Alumna Heather Carr: life with professional athlete

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Campus alumna Heather (Neal, ’08) Carr) updates her story since graduating, including marriage to Derek Carr and new baby, Dallas. Carr updates her years since grad, wife of NFL quarterback

Carr updates her years since grad, wife of NFL quarterback

Many FC alumni move on to bigger and better things, taking what they have learned from their years in high school and applying them to life in the real world. Very seldom do we discover that some of those alumni end up being in the spotlight. Former FC alumna Heather Carr graduated with the class of 2008, and went on to marry current NFL Oakland Raiders quarterback and former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr.

During high school, Heather (Neal, ’08) Carr discovered her passion for cheerleading, hoping to pursue it in college. However at the time she attended Fresno State, the cheerleading program did not exist due to the absence of a cheer coach.

“Originally, I thought I would go to Azusa, they had a really good cheer squad, but then I think the whole dynamic of staying close to home really drew me in, and I wasn’t ready to leave, and God definitely knew I wasn’t ready to get out there and do things on my own, so I went to Fresno State,” Carr said. “Almost all of my cheer girls stayed in Fresno, and went to FPU, or Fresno State, and it was nice to know that they were there, so we could hang out and be with each other all the time. That really helped going to Fresno State.”

Carr majored in teaching, gaining her desire for teaching when she was in the fourth grade. Her inspiration for this was her mother, who was a fourth grade teacher, and who Carr would go watch intriguingly as she taught her students. Although she is still involved in spiritual mentoring, God led her on a different path from teaching when she met Derek.

Heather Carr worked at Hollister at the start of her freshman year at Fresno State and later went on to work at BJ’s, where she encountered the newly discovered football star.

“I met Derek my junior year, and I actually met him at my work,” Carr said. “It was his first year at Fresno State and after we met, we just started hanging out at school. He graduated high school early to come to Fresno State, so when I met him, he was on the team, but he didn’t start or anything he was just red shirting.”

After some time of dating and getting to know each other, Derek and Heather decided to take their relationship a step forward, marrying in 2012. Being married to a football player in college was a fun experience to Heather Carr.

“It was awesome to be married in college; I loved it. I think when you find that right person, it doesn’t matter how old you are,” Carr said. “Especially us, because we were both really mature for our age, and we were just ready to settle down. In college it was fun; we had class together. I think we made it that way, and so it made class really fun and interesting. But its always fun to have class with your spouse.”

In August of 2013, the Carr family added a new member: Dallas. Since Dallas was born at the beginning of football season, it made it difficult for Heather, being a married mom in college and Derek being away at practice, normally from 5-9 p.m.

“Derek knows exactly what he wants and what he needs to do, and he will get it done,” Heather said. “He took summer school before I even met him so that he could graduate, so he could just go play football. He had a plan, before he even got into college.

“Dallas was God’s plan, and according to Derek, he grew more chest hairs because with Dallas, he now had more responsibilities. So now he had a family, more responsibilities: Derek would even say in the games, ‘he would play harder knowing that he had to get into the NFL because he had a family, and he had to feed them.’ It does, it makes you work harder.”

All of the hard work and determination payed off in 2014, when Derek Carr was drafted to go play in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders. The lifestyle of Heather and Dallas Carr drastically changed with this new chapter in their lives.

You get to meet and interact with a lot of people. I am in a Bible study group with the other wives, and its awesome because you can share God’s love with people who don’t even have that. Because in the NFL, people have I guess, quote everything, so it’s awesome to be able to share what they don’t have, and that is Jesus. So that is definitely a pro of being a part of all this. It is just that you get to reach a lot of people with where you are at. –Heather (Neal) Carr, ’08, former FC cheerleader, wife of Derek Carr 

“It’s different in the NFL,” Heather said. “There is literally no phone conversation, no texting the whole day. He is gone from 4:30 a.m., to about 6 p.m., and we don’t hear from him all day. Then, he would come home at 6 p.m., we would eat dinner, an then he would study the playbook and watch film, so we really don’t get to see him all that much.

“It is very different being an NFL wife compared to a college wife,” Heather continued. “Especially since Dallas is at an age now where he knows when daddy is gone, so its hard. I get tired cause he’s moving around and crawling on everything, so when Derek is home, it is nice to get a little break.”

Although the football season is tiring for Carr with Derek’s absence, the off season is a much needed reward for the family of three.

“We get a break around December, and then they start back again in April,” Heather said. “I love that we get an off season, because with some jobs, a lot of people don’t get that, and we get to spend time together as a family. Our biggest thing we love to do when we get our family time is just staying home, going to the park, playing soccer, anything that we can do with Dallas, just because we don’t get to stay home a lot.”

Being a NFL wife, Carr loves the new experiences she gets to encounter. Born from a strong Christian family, Carr loves the opportunity to share with the other NFL wives the light of the Lord, something that is very important to her, and the family as well.

“You get to meet and interact with a lot of people. I am in a Bible study group with the other wives, and its awesome because you can share God’s love with people who don’t even have that,” Heather said. “Because in the NFL, people have I guess, quote everything, so it’s awesome to be able to share what they don’t have, and that is Jesus. So that is definitely a pro of being a part of all this. It is just that you get to reach a lot of people with where you are at.”

Although there are many benefits of being a family member of an NFL player, there are also some hardships.

“You really don’t have a lot of time with your family. I know it is Dallas and I alone a lot during the season,” Carr said. “My parents have a condo up by where we live, so they are there almost every week, and it is really nice to have my mom watch him sometimes so I can go run some errands, or stuff like that. Just connecting with the girls (the wives), we have playdates with the kids, and things like that is fun. But that is definitely a con is that you really don’t get a lot of time with your husband.”

The Carr family had a bit of a scare in August of 2013, when their son Dallas was born with intestinal malrotation, which is a blockage of the digestive tract due to the twisting of intestines, that prevents the proper passage of food. They found the problem approximately six hours after he was born, and they rushed him to Valley Children’s Hospital when they noticed he wouldn’t eat, and he kept throwing up. There, Dallas had his first of may surgeries at only ten hours old.

“We were actually really blessed, because he was born eight days early, and if he was born on time, he might have not made it. So, that was definitely God’s blessing on us,” Carr said. “Although the fist surgery went well, he still wasn’t getting better. After 21 days, we finally got to go home, even thought he was still throwing up, but they told us it would correct itself over time. We took him in again a week later, where they admitted him and he had his third surgery. That was the toughest, just because I remember thinking, is this ever going to end?”

Throughout this difficult time, Carr really relied on the Lord, and He did not disappoint.

At this time, Derek was gone, because he was in football, so his trainer would call him off of the field, straight from practice, to let him know when Dallas was having another surgery,” Carr said. “So, it was really hard for both me and Derek. It was really hard for him to focus on football when his son was having surgery in the hospital.

“Before Dallas’ surgery, Derek wasn’t here yet, but I was praying with Dallas, asking God to show me a sign that this is going to end. Yes, this was his plan, and he was making us stronger through this, and we are trusting in you, and praising you, but I would love a sign just to know. Dallas was asleep at this time, out completely, and he sits up, looks at me, and winks, and then instantly falls right back asleep. Right then, I knew, we were done with this. It was the best feeling ever.”

All of the obstacles they went through made them realize that they could handle anything, and that God was doing this for his glory. It was humbling to the Carr family that they got to share God’s love and light through Dallas’s story.

Heather hopes to continue her love of teaching and help share Jesus’s light with many young adults, and in the mean time, will continue to enjoy time spent with her family, and living the life of the Raiders quarterback’s biggest fan.

This writer can be reached via twitter: @ashhasthescoop.

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By |2015-03-18T00:00:00-08:00March 18th, 2015|Alumni, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Emily Krieghoff blood drive, March 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: sbbelmont@gmail.com.

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

By |2015-03-18T00:00:00-08:00March 18th, 2015|Alumni, Community Events, FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Blood drive

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The Emily Krieghoff Blood Drive will be on March 20. Please consider gifting blood to help a campus alumna.

Recently, one of our alumni was in an horrific car accident. Emily Krieghoff, ’09, was rushed to Community Hospital where if it wasn’t for the grace of God, the surgeons hands, and pints of blood she would not have survived. The Emily Krieghoff Blood Drive will be held in the FC parking lot from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., March 20.

The blood will go to the Central California Blood Center, then will be distributed to hospitals around the Fresno area.

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By |2015-03-16T00:00:00-08:00March 16th, 2015|Alumni, Community Events, News, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Blood drive honors FC alumna in recovery (VIDEO)

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The FCS community is again gathering support in a blood drive for Emily Krieghoff, March 20. Please donate for an Eagle alumna.

In the late hours of Saturday Feb. 21, FC alumni Molly Griffin and best friend Emily Krieghoff were victims of a fatal DUI accident. Molly Griffin was killed on site while Krieghoff is currently in recovery at Fresno Community Hospital.

Due to the essential role that blood donations have played in Krieghoff’s recovery and because of the tragic nature of the incident, the FC community will be partnering with Central California Blood Center in the first Emily Krieghoff Blood Drive, March 20.

The idea for the event was first purposed by Leadership and Economics teacher, Robert Foshee after Krieghoff’s mother suggested a blood drive. Foshee says that the event will provide an opportunity for both FC alumni and current students and staff members to come together as a community and support the Krieghoff family during a time in which they need it most.

“I think it’s a great way to give back to the community especially for our own alumni who have been touched by that,” Foshee said. “It’s something that you can do that’s easy. We’re also going to have a place where we can write messages and cards and if you want to help out the family during that time too there’s opportunities to do that. As a school it’s an opportunity to come together as a family.”

The Central Blood Center mobile will be stationed in the high school parking lot from 1-5 p.m., equipped with trained and experienced personnel. All potential donors are required to be in relatively stable health upon arrival at the mobile and must weigh at least 110lbs and be 16 years of age or older.

All student participants regardless of age, are required to obtain and present a signed permission slip upon arrival at the mobile. Permission slips are available for free download at Central Blood Center’s website. Students must also schedule an appointment for their donation prior to March 20 via email with either Foshee or school secretary, Vicky Belmont.

Central Blood Center holds all rights to deny donors participation if they fail to meet the before mentioned requirements or present any number of complicating factors such as abnormally high blood pressure or body temperature.

According to Central Blood Center, the process of blood donation works in a simple four step process. Firstly upon arrival participants must register with the use of a photo ID and social security number. These two items are required to register and those who do not posses proper identification will not be admitted into the Mobil.

The experience was fun and I felt important because I was giving to someone who needed it. I wanted to do it because I did it last year and I had a good time and wanted to do it again. I would encourage anyone who is able to participate because it is an easy and fast way to help people who are in need. –Senior Breanna Jennings

Secondly, Central Blood Center personnel will conduct a brief physical check up, measuring blood pressure and heart rate in order to assess the individual’s personal health. All health information that donors share with the personnel will be kept confidential.

The withdrawal of one pint of blood usually takes no more than 15 minutes and is a painless process. After completion participants will receive a T-shirt, a sweet treat and be encouraged to rest for a short amount of time before resuming daily activities.

Leadership member Breanna Jennings, ’15, previously donated at FC’s annual Max Hinton Blood Drive. She says that the opportunity provides a hands on and practical way to give back to the community and reach out to those who need love the most.

“The experience was fun and I felt important because I was giving to someone who needed it,” said Jennings. “I wanted to do it because I did it last year and I had a good time and wanted to do it again. I would encourage anyone who is able to participate because it is an easy and fast way to help people who are in need.”

Macy Mascarenas, ’16, knew both girls on a more personal level through her older sister. Mascarenas believes that the blood drive is a way to honor the memory of Molly Griffin and the generous sacrifice that saved Krieghoff’s life.

“I think the blood drive is a really good idea,” Mascarenas said. “These are young girls who went here and made such an impact on this school. I think the least we can do as a school is to dedicate it to them and to honor them.”

Update: Emily Krieghoff is scheduled to be released from Fresno Community Hospital, March 18.

To obtain permission slips or learn more information about donor qualifications, visit www. Centralvalleybloodcenter.com.

To follow Emily Krieghoff’s progress, visit caringbridge.org. Please read a guest post by Macy Mascarenas as she reflects on the life of Molly Griffin.

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Eunie McEntee Cheer Scholarship

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Alumni Katie Mendenhall, ’93, announced the new Eunie McEntee Cheer Scholarship at the winter sports award banquet, Feb. 23.

Alumni Katie Mendenhall, ’93, announced the new Eunie McEntee Cheer Scholarship at the winter sports award banquet, Feb. 23.

The scholarship will go to a deserving cheerleader every year to help lighten the load. The scholarship is to honor all of McEntee hard work throughout the 25 years of her service here at FC.

For more info on McEntee, visit Previous cheer coach offers scholarship to deserving athlete.

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By |2015-02-24T00:00:00-08:00February 24th, 2015|Alumni, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 |2014-12-04T00:00:00-08:00December 4th, 2014|Alumni, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Alumnus Doug Daniel returns to coach, remembers past

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First year cross country coach at FC, Doug Daniel has returned to his alma mater after graduating from Fresno Pacific University in 2013.

First year cross country coach at FC, Doug Daniel has returned to his alma mater after graduating from Fresno Pacific University in 2013.

Daniel developed a great passion for running at an early age. Holding not only one but several school records, Daniel did not only placed 6th in the Central Section Cross Country Championships (CIF) in his senior year, but also represented FC for many track and field championship meets.

“I remember as a preschooler I looked forward to running after school. I would have run forever if I could,” Daniel said. “My mom has a story of me while I was an infant. Before I could walk, I would be running in circles in my walker.”

Dedicated to his running career, Daniel first began track at FC in 2006.

“The first time I ran track, was my 8th grade year in junior high,” Daniel said. “In my final meet, there were four guys trying to block me out. I got to pass them and they got to pass me, it was a close race. They caught me by the end, but I ran a minute faster than my previous personal record and I felt okay with it.”

Back in 2006 the cross country team was first introduced to FC by, Mr. Ericlee Gilmore, who passed away in Sept. 2014. Although having a hard time adjusting to the new program, Daniel made it through his sophomore year.

“The first time I ever did cross country was when I was a sophomore in high school. Because it was the first year we had a team,” Daniel said. “It is a tough thing to say, but my first year I ran competitively in my sophomore year.”

After graduation from FPU in 2013, Daniel returned to FC to coach for the first time for the junior high and varsity cross country team. Daniels says that his dedication to FC stemmed from the memories he made there as a student.

“I love FC,” Daniel said. “Honestly, I would rather coach here than in a big school. Not that a big school wouldn’t hire me, but because I experienced a major portion of my life at Fresno Christian.”

Inspired by Ericlee Gilmore, Daniel dreamed to go back to FC.

“Cross country here was something that helped shape me and I always wanted to come back. It was kind of my dream,” Daniel said. “I always wanted to come back here and coach and work with Gilmore, but that didn’t get to happen.”

Although Daniel’s dream of coaching alongside Gilmore did not get to come true, Daniel found new motivation for him to stay in FC.

“I love the kids here and love the school,” Daniel said. “It just seemed like a good fit for me. I received so much help here and I just have to go back and give back.”

Ever since Gilmore introduced Daniel to running at 4th grade, Daniel has looked up to him.
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“I did a track camp with Gilmore while I was in 4th grade and I had a lot of fun,” Daniel said. “Coach Gilmore put the team together. He rose funding and did a great job. The best coach in the world.”

As assistant coach, Daniel makes decisions and works back and forth between the junior and varsity teams.

“I felt that as far as running goes, I know exactly what to do. I have learned a lot mostly from my coaches who have been excellent,” Daniel said after the team?s third meet at Firebaugh High school. “What really has been a challenge has been just the logistics of the sport. I do not always know how I am goanna communicate with parents or how I handle discipline issues.”

At FPU Daniel joined the cross country and track team and met another inspiring coach, Eric Schwab.

“Eric Schwab is also a great coach,” Daniel said. “Eric Schwab wasn’t a strict discipline coach, but you always knew he care about the kids and that’s what kind of motivated us because you know that the coach cared about you and you didn’t want to let him down.”

With five cross country season meets left, Daniel is working towards not only bettering the team, but also learning from the team to become a better coach.

“Honestly I love coaching more than I have ever liked competing,” Daniel said. “I want to be a coach like that where the athletes would want to work for me. Because they know that I care about them and I want them to be the best they can be.”

With FC students and multi-scholars, the FC varsity team made up just enough runners to compete as a group. Coach Daniel shows his great passion in cross country running and practicing next to runners. Daniel sets his goal for this year to not only become a better coach, but also train him for longer distance races. Daniel will participate in Two Cities Marathon and Half as well as other meets in the next year.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @fmichael_0501.

For more sports, read Oct. 17 article, Seasoned senior brings leadership, experience to team.

By |2014-10-20T00:00:00-08:00October 20th, 2014|Alumni, Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alumnus shares passion with campus, percussion

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Casgua, bottom left, plays the xylophone in the Fresno State Band 

Many campus graduates find that their most influential moments were made while attending FC. Former alumnus, David Casuga, discovered his passion for music and percussion during his time spent at the school.
Casuga now teaches jazz band and percussion; he is majoring in jazz performance. He began his musical career as a percussionist and has enjoyed percussion in general. His goal as a teacher is to assist the percussion program towards growth into an impressive program.

While teaching at FC, Casuga attends Fresno State. He is involved with band classes and even plays a few instruments in the Fresno State Band.

“Fresno Christian is where I discovered my passion for music,” Casuga said. “The music program gave me the opportunity to discover and explore music. I quickly found out that it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

After graduating, he wanted to give back to the program that inspired him. He enjoys being able to teach a subject that he himself is passionate about and hopes to impact his students to grow to love music as he does.

“What motivates me to teach is the thought that I could impact someone’s life through music just as I was,” Casuga said. “Because I have attended Fresno Christian since first grade, more than half my life was spent walking the halls of FC. Some of the most influential and impactful conversations I ever had were with friends and mentors of the Fresno Christian family.”

Former student percussionist, Andrew Guthrie, ’15 awaits to become better and to play with the rest of his drum team.

“This is my second year doing percussion and I really like it,” Guthrie said. “Last year was a lot more laid back and this year Casuga pushes us to college level drills. Even with the small amount of students in the class I think we can carry out the challenging drills.”

Not only did Casuga dedicate his heart towards the music program, but also towards The Feather. Throughout his high school career he served as the newspaper’s webmaster. While in the journalism lab he strived to carve his work ethic into perfection.

“Within the confines of the journalism lab is where I discovered my work ethic, to strive for perfection and my love of winning. Those are two things that I definitely transfer into my teaching methods,” Casuga said. “I can say that The Feather has helped me be an organized and responsible student.”

Emily Cox, ’19, looks at working with older classmen as a building block to success.

“The class is bigger than it was last year,” Cox said. “Casuga helps us with different techniques and challenges us a lot. I look forward to become a better percussionist this year.”
Casuga took a moment to look back and describe the unique ways that his school community changed his life. Casuga treasures how FC offers exclusive opportunities and challenges, which differentiates it from other schools. From the students’ perspective, he saw what set FC apart.

“I knew I wanted to teach at FC because the campus is unique in so many ways,” Casuga said. “It offers specialized opportunities and offers challenges. There really isn’t anything like the Fresno Christian experience.”

Every day Casuga gives thanks that he is a part of a program that he loves. He can’t wait to see what the music program conducts in the future.

“Seeing what God can do through the students and faculty’s lives is more than words can put together,” Casuga said. “Even to have a chance to be a part of the music department is more than an opportunity or privilege but it’s a blessing and I thank God for the occasion every day. I honestly couldn’t think of a better program to associate myself with then one as truly amazing as this.”

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For more features, read the Sept. 23 article, Guest speaker tells story, delivers powerful message.

By |2014-10-01T00:00:00-08:00October 1st, 2014|Academics, Alumni, FC Arts, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alumnus begins move to Berlin, missions opportunity (VIDEO)

Recently the Miller family has felt drawn by God to leave California and pursue a new missionary venture in one of Berlin's 12 districts: Steglitz. The Miller Family

Recently the Miller family has felt drawn by God to leave California and pursue a new missionary venture in one of Berlin’s 12 districts: Steglitz.

Brian Miller and Family makes transition to German culture

FC alumnus Brian Miller (’89) and his family decided to move to the German capitol of Berlin in order to participate in a missionary movement. Europe is a large mission field with only 1.5 percent of the population professing Christianity.

With over 190 different people groups, extreme poverty and human trafficking are within the walls of Berlin and need people to help restore them. The Millers plan not only to help the people of Berlin, but hope to influence a movement toward God in Europe.

Brian believes that his experiences at FC readied and shaped him for the challenges he would face in his profession. While Brian was at FC, he was part of the basketball team , which Scott Callisch coached. He also played keyboard and piano in worship band and still continues to enjoy music. The class he remembered most was his Western Civilization class with Allan Tong. He also remembers the friends he made and the teachers that influenced him to live his life after Christ.

Brian says that he is grateful for the direction and calling he found at FC. He says the school is partly responsible for the success he has found in misinstry.

“God used my experiences at Fresno Christian to shape me significantly for a life of serving him personally and vocationally,” Brian said. “I am thankful for the teachers and staff who both modeled and taught a love for Jesus. It was part of my preparation for nearly two decades of pastoral ministry and now a move into cross-cultural service.”

After high school, Brian graduated from California State University, Fresno (FSU), and later earned a degree in Biblical religious study and contemporary Christian ministries from Fresno Pacific University.
Later Brian left the Fresno area and moved to Turlock, CA, where he led worship in church for 10 years, while working in student ministries. In 2006, Brian founded a church called The Enclave in Turlock.

Recently the Miller family has felt drawn by God to leave California and pursue a new missionary venture in one of Berlin’s 12 districts: Steglitz. While there, they plan to assist others in the planting of churches, creating after school programs for immigrant children and helping those who have been affected by human trafficking.

They also plan to take part in the Learning Living Laboratory (L3). The L3 project brings youth into Berlin for a year in order to hone their ministry skills and further prepare them for discipleship in Christ. The objective of L3 is to strengthen youth and equip them with the skills necessary to affect their own churches and communities.
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The Miller family expects to encounter a large variety of challenges and oppositions within the city of Berlin. Besides the natural opposition of an highly atheist population and the general challenge of establishing a church, the Millers will be subject to financial, cultural and social challenges. Due to being an American citizen, Brian will not be allowed to possess a second occupation without a service Visa. Therefore, the ministry will need to be fully funded in America by sponsors and donations.

Wife of Brian Miller and mother of three Trish Miller believes that moving to Berlin will challenge the family’s ability to reflect Christ’s love.

“Moving cross-culturally to an urban environment will affect our family in many ways,” Trish said. “The world is becoming increasingly urban with over 5.5 million people across the globe moving to cities every month, but most Christians don?t want to live and raise their family in a city. There are very few who follow Christ in urban centers as a percentage, and we want to hold up the light in the dark city of Berlin.”

Despite a large population of English-speaking people, the family will also need to learn German in order to ensure proper communication with everyone involved in their ministries. The Millers will be immersed in a new culture and society that they will need to adjust to and account for. The district of Steglitz is highly urbanized and very populated. This is an immensely different atmosphere than the moderately urbanized and populated city of Turlock.

The move comes with difficulties for the whole family and involves leaving familiar family, friends and locations. One of the most prominent sacrifices that the family will make is leaving The Enclave church and the people they have come to know over the last few years. Also the Miller girls, consisting of 13-year-old Regan, 10-year-old Emma and five-year-old Morgan, will have to leave their respective schools and friends in Turlock to join an international school in Berlin, where they will interact with people of different cultures.

Although the Millers will most certainly endure challenges and sacrifices, there are some things they look forward to. The new urban scenery, compared to nearby San Francisco, CA., will be an interesting change and even an adventure for the family. Brian will have the opportunity to do some recreational mountain biking as well as continue to pursue his love of playing music. Berlin also has places to ride horses, which the three girls enjoy. The general culture of Europe, including street vender’s food, will be a positive addition to the Millers? new European home.

Trish knows that although her children will no longer be shielded from the wickedness of the world, they will have the opportunity to see strong believers act out their faith.

“A challenge will be to live with the sinfulness of a world apart from God up close and visible,” Miller said. “Our daughters won?t be shielded from the darkness of the city in its true, broken, ugly, living color.”

Trish also looks forward to showing her children the power of God among the people of Berlin.

“We will have the privilege of seeing people transfer from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light and living for Jesus,” Trish said. “We can work for a Gospel movement in Berlin. What excites us is that along with the visible sin, salvation is more plausible in the city. Our family will see young, hip, new, urban believers who have been there and done that and find Christ better than all of it.”

However difficult the move, the Millers believe God has prepared them for this venture and is calling them to proclaim his name throughout the continent of Europe. Through family devotionals and prayers, the Millers feel confident in their decision and even excited about the change. The family hopes to leave for Berlin in the beginning of 2014 and be part of a movement that will forever alter the European continent.

For more information on the Miller family and the European Project, see Milerstoberlin.com and Reach Global Berlin City Team.

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By |2013-10-02T00:00:00-08:00October 2nd, 2013|Alumni, Features, Uncategorized|2 Comments

'FC rounded my education'

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Tatiana Fontes, 2010 ASB student body president

I am thankful for all that Fresno Christian has given me and how it has aided me in my growth. Like a lot of you will, or have already, I have spent my critical developmental years on campus and it has been a home away from home.

Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like to go to a public school; they provide more AP classes, a larger variety of sports teams and all sorts of clubs. But then I remember that I would not have been able to experience as many extracurricular things as I did here, even if I went to a school that offered more.

While offering an excellent academic program, the ability to schedule club, sports or activities into my day has given me a full, rounded education.

This is the reason Fresno Christian High School is so special: Multiple extracurricular activities are offered and students have the opportunity to pursue many of them each year. I have participated in basketball, cross-country, choir, been a member of the California Scholarship Federation and student leadership.

At Fresno Christian we see students who play football but also are involved in band, clubs or are on the cheer team and are heavily involved in the school publications.

FC students themselves blur the lines of jocks, musicians, artists and the academically gifted.

I do not think I need to emphasize how extracurricular activities have impacted my Fresno Christian walk. It is outside the classroom that I have learned the most: teamwork, leadership, social skills and commitment.

As I leave this school, I hope that I am not the only one taking advantage of all our school has to offer; I encourage everyone to try new endeavors. FC rounded my education and I’m glad for it.

There is no other place with as many opportunities, as much passion and personal impact as Fresno Christian Schools.

Senior Tatiana Fontes was the 2009-10 ASB president and will attend University of California, Santa Barbara, in the fall.

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By |2010-05-18T00:00:00-08:00May 18th, 2010|Alumni, Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments