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    Announcement: 2008-05-13


    Written by: Claire Kister, Features editor

    SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 12-17 , 2008

    TUESDAY – CHAPEL SCHEDULE
    HS chapel – GZ, 11:05 A.M.
    SL pizza lunch for Elem/JH/HS, 11 A.M.

    WEDNESDAY
    AP Eng. test, JJ Room, 8 A.M.

    THURSDAY
    G. Schultz/Endicott, etc. – Senior finals, GZ
    Bryan – Choir Spring Concert, GZ main, 7 P.M.

    FRIDAY
    G. Schultz/Endicott, etc. – Senior finals, GZ main, 8A – 3P Endicott
    Get SUVs for Senior trip, 4 P.M.
    Sorenson/McGowen – Varsity baseball awards, JJ Room, 5 P.M.
    Loomis – Band Spring Concert, Riverpark C.C., 7 P.M.

    SATURDAY
    Endicott/Sargent/Falk/Foshee/Mendenhall – Senior trip through early Tuesday morning

    APPLY PSN SCHOLARSHIP–
    Seniors interested in the PSN scholarship need to pick up an application from Jon Endicott or Molly Sargent. The essay is due May 16.

    COLOR GUARD–
    Any girls interested in Color Guard next year need to talk with Alexandrah Aleman or Sarah Barnett. Flyers and forms are available.

    COMMUNITY SERVICE–
    The Bach Childrens Choir needs sophomores and juniors to help with their spring concert. Community service will be awarded to students who are willing to work May 17 from 10 a.m. until noon and May 18 from 2:30- 4:30 p.m. Responsibilities will include the supervision of children and help with stage directions. If interested please sign up with Jon Endicott.

    BASEBALL PLAYOFFS–
    The varsity baseball team will compete in the first round of the playoffs at Firebaugh at 4:30 P.M, May 13.

    FOOTBALL PRACTICE–
    Spring football practices begin May 12. Practices start at 3:10 and end at 5:10 P.M. Uniform requirements: cleats, 2007 season team T-shirt and shorts (either the maroon/black or maroon/gold uniform). If a student needs a T-shirt and shorts, they may purchase them from Coach Fuller for $10.00 each. Practices will run Monday through Friday (May 12-16) and Monday through Thursday (May 19-22). All high school boys are encouraged to attend.

    LEADERSHIP APPLICATIONS–
    All students interested in becoming a part of the student leadership team for the 2008-09 year may pick up application forms in front of the office. Complete the forms and turn in to Josh Tosland.

    SUMMER EMPLOYMENT–
    All students interested in applying for a summer job at Wild Water Adventure Park in Clovis may receive information from the office. More details can be found at www.wildwater.net.

    SENIOR GRAD NIGHT–
    Seniors need to sign up for their grad night party as soon as possible. Bring checks for $50 to the office. Also, if students want to share any memories please write them out and turn them in with the money.

    BEE GIVES FEATHER THUMBS UP–
    The editorial staff of the Fresno Bee praised The Feather Online on their Opinion page, April 26. Every Saturday, the editors replace one of their editorials with a Thumbs up, thumbs down column. This week the editorial staff gave The Feather Online and The Grizzly Gazette of Granite Hills High in Porterville a Thumbs Up for winning the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker award in Anaheim, April 19. The Bee also covered The Feather’s award with a news brief, April 22.

    SUMMER SCHOOL–
    If anyone is considering taking independent summer study packets, the order form and money should be submitted before April 25. The summer school packets may be ordered after this Friday, but the materials may arrive after school ends.

    CONGRATULATIONS FEATHER–
    The Feather Online was named the best online newspaper in the United States along with four other high school newspapers for the second time in three years. Over 4,500 student from across the country attended the convention in Anaheim. The Pacemaker award is considered the equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize.

    All high schools in the U.S., regardless of size or division, are eligible for this competition.

    CONGRATULATIONS DESTINATION IMAGINATION–
    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.

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

    NATIONAL EDITION HONORS CONTINUE–
    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 (www.thefeather.com), 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 (www.asne.org).

    FEATHER AWARDED TOP 10 HONOR
    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 www.studentpress.org/nspa/.

    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.

    CAUTION STUDENTS
    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.

    FENTON’S MATH LAB–
    Michael Fenton, math teacher, now offers assistance to students in room 606 Tuesday through Friday during lunch and after school.

    REGISTRATION FOR ALL MALES AGE 18–
    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.

    DATES TO REMEMBER–

    MAY–

    May 17-20- Senior trip
    May 21-23- Half day schedule
    May 23- End of second semester
    – FCHS graduation

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