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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.

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Best Retirement Wishes for Root

After 28 years of service in F.C.P.S., art teacher Charlene Root will retire this spring. Root who has spent her time passionately teaching will be greatly missed by students and staff.


Root began her journey to becoming an art teacher in high school at Damascus High School in Montgomery County. “My biology teacher, who I really thought would be more supportive when I said I wanted to be a microbiologist, just laughed at me. But my art teacher was very encouraging, so here I am,” said Root.


Following high school, Root attended Frostburg State Teachers College in Frostburg, Maryland. She majored in art education. “My concentration areas were printmaking, applied design and drawing,” said Root. She then continued on to earn her Masters at George Mason.


Before arriving at FHS, Root taught one year, full-time, at Central Elementary. The following year, she worked a split job between Central Elementary and Taylor Middle School. On her third year, she was split between Warrenton Middle School and Fauquier. Root said she was much happier working with high schoolers and added, “I think I get along better with high school kids. They have a better appreciation for my sense of humor.”


Root recalled one of her favorite school memories which occurred in her first month of working at the school. “I went to the office and I asked the secretary where the annex was because it was a big place, and she said, ‘Well you’ve been substituting here for a long time. Don’t you know how to get around,’ and I said, ‘I’m a teacher here!’”
When asked what she would miss the most about the school, she said, “The interaction with the kids, their personal comments about what’s going on with them, or their questions of ‘What do you think about this Mrs. Root? What do you think about that?’”


Root wishes the art department well. “I hope it grows because I think that our population is not as big as it used to be or as big as it could be,” she said. “I’m hoping that whoever takes my job is really enthusiastic about pursuing the arts and is not driven by other concerns or interests.”


After retiring, Root hopes to relax and do what she wants. “Mostly that includes painting, doing woodworking and decorating my house.”

By Rachel Singleton – News Editors

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.

VIEWS on Vaccines

PRO

Measles, a highly contagious disease, is breaking out in various areas in the U.S, despite being highly preventable, thanks to vaccines. This and many other breakouts of diseases is a result of unvaccinated people and the parents who did not vaccinate them.


Vaccines have been around for hundreds of years; although historically, the first vaccines were more harmful than good, today’s vaccines are relatively safe, and our medical technology is highly advanced. But of course, any vaccine has the possibility of producing a reaction. The most common reactions are soreness in the injection site and a low-grade fever, but some severe reactions are what scare off parents, such as seizures. Yes, vaccines can cause a seizure, but it’s rare. One out of 3,000 people who get the MMR vaccine will have a seizure, and the chance of getting a seizure as a result of the DTaP vaccine is one in 14,000 people according to the CDC. These seizures are scary, especially when a baby experiences them, but they aren’t harmful. They are called febrile seizures and are caused by any type of fever, including a fever that was result of a vaccine. Most importantly, they don’t result in brain damage or learning disabilities according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.


Overall, the benefits outweigh the risks. The risk of vaccinating pales in comparison to the possible results of not vaccinating. Pertussis, or whooping cough, a disease which causes fits of coughing, kills one out of 100 people it infects. Or, Diphtheria a bacteria that kills one out of 10 people it infects,according to the CDC. These diseases and bacterias are thankfully preventable thanks to vaccines.


Still, there are many people who refuse to vaccinate their child either for religious or philosophical reasons. The anti-vax movement, although not new, has been growing in popularity. And what anti-vaxers don’t understand is that their choice puts others at risk. Children who for medical reasons can’t get vaccinations are put at risk when they come in contact with an unvaccinated child who is sick, or cancer patients going through chemo, or even the elderly who have weakened immune systems. Herd communities or herd immunities keep these people from contracting these diseases. Herd immunity is where a largely vaccinated population helps keep the spread of diseases at bay. This is crucial, because not only do individuals keep themselves safe when they vaccinate, but they keep their community safe.


Preventable diseases are nearly gone because of vaccines, but they have a chance to come back because of people who choose to not vaccinate. It’s simply irresponsible to not vaccinate your child simply because you don’t want to. It can hurt you, your children, and your community.

By Nayeli Arellano – Sports Editor

CON

Sometimes I wonder how the world has changed since my parents and grandparents childhood. I think about the things they say and do that many would consider old school, like vaccinations. They are pointless and put unnecessary chemicals into one’s body.


In the past, people were fine without all the shots we have today. The world and its inhabitants survived for thousands of years without vaccines. Many illnesses that we have today did not exist in the past, and technology has prevented them from spreading.
Vaccinations work by injecting a strand of the antibody into the body which is just as much a risk. Many people respond badly to vaccinations because all bodies are different. People could get ill or have an allergic reaction to the chemicals.


While some vaccines may help, there are many things that can’t be prevented by a simple injection. People still catch the flu each year because the wrong strand is treated for or an unexpected case comes up. According to the CDC, the flu vaccine is 40-60% ineffective, which is a large number of people not being treated properly.


Most of the vaccines used today are new and contain data that has not had enough time to show overall effects. Some people can not be vaccinated due to other health conditions like immune suppression.
Vaccinations also do not last forever and you have to get treated again at other ages. This makes one wonder at what exactly it is doing to your body. If the effects are not long term, what promises that they will work in the immediate future.


Religion also plays a role in if you get vaccinated or not. Some religions think vaccinating is a sin because it is “opposing God of his punishment due to your sins.” For example, the Reformed Dutch Congregation has an objection to vaccinations. They decline immunization because it “interferes with divine provinces.” People should respect other individuals religious views and allow them to not vaccinate.


There are also many risks to vaccinating according to the National Vaccine Information Center. Some of these risks include brain inflammation, nervous system dysfunction, seizures, death, and shock.


Technology is so advanced that measles and other diseases should not be a problem. Vaccines affect your body, and that should be important to consider.

By Vania Rosales – Contributor

FBLA Crushes States!

On April 5-7, the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) represented Fauquier High School at the State Leadership Conference held in Reston, VA, where 15 students competed against other schools in the state. Out of these 15, five students scored high enough to move onto the national conference in San Antonio, Texas in June.


Students moving on to nationals include senior Samantha Lucas competing in Accounting 1, senior Jonah Patterson competing in Accounting 2, senior Chris Kiser competing in Economics, sophomore Rachel Singleton competing in Business Law and senior Fallon Goemmer competing in Agriculture Business.


Each individual competed at a regional level in order to have the opportunity to compete at states. If the students received a high enough placing, they moved on to the next conference.
“I was definitely really nervous before receiving the results,” said Patterson, “but once I received the results and saw I got second place, I was really happy.”


Kiser joined FBLA his sophomore year after hearing how fun the competitions were. “I was really excited when I got first place because it’s something I really wanted,” said Kiser. He hopes to have a lot of fun and place well at the upcoming national conference.
FBLA adviser Karen is very proud of her students. “I’m thrilled; this is the most individual competition contestants I’ve ever had to go to nationals,” said Chipman. “I think they are going to be great competitors.”


Going from a state level competition to a national level is no easy task. “One state, that’s great, but now they’re coming from 50 states and beginning to up their game,” said Chipman.

ore year after hearing how fun the competitions were. “I was really excited when I got first place because it’s something I really wanted,” said Kiser. He hopes to have a lot of fun and place well at the upcoming national conference.


FBLA adviser Karen is very proud of her students. “I’m thrilled; this is the most individual competition contestants I’ve ever had to go to nationals,” said Chipman. “I think they are going to be great competitors.”


Going from a state level competition to a national level is no easy task. “One state, that’s great, but now they’re coming from 50 states and beginning to up their game,” said Chipman.

By Amanda Arellano – Staff Reporter

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