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Cosmetology: Preparing Students for the Real World

Styling hair, doing manicures and giving facials are just a fraction of the skills cosmetology students are taught. However, it goes farther than that.

What is unique about Fauquier’s cosmetology course is that students can become licensed cosmetologists by the time they graduate. This means that once they leave high school they can go directly into the workforce with all the skills they need to know in hand.

To many cosmetology students, this is incredibly helpful for jumpstarting their careers. “I would like to start off my career doing hair and then go on to bigger things,” senior Kari Dudley says. She says she plans on getting licensed in cosmetology before she graduates.

Even if these students don’t want to pursue a career in cosmetology, they learn valuable skills needed in any type of working environment such as teamwork and communication.

Many students take the hands-on skills they learn in class and use it on themselves and family members.

Senior Darlene Ruiz says she uses the skills she learns in class to do her cousin’s hair. Ruiz and others in the class plan on getting certified as a backup plan for their future.

Currently, Cosmetology III students are learning to color and perm hair. They also learn how to wax and do pedicures and manicures.

By Nayeli Arellano – News Editor

Artist of the Month

Junior Amber Bozella is the Fauquier Falcon Artist of the Month for October. Bozella currently takes Art III with art teacher Rebecca Graham.

Her older sister played a huge role in the inspiration behind her love for art. “My sister used to be an artist, and as a child I loved to watch what she did and replicate the things that she drew,” said Bozella.

When asked what art style she prefers, Bozella said, “I like everything, especially painting.”

Graham said that Bozella is her only student enrolled in her Art III class. This puts her at a higher level than others in the class. “Amber’s strength is doing realisms and very realistic paintings,” said Graham who has high hopes for Bozella and is very proud of the artist that she has become.

By Margret McGee

Positivity Fills the Walls of FHS

Index cards decorate the walls of girls bathrooms, spreading motivational and inspiring messages.

Student Life Editor

Who knew something so small could be so inspiring? A mysterious yet contagious case of kindness can be found around many of the school’s women’s restrooms. It started with one person, and the simple act leads to an encouraging chain reaction.

Positive notes in the form of inspiring statements written on index cards, can be found in the female bathrooms on the first, third and fourth floors. These small, random quotes decorate the entire room. The messages were started by one intrigued student who found the yellow cards with a quote hanging in every bathroom entrance meaningful.

This student, who requested anonymity, said the idea was sparked when she was looking for a way to help others. “I was just not feeling great [and] because I’m one of those people who feels better when I can make other people feel better. It was one of those weird feelings where I didn’t know exactly what was wrong with me so I was like let me do something that benefits everybody.”

A similar situation happened last year when students used window paint to create a happy environment by painting thoughtful messages on the mirrors. The painting was ended by the administration as the paint was hard to take off the mirrors.

Now with approval from the janitorial staff, the artist has begun to share these brief but inspiring affirmations. Written on note cards, and placed on the wall with tape, they can be easily removed without leaving a mark.

“I like to draw and make cool stuff and I have 10,000 index cards at home. [I asked myself] ‘What am I going to do with them?’ I don’t use flashcards. So, every Monday I would write them. I’d prefer to go [to the bathroom] in the middle of classes. I would ask, ‘Can I go use the bathroom?’ Then I would run down all the flights of stairs really quick and post three or four [positive notes] in each bathroom, ” the student said.

For a majority of students, the bathroom is used for more than just using the restroom. Students use it as a sanctuary on bad days, where they met up with a friend who will comfort them. For many students, they prefer to walk into space where they feel welcomed.

Although it may take away from class time, this movement has created an awareness of others in the school community.

“I feel like it should be a thing people [participate in]. It’ll be kind of weird to just grab note cards from the bathroom but if people do something when they are bored they can impact others,” the student said.

For many, these notes create courage, hope, and happiness. Although one student may just be wasting time in the bathroom to design an index card another student will find meaning in the simple message. Students are unknowingly making others day better one note at a time.

Teens often deal with drama and other problems while going through adolescence and high school. These notes make students aware that others stand with them. Through these “positive notes,” all different types of female students help each other out and relate with one another. “They can just stick positive notes in the bathroom because you never know who needs it,” the student says.

By Catherine Smith – Student Life Editor

Evan Rose: From Arabia to America

Rose returns home after almost two years in Saudi Arabia

“Riding a camel…that was something I’d say is exciting,” said Junior Evan Rose. He left for Jubail, Saudi Arabia during his freshman year, starting a new life in the Middle East. After adjusting to another culture, Rose is back to finish high school in America.

In November of 2017, Rose moved to Saudi Arabia with his family because of his father’s work. Jubail is located on the East Coast near Bahrain in the Middle East. “I was a little surprised and a little scared. I mean it’s cool to go to a new place, but sad that I was leaving my friends, I hoped to come back [to the U.S].,” said Rose.

Rose went to an American private school located on a compound while he was in Jubail. To Rose, depending on location, much of life in Saudi Arabia was no different than life in Virginia.

“In some respects, it seemed like you’re walking into an American grocery store, other than everything’s in Arabic,” said Rose. “Other times, you will definitely see physical differences, as in men and women wearing cultural dress or street markets.”

The new lifestyle change came with its benefits. Rose said, “My dad’s company gave us the chance every six months to go on home leave. You could fly back to wherever you lived before, and they would pay for that ticket. But most people didn’t fly home, they would fly to anywhere in the area between Saudi Arabia and their home. So during the summer, we went to Amsterdam. One time we went to Egypt and then around the Mediterranean.”

For Rose, the hardest part about moving away was leaving behind friends and family for a long period of time. But the experience made a good lasting impression on his life. He made new friends, saw new people and learned from all his experiences.

Adjusting to the culture and language was the hardest part and came as a surprise to Rose at times. He said, “I was able to learn some Arabic so it made it a little easier; but in a sense, it’s much more communication without words for us U.S. people moving there. Communication without words was a really big part of it because in a grocery store you would either point or say something that you knew in Arabic that they might know.”

The people were friendly where Rose was staying. He said, “The media has portrayed the Middle East to be terrorists everywhere, but where I was, and almost every single part of Saudi, you have friendly Arabic people who would be willing to help you and communicate with you.”

Although Rose was nervous to live a new lifestyle, he accepted this new way of life and enjoyed his time there while learning about a new culture.

By Catherine Smith – Student Life Editor

Fashion Spotlight

Mikey Goultry


Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I guess I would describe it as pretty alternative like jeans, a band t-shirt, and the chains.

Q: What stores do you like to shop at?
A: I like online shopping so like Amazon is really great for the band t-shirts and Hollister for the jeans.

Q: Is there a trend going around that you personally like, and would like to wear as one of your everyday outfits?
A: I feel like my style is pretty much its own and I kind of just put it together myself and like to wear that.

Q: What’s one trend going around that you don’t like?
A: Mom jeans

Q: If you could pick a go-to outfit, what would it be?
A: It would be what I’m wearing right now so probably black jeans, band t-shirt, and some chains.

Q: Where do you get your style inspirations from?
A: From social media like Instagram

B.L.U.E. Provides a Safe Environment for Students

B.L.U.E. stands for Everyone Deserves to Belong, be Loved, be Understood and be Encouraged. Seniors Eireann Maybach, Kendon Sheppard, Katie Warren and English teacher Lyn Good run this emotional support group.

Good originally wanted to start an Alateen club, which supports those who have family or friends with an alcohol or drug addiction. However, the National Board wouldn’t approve this due to no close-by Alateen group location.

Good’s goal was to help FHS teens. When she heard about B.L.U.E., she thought, “One door’s closing and another one’s opening,” and she decided to sponsor it. It’s been an overall positive experience for her.

“It’s basically a club where students can come and feel comfortable. They can share issues, they can get help. We’re trying to build relationships,” said Good.

“[It] originally started for students who struggle with substance abuse, or other mental health issues,” said Maybach.

Some of the activities include various crafts, projects and volunteer work. The main purpose is for students to discuss and understand the issues in their life instead of going to drugs or alcohol.

Good wants students to know they have people they can rely on that aren’t going to judge them. “We want our students to understand that there are places they can go to just chill and feel comfortable without the pressure of performing. It isn’t an athletic or academic club, just with the purpose of supporting the students.”

“Its a safe space for students where there is no stigma of going to teachers or guidance counselors,” said Warren.

There are currently 15 students in the club. It is the first year and the first BLUE group in Fauquier County. It is a nationwide organization just starting to gain ground, partnered with the Mental Health Association.

“We’re losing students. We’re losing them not coming to school. We’re losing them to issues they have at home. We’re losing them to drugs and alcohol. We’re losing students and their capability for their education because of all these external forces,” said Good.

“What we want is for them to understand is that a lot of us go through those things and while we do, we want to all be there and support each other.”

One in five teens experiences clinical depression. Mrs. Harris in guidance is also assisting with this group. They received a $250 grant to help get recognition for the club. If they demonstrate how they’ve helped the students, they may be eligible to receive a $500 grant next year.

The BLUE club meets on Wednesdays from 2:45 to 3:30 in room 304.

By Keira Fenner – Staff Reporter

NAHS Introduced to Fauquier High

A club that provides artistic opportunities for students

This year, National Art Honor Society (NAHS) comes to Fauquier High School, introduced by art teachers Dawn Brown and Rebecca Graham

Students who wish to join must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all of their classes, and in their first semester of high school art classes must have a 4.0 GPA.

NAHS is a program that honors serious artists in grades 6-12. They recognize young creative abilities and talents and work to provide future opportunities to young artists. Numerous scholarships are offered to members of the organization.

NAHS was founded in 1978 by the National Art Education Association (NAEA). The goal of the program is to “inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The program supports members in their efforts to attain the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.”

One of the first students to advocate for bringing NAHS to FHS is sophomore Makayla Dankwa. Dankwa spoke to Brown during her freshman year about the possibility of introducing NAHS to FHS after hearing about the program, and all the opportunities it provided to members.

Brown sees NAHS as a way to attract the attention of more serious and dedicated artists. It would also offer more appeal to those pursuing art as a career. Brown was looking for students passionate about art and take the time to provide artwork for the school and community.

Additionally, NAHS makes an effort to allow students to experiment with a wide range of mediums such as clay and acrylic paint.

Rebecca Graham has been a part of the NAHS for roughly a decade, previously running the program at Battlefield High School. Graham now joins FHS as a new art teacher and NAHS sponsor.

Graham spoke of how her most fond experiences in NAHS have been service work for the community by hosting ice cream socials, where the frozen confections were served in clay bowls made by students. The program has also raised awareness for the arts and money for an elementary school library as well as gifted art to both teachers and the community.

Both Brown and Graham look forward to hosting the program for years to come and providing students an outlet for their artistic talents and passions. Currently, members are working on a mural to decorate the hall and make others day brighter.

Brown recommended that students looking for a club that encourages student’s artistic abilities, without the academic standards of NAHS, consider attending the anime club due to the club’s encouragement of art.

Unfortunately, NAHS will be taking the place of the art club hosted during previous years. However, Brown did express a desire to possibly run both NAHS and a less demanding art club within the next few years, though it would depend on the success of NAHS.

By Arabella Seiler- Contributor