The time that I never thought would actually come has finally arrived. The past six years of my education have all been leading up to this. Graduation and the next step in my life snuck up on me faster than I could have ever imagined. As I reflect on the time spent at Fresno Christian, I am extremely grateful for all of the memories and people that I have met along the way.
The Feather Online chose to recognize a student that has expressed leadership, hard work and dedication in the 2016-’17 school year. One student in particular has reached beyond just academic excellence and has made a mark on the legacy of Fresno Christian, Fresno community as well as The Feather Online. Senior Clark Zhu is well known in the hallways of FC due to his contagious smiles and video editing skills. While only attending Fresno Christian for two years as an international student, he first moved from Xi’an in Central China. He spent much of his childhood with his grandparents before moving in with his dad up until 2015. In 2015, he moved to Fresno and enrolled in Fresno Christian because both of his parents believed he would receive a better education in the United States.
California Baptist University in Riverside, California. The last school on my list to visit. Heading into my one day experience at the college, I was dead set on attending Auburn University in Alabama. The prestigious university in the south was too amazing of an opportunity to pass up. To my surprise, CBU actually impressed me enough to second guess my original thoughts.
With one college visit under my belt, I considered myself a professional at touring institutions. I went into my time at Auburn University with confidence, thinking that I would know everything that was to happen. My assumptions could not be any more wrong.
7,000 volunteers filled the sidewalks for the 30th annual Kids Day, March 7. Arriving at their street corners as early as 5 a.m., the entire city of Fresno was ready to support Valley Children's Hospital.
Every year the Columbia Scholastic Press Association critiques thousands of high school and college newspapers for their annual competition. For the fifth year in a row, The Feather Online received a Gold Medalist Critique. Although receiving this high honor, the campus paper did not receive the highest All-Columbia Honors.
Bodies piled into the Student Ministries Center, splitting off into designated areas of the room. FC students and staff members were preparing for the fourth annual FC Serve Day, March 2. There were 11 locations throughout the city that FC was serving at. Before everyone filled up the yellow school buses to travel to their service destination, the student body was addressed by Superintendent Jeremy Brown. He commended the students for their willingness to sacrifice a day to go help out the community.
For the fourth year in a row, FC will be participating in FC Serve Day, March. 2. Campus students and teachers will be going out into the community of Fresno to serve at various locations. There are 11 venues at which students and teachers will be serving at.
As the final shot bounced off the rim, the Kern Valley Broncs stormed the court after capturing the 2016 CIF Central Section Divison V championship over FC, 57-54. This was the scene last year at Selland Arena when the Eagles and Broncs squared off. FC looked to get revenge on Kern Valley in the quarterfinal matchup in the FC gym, Feb. 24. The Broncs kept the game close but in the end, the Eagles prevailed, 68-54.
After finishing the regular season on a seven-game winning streak, the FC varsity boys basketball team looked to carry over the momentum into playoffs. The Eagles received the No. 2 seed in playoffs and hosted the 15th seed, Avenal High School, in the first round, Feb. 22. FC struggled throughout the game but eventually won the game, 68-44.