Over the past year, the world has watched as young activists take charge and address nationwide issues such as climate change, gun control and free speech. Teens go viral in the media, holding rallies, participating in strikes and using their impact in writing pieces. Student Press Law Center (SPLC) named 2019 Year of the Student Journalist. The action raises awareness about the struggles teenage writers face, the need for protection of First Amendment rights and validation for the importance of journalism education.
Students around the valley are invited to explore various California colleges through meeting representatives and visiting college planning workshops at the Fresno Area College Night, Sept. 11. The yearly college fair is located in the Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Hall and advertises college options to students deciding their futures. The event is hosted by the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, admission is free and all ages are welcome.
Ten-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift wins over the hearts of her followers with timeless breakup songs and catchy tunes. In 2017, Swift revealed a new version of music with a darker, more adult-sound. Based on the fall of her reputation in the midst of celebrity feuds, Swift named the album Reputation. As said in an interview at Town Hall for SiriusXM, Swift used her character reinvention to sort and process her persona transformation, transitioning into a place to write Lover, her fresh new album. Lover released Aug. 23 and contains 18 songs, more than she’s ever placed in one album. The album embodies many lighthearted and more pop-themed sounds from her fourth album, Red. “I once believed life would be burning red but it’s golden," Swift said. This line from Daylight, a song from her 2019 album, shows Swift’s outlook on life since the Red era.
Kicking off the school year with a time of worship and prayer, the student body gathered in the People’s Church main auditorium before school started, Aug. 12. Superintendent Jeremy Brown welcomed students and families back to school by sharing the theme bible verse for the 2019-2020 school year, Phillipians 4:8. Alumna and secondary principal, Amy Deffenbacher, ‘94, shares why she values the feeling of community during convocation. Although FCS started in 1970, due to the restrictions of having multiple campuses, the entire student body only began to gather for convocation seven years ago.
As the school year comes to an end, summer internships help aid future student career choices and are an important part of the high school experience. Through networking with professionals, acquiring hands-on skills and gaining self-confidence, internships allow students to define their career goals. The Feather staff traveled to Anaheim, CA for the NSPA National High School Journalism Convention, April 25-27. During the Saturday session, senior editor Addison Schultz, ‘21, and journalist Morgan Parker, ‘21, interviewed editor-in-residence for the conference Bill Elsen. A former recruiter at The Washington Post and current Sigma Delta Chi board member, Elsen discusses internships and job possibilities with students at journalism conventions and workshops.
Choir performances wind down for the school year and participants in ensemble and choir displayed their skills during the Anaheim Heritage Festival, April 5. Students stand out on the risers by working hard and showing dedication. Choral director Susan Ainley sees seniors Landon Goldsborough and Alina Ochoa stand out amongst the rows of students. Ainley enjoys Ochoa’s attitude and watching her grow.
As sports wind down during the last few months of the school year, FC winter guard prepares for upcoming San Joaquin Valley Color Guard Percussion Review (SJVCGPR) Championship Competition, March 30. High school teams gather to compete for the champion title at Clovis North High School. The team performs at 1:55 p.m. along with five campus guard members participating in the solo competition at various times.
In a world where science and the Christian faith find themselves at war, scientists in Christian education find ways to incorporate both into their teaching. AP Biology, biology, and zoology teacher Dr. Karen Walters encourages her students to dig into places where faith and science collide.
Learning from the plethora of knowledge that professional journalists have gained, The Feather staffers attended the ‘Putting Fake News in the Rear View Mirror: How the Media Can Win Back the Trust of all Americans’, Symposium at Fresno State, Feb. 26. Keynote speaker and Editor-In-Chief of ProPublica, Stephen Engelberg, used various social examples to present relevant topics that related media to current political situations. Previously holding editor positions at both The New York Times and The Oregonian, Engelberg originally moved to ProPublica as founding managing editor and now editor-in-chief.