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.
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.
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.
With the school year wrapping up, faculty and students begin to prepare for FCS’ 38th annual graduation. With students accruing over 2.1 million dollars in scholarships, the graduation will send off 41 seniors and 10 “lifers”. Held on the last day of school, graduation will be in the Peoples Church main auditorium, starting at 7 p.m.
Spending the next couple of days in Southern California, seniors will be embarking on the annual senior trip, May 14. Visiting theme parks and shopping, seniors will be finishing off the year a week and a half earlier than the rest of the student body. Graduation will take place a week after their return on May 23.
With the school year finishing up, grades K-12 unite as one student body to celebrate the 2019 National Day of Prayer, May 2. Officially starting in 1952, the day of prayer was signed into law by Former President Harry S. Truman and has been continued since then. The all-school chapel also serves as the end-of-year convocation before school ends on May 23.
With the school year coming to end Fresno Christian's choirs and instrumental groups traveled to Anaheim, California to compete in the World Strides Heritage Festival, April 5. Bringing home a number of awards including the Choral Sweepstakes award, students Lindsay Weimer, '20, and Sarah Upshaw, '23, also won individual awards.
With only 14 states giving press rights to student journalists, the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) is currently spearheading the fight for student press rights. The SPLC utilizes their access to attorneys and legal aides by introducing and reintroducing New Voices legislation to states around the U.S. This legislation protects a student journalists First Amendment rights and allows for responsible journalism.
Engineers show importance of math through example During his visit to FCS, David Kwalwasser showed detailed maps of his work on the High-Speed Rail. Taking a break from their work on California’s High-Speed Rail, David Kwalwasser and Mauro Weyant visited Angie Counts’ math three classes this Wednesday, Feb. 27. Bringing [...]
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