Students gear up for annual powder puff game

IMG_2191Christopher Grossman | The Feather Online Archive

The annual powder puff game, to be hosted on May 8, will promote friendly competition amongst classes.

Those dedicated to winning have already signed up and assigned coaches for the powderpuff season. It’s time for the HS girls to put on their game face and gather together to practice drills and set plays.  Powder puff will be at the North Field, May 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The roles are switched for powder puff, the girls act as the players while the boys are cheerleaders for each class. Parents and family are welcome to watch the girls compete against each other.

In previous years the senior class has dominated the lower classes with its determination and experience in the game. This year senior Madison Sieb hopes to continue the winning streak.

“This is my second year in powder puff,” Sieb said. “I think that my team needs to encourage each other and continue the winning streak. To win all of our games on Friday would end my senior year on a great note.”

Sophomore Marissa Parker believes her team will do better this year because of the experience from freshman year.

“Since this is our second year, we might have a better chance of winning,” Parker said. “We need to focus on moving the ball and putting our plays to the test. This year I hope we win at least one game and if not two; I am excited to play the juniors.”

This is my second year in Powderpuff. I think that my team needs to encourage each other and continue the winning streak. To win all of our games on friday would end my senior year on a great note. — Madison Sieb, ’15

Junior Gillian Rea competes for her third time in powder puff and is looking to have a good time while trying to win.

“I think that we should focus on encouraging each other within the team to achieve a win,” Rea said. “It’s about having fun together while competing to win at the same time. I think my team could have a chance at winning if we work together and carry out plays we’ve worked on.”

Freshman Erin Wilson looks forward to playing with her class in this year’s Powderpuff.

“I am really excited, my sister Amber Wilson played it last year and had a lot of fun,” Wilson said. “I don’t know that much about football but I think our coaches, Roman Endicott and Tyler Villines, will help us. We already got together for a meeting and we are ready to have practices.”

Come out to enjoy a fun night of football games and cheer stunts to wrap up the school year.

This writer can be reached via Twitter and email: @j0sh_carter and Joshua Carter’s email.

By |2015-05-05T08:50:09+00:00May 5th, 2015|FC Events, News, Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

32nd FCS Auction draws community to campus (Video)

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Superintended Jeremy Brown holds a young puppy that became a hot item at the 32nd annual Fresno Christian Auction, March 14.

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

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

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

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

Every table at the 32nd FCS Auction sold out within weeks. The auction brought in a record breaking $140,000+. The money is used in multiple ways but is focused on filling the funding gap between tuition and the amount needed to operate the school.

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

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

For more videos, look for them in other articles or visit the video section of The Feather or check out Campus clubs sell Kids Day papers (VIDEO).

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By |2015-03-27T00:00:00+00:00March 27th, 2015|FC Events, News, Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15|1 Comment

Economics fair 2015 recap

Economics project provides learning opportunity for students

Students flooded the campus gym on March 18, 2015, to shop at student-made booths marketing different products.

20140318-Econ-Fair-001Dawson Triplitt | The Feather Online Archive

Each year Robert Foshee’s economics classes create products to sell during an economic fair. The fair was held in the gym this year due to rainy weather.

The annual economics fair (econ fair for short) took place with around 20-student run booths.

The fair is held with the goal of helping Robert Foshee’s economics and civics students further understand their topic. Foshee shared his reasons for holding the event.

“We want to find ways to connect information from class to a real world situation. We learn about supply, demand, budgets, but it doesn’t really get ingrained until you do something with it,” Foshee said. “They have to pick a product to make, figure out a budget for it, they have to market it.” I think it’s a pretty cool way to learn it without having to read a book or listen to a lecture.”

Students in groups of two-three designed products from food, clothing and jewelry. After preparing it and marketing through posters around school and social media accounts, they sold their products in the gym. Julianna Rosik, ’16, sold boba drinks with two other students during the fair. Rosik commented on the work and learning experience.

‘The Econ fair was fun, but it was also pretty stressful,” Rosik said. “We learned about entrepreneurship during the Economics fair and the process of selling a product, and though this experience I realized that I do not want to be an entrepreneur. My group did well with our product Bubble Joy Boba drink, but when we added up our total costs, we found out our profits barely made us break even. It was fun even though we didn’t make much money.”

We learn about supply, demand, budgets, but it doesn’t really get ingrained until you do something with it. They have to pick a product to make, figure out a budget for it, they have to market it. I think it’s a pretty cool way to learn it without having to read a book or listen to a lecture. — Robert Foshee, Economics teacher.

This is the second year the fair took place in the gym. Previously, the Economics fair was set up in the lunch area. The set up of the booths changed too, in hopes of making the process more efficient for the shoppers and the students to make it easier to shop and sell. Eunsol (Dana) Kwon, ’16, commented on the arrangement.

“I thought it was really comfortable and a good idea because I could see ever item easily and I could quickly find which food I wanted,” Kwon said. “I liked every booth but my favorite was one of the cookie booths.”

The next economic fair will be held with next years’ civics students.

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By |2015-03-27T00:00:00+00:00March 27th, 2015|FC Events, News, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Junior NOTS movie: Saturday Night Live

FeatherLogoAs each class prepares their NOTS movies for debut on March 28, the junior class of 2016 believes they have what it takes to receive the overall “Best Movie” award.

Though the juniors originally planned on recreating the movie, High School Musical,” due to a lack of class participation they decided to recreate the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. So far, the class has filmed many short skits that can be regularly seen on the Tonight Show, such as “Mean Tweets.”

By recreating scenes people already know and love the class hopes to get students excited over their production.

Gillian Rea, ’16, is the co-director of the junior NOTS movie. She believes that the Jimmy Fallon show was a good choice, because it didn’t require a large number of students to be on screen at once. Rea hopes this often watched TV-series will increase the productions popularity.

“When we decided to film a recreation of the Jimmy Fallon show I was really excited,” Rea said. “I love watching his show each week, and I hope the rest of the student body is able to relate to this film and understand where the jokes are coming from. I have had an excellent group of students who are committed to this production, and their help has been invaluable. We hope all the parents and students appreciate our movie and all the work that went into creating it.”

One of the head actors of the junior NOTS film is Tyler Breedlove, ’16. Tyler has played a major role in the production of the film since it first started. He has made the effort to attend every meeting and help in any way he can. Breedlove believes his acting and natural sense of humor help the storyline flow naturally.

“When we originally started filming for High School Musical, I was cast to play the main character,” Breedlove said. “As things started changing I told the directors I still wanted to be involved and help any way I could. I was able to play a main role in many of our skits and help write them as well. I can’t wait to see our movie on the big screen at NOTS.”

Whether or not the junior class wins the award for best picture, students involved thoroughly enjoyed their experience, and look forward to making another movie next year.

All the high school movies will be on display the morning of March 28 for parents and public view, and also to vote for the awards, from 9-11 a.m. in the Green Room. For more information, contact [email protected]

For another features article, read Former campus teacher reflects on time spent at FC

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Blood drive for Emily Krieghoff

IMG_5471Alexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

Teacher Robert Foshee set up a blood drive for March 23 to support alumna Emily Krieghoff as she recovers from a car accident.

The blood drive last Friday was a success, over 30 pints of blood were given, March 23.

Parents, students and campus alumni all came out to support the blood drive that was held for Emily Krieghoff after she was released from the hospital.

For more photos, visit Sugar babies and Gold Crown.

By |2015-03-23T00:00:00+00:00March 23rd, 2015|FC Events, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Emily Krieghoff blood drive, March 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Econ Fair

IMG_5360rDawson Triplitt | The Feather Online Archive

During lunch, students sold and bought cookies at the Econ Fair, March 18.

During lunch, students sold and bought cookies at the Econ Fair, March 18.

Students who are in the Economy class, came up with creative ideas to sell at the Econ Fair.

At lunch, junior high and high school students went to the gym and looked through the Econ students’ booths. If something caught their eye, they were able to purchase the item. The money went go to the group who made the product.

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By |2015-03-18T00:00:00+00:00March 18th, 2015|FC Events, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus announcements: 2015-03-18

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 16 – MARCH 20

By Katie Jacobson, writer

FEATHER IN NYC
Feather editors are currently in New York City for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference. Keep checking back for articles, Tweets, and Instagram posts.

FC hits NY: Day 1 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

FC hits NY: Day 2 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

BLOOD DRIVE
Recently, one of our Alumni was in an horrific car accident. Emily Krieghoffwas 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. We are so grateful to the Lord that she is recovering and getting stronger each day. At Fresno Christian we would like to support Emily as well as give back to the Central California Blood Center for their help in saving Emily.
On March 20th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a blood drive on Fresno Christian?s campus in honor of Emily. While there, people can sign prayers and well wishes to Emily and take an opportunity to save lives with your donations. You can drop in during the above times or email [email protected] to make an appointment.

Check out Skyler Lee’s article, Blood Drive honors FC alumna currently in recovery (VIDEO)

SAT/ACT HELP
The College Planning and Tutorial Center (located at Palm and Herndon) will be hosting a College Open House on March 25 at 6 p.m. Entry is free.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, CHEESY BREADSTICKS, drink $5
Thursday – JH Leadership; Taco Bell, tacos, dessert and drink $6
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
FC Athletics Golf Tournament Fundraiser April 27. Net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the FCS Athletic Department and FCS Athletics Booster Club. For sponsorship or donation opportunities, please call (559) 575-1769 or email [email protected]

Monday — JH boys baseball in 1st round of playoffs @ Ahwahnee MS 2:45 p.m.
HS softball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday — HS baseball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.
HS boys tennis vs Riverdale 4 p.m. on FC courts.

Wednesday — Possible JH baseball playoff game. Location & time TBD

Thursday — HS softball vs Orange Cove HS 3:30 p.m. on North Field.
HS boys tennis @ Firebaugh HS 4 p.m.

Friday — HS golf in CVC tournament @ River Island GC 10 a.m.

Saturday — HS baseball @ Coast Union HS (Double Header) 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Coast Union HS 11 a.m.
HS track in Rafer Johnson Invitational meet @ Kingsburg HS 10 a.m.

March–
March 16-21 — Feather in NYC and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference
March 18 — Econ Fair
March 18-20 — JH Sugar Babies

March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

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

St. Patricks Day

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Show your school spirit during dress up days. This group got it together for St. Patricks Day, March 17.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

Most FC students came to school wearing green today simply because it’s St. Patricks Day; however others wore green so that they would not be pinched. The Feather enjoys seeing school wide participation and spirt we hope you do too.

For more photos, visit Trials of faith and 2015 Auction.

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By |2015-03-17T00:00:00+00:00March 17th, 2015|FC Events, News, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Worship time

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The worship team continues to develop leaders, including Melissa Tostado at the piano.

Melissa Tostado uses her piano skills during chapel, March 17.

Chapel is a time cut out of student’s busy schedules to worship. The worship team provides new age music for everyone to sing and dance to during worship time.

For more photos, visit Dodgeball Tourney and St. Patricks Day.

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By |2015-03-17T00:00:00+00:00March 17th, 2015|FC Events, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments

32nd Annual FCS Auction raises over $140,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson.

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

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

Campus announcements: 2015-03-17

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 16 – MARCH 20

By Katie Jacobson, writer

SISTER TO SISTER
Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch is tomorrow, March 17.

FEATHER IN NYC
Feather editors are currently in New York City for the 91st Columbia Scholastic Press Association Convention. Keep checking back for articles, Tweets, and Instagram posts.

FC hits NY, Day 1 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

BLOOD DRIVE
Recently, one of our Alumni was in an horrific car accident. Emily Krieghoff 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. We are so grateful to the Lord that she is recovering and getting stronger each day. At Fresno Christian we would like to support Emily as well as give back to the Central California Blood Center for their help in saving Emily.
On March 20th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a blood drive on Fresno Christian?s campus in honor of Emily. While there, people can sign prayers and well wishes to Emily and take an opportunity to save lives with your donations. You can drop in during the above times or email [email protected] to make an appointment.

Check out Skyler Lee’s article, Blood Drive honors FC alumna currently in recovery (VIDEO)

SAT/ACT HELP
The College Planning and Tutorial Center (located at Palm and Herndon) will be hosting a College Open House on March 25 at 6 p.m. Entry is free.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars (NOTS) will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, CHEESY BREADSTICKS, drink $5
Thursday – JH Leadership; Taco Bell, tacos, dessert and drink $6
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook.

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
FC Athletics Golf Tournament Fundraiser April 27. Net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the FCS Athletic Department and FCS Athletics Booster Club. For sponsorship or donation opportunities, please call (559) 575-1769 or email [email protected]

Monday — JH boys baseball in 1st round of playoffs @ Ahwahnee MS 2:45 p.m.
HS softball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday — HS baseball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.
HS boys tennis vs Riverdale 4 p.m. on FC courts.

Wednesday — Possible JH baseball playoff game. Location & time TBD

Thursday — HS softball vs Orange Cove HS 3:30 p.m. on North Field.
HS boys tennis @ Firebaugh HS 4 p.m.

Friday — HS golf in CVC tournament @ River Island GC 10 a.m.

Saturday — HS baseball @ Coast Union HS (Double Header) 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Coast Union HS 11 a.m.
HS track in Rafer Johnson Invitational meet @ Kingsburg HS 10 a.m.

March–
March 16-21 — Feather in NYC and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference
March 17 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
Brother to Brother Training
March 18 — Econ Fair
March 18-20 — JH Sugar Babies

March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

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In the news: New website launch

IMG_1423Alexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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2015 FCS Auction

IMG_1343Alexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

According to administration, the 32nd annual Fresno Christian Auction has raised over $135,00. More details to follow in the coming week.

The 2015 FCS auction was a success, March 14.

The auction was a evening full of activities, overall the school raised approximately $135,000 from all of the bidders. During the auction, there was also the release of the new Fresno Christian website.

For more photos, visit Trials of faith and New website launch.

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Career Fair: Professionals educate students

IMG_1146Jason Swain | The Feather Online Archive

Over 10 different speakers gave presentations on career choices and how to begin preparations for them in the 4th annual Career Fair, March 11.

In hopes of better educating campus students on different career paths, FC hosted the 4th annual career fair, March 11. Students attended three sessions throughout the afternoon followed by a meet and greet in the court yard.

The session included a variety of different speakers such as ABC 30 reporter Amanda Venegas, ultrasound technician Robyn Hill, superintendent Jeremy Brown, Engineering student Danielle St. Marie, NASA project manager Suzy Dodd, nurse Laura Sherfield, speech pathologist Christie Edmondson, Detective David Fries, CEO of High Tech Homes Jay Cobb, veterinarian Todd Conlan, occupational therapist Dorothy Siqueiros, and senior gas estimator Scott Belmont.

Aspiring engineer Breanna Jennings, ’15, says that she learned about the educational requirements and qualities an engineer should possess.

“I definitely went to the engineer session, they hardly ever have an engineer come and speak so I was really excited to learn about what it takes to be in that profession,” Jennings said. “It was awesome that she [/fusion_builder_column]

[Danielle St. Marie] is an alumni and was willing to come back and give us really helpful information.”

Venegas gave a session and Claire Kollenkark, ’16, looks forward to career day every year.

“Amanda’s session was really fun,” Kollenkark said. “She is like a local celebrity and she took time out of her day to teach us a thing or two about what she does. Now that I’m a junior, I realized how soon I’m going to be picking a career and it’s great that the school cares enough to put something like this on with so many different people to chose from.”

My favorite presentation was probably the veterinarian,” Counts said. “He was very friendly and not intimidating. He just laid all the information out and told us that this is what you choose to get into if you pursue this career. He helped me because I’ve been looking down the veterinarian path.  — Freshman Celeste Counts

Occupational Therapist Dorothy Siqueiros urges students to get a jump start on their career and connect with other people for the best educational and financial options available.

“I know that college has gotten really expensive over the years and I really hope kids out there know that there are people to talk to that have gone or are going through the whole process of earning their degrees,” Siqueiros said. “Talk to people and find out what process is going to work best for you. And I tell people all the time to go observe the job they wish to pursue while they’re still in high school, you can either rule it out or keep looking into it.”

Laura Sherfield, a nurse at Valley Children’s Hospital gives her advice to teens and insight on how her passion for nursing began.

“I first decided to pursue a career in nursing when I was really young,” Sherfield said. “My mom was a nurse also so I grew up around it and fell in love with it from the beginning. I tend to have more of a compassionate personality. I would advise you high school kids to get involved early in a hospital, job shadow, become an intern, and get a job as soon as possible to gain as much experience as possible.”

CEO of Forward Advantage Chris Roggenstein is happy with the diversity and serving opportunities the annual career day holds.

“I liked the diversity of the student service projects,” Roggenstein said. “It let students serve in a manner that they were gifted and hopefully with an attitude of serving God while serving their fellow man.”

Senior PG&E gas estimator Scott Belmont comments on the success that hard work and dedication could potentially bring to your career.

“I am a gas transition design engineer,” Belmont said. “I started working for PG&E 30 years ago on the end of a shovel and gradually worked my way up and took a lot of different positions and here I am now. When Michelle Warkentin called me to speak, I agreed because it’s great that people come in and give students a variety of different careers to look in to.”

Freshman Celeste Counts shared that she was drawn to the veterinarian in particular, due to her own interests in the trade.

“My favorite presentation was probably the veterinarian,” Counts said. “He was very friendly and not intimidating. He just laid all the information out and told us that this is what you choose to get into if you pursue this career. He helped me because I’ve been looking down the veterinarian path.”

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For another news article read Campus families gather to support 32nd FC Auction

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Campus announcements: 2015-03-16

WEEKLY CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARCH 16 – MARCH 20

By Katie Jacobson, writer

SISTER TO SISTER
Older Sister training is March 16. Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch is tomorrow, March 17.

BLOOD DRIVE
Recently, one of our Alumni was in an horrific car accident. Emily Krieghoff 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. We are so grateful to the Lord that she is recovering and getting stronger each day. At Fresno Christian we would like to support Emily as well as give back to the Central California Blood Center for their help in saving Emily.
On March 20th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a blood drive on Fresno Christian?s campus in honor of Emily. While there, people can sign prayers and well wishes to Emily and take an opportunity to save lives with your donations. You can drop in during the above times or email [email protected] to make an appointment.

SAT/ACT HELP
The College Planning and Tutorial Center (located at Palm and Herndon) will be hosting a College Open House on March 25 at 6 p.m. Entry is free.

NIGHT OF THE STARS, MARCH 28
This year Night of the Stars will be held at Wolf Lakes on March 28 from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased in the HS office or during lunch in the quad. Pictures will begin at 5:30 p.m., order forms are available in the HS office.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
If you enjoy writing, the Creative Writing Club meets in room 603 every Monday during lunch. This club is available to JH and HS.

SPORT EVENTS DRESSCODE
All school students must be in dress code at all school sports events, both on campus and at away games. Students who are out of dress code will be asked to change clothes and may be required to leave the event if they are unable to comply.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
If anyone is interested in photography and has a free 3rd period, please talk to Kori Friesen about joining Photojournalism. She can be contacted at [email protected]

LUNCH MENU
Lunches may now be selected online. Go to the Fresno Christian website, select Campus News, and scroll down until the lunch menu is visible. Under the menu the option “Submit your lunch request” will appear. You may then select what you want for lunch!

No bills over $20 are accepted.

Monday – No lunch scheduled
Tuesday – No lunch scheduled
Wednesday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, CHEESY BREADSTICKS, drink $5
Thursday – JH Leadership; Taco Bell, tacos, dessert and drink $6
Friday – HS Leadership; Pacifica Pizza, Personal pepperoni pizza, drink $5

Monthly lunch calendar

Click to submit lunch requests.

STUFF MART
Stuff Mart, the student store, is open every day during the 10 minute break. It is located at the south end of the top floor in building six. Snacks and some school supplies are available for a nominal cost.

FOLLOW THE FEATHER ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND FACEBOOK
The Feather Online continues to tweet each school day up-to-date news and happenings. All students, parents and community supporters need to do is sign up for an account and follow @thefeather on Twitter on Instagram and on Facebook

To follow on Twitter:

The Feather (www.thefeather.com) – @theFeather
Fresno Christian School – @FresnoChristian
Fresno Christian Sports – @FCEaglesSports
Fresno Christian Music Department – @FCSMusicdept
Fresno Christian Athletic Department – @FCSportsAD
Fresno Christian PE – @FCEaglesPE

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
FC Athletics Golf Tournament Fundraiser April 27. Net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to the FCS Athletic Department and FCS Athletics Booster Club. For sponsorship or donation opportunities, please call (559) 575-1769 or email [email protected]

Monday — JH boys baseball in 1st round of playoffs @ Ahwahnee MS 2:45 p.m.
HS softball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday — HS baseball @ Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.
HS boys tennis vs Riverdale 4 p.m. on FC courts.

Wednesday — Possible JH baseball playoff game. Location & time TBD

Thursday — HS softball vs Orange Cove HS 3:30 p.m. on North Field.
HS boys tennis @ Firebaugh HS 4 p.m.

Friday — HS golf in CVC tournament @ River Island GC 10 a.m.

Saturday — HS baseball @ Coast Union HS (Double Header) 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
HS boys tennis @ Coast Union HS 11 a.m.
HS track in Rafer Johnson Invitational meet @ Kingsburg HS 10 a.m.

March–
March 16-21 — Feather in NYC and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference
March 16 — Sister to Sister Training
March 17 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
Brother to Brother Training
March 18 — Econ Fair
March 18-20 — JH Sugar Babies

March 23-27 — SAT 10 Testing
March 24 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
March 27 — ACT late registration deadline for April 18 test
Cal Poly Festival for 5th-12th grade choirs
March 28 — Night Of the Stars (NOTS)

March 30 — Easter Break begins

April–
April 7 — Return from Easter Break
Jostens Grad Delivery
April 9 — JH/HS Spring Sport Pictures

April 13 — AP US History Study Session
April 14 — Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Training
April 18 — ACT Test

April 21 — Brother to Brother Off Campus Lunch
April 21-23 — Musical: Music Man
April 24 — Music Man Cast Party

April 28 — Sister to Sister Off Campus Lunch
April 30 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May–
May 1 — 7th Grade Science Trip

May 4 — AP US History Study Session
Spring Concert (7th-12th grade)
May 5 — Cinco De Mayo Celebration
AP Calculus AB Test
Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister Luncheon
EL Fine Arts Open House
May 7 — Yearend Convocation/Day of Prayer
May 8 — AP US History Test

May 11 — Spring Sports Awards Banquet
May 13 — AP English Lang. and Comp.
AP Statistics
May 14-16 — Senior Trip
May 15 — EL Drama The Girl With the Golden Locks, 7-8 p.m.

May 18 — BMX Show
May 19 — Kindergarten Promotion
7th grade- John’s Incredible Pizza
8th grade — Promotion Rehearsal, 1:15 p.m.
8th grade — Promotion, 7 p.m.

May 20 — HS Grad Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
Senior Awards Assembly, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 1-4 p.m.

May 21 — Half Day
JH Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.
HS Yearbook Signing, 10 a.m.
Awards Assembly for grades 5-6, 10:30 a.m.
HS Graduation, 7 p.m.

May 22 — Last Day of School!
Half Day
HS Worship and Awards Assembly (grades 9-11), 8 p.m.
JH Worship and Awards Assembly, 8 a.m.

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FC hits NY: Day 1 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

IMG_6974Adviser Greg Stobbe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @rynnking_.

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

Blood drive honors FC alumna in recovery (VIDEO)

gabyAlexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

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.

For another article news article read Campus families gather to support 32nd FC Auction.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @skylerklee.

LETTER: Superintendent cites FCS Auction legacy

IMG_5665 copyFeather file photo

Superintendent Jeremy Brown.

Dear Editor:

As our community gets ready for the 32nd Annual FCS Auction, I find myself in awe of how Fresno Christian Schools come together.

For weeks, donations have been coming into our office. Homemade crafts from students, signed sports memorabilia and even a puppy! It reminds me of Mark 12 about the widow’s offering. Our school is full of people that give of themselves with their time, talents and treasures.

All of the giving from our auction helps Fresno Christian Schools continue the legacy of providing an excellent Christian Education for over 38 years.

I am looking forward to meeting those who attend the 32nd FCS Auction and forge lasting relationships throughout the month of March.

The FCS annual Auction is a great opportunity for new members of our community, like me, get a chance to meet and have fellowship with people that have supported FCS Auction legacy for decades.

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For more letters, read the March 10 article, LETTER: Spirit of Serve Day.

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College trip to SoCal, explore universities

photo (17)Michelle Warkentin, academic advisor

Campus juniors and seniors traveled for a college trip to SoCal to visit universities, March 3-4.

Juniors and seniors took their annual College Trip, March 3-4. Ten students attended along with Academic advisor Michelle Warkentin, Andrea and Scott Donaghe. The group visited four different universities in southern California along with a famous ice cream parlor for dinner.

The first college the group visited was the University of Southern California. The school first opened in 1880 to 53 students. The students were amazed by the architecture and the size of the campus.

While at USC, Morgan Miller, ’16, fell in love with the atmosphere.

“The campus was really beautiful,” Miller said. “It was very spacious and the buildings were outstanding. I also really liked the food they offered on campus. Everyone was very welcoming and nice.”

Andrew Moore, ’16, although a faithful USC fan, knows the price makes attending the school difficult.

“I grew up as a big fan of USC,” Moore said. “I thought the campus itself was awesome. However, the price makes attending the school unlikely for me. But I will still always be a fan of the university.”

The second college the group attended was Azusa Pacific University. The group was able to meet up with alumnus Elora Hargis, ’14, before touring the campus. APU was the first Christian campus the group visited.

The Christian atmosphere of Azusa Pacific, along with their gym, seemed important to Caleb Goodale, ’16.

“I liked how the school offered chapels and worship sessions,” Goodale said. “Also I wasn’t expecting their gym to be that big. It was probably one of the nicest gyms I’ve seen. However, I didn’t care for the fact that you were only allowed to miss 10 chapels.”

Junior Bailey Brogan did not like the way the campus was set up. He also did not care for the atmosphere the campus offered.

“I didn’t really like how the school was split up into a west campus and east campus. Although they offered a trolley ride, it still seemed inconvenient,” Brogan said. “Also, the west campus seemed sort of cramped. But we had just come from USC so Azusa didn’t really have a chance.”

My favorite part of the college trip would have to be going to Farrells for dinner. It was like walking into an old diner and definitely made you feel like you were taken back to a different time period. It was a great bonding time with my fellow classmates and we left there with many memories to share. –Junior Timothy Nyberg

That night, the group went to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant for dinner. Majority of the group agreed that dinner was the best part of the trip. Many of the students had participated in Kids Day earlier that morning and were running on their last bit of energy, which made the night that much more enjoyable.

After waiting an hour, the group was seated and the waitress, DeAnna, set the tone for the evening with her animated and sassy personality. The group decided to celebrate Brogan’s belated birthday, which included him going to “boot camp” once he finished his meal.

Timothy Nyberg, ’16, found the night very enjoyable and a dinner he would not soon forget.

“My favorite part of the college trip would have to be going to Farrells for dinner,” Nyberg said. “It was like walking into an old diner and definitely made you feel like you were taken back to a different time period. It was a great bonding time with my fellow classmates and we left there with many memories to share.”

The next morning, although tired, the group woke up bright and early to visit the next two universities. First on the list was the University of California Riverside.

Senior Justin Porter enjoyed the tour and learning about the school’s different research projects.

“I liked how the tour guide spoke about the research that their science program does,” Porter said. “I thought their study on the mantis shrimp and that spider with the golden silk was interesting. Also, the way they mapped the citrus DNA was pretty neat.”

The college trip is important because it allows students the opportunity to visit college campuses outside of our local area. For some students this is their first campus visit out of Fresno. I try to pick different types of schools so students are exposed to both large and small campuses, public and private. –Michelle Warkentin, academic advisor

While disappointed with one of the schools programs, Elise Winegarden, ’15, thought the campus was nice.

“I thought the campus was beautiful,” Winegarden said. “There were plenty of trees and open space outside. The orange trees smelled lovely too! However, their nursing program isn’t one of their stronger programs so this wasn’t the school for me.”

The final school the group visited was California Baptist University. There, they met up with alumnus Annalise Rosik who spoke about what she has enjoyed so far.

The first part of the campus that the group explored was the cafeteria, or the “caf”. CBU has the third best cafeteria in California and the students enjoyed its all-you-can-eat policy. Collin Winegarden, ’15, saw the “caf” as one of the schools best features.

“Obviously I loved the cafeteria and unlimited food!” Winegarden said. “The recreational center was pretty awesome too. I loved the variety of activities you could do there. But what I loved most was the campus itself. I thought it was the perfect size with plenty of trees.”

Although he enjoyed the cafeteria, Joshua Carter, ’16, feels like the university still needs to build a stronger reputation.

“As a school, CBU is great, however, it doesn?t have a reputation which is one of its problems,” Carter said. “It needs to build a stronger reputation and one way to do that is hiring better professors and create strength in its different fields. I think by doing that, they will be known as a great Christian college and just a great college in general.”

Academic advisor, Michelle Warkentin, has been in charge of the annual college trip since it first began. She sees it as beneficial for the students who take it and enjoys seeing the students experience college life.

“The college trip is important because it allows students the opportunity to visit college campuses outside of our local area,” Warkentin said. “For some students this is their first campus visit out of Fresno. I try to pick different types of schools so students are exposed to both large and small campuses, public and private.”

“In my opinion the best part of the trip was seeing students walk through the massive libraries, peek into the lecture halls, and eat lunch together on the campuses. It was neat to see them experiencing college campuses first hand and open their eyes to the possibilities of what lies ahead of them after high school.”

Overall, everyone who took the trip enjoyed it and felt it was worth its while. They will be taking the trip again next year for any juniors or seniors that are interested.

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This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_olivialoren_.

For more features, read the March 11 article, Heritage honors Music Department with Sweepstakes Award (PODCAST, SLIDESHOW).

By |2015-03-12T00:00:00+00:00March 12th, 2015|FC Events, Features, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Crunch time

Jason Swain | The Feather Online Archive

Join the FCS community for the 32nd annual auction, March 14. Students are encouraged to bring auction items by, March 13.

Crunch time is here, so bring your auction items by, March 13. The auction doors will open at 5:30 p.m., March 14. This is the 32nd annual auction. Popular items include new merchandise, gift certificates, hand crafted boutique items, all types of professional services, entertainment packages, vacation packages, recreational equipment and outing, collectibles, jewelry, electronic equipment, landscaping or gardening supplies, fancy desserts, and of course cash to help the cost of the event. For more info, visit Campus families gather to support 32nd FC Auction. For more photos, visit Softball away game and Civil rights photojournalist. Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

By |2015-03-11T00:00:00+00:00March 11th, 2015|FC Events, News, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Memorial garden

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Jon Raynes volunteers to landscape and build FC’s newest addition: the Pamela Powell Memorial Garden.

Jon Raynes has volunteered his time to landscape and build FC’s newest addition on campus: the Pamela Powell Memorial Garden.

“Pamela Powell was wonderful parent/volunteer at FCS,” says Superintendent Jeremy Brown. “Her passion for the mission and vision of FCS was lived out per her acts of love and service. She was a blessing to the community of FCS and to His Kingdom. The Pamela Powell Memorial Garden will be a place of beauty and remembrance to a woman who was known by her love of God’s people.”

As of yet, there is not a scheduled date of completion. Please return to The Feather for more updates.

For more photos, visit Softball away game and Crunch time.

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By |2015-03-11T00:00:00+00:00March 11th, 2015|FC Events, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership: 32nd annual FCS auction

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campus families gather, support 32nd FC Auction

Auction1Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

The 32nd annual FCS Auction as expected is sold out and a place where the school community gathers to raise funds and celebrate Christian education.

Every year, the FC family gathers at the annual auction to raise money for school expenses and events. On March 14, the campus will celebrate it’s 32nd school auction in the FC gymnasium.

In preparing for the auction, students and teachers can bring anything from concert tickets to gift certificates; desserts of all kinds will also be auctioned off. A competition for K-12 is already in motion, classes that bring in the most items will win donuts or a long lunch period.

Dean of Students Amy Deffenbacher will be attending the auction with her family in hopes of a great time and in support of the school.

“The auction is a great way for the whole school family to get involved,” Deffenbacher said. “Families bring in homemade desserts that sell really well. My children enjoy going because they like to look at all the awesome items for sale. I personally like to look for restaurant or spa certificates; not only does the event support the school, but it brings people together for a good cause. This is a great event as campus families gather and support the FC Auction.”

The event will be catered by Pardini’s and the dinner will consist of braised roast beef, scalloped potatoes and a mesclun walnut salad. Tickets cost $60, however, tables are sold out due to quick sales. The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 p.m., and the live auction begins at 7:30 p.m.

Superintendent Jeremy Brown, will be attending the auction, and emphasizes the importance of the event for our school and community.

“Its a great community event for students, alumni and staff to fellowship and shop for items,” Brown said. “On top of that parents, students and staffers will understand the vision of our school which is to train students to be difference makers. Through a good education and a heart for Christ, the generation of students at our school could change our community.”

My grandparents buy my family a table every year. It is a fun event to go to because you get to look at all the cool items that are for sale. I like to look for makeup or clothing items that are for sale. –Freshman Maicy Luginbill

Freshman Maicy Luginbill, will attend the auction this year with her family and friends.

“My grandparents buy my family a table every year,” Luginbill said. “It is a fun event to go to because you get to look at all the cool items that are for sale. I like to look for makeup or clothing items that are for sale.”

News reporter for KMPH, Erik Rosales, will be the emcee and will direct the auction. During the auction, there will be a short Music Man vignette by the drama and music department. The audience will also see a debut of the new FC website.

Sophomore Hannah Nale will go on behalf of student leadership. Along with her participation, her grandparents and family will also be attending.

“I am excited to go because this will be my first year attending,” Nale said. “I want our class to win prizes this year, so I am going to bring in items. My grandparents are bringing a homemade cake to sell so I hope that it will sell well.”

As each year comes the school hopes to achieve an even bigger number. Last year the auction raised a total of $110,107 from sales and cash gifts.

For more information on last year’s auction, visit the Auction 2015 page on the school’s website for a complete list of items brought.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @jennypenny8835.

For more news, read the March 9 article, BRIEF: Career Fair scheduled, March 11.

By |2015-03-10T00:00:00+00:00March 10th, 2015|FC Events, News, Uncategorized|2 Comments

BRIEF: Career Fair scheduled, March 11

Kylie Bell

Almond farmer John Nale is one of 12 speakers at this year’s Career Fair, March 11.

The FC Career Fair is a yearly event allowing students, especially juniors and seniors, to learn about a variety of different careers. This event has been continued for four years now, and is on March 11.

Lled by Academic Advisor Michelle Warkentin, the half day of instruction provides exposure for students to learn about careers that they may be interested in pursuing.

Warkentin, having started this event, encourages students to use this opportunity for their future well being.

“It is always nice for students to hear from professionals firsthand about the career they have chosen,” Warkentin said. “This allows students to understand what a real day looks like in their shoes and will hopefully expose them to both the good and bad aspects of the job so they understand what they are potentially getting into early on before it is too late.”

There are a number of speakers attending this event, they are as follows:

Session 1, 12:50-1:20:
Amanda Venegas-Reporter-ABC 30 (601/603)
Robyn Hill- Ultrasound Technician- CRMC (602/604)
Jeremy Brown- School Administrator-Fresno Christian Schools (606/608)
Danielle St. Marie/Dr. Walter Loscutoff- Engineering (621/623)

Session 2, 1:25-1:55:
Suzy Dodd- Project Manager, NASA (601/603)
Laura Sherfield-Nurse-Children’s Hospital (602/604)
Christie Edmondson- Speech Pathologist-Fresno Diagnostic Therapy (606/608)
David Fries- Detective, Vice and Intelligence Unit/Bomb Squad, Fresno Police Department (621/623)

Session 3, 2:00-2:30:
Jay Cobb – CEO, Business Owner-Hi-Tech Homes (601/603)
Dr. Todd Conlan-Veterinarian-Waterhouse Animal Hospital (602/604)
Dorothy Siqueiros-Occupational Therapist-CRMC (606/608)
Scott Belmont- Senior Gas Estimator (Engineering/Estimating)-PG&E (621/623)

A handful of students are attending, but even though the number is limited, most students think that the fair is beneficial. Nick Fontes, ’15, shares his opinions of the importance of career fair.

“No, I am not attending the career fair this year, and I haven’t before,” Fontes said. “But, I think it is very important to attend career fair because it is an opportunity to gauge your interests in various fields. This will hopefully help you find out what you want to do in the future.”

The week of March 9 bell schedule will go as follows:
Monday: Wednesday Schedule
Tuesday: Tuesday Schedule
Wednesday: Half Day Schedule, followed by career fair in the afternoon
Thursday: Thursday Schedule
Friday: Friday Schedule

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

For more news, read the March 4 article, BRIEF: Choir students to attend Heritage Festival, March 5-8.

By |2015-03-09T00:00:00+00:00March 9th, 2015|FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC Sports Center: March 6 – April 6

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Every three to four weeks, the FC athletic department will publish an FC Sports Center article to keep the Eagle community aware of upcoming sports events.

3/6 – 4/6/15 upcoming events

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

The spring sports have started. Come out and cheer on the spring sports teams as they begin their seasons.

The Fresno Christian 32nd auction is March 14 at 5:30 p.m., in the FC gym.

The Fresno Christian golf tournament will be April 27 at Copper River Golf Course. Contact Jon Penberthy for more information.

Be sure to read the This Week In Sports email that goes out weekly from the athletic office.

You can find the high school baseball schedule here.

You can find the high school softball schedule here.

You can find the high school golf schedule here.

You can find the high school boys tennis schedule here.

You can find the high school track and field schedule here.

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

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Jon Penberthy
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Michelle Morse
[email protected]
559.299.1695, ext. 123

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

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

Upcoming FCS Sports Events:

3/7 HS baseball vs Stoneridge HS 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.

3/10 HS boys tennis vs Dos Palos 4 p.m. at FC tennis courts
3/11 HS softball at Sierra HS 3:30 p.m.
3/12 HS boys tennis vs Fowler HS 4 p.m. FC tennis courts
3/13 HS softball at Kings Christian HS 3:30 p.m.
3/14 32nd Fresno Christian Auction at 5:30 p.m. in the FC gym

3/16 HS softball at Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.
3/17 HS baseball at Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.
3/17 HS boys tennis vs Riverdale HS 4 p.m. FC tennis courts
3/17 HS golf vs SJMHS at Riverside Golf Course at 3 p.m.
3/18 FCHS Econ Fair in Ground Zero quad
3/19 HS softball vs Orange Cove HS at 3:30 pm varsity softball field
3/19 HS boys tennis at Firebaugh HS at 4 p.m.
3/20 HS golf at River Island at CVC Tournament 10 a.m.
3/21 HS baseball at Coast Union HS 11 a.m.
3/21 HS boys tennis at Coast Union HS 11 a.m.
3/21 HS track at Kingsburg HS 10 a.m.

3/23 HS softball vs Firebaugh HS 3:30 p.m. varsity softball
3/24 HS golf at Riverside vs Kingsburg HS at 3 p.m.
3/24 HS baseball at Firebaugh HS at 3:30 p.m.
3/24 HS boys tennis vs Coalinga HS @ 4 pm FC tennis courts
3/25 HS Track at Fowler HS vs WSL Schools at 4 p.m.
3/26 HS softball vs Alpaugh HS 3:30 p.m. varsity softball field
3/26 HS boys tennis vs Caruthers HS at 4 p.m. FC tennis courts
3/26 HS baseball at Parlier HS at 4 p.m.
4/6 HS softball at Caruthers at 4 pm

JV = Junior varsity
Var = Varsity

Fresno Christian

 

By |2015-03-09T00:00:00+00:00March 9th, 2015|Announcements, FC Events, Spring, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Campus clubs sell Kids Day papers (VIDEO)

Editor’s Note: Check back later for more updates or via Twitter: @thefeather.

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The Feather staff joined the leadership class to sell Fresno Bee Kids Day papers to benefit Children’s Hospital, March 3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more videos, check out #SJW2015: Importance of Scholastic Journalism (Video).

Student leadership: 32nd annual FCS auction is March 14

IMG_0357Jason Swain | The Feather Online Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social media promotes scholastic journalism awareness (STORIFY)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By |2015-03-02T00:00:00+00:00March 2nd, 2015|Announcements, FC Arts, FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Serve day unites student body, spreads joy (VIDEO)

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The second school-wide Serve Day rallies the whole campus to volunteer in multiple places across the city including painting over graffiti near railroad tracks, Feb. 19.

The second annual school-wide serve day took place, Feb. 19. Students signed up for their location of choice earlier in the week during chapel and prayed to leave a positive impact on the community.

The different service sites include: the Community Food Bank, Poverello House, park clean up, Neighborhood Thrift, two graffiti clean up sites, connecting with students at Kepler Elementary School and a yard work group.

The students were assigned their chaperones and buses after a rally like chapel and were encouraged to serve with a joyful heart and spread the love of Christ.

Leadership advisor Vickey Belmont gives insight into the second annual FC serve day.

“After last years first serve day and it being pretty successful, we were already planning on continuing the service,” Belmont said. “We work some of the kinks our from last year and improved in some areas. I think that this year was a great success and I am looking forward to the many more serve days to come.”

Freshman Erin Wilson found serve day to be much more rewarding than she had originally thought.

“I was expecting it to be a lot less fun than it actually was, I thought it was going to be boring but I had a really great time helping out at the Neighborhood Thrift Store,” Wilson said. “I think we were a big help to them we hung up two giant boxes of clothes and I’m really glad the school put this day on.”

Sophomore Julian Castro helped clean up an elderly man’s yard with his friends and enjoyed shining the light of Christ to him and others.

“We mowed his lawn, picked up piles of leaves, and picked up logs and branches from his property. To be honest I had a really great time, even though im not one to enjoy yardwork I found myself workng hard and having fun,” Castro said. “I do feel like we made an impact on his life because it makes him feel better when he looks out his window and sees a freshly cleaned yard. I think it’s the least we could do for him.

Junior Maddie Luginbill was in the graffiti clean up group and found that serving with friends makes the ward work fun and worth it.

“Last year I was at the food bank and this year I was with a lot of my friends and I was more interested in painting than I was about bagging food so I was more excited to help out this year,” Luginbill said. “The chaperone told us that by this time next week all the graffiti would be back up and it made me sad that people don’t respect the community but we poured ourselves into our work and it was worth it.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueiros.

For more features, read the Feb. 24 article, Speaker educates on body language, power of communication.

BRIEF: Teachers serve at McDonalds, Feb. 26

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Families are encouraged to share this brief, Twitter and Instagram feeds as campus teachers serve at McDonalds, Feb. 26. Monies raised will go to FCS.

FC is always searching for ways to get it’s campus involved in the community. For example, students recently stepped outside of their usual school district to the outside parts of Fresno for FC Serve Day, Feb. 26. Campus teachers also take their turn to get involved with McTeacher’s night.

Campus teachers and faculty will be serving up Happy Meals and taking orders at McDonald’s on Cedar and Herndon, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. During those hours, 20% of all money earned will go towards FC – even without a flyer.

In previous years, this event has raised over $800 for the campus. Of course, the staff hopes to outdo this record, but this will require as much student help as possible! Faculty urges and encourages all students, friends, family, etc. to show up and spend a little.

Donn Rojeski is looking forward to his first time participating in a fundraiser for a cause he respects.

“I have never participated in a fundraiser like this before, so I’m not sure what to expect,” Rojeski said. “I am looking forward to see students and meet their parents, plus its a fun activity to give back to the school.”

Teachers will be switching out every 45 minutes. So far, teachers that have signed up will be serving as follows:

4:30-5:15– Denise Tally, Kathy Pierce, Jonathan Broersma, Karen Walters, Daniel Miranda

5:00-5:45– Michelle Devereaux, Amy Witters, Tamara Hill, Tami Grimmius, Lisa Raynes

5:30-6:15– Michelle Devereaux, Kristin Nolte, Amy Deffenbacher, Kori Friesen, Janet Vander Kooi

6:30-7:15– Donn Rojeski

Families are encouraged to share this brief, Twitter and Instagram feeds as campus teachers serve at McDonalds, Feb. 26.

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

For more news, read the Feb. 24 article, BREAKING: Feather receives NSPA All-American rating.

By |2015-02-26T00:00:00+00:00February 26th, 2015|FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Leadership urges campus to purchase NOTS tickets

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.

IMG_9202rJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LETTER: Respecting unique characteristics

In response to “COLUMN: Why every student should go to NOTS:”

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When someone decides not go to NOTS, other students need to consider respecting unique characteristics of student choice.

Dear Editor,

I want to start off by acknowledging the awesomeness of Grossman’s article! It was well written and engaging! Keep up the wonderful work.

Night of the Stars is entertaining; I’ve gone twice. As you’ve made known in your piece, students should consider attending the formal. Our opinions may differ a bit, though, because I believe going only once may be totally sufficient.

Let me explain.

Some people, myself included, are not super interested in social school events. It’s not a defect; it’s not a horribly debilitating illness. It’s a personality thing. In loud and crowded social situations, I often feel a listless pensiveness. In the eye of the tornado, my head becomes foggy in a strangely clear way. Perhaps most people don’t undergo this reaction, but it’s probably safe to say that not everyone absolutely loves large social gatherings.

So, why is there a push to be different? Trying new things is important, of course, but it’s maybe equally valuable to know oneself. N.O.T.S. is wonderful, but significance is exaggerated. A Fresno Christian student’s life doesn’t hinge on going to N.O.T.S. or not.

High school seems to prefer a particular student: gregarious, involved, and extroverted. But, not everyone fits into this category. I used to feel lost-as if I had to be someone else. Everyone is unique, and no one truly fits inside a box.

I don’t disagree that going to N.O.T.S. should be encouraged. But, too much ‘should-ing’ has the potential to stir anxiety and self-doubt. Just make sure we are respecting unique characteristics of the attendees.

Great article! It was fun to read!

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For more Letters, read the Feb. 23 article, LETTER: Be God’s hands and feet.

By |2015-02-24T00:00:00+00:00February 24th, 2015|FC Events, Letter to Editor, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Local eatery hosts school fundraiser (VIDEO)

Applebee’s provides opportunity for school

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Applebee’s school sports wall, with Fresno Christian teams from over the years.

Students, teachers, families and community supporters alike dined at the Applebee’s on the corner of Cedar and Herndon, Jan. 15, 2015, to support FC. Applebee’s donated 15% of their revenue that evening when diners showed their waiter the fundraiser flier.

Dean of Students Amy Deffenbacher explained how the event benefited both the school and the restaurant.

“I love fundraising events, like the Applebee’s one for several different reasons. It takes something that all of us do (eat dinner) and turns it into an opportunity to give back to the school,” Deffenbacher said. “Second, it gets our school out into the community and helps form partnerships with our neighboring businesses. In this case, got a former FC student Jessica Radtke (’02), a current Applebee’s employee who helped coordinate the event, a reason to reconnect with Fresno Christian.”

The restaurant boasted decorations such as balloons in school colors and a raffle table in the back with stuffed eagles and decorations. The raffle offered a chance to win spirit wear for those who entered the drawing. Fierce the Eagle, cherished FC mascot, even made an appearance to greet families.

Jenny King, ’17, did not attend the fundraiser, but expressed her admiration for the event.

“It’s pretty cool; the location was prime because it’s a nearby restaurant. You don’t see too many restaurants supporting schools, especially bigger chains like Applebee’s,” King said. “I was kind of surprised that they were a big part of supporting us the first time I went there.”

The support from the Applebee’s location goes beyond just this year; they have actively supported the school in past years and hang FC memorabilia photos along the walls.

The Feather would like to formally thank Applebee’s for the opportunity to raise money for the school.

Check back later for how much money the fundraiser raised.

FCS Applebee’s Fundraiser 2015 from The Feather Online on Vimeo.

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

For more features, read Jan. 22 article, Publications enrich audience through social media.

By |2015-01-26T00:00:00+00:00January 26th, 2015|FC Events, Features, Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

Student Leadership: Applies for Director of events

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student Leadership: Begins interviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BRIEF: Applebee’s fundraiser set, Jan. 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student Leadership: Prepares for winter formal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student leadership: Overview of Dec. 8-12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When we come back:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student leadership: Christmas is here

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BRIEF: Fresno churches host Christmas concerts

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As we come ever close to Christmas time, concerts and events are becoming ever more prevalent. Fresno in particular holds several events which are a must attend opportunity to the citizens of this community.

The main event following Thanksgiving is called the Messiah Sing-Along. It was started by Sam Barkman 38 years ago who directed it for 20 years, where upon his retirement the new worship leader of The First Presbyterian Church, Dr. Julie Carter took his place. It is currently in its 38th annual event and is looked forward to by hundreds, the average attendance is between 600-700.

Director Julie Carter, has been directing this event for the past 18 years and every year she looks forward to directing and putting the event together.

“I love directing the orchestra because they are all professionals,” Carter said. “Along with the orchestra, our church is oblong, which creates a delay, making it quite a difficult task to keep everyone together. Unlike most performances of the Messiah, anyone in the community has the chance be apart of it. Along with just singing parts of it, the audience also has the chance to sing the solo’s. This is unheard of because of the level of difficulty which the piece is.”

The event is free yet the event planners request for people to bring canned goods for the needy. Gottschalks Music Store in Clovis sells Messiah scores at the door for $10 and following the sing-along is an event called soup-along. It is put on by the church worship ministry team and a small donation is collected at the door.

The event begins at 3 p.m., yet for good seating, it is advised to arrive an hour early. Along with the Messiah, Fresno is holding a multitude of events, each with a similar rich history. The Feather hopes that the students and readers will attend the Messiah or one of the following Christmas concerts.

Nov. 30: Messiah Sing-along, 3 p.m. First Presbyterian church
Dec. 5: Women?s and Men?s Choir from Fresno Pacific University present their concert at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Mennonite Church. Call the FPU Music dept. for more info.
Dec. 6: Fresno Philharmonic Christmas Concert.
Dec. 6: San Joaquin Chorale and Fresno Pacific Concert Choir present a Christmas concert at the Shagoian Hall, 7:30pm.
Dec. 8: Fresno Christian JH/HS program, 8 p.m.
Dec. 14: Bach Children?s Choirs Christmas Concert at First Presbyterian Church, performances at 4 and 6 p.m.
Dec. 13: Earl Meyer?s Christmas concert.
Dec. 24: First Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve services: 4 p.m. Children?s service, 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. choir, orchestra, message.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

For more news, read the Nov. 24 article, Fall sports athletes awarded at sports banquet.

By |2014-11-24T00:00:00+00:00November 24th, 2014|Community Events, FC Events, Music, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COLUMN: Winter school spirit opportunities

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Senior Christopher Grossman share Winter school spirit ideas to get involved during the winter season.

So, we have made it through the first few months of school; there’s only a couple weeks left. Now what?

Well, we’ve already passed Homecoming, fall sports are over, and holidays advocating “family time” are upon us. So how are we to stay involved in school? Well, Student Leadership has your back. There are a few different ways to get involved before we all buy new calendars. New winter school spirit opportunities to get involved are lining up.

The first is the annual Fall Festivus, to be held Nov. 25. Tickets are only $15, and can be bought in the High School office. Just as last year, dinner will be served, and we’ll be watching a movie outside. That being said, make sure to bring your own blanket! There will be fire pits, complete with “s’more stations” to accommodate all of your marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker needs.

This is sure to be a chill, relaxing night with your friends and a great way to meet and socialize with other students. It will be from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., and if you have any other questions, be sure to ask myself, or any other member of the Student Leadership team.

An ongoing event that will be ending December 9 is the Canned Food Drive that we participate in every year. Students are encouraged to bring canned food for families in need in the Pinedale area. Each class will have their donations recorded, and whichever class brings the most will be rewarded before the semester comes to a close.

A new event that is starting up this year is the Christmas Tree Lane Walk, where all students are invited to meet at Fig Garden to walk Christmas Tree Lane, Dec. 10. Student Leadership would love to see you participate in a Ugly Christmas Sweater competition, and the student with the ugliest sweater will win a free Starbucks drink.

After meeting to hold the contest and take a few pictures as a group, students are free to break off and walk the lane with friends.

While this is all going on, be sure to be preparing for your NOTS movie, as filming and editing always take longer than expected. Classes should be deciding on what movies they will be recording during advisory periods, and script writing should be wrapped up by Christmas break.

All this aside, involvement starts with you. Student leadership would love to see every student be a part of some sort of school event, and if you have any questions or comments, my door is always open.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @Chris_Grossman.

For more opinions, read the Nov. 20 article, College Corner: Financial Aid. For more ASB columns, read the Oct. 27 article, COLUMN: Be a spirited participant at homecoming.

By |2014-11-24T00:00:00+00:00November 24th, 2014|Column, Community Events, FC Events, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Student Leadership: Yes we can

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campus students also celebrate National Kindness Day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FC Underground 2014-15, No. 18 (VIDEO)

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

This is the 18th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Nov. 10-14, 2014. Senior Callista Fries is a third year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

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

The fundraiser at Chipotle is Nov. 10 from 5-9 p.m.

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

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

Operation Christmas Child boxes are due Wed. morning at 7:30 a.m.

There is a playoff Volleyball game, at home starting at 6:30 p.m. Students will cost $4 and Non-Students are $6.

The Championship Football game is at Kings Christian this Fri. Nov. 14, starting at 7 p.m.

Together we Can is also undergo, bring canned food to the HS office.

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

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

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

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

By |2014-11-12T00:00:00+00:00November 12th, 2014|Announcements, FC Events, News, Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Student leadership: Prepares fall festivities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FC Underground 2014-15, No. 17 (VIDEO)

Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 3.02.43 PMJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

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

This is the 17th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Nov. 3-7, 2014. Senior Callista Fries is a third year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

Lunch Schedule:
Mon: No Lunch
Tues: No Lunch
Wed: Cheesy Breadsticks
Thurs: Taco Bell
Fri: Pacifica Pizza

Sports for the week:

Tuesday there is a Volleyball game in Parlier, JV plays 5 and Varsity plays at 6 p.m.
Thursday, there is another Volleyball game at Riverdale JV plays at 5 and Varsity plays at 6.
Friday is a home Football game, it is also Senior Night, kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.

Starting this week, The Feather Online and student leadership are helping refocus student attention to outward examples of serving and giving. Over the next couple of weeks, there are opportunities to give on campus towards helping others.

Operation Christmas Child is starting up again, pick up at box in room 608, and they are due, Nov. 12.

Together we Can is also undergo, bring canned food to the HS office.

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

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

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

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

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

FC's 30th homecoming rally (VIDEO)

30thRallyJarrod Markarian

Student leadership organized the rally to celebrate the campus’ 30th homecoming week with a rally and festivities and pump the campus up, Oct. 31.

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

From ‘Merica Monday to Fly together Friday, throughout the entire week of homecoming, students participated in dress up days, to show their spirit, including FC’s 30th homecoming rally. Being Fly together Friday students and faculty dressed in spirit attire and FC colors during the rally.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more videos, watch FC Underground 2014-15, No. 15 (VIDEO) and/or visit The Feather Online’s

By |2014-11-03T00:00:00+00:00November 3rd, 2014|Fall, FC Events, Features, Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

FC Underground 2014-15, No. 16 (VIDEO)

CallistaJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

This is the 16th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the last day of homecoming week, Oct. 31, 2014.

This is the 16th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the last day of homecoming week, Oct. 31, 2014. Senior Callista Fries is a third year host and broadcasts the video news alone. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

The dress up day for Fri. Oct. 31 is Fly Together Friday.

Lunch on Friday is Pacifica Pizza for $6.

There is a rally on Fri. Oct. 31, where the Color Guard and the Cheer Team will be performing.

On Fri. Oct. 31 is Homecoming the game starts at 7 p.m. The homecoming festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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

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

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

By |2014-10-31T00:00:00+00:00October 31st, 2014|Announcements, FC Events, News, Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Queens got talent, sashay down the runway (VIDEO)

QueenPageantFeather screenshot

With homecoming only two more days away, students celebrated the annual Queen Pageant, Oct. 29, to get to know the homecoming court queen nominees.

30th FC homecoming week continues with Queen Pageant

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

Many students get excited for the occasion and the mounting hype around homecoming, while others remained indifferent. Wyatt Koop, ’18, shared his thoughts and expectations for the pageant.

“I don’t really have any expectations for the queen pageant,” Koop said. “I really couldn’t care less because I’m not going to homecoming and as to who the princesses are, is irrelevant to me. It’s just not something to do attend that would be worth any of my time.”

Others students remained positive however. Alena Orth, ’17, shared her enthusiasm and wishes for the event.

“I expect to see a lot of fun in the Queen pageant and everybody getting super excited and thrilled,” Orth said. “I think that we had a good choice of the queens this year and I hope that the whole process runs smoothly and that everyone has a good time. These Queens got talent.”

The pageant opened with the queen candidates all lined up on stage. Elise Winegarden, Mikayla Miller, Gaby Siqueiros, Callista Fries and Ivette Ibarra each walked down the catwalk, introduced by the king candidates. Each king picked out a crazy outfit for one of the queens. The clothes varied from basketball shorts and soccer jerseys to banana costumes and plastic leis.

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

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

For more videos, check out Get to know: The Queen Pageant of 2014 (VIDEO) and visit The Feather Online on Vimeo.

By |2014-10-30T00:00:00+00:00October 30th, 2014|FC Events, Features, Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments