As the year wraps up, seniors aren’t the only ones preparing to journey beyond Fresno Christian. Athletic groundskeeper and Vietnam War veteran, Valentine (Val) Rivera retires after over 10 years of faithful service to the school.
As the school celebrates its 41st year of existence, Fresno Christian honors one staff member who faithfully served the school for 34 years. Principal’s assistant Brenda Warkentin reflects on experiences and memories that shaped her today as she is retiring at the end of the school year.
Longtime campus teacher Robert Foshee has served FCS since 2000, with 18 years as an advisor, teacher and coach. His consistent participation in school events have shaped the school, helping provide stability as it completes its 41st year.
With the school year winding down and students preparing for the summer break, senior Matthew Sue wanted to do something exciting for the last part of high school. Sue joined the golf team because he thought it would be beneficial to his future.
Some days it feels like I just graduated from Fresno Christian and other days it feels like a lifetime ago. In reality, it has been three years since I graduated and left behind the school that I had come to love in my six years of attendance. Looking back on my time at Fresno Christian, some of my fondest memories are attending football and basketball games, knowing all of my classmates, but mostly my time spent on The Feather.
Athlete, journalist, singer. These are only a few words to describe senior Juliana Lozano. Exposed to music at an early age, Lozano pursued a love of singing into high school, using it as an outlet for creative expression. Lozano started singing with the elementary choir in the 5th grade, encouraged by her family and teachers to continue in music. As she entered high school, she joined the Bellezza ensemble all four years, using her voice to influence others.
A voice on the loud speaker resonates throughout classrooms, announcing various activities occurring throughout the day. Whether a student needs to be pulled out of class for an appointment, a sports game was cancelled or there is a daily campus update, secretary Michelle Logan takes control announcing events.
“He has so many strengths,” Ainley said. “He is a very fine singer and while he was at Fresno Christian he sang in the men's ensemble. He is also a very strong actor, he acted for me starting in the fifth grade and any role I gave him he always did very very well. He has a really larger than life personality so when he is on stage people believe him when he acts. He connects well with the audience and he always puts every bit of effort he has into each role. He is fabulous.”
Spring sports including baseball, softball, golf, boys tennis and track are underway. Many new students involve themselves in these sports seeking the development of relationships and the chance to better their athletic abilities.
Senior Jaden Ventura has been part of the high school tennis team for four years. From freshman year to senior year, he has improved dramatically and has been a key part of FC tennis. Ventura has been playing tennis since the eighth grade. He fell in love with the sport when his grandfather taught him how to play in the summer before.