At the height of the 1963 civil rights movement, he addressed 250,000 listeners in his “I Have a Dream” speech. The pastor preached his vision for freedom and equality for all. The pastor campaigned for freedom and equality. Community and national leaders continue to pursue Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of equality and freedom for all. However, in the Fresno community, leaders still look to continue to fulfill King’s ideology. Senior pastor of Saint Rest Baptist Church, David J. Criner Jr. shares Dr. King’s ideologies and philosophies. Criner began preaching as a ten year old and has lead the church since 2013. He also teaches as a adjunct professor at Fresno Pacific University.
FC progresses into the second semester of the 2018-’19 school year. Students of the journalism program continue to compete in competitions and review judges critiques. The Feather prepares for the annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association and National Scholastic Press Association's conventions that take place March 20-22 and April 25-28, respectively. CSPA judges nominated The Feather Online for a digital crown award. The staff waits to hear from the NSPA association on a potential Pacemaker nomination.
On the last day of first semester, students watched the Christmas themed film Elf to celebrate the upcoming break from school. The three week break allows staff and students time to celebrate Christmas and New Years. During break, various teams continued to practice and sharpen skills. Winter athletic teams participated in tournaments including boys and girls soccer and basketball teams.
Dancers practice as builders and painters prepare props for the upcoming Break the Barriers production, “A Nutcracker like no Other”, Nov. 17. The show is based on Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker". Dance and gym coach, Katie Hale appreciates the inclusivity of Break the Barriers performances and the detail placed into the productions. During her third Nutcracker production, she is responsible for on-stage props.
The joy of receiving gifts eludes children living in impoverished areas across the world. Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child (OCC) intends to distribute gift boxes to these children, providing them with the joy of a physical and spiritual gift. According to their website, OCC intends to further the gospel of Jesus Christ through the distribution of the gift boxes. Ameristudent international advisor Brooke Stobbe encourages her students to support OCC through packing boxes. Of her 21 students, Stobbe took 14 international students to Dollar Tree filling 17 boxes that will be donated in support of OCC.
Final football home game, cheer clinic unites campus, Oct. 19 Fresno Christian defeated Orcutt Academy on the road, 45-27, Oct. 12. Senior quarterback Anthony Lonardo (No. 7) went 11 for 21, passing for 147 yards and 2 TDs. He also ran 13 times for 96 yards and 1 TD. In [...]
Pack the bags, board the plane and a 13 hour flight later, they have arrived from China to America. International students attend Fresno Christian and learn American culture and language first hand. Currently, 21 students from Asia and one from the Africa attend FC. International students adjust from their native cultures to western traditions and practices. Ameristudent adviser, Brooke Stobbe discusses challenges international students face when studying in a new country.
After visiting a homeless shelter at eight years old, she discovered poverty in her own city. After her encounter at the Fresno Rescue Mission, Kaitlin Riffel founded Kids On A Mission (KOAM). The organization seeks to empower student leaders through serving in their communities. Fresno Christian supports the faith based organization, KOAM during the 34th annual Homecoming through collecting donations for the teen-led, non-profit. Last year, student leadership introduced “Homecoming for Humanity”, a theme that introduced a non-profit element to each class’s float. Classes competed to bring in the most donations for their particular organization.
Food trucks, bounce houses and snack bars offered a carnival atmosphere for attendees during Eagle Fest, Sept. 29. The fall festival’s success garnered hundreds of attendees’ attention to school performances, introduction of teams, and taking a shot at dunking teachers and the superintendent. Austin Kinzle, ‘26, enjoyed a Kona Ice snow cone while deciding which bounce house to visit next.
The annual CSPA/JEA national journalism convention hosts 4,500 attendees from 525 schools from 40 states, in addition to teams from Canada and China attending the convention, April 12-14. Students traveled to San Francisco to attend the convention in the Marriott Marquis. Over 400 sessions and workshops, seminars, discussion groups, and keynote speakers provide attendees opportunities to improve their individual and collective skills. There are also special workshops and sessions for advisers and administrators as well for yearbooks, newspapers, broadcast, news magazines, and online newspapers.