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In Loving Memory of Coach AZ

Sad news struck FHS and Southeastern on January 22 upon hearing the news that beloved teacher and coach Matt Anzivino, AZ to many, had passed away.  He coached baseball at FHS and taught at Southeastern. He touched the lives of many past and present students in his lifetime. Many were devastated by this upsetting news.  

Anzivino was born on July 24, 1981, in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  He grew up in Warrenton, where he graduated from FHS in 1999. He played baseball here coached by Mark Ott.  He continued playing baseball in college at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, where he graduated in 2003.  He was a teacher and head varsity coach in Richmond at Varina High School. After this, he taught at Southeastern for about six years.  He left an impact on many at Southeastern with his fun learning techniques. During this time he continued his passion for baseball by being both the JV and assistant varsity baseball coach at FHS, leading others to succeed at the same place he had.  

For a while, Anzivino was struggling with bladder cancer. This is when cells in the bladder start to grow too fast and as the cancer cells develop they can form a tumor that spreads to other areas of the body.  However, he defeated this challenge, unfortunately, cancer came back. A few years later he found himself struggling with the disease yet again, and on January 22 at Novant Health UVA Prince William Medical Center, he passed away at age 37 still fighting.  His memory will live on in the minds of family members, students, and teammates that will miss him and remember him for the great man he was.

Coach AZ’s team shared a story that really illustrated his unique personality. “After we knocked off Riverside last year, which we weren’t supposed to do, we had a big dog pile in the middle of the field.  Coach AZ ran in from the dugout and dove into the dog pile, which is not something coaches usually do,” said senior Carson McCusker. He was not the only who remembers Anzivino this way, senior Lane Pearson said, “Just his excitement and how he ran on the field and jumped on the dog pile.” This story truly shows you what type of person he was.

McCusker remembers, “just his spirit and he always brought high energy and positive attitude to the baseball field every day, [and] he really helped our team.” Anzivino was someone these boys looked up and was a role model for them.  Everyone who ever met him said he was always positive. Pearson commented that Coach AZ will be remembered for, “His positivity and how he went about his day and was never negative and loved all the kids.”

Any of the baseball players who played on Coach AZ team will portray someone who was just a great person. “He was super nice and caring for all the kids, and he was just a super positive guy,” said Pearson. McCusker added, “He was a great man and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. He really inspired me to be a better person.”

“Outgoing,” was the one word Ott gave to describe Anzivino, “He was always happy and smiling.  He would do anything for you, and he truly cared about his athletes.” He was nicknamed “AZ” and that is what he went by for many.  Ott said, “he always had a smile and was always passionate towards people.” Coach Anzivino, Mr. Anzivino, “AZ” or whichever name you knew him by was always there to lend a helping hand and will be greatly missed by many.

By Catherine Smith – Staff Reporter

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Liz Monseur: Teacher of the Year

History teacher Liz Monseur was recently chosen by the Fauquier High School staff and administration as this year’s Teacher of the Year. Monseur has been a teacher at FHS for 36 years. During those years, she has taught a multitude of subjects, amongst the longest she taught were Special Education (SPED) and history, which she has now been teaching for 16 years.

Monseur first realized she wanted to teach after having already acquired a different position. “I went to college for social work […] once I got into social work I wasn’t enthralled with it, so I thought about going into teaching, and that’s what I did,” Monseur said. She did not, however, come up with the idea of teaching as a profession by herself, but rather had the guidance of a childhood friend. “Growing up [she] had always volunteered with mentally handicapped kids,” said Monseur. “At one point she said, ‘why don’t you go into special ed. to teach and I thought ‘well that’s interesting!’”

To this day, Monseur is extremely enthused about her job. “I work with great colleagues, and also the [amount] of students I’ve met and gotten to know over the years and still talk to and that’s wonderful. You just don’t get that in other jobs.” Since having taught for almost four decades, Monseur has learned a lot not just about teaching, but about learning. More specifically, what students learn in high school which makes the experience invaluable. “I don’t really think it’s as much the information they learn in the classes per se, I think it’s what they learn about themselves. How they develop their work ethic, how they gain a sense of achievement,” said Monseur. “I think that the experience in school [is one in which] you really learn about yourself. You learn that you can push yourself and do better, you kind of learn what you’re made of. But mainly I think for students it’s learning what success means personally, to each of them.”

Monseur has learned a lot about the world of teaching, but she doesn’t believe she’s done yet. “I’m still trying to improve my teaching strategies,” she said. To any teachers looking to do the same, Monseur has one thing to say, “Evolve. Continue to evolve and create, and never get complacent with what you’re doing.”

Monseur, thank you for 36 years of service, and congratulations on being crowned Teacher of the Year! Fauquier High School knows you deserve it.

by Celeste Pollack–Copy Editor

Virginia Teachers Go Red for Ed in Richmond

Virginia teachers make an average $51,049, less than the national average of $59,660 according to the National Education Association. Yet, Virginia is among the wealthiest states in the U.S. Inspired by massive teacher protests around the country, hundreds of Virginia teachers decided to take professional leave on January 28 and march in Richmond.
Demands include; restoring funding for public education, increasing teacher pay and providing competitive wages, recruiting and retaining high quality and diverse teachers, help localities address school infrastructure needs and ensuring that all schools have adequate support staff, according to Virginia Educators United.

Superintendent David Jeck and school board Chairwoman Suzanne Sloane along with several Fauquier High School teachers attended. Fauquier county teachers who were at the march were given professional leave mostly thanks to superintendent Dr. Jeck. Jeck gave his full support and was given the opportunity to speak on the steps of the capital.
Among the teachers who attended was English teacher Julie Duggan. “I saw a regression when the recession began in 2008; things were going really well until that point, and I’ve just seen a gradual decline ever since,” said Duggan. “We need to get back to where we were before that point in putting education at the top of our priorities for funding in state.”

Librarian Mary Jo Sears commented on the issues in teacher pay that she personally has to face. “I have two master’s degrees, I have 25 years experience [and] if I were to go to any other county I would be making a lot more money than I am here.” She blames this on the compressed pay scale that Fauquier County Schools have to use. “The school board is doing a good job with increasing our first-year teacher pay and second-year teacher pay to be more competitive among our area and other counties, but the problem is the more experienced you are the pay scales compress [and] the percentage of increase[d] [pay] goes down.” She added, “In order to keep the best teachers in this area and in state we got to pay for that”
Duggan had the opportunity to speak to Delegate Webert who is local to Fauquier County and has a son in the Fauquier County school system. She explained to him, “the quality of the educational experience in part depends on the funding of it (…) and that families depend on quality professional staffing at schools and depend on quality buildings and those are worth the money.”

The annex has also been a topic of interest when it comes to funding. Several teachers have expressed concern over the building. “We need funding to fix up the annex; that is not an appropriate space for students,” said Duggan.

Sears also commented on the issue, “I feel like the conditions we deal with especially over in the annex are deplorable (…) Students should not have to go from one classroom to the next and have a 20 degree difference in temperature, and teachers should not have to work in classrooms that are causing allergy problems.” She added that she knows the school tries its best to maintain the issue but doesn’t like how we try to put up a good front, and as you walk towards the back of the school you start to see age and heating problems.


Jeck plans to include $8 million in a budget plan, aimed at teacher salaries, that he will present to the school board.

by Nayeli Arellano–Sports Editor

Copperthite Lives Her Dream at Space Camp

Last year, science teacher Jennifer Copperthite resigned from Fauquier high school due to her husband’s work, and moved down south to Huntsville, Alabama. Copperthite, her students and fellow teachers were saddend by the news. However, it also brought opportunities for new adventures in her coming future.

After switching states, there was a lot of adjusting to do. “We had to get new driver’s license, change our car registration, get new doctors, set up utilities, and change our address for everything,” said Copperthite, “After living in the same house for 16 years, doing all of this for four people was very time consuming.” Unfortunately, Copperthite was diagnosed with a low stage of cancer which she went to treatments for throughout the fall. Nevertheless, Copperthite managed to make the most of her situation and spent a lot of time in her new pool at her house.

After settling in, Copperthite got a job at Space Camp which she started this past January. “I am an education presenter. My job is to teach about space travel, astronomy, heat shield design, and a variety of other topics,” said Copperthite. She said that sometimes she will just give a short lecture and other times she will be running labs, games, and other activities. “I’m actually doing a lot of the same things I did in the classroom at FHS,”

Space Camp focuses on activities that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and aerospace technology. Campers learn about National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) history as well as the current and future status of space flight and technology. Activities include astronaut training, running simulations of shuttle missions, and team building projects. The camp also hosts astronauts who come to speak every week as well as many other surprise guests. “Last week, I saw James Corden, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, and Chris Pratt,” Copperthite said, “With this year being the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we are expecting a lot of really cool guests.”

Space Camp is for ages 9-11. Other affiliated programs accommodates different age groups such as the Space Academy for ages 12-14, Advanced Space Academy for ages 15-18 as well as family, adult and teacher camps. Some camps are only a few days long, while others last up to a week. For more details and to sign up, visit http://www.spacecamp.com.

Copperthite enjoys working at Space Camp; however, she says she still misses FHS. “Every time I go out, I think I see someone from ‘home.’”
Her son Alex Copperthite, who attended FHS, has mutual feelings. “He misses his FHS friends, but he has found a great group of friends here too.” Copperthite said she is happy, there is social media so she and her family can still keep in touch with friends and family from Fauquier.

by Rachel Singleton–News Editor

FHS Appreciating History

at Fauquier High School. This spring semester, the main lobby will take students through time with a bright yellow timeline that spans from 1000 B.C.E to today. Students go down to the lobby and learn as well as contribute to the timeline. The events placed on the timeline are color coded based on the study they fall under.

English and literature are gray, math is red, history is blue, art and music are purple, sports are orange, technology is tan, science is green and foreign languages are pink. Science teacher, George Murphy is the originator and planner of this project and said that he had been thinking about doing it for several years. “Initially, for AP Biology, we do a timeline like this for DNA,” said Murphy, “But I’ve always had an interest in something more cross-curricular.” After coming up with the plan, he put his idea into motion, placing the timeline with the help of the AP Biology students for all the school to see. Many teachers have already began taking their students down to the timeline such as Dr. Croft with her anatomy and physiology class, agriculture, physical education, and many others. Murphy is very happy with this new addition to the school and says “it can involve the whole school: It’s really cool and just to see how everything we study in school is related in some way.” The timeline will stay up until the end of May, and Murphy hopes to continue putting it up every semester.

by Rachel Singleton–News Editor

Love Is in the Air

Staff Couple Mark Scott and Johanna Scott- A Romance to Last a Life Time

Math teacher Mark Scott and guidance counselor Johanna Scott met through a set up from two people they knew. Mr. Scott was working at one school and Mrs. Scott was working as a guidance counselor at the rival school. Mr. Scott’s principal was married to a teacher at Ms. Scott’s school. They were both trying to get the two to meet. Little did they know that this small suggestion would lead to a long time relationship.

Mr. Scott made the first move by emailing Mrs. Scott. “It was very cute,” said Mrs. Scott. From there, they arranged to meet at an little Italian place in Woodstock, Virginia.

When the two first saw each other, Mr. Scott said that he was amazed by Mrs. Scott’s beauty and said he had a great time.
”We had a great conversation, a fun time and did a lot of laughing,” said Mr. Scott.

“I thought he was funny,” said Mrs. Scott, “I really didn’t plan on staying that long, but we ended up having so much fun that I ended up being late like two hours.”

With such a good first date, the pair dated for a little over half a year before they got married on July 10, 2004. They now have two girls and have been married for almost 15 years.

Both agree life with one another has never been better. “It’s been great, heavenly,” said Mr. Scott.

Because the Scotts are working on Valentine’s day, they do not have any plans for the day. However, they plan on going out to dinner the next week.

Couple John Carneckis and Ashley Halbrook- True Love at First Sight

Sophomores John Carneckis and Ashley Halbrook’s relationship began with love at first sight. The pair first met in 2017 at the homecoming football game and after hanging out that day, they knew they were the one for each other.

Carneckis made the first move said Halbrook. “He asked for my number at the homecoming game then two weeks later we went on our first date at a different football game.”

The couple have made many memories together but Halbrook says her favorite was on her birthday. “My brother took me to see Thor and surprised me by picking John up on the way,” said Halbrook. “After the movie, we went to Target and bought board games to play.”

Carneckis and Halbrook have been dating for one year and three month and their relationship has only grown. Both believe they are in a good place with one another. “It’s been very good,” said Carneckis. Halbrook added on saying, “We’ve had rough patches but it’s been good.”

The couple plan on going to a sushi place and then rent a movie this Valentine’s Day

by Rachel Singleton–News Editor

Long-time Teacher Mcguinn is Retiring

This year, one long-time teacher and driver’s education teacher Terri McGuinn will be retiring after 40 years of teaching and 45 years of being at this school.

McGuinn first came to FHS in 1970 when she was in the eighth grade. When Marshall Middle School burned down, her class and the other middle schoolers had to move to FHS. However, most of their time was not spent in the school but rather outside the school in trailers. McGuinn then attended the school as a freshman and graduated four years later in 1975. From there, McGuinn attended college at Appalachian State University for four years and earned her bachelor’s in science and physical education k-12.
McGuinn had not planned to come back to the school but instead, after graduating college, signed a contract to work at an elementary school. Plans changed when her old high school coach called to inform her about a job opening at FHS. McGuinn had been wanting to coach for a while so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. “I went up to the school board office and spoke with the superintendent,” said McGuinn, “and asked him ‘was this available, could I move from school to school?’ and he said yes.” McGuinn has been with the school ever since.

McGuinn has always been the driver’s education teacher, but she also did many other things with the school. “My first 11 years here, I coached. I was the head coach of softball, and I actually started the volleyball program,” said McGuinn. The first year she started teaching at Fauquier, they did not have a volleyball program while most of the other schools in the district did. “I went to the principal and approached him about starting a program and he said ‘see if you have enough girls interested,’” McGuinn said “so I ran an intramural program before school, and I had about 60 girls show up.” The principle stayed true to his word, and the next year, he let McGuinn begin the program.

Although McGuinn was happy to start the new program, she said that it was very hard to manage. “I coached jv and varsity and drove the bus for the first couple years. I had no assistance, […] which made for a long day.” McGuinn decided to stop coaching when she got married and had kids; and later upon her husband dying in a car accident, she decided there was no chance she was getting back to coaching.

McGuinn says that one thing she loves the most about the school is the relationships she has with her students and faculty members. “I have students that I taught my first couple of years that I still am in touch with,” said McGuinn. She said she will miss the school when she leaves, especially the people. “I’m going to miss my department a great deal,” she said. “I mean it’s been my life for 40 years, 5 as a student and 40 as teaching.”

McGuinn says that she is not sure what she plans on doing after retirement. She plans on doing a few things with one of her close college friends: “We’re going to do a road trip,” said McGuinn, “I have a son that lives in California, and she has one that lives in Colorado, so we’re going to kind of do the trek across and see our kids.” One thing McGuinn is sure she will do after leaving the school is get a part-time job. “I can’t not work, I mean I’ve worked all my life,” said McGuinn, “ I don’t see myself sitting at home doing gardening.” Some have even asked her if she plans on working as a substitute teacher to which McGuinn says she is unsure. “I don’t think [I will], and if I do, it won’t be here.”

Being a teacher at Fauquier for so long, McGuinn has taught a few people that are now staff at the school. A few she could list include business department chair Diana Story, ITRT Michelle Green, and SSO Sal Torelli. Torelli had many kind words to say about McGuinn. “I enjoyed her, I still do now,” said Torelli, “one of my favorite teachers growing up in high school.”
Torelli said that she was and is a very kind and pleasant person to be around. Although Torelli is happy for her and her retirement, he says that he is still very sad to see her go. He said that it will be very different walking down the 700s hallway in the morning, “When I look to the left and I smile and say good morning, the biggest difference is she won’t be there to say good morning to me in the doorway when I walk by.”

Even current students at the school are saddened by her leaving. Sophomore Allison Migliaccio said she enjoyed her class and thought it was very informative and interesting, “the content was engaging and really brought out the realities of how mature and attentive you have to be when driving on the road.” Migliaccio says that she is sad to see McGuinn go after just meeting her but is happy that she can enjoy retirement after her long service at the school.

Mrs. Mcguinn, thank you for 45 years of service. The hard work you have put into educating has truly made an impact on this town. You will truly be missed!

by Rachel Singleton–News Editor