discovery.

By |2014-01-31T00:00:00-07:00January 31st, 2014|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jump into the drought: Join the discussion

As the Fresno area receives its first rainfall in months, concerns about the drought become a common discussion, Jan. 30. The lack of rain has affected many cities throughout California, threatening to harm this year’s crops especially.

As winter progressed without improvement, governor Edmund G. Brown declared an official statewide drought emergency, Jan. 17.

This year’s rainfall has hit record lows, hitting between 3.6 to 6.1 inches instead of the usual 15 to 23.6 inches. The state-wide drought is not only an immediate problem, but will prove problematic in the coming years.

As thoroughly discussed in Jenna Weimer’s Jan. 28 article, California deals with repercussions of drought, city officials are encouraging everyone to take a few steps to limit their use of water.

The Feather staff wants to encourage students, teachers and members of the community to submit comments about the drought, including what individuals plan to do to help.

The Feather also wants to encourage readers to discuss the ‘No drought on social media sites using the hashtag: #NoDrought.

Putting drainage to good use
Vicky Belmont, FC Staff
January 31, 2014

It is really sad. It is sad for the farmers. Its going to be rough when summer comes around and there is going to be a lot of dry earth and fire hazards. We can help by taking shorter showers and using the extra water to water our plants.

Shorter showers
Tyler Dondlinger, ’15
January 31, 2014

I really like the rain. It cleans the air up and makes it feel a lot fresher. I think this recent rain is just the beginning of more to come. I guess I can help by taking shorter showers and not wasting a lot of water.

Make it rain
Zach Jakusz, ’14
January 31, 2014

I usually make it rain, but I haven’t been able to do it lately. This drought is bad because the air is getting all gross and the farmers can’t water their crops. I can also help by going green.

Feeling bad for the farmers
Alena Orth, ’17
January 31, 2014

This drought has been pretty rough for a lot of people. It has been bad for the farmers because they haven’t been able to water their crops and the kids with asthma have had a hard time breathing. We can all pray for more rain to come.

Feeling helpless
Tyler Sellers, ’16
January 30, 2014

This whole drought thing really sucks. Water makes corn, and corn is good, therefore I want water. I really don’t think there is anything I can do to help change the drought.

Gibby’s opinion
Garrett Hill, ’15
January 30, 2014

Personally I don’t really like it. I like to play in the rain and mess around in it, plus its good for the earth. I don’t really know what else to do to help it. I could maybe do a rain dance I guess.

Praying for rain
Ryan Stewart, ’14
January 30, 2014

This drought is really bad in my opinion. I have a good family friend who is a farmer and his crops have suffered a lot this year. All we can do to help is pray about it.

Going green
Katie Uribe, ’14
January 30, 2014

It’s been really dry this year. I feel bad for all the people who rely on the rain to live, like the farmers. I think I am already helping out by driving a Prius.

Making changes
Brittany Bender, ’14
January 30, 2014

This drought is awful. It is way to dry for me. I love it when the weather is rainy. The air gets all gross when it doesn’t rain. I guess I can start helping by planting trees or something like that.

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

For more news, read the Jan. 28 article, California deals with repercussions of drought.

Rayna Endicott

By |2014-01-30T00:00:00-07:00January 30th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Riverdale

GIRLS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2013-14, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls? soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 1-4 in the West Sequoia League and overall 9-7 as of Jan. 29.

EAGLES DEFEATED BY COWBOYS, 1-0

After tying against the Parlier Panthers, the Eagles traveled to Riverdale High School to face off against the Cowboys, Jan. 28. The Eagles expected a tough game, but were not prepared for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys came out strong, scoring within the first quarter of the first half, bringing the score to 1-0. The Eagles failed to score themselves, bringing the first half to an end with the Eagles down, 1-0.

Despite the Eagles holding their ground, they were unable to score on the Cowboys for the entirety of the game. Riverdale played a defensive game for most of the second half, keeping the Eagles out of the box.

Senior captain, Tynin Fries, No. 4, was disappointed with her team and expects that the Eagles will have to fight to make it into playoffs.

“This should have been an easy game for us,” Fries said. “Now that we’ve lost to everyone, except Fowler, in our league, we are really going to have to fight to make it into playoffs. Our team needs to pull itself together to make this season a success.”

Head coach Tony Martinez encourages the girls to keep fighting for a win, knowing that they have the skill to get one.

“The girls just really need to start playing as a team again,” Martinez said. “If they fail to play as a team, we won’t win. They have all the skill they need to win this league, but they are letting outside issues affect what happens on the field.”

For more sports, read the Jan. 28 article, Girls soccer sport shorts: Parlier.

By |2014-01-30T00:00:00-07:00January 30th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Parlier

GIRLS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2012-13
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2013-14, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 1-1-3 in the West Sequoia League and overall 9-6 as of Jan. 31.

EAGLES HOLD PANTHERS, END GAME IN TIE, 0-0

For their fourth league game of the season, the Eagles traveled to Parlier High School to face off against the Panthers, Jan 31.

Though the Eagles were predicted to win the match, the Eagles failed to put in a goal. The majority of shots were taken on the Panther’s goal, but FC could not place one in the net.

The Eagles and Panthers battled throughout the first half, both teams failing to score, bringing the first half to an end, 0-0. The second half proved little difference; ending the second half, 0-0, as well.

Due to WSL regulations, the two teams entered into two 10-minute overtimes directly after the game. Despite the extra time, the match still ended in a draw, putting a tie on the Eagle’s record.

Freshman Amber Wilson played goalie for the Eagles, stopping shots from the Panthers to keep the Eagles in the game.

“It was a hard game for us to tie,” Wilson said. “I had some good stops that kept them {Panthers} from scoring, but we also didn’t score. We really should have won that game, but I feel like we were distracted by so many other things that our heads weren’t in the game.”

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

For more sports, read the Jan. 31 article, Boys soccer sports shorts: Riverdale.

By |2014-01-29T00:00:00-07:00January 29th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-’14 No. 21 (VIDEO)

This is the 21st episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Jan. 27-31, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

Monday: No Lunch Scheduled
Tuesday: Chik-fila
Wednesday: China Bistro
Thursday: Pacifica Pizza
Friday: No Lunch Scheduled

Brother to Brother have an off campus lunch on Mon. Jan. 27.

On Mon. Jan. 27 the superintendent Debbie Siebert will be giving the annual State of the School address, at 7 p.m. in the J. L. chapel.

There is a Spanish Club meeting on Tues. Jan. 28 at lunch in room 603.

Tues. Jan. 28 there is sports games at Riverdale, Boys Soccer plays at 3:30, Girls Soccer plays at 5:30, JV basketball play at 5:30 and Varsity Basketball plays at 6:30.

CSF has the first meeting of the semester this Wed. Jan. 29 at lunch in room 621.

Sports games are also happening on Fri. Jan 31 at Caruthers, Boys Soccer play at 3:45, Girls Soccer play at 6:15, JV basketball play at 5:30 and Varsity Basketball plays at 6:30.

NOTS is approaching, buy your tickets now, early bird price of $55, in the office or at lunch at the ticket table.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 20

By |2014-01-27T00:00:00-07:00January 27th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-’14 No. 20 (VIDEO)

This is the 19th episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Jan. 21-24, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

Monday: No School
Tuesday: Teriyaki Don
Wednesday: Farmer Boys
Thursday: No lunch Scheduled
Friday:

HS Debate Team meets for the first time this semester on Feb. 5 at lunch in room 629.

Boys Soccer has a home game on Tues. Feb. 21 at home starting at 3:30. They also have a game on Fri. Feb. 24 at Parlier at 3:30.

Basketball have home games this Tues. Feb. 21 JV plays at 5:30 and the Varsity plays at 7:30. On Fri. Jan. 24 they will play at Parlier JV plays at 5:00 and Varsity plays at 7:00 p.m.

There is a home girls Soccer game on Wed. Jan. 22, and an away game on Fri. Jan. 24 at Parlier staring at 5:30.

NOTS is approaching, buy your tickets now, early bird price of $55, in the office or at lunch at the ticket table.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 19

By |2014-01-22T00:00:00-07:00January 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Fowler

GIRLS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2012-13
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2013-14, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 1-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 9-4 as of Jan. 21.

EAGLES DEFEAT REDCATS, WIN SECOND LEAGUE GAME

After losing their first league game against the Caruthers Blue Raiders, the Eagles traveled to Fowler High School to face off against the Redcats, Jan. 17.

Due to construction on the main stadium, the match took place in a back-lot practice field. The game was considered a rematch for the Eagles, after losing to the Redcats in the preseason Fowler Lions Tournament, Dec. 4.

The two teams were equally matched, neither scoring in the first 20 minutes of the game. But the Eagles continued to pressure the Redcats, finally scoring about 30 minutes into the game. Senior Annalise Rosik, No. 18, was able to score off a cross from fellow teammates.

Shortly after, the Eagles regrouped and set junior Ivette Ibarra, No. 6, up to score, bringing the Eagles on top at the end of the first half, 2-0. Ibarra was playing a new position, and scoring has only given her confidence for future games.

“Playing offense was a great experience; I had never played up top before, and it actually proved to be a great decision on my coaches part,” Ibarra said. “I scored a goal, and I was so excited and jittery once I saw the ball fly into the net. Hopefully I have more moments like that one throughout the season.”

Though the Eagles were ahead, the bad air quality (classified as orange-level on game day) affected many of the girls, causing a few to sit out of the game.

The team applied less pressure, and that’s when the Redcats were able to score, bringing them back into the game, 2-1. Despite their goal, the Redcats were unable to score again, leaving the Eagles with the win.

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

For more sport shorts, read the Jan. 8 article, Girls soccer sport shorts: Garces Tournament.

By |2014-01-21T00:00:00-07:00January 21st, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Feather expands social network connection

Each year the social media world grows and expands to include new sites and ideas. And each year The Feather staff sets out to learn the up and coming social network site.

Previously, the staff launched an all-staff Twitter campaign, where the staff began pushing their Twitter feeds to encourage readership through social network means.

This year, the staff hopes to go a step further by introducing Storify into stories. Storify allows users to combine posts for any and all social networking sites into one fluid scrolling window.

Other news sites, such as The New York Times, incorporate various posts to support a topic explored in text. For example, The New York Times

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

For more news, read the Jan. 7 article, BREAKING: CSPA releases Feather critique, Gold Medalist (UPDATE).

The illustration was created using Storify.com images.

By |2014-01-13T00:00:00-07:00January 13th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-’14 No. 19 (VIDEO)

This is the 19th episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Jan. 13-17, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

Monday: No lunch Scheduled
Tuesday: Taco Bell
Wednesday: Half Day
Thursday: No lunch Scheduled
Friday: Panda Express

HS Girls Soccer has a home game this Mon. Jan. 13 starting at 3:30 p.m. and they have a game on Fri. at Fowler HS beginning at 5:30 p.m.

There is a home HS Boys Soccer game this Tues. Jan. 14 and they also have a game at Fowler HS at 3:45 p.m.

This Tues. Jan. 14 the HS Basketball team has a home game staring at 7:00 p.m.

Junior High and High School sports pictures can be picked up in the HS office on Thur. Jan. 16 at break or at lunch.

HS girls who are interested in playing Softball please sign up now in front of the Athletic office.

NOTS is approaching, buy your tickets now, early bird price of $55, in the office or at lunch at the ticket table.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 18

By |2014-01-13T00:00:00-07:00January 13th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Students reflect on Christmas break, share stories

Winter break is usually a joyous times for students because of the holiday cheer that comes along with Christmas. With break lasting three weeks, many students this year spent valuable, and memorable time with their families. While many were unpacking their Christmas boxes yet another year, a few students were packing up as much as they could fit in their suitcase and head out for vacation.

Students from FC traveled to various places this year. A few of them went out of state and even out of the country.

Sophomore, Courtney Messer and her family had the opportunity to spend 12 days on the island of Maui, Hawaii. While there she was immersed into the culture and was educated on the way of life there in Hawaii.

“This winter vacation I had the opportunity to go to the island of Maui, Hawaii with my family,” Messer said. “While there we did many fun things as a family. One of my dads friends, a local who has lived on maui his whole life, showed us some really cool spots that only locals know of.”

Along with learning local hangouts, Messer also learned how to crack open a coconut and remove the meat from the inside. One of her favorite memories included being treated to a meal of day old deer meat that was cooked infront of the family on the beach.

“One of the most exciting things that I did was jumping off Black Rock on Kaanapali beach,” Messer said. “The drop is about a 25 foot free fall into the crystal clear ocean. It was a blast. Overall I had an amazing time with my family.”

Alli Breedlove, ’16, also had an opportunity to travel to the Bahamas for a week. While there she explored many types of sea animals through snorkeling adventures while relaxing on the white sandy beaches escaping the cold winter.

“I went to the Bahamas with my family along with my friend Marissa Jonigian and her family,” Breedlove said. “We mostly went to the main pool which was a rapid river and pretty intense. It was so much fun to ride and meet other people there. One of the days we went on a snorkeling adventure on the other side of the island. It was so cool seeing all the beautiful fish but at the same time kind of scary.”

Breedlove snorkeled in three different locations. The first one was a sunken war plane, the second was a reef in which they encountered a bundle of clear jellyfish and the last stop was swimming with sharks. Breedlove did not swim with sharks due to it being scary and cold. The Breedlove’s stayed in the Bahamas for a week and were able to escape the cold, relax and get a tan.

Junior Ivette Ibarra traveled out of the country all the way to her roots in Nicaragua where she spent time with family while experiencing her native country.

“I spent the holidays in a more exotic place then usual. Instead of having a White Christmas, I had more a tropical, beachy, Christmas,” Ibarra said. “My family and I went to Nicaragua and spent part of the holidays there with close friends and family. The town park was filled with blue lights and different types of nativity scenes on every corner. I have never been to Nicaragua this time of year and it was a very enjoyable experience.

Ibarra’s close family and relatives had a big, early, Christmas celebration, and had their own secret santa. Despite being in a different country and away from home, Ibarra enjoyed her time not worrying about all the materialistic things that most of us get caught up in during the Christmas season. She made a lot of great memories on this trip.

While an assortment of students went out of town or stayed home, the FC body still reunited for their first day of school, Jan. 6. With the last semester of the 2013-2014 school year most students took advantage of their Christmas break to rejuvenate and get ready for the last semester.

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

For more features, read the Jan. 9 article, Feather highlights: Fall blogosphere.

By |2014-01-10T00:00:00-07:00January 10th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Welcome Back (VIDEO)

A new year. A new semester. A time for school. A time to welcome new seasons and lessons. For most, the first day back is a drag merely because of the early start to the day.

The obnoxious ringing of the alarm that had been foreign for three weeks becomes an unfortunate reality. Late nights, homework and responsibility is the usual second semester. It may be hard to be excited about school but there is nothing like seeing your friends and enjoying community with fellow students.

As agonizing as it may be to pry out of bed and self motivate, it is crunch time. Time to get to work and enjoy the remaining few months. Although it is a bit rocky and rough getting back into the groove, teachers and students alike rejoice in the nearing end to the year.

There are several events to look forward that rest in the short time remaining. Few include Powderpuff, Night of the Stars (NOTS) and Senior Trip. These events encourage the student body to see through the extent of the semester.

Powderpuff, where girls play football and boys cheer, is an awesome way for each class to come together and join in to support one another.

NOTS is the annual formal event for the school and highlight of the year, Feb. 15. Each class films a short movie to present at the formal, then an award is given in honor of various accomplishments.

Senior Trip is the last hurrah for the graduates of 2014. They embark on a journey and enjoy the company of one another in the last days of the school year. All these wonderful events lead up to the final day of school.

Regardless of the uncomfortable start to second semester, there is always something to look forward to.

The Welcome Video was created by Jared Franz. For more Feather videos, please visit the

By |2014-01-09T00:00:00-07:00January 9th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-’14 No. 18 (VIDEO)

This is the 18th episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Jan. 6-10, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

Monday: No lunch Scheduled
Tuesday: No lunch Scheduled
Wednesday: Farmer Boy’s
Thursday: No lunch Scheduled
Friday: Homemade Chili

HS Debate Team meets every Wed. at lunch in room 628.

There is an optional NOTS meeting for Sophomores in room 603 at lunch on Wed. Jan. 8.

CSF applications are due to the HS office no later than noon on Jan. 15 with a $5 fee.

Seniors and parents of seniors, just a reminder that the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is due on March 2. The filing period for the application is Jan 1 – Mar 2. This form determines your eligibility for federal financial aid/grant money for college. All seniors are encouraged to complete this application by going to the following website: FAFSA. Before starting the application, students/parents must first apply for a PIN through the FAFSA website. FCHS will not be hosting a FAFSA workshop this year however students/parents are encouraged to go to the following website to find a Cash for College workshop in the area to attend: www.calgrants.org. By attending and filing the necessary forms students will be entered to win a $1,000 scholarship. For more information, contact Michelle Warkentin.

After Christmas the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) at Columbia University in New York published a Scholastic News Digital Critique for The Feather’s efforts during the 2013 calendar year. For the second year in a row, CSPA awarded Fresno Christian High School’s newspaper top scorebook honors; The Feather earned all three All-Columbian honors and a Gold Medalist placing, scoring 983/1,000 points.

Additionally, The Feather Online earned one of 10 Gold Crown nominations as one of the best digital newspapers in the United States. This is the sixth year in a row The Feather has earned a Crown from Columbia University but the campus paper will only find out whether it is Gold or Silver during the upcoming March journalism convention in New York.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 17

By |2014-01-09T00:00:00-07:00January 9th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

BREAKING: CSPA releases Feather critique, Gold Medalist (UPDATE)

UPDATE: 1-7-14

After returning from a three-week Christmas vacation, The Feather staff received the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) critique, Jan. 6. The critique scored The Feather in the top category, awarding the staff a Gold Medalist rating.

The critique is scored in three different sections: essentials, verbal and visual, with a total of 1,000 points. The essentials category includes the subsections information, coverage and interactivity where The Feather scored 190/200. Verbal incorporates the text within the publication, giving 396/400 points. In the final category, visual, the staff earned 397/400 points for their photography, graphics, typography and multimedia.

With all three sections combined, The Feather staff earned a total of 983/1,000 points, one of the highest scores the publication has ever received. The critique is judged by a group of CSPA judges who decide on a collective score. The Gold Medalist Critique is an additional honor to the Gold Crown Finalist nomination The Feather received in mid-December 2013.

The Feather scored the highest in the verbal category, where the judges praised the publication’s journalistic writing and stories.

The Feather exemplifies journalistic writing with storytelling quotes, varied story formats, topics that are interesting and important to the reader,” the judges critiqued. “These ideas are the heart of the story. To quote a critic, ‘Good writing uses just the right words to say just the right things.’ That best summarizes the copy on this website.”

Despite such a high score, the judges still offered some suggestions for improvement. In the essentials category, the judges recommended the staff focus on more packaging with news stories.

“Try to do more packaging on the digital site with a news or feature story, editorial, column, blog, Q&A, illustration and could do a news analyses and add multimedia,” the judges critiqued. “News commentary and news analyses would add another dimension to your coverage.”

Overall, the judges gave many praises to the staff while also giving comments for improvements. One of the favored comments includes the judges calling The Feather a ‘must read” site.

“My favorite part of the The Feather is the quality of the storytelling; from the headlines, through the leads, to the quotes,” the judges critiqued. “Just as NBC promotes itself as ‘must see’ TV; The Feather is definitely a ‘must read’ digital site. The Feather doesn’t just meet the standard for journalistic excellence, it raises the bar for all other digital publications.”

Journalism adviser Greg Stobbe is proud of his students and how they have continued to prove excellence in the journalism world.

“I continue to be amazed by the quality and passion the editors and staff of The Feather,” Stobbe said. “Despite a small staff to begin the year, they captured the attention of their peers and quickly integrated them, passing on their excitement for high school journalism.”

Stobbe was impressed by the critique his students received, and he also appreciated the negative comments, looking forward to improvements.

“However, they are not standing pat,” Stobbe continued. “The leaders have poured through the critique and hope to advance the multi-media by adding facets like Storify to help tell stories, which will further advance The Feather reach to both staff and users.”

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: 12-18-13
BREAKING: CSPA names Feather Crown Finalist

To end the first semester of the 2013-’14 school year, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) named The Feather a Digital Gold Crown Finalist, Dec. 18.

The Feather is one of 10 online newspapers named to the Digital Publications category as a Gold Crown Finalist nomination. The other nominees include: FHNToday.com, Inklingsnews.com, Lasso Online, Southwestshadow.com, The Foothill Dragon Press, The Pride Online, The Red Ledger, The Rider Online and The Clarion.

With five categories of high school Crown awards ranging from Yearbook to Print to Hybrid, the CSPA awards its top honors to Gold Crown winners, and secondary honors to Silver Crown recipients. The winners will be announced at the 90th annual CSPA spring conference, March 21.

After winning the CSPA’s Gold Crown last year, The Feather staff returned this school year working hard to repeat the win. The Feather saw its winningest year last year with the Gold Crown, Pacemaker Award, Best of Show, All-American and All-Columbian honors.

This year, two-time Editor-in-Chief Tynin Fries has felt more pressure and nerves this year as opposed to last year.

“Last year no one really expected us to win,” Fries said. “But this year people want to see if we can do it all again. It’s very stressful, but this nomination just means we have to work harder to pull off the win.”

Senior Editor, Viviana Hinojosa is grateful for The Feather staff and all the work they have put towards receiving this nomination.

“I am so extremely thankful and proud of my staff and fellow editors,” Hinojosa said. “Everyone on The Feather has worked so hard to get to this spot. Coming off of a successful year last year we were unsure if we could do it again, but this makes me very hopeful.”

A number of staff members and adviser Greg Stobbe are planning a trip to New York City, where they will attend the CSPA conference and await the announcement of Crown awards in mid-March.

For more news, read the Dec. 16 article, BRIEF: Feather staff takes vacation, resumes Jan. 6 .

By |2014-01-07T00:00:00-07:00January 7th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|4 Comments

BRIEF: Feather staff takes vacation, resumes Jan. 6

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

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

After students and teachers completed their last finals, the first semester of the 2013-’14 officially concluded, Dec. 13. The school will now take a three-week Christmas vacation, returning to classes, Jan. 6.

The Feather staff will also break for Christmas and will no longer publish any new material until school resumes again for the spring semester.

Despite the low amount of coverage the staff will cover, a few events will still unfold over the holidays. The winter sporting teams will continue their preseason play throughout the three weeks.

Both the boys and girls soccer teams will travel to compete in the annual Garces Holiday Soccer Festival, Dec. 20-21. Both teams are competing under the Bronze Division against a variety of non-league teams.

The boys basketball team will also compete during the holiday. The Eagles will play in the Dinuba Holiday Tournament, Dec. 18-21.

For other events, check the Daily Announcements.

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

For more news, read the Dec. 12 article, Cindy Lane provides light art, decorations (VIDEO).

By |2013-12-16T00:00:00-07:00December 16th, 2013|News, The Feather, Uncategorized|0 Comments

ASB president finds self, encourages discovery

“Go find yourself.” We have all heard that phrase recently, or variations of it such as “I need to find myself,” “I don’t know who I am” or “Johnny doesn?t know who he is.” With the opportunity to begin anew, as the senior class is approaching their end of high school, todays question is; do we need to leave to find ourselves? I propose that we do not and that you can find an abundance of life can be found right here, yes here in Fresno.

You are yourself; you have been yourself, for the last 18 years, it has been you all along. I am, you are, he and she is, the divine work that has been completed by Christ. We should be living that victory of a saved person versus the doomed life of the sinful. To all you “Flagellants” the lashes have been laid on another?s back. We are forgiven and free to live abundantly.

Some place in Scripture it says a child is known for his actions, and ever since we have been walking and talking our families, friends and neighbors have figured out who we are. They might even know us better than we know ourselves. No need to go across the nation to find out who you are, all you have to do is walk across the street and ask old man Jones.

I realize the expectations of others can overly influence who we think we are (maybe our parents and friends fill that role). So it took a little backbone to let my Dad know that I was not going to be his son the brain surgeon.

The thought of my friends leaving makes me sad. My dad always reminds me what Rene Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” He follows that with, “They teach that in Fresno, Palo Alto, Boston and London.” Then comes, “2+2 =4 and that is the same in America, Europe, and Asia.” My response is “Yeah Dad I get it!”

Obviously he is happy I will be attending Fresno State. It is who I am. Going away will never define us. Our actions have done that for us already. We will not be defined by the Harvards of the world. They may add to who we are, hopefully make us a better person, but that is more about you than them.
Now, who are you?

For more opinions, read the Dec. 10 article, College Corner: Enjoying Christmas break.

By |2013-12-12T00:00:00-07:00December 12th, 2013|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-'14 No. 17 (VIDEO)

This is the 17th episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Dec. 9-13, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior.

The final Spanish Club meeting will be on Tues. Dec. 10 at lunch in room 603.

Tues, Dec. 10 there is a HS Girls Soccer game at Sierra HS starting at 4:30.

If you are in Book Buddies do not forget your wrapped presents for your buddy by Tues. or Wed. so you can take it on Thurs.

The annual Round the Table Carol SIng is Thur. Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the FC Gym.

The HS Boys Soccer have a game Fri. Dec. 13 at Sierra starting at 4:30 p.m.

Seniors make sure you have your cap and gown ordered by Fri. Dec. 13.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 16

By |2013-12-11T00:00:00-07:00December 11th, 2013|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-'14 No. 16 (VIDEO)

This is the 16th episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Dec. 2-6, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior.

There is Brother to Brother training on Mon. at lunch in room 629.

HS Debate Team meets every Wed. at lunch in room 628.

Reminder for all CSF members, you must have 5 hours of service by the end of the semester.

Students who are taking the Plan Test make sure to turn in your payment the HS office.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 15

By |2013-12-04T00:00:00-07:00December 4th, 2013|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-'14 No. 15 (VIDEO)

This is the 15th episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Nov. 25-29, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior.

There is Brother to Brother off campus lunch Mon. Nov. 25

Sister to Sister training is Mon. Nov. 25 at lunch in room 628.

The Fall Festivus is this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m Nov. 26. Buy your tickets now in the office for $15.

Students interested in taking the PLAN Test sign up now in the HS office.

Thus. Nov. 26 there is a Cycling Club meeting on Tues. at lunch in room 627.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 14

By |2013-11-26T00:00:00-07:00November 26th, 2013|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

'Catching Fire' exceeds expectations, appeases audience (VIDEO)

Posters, trailers, book singings and endless photos of the Hunger Games’s sequel, Catching Fire built the anticipation for the new release, as well as my expectations. Being a legitimate fan, having read the books, my family and I decided to attend the premiere showing of Catching Fire, Nov. 22.

This movie follows the consequences and life of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) after her performance in the 74th Hunger Games, where she cheated the game makers and both her and her on-screen love interest, Peeta Melark (Josh Hutcherson), survived.

Now, with President Snow (Donald Sutherland) out to get her, Katniss struggles with balancing her family’s safety from Capital harm and appeasing the population she inspired in the districts. Katniss’s stubbornness creates endless trouble for her, bringing dire consequences to her entire “race.”

Due to the threat that Katniss poses of stirring an uprising, President Snow decides to make the 75th Hunger Games a special event, being that it’s the third quarter quell. This meaning that the 24 tributes will be chosen from the victors in each district, dooming Katniss to death.

The rest of the movie is jam-packed with action from the actual game events, including fight scenes, special effects and mind games. But the beginning of the movie follows the recovery of Katniss and Petta after their first Hunger Games.

One of the things that impressed me, especially as someone who read the books, was the casting. The other victors were casted perfectly, matching my own representation of them. I especially enjoyed seeing Sam Claflin as Finnick and Jena Malone as Joanna. Their embodiment of the characters was spot-on, even adding in light humor to the darker atmosphere of the plot.

The flick also developed Katniss’s character very well. The second installment dealt a lot with her post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which included nightmares and flashbacks.

Jennifer Lawrence’s acting during these scenes, especially, was very impressive. Her acting has improved a lot since the previous film and it was obvious in the dynamic character she portrayed in just two hours.

The relationships between the Katniss love triangle fed my inner teenage fangirl. There was plenty of romantic scenes throughout the book that were tactfully done, but obviously added to appease the audience.

The special effects during the games were quite entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the animals; they were similar to ones in our world, but genetically altered to become vicious killers.

Another highlight of Catching Fire were the costumes and sets. The extravagant dresses and suits compared to the poverty-stricken rags emphasized the growing disparity between classes, spurring revolution. The costumes and sets also added to the tone of the story, which differed greatly from the previous movie.

For the amount of action and detail they put into the movie, the two and half hours seemed to fly by. By the end of the movie I had experienced many emotion: I cried, I laughed, and even “awww-ed.”

I would state that this movie is solely a sequel, meaning that if you wish to enjoy this film you must watch the previous one. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and loved watching it alongside my family.

If you want to spend two hours submerged in a whole different world, spend the few bucks to watch this film and you won’t regret it.

Catching Fire runs at 146 minutes and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language.

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

For more entertainment, read the Nov. 20 article, Switchfoot extended play incorporates human condition.

By |2013-11-22T00:00:00-07:00November 22nd, 2013|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

EDITORIAL: First impressions make an impact

Upon meeting someone for the first time, judgements are created and assumptions are made. That’s involuntary. But what happens when first impressions are not only applied to people but places? What would people say when walking down FC’s hallway between classes?

After hearing multiple accounts of burdened hearts and bad impressions, The Feather staff wishes to address the student body about what outsiders view. Though many students will vouch for the love and support they feel from their peers, others feel the tension between unlikely friends.

When walking down the hallway, students tend to be blank-faced, thinking about that homework they might have forgotten, the vocabulary test after lunch or even remembering what their mom told them that morning. In being so preoccupied with individual lives, students forget they are part of a community.

The hallway is full with students staring at the ground, refusing to greet their teachers and peers. The majority of the student body is so concerned with their own lives, that those who need support are slipping through the gaps.

The Feather staff has reported multiple cases where students leave Fresno Christian after failing to find a community they felt accepted into. Despite our theme, “We Are One: Growing in Christ,” the student body is failing to reach every piece of the “family.”

Repeatedly, the faculty sells the school based on the family atmosphere that is a common highlight on campus. But could every student vouch for that same impression?

In order to change these bad impressions to good impressions, The Feather staff encourages individuals to reach out in love, even to their “extended family.”

Another lecture in chapel won’t change the cold stares that some students face each day. Instead, students need to make a conscious, daily effort to see the gaps and fill them.

The Feather especially wants to encourage those students who will vouch whole-heartedly about the family community on campus. That love and support that you feel should reach every student, despite the number of years on campus. So, look up in the hallway and search the crowd for an unknown face.

For those students who have felt that overwhelmingly welcoming feeling on campus: everyone deserves that. Community doesn’t exclude the weird kid in math class or the shy girl no one knows, rather it includes anyone and everyone associated with campus activities.

Remember that first impressions make a difference, so The Feather encourages students and teachers to work towards making first and all impressions better than just a community, but a family that knows and supports each other.

For more opinions, read the Nov. 15 article, Drama director reflects on production details. For the previous editorial, read the Oct. 17 article, EDITORIAL: Start a fire, spread a rumor.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

By |2013-11-18T00:00:00-07:00November 18th, 2013|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC Underground 2013-'14 No. 14 (VIDEO)

This is the 14th episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Nov. 18-22, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No Lunch
Tuesday: Teriyaki Don
Wednesday: Farmer Boys
Thursday: No Lunch
Friday: No Lunch

Sister to Sister have an off campus lunch on Mon. Nov. 18.

HS Debate Team meets every Wed. at lunch in room 628.

There is CSF Tutoring after school from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Wed. Nov. 20 in room 621.

The Together We Can food drive is going on right now, if you are interested in donating please bring and sort of canned food the the HS office.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 13

By |2013-11-18T00:00:00-07:00November 18th, 2013|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Drama director reflects on production details

As the drama cast prepares to perform their first play of the school year, director Susan Ainley gives insight into each aspect of the production. This year, she is especially nostalgic with the seniors, many of whom she has known since kindergarden.

In the coming week, the drama class will present the play The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Nov. 15-17. This will be the sixth play I have directed for Fresno Christian High School. Putting together a production takes hours of planning, even before the first rehearsal. From my perspective, directing a play has some interesting challenges and benefits.

Choosing a play:

I read the synopsis of many plays during the summer. Sometimes the title grabs me. When I taught junior high drama, Homework Eats Dog spoke to me right away. Senior Natalie Ruiz, back then a seventh grader, played the part of a science student who could not finish her project on time because . . . it ate her dog!

Other times I had to read the play from start to finish to be sure. I had watched Meet Me in St. Louis as a movie, but after reading the entire play, I knew it was right for our school.

Casting the play:

Honestly, while I read the script, the students? faces appear to me in the form of specific characters. I know it sounds strange, but when I read The Bible in 30 Minutes, I knew Chris Grossman, ’15, would play the role of God. I could hear his voice saying, ?Day, night, done!? during the creation scene.

Some students are an obvious fit for a character. I knew Kyle Hudecek, ’14, would play Father in Cheaper by the Dozen, and Robbie Hill, ’14, would be one of the sons. This year, Robbie, Kyle and John Nyberg, ’14, will each take a turn playing the dad.

Sometimes, a student gets stuck playing a certain type of character. Usually it?s because their acting is so convincing, or their age and gender fit the role perfectly. I promised junior Caitlin Gaines that she would not play the second oldest sister this year . . . three times is plenty!

It?s especially gratifying this year to have several senior students in the play. Some of these actors I?ve known since kindergarten. Senior Tynin Fries, Viviana Hinojosa, Aliciana Quintana, Natalie Ruiz and Robbie Hill performed in a Christmas play for me in their fifth grade year, and here we are performing again in their last year of high school.

Scheduling rehearsals:

In order to be ready, we have to rehearse outside of school hours. Saturday rehearsals are important, because we have a four-hour block to go over the material. We also use the time to bond as a cast, eating lots of pizza and chocolate chip cookies.

No matter how far in advance I schedule rehearsals, several actors are always absent. Sickness, sports or forgetfulness come into play. We just work around it, filling in with other students. I will also take a turn filling in if needed. I like getting on stage with everyone; it lets me get a good idea of how the energy is flowing.

Sets, props, costumes:

Every play has props?things carried on stage by the actors. The set has to be realistic, with furniture, household items, even windows and doors. This takes so much time to build, and we can?t put it on stage until the week before the play. Until then, we use tape on the floor to mark where things will be, and find chairs and tables that are in the room.

Thankfully, we have a master costume designer, Karin Hierholzer, who makes sure everyone looks their best for the play. For this production, student Kiaya Hargis, ’16, acquired boxes of vintage clothes from an estate sale that fit our time frame perfectly. Everyone has ?new? costumes that will take the audience to the 1970s.

Expect the unexpected:

I never really know what will happen, so I have to remain flexible. Last week, a giant black screen was built on the stage for the People?s Church youth group. It wasn?t something that could be easily taken down, so we just had to practice behind it. Actually, it made the actors work harder to project past the screen to where I sat in the main room.

I?ve had props disappear, power go out, alarms go off and set pieces fall apart during a play. I?ll never forget how Ethan Andrew loaned us his dog, Ruth, for a play that required a live animal. Poor Ruth was so happy with her performance that she fell off the stage during the curtain call!

Of course, we will always remember the realistic cat puppet that seemed to find a new place to hide every day. I don?t think I?ve ever laughed so hard as when the water balloon bombs in Meet Me in St. Louis misfired and created a giant ?splash zone? of the audience?s entire front row.

The end is always sad:

Even though I question myself as I set up the stage for the hundredth time, or unload the drama storage unit late at night, or remind students again and again about the mandatory dress rehearsal, I am always sad when the last performance ends. Watching the students put it all together for a great run is so satisfying, and I find myself thinking about the next play . . .

The cast is set to perform four different times: twice on Friday, Nov. 15 for the student body, at 7 p.m., Nov. 16 and again at 4 p.m. for their matinee showing, Nov. 17. Tickets are $5 at the door and all are welcome to attend.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more opinions, read the Oct. 31 article, ASB president thankful for small school experience.

By |2013-11-15T00:00:00-07:00November 15th, 2013|Opinions, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Stories from War, Ep. 3 (VIDEO)

This is the third installment of Stories from War as told by WWII veteran Rudy Giannoni during the Nov. 7 assembly in the Student Ministries Center. Interviewer Paul Loeffler helps Giannoni share his experience to the student body.

For the previous installment, read the Nov. 12 article, Stories from War, Ep. 2 (VIDEO). and/or WWII veteran shares trauma, inspiring tales (VIDEO).

FC hosted World War II veteran, Rudy Giannoni, during a Thursday assembly, Nov. 7.

Giannoni told his story to the student body while being interviewed by Loeffler. He spoke on his experience in the war as well as his trip on the Central Valley Honor Flight to the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

When Giannoni first returned home from war, he never spoke about his experience overseas. For fifty years he kept silent, and it was not until his granddaughter asked him about his past for a school report that he finally told his story. Since then, Giannoni has visited 57 different schools to share the memories he has on the war.

In this episode, Giannoni relives his D-Day experience, June 6, 1944. He also shares the story of how he became a prisoner of war (POW) after being shot down by Germans only two weeks after D-Day.

The interview of WWII veteran Rudy Giannoni continues in a series of short videos that are housed in the video section of The Feather Online. The series is called Stories from War, with six installments. Those interested in the series should begin with WWII veteran shares trauma, inspiring tales (VIDEO). Please continue the series with Stories from War, Ep. 2 (VIDEO).

For more videos, read the Nov. 6 article, FC Underground, 2013-14, No. 12 (VIDEO).

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

By |2013-11-13T00:00:00-07:00November 13th, 2013|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

FC Underground, 2013-14, No. 12 (VIDEO)

This is the 12th episode of “FC Underground, 2013-14” covering the week of Nov. 4-8, 2013. Junior Callista Fries is a second year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by Senior videographer Jared Franz.

There will be CSF Tutoring after school from 3-4 on Wed. Oct. 30 in the lab.

There is two Volleyball games this week Tues. at home and Thur. also at home and it is Senior night so make sure you are there the game begins at 6 p.m.

There is a home Football game on Fri. Nov. 8 starting at 7 .m. it is also Senior night so be there.

Elora Hargis, Julianna Rosik and Shannon Martens will all be representing Fresno Christian in the Clovis Art Guild Fall Open Show. It will be hung from November 4-10 at the Clovis Memorial Building.

a href=”https://archive.thefeather.com/?page=photodetail&id=6799″ target=”_blank”>Operation Christmas Child! Classes are competing for a pizza party! The class with the most boxes win! If you have any questions contact Maddie Luginbill or Alli Breedlove, they will give you any information or boxes that you need! We want to beat last year’s number of 75 boxes! Good luck!

Do you want the chance to represent FCS in the biggest parade west of the Mississippi? One practice qualifies you to march with our percussion line and color guard flag team. Tuesday, November 5th from 6:30-7:45 pm by the gym. The parade steps off in downtown Fresno on November 11th. Busses will transport all FCS participants and sdult sponsors.
Sign up by November 1 at the office so we know how to plan.

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

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

For the previous episode, watch last week’s episode: FC Underground No. 11

By |2013-11-06T00:00:00-07:00November 6th, 2013|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Honors Flight returns to Fresno airport (VIDEO)

As Veteran’s Day approaches, the city of Fresno rallies together to show support and admiration for all soldiers around the Central Valley.

After visiting the World War II (WWII) memorial in Washington D.C., 69 WWII veterans returned home, landing in the Fresno Yosemite International Airport through the Honor Flight organization, Oct. 31.

Upon their arrival, hundreds of supporters attending the homecoming, including boy scouts, the Fresno State University band and many family members. The event brought many to tears as the veterans were welcomed with cheering crowds, offering support for the years of service these men gave for their country.

This event is only one of the ways the Central Valley honors veterans. The public is also encouraged to attend the Veteran’s Day Parade, Nov. 11. This parade will be broadcasted world-wide as it is the largest parade west of the Mississippi River.

Veterans who wish to apply for a Central Valley Honor Flight can do so through their web site. Guardian applications, volunteer and donation opportunities are also available on the site as well.

Students are also encouraged to attend the Veteran’s Day Parade by marching alongside the campus band in downtown Fresno at 11 a.m., Nov. 11. The parade begins in front of Fresno’s City Hall. For those who cannot attend the parade, please tune into the Pentagon Channel or Fresno’s NBC affiliate, KSEE 24.

For more stories on veteran stories, visit Hometown Heroes on Facebook or on KMJNow radio. Paul Loeffler hosts a weekly radio show that honors men and women whose service and sacrifice paid for America’s freedom.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

WWII veterans return home by Slidely Slideshow

By |2013-11-04T00:00:00-07:00November 4th, 2013|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments