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FCA, which give students an opportunity to share their faith with their classmates, has doubled its membership since last year
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By Eva Hernandez
Standing on the stage, junior Cole Huffman talks about a verse from the Bible at an FCA meeting Friday, Nov. 17.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes allows students to grow their faith at school through meetings every Tuesday and Friday morning. The club has grown in size this year causing them to move to the little theater for their Friday meetings and to add more activities.

Junior Kenzie Johnson went to her first meeting this year and is already making impacts on the club.

“I’m in the leadership team and I’m actually new this year,” Johnson said. “I haven’t done it before. I went to one meeting my freshman year, but I wasn’t really involved in it because I never had a ride. Then this year, I went to the first meeting and they were super welcoming and the advisors were super nice. It just felt so positive”

Club sponsor Lauren Stringer agreed. She finds many students come back meeting after meeting for this reason.

“The topics that we’re talking about [keeps students coming back],” Stringer said. “It’s a very safe environment for students. Faith isn’t often talked about in schools, if ever beyond this club, and it’s a place where they can come to school and talk about that before school starts.”

Every Friday morning at 7:15 a.m. the club meets in the little theater.

“We have two different types of meetings,” Stringer said. “We have normal Friday meetings, [where] we have a bunch of students in attendance and we have a get to know you activity. Then a student we have will get up and talk a little bit about their faith or something that they resonated with. They’ll encourage the members of FCA.” 

However, FCA’s  Tuesday meetings are run a little differently.

“It is just prayer; we get together and we talk about our goals for the week and then we just pray,” Johnson said. “We have a prayer bucket. People can put in prayer requests and you’ll take out a prayer request and you pray for that prayer request during the meeting.”

Stringer shares how she helps her students during these meetings.

“I just open up my doors and they have a moment where they can kind of get to know each other more and pray over issues that students are facing,” Stringer said.

Despite its name, students do not need to be a Christian athlete to join.

“I’m not an athlete,” Johnson said. “Even if you’re not religious at all, it’s just open for literally anybody to come.” 

Joining the club is simple without these requirements. Anyone can come to any meeting to join.

“[Students] can just show up. It’s welcome for anyone. You don’t have to be initiated or attend to certain meetings or anything,  they just come,” Stringer said.

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Evan LeRoy, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Evan LeRoy’s first year on the JagWire staff. Evan is a reporter for both the newspaper staff and for the broadcast staff. Outside of school Evan likes to perform, take walks and spend time preparing for his next performance. Evan is excited to learn all the skills he will need to do both print and video journalism. Evan is excited to be a part of both groups and is excited to tell all the important stories the people of Mill Valley need to know.
Eva Hernandez, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Eva Hernandez’s first year on the JagWire staff. This year she will be learning the roles of a writer and photographer. Eva enjoys longboarding around her neighborhood and likes to play sports like flag football, soccer and basketball and she loves to bake for her friends. Eva also enjoys watching scary movies and shopping for shoes. Eva is involved in Relay for Life and would like to join more things as the school year goes on.

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