College representatives, students and staff members gather in the PC gym to engage in the annual college fair at lunchtime, Oct. 15. 24 private, state, community and military colleges from California to Colorado arrived on campus to connect with students and inform them of college opportunities. The campus fair is the first part of a day of college immersion. Christian colleges from the FC fair and others from around the country visit Hope Lutheran Church for the North American Coalition for Christian Admissons Professionals (NACCAP) fair, 6 p.m. Over 2,000 students attend the fair annually, refining their college searches and engaging with Christian college representatives.
Casts, scripts, auditions, oh my! Casting for the campus production company's first show began Oct. 7. With 50 students attending initial auditions, the performance will recreate the Broadway Musical, Newsies. Entitled Spotlight Productions, the production company's shows differ from previous campus performances where only students in drama class participated, as opposed to opening casting to all students.
At the end of each month in our art class, we are required to turn in four visual journal entries to demonstrate our artistic practice throughout the month. As an Art 3 student, I have the choice whether or not to partake in the assignments of the class, so this journal really helps me to express myself without a short deadline. As I began this page of my journal, I thought about the topics I was writing about in my publications class, The Feather. I am currently tackling a project on student voice in world issues and the importance of that voice in public discussion.
News organizations are taking action against student voice restrictions with days like News Engagement Day, Oct. 1. The annual event “encourages engagement with news and promotes understanding about the principles and processes of journalism in a democratic society.”
Immersed in class bonding activities and wilderness trails for a week, the class of 2024 returns from Calvin Crest with an expanded knowledge of God and of the natural world. From Crazy Hair Night to Loggers Jamboree, students participated in activities and challenges that spurred class unity. FC eighth grade students have been venturing up to Calvin Crest for over 30 years. Under the leadership of teachers Hallie Rojeski and Terry Richards, the annual camp traditions and stories have endured. With Richards out of school due to illness and Rojeski retiring at the end of the school year, the program looks to a new generation of teachers to continue the legacy left by both instructors.
Crazy hair nights, team bonding activities and nature trails await the class of 2024, Sept. 9-13. Surrounded by the Sierra National Forest, 51 eighth graders head up to Calvin Crest in Oakhurst, CA to connect as a class and learn about God. A group of high school students travel up the hill each year as counselors for the week. Eight upperclassmen accompany the class this year, along with teachers Hallie Rojeski, Amy Friesen and John Martin.
Students go through their high school experience participating in sports, clubs, extra-curriculars, and performing arts. The mission of The Feather Online is to record and report on these events, preserving them online. As the new year begins, the Feather staff reminisces the 2018-2019 school year and highlights some notable moments and accomplishments.
Throughout the year, individual student athletes stand out on the field, court, and track. Through scholarships and ceremonies, the Fresno B’nai B’rith Student Athlete Award Program seeks to honor the accomplishments of outstanding senior athletes. For the 68th annual ceremony, senior Alex Rurik was nominated from Fresno Christian for his athletic skills and academic excellence, May 20. Founded in New York in 1843, B’nai B’rith was originally established to create a society that integrated all Jewish immigrants into American life. Since its origination, B’nai B’rith has spread throughout the world, with representation in over 40 countries. The program works to “unite in the work of promoting the highest interests of humanity and the Jews: of developing and elevating the mental and moral character of our people…”.
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.
Feather staffers travel to LA and arrive at Warner Bros. Studios for the five-hour Deluxe Studio Tour, April 24. As groups view backlots and walk through sound stages, they experience the Warners’ legacy that has lasted for nearly a century.