Breakaway will begin Monday at Peoples Church; volunteers from different parts of the city will work together to serve and help places and people in and around the Fresno/Clovis area.
This annual fancy evening will take place at Wolf Lakes, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m. We would like to build some excitement for NOTS at Wolf Lakes and would love to see all your posts about this years NOTS on Instagram and Twitter, please use the hashtag #FCNOTS2015.
Tatham was raised in Peoples Church and came to FC in fifth grade. Through out middle school and high school she switched between FCS and public. She went from having fun on Fridays with one group of friends and then going to church on Sunday to with a different group. Tatham was using meth so much that it was the only thing she thought of. She wanted to believe in Jesus, it just never clicked.
At the beginning of senior year of HS she had to go to rehab in Arizona for three months. Church to her was an obligation. Tatham found herself consumed with taking pain pills. Later she became pregnant from her ex husband. After having her baby boy, she soon then broke her tail bone and fell back into taking pain pills. It lasted for 7 years and then she started shooting up heroin.
Tatham then got a fellony DUI and went to jail. Heroin had deteriorated her body; She went through 7 different rehabs. Tatham wanted to stop but was unable to; she continued hopping from one drug to another.
Through her addiction, Tatham had become completely broken. She started to hallucinate because she was so far into drugs.
Tatham prayed to God to just fix her. God’s grace is what made her better. Trough Teen Challenge she came to know God. Now she feels free, she isn’t bound to drugs anymore, through God, she is free. The first step to stop or heal anything is Jesus. He will take you all you have to do is come to Him.
This is the third consecutive CSPA Gold Crown and seventh time since 2008 that The Feather has earned a Crown from CSPA. Over 2,690 students attended the convention in New York City, representing 299 schools within 34 states. Some schools even represented neighboring nations, such as Mexico and Canada.
Even though the current Feather website was good enough to win a Gold Crown this year, change is coming. Publications adviser Greg Stobbe and The Feather staff have come together to support a new modern design that will be unveiled before next school year. Possibly even before the end of June.
The Feather website will be updated on a WordPress style site, in hopes of making the paper more competitive at the national level. This is the second year that the paper has not qualified for an NSPA Pacemaker, in part due to the outdated site and lack of digital media. The new design will provide a more streamlined access to school news and innovative media for the FC community. However, this is the fifth time the Feather has won a Gold Crown since its first in 2009.
The 2014-2015 run for The Feather is coming to an end, and along with it the end of many journalism careers. Students that have made the paper stronger by using their skills of interviewing, podcasting, writing articles or making videos will be out in the real world. Their skills will be missed by The Feather and new editors are beginning to learn what will be needed to produce a successful publication.
In Katie Reneau’s 6th period class, they practiced on how to make items to scale, March 26.
Reneau taught her students how to make things to size scaling using mathematics. For example the students would use a normal sized cracker box and create a new box triple the size.
Photo adviser Kori Friesen talks to students about the upcoming AP history classes that will be offered next school year.
AP US history and AP European classes will be offered to high school students next school year. Friesen talked about the reality and hardships of AP classes.
Students and faculty have been awaiting Weimer’s return and are grateful that he back and ready to teach his students. If you see him on campus, join The Feather a give a “welcome back Matt Weimer.”
Plan on attending sports game tomorrow. The boys tennis team is undefeated and are looking to keep the streak alive; they play Caruthers again, March 26.
The baseball team is 9-2 overall; WSL league play has yet to start for baseball. The baseball team goes to Parlier for a non conference, March 26.
The softball team plays Alpaugh on the FC field, March 26.
Superintendent Jeremy Brown spoke to an FCS Spring Town Hall, as parents came to listen about various issues and how the school will react, March 23.
Some of the topics he talked about were: how the school will react to Common Core, upcoming events, the Auction and many more. There was over 50 parents in attendance.
The elementary yearbook’s deadline has passed and the entire book has been turned in, March 24.
Secretary, Brenda Warkentin and her class can now take a day of relaxation. Warkentine and her small class play computer games and enjoying the newly released pressure of the yearbook deadline.
Jordan Castro, ’15, talked about school and ate chicken nuggets with his “little brother” Suky Cheema, ’19.
The campus Brother to Brother program got the chance to enjoy an off campus lunch, March 24. This is a time for high schoolers to mentor junior high students on growing up as a teenage boy while eating fast food.
For the first two and a half hours of school, freshman through juniors had to take their SAT-10 testing, March 24.
Seniors got a nice break from the early morning rush and got to come to school at 10:30 a.m.
Since arriving in New York, the staff have awaited this moment with nausea. Hoping that they could once again grab the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Digital Gold Crown at the 91st annual convention and continue the winning streak. The team began the day with hope in their eyes.
Just like every other day, the team straggled into the lobby where the students met and then left to their various destination. Today their trip to Columbia University and find out their fate. Editors-in-Chiefs Sara Peterson and Chloe Mueller led a class early in the morning, while the rest of team like previous days attended the other various lectures by prominent figures within the journalistic society.
After the first class, the team decided to rest and work on the ever needy Feather. Students took this opportunity to rest in the lounges around the college. Finally the moment arrived, the editors filed into the auditorium where their fate rested.
Because of the over 2,600 students and 299 schools in attendance, the names of the winners were rattled off in an alphabetical order. The team waited with faces tense and eyes glued to the screen, their time came and went, the Feather had not been called, all the editors turned in shock and confusion.
However, God has a since of humor known only to himself. The association misplaced The Feather in the line-up, and ten minutes later were called to the front of the auditorium.
The team headed outside to find snow piling upon itself, increasing the joy of their seven-month accomplishment. The entirely new team had pulled it off; they won a Gold Crown, proving that anybody with a heart can make it to the top. After taking numerous photos out in the snow of this terrific event for the school and the program, the team headed back for some rest.
After making it back to the hotel, students split off and took a rest in preparation for a celebratory dinner, all fees paid for. Joyful and excited, the team rested and headed off to dinner. The last day touring New York was over and their time to leave had come. For a final time, students will once again rise early, but this time to head back home.
This writer can be reached via Twitter: @Josh_Carter.
For more news, read the March 19 article, FC hits NY: Day 4 (SLIDESHOW).
The Feather was awarded a Digital Gold Crown at the 91st annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) journalism convention at Columbia University in NYC!
This is The Feather Online’s 3rd Gold Crown in a row and 5th CSPA Gold Crown since 2008. The Feather also has earned two Silver Crowns.
Here is the link to the winners. We competed for a Digital Crown and only one other California school won the same award. Other California schools won Gold in the hybrid category.
Junior higher’s Emily Tally, left to right, Annabelle Messer and Seth Whigan pose with their Sugar Babies, March 23.
The junior high science class has to carry their Sugar Babies all week, March 23- 27. The “parents” will have to listen to the high school CPA officers, the CPA officers can write citations, they can be written up for murder, manslaughter, child abuse, child neglect, harassment and disturbing the peace. If the parent receives a citation, they will have to appear in baby court to decide their punishment.
The tennis and baseball team are headed to Cambria to play Coast Union, March 21. The baseball team has a doubleheader and the tennis team has a match. They will leave at 6:30 a.m. in the FC parking lot.
The Rock and Worship Roadshow 2015 is coming to the Save Mart Center start; doors open am 6 p.m., March 20.
The show features MercyMe, Crowder, Matt Maher, Jamie Grace, Tedashii, Group 1 Crew, guest speaker Shaun Groves, and introducing I Am They and Jon Guerra. Make plans to come out to Christian music’s most entertaining tour with the whole family.
Warm clothes were strongly suggested and the group departed from the hotel at 9:30 a.m to take the subway as FC hits NY and visit the 9/11 Memorial.
The 9-11 Memorial has been in the stages of construction since 2007 and is still being added to. The highlight of the site was the museum dedicated to honoring those who lost their lives and their loved ones.
After the memorial, the editors made their way down Wall Street and popped in to the Trinity Church. Following the cathedral the group made their way to Battery Park where they watched street dancers perform and viewed the Statue of Liberty from afar.
The group met up at 7:45 p.m. to make their way to the 8 p.m. Broadway showing of An American in Paris and ate a late dinner at TGI Fridays.
First timer in New York City, Trevor Beal, shares his impressions of the city along with his favorite aspects of the trip.
“This is my first time ever being in NYC,” Beal said, “I have been to other big cities before but none compare to NYC, Grand Central Station and Wall Street have been my favorite parts of the trip so far, along with the Phantom of the Opera play and 911 Memorial Museum.”
Chloe Mueller, Editor-in-Chief, says she will enjoy giving a session at the 91st CSPA Journalism Convention at Columbia University.
“This year gave me a new look on the trip because we are teaching sessions at Columbia University,” Mueller said. “But the sightseeing is still fun. I loved the 9/11 Memorial.”
This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueros.
For more news, read the March 18 article, FC hits NY: Day 2 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO).
Did you know that everyday over 500 cars come through our campus? Principal, Amy Deffenbacher has recently sent an email home explaining her concerns about parking lot safety. Please make sure you are abiding by the traffic patterns on campus and driving in a cautious and courteous manner. For more photos, visit Hotel Edison and Unified Team.
P.E. teacher and coach, Jonathan Penberthy shares his testimony in chapel; and its significance to Jonah chapter 1, March 19. In Jonah chapter 1 God sends a big fish to swallow Jonah and he was in the belly for three days and three nights. During this time Jonah repents, he is forgiven and is spit out of the fish to then follow as God had asked him to do. Penberthy shares forgiveness with students that no matter how bad you mess up when God or someone else is there to forgive you they are the people who care for you the most and love you. For more photos, visit Hotel Edison and Unified Team.
The sophomore class works on their interpretation of the movie Kicking and Screaming for NOTS. The different class movies will be shown at Night of the Stars, March 28. Tickets are still available for purchase in the office for $60. For more photos, visit Hotel Edison and Econ fair today. Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.
The economics class has been working on creating their own mini business to show off at the Econ Fair in the FC gym, March 18. The whole point of the Econ Fair is to teach students about budgeting, promoting a new idea and following through on their plan. For more photos, visit Worship time and Dodgeball Tourney. Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.
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.
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.
Accidental twinning today: Kylie Bell, ’16, left, and Hannah Nale, ’17, accidentally showed up to school in almost identical outfits, March 16. With matching California love shirts, designer jeans, and sandals from the besides their hair you couldn’t tell them apart. For more photos, visit Worship time and Dodgeball tourney. Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather and Instagram @thefeatheronline.
Recently, one of our alumni was in an horrific car accident. Emily Krieghoff, ’09, was rushed to Community Hospital where if it wasn’t for the grace of God, the surgeons hands, and pints of blood she would not have survived. The Emily Krieghoff Blood Drive will be held in the FC parking lot from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., March 20.
The blood will go to the Central California Blood Center, then will be distributed to hospitals around the Fresno area.
Dr. Phillip Hinton led Rob Foshee’s Christian Living class in a mock trial that battled for the soul of atheist, March 16.
Students had the oppurtunity to play roles like the Archangel Michael, Lucifer, and misled normal people in these trials of faith.
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.
The auction is rapidly approaching us and we are still in need of items to auction off, March 14.
The Duck Dynasty bobble heads and duck calls will be up for silent auction. Many gift baskets and desserts will be at the auction also.
Ashely Garcia, ’15, prepares to catch the ball to strike out the batter. All FC sports have away games, March 13. HS softball and baseball is at Kings Christian High School, 3:30 p.m. and HS track is at Coalinga High School, 2 p.m. For more photos, visit Auction time and International Drone Day.
Students from all different classes, work together in preparation for the upcoming FCS auction, March 13.
Student and parent volunteers are working on the final touches for the auction. We hope to see some of you there tomorrow night at 5:30 pm.
The first stage, of the new and updated Fresno Christian website will be available soon. The new website showcases the rebranding that has been in the works since the beginning of Fall.
The auction will mark the launch of the new website. iPads will be on the tables at the auction displaying the website for all to see, March 14.
Andrei Sava spoke during chapel on his life in Romania, March 12.
Sava is the Director of 5th- 8th Grade Ministries at Trinity Community Church. Before moving to the United States he lived in Romania, while living there he was introduced to the Eastern Orthodox Church. He explained that it is different from Christianity. They do not have the same goals in mind and they do not believe Jesus is the way to get to heaven.
Siqueiros showed students some of her tools she uses to help injured people do daily activities such as put on socks or change television stations.
For other picture about Career Day, check out the Feather’s Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Callista Fries, ’15, left, talks to Reporter, Amanda Venegas about her career in journalism during the meet and greet at the the end of the career day, March 11.
Students were given the opportunity to talk to twelve different professionals asking them questions about their careers and how they got where they are.
For other picture about Career Day, check out the Feather’s Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Elementary students ooh and aah watching Jarrod Markarian, ’17 prepare to fly his DJI Phantom 2 drone overhead, March 12.
International Drone Day is March 14, the goal of drone day is to educate the public on drone safety and the correct use of a drone as a civilian.
For more info, visit What is International Drone Day?
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.