The new school year has brought 132 new students and eight new staff/faculty to campus. These numbers alone set this year apart from those in the past, but there is more to Fresno Christian than just numbers.
The show ends and the opera actors come up to stage, step forward and take a bow. The finely dressed audience stands up while their claps reverberate inside the hall adorned with those golden Renaissance-era decorations. The giant chandelier, hand-carved reliefs and innumerable oil paintings down each side wall diffuse the atmosphere filling Her Majesty’s Theatre in downtown London.
For most people, a weekend at the coast includes lounging the beach, relaxing in the sun or maybe going shopping. However, during Car Week in Monterey, crowds of people flock to the coast for a very different reason. Car Week is every car lover's paradise. The variety of different shows and auctions provided attendees with a variety of different cars to view. The sheer amount of automobiles, whether they be American muscle cars, exotic European sports cars or others, overwhelm even the most serious car collectors. As a girl who has followed NASCAR her entire life and has watched more episodes of Top Gear than any other show on television, I obviously had the date marked on the calendar for quite some time. My family takes an annual trip to Monterey for Car Week every year to cap off the summer. Despite the fact that school started before the event began this year, we still made a point to travel for the weekend and continue the tradition.
I walked through Mrs. (Linda) Tapley’s door terrified of my first day of school at Fresno Christian. At only four years old, the youngest one there, I felt alone. Classmates made friends from preschool the year before, but not me. I never went to preschool. The alphabet, counting to one hundred, reading, and spelling my name presented no problem for me, but it took some time to make a friend.
For the fifth year in a row, The Feather Online returned from New York boasting yet another Gold Crown award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association(CSPA). The Feather staff claims seven Gold Crowns since 2010. However, the CSPA’s award is not the only prize students strive for. The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) offers an arguably more prestigious reward--the Pacemaker. The Feather owns six Digital Pacemaker awards, most recently winning in 2016.
Jobs, school, and activities arouse multiple emotions. Often occupations start out with excitement and curiosity, but as we continue in our jobs or schoolwork, we often come to a blockade and stress out.
For most students, summer is spent as a break from all things school related, but for others, it is a way to get ahead. There are so many programs offered over the summer that students can take advantage of.
At the tail end of 2016, my sister Trista Brown, '18, was diagnosed Idiopathic Severe Aplastic Anemia or SAA. She was rushed to Valley Children's Hospital after a tennis game as she felt awful. During her initial hospital stay, medical staff decided to administer her a blood transfusion and took some of her bone marrow to test. This is when they found out that her bone marrow wasn't working right, but they didn't know the extent of her problem.
In my short time as a student, athlete, and journalist, classroom education has driven my every action and thought. However academic education does not embody all forms of knowledge and higher learning.
I have never really been very good at writing, but I knew that joining The Feather would shape me to be a better writer. I also knew that the skills that I would learn from being on the team would be very beneficial further on down the road. Last year my older sister, Kylie Bell, was the photo editor of the team and I really enjoyed learning and hearing all about The Feather through her. Also my aunt, Kori Friesen, is one of The Feather advisors and she advised me to be on the team especially as a journalist, because she wanted me to receive training from advisor Greg Stobbe.