FCS Band and Choir went to the Jazz festival, Mar, 23-24. During the award ceremony at the festival, a Fresno Christian junior high student, Joseph Igot won the Milestones Youth Camp Scholarship. This award is given to three of the 500 students in attendance. Joseph was the only jr. high student to receive this scholarship. The other two kids that were given this award were in high school.
In a world dominated by the thoughts of sex, alcohol and drugs, finding clarity and direction can be difficult. For teens and young adults especially, staying on the right path can prove to be a challenging task. At the end of 2016, California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts became the latest states to legalize the use of marijuana. This now means that over half of the United States has legalized marijuana in some shape or form. In 2015, over 11 million people between the ages of, 18-25, used marijuana.
Explosions rocked the plane as a crew full of young men attempted to successfully complete their mission over enemy territory. While this may sound like a scene straight from a movie, it was the life of 21-year-old Phillip R. Starr during World War II. As a part of his radio program ‘Hometown Heroes’, Paul Loeffler regularly interviews local WWII veterans, giving them a chance to tell their story to a generation much different than their own. Loeffler and history teacher Kori Friesen invited Starr to share his story during U.S. history classes, April 6. While Loeffler usually interviews veterans in their homes, Starr agreed to conduct his radio interview in a different environment, a high school classroom packed with history students eager to hear his story. Starr, wearing a Central Valley Honor Flight jacket along with a WWII veterans hat, appeared just as eager to tell it.
The physics classroom is unlike any classroom on campus, thanks to teacher Scott Bucher who enjoys showing his students demonstrations to prove the properties they have learned. While Bucher may still be relatively new to campus, he is by no means new to teaching physics. Although this is just his second year on campus, Bucher has been teaching science classes for 31 years, previously at Immanuel High School. He currently teaches physics, chemistry and A.P. calculus. Now Bucher plans on sharing his love of science with other students on campus. He hosted a ‘Physics Open House’ day on April 5, during which students could come into his classroom and test out the multiple different demonstrations and experiments Bucher has. Bucher’s experiments are most often interactive for the whole class. He believes that science should not always be complicated but also fun and interesting.
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.
Fresno Christian hosted alumni, teachers, and donors during its 34th annual auction, March 25. This year, the school also celebrates its 40th anniversary, which was the central theme of the auction; the school’s past was spoken about several times in speeches by Superintendent Jeremy Brown and speakers.
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.
Storytelling carries through all time periods, cultures, and medias. The enchanting nature of stories, whether those stories appear through theater, books, or told from person to person, capture all. Many ways exist to share help pass along the things of the past and information. The importance of hearing how parents were as children or the way an ancient culture lived show examples of how stories last over generations.
In a time when news is so easy to attain, there are times when the information given to the public is not accurate or completely truthful. Lately, many headlines from different news sources have conflicted with each other, and most of the general public has no idea how to separate real news from fake news. The term ‘fake news’ began to make headlines during the 2016 presidential election, as both parties began accusing the media of reporting false information about their candidates. However, many dismissed this as the candidates trying to cover up past mistakes. Despite what many believe, fake news is beginning to become a real problem. Some social media sites, such as Facebook, are now doing their part to stop the spread of fake news. Facebook will now have pop up messages that warn users if they are about to share an article that contains false information. While users can still post the content if they choose to do so, it should help slow down the spread of misguided articles.
Over its 40 years, Fresno Christian has undergone many cultural and structural changes. Kathy Pierce has worked as assistant to the superintendent for 30 of these years. She has worked at the school through times when it was still growing into what it is today. Although the school has changed, Pierce believes that the FC community still sets up students for a lifetime of success.