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    Announcement: 2008-04-11

    Written by: Claire Kister, Features editor


    Choir in Seattle
    JV boys’ baseball @ Riverdale, 4 P.M.
    Track @ Yosemite Invitational (A), 4 P.M.

    Varsity baseball vs. Riverdale @ Chuckchansi Stadium, 9:30 A.M.

    Varsity and JV Baseball players need to be at Grizzly Stadium by 6:15 P.M., April 12. Both teams will be introduced on the field prior to the Grizzly game.

    Varsity players are to wear their white game tops and khaki (light colored) shorts and white FCS caps for the evening game. (Regular game uniforms for game on Saturday morning.)

    JV players are to wear their gold game tops and khaki (light colored) shorts and maroon FCS caps for Saturday night.

    Players will receive one free ticket to get into the Saturday night game; parents will need to purchase their tickets from the Junior High office ($8 each). Remember, Varsity also has a game vs. Riverdale at the stadium in the morning at 9:30 A.M.

    There will be a brief California Scholarship Federation meeting at the start of lunch in Molly Sargent’s room, April 14.

    All students considering Fresno City College or Willow International as their potential college choice should attend the orientation/registration meeting at 8:30 A.M., April 15. See Mr. Endicott or Mrs. Sargent for an information sheet.

    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.

    The next Adventure P.E. will introduce Geo-Cachin, a high-tech treasure hunt, April 25. The event is free. Sign up in front of the office. For more info, see Scott Callisch.

    Destination Imagination representatives Janae Keys-Bramlett, Tonia Keys-Bramlett, Anthony Johnson, Cody King, David Sholes, and Scott Thao, competed for the State event in Sacramento, April 5. The team placed first and received the Renaissance Award for their use of materials during the improv challenge. The group will now represent California at the World Competition in Tennessee in May. Congratulations to all team members for their success.

    If anyone made a pledge to Doug Daniels for the jog-a-thon but have not paid him, please do so ASAP. The pledge money may be brought to the office.

    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.

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

    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 (

    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 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.

    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.

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

    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.



    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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