The Feather takes NYC 2018: Day 1 Recap

The Feather takes NYC 2018: Day 1 Recap

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Staff spends full day in New York City after overnight flight

Kaylie Clem | The Feather Online

The Feather staff poses for a photo in Bryant Park after walking though Times Square during their first day in New York City, March 11.

Most Saturdays on campus are quiet and uneventful, with the exception of the occasional sports game or church event. However, campus bustled with activity this weekend as volunteers helped set up for the FC auction and Feather staffers prepared to leave for their trip to New York City, March 10.

The Feather was invited to attend the Columbia Scholastic Press Association conference in New York City after being nominated for a CSPA Gold Crown. Adviser Greg Stobbe has taken staff members to New York every year since 2003, and once in 2001. Staffers met in the Peoples Church parking lot before departing for the San Francisco International Airport.

Due to choir and ensemble also making a trip to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall later in April, a total of only ten Feather staff members and five chaperons are in New York this week. The rest of the staff will continue to run articles and cover events happening on the Fresno Christian campus.

Senior photo editor Cayla Rivas planned on attending the trip, but was unable to after learning she received a concussion in cheer practice only days before the group planned to leave on Saturday. The Feather staff wishes Rivas a speedy recovery.

Despite taking a red eye flight, The Feather staff hit the ground running after landing at JFK Airport at six thirty in the morning. First year staff member Kyle Friesen, ’19, not only arrived in New York for the first time on Sunday, he also flew in a plane for the first time.

“It (the plane) was really cool,” Friesen said. “I’ve never been in something that has been able to go five hundred miles per hour, so that was really cool. I wish I could go five hundred miles per hour everywhere. The plane was a lot smaller than I thought it was going to be. I imagined everything to be a lot bigger.”

Photojournalist Bethany Pouliot, ’19, is also taking in the sights of New York for the first time and looks forward to the rest of the trip.

“It is extremely busy and exactly like movie scenes, so it’s kind of cool walking through the streets and then realizing you’ve seen this place in a movie before,” Pouliot said. “I’m definitely looking forward to the next Broadway show. I also am excited for the hockey game.”

I thought it was really cool that we were able to go to the Grand Central Terminal because, in the U.S. history classes at Fresno Christian, we just covered the great millionaires of the Gilded Age. Some of those millionaires helped build the Grand Central Terminal which I thought was really cool. The artwork and the detail that went into the terminal is absolutely stunning and amazing. — Samuel Cross, ’19

Students rode in vans to Hotel Edison where they dropped off their luggage and gathered for breakfast at Friedmans, a restaurant connected to the hotel. Hotel Edison officially opened when Thomas Edison himself turned on the lights to the hotel at its grand opening in 1931. Feather staffers have been staying in the hotel for several years.

After breakfast, staffers walked to Grand Central Terminal. Around 750,000 people walk though the Grand Central each day, some for tourist purposes and others to travel on one of the many trains that funnel through the station.

Kaylie Clem | The Feather Online

The clock in the center of Grand Central Terminal is admired by thousands of tourists each day. Is not just a beautiful work of art. It may be worth more than $10 million, according to auction house estimates because of the four opal faces on the clock.

The station is heavily guarded and has many employees to guide passengers to their correct destination. Bruce (last name withheld) is a conductor from the Metro North Hudson Line and has personally seen the station change through restorations.

“There is a lot of history in this station,” Bruce said. “You have the whispering wall downstairs, and the beautiful ceiling, complete with a piece that shows what it used to look like before the restoration. They have really cleaned it up a lot here, in fact twenty years ago it wasn’t quite as nice in here.”

From Grand Central Terminal, staffers walked to Rockefeller Center where they took the opportunity to take photos and watch ice-skaters.

Samuel Cross, ’19, appreciated the history behind both Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal after learning about them in U.S. history this year.

“I thought it was really cool that we were able to go to the Grand Central Terminal because, in the U.S. history classes at Fresno Christian, we just covered the great millionaires of the Gilded Age,” Cross said. “Some of those millionaires helped build the Grand Central Terminal which I thought was really cool. The artwork and the detail that went into the terminal is absolutely stunning and amazing.”

After returning to the hotel to change, the students went to view their first Broadway play of the week, Wicked. Alexander Rurik, ’19, has seen the play several times before, both in New York and in Los Angeles, and found that each actor was able to make the character unique.

Julia Fikse | The Feather Online

Staff members watched the play Wicked after lunch, March 11.

“Something about the play that stood out to me is probably the acting of Glinda, the good witch,” Rurik said. “She did a very good job of taking the role and making it her own. I have seen this play in Los Angeles, Fresno and this is my second time seeing it in New York. I think the two performances I’ve seen in New York are the best, probably just because they’re Broadway, but I also like how every performance is different, and every actor makes their role their own.”

Rurik will be posting a full review of Wicked later tonight.

Before heading back to the hotel, staffers walked to Gotham West Market for dinner. The group also checked out the USS Intrepid where it docks on the Hudson River.

Follow the Feather staff in NYC tomorrow as they will see New York City by river on the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise and from The Rock atop Rockefeller Center. The Feather will also continue to publish from Fresno as more the half the staff is still in school this week. On March 14-16, The NYC Feather staff will attend the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) 94th  annual Spring Scholastic Convention before returning to Fresno on St. Patrick’s Day. 

Slideshow below includes photos from FC takes on NYC: day one, March 11.

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For more on our trip to New York City, follow The Feather on social media or follow our hashtag, #FeatherTakesNYC.

For more articles, read EDITORIAL: Letting go of trivial issues or Redemption: Berchtesgaden.

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Mariana Fikse
“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile” – Max Lucado. Senior Mariana Fikse developed a passion for agriculture and dairy science while growing up on a family dairy farm. She plans to major in nursing with a minor in dairy science. Fikse works long hours on the dairy over summer and school vacations but is also passionate about spending her time to help others. Volunteering with Sister to Sister gives Fikse the opportunity to mentor younger students while still maintaining a 4.0+ G.P.A. As last year’s varsity girl’s tennis captain, Fikse learned what was required to be a team leader, something that supports her role on The Feather. During her time on staff, The Feather earned two CSPA Gold Crowns and one NSPA Online Pacemaker. A third year of journalism likely includes more challenges ahead, but Fikse looks forward to facing them with the rest of the team, this year as co-editor-in-chief. When not enjoying a good book or hanging out with her siblings, you can find Fikse riding quads or driving a jeep around back roads with her cousins. Confident in her writing and leadership abilities, Fikse anticipates success in her senior year of high school.


  1. Brayden Iest
    Brayden Iest March 12, 2018 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Looks like you guys are having a great time in New York!

  2. Mel Swager March 12, 2018 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    So glad you all are able to experience such a fun and exciting trip!! Great article, Mariana!!

  3. Ed Fikse Jr March 12, 2018 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Great article Mariana! The description of your New York City trip makes it seem like I’m there.
    There is a lot of history as you mentioned there like Hotel Edison and Rockefeller Center. Also great pictures that were shared. Keep up the good work and enjoy your time.

  4. Marie Fikse March 12, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Great article and picture ! What a wonderful experience !

  5. Erin Wilson March 12, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    So happy you guys are having such a great time!!

  6. Terry Boertje March 12, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Great article Mariana! Sounds like you and the Feather staffers are having a great time taking in all the beautiful and famous sights! What a memorable trip it will be for you. Your article makes me want to go back to NYC! You can never see it all in one trip.

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