Traditions Continue. FHS Students and Staff look forward to fall to celebrate this pre-homecoming week.
Falcons are hype for homecoming! Students and faculty start off spirit week strong, putting full effort into the American Monday wardrobe. As soon as you enter the school, whether from the bus ramp or front entrance you can sense the new atmosphere. The main halls and lobby are decorated to create “Falcon Pride” within the students, teachers, and administration. Upon walking in waves of red, white, and blue fill the halls. Students rock the crazy outfits and are glad to have the ability to freely express themselves. It may be a Monday but Fauquier students couldn’t have started the week off with any more of a bang. The energy has increased dramatically and the school is buzzing with plans for tomorrow (Tacky Tourist/Tropical Tuesday). Each day has a new theme that will help students continue the excitement and carry spirit into the homecoming parade, pep rally, Fun Friday Festivities, football game against Millbrook, and dance.
On Friday, September 27, at 11:52 a.m, Principal Kraig Kelican came on the school’s intercom announcing that a BB type hand gun was located in a restroom on campus. The student post appeared to show a handgun in an FHS closet. Administration handled the situation promptly. They determined the room of the device, and the situation was soon under control. The device was retrieved from a bathroom for further investigation. The school notified parents of the situation by email. Kelican brought in students for questioning, and determined the suspects. At 3:50 pm, FHS School Officer charged two 16 year old males with disorderly conduct. These students will also face criminal charges, one with additional charges for the possession of marijuana and nicotine products. We continue to learn that these students were aware of the BB gun and it’s location, failing to notify administration. Kelican requested any further questions be directed to him.
In remembrance of the victims of 9/11, the YAF club painted the rock and placed flags around the rock representing the victims of the terrorist attacks. Nicola Tressler, Jason Crawford, Celeste Pollack, and Nick Campbell worked well into the evening to place over 3,000 flags around the rock. On September 11, 18 years ago the U.S. fell under attack and as a result, thousands of lives were lost. This generation of teenagers wasn’t born when the attacks took place however they still understand the impact it made on the U.S.
Monday is everyone’s least favorite day of the week, but what if you were to travel 130 years into the past, would it still be the same? The answer is, probably not. In 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September an annual legal holiday we know as Labor Day. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, this day is commemorated to celebrate all the years of hard work, millions of men and women in the U.S. workforce have achieved. Today we recognize stay-at-home parents, electricians, plumbers, waste collectors, teachers, soldiers, doctors, fire-fighters, police officers and all those who better society. We owe this special day to the Central Labor Union who planned a Labor Day parade where thousands of workers walked from City Hall to Wendel’s Elm Park for community events. Thanks to these citizens and many others, we have the benefits of weekends, overtime pay, 8 hour work-days, minimum wage, sick days, paid vacation, child labor laws and health care. Join our challenge to thank those who continuously work to make our country better. Happy Labor Day!
By Catherine Smith – Student Life Editor
Fauquier High School's student newspaper. By the students, for the students.