COMMENTARY: Heritage Music Festival 2015, my experience (Video)

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Sophomore Jarred Coppola shares his experiences at the Worldstrides Heritage Festival, including a Disneyland day, March 5-8.

Fresno Christian awarded the overall Sweepstakes award, while jazz band, ladies ensemble win Gold

The Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival, a yearly event that choir and band students can attend, was certainly a blast, March 5-8. The experience I had in participating in this trip is beyond any other trip I have been on here at FC.

The first day that we left for heritage, I didn’t know what to expect. I was a bit frightened that I wouldn’t be included in much, this being because I was one of the youngest high schoolers there. We boarded the bus, and the second I got on, I could feel the excitement in the air. People were jump up and down in their seats, talking non-stop; it seemed like I was in for a great time.

I thought that the bus ride would be extremely long, but it proved to be pretty short and fun. I was able to hang out with friends, eat snacks, and overall just have some fun time to sit back and relax. Really enjoyed spending time with my friends throughout this trip, and I feel like I had a lot of time to get to know them all better.

As we neared Medieval Times, traffic started to get really bad, so we weren’t able to drop our stuff off at the hotel. This probably the only backfire of the bus ride, and it wasn’t a big deal at all either. Once we arrived at Medieval Times, we walked in the doors and got our crowns, bearing the color of our knight. We then took a picture all together, and went in the building. Inside there was a bar, some shops, and horse stables. The horses there were beautiful, pure breed Spanish horses. It was pretty cool to see them up close before watching do spectacular things in the show. After we looked around a bit, the “Prince” came out and told us the rules, and led us to our seats. We sat down, and were automatically greeted by our server. He was a really kind man, I wish I had brought my wallet to tip him! Anyways, the server brought out drinks for us, and the show began.

First, there was the introduction of the knights and the horses. Next, there was a conversation in the royal family. They announced the special guests, which included people on their Honey Moon, people celebrating their birthday and schools/ other groups. The “Queen” asked that the feast begin, and we were brought a huge chunk of chicken. The smell in the air was spectacular, it had everyone’s mouths watering! We started to eat, as the knights started to hold the tournament.

When the announcer announced the Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival 2015 winner to be the Fresno Christian concert choir, we all stood up, the cast of characters came out, confetti spit out, lights flashed, and we were going crazy! Leslie Banister and Susan Ainley went up onto the stage and claimed the huge trophy. Banister was crying tears of joy! –Freshman Jarrod Coppola

First things first, the knights used spears to try to aim at a target. After that, they had a round where the knights tried to hook a ring around a stick while riding a horse at high speed. Next, the knights had a jousting tournament, and fought another night to the death until there was only one left. Our knight, the blue knight actually won! It was really exciting to see the battles. Sparks flew when the swords would clash, there were also maces, axes and slings! By the end of the night, we were pretty tired. My group and I relaxed and watched some TV when we reached the hotel, we also ate some snacks. Then we went to bed, with great anticipation for the fun of the coming day.

The next day we woke up and got dressed, and immediately went out of our hotel. We got breakfast and boarded the bus to Disneyland! Everyone was so excited. We couldn’t wait to spend a day at such a fun place! After we arrived, my friends and I were practically skipping in pure joy as we entered the park. The familiar smells of churros, popcorn and many other tasty snacks returned to our senses. We all immediately went on a ride, which was the Radiator Springs Racers, in the new Cars Land ride. We had such a fun time! The line wasn’t too long either considering that it wasn’t a weekend day.

As the day passed by we went on many rides and continued to live a day in the “happiest place on earth.” As we walked through the park, we saw many familiar characters, such as Donald, Goofy, Mickey, Minnie and even some other characters, like the Evil Queen from Snow White. I actually ended up taking a picture with the Evil Queen, too! I have to say, I don’t ever remember the cast members at Disneyland that played characters acting so well! When we encountered the Evil Queen, she was pretty sassy, and she said things like, “I would have looked good in a picture even if I wasn’t ready to take a picture,” or, “Move! Move to the side!” She even asked one little girl to bow to her!

We ended up eating at the Tomorrow Land fast food restaurant for lunch, and the Plaza Inn for dinner. The food was really good, but it was expensive. As the day came to a close, we heard that Johnny Depp was in the park. But sadly, we didn’t spot him. The voice actor of Anakin Skywalker I the Clone Wars was also there!

Night fell, and we started to head back to our meeting place. We met and boarded the bus that headed for our hotel. When we arrived, we hopped in the beds, and started to kick bad for a bit before bed. I popped some popcorn, and we ate a little and got ready for bed.

When we woke up the next morning, we headed to the performance venue to start setting up for our performances. I was playing in the jazz band for the trip, because I was selected to go out of my percussion class. I played to congas, Trevor Trevino, ’17, played the bass guitar, Andrew Guthrie, ’15, played the saxophone, and Madison Seib, ’15, played the trumpet as well as Janae Shew, ’20. We thought that our performance hadn’t topped that of the other groups, but the awards ceremony that night proved us absolutely wrong.

After the jazz band performed, the ensemble, concert choir and junior high choir preformed. All of them did outstanding performances, and the crowd’s cheers showed major approval. We were able to go to Taco Bell while the choirs were practicing too.

When the bus arrived, we all piled on excitedly, eager to take our second trip to Disneyland. When we arrived, we walked through the gates and stepped right into Downtown Disney. I bought a Disney Sketchbook, which compiled of sketches from a lot of the major Disney animators. After that, we went to Disneyland, and went on a few more rides.

After we had rode a few more attractions, we headed to the awards ceremony. At the ceremony, the fireworks started to go off, but the loud noise made many people jump! After that we enjoyed the awesome colors and lights of the fireworks before the ceremony began. There was a little show put on before the ceremony, which was exciting. After the awards started, they started to explain the rules and what awards meant what. Then they started to announce the awards. Right off the bat, jazz band was awarded gold! Next, ensemble was also awarded gold, followed by concert choir being awarded silver, and junior high choir awarded bronze! We were practically in awe of the amount of awards we won. After all of this, Guthrie won the “If you wish” award, as well as the maestro award. Senior Ivette Ibara also won the maestro award.

After all of this, we expected nothing more. This was it. The overall Heritage Music Festival 2015 trophy was about to be announced. We thought we didn’t stand anywhere close to the bigger schools. But when the announcer announced the winner to be the Fresno Christian Concert Choir, we all stood up, the cast of characters came out, confetti spit out, lights flashed, and we were going crazy! Leslie Banister and Susan Ainley went up onto the stage and claimed the huge trophy. Banister was crying tears of joy!

Afterwards, we celebrated. We took pictures, crowded around the trophy chanting and cheering. We even went to get ice cream afterwards to celebrate. When the bus arrived, we were all ready to go home. We were really tired, after all.

As the day ended, we felt such a great joy to have gone on this trip. I felt so blessed to be a part of such a cool group of people. I really hope to go again next year, because the experience my friends and I had this year was beyond fun. Big shout out to Leslie Banister and Susan Ainley, this trip has been the best school trip I have ever experienced in my life.

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By |2015-03-27T00:00:00+00:00March 27th, 2015|Commentary, Music, Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|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

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 36 (VIDEO)

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Senior Callista Fries posts a weekly Vlog as part of FC Underground.

Campus news via video, vlog format

This is the 36th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of March 23-27, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No Lunch
Tuesday: No Lunch
Wednesday: No Lunch
Thursday: Chik-fil-a
Friday: Pacifica Pizza

The Feather won a Gold Crown at the CSPA conference at Columbia University, this is the third Gold Crown in a row for the feather staff, if you seen any staff member in the hall way, be sure to congratulate them.

CSF has a meeting at lunch on Wed. March 25 in room 626.

Sports for the week:
Thursday:
Softball has a home game, starting at 3:30 p.m.
Tennis has a home game starting at 3:30.
Baseball has an away game, starting at 4:00.

The annual Night Of The Stars is on March 28, tickets are being sold at lunch and in the office for $60. Pictures at NOTS starts at 5:30 p.m, Location is Wolf Lakes.

The Feather will be down, starting March 27, and will be up, sometime in May, so please forgive us for the temporary freeze on the Feather.

For these and other events, read The Feather Online announcements at the Daily News. 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 continue the segments.

By |2015-03-26T00:00:00+00:00March 26th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|2 Comments

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 35 (VIDEO)

This is the 35th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the day of March 18, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, the feather staff is in NY for the week and Trevor Beal will be filming and editing the video every day.

“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 continue the segments.

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By |2015-03-18T00:00:00+00:00March 18th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|1 Comment

FC hits NY: Day 2 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

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While the group still needs to tighten up sessions for the CSPA convention, Feather editors gather in the lobby of Hotel Edison before they embark on a day of touring Manhattan, March 17.

The Feather editors started their first day of tourism in New York City on the holy day for the Irish: St. Patty’s Day, March 17. With a couple of days dedicated to checking out the Big Apple before attending and speaking at the 91st annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) convention, today FC hits NY.

Attempting to avoid a sea of green chaos, adviser Greg Stobbe suggested the team spend most of their day in Little Italy and Soho, eating and shopping. The staff departed Hotel Edison at 8:15 a.m. and made their way to the nearest subway station before the parades and celebrators crowded Times Square.

Not eating before their departure, the staff insisted that the first thing they do in Little Italy was get breakfast before treading onward to shopping. Heading the cries of his people, Stobbe led his staff to Ferrara: an Italian bakery and cafe with a wide range of different kinds of food options. Though breakfast meats were available, many of the students opted for the pastries.

After finishing breakfast the female staffers abandoned their male counterparts to get an early start on their shopping, leaving the men behind in the cafe in favor of rushing to Soho and all its stores had to offer. Their shopping spree was short lived, however, as a couple of the girls fell ill and left Soho early to get back to the comfort of their hotel rooms.

Though the women were down for the count, the men endured through the elements and their check balances. Before impending bankruptcy set itself upon them, Stobbe intervened and called the men to Il Palazzo where they enjoyed an authentic Italian lunch. The boys left for the hotel at 2 p.m. and arrived at around 2:30 p.m.

Having about five hours of rest time before the first play of the New York trip, students took full advantage of this opportunity to get much needed shut eye. Many of the students stayed awake from Monday morning to Tuesday afternoon without sleep, easily achieving an “all-nighter.”

After the five-hour nap, the students woke from their dens and began preparing for the first play of many on their trip. Upon departing the hotel 7:10 p.m. everyone soon felt the nose numbing wind that New York had to offer. Racing from the subways and the streets the team eventually made their way to the first play, The King and I, which began 8 p.m. and ended at 11 p.m.

Once the play ended, hunger soon plagued the students again. They left the theatre and moved to the subways to get back to Times Square. Upon arriving, the team immediately spotted an Applebees and moved like predatory animals towards this beacon. Once they finished their food everyone departed for the hotel and arrived at 12:30 a.m.

Most of the Feather staff went to their rooms and prepared the next day for the journalism conference at Columbia University.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @RRoggenstein.

For more about The Feather in NY, read the March 16 article, FC hits NY: Day 1 (Slideshow, Video).

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 34 (VIDEO)

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

This is the 34th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the day of March 17, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, the feather staff is in NY for the week and Trevor Beal will be filming and editing the video every day.

There will be no lunch on Tuesday.

Sports for Tuesday:
Baseball has a game in Mendota at 3:45 p.m.
Tennis has a home game starting at 3:30 p.m.

Sister to sister has an off campus lunch today, March 17.

Be sure to bring money for the Econ Fair on Wed. March 18, items will be sold at lunch.

The annual Night Of The Stars is on March 28, tickets are being sold at lunch and in the office for $60.

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 continue the segments.

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By |2015-03-17T00:00:00+00:00March 17th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|1 Comment

FC hits NY: Day 1 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

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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.

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 33 (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 33rd episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the day of March 16, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, the feather staff is in NY for the week and Trevor Beal will be filming the announcement every day.

Lunch on Monday will be No Lunch

Softball has a game on Monday at Mendota HS at 3:30.

On Mon. March 16 there is Sister to sister older sister training, and on March 17 there will be off campus lunch.

Economics Fair is March 18, at lunch in the FC gym.

The annual Night of the Stars (NOTS) is on March 28, tickets are being sold at lunch and in the office for $60.

For these and other events, read The Feather Online announcements on The Feather announcements. 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 continue the segments.

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Blood drive honors FC alumna in recovery (VIDEO)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @skylerklee.

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 32 (VIDEO)

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FC Underground is a weekly campus news Vlog post hosted by Callista Fries to keep Fresno Christian High students aware of upcoming events. She chats up the latest leadership news with teacher Robert Foshee.

This is the 32nd episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of March 9-13, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No Lunch
Tuesday: No Lunch
Wednesday: No Lunch
Thursday: Teriyaki Don
Friday: Pacifica Pizza

Sports for the week:
Tuesday: Golf has an away match, starting at 3 p.m.
Tennis has a game at Dos Palos starting at 4 p.m.
Wednesday:
Softball has an away game at Sierra, starting at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday:
Tennis has a game at Fowler stating at 4 p.m.
Friday:
Softball and Baseball have away games at Kings Christian, starting at 3:30 p.m.

Congratulations to our choirs and band! HS Choir won the silver award and HS Jazz Band and ladies ensemble won the gold award. Ladies ensemble was also given an invitation to the Heritage Festival at Carnegie Hall during the 2016 festival season. We were also given the Sweepstakes Award for having a high scoring group represented in each category. Senior Andrew Guthrie was nominated by Susan Ainley and Lesley Bannister for the “When You Wish” award for outstanding music performance and contribution to the school community. He also was awarded the Maestro award along with Ivette Ibarra for their solos during the performance.

The Career Fair is on Wed. March 11, starting at 12:30 p.m.

The 32nd Annual FC Auction is this Sat. March 14, starting at 5:30 p.m., tickets for the event are $50.

Economics Fair is March 18, at lunch in the FC gym.

The annual Night Of The Stars is on March 28, tickets are being sold at lunch and in the office for $60.

For these and other events, read The Feather Online announcements at the Daily News. 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 continue the segments.

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

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).

Childrens Hospital drives central Valley volunteers (UPDATE, VIDEO, SLIDESHOW, PODCAST)

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Feather adviser Greg Stobbe hawks special edition Kids Day newspapers with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, March 3.

Feather staff joins student leadership to hawk special Fresno Bee Kids Day papers

UPDATE: March. 11
After an estimate was given, March 3, for Kids Day, Valley Children’s Hospital was able to count the remainder of the money raised with a total of $535,000. Last year’s Kids Day reached a total of $480,000, which set a record for future fundraising. While this is not the total final count, Children’s Hospital has passed the goal for this year’s Kids Day reaching over the estimated $530,000.

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 throughout the course of its 28 year history. This year they hope to pass $7 million in an even greater effort to support the patients of the Madera County hospital.

Celebrity corner encourages notable figures from the community to volunteer

With the increase of involvement of a local whose who, Kids Day volunteers have deemed the corner of Blackstone and Shaw “celebrity corner”. Many notable figures from the community, as well as ABC 30 and the Fresno Bee, have used this corner to sell their newspapers for the last seven to eight years.

From the start of Kids Day, Fresno Bee has partnered with Valley Children’s Hospital. Each year they prepare these special edition newspapers for hundreds of individuals to sell. Fresno Bee Executive Editor Jim Boren has been apart of Kids Day since it’s beginnings. He really enjoys the chance the chance to help raise money for the hospital and thinks of the event as a symbol for the community.

“Well, Kids Day for one, raises a lot of money for the hospital, and does a lot of good things, but it’s also a symbolism of how important Valley Children’s Hospital is to our community,” Boren said. “This is a hospital that really cares for kids almost all of us have had either a child or a relative who has gone through that hospital and it does great work and we are just out here to help.”

Boren adds that the vision of Kids Day is expanding through the years. Along with just Fresno, efforts have been raised all across the San Joaquin Valley, including cities like Visalia and the youth of the community.

“More and more people are getting involved, we expanded across the Valley,” Boren said. “Visalia is a huge part of Kids Day, they do great work down their, especially in the high schools. So it’s expanded. This hospital has served the entire San Joaquin Valley and over the central coast, so it is an important part of the whole region.”

I have never been to this (Kids Day), and so it’s really nice seeing all these people trying to support us. Think about it this way: you are going to save a life, just by a dollar, you know, maybe fifty cents. You could spend five, ten dollars on something else, something you don’t even use. So you can make a difference with just a little bit of money. –-Juan Mendez, father of Neymar Mendez, 2015 Kids Day ambassador child

ABC 30 has also partnered with Children’s Hospital, along with the Fresno Bee, to broadcast Kids Day all day long, promoting the event. ABC 30 news reporter Amanda Venegas has estimated the volunteers of the event to over 5,000. Using the hashtag #KidsDay2015, people could promote over social media, which Venegas thinks has helped the event.

“If I could have all of our reporters out showcasing the different locations that would be really neat,” Venegas said. “But we just showcase different areas of Fresno that we can make it out to. Besides the dozens of people you see here, there is about 5,300 volunteers all over the County, like in Visalia and Merced. There is people even in the Oakhurst area that are selling newspapers right now that you don’t see. And I think social media has been huge because we can actually see what people are doing and we don’t have to be there.”

Valley Children’s Hospital Ambassador Family was able to come to support Kids Day and encourage others to donate to the cause. Juan Mendez, father of Neymar Mendez, the ambassador child, was excited to see the involvement the community offered during Kids Day and the chance to see others give their time and money for the cause.

“I have never been to this (Kids Day), and so it’s really nice seeing all these people trying to support us,” Mendez said. “Think about it this way: you are going to save a life, just by a dollar, you know, maybe fifty cents. You could spend five, ten dollars on something else, something you don’t even use. So you can make a difference with just a little bit of money.”

President and CEO of Valley Children’s Hospital Todd Suntrapak echoes Mendez’ sentiments.

President and CEO of Valley Children’s Hospital Todd Suntrapak, who was born and raised in Fresno, participated in Kids Day as well. As once a patient of Children’s Hospital, Suntrapak thinks of this event as a way to help out the children of the San Joaquin Valley.

“It’s the least I can do to take my time and come out here and thank all the terrific volunteers that are working on our behalf today,” Suntrapak said. “But more importantly on behalf of making kids well, I mean really, that’s what essentially is happening here. All these volunteers are donating their time and selling papers in partnership with ABC 30 and the Fresno Bee at the end to really a child. It’s my pleasure to be here; I wouldn’t miss it.”

Mayor Ashley Swearengin has been selling newspapers on ‘celebrity corner’ since it’s start. With other notable figures, Swearengin adds that it all comes back to help the patients.

“Every year it just gets more and more exciting,” Swearengin said. “More and more people are here, we have students from Fresno State and athletic coaches. We’ve got our law enforcement leaders other elected officials and people are out here for the same reason: to help Childrens Hospital.”

Campus works with San Joaquin Valley to sell newspapers

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.

Senior John Dooman has been participating in Kids Day for three years. While he did not sell as many newspapers as he expected, selling one encouraged him to appreciate his time during the day.

“This year I was a little late waking up, but I was glad that I could make it to Kids Day,” Dooman said. “Even though I didn’t sell a crazy amount of newspapers, the chance to even sell one is enough to help a child in need. No matter how early it was, I’m happy I went.”

Freshman Jaden Ventura has never been part of Kids Day till this year. As a member of The Feather he was able to be encouraged by the community around him as they donated thousands of dollars to the cause.

“I remember that I was on the corner and someone gave $20 for a paper and it made me realize that people really do care about Kids Day,” Ventura said. “Being able to help be apart of such a noble cause really made the entire day worth it.”

Opinions Editor Rees Roggenstein, also contributed to this article.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @rynnking_.

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 features, read the March 3 article, WWII Veteran receives long awaited medal.

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 31 (VIDEO)

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This is the 31st episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of March 2-7, 2015.

This is the 31st episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of March 2-7, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No Lunch
Tuesday: No Lunch
Wednesday: Pacifica Pizza
Thursday: Chik-Fil-a
Friday: Pacifica Pizza

Sports for the week:
Tuesday:
Softball has a home game starting at 3:30.
Baseball has a game at Laton HS, starting at 3:30.
Tennis has a match at Caruthers, beginning at 3:30.
Golf has a match at Riverside course, starting at 2:30.
Friday:
Softball has another home game, also beginning at 3:30.
Saturday:
Baseball has a double header at home, the first game is at 11 a.m.

Kids Day is March 3, be sure to buy a paper in support of Valley Children’s Hospital.

Wed. March 3 Sister to Sister has an off campus lunch.

Western Wednesday will be March 4, if you dress up, you will receive a free root beer float!

The annul Night Of The Stars is on March 28, tickets are being sold at lunch and in the office for $55.

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 continue the segments.

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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.

#SJW2015: Importance of Scholastic Journalism Week (Video)

ChloeAlexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

Juniors Rees Roggenstein and Chloe Mueller share in assembly the importance of scholastic journalism, Feb. 23.

Publication students throughout the nation will be celebrating the art of Journalism during Scholastic Journalism Week, Feb. 22-28. This yearly event, sponsored by the Journalism Education Association (JEA) was created to raise student awareness about their First Amendment rights and civic responsibility.

Scholastic Journalism Week is used to promote the efforts of high school journalism students throughout the nation. This year the JEA has chosen “Our Staff at Work” as the logo to motivate people to see the efforts of student publications and The Feather staff wants to share the importance of scholastic journalism.

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.”

Editor-in-Chief Chloe Mueller gives insight into the celebration of Scholastic Journalism Week and student publications throughout the nation.

“Throughout the school year, various journalism-centered events occur, but this particular event is unique,” Mueller said. “This week delves a layer deeper into journalism and what it means by exploring the First Amendment and its role in the realm of publications.”

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

The Feather will be taking a student survey asking what the campus would like to see on The Feather and will include the results in an info-gram. This year in honor of promoting journalism week, The Feather staff has also created a hashtag for Twitter: #FCJW as well as #SJW2015 which will appear on The Feather’s Storify. Please share why the First Amendment is important to students’ voices today.

To ensure that the school is staying up to date with journalism week, The Feather is putting on a friendly competition. The campus student who tweets and includes #FCJW the most this week, will win a $15 gift card of their choosing.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson.

For more videos, check out Girls soccer hosts Frazier Mountain for D-VI championship (Video).

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Girls soccer hosts Frazier Mountain for D-VI championship (Video)

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Come support to final game as girls soccer hosts Frazier Mountain for the D-VI championship, Feb. 24. Looks like one of the team’s players has her game face on.

The last time the girls soccer team won a Valley Championship was under coach George Freeman in 2001. Yet the 2015 team will face Frazier Mountain of Lebec, CA, (14-2-3 League 6-1-1) for the CIF Central Section Division VI Championship on Eagle Stadium field, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Over the last few years under coach Tony Martinez, the FC girls have compiled an 11-8-2 record but went 4-5-1 in West Sequoia League play.

In their last two games, the Eagles defeated Firebaugh, 3-0, Feb. 17, and then surprised Farmersville (15-5-1, 7-1-1) on the road, Feb. 19, to get to the championship game. The Falcons reached the finals after defeating Riverdale, 2-1, Feb. 21, after scoring the winning goal in overtime.

Come support to final game as girls soccer hosts Frazier Mountain for the D-VI championship.

Tickets for the game will only be available at the gate. No CIF passes will be honored. All spectators need tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) and $5 for students.

Val Rivera has the pitch dry and ready for a championship match. Please consider passing along this information via word of mouth, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Let the Eagle community know that the girls are playing for bragging rights user the lights, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.

For more videos, check out FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 30 (VIDEO).

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By |2015-02-23T00:00:00+00:00February 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15, Winter|0 Comments

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 30 (VIDEO)

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This is the 30th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Feb. 23-28, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host.

This is the 30th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Feb. 23-28, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No Lunch
Tuesday: No Lunch
Wednesday: No Lunch
Thursday: Taco Bell
Friday: Pacifica Pizza

Tues. Feb. 24 Brother to brother and Sister to sister have training at lunch.

Brother to brother have off campus lunch on Wed. Feb. 25.

Sports for the week:
Tuesday:
Girls Soccer has the D-6 Valley Championship game, at home, starting at 7 p.m. Admission price is $4 for students at $6 for non-students.
Thursday:
Tennis have their first game of the season, at home starting at 3:30.
Friday:
Basketball have their first play off game at Liberty HS starting at 8 p.m.

Tues. Feb. 24 from 10:20-12:20 a representative from Fresno City will be in the Lab giving the english placement test to Seniors for next year.

The annual Night Of The Stars is on March 28, tickets will go on sale Feb. 20, for $45.

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.

Let us know what you think about FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 30, in the comments below.

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, ’12, and David Casuga, ’12, took up the job until the end the 2011-’12 school year. Now, Fries and usually junior Tim Nyberg continue the segments.

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By |2015-02-23T00:00:00+00:00February 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 29 (VIDEO)

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This is the 29th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Feb. 16-20, 2015. Sophomore Hannah Nale fills in for senior Callista Fries who is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally.

This is the 29th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Feb. 16-20, 2015. Sophomore Hannah Nale fills in for senior Callista Fries who is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No School
Tuesday: No Lunch
Wednesday: Pacifica Pizza
Thursday: Teriyaki Don
Friday: Pacifica Pizza

Sports for the week:
Tuesday:
Girls Soccer has their first playoff game.
At Fowler HS all of the Basketball teams will be playing, JV at 4:30, Girls at 5:30, and boys Varsity at 7:30.
Wednesday:
Boys Soccer have their first playoff game, the first play off game the boys team has played in 6 years.
Thursday:
The girls soccer team will play the second playoff game.
Saturday:
Baseball has a double header, the first game starts at 11 a.m and the second game will start at 1 p.m.

Thurs. Feb 19 is FC Serve Day if you have not already signed up, go to the HS office for help.

Kids Day is March 3, Students will be out selling papers as early as 4:00 a.m.

There is an opportunity to go on a college trip, if you are a Sophomore, Junior or Senior with a GPA of 3.5 or higher you are eligible to go on, sign up in the high school office, the cost for the trip is $100.

The annul Night Of The Stars is on March 28, tickets will go on sale Feb. 20, for $45.

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 continue the segments.

By |2015-02-18T00:00:00+00:00February 18th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

Eagle basketball: FC vs Fowler (Video)

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For their second to last home game of the season, the Eagles of Fresno Christian hosted the Fowler Redcats, Jan. 30.

Students support Eagle basketball: FC vs Fowler

While the Eagles are no longer playing at home, their last four games are on the road. This week, please consider supporting FC at Parlier (Feb. 6.), Riverdale (Feb. 10), Caruthers (Feb. 13) and in Fowler (Feb. 17). With the West Sequoia League regular season winding down, let’s cheer on the Eagles into the playoffs.

For their second to last home game of the season, the Eagles of Fresno Christian hosted the Fowler Redcats, Jan. 30. The Redcats entered the game with a 14-3 overall record and 4-0 in West Sequoia League.

In the first quarter both teams came out strong and competitive. Trading the lead back and forth and making key shots from both sides kept the game close. The same storyline continued in the second quarter. At the half, the Redcats held a slight lead, 19-18.

In the third quarter, momentum shifted to Fowler. Knocking down shots and keeping the Eagles from score helped them gain an advantage, heading into the fourth with an 11-point lead. In the fourth, the Eagles came fighting back; scoring seven straight points to quickly make it a four-point game with five minutes left in the final quarter. The Eagles had the ball and found themselves trailing by two with less than 30 seconds left. A clutch basket from senior Trevor Beal with two seconds left tied the game at 39 and sent the game into overtime.

In overtime, the same game continued. The Redcats were able to gain a slight lead heading into the final minute of the four minute period. Down by three, senior Cole Nale was able to hit a game-tying three with eight seconds left to send it into the seconds overtime. In the second overtime, the Redcats were able to force a few key turnovers to take the lead, and with the Eagles forced to foul, were able to pull away with a 54-48 victory over the Eagles.

For the final Fresno Christian varsity boys’ home basketball game, the Eagles took on the Mustangs of Minarets during the team’s Senior Night, Jan. 27.

Before the game, time was taken to honor the seven seniors on the varsity team. Christopher Grossman, Daniel Cliff, Aaron DeWolf, Anthony Zhang, Toby Pan, Trevor Beal, and Cole Nale were all honored before the game for their efforts throughout their high school basketball career.

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By |2015-02-13T00:00:00+00:00February 13th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15, Winter|0 Comments

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 28 (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 28th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Feb. 10-13, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No School
Tuesday: No Lunch
Wednesday: No Lunch
Thursday: Chik Fil A
Friday: Pacifica Pizza

Sports for the week:
Tuesday:
Girls Soccer has a game at Riverdale HS starting at 3:30.
Boys Soccer has a soccer game at Riverdale, starting at 6:00.
All Basketball teams have games in Riverdale, JV plays at 4:30, Girls Varsity plays at 6:00 and Boys Varsity plays at 7:30 p.m.
Friday:
Girls and Boys soccer are at Caruthers, girls starts at 5:00, and boys start at 7:00.
All basketball teams play in Caruthers, JV plays at 4:30 and Girls plays at 6:00, Boys Varsity plays at 7:30 p.m.

There is a CSF meeting at lunch in room 626, be prompt and bring your lunch.

Candy Grams are being sold by CJSF, they are $1 and will be delivered on Feb. 13 at lunch.

FC Serve Day is Feb. 19, JH will stay on campus, and HS will sign up for their sites on Thur. after chapel.

The annul Night Of The Stars is on Mar. 28, tickets will go on sale Feb. 20, for $45.

There is an opportunity to go on a college trip, if you are a Sophomore, Junior or Senior with a GPA of 3.5 or higher you are eligible to go on, sign up in the high school office, the cost for the trip is $100, Fri. Feb, 13 is the last day to sign up.

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 continue the segments.

By |2015-02-10T00:00:00+00:00February 10th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

Hope Fresno unites pastors in racial equality (Video)

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The Well hosted Hope Fresno, an event to stir racial awareness, on their north campus, Feb. 6 – 7, 2015.

As a reflection of the surge of social awareness and stirrings that the United States and many other nations are facing, a local church decided to take action within its own city. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7, The Well Community Church hosted just the event to bring some uncomfortable topics to the table.

Hope Fresno was an event intended to specifically unite White and African American congregations in Fresno County, whilst simultaneously spreading the awareness of racial injustice towards citizens of African descent.

Upon arrival at The Well, it was obvious that the church was packed with a racially diverse group, eager to hear what would unfold. Brad Bell, head pastor of The Well’s North Campus (where the event was held), sat amongst the panel of African American leaders to get to the core of the issue.

A major theme throughout the event was storytelling. Most would agree that a common goal between panelists was for no one to leave without some sort of change of heart. This goal was achieved through real-life, tangible tales of racial injustice.

The panel included Dr. Paul Lawrence Binion II, Senior Pastor of Westside Church of God, Bryson White, Community Organizer with Faith in Community and Sabrina Kelly of Habitat for Humanity. The speakers all took their time telling stories of how they had been affected by phenomenon such as white privilege.

Pastor Bell also spoke from his perspective, as a benefactor of ordeals like white privilege, offering the point of view that many caucasian citizens share.

“From my perspective, of a white middle class dude, I saw things a certain way,” Bell said. “But I began to see that there was another life experience that was very confusing to me. In many ways I felt very accused and angry because I’m not a racist or a guy who would intentionally discriminate against anyone.”

Bell went on to explain his new line of thinking after being introduced to the new concept of white privilege.

“What I was told that I was a recipient of white privilege and there was nothing I could do about that,” Bell continued. “It was very disheartening, and at the same time very encouraging because I sat with my friend and I heard my friend. I began to see things differently.”

However, the truth behind racial inequality prevailed through eye-witness accounts. Several panelists visited Ferguson during the time of the Mike Brown protests, and told the real story behind what occurred versus what the media showed. In short, not even a fraction of the true military presence and brashness was shown on news stations, whereas peaceful protesters were made to look violent.

After the event was over, Sabrina Kelly took some time with staffers to explain how she got involved with the Hope Fresno cause.
“Brad and I are really good friends,” Kelly said. “And I share my stories about my nephews with him all the time, because I struggle with how we never understand the reality of their lives as black men in the city or the concept of being a black man in the United States.”

As she continued, Kelly revealed that her main purpose in speaking to this congregation is rooted in the idea of empathy.

“As I was sharing this, which is something I struggle with all the time, he [/fusion_builder_column]

[Bell] said, ‘you need to tell your story in context of white privilege,'” Kelly said. “If you hear these stories from media, but you don’t experience them, it kind of goes over your head. You can think, ‘maybe that’s not true’, or ‘that’s not my experience.’ But if you hear somebody’s personal story, you can develop empathy; and that’s my goal here. If you develop empathy on this learning journey with us, then maybe things will change.”

The panel discussion was concluded by Deth Im, from People Improving Communities through Organization, with an introduction to the activities taking place on Sat, Feb. 7.

Im led exercises which were to provide an opportunity to experience systemic injustice through an exercise and then provided an open forum to share and learn from each other. Attendees also heard from the representative from Faith in Fresno, who provided statistical information about his city.


The Well Community Church can be reached via Twitter: @wellchurch. Faith in Community can be reached via Twitter: @FIC_Fresno.

These writers can be reach via Twitter: @_chloemueller and @_sarapeterson.

For more features, read the Feb. 5 article, Surviving the flu season, how to recover from illness.

By |2015-02-10T00:00:00+00:00February 10th, 2015|Features, Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15|3 Comments

2015 FC Serve Day

ServeDayKylie Bell
Fresno Christian’s second annual Serve Day is coming up. This year it will be Feb. 19. Staff and students will be going to The Poverello House, Community Food Bank, Kepler Neighborhood School, Ted C Wills Community Center and Neighborhood Thrift Store.

After chapel most of the student body will break up into groups and travel by bus to southwest Fresno to serve at these locations.

Students are encouraged to wear clothing that they can get dirty in or get paint on. This is not an event to look their best. Make-up is not required.

Activities will include painting and graffiti clean-up, reading and playing with youth, serving meals, cleaning up store and boxing materials for resale and working in wear houses.

Students will leave around or just before 10 a.m. and return to campus no later than 3 p.m. Only students who cannot participate are required to bring a “reverse permission slip.” Parents should sign this if their student will not participate in Serve Day 2015 and need to remain on campus.

Please check back with this paper to find out more about FC Serve Day 2015 and please use the #FCServes2015 in Instagram and Twitter posts.

For more Feather videos, check out Take the kindness challenge (Video) or visit The Feather’s Vimeo page.

By |2015-02-10T00:00:00+00:00February 10th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

60 seconds with Dooman returns (Video)

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The senior duo of Aaron DeWolf and Christopher Grossman do not currently create videos, a team has decided to resurrect a short segment those to did as freshmen: 5 seconds with Dooman with this longer segment.

In an effort to celebrate video goofiness, The Feather video staff has decided to return to a 2012 favorite video series. While the senior duo of Aaron DeWolf and Christopher Grossman do not currently create videos, a team has decided to resurrect a short segment those to did as freshmen: 5 seconds with Dooman.

Today the duo creates an extended version: 60 seconds with Dooman.

For those viewers who missed the series, they might check out the advanced search button at the top of the menu bar and search for John Dooman. However, another way to check out DeWolf and Grossman as freshmen and their novice ways, please look for The Show (2012-13) with Grossman and DeWolf. A reasonable place to begin might be with Episode No. 1 in August 2012.

At the end of each episode, the next video is promoted. Viewers may wish to comment on the youthful look of the two guest hosts but a not so different look of Dooman.

In this week’s episode, Dooman attempts a flip in the hall way (key word is attempts) and revisits the once popular sport of ghosting made famous by former P.E. and video teacher Scott Callisch. The Feather hopes views will leave comments and suggestions below for Dooman to try or be involved in.

Viewers might also wish to visit The Feather Vimeo page to check out hundreds of archived media.

For more videos, please check out Take the kindness challenge (Video).

By |2015-02-05T00:00:00+00:00February 5th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15|1 Comment

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 27 (VIDEO)

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

This is the 27th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Feb. 2-7, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No School
Tuesday: No Lunch
Wednesday: Pacifica Pizza
Thursday: Taco Bell
Friday: Pacifica Pizza

Sports for the week:
Monday: Feb. 2
Girls Soccer has a home game, starting at 3:30, it is also Senior night, the introduction of the seniors will be at half time.
Tuesday: Feb. 3
Boys Soccer has a home game starting at 3:30, this is senior night, and will begin at halftime.
Basketball all have home games, JV plays at 4:30, Girls Varsity plays at 6:00 and Boys Varsity plays at 7:30, this is Senior night for the boys Varsity, and will begin at 7:15.
Thursday: Feb. 5
Boys soccer has a game at RIverdale HS starting at 3:30
Friday: Feb. 6
The basketball teams will be at Riverdale HS, V plays at 4:30, Girls Varsity plays at 6:00 and Boys Varsity plays at 7:30.
Girls soccer has a game at 3:30, at Riverdale HS.

Junior Rees Roggenstien has a Super Bowl blog, check it out.

There is an opportunity to go on a college trip, if you are a Sophomore, Junior or Senior with a GPA of 3.5 or higher you are eligible to go on, sign up in the high school office, the cost for the trip is $100.

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 continue the segments.

By |2015-02-02T00:00:00+00:00February 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

Take the kindness challenge (Video)

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The Feather Online and student leadership are piggy-backing on The Great Kindness Challenge and also encouraging Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 8-15.

Imagine a world without kindness. A world where there was not a caring person, or anybody who had the simplicity to make someone feel loved. That is a world I do not want to live in. Random Acts of Kindness Week is Feb. 8-15 and we need to start the awareness now. We need to admit our self-centeredness, put it aside and find simple ways to change that pretense.

The Feather Online and student leadership are piggy-backing on The Great Kindness Challenge. In the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) and FCS Serve Day, Feb. 19, students should take into account to be kind to others, and change the world for the better. Often, we go about our everyday lives, forgetting to acknowledge the people around us, because of that fact that we are already wrapped up in our own problems.

The Great Kindness Challenge, if you choose to accept it, will hopefully bring out the greatness in you, because we all know there is greatness in all of us, we just have to dig deep enough to find it. There are many ways to participate, some of which include simple, kind gestures such as giving a compliment to five people per day, make a new friend, bring a flower to the office staff, or offer to help a custodian.

When all is said and done, it should become a habit. A healthy habit where we will all put our greatness together and make this world a kinder place. as Ephesians 4:31-32 says, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

With that being said, as Random Acts of Kindness Week approaches, I encourage all of you to take the Great Kindness Challenge, find the greatness within yourselves, and help to make this world a better, kinder place.

Student leadership will be posting a poster on the downstairs hallway this week. Please take the time to add your name and take the Great Kindness Challenge. Be responsible, respectful and accountable to be kind these next two weeks and beyond. As someone to partner with to write out ways you will be selfless this month and take the kindness challenge.

Additionally, please post your challenges to others via The Feather comments at the bottom of this article or Twitter: #RAKweek2015.

Additionally, students will have an opportunity to serve and show kindness, Feb. 19. The high school students will be off campus to engage with the community and help with graffiti removal, Neighborhood Thrift, the Poverello House and others.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @ashhasthescoop.

For more opinions, read the Feb. 1 article, Super Bowl XLIX blog: Roggenstein in Phoenix.

By |2015-02-02T00:00:00+00:00February 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15|3 Comments

Varsity boys basketball gear up for playoffs (VIDEO)

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Eagle basketball fans are encouraged to attend the Big Game verses Fowler on Jan. 30 as the Eagles host the Redcats at 7 p.m.

The Caruthers Blue Raiders (2-1 in WSL) and the FC Eagles basketball team(2-1 in WSL) took to the floor for the much anticipated rivalry game between the two schools, Jan. 27, 2015. The past two years, the Blue Raiders have been winless when traveling to Fresno, and they were looking to break that streak with a win.

However, the Eagles came out strong and ready to play, scoring the game’s first points and pulling out to an early lead. Aided by the scoring of senior Christopher Grossman, the Eagles were able to have a ten point lead at the end of first quarter, 15-5. In the second, the Blue Raiders slowly began to find ways to score against FC’s zone, and were able to limit Grossman’s hot-hand. At halftime, the Eagles held a slim 22-21 lead.

In the third quarter, despite scoring early and gaining the initial advantage, the Eagles struggled offensively throughout the third quarter and for the remainder of the game. Late in the third and early in the fourth, Caruthers was able to get hot and knock down their shots, allowing them to hold a healthy lead and force the Eagles to play more aggressive than they were used to. Late in the fourth, the Eagles were forced to foul and allowed Caruthers to increase their lead, making the score closer than it was. At the final buzzer, the score read Caruthers 57, FC 40.

Senior captain Trevor Beal said it was a disappointing loss after all of the hype, but Caruthers is a very beatable team and he looks forward to playing them again.

“Yesterday’s game was a tough test for us,” Beal said. “They are a good team and we need to continue to get better in order to best them and other good teams in the future. I believe that eventually we will be on their level and beat them.”

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 10-10 overall with a 2-2 record in West Sequoia League. Caruthers improves to 11-7 with a 3-1 record in WSL.

Fans are encouraged to attend the Big Game verses Fowler on Jan. 30 as the Eagles host the Redcats at 7 p.m. Additionally, please put the varsity boys’ Senior Night on your calendar as the Eagles will honor their seniors and host Minarets, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

By |2015-01-30T00:00:00+00:00January 30th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15, Winter|0 Comments

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 26 (VIDEO)

fc-undergroundAmy Deffenbacher | 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 26th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Jan. 26-30, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No School
Tuesday: No Lunch
Wednesday: No Lunch
Thursday: Taco Bell
Friday: Pacifica Pizza

Sports for the week:
Monday:
Girls Soccer has a home game starting at 3:30.
Tuesday:
Boys Soccer has a home game starting at 3:30.
Basketball has games at home, Jv plays at 5:00, Girls Varsity plays at 6:00 and Boys Varsity plays at 7:30.
Friday:
Boys and Girls soccer have games at Fowler, Girls play at 3:30 and Boys play at 5:30.
Basketball have home games, Jv plays at 5:00, Girls Varsity plays at 6:00 and Boys Varsity plays at 7:30.

CSF has the first meeting of the new semester on Jan. 28, at lunch in room 626.

Thursday, Jan. 29 is Super Bowl Day, in support of the Super Bowl, so be sure to dress up in your favorite football teams gear.

The first Rally of the semester is this Fri. Jan. 30, the theme is American, so wear your red, white and blue to earn points for your class.

There is an opportunity to go on a college trip, if you are a Sophomore, Junior or Senior with a GPA of 3.5 or higher you are eligible to go on, sign up in the high school office, the cost for the trip is $100.

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 continue the segments.

By |2015-01-28T00:00:00+00:00January 28th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|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

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 25 (VIDEO)

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 9.05.47 AMJeremy 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 25th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Jan. 20-23, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No School
Tuesday: No Lunch
Wednesday: No Lunch
Thursday: Chik-Fil-a
Friday: Pacifica Pizza

Sister to sister has an off campus lunch on Wed. Jan. 21, sign out in the office.

CSF applications for the Fall semester are available in the HS office, and must be turned in with a five dollar deposit by Jan. 21.

There is an opportunity to go on a college trip, if you are a Sophomore, Junior or Senior with a GPA of 3.5 or higher you are eligible to go on, sign up in the high school office, the cost for the trip is $100.

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 continue the segments.

By |2015-01-20T00:00:00+00:00January 20th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

Jack Hannah visits FC (VIDEO)

Local singer Jack Hannah, Sons of the San Joaquin fame, visited Amy Witters’ kindergarten class. The local celebrity celebrated with song as the cowboy/girl dressed class sang and interacted with him throughout a special assembly, Jan. 16.

The Western Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year multiple award-winner is a former teacher and his television appearances include the Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits, Nashville Now, American Music Shop, Prime-Time Country and Old Time Country Music.

He taught the class some of his favorite songs including “Read, Write, and Recite.” He ended his hour showing everyone how to yodel.

Kindergarden teacher, Amy Witters, thoroughly enjoyed the time that was spent with Jack Hannah.

“What a rip-roaring time we had with Cowboy Jack! Thank you, Mr. Richards, for inviting him, they went to Sunday School together. “Witters said. “The Kindergarten cowboys/cowgirls learned all about ‘life on the range,’ and some new cowboy songs too!”

By |2015-01-20T00:00:00+00:00January 20th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

Welcome back FC! (Video)

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Sophomore China Scott shares her excitement about her first first her first week as an Eagle.

After three weeks of being on Christmas break, the student body return for the 2014-15 Spring semester, Jan. 5. Welcome back FC! With the beginning of the semester students are already in the full swing of things, however the Feather would like to look back on the holiday and welcome staff and students back to campus.

Sophomore China Scott shares her excitement about her first first her first week as an Eagle.

“I am really happy to have a change of scenery, I like that the classes are smaller and we get more one on one with the teachers,” Scott said.

This semester not only contains both the N.O.T.S. Film Festival and Sadie’s, but also will conclude with the graduation of the 2015 senior class. With so many memorable events on the calendar, students are going into the 2015 year with high hopes and expectations.

Junior Brooklyn Barth has just returned to FC this year for the first time since her freshman year. Already having enjoyed last semester, Barth is more excited for what this semester has in store.

“After returning to FC I am glad I get to see my friends on a daily basis, instead of once a week like last year,” Barth said. “I am looking forward to the being able to participate in all of the upcoming events of this semester.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @CallyFries4.

By |2015-01-14T00:00:00+00:00January 14th, 2015|News, Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 24 (VIDEO)

CallistaFriesJeremy 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 24th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-’15,” covering the week of Jan. 12-16, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No Lunch
Tuesday: No Lunch
Wednesday: No Lunch
Thursday: No Lunch
Friday: Taco Bell

Sports for the week:
Monday:
Girls Soccer has a home game against Fowler HS starting at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday:
Boys Soccer has a game at home against Fowler.
Basketball has a game in Avenal JV plays at 4 Girls Varsity plays at 6 and Varsity plays at 7 p.m..
Friday:
Girls soccer has a game at Minarets HS starting at 3:00 pm.
Boys soccer has a game at Minarets HS starting 5:00 pm
Basketball teams have games at Minarets HS. The JV boys play 4 p.m, The girls Varsity starts at 6 p.m, and the boys varsity starting at 8 p.m.

On Mon. Jan. 12 there is a Baseball meeting in room 602 at lunch.

CSF applications for the Fall semester are available in the HS office, and must be turned in with a five dollar deposit by Jan. 21.

Jan. 15, there is a fundraiser at Applebee’s, 15 percent of the proceeds go to FCS, the event starts at 3 and goes until 9 p.m. Patrons must bring a special flyer in order for FCS to get the donations.

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 continue the segments.

By |2015-01-12T00:00:00+00:00January 12th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 23 (VIDEO)

FCUndergroundJeremy 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 23rd episode of “FC Underground, 2014-’15,” covering the week of Jan. 5-9, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. However, junior Olivia Quebe is filling in for Fries in this first episode of the year. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

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

Sports for the week:
Monday: Nothing
Tuesday:Boys Basketball have a home game starting at 7.
Wednesday: Boys Soccer has a game at Liberty at 7.
Thursday: Girls Basketball has a game at Dos Palos starting at 5
Girls Soccer has a game at Mendota starting at 5.
Friday: Boys Basketball has a game at home starting at 7.

HS Golf has its first meeting Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. outside building 6.

Thurs. Jan. 8 is National Bubble Day, the student leadership will have some bubbles for the student body.

Jan. 15, there is a fundraiser at Applebee’s, 15 percent of the proceeds go to FCS, the event starts at 3 and goes until 9p.m.

If you are interested in joining CSF for the 2nd semester pick up an application in the office and turn it in by Jan. 20.

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 |2015-01-05T00:00:00+00:00January 5th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

FC Underground 2014-15, No. 22 (VIDEO)

FCUnderground2Jeremy 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 22nd episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Dec. 8-12, 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: Tri Tip Sandwich
Fri: No Lunch

Sports for the week:
Monday: Girls Soccer has a home game Dec. 9, at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Boys Soccer has a game at Mclane starting at 3 p.m.
Boys Basketball has a game at Woodlake HS, JV plays at 4:30 and Varsity plays at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: Girls have a home game starting at 3:30 p.m.
Girls and boys basketball have home games, Girls play at 5:30 and Boys play at 7:00 p.m.
Friday: Boys soccer has a home game starting at 3 p.m.
Girls and boys basketball have home games, 5:30 will be the start of the girls game, and Boys will begin at 7.

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.

Together we Can food drive is coming to and end on Dec. 9, bring canned food to the HS office before it ends.

Fresno Christian HS students are invited to walk Christmas Tree lane, on Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. we will meet at the Starbucks in Fig Garden, wear your ugly sweaters, the ugliest sweater gets a free Starbucks.

Thurs. Dec. 11, if you bring a stuffed animal, you can get a free Tri-Tip sandwich lunch. Also during chapel and lunch the HS will be watching “The Grinch”.

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 |2014-12-08T00:00:00+00:00December 8th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

FC Underground 2014-15, No. 21 (VIDEO)

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 10.25.47 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 21st episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Dec. 1-5, 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: Taco Bell
Fri: Pacifica Pizza

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.

On Mon. Dec. 1 there is Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister training at lunch, boys will be in room 629 and girls will be in 628.

Dec. 2 is the last lunch of the semester for Brother to brother and Sister to sister, brothers will be in 629 and sisters will be in 626 and 628.

Sports for the week
Monday: Boys Basketball has home game, JV plays at 5:30 and Varsity plays at 7.
Tuesday: Girls Soccer has a game at Clovis HS starting at 3.
Thursday: Girls soccer has a game at Sunnyside and Boys Soccer has a game at Orange Cove HS. Boys Basketball has a game at Madera South.
Friday: Boys soccer has a game at Madera HS.

Together we Can is undergo, bring canned food to the HS office, it is going on until the Dec. 9.

Fresno Christian HS students are invited to walk Christmas Tree lane, on Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. we will meet at the Starbucks in Fig Garden.

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 |2014-12-04T00:00:00+00:00December 4th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

FC Underground 2014-15, No. 20 (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 20th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Nov. 24-25, 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 School
Thurs: No School
Fri: No School

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.

The Fall Festivus is happening again! The cost is $15, it will be held at the Beal’s house on Nov. 25, starting at 6:30- 10:30 p.m.

Fresno Christian HS students are invited to walk Christmas Tree lane, on Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. we will meet at the Starbucks in Fig Garden.

Together we Can is undergo, bring canned food to the HS office, it is going on until the Dec. 9.

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 |2014-11-25T00:00:00+00:00November 25th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

FC Underground 2014-15, No. 19 (VIDEO)

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 9.50.09 AMJeremy 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 19th episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of Nov. 17-21, 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: Teriyaki Don
Fri: No Lunch

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.

On Mon. the 16th it is the Fall Sports Award Banquet in the Student Ministries Center, start at 7:00 p.m.

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.

The Fall Festivus is happening again! The cost is $10, it will be held at the Beal’s house on Nov. 25, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Together we Can is undergo, bring canned food to the HS office, it is going on until the Dec. 9.

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 |2014-11-18T00:00:00+00:00November 18th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|1 Comment

World Kindness Day encourages acts of kindness

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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, including buying a Operation Christmas Child box. World Kindness Week is all next week (Nov. 9- Nov. 15).

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.

Some people already know what they want to do to contribute to others’ lives on World Kindness Day, including Kimberly Ward.

“One thing you can do is invest in others’ lives,” Ward said. “You can bake some cookies for someone, or just give someone a smile. That could mean the world to someone. To turn your focus away from yourself is the best thing to do.”

Even though there are people who know about World Kindness Day and World Kindness Week like Ward, there are others that have no clue what this is. Stephen Walters, for example did not know what World Kindness Week is.

“I have not heard of World Kindness Week,” Walters said.” But now that I do know, something I would do is give an encouraging word to someone. If I had more time, I would help a student with their books or with their school work. Now that I know about this, yes I would encourage others to celebrate it by doing acts of kindness.”

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.

In an attempt to get creative positive vibes going, the Huffington Post offers some Quotes to Inspire Kindness.

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

For more features, read the Nov. 13 article, Non-profit director organizes holiday boutique.

By |2014-11-14T00:00:00+00:00November 14th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

30th annual homecoming unites school, finalizes spirit week (VIDEO)

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FC’s 30th annual homecoming celebration took place Oct. 31, crowning Ivette Ibarra and Jordan Castro as Queen and King.

Alumni, students, family’s and staff all congregated at the 30th annual homecoming game and traditional festivities, Oct. 31. With a jammed packed week of dress up days, pageants and dances the suspense was leading to the annual Eagle football game against Northwest Christian, kicking off at 7 p.m., and the coronation of the homecoming court.

The night began with the announcement of the princess candidates during pre-game at 6:30 p.m. The varsity game began at 7 and the crowning of the homecoming court commenced at half time. Due to rain and showers, the floats were judged during 2nd quarter and the winners announced at half time.

After a week of pageantry and competitions, the homecoming court gathered in their best formal wear for pictures at 6 p.m. on the north field. The female candidates were dolled up from head to toe in an assortment of gowns and jewelry, and took photos with all their closest friends and families. The king candidates suited up in formal outfits and shoes and waited to see how the night played out.

The princess candidates were paraded in classic cars and announced to the crowd during the pre-game show at 6:30. During half time the homecoming court gathered at the fifty yard line under umbrellas due to the sudden downpour. The king and queen candidates were then given a quick but effective formal introduction.

Last year’s homecoming queen, Hannah Avila, and king, Kyle Hudecek, returned to the campus to pass down the crown to this years court. The results of the winners are as followed:

Freshman Princess: Erin Wilson
Sophomore Princess: Hannah Nale
Junior Princess: Claire Kollenkark
Senior Princess: Gabriela Siqueiros
King: Jordan Castro
Queen: Ivette Ibarra

The title of freshman princess was awarded to Erin Wilson. Wilson was surprised by her win, but very excited and grateful for the opportunity to bond with her fellow candidates.

“I did not expect to win because the other two candidates had been there for life so I thought everybody would pick them because everybody knew them a lot longer,” Wilson said. “I’m really happy that I won and I thought that this was just an amazing experience and it was all just a lot of fun. I feel like any of the candidates could?ve won. My mother escorted me and I was super pumped because of that. Being nominated was really cool because I got to get to bond and know the candidates better than before this experience.”

Senior Ivette Ibarra was stunned when she was crowned homecoming queen and shares her favorite experiences of the night.

“Getting dressed up everyday was just fun then just seeing everyone else getting dressed up makes it more real that homecoming is here and that this is actually happening and just the dress up days as a whole. Favorite part of friday night was probably the rain. It was fun even though we were all dressed up and we all looked pretty it was just fun to deal with it because like it was unexpected so it made it more memorable. I was surprised. I was expecting Elise to win but when they said my name I was like ‘what in the world’ and was like ‘dad I won’ and he was like ‘I know!’ So it was very unexpected to me.”

Homecoming king Jordan Castro, ’15, explains his favorite part about the game and his favorite memories from the week.

“Obviously when they announced my name and I heard my family and even my extended family, they just erupted in cheers for me that was the best part for me. I love pajama day because with minimal effort I have to go to school. I get to dress up in what I went to sleep in. My favorite memory from the week was the king dance. Just dancing with all those guys we put so much time and effort into it just to see it come and all the fans-students cheer was so much fun.”

Annual float contest creates competition between classes

Another cherished aspect of homecoming is the rivalry between grades, as they all compete to win the annual float competition. This year, for the first time, classes were also given points for their participation in dress-up days and the blood drive.

By the time the game started, all four high school classes had an individual float that they crafted for a theme that coincided with the homecoming theme of ‘A Walk Down Hollywood Boulevard’.

The freshmen assembled a sci-fi themed float that was intended to be a mix of Star Trek and Star Wars. This float featured green lights and an otherworldly feel.

The sophomores showed off a mobster-themed float, crafted during the era of the 1940’s-50’s. Students dressed as mafia members stood in a dark, grimy alley.

The juniors offered up a roaring 20s themed float, with a backdrop of bright lights and a party atmosphere. Girls were spotted in black flapper dresses and boys attended in high-class suits.

Finally, the senior class stunned with a western theme. Along with a saloon and bar, the seniors had cacti and tumbleweeds for props. Students on the float had on an array of western apparel – from cowboy boots to flannels.

Although most would agree that all the floats turned out spectacular, only one took home first place.

The results of the float competition went as follows:

 First place: Seniors.
Tied for Second place: Juniors and Sophomores.
Third place: Freshmen.

Senior Trevor Beal was thrilled that his class took home the win for the float competition, because he put so much hard work into the event.

“I was really excited that we won the float competition and since leadership included all the homecoming week points into the float competition, the seniors basically won the entire spirit week,” Beal said. “The seniors and I really put a lot of work into the float, so I guess hard work really does pay off.”

Although the sophomore class did not win, Amber Wilson, ’17, was content with the results of the work they put into their float.

“I loved our float because I thought it was very creative how we focused more on props than the background,” Wilson said. “It turned out exactly how I hoped it would. I would have put a little bit more organization into the props because I felt that the posters in the back were hard to see.”

Trevor Trevino, ’17, enjoyed seeing the camaraderie between classes during float building and seeing how everything all came together that night.

“I liked homecoming because this year I felt like my class had a lot more participation in the dress days,” Trevino said. “I also liked how most of the class contributed every weekend for the float building. It all came together on Homecoming night because the whole school got to see and appreciate the other class?s floats.”

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather and Instagram @thefeatheronline. These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson and @_chloemueller.

For more features, read the Oct. 30 article, Campus halls star Hollywood dress up days: Think-A-like Thursday. For more on last years homecoming, read Epitome of school spirit celebrated at homecoming game (VIDEO).

By |2014-11-03T00:00:00+00:00November 3rd, 2014|Features, Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

#FCgoesHollywood: Eagles strut 30th annual homecoming

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Fresno Christian’s 30th annual homecoming court prepares for the upcoming festivities.

With the 2014-15 school year and football season well underway, the team will host Northwest Christian, on the FC North Field at 7 p.m., for the annual homecoming game, Oct. 31. The night will include student-built floats, announcement of the homecoming court winners at halftime and the return of FC alumni.

The 30th annual homecoming week will consist of festivities including dress-up days, float building, pageantry and annual pep rally, all focused around the theme ‘A walk down Hollywood Blvd.’

Each class will depict a float correlating with the week’s theme and Hollywood movie genres. The seniors will portray a western-theme, while the juniors will create a Roaring 20s themed float. The sophomores will be recreating the 1940s mafia scene and the freshmen will be combining Star Wars and Star Trek to create an original sci-fi theme.

Vickey Belmont, student leadership advisor, has been working on homecoming along with student leadership students for about six weeks. Belmont looks forward to the festivities and seeing the excitement of the nominees.

“We have been planning homecoming since the middle of summer but only began actually working on it around the middle of September. Our goals this year are basically the same as every year: ‘a fun and successful Homecoming,'” Belmont said. “This year we have something different, a student in charge of homecoming night, Ashley Garcia, vice president of the student body, will be our ‘go-to’ person this year. She is excited and has been diligent in getting this night put together so it runs smoothly. I’m very proud of her. I’m most excited to see how it all comes together and the excitement of the nominees.”

Mikayla Miller, ’15, has high goals for the class of 2015 this year and is planning to go all out in order to help her class come out with the win.

“I am really excited for homecoming this year because I am getting the chance to be very involved with all of the activities,” Miller said. “My goal is for the seniors is to totally dominate in all things homecoming. I really hope everyone will get involved and excited about it this year.”

After being nominated for homecoming queen, Miller shares some of her favorite activities so far and those she is looking forward to.

“I’m looking forward to participating in the queen pageant because it’ll be a new experience since I’ve never been in the homecoming court before,” Miller said. “My favorite experience so far has been being able to spend time with the other nominees and sharing all the laughs and memories with them.”

The 2014 homecoming court will include:

Senior King candidates:
Jordan Castro
Nick Fontes
Aaron DeWolf
Chris Grossman
Collin Winegarden

Senior Queen candidates:
Callista Fries
Ivette Ibarra
Mikayla Miller
Gaby Siqueiros
Elise Winegarden

Juniors candidates:
Claire Kollenkark
Macy Mascarenas
Chloe Mueller

Sophomores candidates:
Sydney Belmont
Jenny King
Hannah Nale

Freshman candidates:
Olivia Messer
Erin Wilson
Jenna Bynum

Homecoming week dress-up days will be as followed:

Monday, Oct. 27: ‘Murica Monday, students will dress up in all of their patriotic garb to show school spirit and pride for our nation.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 Grab your fanny pack, sunscreen, binoculars and anything else you would take on vacation for Tourist Tuesday. The princess pageant will also take place.

Wednesday, Oct. 29: Wake up Wednesday and come to school in your pajamas for all time FC favorite: pajama day. Annual Queen Pageant will be held.

Thursday, Oct. 30 Think alike Thursday: Grab a friend that looks similar to you and dress up as twins or triplets. The kings will be strutting their stuff across the dance floor during the King Pageant.

Friday, Oct. 31 Fly together with the student body and wear all FC gear you can find to show support for the football game, Oct. 31. The student body will come together for a rally in the FC gym to get pumped for the night’s festivities.

Maddie Luginbill, ’16, looks forward to being on her float for the first time.

“I’m looking forward to our float, because I’m super excited from how hard everyone has been working. And this is the first year I get to dress up and be on the float,” Luginbill said. “Homecoming is my favorite football game of the year. We have been working really hard in leadership and we are just going to take each day at a time.”

Freshman Matthew Oliver, is looking forward to the week’s festivities but will not be attending the game due to a prior engagement.

“This is my first FC homecoming and I think it will be interesting to see how everyone celebrate and show school spirit,” Oliver said. “I going to try and dress up everyday but I think Twin Day is going to be the hardest to find someone who I look like. I won’t be going to the game, because my family and I always do something together on Halloween.”

Superintendent Jeremy Brown, has invited the K-6 classes to host a “Trunk or Treat.” Each class will have one car which they will decorate according to their class theme. All elementary students are invited to dress up to show school spirit and support FC homecoming. However, scary costumes are not permitted.

Entry to the game will be $6 for adults, $3 for FC alumni, $4 for students with IDs, $4 for seniors and for FC students with IDs and children under 5 years old, entry is free. Tri-tip sandwiches, pizza and desserts along with a variety of drinks.

The Feather staff will be posting videos, slideshows and articles covering the homecoming festivities.

Tag all your homecoming photos from the week to earn extra points for your class via Instagram and Twitter: #FCgoesHollywood.

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

For more news, read the Oct. 23 article, BRIEF: Joni and Friends to speak on campus, Oct. 24.

By |2014-10-24T00:00:00+00:00October 24th, 2014|Features, News, Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

The Big Fresno Fair is back in business (VIDEO)

UPDATE: Oct. 16

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In 1884 the first Big Fresno Fair opened its gates for a five-day horse race meet, along with a few scattered produce displays here and there. This year the Big Fresno Fair will run, Oct. 1-13.

After the fair was in full swing, Nicole Hudecek and Skyler Lee, writers, attended the Beach Boys concert, and reviewed the entertainment via podcast, below, adjacent to the topic at hand.

This is one of two installments featured informing the students body on the happenings at The Big Fresno Fair. This features the Fresno Fair as a whole, specializing in the history and miscellaneous events. The next installment will feature all things art including the annual chalk art contest as well as the junior exhibit.

In 1884 the first Big Fresno Fair opened its gates for a five-day horse race meet, along with a few scattered produce displays here and there. The fair was a fun local attraction until 1910 when Clyde Eberhart made The Big Fresno Fair into a national exposition with the Raisin Day parade, frequent celebrity appearances and some of the first aero-plane rides in the nation.

Now in 2014. The Big Fresno Fair has grown into the fifth largest fair in California, attracting over 550,000 patrons every year and nearly $68.6 million in economic impact to Fresno County annually.

The 14-day run of the fair attracts local patrons in many ways. The golden delicacies that originate from the simmering deep frier are one of the biggest crowd drawers. This year the fair will run Oct. 1-13.

Gyros to hamburgers to shish kabob, the fair has it all. Featured foods at the fair range from deep fried alligator and Oreos to Country Fair cinnamon rolls. It is a great way to experience a plethora of foreign foods as well as beloved domestic junk food concoctions.

With over 300 different vendors featured at the fair, most any kind of taste can be satisfied. A new hit at the fair this year is Southern Comfort Kitchen; the kitchen features real southern cuisine.

The menu contains various southern dishes ranging from fried alligator to creole shrimp. The Brill brothers moved to California 25 years ago and have not looked back since. Jason Brill described what makes the kitchen successful.

“We catch the gators ourselves,” Brill said. “Just kidding we don’t but we do have the gators shipped to us from Louisiana on a weekly basis.”

The recipe is a secret, but Brill gave a little hint as to what makes the deep fried gator a fair delicacy.

“We marinate our gator in buttermilk then soak it in hot sauce to give it a great flavor,” Brill said.

Deep fried swamp creatures and various candy bars are not the only foods that fair goers look forward to every year. Every where you look while walking down the main fair avenue, you will see a crowd of people lined up waiting to partake in the sizzling carne asada served at the many Original Soft Taco stands.

While all these foods might bring water to the roof of an eager fair attendant’s mouth, one food stands out as the apparent king of all fair cuisine. Located in the far back corner, but well worth every single step it takes to get there, is the Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls stand.

Established in 1978, Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls is a family run business originating from Oakhurst. Son-in-law of founder and current co-owner, Dane Baldwin, shared the history between his stand and The Big Fresno Fair.

“The cinnamon rolls have been at the fair for almost 30 years, this will personally be my 26th years here,” Baldwin said. “Every year we go the fair, our success goes up and up and up. This has been a, surprisingly, very good year for us.”

The statistics involved in creating so many cinnamon rolls is truly unbelievable.

“We, as a family, attend about 55 events a year,” Baldwin continued. “Most of the events we attend are fairs and we sell the most product during fairs. We do not keep track of the number cinnamon rolls we sell, but here at the Fresno Fair alone, we will have go through over 21 tons of flower.”

One of the main reasons a fair is held in the first place is for local farmers and/or ranchers to exhibit their most prized stock of the year. These various commodities, which are displayed in different buildings all over the fair grounds, are open for public viewing.

The agricultural building and show at the fair this year features table and wine rapes from all across the valley, including new breeds of grapes. The central valleys agricultural production is second to no region in the country.

Farmers and Ranchers have been competing and striving to perfect and advance agricultural products for generations. The fair provides a venue to display their hard work.

FFA, better known as Future Farmers of America is an organization that holds livestock competitions between high school students. Most schools in outlying areas have FFA programs due to there connection with the land.

Livestock that is show ranges from polish rabbits to holstein cattle and everything furry and feathered in between. Makayla Furse, ’17, of Central High School has participated in the FFA program at her school for two years now and loves the prep work that goes into showing her polish rabbit at FFA events.

“Positioning the rabbit during the show is a very crucial point in scoring of the judges,” Furse said. “A lot of brushing, combing, and grooming goes into getting my rabbit ready. I do my best to make him look good and hide some of his flaws.”

Art is another key component to the Big Fresno Fair, art work from students in high school as well as local adult artists is featured and judged. Over 500 pieces are on display in the fine arts and junior arts buildings at the fair grounds. This year, FC submitted three pieces of art done by various students, to be displayed the junior arts building.

Along with the junior exhibit, other entertainment such as concerts, including artists and bands are arriving to the fair grounds. Each night is booked with a different entertainer, from the beginning till end.

Nicole Hudecek and Skyler Lee, writers, reviewed the Beach Boys band after attending their concert, Oct. 7.

(PODCAST) Beach Boys back in town–

The Big Fresno Fair is an event that is highly anticipated throughout the whole entire central valley. Sophomore, Olivia Torres from Kingsburg, explained why she loves the fair and what her favorite attractions are.

“I have come with my schools marching band the last two years to be in the parade,” Torres said. “I love all the good food, because it is like my one chance in the whole year that I can a piece of fried chicken between two donuts. It is also pretty fun to visit all booths and shop while we wait to perform.”

If anyone would like partake in the festivities that are offered at The Big Fresno Fair, it runs from Oct. 1-13. It is located at the Fresno Fairgrounds on Kings Canyon and South Chance Ave..

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather. These writers can be reached via Twitter: @namoodnhoj and @2015beal.

For more features, read the Oct. 2 article, Multimedia position filled: Video Productions.

By |2014-10-02T00:00:00+00:00October 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|1 Comment

Fashion Show 2014 (VIDEO)

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 9.40.25 AMJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

During the chapel girls learned more about what NOT to wear and other stylish tips and wore clothes from the local Buckle store.

During a Thursday gender chapel, the female students on campus were treated to a talk on dress code that was a little unorthodox compared to previous talks given. Instead of teachers reviewing the dress code with the girls, they reviewed the rules through a video and fashion show, Sept. 25.

The video detailed several tricks students sometimes use to try and cheat dress code and how they sometimes ignore it all together. It featured a uniformed “Enforcer”, a familiar face dressed in a police uniform and aviators, ready to take away any dress code offenders.

During the chapel girls learned more about what NOT to wear and other stylish tips and wore clothes from the local Buckle store. Six high school girls were chosen and styled for the big event by high school teacher, Kori Friesen, who masterminded this chapel idea over the summer. Dean of Students, Amy Deffenbacher discussed dress code values. This chapel is sure to be a favorite.

Participants (Left to right) Elise Winegarden, ’15, Claire Kollenkark, ’16, Jenny King, ’17, Sally Rudolfs , ’18, Jenna Bynum, ’18, Morgan Koop, ’16, each paraded down a runway much to the delight of the girls in attendance.

Bes sure to read about the event in the Sept. 26, article, Chapel features modest fashion show, dress code.

For more on the Fashion Show, check out Chapel fashion show and Buckle website.

By |2014-09-26T00:00:00+00:00September 26th, 2014|Fashion, FC Events, Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15|1 Comment

College fair informs, excites student body (VIDEO)

CollegeFairs1Ryan King

Over 30 different colleges set up their booths in the Ground Zero quad during lunch, Sept. 23. Each schools advertises the special programs and majors they offer.

With the future years running through the minds of many upperclassmen, FC hosted their annual Fresno Christian College Fair in order to inform the student body, Sept. 23.

Over 30 different colleges set up their booths in the Ground Zero area during lunch. Each advertising the special programs and majors they offer, to get the attention of campus students.

Several Christian schools, as well as local colleges and universities, presented information to students about applying and events, such as school tours and class sit-ins.

Grand Canyon University (GCU) representative Nick Chandler had the opportunity to speak individually with each class before lunch during advisory period. Chandler found that students were more inclined to learn about GCU during the college fair after he spoke to each class.

“I think the hardest thing for colleges in general is if you haven’t heard of us, you won’t be as inclined to talk to us,” Chandler said. “Getting a chance to talk to everyone exposes people that normally wouldn’t have known about GCU to the opportunities we have, and to see if it might be a good fit.”

With college coming up soon for many seniors, as well as juniors, they are more apt to ask questions during the event. Freshman and sophomores were also invited to the fair, to get a better grasp on college. To set the atmosphere, a raffle drawing was available for students to win prizes. Students were able to obtain a ticket if they visited at least three booths, which would then be entered into the drawing.

Academic Adviser Michelle Warkentin hosted the campus to several more colleges than in previous years. She was excited to see the turnout of campus students and college representatives alike.

“I feel like the college fair went very well. We had a great turnout and it seemed to be a fun event for both students and college representatives,” Warkentin said. “The event ran smoothly and the raffle drawing was a huge hit! Each year we have been able to bring more colleges on our campus which is always an exciting thing.”

Even though the fair was set up to inform upperclassmen on a variety of colleges before applying, lowerclassmen were still able to get information to help ready them for the years ahead. Sophomore Timothy Melendez enjoyed getting to see the Christian colleges at the fair, as well as the various programs available.

“I think I have a better understanding of colleges after seeing some of the options at the fair today,” Melendez said. “I liked that there were a lot of Christian colleges and a wide variety of things to get involved with.”

After attending the campus fair, students were also able to attend the Buchanan National Christian College Fair which started in the evening from 6-8 p.m.. Even though both fairs featured Christian colleges, there were a select few schools only featured at Buchanan, and vice versa.

Alumna Emily Shakeshaft represented Paul Mitchell School to advertise to former school mates on the various programs available. Shakeshaft encourages students to look into applying Paul Mitchell School because of it’s stability within the beauty professions.

“Paul Mitchell is very different from many of the schools here today, being that it is a just a trade school,” Shakeshaft said. “If you get involved here [/fusion_builder_column]

[Paul Mitchell School] you will always have a job, because no matter how bad the economy is, women don’t stop getting their done and men don’t stop getting their hair cut.”

Senior Ivette Ibarra was able to get a sense of what college she wanted to apply to after attending the event. With college just around the corner, she felt that the fair was a lot more relatable compared to in years before.

“I had a broad idea of what colleges I wanted to attend, but now I have kind of narrowed down my options,” Ibarra said. “This year it was more real to me. This is what I have to think about since it’s my last year in high school, so I found it [college fair] a lot more relatable.”

Gabriela Siqueiros, Features Editor, and Sara Peterson, Editor-in-chief, also contributed to this article.

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Paris architecture captivates junior's wanderlust

IMG_7235Courtesy Olivia Quebe

Six campus students and Feather adviser Greg Stobbe traveled to Paris during the summer of 2014 on a ‘just for fun trip.’

This past summer, I traveled with Greg Stobbe and five other students from FC to the iconic destination of Paris, France. We stayed there for a total of nine days and resided at the Hotel des Arenes.

As we stepped off our 11-hour flight, it did not hit us that we landed in a foreign country. Besides hearing the new language, everything seemed very Americanized.

We exited the airport and hopped in the van for an hour drive to our hotel. As the highways and modern buildings began to disappear, we started to see my favorite aspect of Paris. Something nonexistent in the United States is the architecture in France that often dates back thousands of years.

Even the hotel we lived in for the duration of our stay stood in front of the Gallo-Roman amphitheater from 285 A.D. The style and design of these buildings rivaled anything from the states and left a distinct impression on me.

One of the first iconic churches we visited was the Sacre-Coeur. The front steps gave an overview of the city below as copper statues of King Saint Louis IX and Saint Joan of Arc guard the entrance.

As we entered the church, the inside became even more breath taking than the outside. The largest mosaic in France of Jesus with angels at his side covers the ceiling while an organ built by Aristide Cavaille-Coll sits in the back. The Sacre-Coeur remains a symbol of Roman Catholicism ever since 1885 and through time transformed into an iconic tourist destination.

The first day set the bar high for Paris’ unique architecture; however, the Palace of Versailles lived up to its spectacular reputation. With a golden gate entrance, over 700 rooms, and an extravagant garden, the palace possesses something new around every corner. We saw the kings? and queens? rooms along with the dining room and my personal favorite, the Hall of Mirrors.

The space filled with natural light that reflected off the mirrors as some of the original chandeliers sparkled from the suns rays. The amount of detail and thought that went into building this palace blew my mind and the garden looked like something from a movie. Flowers covered the ground in beautiful arrangements with fountains left and right. These days, the Palace serves as a museum and tourist attraction along with holding occasional political functions.

Although the palaces and churches left us speechless by their beauty, nothing compares to the Eiffel Tower. Completed in March of 1889 and standing at 1,063 feet tall, the Eiffel Tower stands as the number one tourist destination in Paris. I stood in awe at the bottom of the tower, amazed by its intricate detail and significant height.

We had the benefit of traveling all the way to the top of the tower where a once in a lifetime view awaited us. All four sides gave a new, magnificent view. As night fell in Paris, the tower lit up with thousands of small lights like a blanket of stars. Although we all shivered from the strong, freezing wind, it became a moment we will not soon forget.

My trip to Paris held so much to offer from the food, to the art museums, and to the shopping. Still, the distinctive architecture kept me captivated for weeks and holds some of my favorite photographs. This trip left me with a desire to visit other parts of the world to see what unique aspect each holds for me to discover.

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WSL Talent Show awards top three winners (PODCAST, VIDEO))

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The group of students participating, attended several performances, over a period of one week, at the various schools. The final show took place at FC’s Student Ministries Center, Feb. 27.

Some of FC’s brightest talents have decided to take part in the annual West Sequoia League (WSL) Talent Show. Fellow school participants in the production include Fowler, Caruthers and Riverdale. Each of the individual contestants displayed a unique personality, style and talent within their particular act.

The group of students participating, attended several performances, over a period of one week, at the various schools. The final show took place at FC’s Student Ministries Center, Feb. 27. Here the contestants displayed their final act, the scores were tallied and at long last the final scores announced.

Petey (last name withheld), participant from Fowler, received the first place trophy with a reward of $100, Ariana Mendoza, from Caruthers, clinched second with a reward of $75 and FC’s own Matthew Garza received a prize of $50 for third place.

Leadership advisor Robert Foshee believes the schools participation in the event allows students to express themselves, while potentially spreading the gospel throughout the Fresno community.

“Participating and hosting the WSL talent show is a great opportunity,” Foshee said. “Our students get to practice talents that God has given them, they get to interact with students from other schools and our students are allowed to cheer and minister with students from other cultures and backgrounds. It’s also great for students who compete on the athletic field to interact in a non-sports related activity.”

Mark Bennett, ’14, placed fourth in the event. He decided to do a comedy act because it is one of his most prevalent talents and he loves to do it. He believes that he has had a successful year.

“I did a comedy bit, because I’m not good at music so I decided to do comedy,” Bennett said. “I wasn’t really nervous to perform in front of my peers rather than performing in front of strangers because I feel that my friends are going to be more accepting. I think I did pretty good at the other schools. It’s hard to judge because you are kind of biased against yourself. So I think I’ve done okay.”

Garza, ’17, plays a wide variety of instruments and has been greatly involved in music over the last few years. He chose to play the piano in his act because he has played it since the first grade and believes it is one of the instruments he is best at.

“I played the piano, but I didn’t sing,” Garza said. “I picked piano because it has been my main instrument that I’ve played since the first grade. I wasn’t nervous to play, I was actually really excited. When we went to Riverdale I think I did okay, the sound wasn’t that great and there was no sustaining on the piano. In Fowler I did a lot better, everything was planned out and went a lot smoother.”

Petey’s passion for singing stemmed from an early childhood exposure. He dedicates every performance to the memory of his mother, whose ten year passing anniversary was this very day.

“I decided to sing because ever since I was five I’ve always had a passion for it,” Petey said. “Whenever I thought about giving up, my mother was always the one to give me a push so I kind of stuck with it. I’m never nervous when I sing, I’m always excited.”

Mendoza who placed second believes like Petey that her interest in music originated in childhood experiences. She was apprehensive about this performance because her friends were present.

“I decided to sing because I’ve been singing since as long as I can remember, and it’s just something I love to do,” Mendoza said. “I was more nervous to perform in front of my peers because they all know me and I feel like I’m being more judged.”

The whole student body along with many parents and friends came out to support the FC representatives. Senior, Lucas Lopez was present at the event and enjoyed the various genera’s that were presented this year. He congratulates Petey for his performance and success.

“This year we had a great lineup of singers,” Lopez said. “I enjoyed the country genre that we saw and it was very different. But I liked it a lot. I’m glad he won first place.”

(PODCAST) WSL Talent Show 2014: March 3, 2014–

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