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.
With one college visit under my belt, I considered myself a professional at touring institutions. I went into my time at Auburn University with confidence, thinking that I would know everything that was to happen. My assumptions could not be any more wrong.
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.
Although awards for the CSPA Crown Winners were scheduled to be given on Friday, there was still much to do before that point. Beginning on an early metro ride to Columbia, Editor-in-Chiefs Phillip Christopher and Jennifer King along with Senior Editor Nick Leblanc and advisor Greg Stobbe departed from the hotel to prepare for their first session to begin at 8:45 a.m. Previously the night before, the editors gathered together to perfect the last touches to their presentation slides. Once they arrived with time to set up, early attendees took their seats. The editors greeted and welcomed them before they began. With an introduction from Stobbe, the editors took the stage and began their first session ‘Elements of an award-winning newspaper’.
In life, most of us are faced with the challenge to decide a career pathway. For some, this light bulb moment is not made clear right away. World renown photographer, Peter Hurley experienced this first hand when he was working as a bartender, olympian and model at a young age. With an email and some organization of details, The Feather was hooked in on a personal interview with Hurley in his New York studio.
Despite the late night most Feather staffers spent working, video journalists woke earlier than the rest of the group to prepare a presentation. For the second consecutive day, Feather staffers took the subway trip to Columbia University for the NSPA Spring Convention. Once again, The Feather taught sessions open for other student journalists to attend. As the first and second presentations of the morning in one of the buildings at the farthest corner of the Columbia campus, a lot rode on these presentations. However, this time it was the video journalist who took the spotlight. First, Jarrod Markarian and the rest of the video journalists walked students through the process of making a video in less than one hour. The next session, led by Markarian and advisor Kori Friesen, focused on the quality of videos produced by a student paper. Markarian believes the experience taught him something that he would probably not have learned anywhere else. “I feel that our session went great and we had a much larger audience than expected,” Markarian said. “I think that it went better than I ever could have hoped for. The experience of just talking in front of a crowd of people is more valuable than anything you can learn in a classroom.”
The icy temperatures and frigid winds left over from the blizzard didn’t stop Feather students from hopping onto the NY Metro and trudging through slush to get to Columbia University, to attend the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Convention. Departing from the convention, the team bore gusts of wind to visit Peter Hurley, a world famous photographer who shared his experiences and advice on taking the best headshot. After a quick break at the hotel, the team enjoyed a long, entertaining meal at Ellen’s Stardust Diner.
Snowflakes fell from the sky as the well rested students awoke from their deep sleep. Due to the blizzard that was approaching New York City, many of the activities planned for The Feather staff’s day was cancelled. The group had planned to take a ferry ride around the Statue of Liberty and visit the Tenement Museum in the lower East side of Manhattan. Instead, a last minute trip to Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District.
Alarms go off as dreary eyed Feather students roll out of bed. An early day with multiple plans and stops awaited students. The first stop of the day was at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. The 11,000 square foot building is full of multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of authentic artifacts. The museum is broken into two exhibitions, historical and memorial. In the historical section, viewers can find the exhibition broken into three parts, events, before and after.
Once again The Feather Online embarks on a weeklong adventure consisting of hard work and massive amounts to caffeine to preserve through. After hopping on a bus headed north bound to San Francisco, students eagerly chatted about events planned for the week. Although the week consisted of many tourist activities, staffers were more importantly headed to the annual CSPA Conference.