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Although the 2014-’15 school year did not come to a close until the end of May, The Feather shut down its server on April 15 to begin renovations for the following semester. The Feather is now back in its freshly updated form and will be continuing on to report on all 2015-’16 events.

The Feather has taken some time to remember the previous school year and its major events. Last year, with the introduction of a photojournalism class, The Feather was able to capture media with a stronger force than ever before. The Feather was able to publish a steady flow of videos, photos, slideshows, podcasts, comics and articles.

The Feather would now like to take time to recognize the efforts put into academics, sports and extracurriculars by staff and students throughout the previous school year.

GRADUATION

The class of 2015 officially said goodbye to high school in FC’s 34th graduation ceremony, May 21. Various speakers were given the opportunity to represent the class of 2015 and several awards were given to honorable graduates.

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Both Aaron DeWolf and Jordan Castro were named valedictorians, and Christopher Grossman earned the title of salutatorian. Each delivered speeches intended to reminisce on their experiences at FC and also build inspiration for the future.

Annually, FC gives out one faculty/staff scholarship award to a deserving student. Andrew Hindes received the award for his hard work and excellent character on campus.

ACADEMICS

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Teacher Robert Foshee leads the campus in a prayer during their end-of-the-year convocation, May 7.

At the beginning of the 2014-’15 school year, previous Superintendent Debbie Siebert stepped down and invited Jeremy Brown to be the new leader of the school. In addition, Todd Bennett handed over his position of Principal to previous English teacher, Amy Deffenbacher.

As well as new administration, FC picked up several new teachers. Andrea Donaghe took over several English classes as well as yearbook, and Kyle Dodson began teaching English and Christian Living. Jared Kaiser adopted a few math classes in place of David Lee and Michael Fenton, who is now Director of K-12 Academics as well as Precalculus and calculus teacher. In place of Beatriz Foth, Karen Alamaraz stepped in as Spanish teacher.

SPORTS

The FC football team continued to compete in the West Sequoia League eight-man division. The Eagles closed the season in their playoff game with Kings Christian with a score of 56-57. The Eagles placed 4-1 in the Central Sierra League and 7-4 overall.

The Cross Country team was invited to participate in the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park, Nov. 20. Soren Hoffman placed first with a time of 19:54.

Girls volleyball finished the season 2-7 in the West Sequoia League, 12-5 in preseason play and 14-13 overall. The girls made it to the first seed of playoffs, bust lost in the first match.

With a 11-15 overall record, the Fresno Christian Eagles landed as the fifth seed in CIF Central Section Division 5 playoff bracket. The team made it to the first round of playoffs, but lost 65-33 to Liberty High School.

In the home playoff game against Orange Cove, boys soccer took a loss, 2-0. This game ended the season and dropped FC to 2-15 in the league.

Girls soccer made it into the championship, where they lost 2-0 to Frazier Mountain. They ended the season with 4-5 in the West Sequoia League and 11-9 overall.

With record of 9-12, West Sequoia League, and 2-8 overall the baseball team fought their way into the first round of playoffs but lost to Woodlake, 11-2.

Baseball ended its season during playoffs, when they suffered a close loss to the Central Valley Christian Cavaliers, 14-13. For the season, they were overall 14-9 and league 4-6.

The girl’s softball season came to a close during their game with Riverdale High, where they lost 19-0. They ended the season with a 1-14 record.

The boys tennis team ended the season with 15-0 overall and 12-0 in the league, only losing in their playoff match.

EXTRACURRICUL AR

Because of the wide variety of extracurriculars offered on campus, we have broken this section down into preforming arts, visual arts, organizations and publications.

ORGANIZATIONS

New teacher Andrea Donaghe took over the junior high and high school yearbook department, renovating many aspects of the book. The small class worked extra hours to pull together The Shield.

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A member of the Eagles football team dives for opponent in a game against Kings Christian.

The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) continued the tradition of service on campus and within the community. The club pulled together a senior recognition dinner and visited Carrington Pointe, a senior citizens home, to sing Christmas carols. One member, Julianna Rosik, arranged a trip to the local food drive as an optional service opportunity.

For another year, Hallie Rojeski lead Sister to Sister while Terry Richards lead Brother to Brother. Both clubs offer peer counseling from high school students, who are each paired with one junior high student. The students get the chance to form personal connections and share advice.

A creative writing club also took place on campus. Students met on Monday during lunch and learned about the many aspects of creative writing.

Meanwhile, students enrolled Book Buddies traveled to Pinedale elementary once a week. In this organization, pupils could share their knowledge with younger students. High school students read a collection of children’s books to kindergarteners attending Pinedale.

The leadership class devoted many hours into hosting events such as Homecoming, Sadies, Night of the Stars (NOTS) and the Fall Festivus. Some altercations were made, such as switching the NOTS venue to Wolf Lakes.

As is tradition, students woke up bright and early to line the streets for Kids Day. They waved special editions of the Fresno Bee, selling them to passersby to fundraise for Children’s Hospital Central California.

PERFORMING ARTS

The music department was taken over by Susan Ainley, who led choir and ensemble to various competitions and critiques. From March 5-8, the choirs headed to Los Angeles to participate in the Worldstrides Heritage Festival. The students visited Disneyland for a day, where their award ceremony was held.

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The drama program, led by Susan Ainley, ended the year with their production of the Music Man

The Heritage Festival honored students Andrew Guthrie, ’15, and Ivette Ibarra, ’15, with maestro awards. Guthrie also took home the “When you Wish” award. The school program won the top amount of prizes overall, and in turn they received the Heritage Sweepstakes award. The Ladies ensemble also merited an invitation to the Heritage Festival hosted at Carnegie Hall, which they will be attending in the 2015-’16 school year.

The drama department, also lead by Ainley, put on a production of The Gift of the Magi as their winter special. In the following semester the class performed The Music Man, with the help of Kyle Dodson.

VISUAL ARTS

Sharon Scharf, Art and Home Economics teacher, gave her students the opportunity to enter their work into competitions hosted at the Fresno Fair. The classes also participated in a baking session to prepare treats for soldiers living overseas.

PUBLICATIONS

Anually, the Feather participates in several national competitions. In the fall semester, The Feather Online received the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) critique, in which they earned several All-American rankings. The Feather was graded upon three sections: essential, verbal, and visual, and received a combined score of 976 out of 1,000.

In the Spring semester, The Feather took its editors to New York City to attend Columbia University’s Spring Convention. There, several students gave presentations to other journalists. At the awards ceremony, the Feather received the most prestigious award given by the CSPA, a Gold Crown.

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