Fresno Christian newspaper wins award
Staff of The Feather, Fresno Christian High School’s daily digital student-run newspaper, received a Gold Crown award March 18 at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 2016 Spring Convention awards ceremony in New York City.
Fresno Christian was one of six high schools to win the award in the daily digital newspaper category out of thousands of applicants across the country. This is the fourth consecutive year The Feather has won the Gold Crown award and the fifth Gold Crown in seven years. Fewer than 200 students attend Fresno Christian.
The Feather staff also recently learned they are finalists for the National Scholastic Press Association’s highest honors. They hope to win a Pacemaker award during an April 17 ceremony in Los Angeles.
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“I run The Feather like a business,” adviser Greg Stobbe says, “and I trust my students to do whatever I ask them to do. I tell them to get me a story and they figure out what they need to do to get it, from scheduling interviews to taking photographs. Really what I’m doing is training these students to be hired even before they go to college.”
Castro to speak at Reedley forum
Residents from Reedley and the surrounding areas are invited to a public forum hosted by Fresno State President Joseph Castro and Reedley College President Sandra Caldwell, the university announced.
The free event is scheduled for April 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Reedley College Student Services Center. Residents will get the chance to engage with Castro and ask questions about Fresno State and issues affecting the San Joaquin Valley.
The dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Sandra Witte, along with the dean of the Lyles College of Engineering, Ram Nunna, and Jim Bartko, director of athletics, will join Castro in providing updates on agriculture, engineering and athletics at Fresno State.
Appetizers along with wine made by Fresno State students and ice cream produced at the university will be offered for guests to taste. Wine, olive oil and balsamic vinegar produced at Reedley College will also be available for tasting at the event.
Reservations should be made by April 5 through the Fresno State website using the code “ReedleyForum.”
For questions or special accommodations, call 559-278-2324.
Fresno State hosts Geographic Bee
The California Geographic State Bee on Friday at Fresno State will draw 100 students hoping for their chance to compete at the national competition later this spring.
The state champion will receive $100 and a fully paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Geographic Bee in May. The national champion receives a college scholarship worth $50,000.
At the state competition, competitors will answer questions about economic and physical geography, meteorology, geology, history and other subjects. This is the third year Fresno State is hosting the state competition.
The competition starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m., but only the final tie-breaking rounds beginning at 11 a.m. are open to the public. There is no charge to attend but daily parking permits are $3.