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Nobblitt Brings Students to Tears as he Follows his Wife to Atlanta

A heavy blow fell upon many when the news of another English teacher’s resignation was announced. The list keeps growing as four-year photojournalism teacher, Phillip Nobblitt also plans on not returning. As the year closes, there will be many sad farewells.

“I cried a lot, it was really really sad,” junior Savannah Paap said. “I’ve known him since my freshman year. He had a big impact on my high school career.”  

Nobblitt told his class he will not be returning because his wife took on a consulting job in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA. Everyone took the news differently, with reactions ranging from crying to avoidance according to Nobblitt.

“Honestly, I thought it was a joke because he told our whole class, and I was like this is stupid, he’s not leaving,” McDaniel- Neff said. “In five seconds he’s going to be like ‘Ha ha, just kidding!’ But once I realized it was real I just started crying, it was just awful.”

Nobblitt joined our community in 2015. Before, he taught English, journalism, photojournalism and creative writing at Madison County High School (MCHS) for four years. He wanted to be a teacher at a young age. However, photojournalism was not his specialty.

“I was never in a yearbook or newspaper staff even in high school,” Nobblitt said. “I’ve had no training whatsoever.”

He found an interest after being asked to take over the job during an interview at MCHS. “At that point, I wanted to start teaching so bad that I would have shown interest in being the football coach,” Nobblitt said.

Wanting to take on the challenge of producing a larger yearbook, Nobblitt accepted the job. The students agree that he created so much more than just a successful program. He made a classroom feel like a home.

“He’s just a really good person to talk to. He could tell if I was having a bad day. He’ll let me sit in his room, or he’ll talk to me, and if he knows I don’t want to talk, he’ll just sit there with me,” junior Ryan McDaniel-Neff said. “I know he deeply cares about his students.”

One of Nobblitt’s favorite memories was when former student, Katie Crofford opened the cover of the first yearbook the staff made under his facilitation. “She looked around the room, met eyes with each student who worked under her and said, ‘Guys, we did this together.’”

Nobblitt was happy to see how proud they were to call it theirs. With all the good memories also come regrets, but for Nobblitt, there are only a few. His biggest regret was not playing in the Student vs Faculty basketball game in his first year.

“It would have been nice to have embarrassed the heck out of myself four times instead of three,” Nobblitt said.

Although it is time to move on, he will be sad to leave his juniors. “The building made a big push a few years back to focus on forming healthy connections with students,” Nobblitt said. “I was always doing that, but I pushed it more with this group. I was really looking forward to working with them.”

His juniors are very disappointed to see him go but have great memories for a lifetime. “Honestly, he’s just one of the best people I’ve ever encountered,” McDaniel-Neff said. “I’m so grateful I had him for these three years.”

They all had great things to say about Nobblitt and plenty of emotion to go along with it. “He’s been a really good mentor, like a father figure,” Edmonds said. “He’s one of the most genuine teachers I’ve ever had.”

Many have voiced how hard it will be without him next year. “I was in shock. I’d always imagined that he would be there whenever I needed him,” junior Lumin Edmonds said. “It was shocking to know that he wouldn’t be there for my senior year.” Even with all the sadness, the students wish him the best of luck with his next endeavors.

By Catherine Smith – Staff Reporter


Dishner Departs from FHS to Care for Farm and Father

Across the hall from English teacher Lindell Palmer is a teacher with an equally beautiful laugh and smile, English teacher Riley Dishner.

However, this year was her last, as she will be resigning after five years of service at Fauquier High School. Dishner is leaving because her dad has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and she is going to go take care of him and help her mom with her family’s farm. She is loved by the students and staff, and they are sad to see her go.

“She was a great teacher who let us find our own paths through writing while guiding us if we need help,” said sophomore Paige Shorey, who met Dishner through her English class.

Dishner attended FHS as a student in the class of 2007 before working as a teacher. Following her graduation, she attended James Madison University and earned her Bachelor’s in English, and then transferred to Radford where she earned her Masters in English. Dishner went straight into teaching after obtaining her masters.

At first, Dishner didn’t want to return to FHS after graduating high school, but she came back anyway and said it felt like home.

“I was living in a different state, and I was given the option to go live in Europe and maybe pursue my doctorate,” said Dishner. “At the end of the day, I had to reassess and say, ‘Okay, what is my actual goal, what do I want out of life?’ What I want out of life is to feel belonging in a place, and that what I felt here.”

When Dishner began working at FHS, she didn’t know what to expect. “All of my colleagues, they were just throwing all of their lessons at me saying, ‘here have this, I’ll help you do that,’ and being so welcoming,” she said. Dishner came from an interning school that was very unfriendly, and she said it was a shock to come into such a positive environment.

One thing Dishner said she will miss the most about FHS is the kids. “I went into teaching because I love kids, and knowing that I’m doing something that matters feels really good.”

Her favorite memory was on her recent birthday. “I came in, and teachers and students had written on my door. It was one of those days when I came in, and I was upset about something, but then I was sitting outside my door laughing in the morning and thinking, ‘thank goodness, these kids.’”

Dishner said if there was one thing she wanted to be remembered for, it would be that she was a kind and welcoming teacher. “Just like I look forward to seeing them, maybe they look forward to seeing me.”

Senior Nick Hale, who knew Dishner from having homeroom with her for two years, says he definitely will remember her in that way. He described her as a good guide for him and a parent figure away from home.

“She does a really good job with giving me advice when I need it, and also being a teacher that I and a lot of my friends feel comfortable around.”

He said his favorite memory with her was stealing all of her chocolate and then constantly having her eat chocolate with him.

He added that he also enjoyed their good conversations when he comes and visits her. “We would talk about anything from current events to teaching to what’s going on in our lives.”

Dishner’s impact on the school and the student is undeniable, and although FHS will miss her, the school wishes the best future for her.

By Rachel Singleton – News Editor

Palmer Exits Leaving Laughter and Legacies

You can recognize his smile-inducing laugh from down the hallway, and his cheerful demeanor grants him a warm place among students and staff.  Lindell Palmer, Creative Writing and AP Literature teacher, has been teaching at Fauquier High School for 13 years, and this year will be his last.

“It was a difficult and bittersweet decision for me. I love the community, (…) leaving [is] really tough for me,” Palmer said. He explained he is leaving for a job at Loudon High School for a number of other reasons.

“I’m trying to streamline my life because I have many things happening in Fairfax, so it makes my life easier,” Palmer said.

He is an inspiration for many, and students such as senior Dakota Miller are especially sad to see him go. Miller has been in Palmer’s class for the entirety of his high school career, and his sister had him in past years.

“I have nothing but good things to say about him; he’s been a life coach to a bunch of guys in my class, “ Miller said.

Palmer is also a father figure for many. “He’s taught me many things [like] just getting through high school in general. Whether it’s personal issues or school issues, he’s always there for you, and that’s the important thing,” Miller said.

Senior Hazel McCulla has been in Palmer’s Creative Writing and English classes, and his effect on her is profound.

“He really helped me when I was depressed and struggling,” McCulla said. “I think he’s just a very supportive teacher and very willing to help his students.” McCulla added, “H’s taught me to stay true to what I believe in and to stay true to what I wanted to be.”

Many students say Palmer taught them many valuable lessons, however, Palmer thinks he learns from them as well. “As a teacher, I obviously know the impact I have on students lives; but at the same time, I don’t think they realize that they teach us, the teachers,” Palmer said.

Senior Julia Fork had Palmer all four years of high school and worked on the Literacy Magazine with him after school.

“When I first went into his classroom I did not want to be there, but his personality and the way he handles things made me turn around completely, and that was my favorite class,” Fork said.

His effect on the student body even reached those who never took his class. Senior Fleischer Payne never took Palmer’s classes, however, he spent a lot of time in homeroom with him. “He’s a great teacher, one of the best teachers in the school, [and] he’s always there for his students,” Payne said.

Palmer’s effect on the student body is not invisible to him, and he acknowledges the special connections he has with his students. “I am here to educate, but everyone wants to be seen and heard, so I do my best to see and hear my students,” Palmer said. “I want them to learn, but I also want to know who they are. So when you invite that to your classroom, you make connections.”

Even though students and staff will miss him, he will also miss FHS. “I’ll miss the student body, I’ll miss my colleagues. I’ve had some great co-workers, we laugh together and quote Shakespeare in the hallway. I’m going to miss the administration. We have a great administrative team here.”

Palmer’s final piece of wisdom to his students is contained in a quote from Maya Angelou. “To go out and to go out among people, and be cheerful and clever, and allow people to be clever with you”

Palmer interpreted the meaning of the quote, “I think it’s important because obviously cheerful and clever sounds great right? But also to go out there and be clever and cheerful with other people, don’t keep it all to yourself.”

Palmer also added another piece of advice, “I think you should always question everything, and I encourage students to continue to question, don’t just accept.”

See you later Mr. Palmer, we wish the best for you!

By Nayeli Arellano – Sports Editor

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.

Transgender Students Share Their Story

High school is a period of growth in a teenagers life, especially for those who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming. According to a report by the CDC, two percent of high school students identify as transgender. Although that percentage might seem small, in reality, it represents flesh-and-blood students that need to navigate their way through high school just like everyone else.

Sophomore Joe Tucker started questioning his gender during his freshman year, “I first thought I was gender fluid and then I thought I was gender non-binary.” He finally settled on transgender over the summer.

His family accepts his new gender identity. Tucker said his biggest supporter is his sister, “I actually came out to my sister first because she’s the easiest to talk to. I told her throughout the entire process, we figured it out together she helped me through it.”

This is his first year being openly trans at school and his peers have met him with acceptance and tolerance. “I believe [students] try to be polite about it if they don’t agree with it, [and] most of them try to keep their mouths shut or maybe do their best to understand,” Tucker said. “I don’t believe a majority of people here are [transphobic], and very few of the [transphobic] people are open about it.”

However, he says he has been confronted with confusion from his peers. “Many people call me ‘he’ some call me ‘she.’ I don’t have any trouble, most of the time I might get a name called here and there, locker[room] chat but nothing too bad.”

The US has made progress in recent years creating equal opportunities for trans individuals. Title IX of the Educational Acts of 1972 protects individuals from sex discrimination in schools, including trans students. However, trans students still experience discrimination at school. According to the CDC report, nearly 35 percent of trans students admitted they were bullied in school, and 27 percent feel unsafe at or going to school.

However, schools are progressing in creating a more comfortable and accepting environment for trans students. Tucker believes that FHS is making a lot of progress, and it is much better than other schools. He says he has other trans friends from other states who have it much harder in regards to the high school experience. His friends here help him by giving him tips on how to pass, and stand up for him when he encounters a bully.

He says teachers have also been accepting of his new identity. “In gym, I let Coach Prince know that I wanted to run with the boys and mix with the boys ,and he was completely fine with it. He explained it to the other students, and they were confused [but] he was very polite about it.”

Junior Caspian Glascock-Simpson is another student who identifies as trans. He began questioning his identity when he was 13 and shortly after came out as transgender. “Before I [thought I] was just like every other guy [and would] take my shirt off and run around but once puberty started to hit I was like oh I can’t do that anymore,” Glascock said.

His family is generally accepting of his identity and so are his peers and teachers. “All my teachers when I came here in freshman year were extremely supportive, respectful, called me by my preferred name, would use he and him pronouns (…) no difficulty at all [people have been] very open minded very supportive,” Glascock said. He mentioned that in the near future he will start taking testosterone, and wants to have breast removal surgery once he is financially stable.

Glascock offered advice to other trans teens seeking to come out to friends and family, “make sure you’re in a safe environment before. Make sure you are certain that it’s the right thing to do, just don’t put yourself in an unsafe situation where it can go totally wrong in an instant.”

By Nayeli Arellano – Sports Editor

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