Students win big at Publication Champions

FREDERICKSBURG, VA — Five Falcons were named first place winners at the 2013 Virginia High School League Publication Championships on October 7.

The Falconer was well represented in the newspaper competition; Alumna Sophie Byvik (2013) placed first in the Straight News/News Feature for her piece, “Volunteers Coordinate Relief Efforts,” while Alumna Fiona McCarthy took home gold in the Feature: Human Interest/Personality. Alumna Sarah Thornton’s ad for Toslon’s Appliance Center ranked first, as did senior Natalie Smith’s submission in the Infographics/Secondary Packaging category.

“I didn’t expect to win at all,” Smith said. “The entry was a graph that compared the different costs of playing various school sports that I did to accompany a story my friend was doing. I’m really honored to place first in a state competition.”

Fauquier also placed first in the literary magazine category. Senior Abby Seitz’s photograph “Twists” received first place honors.

~Abby Seitz, managing editor

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