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    Announcement: 2008-04-02

    Written by: Claire Kister, Features editor


    School dismissed at 12 noon due to teachers’ in service
    Track @ Caruthers, W.S.L., 4 P.M.

    Tabor College visit, 9:45 A.M.
    Econ class Entrepreneurship Day, GZ courtyard, 11:30 A.M.
    Boys’ tennis vs. Firebaugh (H), T-Sport, 3:30 P.M.
    Girls’ softball @ Mendota, 3:30 P.M., dismissed @ 1:40
    Color guard practice, FC gym, 5 P.M.

    Track @ West Coast Relays @ Buchanan, 4 P.M.
    Boys’ (JV/V) baseball @ Liberty, 4 P.M., dismissed @ 1:40

    Girls softball @ Mission Prep, 11 A.M.

    Varsity Baseball Results–
    Fresno Christian Eagles beat Mendota, 12-11, in a come back game, April 1.

    WP – Dustin McDonald, 3 runs, pitched 3-1/3 innings, 2 strike outs
    Andrew Biehler – 2 singles, 2alk
    Ronnie Gianetta – 2 singles
    Dustin McDonald – Hit-by-pitch, double, 1 RBI
    Coleton Hutchins – 2 hit-by-pitches, 3 run homerun

    SAT Testing Schedule–
    The Feather website will post the SAT testing schedule for grades 9-11 for the days of April 14-16. All schedule information may be viewed inside miscellaneous section soon.

    Concert Band Receives Superior–
    When the Fresno Christian Concert Band attended the California Music Educator’s Association Instrumental Music Festival at Bullard High School, April 1, they reveived a unanimous superior rating from the festival adjudicators. While most bands struggle with sight-reading, the group scored high at the event. Congratulations to James Loomis and all the Concert Band Members on this achievement.

    The 3 on 3 basketball intramurals will begin during lunch on Wednesday, April 9. All interested students must sign up with their team in Josh Tosland’s room, April 2. The rules for forming a team states only one basketball player is allowed per team, no teacher is allowed to be a part of any team. All participants need to meet on the black top or in the PC gym on game days.

    Students will be selling original products they have created, advertised, and marketed for the annual Entrepreneurship Day during lunch, April 3. All students, teachers, and parents are encouraged to support the event in the Ground Zero courtyard.

    All girls interested in playing basketball are invited to attend open gym every Wednesday from 6-8 P.M.

    Congratulations to the varsity athletes who earned points during meet against Fowler, March 26.

    Kedric Anderson -1st high jump (5’6) , 1st pole vault (10′) , 3rd triple jump (33’11)
    Ryan Brunn – 2nd 4X100 Relay (47.7) , 1st 100 (11.6) , 1st 200 (23.8)
    John Carreron – 3rd 400 (58.9) , 4X400 relay (4.17)
    Andrew Evans – 2nd 110 Hurdles (17.8) , 2nd 300 Hurdles (46.2)
    Josiah Ford – 3rd 110 Hurdles (19.2) , 3rd Long Jump (17’9) , 2nd Triple Jump (36’9)
    Doug Daniel – 3rd 1600 (5.16) , 2nd 3200 (12.00)
    Joe Hergenroeder – 2nd Discus (103’9)
    Abel Carreron – 3rd Discus (102’1)
    Whitney Chessum – 1st 1600 (6.29) , 1st 3200 (14.00)
    Janae Ford – 2nd 400 (1:07:3) , 2nd 800 (2:54)
    Lindsay Franz – 3rd Shot Put (24’10)
    Daniele Wilborn – 1st Shot Put (26’1) , 3rd Discus (70’11)
    Elie Wilhelm – 2nd Triple Jump (24’5)

    While The Feather staff and FCHS students were on spring break, four reporters were still represented on the National Edition, March 16-22. Madison Dooley’s feature on varsity cheer, Partnership determines squad success is her third this year. Sydney Ray placed her second article, Dairy demands divergent responsibilities.

    Ryan Swain placed a movie review, his second article, 10,000 B.C. ignores history. And finally, Sean O’Neal placed his first article, a CD review, Radiohead gamble pays off.

    Currently, 29 out of 32 Feather reporters and 55 articles have appeared on the National Edition since August 2007.

    Over 665 high schools across the United States, regardless of size, participate in online newspaper production and are eligible for this honor. While The Feather Online posts new articles each day on its home site (, reporters continue to be chosen to represent the National Edition online high school newspaper.

    Readers can check out the article in the features, entertainment, opinions and student life sections of the National Edition or in The Feather Online.

    The National Edition began publication in September 2003 and is sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors (

    George Freeman needs qualified students to tutor their peers in Algebra 11. If interested, visit the junior high office as soon as possible. The job pays above the minimum wage at $10 an hour.

    Once a month the physical education department will organize excursions not normally associated with PE classes on campus. The small class returned from a one day biking trip to Yosemite earlier in October. For more information e-mail Callisch at [email protected] as soon as possible for the spelunking activity.

    The next adventure PE offerings are:
    April – Windsurfing
    May – Rafting

    For the first time in campus history, The Feather print edition was named the Sweepstakes winner of the San Joaquin Valley Scholastic Press Association’s (SJVSPA) annual publications competition at Fresno State, March 1.

    During the awards ceremony, 11 different Feather reporters received individual honors while the greatest prize was saved for the end. The Mass Communication and Journalism Departments at California State University, Fresno, annually sponsor the event.

    For four of the last five years, The Feather has won the SJVSPA Small Schools Division and named an All-Valley Newspaper. However, this year the paper earned the honor of Sweepstakes winner: the 2008 grand champion of the day despite competing against schools with populations over 10 times their size.

    Editor-in-chief, Mary Kneefel, and layout & design editor, Ryan Martens, were honored along with the 10 other individual Feather award winners.

    The contest consisted of three components: mail-in competition, critique of fall semester’s newspapers, and on-the-spot contests. Fresno Christian earned the distinction of Sweepstakes winner, while beating all schools, regardless of size or division, between Stockton and Bakersfield.

    For the third year in a row, the campus publication, The Feather Online, has been named one of the best high school newspapers in the country. On Feb. 25, editor-in-chief, senior Mary Kneefel, and her staff have been named a National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker Finalist.

    Online editions from across the country were entered in the annual competition, which has recognized student journalism since 1927. Many refer to the coveted Pacemaker as the Pulitzer Prize of student journalism.

    The 12-week competition began Jan. 28 and will conclude when the top three online newspapers in the United States are announced at the NSPA National Convention in Anaheim, CA, on April 19. For more information, the NSPA home page is

    Only 10 high school newspapers in the United States have been named finalists this year, up from seven in 2006 when The Feather Online won the competition. Of this year’s finalists, three are from California and two from Maryland. All high school newspapers in the United States, regardless of school size, are eligible to compete for this award.

    Those interested in viewing all 10 Pacemaker finalists should go online to the NSPA website.

    The Online NewsHour with Jim Lehrer selected sophomore Sydney Ray’s Jan. 17 article, “Upside to Down Syndrome,” to publish on the PBS website. The Feather congratulates Ray for this accomplishment.

    Students are not allowed to chew gum on campus unless they turn in a specific note from their doctor. This rule comes from Peoples Church and is in effect even after school. It costs the Peoples Church approximately $3,000 to clean up the mess created by gum.

    Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) encourages students to donate used cell phones in effort to raise money for the club. Please turn in all old and used cell phones in the designated box outside the office. The money will be used for lunches, prizes, and scholarships for camp.

    The Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association hosts the Spring National High School Journalism Convention at the Anaheim Marriott. The convention offers more than 200 learning sessions, workshops, and seminars in regards to journalism from April 17-20. Deadlines for early action registration is March 27. Contact adviser Greg Stobbe at [email protected] for more information about this event.

    Michael Fenton, math teacher, now offers assistance to students in room 606 Tuesday through Friday during lunch and after school.

    A list of all students who have not bought a yearbook are posted on the office window. Those whose names are crossed out have purchased yearbooks and those whose names still remain have not purchased one. If anyone is still interested in purchasing the yearbook, make a check payable to FCS for $80 and turn it into Molly Sargent in room 621 or the office.

    All men must register with Selective Service when they turn 18. Those who fail to register may be denied many important opportunities such as student loans, government jobs, a driver’s license in most states, and citizenship for male immigrants. Go online to register: Selective Service System.

    Please join Mom’s In Touch prayer group every Friday from 8-9 A.M. in Room 204 in the Peoples Church building. If you have any questions, call MaryAnn Fujihara, (559) 298-7953.



    April 2- Half day schedule, Teacher’s In-service
    April 3- Entrepreneur’s Fair, lunch
    April 9-12- Choir trip to Seattle
    April 14-18- SAT10/Otis Lennon testing
    April 16-19- Publications to NSPA National Convention, Anaheim
    April 23- Half day schedule, Teacher’s In-service


    May 3- Sadie Hawkins
    – SAT test
    May 5-6- Drama: The Man Behind the Mask
    May 9-10- Drama: The Man Behind the Mask
    May 21-23- Half day schedule
    May 23- End of second semester
    – FCHS graduation

    * SAT deadlines: U.S. deadlines apply, late fees enforced

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