Fauquier junior Sam Fisher recently received his 100th win in wrestling. When asked about his new accomplishment Fisher said, “I didn’t even know I got it, I figured I was getting close.” This pleasant surprise increased the admiration felt for the Fauquier wrestler. Fisher has been wrestling since he was five and played additional sports as a kid: “I didn’t really like team sports that much, there’s a lot of pointing fingers and if I’m going to lose…I want to hold myself accountable” said Fisher. He decided to focus solely on wrestling his eighth-grade year. Fisher also practices and competes in Olympic styles of wrestling which are slightly different from the style uses during the school wrestling season and are conducted under different rules.
Fisher is a two-time state champion, outside of school Fisher has competed in 5 national tournaments and received high placings in each. Prior to the beginning of this year’s season, Fisher competed in a college open tournament where he received second place. Fisher said, “Wrestling stays true to the whole ‘work harder do better.’” Head wrestling coach Doug Fisher describes wrestling as “a sport that teaches you humility like no other. No matter how good you become, there is always someone better, or another level to conquer.”
Fisher received an early offer from Virginia Tech where he will continue wrestling and his studies. Tech is one of the top Division I wrestling programs in the nation, making a great fit for Fisher. Head wrestling coach Doug Fisher said, “I am truly happy for both his accomplishments to date and his decision to verbal to Virginia Tech.” Fisher has achieved many goals up to this point and will continue to do so in the time he has left wrestling for Fauquier.
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.
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
This is a year filled with changes for the Fauquier Falcons. As spring sports begin to warm-up, the Fauquier High School girls’ softball team has had a chance to meet their new head coach. Erika Lamper will be replacing Mark Ott as head coach this season, both returning alumna and teacher at Fauquier High. After a fantastic softball season last year with Lamper as the assistant coach, Coach Ott resigned leaving an empty position here at FHS.
After graduating in 2005 from FHS playing softball, coached by Ott, she moved on to play softball for four years at Seton Hill University. There she earned a degree in 2009 in marketing and human resources. In 2013, Lamper came back to teach and coach here in Virginia. After teaching at Kettle Run she took a job at FHS where she teaches personal finance and sports business. It is currently her second year at FHS.
Lamper stated, “I am very excited. This is a great group of girls. They work hard outside of the season too.” The teams have already begun workouts and conditioning and many are excited to see what Coach Lamper can bring to the team. “They are definitely working hard, very motivated, and a very positive group.” When asked what softball meant to her, Lamper said, “Softball is more that just a sport. It helps you develop as a human being. It allows you to become part of the community.” For Lamper, softball has taught her many life lessons, “It creates a well rounded person and opens up values you can’t learn in the classroom.” Her goal for this season is to get the team to states. “They have been there before and I think they can do it again.” Lamper said, “Having fun is the first priority. I want them to want to be there. I don’t want to force anyone. And take advantage of being on the team, you won’t have that same experience again.” Lamper loves the encouragement and “good support system[of the team], they help build each other up. You won’t always have 12 others who have your back all the time. Ott taught Erika Lamper since she was about 11 or 12 years old in both travel and at a high school level. He added, “I was ecstatic to have someone who played and knew the field come back to teach the girls. I have all the confidence in the world she will keep it a successful season, if not make it better.”
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!
While Valentine’s Day can be a meaningful occasion for couples, what is this day to single people who are missing a special someone? Their plans may be different compared to the average couple because of their relationship status. Many people plan days ahead to have the perfect day, while most want the day to be over. Singles can stand on either side of this viewpoint. People’s opinions might be defined by their past experiences or simply by what they have witnessed over the past years. Sophomore Makayla MacWelch said, “It’s kind of stupid to be honest, it’s just a day for candy.” Some people go about the day with a positive attitude, not letting their relationship status affect them. “I think that it’s good to have a little bit of self appreciation and love yourself instead of focusing on what others think of you,” sophomore Abby Marino said, “you can spend time with your family who are your real valentines.”
It’s not all about love for a significant other, many use this day as a way to express their gratitude and appreciation for their friends. “I still think you can give stuff to your friends,” said sophomore McKenzie Hurley. A common tradition throughout school nowadays is to give out sweet treats or handmade cards for each other. The Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) organization cater to this by giving out candy grams. The days prior to Valentine’s Day the students have the opportunity to purchase a candy gram for their significant other, friends, teachers or themselves. The candy grams are distributed on Valentine’s Day.
While some people are reminded of their past relationships or are reminded of their relationship status others may see it as better than being in bad company. Valentine’s Day is a day of love. Whether one is single or in a relationship, this time can be spent to celebrate loving one’s family, friends, significant other or even yourself. The true significance of Valentine’s Day is expressed in a variety of ways from person to person.
Junior Aidan Jones was nominated and selected by the art department to be the Fauquier Falcon’s Artist of the Month. Jones is currently taking art 3 2D with art teacher Charlene Root. Jones has been taking art ever since first grade of elementary school and says that he loves it. “I like letting my mind wander and creating whatever I feel like,” said Jones. Jones enjoys working with many different mediums, but he particularly enjoys using acrylics. “Acrylics mix well with one another, and it’s not water based so it doesn’t run everywhere,” Jones said. He appreciates his teachers and says that they have been supportive. “Instead of criticizing me, they try to tell me how I can improve,” Jones said. His art teachers think highly of him, art teacher Dawn Brown said Jones “has proven himself as an artist who always takes his assignments seriously. He works very hard to complete all assignments to the best of his ability, spending lots of time on the details, and adding his own creative flair.” Root agreed in saying, “He is a hard-working, self-disciplined young man who is conscientious about improving his art skills and abilities. He is respectful, mature and interacts well with classmates. He is a great role model for art students!”
by Rachel Singleton–News Editor
Fauquier High School's student newspaper. By the students, for the students.