2019 Senior Project Presentations
The senior project has been a fixture at Faith for over twenty years. Up until this year, the process of completing the project had been incorporated into the English curriculum. However, upon recognizing the need for more in-depth guidance, the project was made the entire curriculum for the second semester of the new senior seminar course—a class which endeavors to assist seniors in their transition from high school to post-secondary life.
The main purpose of the senior project is to challenge students to think critically about a controversial topic and the true issue behind it, its impact on society from a local level to a global level, the secular and Christian perspectives, and how to proceed as Christians in the wake of this issue. The demands of this project also prepare students for the expectations that will be set for them should they continue on to college. Students are required to gather research from reliable sources, outline, draft, edit, and revise an 8-12 page essay. Then, they take their research and create a 12-15 minute presentation, complete with a PowerPoint, and an informational handout for their audience to take with them. The top three presentations are selected by a panel of faculty judges to advance to a finals round where they compete for scholarship money.
This year’s project topics were wide ranging—from technology, to mental health, to social issues—and the quality of the projects as a whole was exceptional. The top three presentations this year consisted of the following (see recordings below):
Luke Poppinga on “The Effects of Excessive Screen Time”
Maxine Serrano on “Effective Parenting in the United States: A Demanding yet Achievable Task”
Jennie Nguyen on “Designer Babies”
This truly was a phenomenal year for senior projects as the students rose to the challenge placed before them. Well done, seniors!
Pictured: Secondary Principal, Mr. Shannon Smith, with members of the Accreditation Visitation Team
Faith Christian High School just received confirmation of another 6-year term of Accreditation. A team of educators from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Christian Schools International spent a week on campus verifying the school’s self-study by observation and meeting with faculty, staff, students, parents and school board. They then made commendations and recommendations as part of their accreditation report. The Regional Accreditation Commissions for each association reviewed and confirmed the visiting team’s report. As in previous accreditation cycles, Faith Christian has again received the maximum 6-year term of accreditation, valid from 2019-2025.
Faith Christian started in 1975 with grades K-4, while using the facilities of the First Christian Church in Marysville. Former Yuba City High School Principal and District Superintendent, Clarence Summy was instrumental in starting the school with the goal of adding a grade a year until a junior high and high school was available. The school moved to use the facilities of Calvary Christian Center, where the elementary campus is today. The junior high/high school campus opened in 1983 on land donated to the school by the First United Methodist Church. The first graduating class from Faith Christian High School was in 1982. This year’s Senior Commencement will be Friday, May 31, 7PM at the First United Methodist Church in Yuba City. The community is welcome to attend and celebrate with our graduates.
Eureka! Faith Christian School’s Fourth Grade class caught “gold fever” when they traveled back in time to the year 1854 for some hands-on learning during our annual 49er Fun overnight field trip to Rock N Water. Rock N Water, a living history field trip, offers an unforgettable adventure and is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills. What an amazing way to participate in California’s history and enjoy God’s creation at the same time!
The journey began on the “wagon trail” from our FCS campus to Placerville, an area rich with California’s Gold Rush history. Enjoying an authentic 49er experience, students participated in a variety of activities including: touring a mine, panning for gold in the American River, rope making, grinding acorns, making tortillas, rope swinging, square dancing, candle making, and other hands- on explorations.
We pitched our tents and were ready to enjoy God’s creation after a busy day of learning, growing, and participating in history. What better way to appreciate God as our treasure, a treasure more valuable than gold or material things? Not only did we gain history knowledge and experience, but we also created memories with our FCS families!
All of the 8th grade girls attended an American Association of University Women STEM Conference at Yuba College today, along with hundreds of girls from area schools. The Keynote Speaker this year was Preet Didbal, former Mayor of Yuba City.
After the opening, the girls attended three breakout sessions with different women in the STEM industry, rotating throughout the college campus classrooms. Some of the conference sessions included: Senior Wildlife Forensic Specialist, Professional Land Surveyor, CalTrans, Mobility and Special Operations Pilot, DOJ Senior Criminalist (Forensic Scientist), Commercial Pilot, Civil Analysts, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Community Policing Coordinator, News Magazine and Book Publisher, Information Technology, and many more!
After the sessions the girls were treated to lunch in the cafeteria and all shared excitement about the events of the day.