Dear Editor: After spending six years with director Susan Ainley in the choral department, I have learned and grown so much. I am so thankful for all the ways she has been there for me, believed in me, and cheered me on. Even though all the time and effort she puts in may go unnoticed by others, she has made such a difference in my life. Cayla Rivas | The Feather Online Celeste Counts, '18, (left) smiles with choral director Susan Ainley. During my 8th grade year in junior high choir, Mrs. Ainley gave me a solo for the Christmas concert. The solo was particularly hard for me since I have stage fright and I couldn’t get the right note on a certain part. I completely failed during the performance and barely squeaked out the notes.
Dear Editor: Women’s ensemble, Bellezza, has a packed Christmas concert itinerary. Their most recent choral experience was participating in the Westmont Invitational Choral Festival in Santa Barbara, CA, Oct. 27. The group received high marks from Steve Hodson, professor of conducting and piano studies at Westmont.
The FC homecoming experience is terribly difficult to describe due to the amount of things that go on with the floats and also with being on the court. But one thing is for sure, this homecoming week will never be forgotten.
Dear Editor: Fresno Christian Ladies ensemble, Bellezza, has returned from a glorious trip to New York City where they sang as part of the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall. The Ensemble earned this award by winning a gold rating at a Heritage Festival in Anaheim last year. Learning repertoire and joining with other choirs [...]
Thank you so much for everything you did last week to promote and encourage our school community in the area of journalism, communications, and specifically the ways that The Feather serves our school.
Scholastic Journalism Week has arrived, and I can say that a few different things have been brought to my attention that I didn't quite realize. Some of The Feather staff came into our advisory classes and spoke to us a little bit about why news is so important. I completely agree with all of their arguments concerning the importance of news, but later, after further pondering, a thought struck. Nobody pays attention to the news anymore, right? The truth is, how many people really turn on the 11 o'clock news to pass time or pick up a newspaper to go along with their coffee on a Sunday afternoon? Not many people from this generation rarely do, if at all for that matter. What I am really trying to get at here is that the way we get our news is evolving, and fast.
I appreciate that The Feather covered our team’s first competition back in five years. This is my second year on the cheer team and I was very excited yet nervous about performing. The day started off early and we arrived at the Ainley’s house at 7:30 a.m. I think this article did a good job at describing the stressful morning. A lot of the girls were anxious during warm ups but we got most of our nerves out with our time on the mats. I was particularly stressed because the other teams would stop what they were doing and watch us while we practiced. But it was also motivating because it made me want to work harder so that we would not mess up.
I’d like to take this opportunity to invite and encourage everyone in supporting Fresno Christian cheer at their first competition in 6 years; Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Clovis High in the afternoon session. Fresno Christian is scheduled to compete around 4:00, but spectators should come early to find a seat in the gymnasium. Cheerleaders at FC do the work of two teams. Most schools have a game cheer squad and a competition squad. Game cheer consists of supporting our football and basketball teams. Cheer is a year round sport, because we have to learn cheers that are specific to each sport. In addition, we learn dance routines, stunts and pyramids. We start in the summer with a week long camp to learn skills and continue practicing each day during class as well as extra early morning practices.
I think it is great that Fresno Christian has gotten more new students this year. It is always fun to meet new people and make new friends. I love talking to new people and learning about where they are from and what activities they like. It is always interesting to learn about all the different people we will be going to school with this year. I like that this article highlighted all the new students we got this year including the transfer and foreign exchange.