Humans of Fauquier

Trinity Chrzan

I was homeschooled before ninth grade. I didn’t know how to read until the ninth grade. My parents didn’t really teach us how to read, they said “it’s whatever.” So when I started coming here, I had to do all this testing and stuff, and the lady said you have the reading capability of a second grader. So I had a really nice teacher who I’m actually taking English with, he taught me everything. It was a little stressful but I’m doing pretty good I made honor roll for tenth grade, I was very surprised.


I actually enjoy high school, I enjoy learning all sorts of things. I didn’t know much at all when I first arrived at FHS, but I started learning all these new cool things, like biology, and learning all about how the human body works, and it’s really cool. I think one of my favorite classes was natural resources because I’m really outdoorsy and I love nature and I think Biology is my second favorite. I have Mrs. Fisher, she’s the best. Having friends is really nice because I have someone to talk to other than my sisters. I didn’t have many friends when I was homeschooled because we never really went anywhere. We lived out in pretty much the middle of nowhere.

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Fashion Spotlight – Ashelyn Kyne – Junior

Q: Where do you usually shop for your clothes?
A: Wherever is the cheapest, maybe Forever 21, or even looking through my mom’s closet to find clothes that I can make my own with my own style.

Q: Do you like summer or winter clothes better? Why?
A: Honestly spring! Big hoodies, big tops, tighter bottoms. The contrast is kind of exciting! The weather is perfect to wear warm and cool clothes!

Q: Do you enjoy dressing more modern or more vintage?
A: 100% modern! Bright colors, pink hair, making a statement, being different from the crowd and moving towards the future in fashion.

Q: Would you say that your style is a part of your identity?
A: Maybe. I tend to wear things that are “me.” My friends will say what I am wearing is definitely “Ashelyn.”

Q: Who or what is your fashion inspiration?
A: Early 2000’s, Britney Spears vibe.

Q: Briefly describe your style.
A: Bright, bold, pops or stands out from what other people are wearing, not the usual, I like to make a statement out of my style.

Artist of the Month

Capturing those special moments isn’t easy, but with senior Kari Willard’s excellent photography skills, she makes the difficult task look easy. The Falcon’s Artist of the Month recognition goes to Willard, nominated by photography teacher Tom Falkowski.


Willard began Photography I junior year and then continued on to Photography II last term. However, she has been taking photos all her life, mainly at family events. “I just take the camera from the adults and take pictures,” said Willard.


Photography is mainly a hobby for Willard, and she often uses social media as a platform to share her work. She prefers to use digital cameras, specifically Canons.


One of Willard’s favorite parts about photography is editing and playing around with the colors. She edits on Adobe Photoshop which is a software the school provides.


Willard said her teachers are very supportive. “They critique me on what I can do better, or they show me tips and tricks on what I can use.”


“Kari is a hardworking photographer who takes her compositions seriously,” said Falkowski. “Kari will take time to use Digital Photo Professional and Photoshop if necessary to produce an image that truly captures the situation and the feelings she wants to express to others.”

By Rachel Singleton – News Editor

Fisher Wins Again!

Junior Sam Fisher, member of the Birds of Prey wrestling club, is now a national champion. He attended the 10th FloWrestling national tournament in Pennsylvania, Indiana on April 18 to 20. He won first place in the cadet division of the greco-roman class at 92 kilograms.

This year was a first for FloNationals wrestlers in competing in greco and freestyle wrestling. They claim they are “one of the toughest high school tournaments in the nation.”
“It was a good opportunity to expose myself,” Fisher said, and when asked how he feels to be a national champion he responded, “[it feels] no different.”

In addition to winning first, he placed 3rd in cadet freestyle. Currently he is the first and only member of the Birds of Prey wrestling club to become a FloNational champion.

By Nayeli Arellano – Sports Editor

Science Students Experience SKipjack Adventure

The cold winds blew in the students face as they observed the Chesapeake Bay from a wind-powered Skipjack.


On April 2, science students sailed with their teacher Jonathan Kraut out of the Annapolis Harbor into the Chesapeake Bay on a boat called a Skipjack.


During the field trip students were able to participate in many activities along with riding the Skipjack. Activities included water quality and PH testing, dissolving oxygen, oyster shucking and learning about the Chesapeake Bay.


According to Maryland Sea Grant, fishermen used the boat on the Chesapeake Bay for oyster dredging during the 19th and 20th century. However, as policies restricted oyster harvesting, the practice became almost extinct by 1960. Today, Skipjacks are an uncommon sight in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.


Kraut works with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in order to organize field trips and volunteer work for Fauquier to attend. Once the foundation offered a visit to the 119-year-old boat, he quickly took the opportunity.


Sophomore Sage Smith, who attended said, “It was cool experience overall. I just like boats and being out in the water.”


Freshman Sierra Theoret also enjoyed the trip and said the most memorable part was “being on the boat itself because it’s a really old boat, and it was just really cool.”


Kraut said the experience was great but the weather “was stupendously cold (…). The kids basically shut down because they were freezing but those that bucked-up should have had a very educational experience.”

By Rachel Singleton – News Editor

Girls’ Lacrosse Push Through Obstacles This Spring Season

A rough start only made this team try harder. Sticks clatter and the sound of laughing and yelling come from the fields where the Lady Falcons lacrosse players practice almost every day.
Starting the season in February, the JV team had high hopes and lots of confidence; however, they soon began to feel the hardships of having an inexperienced team. After multiple losses, they felt they were not doing the best they could and quickly became disappointed.


“It’s been rough because we are a new team and a lot of the players are new. We weren’t able to really work the field as well,” said junior Francesca Roy.


Nutrition and Wellness teacher Rebecca Hale stepped down from the position of head coach after three years of coaching JV. “I’m selling my house and getting ready to move, and it’s just a lot of time commitment. So just personal reasons,” said Hale. “It is a good thing; I enjoyed coaching. I enjoyed the girls and everything. I decided to just step away from it because he [Varsity Head Coach Mac] does have some help.”


Hale had prior experience in coaching Warrenton Youth Soccer Club where her duties included coaching volleyball, soccer and lacrosse teams. She began coaching because no one else stepped up to the plate.


“Mr. Burton had actually been the one that had asked me to help out and he likes having a teacher [run the program],” said Hale.
The girls felt that coaching was not Hale’s main priority this year, but they were sad to see her go. With the arrival of new Head Coach Kelli Munoz they did find a glimmer of hope. “We got off to a bad start, but Coach Munoz re-taught us everything, and now we are doing a lot better,” said freshman Jessica Summers.


The team saw improvement after one game. The communication between the girls became more intense, and they were proud of how they played as a team. They feel the season can only get better from now on.


“[In] our last game, our defense improved a lot more, and we were able to seal it in and not have any gaps,” said sophomore Paige Keith. “So now we can start working on our offense and shooting and really getting aggressive.”


Munoz formed an attachment to the girls and the team itself. In the beginning, they felt they weren’t being heard, so they wrote a letter to Activity Director Mark Holmes to see what he would say. The next day he called some of them into his office, and they were able to express their feelings on behalf of the team. Their parents also attended and were proud of the girls for speaking out.


Hale supports the girls and still plays a role in a team tradition. They make energy bites, flax seed fiber snacks, the day before the game to prepare. Hale likes to make them with the girls to promote nutrition and wellness since they are healthy and protein filled but also because it helps her stay connected with the girls.


“I didn’t want to leave them because I have a relationship with the girls,” said Hale. “I want them to know they are always welcome to come and see me. I wish both teams a great season.”

By Catherine Smith – Staff Reporter

Shazam! Is Both Funny and Fresh

Ever since the Dark Knight Trilogy concluded and the attempt to create a DC Cinematic Universe began, the DC brand has diminished in the wake of multiple mediocre superhero films and the rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, their new offering, Shazam!, is a breath of fresh air for DC fans everywhere. As it turns out, all DC needed to do to catch up to Marvel was embrace the comedy in these inherently absurd superhero stories.


The audience is introduced to Billy Batson (Asher Angel), an orphaned foster kid who is still searching for his mom. After locking two police officers in an appliance store and embarking on another unsuccessful trip to find his parent, the foster care system finds him and sends him to a tightly knit group of foster children who treat each other like-as a real family. Soon after his arrival, Batson is transported to another realm while escaping from some local school bullies on a subway train. There he meets a wizard called Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) who transports his powers to Batson, changing him into an adult version of himself (Zachary Levi) and beginning the hijinks that come with being a superhero.


Running parallel to the main storyline for the first half of the narrative is that of the villain–Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong). As a child, he was treated terribly by his father and older brother, and was then rejected by the wizard for not having a strong will. This turns him into an obsessive and lost man who takes control of the Seven Deadly Sins in order to eventually gain the power that Shazam holds. Strong’s villain is very well set-up and has a fully-fleshed-out back-story, but unfortunately, he is the sole cause of a few random tonal shifts that seem quite jarring. The film flashes between Batson and his “sidekick” Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer) cracking jokes, to Sivana murdering rooms full of people.

Fortunately, Shazam! is fun enough to supersede the tonal shifts.
The tone of this movie could be described as derivative, and my biggest fear going in was that it would feel like a knockoff of superhero movies that have attempted to strike this same balance between comedy and adventure previously. Fortunately, director David F. Sandberg, knows how to strike that chord while also creating fresh perspectives.


For example, a main thread that runs through most of the film is how Batson refuses to conform to other people’s expectations of him. This theme extends to when he actually gains his superpowers. In most, if not all, superhero movies the main character immediately attempts to solve a crime of some sort or do some sort of good in the community. Not Billy Batson. He uses his powers to have fun with his friends and make money as a pseudo-street-magician.
Many aspects of Shazam! could have gone wrong in retrospect. However, the film never fails at anything even though some things, like plot and tone, ride the middle of the road as far as superhero tropes go.


The most conflicting part of the narrative for me is the villain. Strong’s character is a missed opportunity due to his potential back-story. For the entire first act, the narrative has the audience believing that his personal struggle has significance in the long run of the story, but near the end, the film forgets about his motivation and treats him as a forgettable villain as opposed to completing his story arc.


This movie reflects the early and inexperienced Marvel Cinematic Universe films in that the villain isn’t the strongest, but the movie supersedes the limitations of just one character. Shazam! is another “funny” superhero movie, but it manages to make the genre feel fresh in a time where all society seems to be seeing is varying degrees of a similar story, which is an accomplishment worthy of praise.

By Joel Alexander – Entertainment Editor

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