FREDERICKSBURG, VA — Five Falcons were named first place winners at the 2013 Virginia High School League Publication Championships on October 7.
The Falconer was well represented in the newspaper competition; Alumna Sophie Byvik (2013) placed first in the Straight News/News Feature for her piece, “Volunteers Coordinate Relief Efforts,” while Alumna Fiona McCarthy took home gold in the Feature: Human Interest/Personality. Alumna Sarah Thornton’s ad for Toslon’s Appliance Center ranked first, as did senior Natalie Smith’s submission in the Infographics/Secondary Packaging category.
“I didn’t expect to win at all,” Smith said. “The entry was a graph that compared the different costs of playing various school sports that I did to accompany a story my friend was doing. I’m really honored to place first in a state competition.”
Fauquier also placed first in the literary magazine category. Senior Abby Seitz’s photograph “Twists” received first place honors.
On August 7, the Virginia High School League announced the finalists in their annual Writing/Photo/Design Contest. Sixteen Fauquier High School students were named finalists in the publications championships.The contest welcomes submissions from all public Virginia high schools. Winners will be announced at the Jostens-VHSL Publications Championships in October.
Junior Eryka Hackett, seniors Nicole Ward and Chris Perez, “No Place at All, Blossoming & A Tree for All Eternity”
Alumnna Nicole Layton (2013) and junior Ellie Avery, “That Small Room & Only Dancing”
Group AA: Newspaper
Straight News/News Feature
Alumna Sophie Byvik (2013), “Volunteers Coordinate Relief Efforts” and “School Meets New Principal”
Senior Abby Seitz, “The Hunger to Win”
Feature: Human Interest/Personality
Alumna Fiona McCarthy (2013), “World Traveler Aspires to Treat Horses”
Senior Patrick Duggan, “Hooker Hankers for Music”
Senior Abby Seitz, “School Sports Bring Long Term Consequences”
Senior Jake Lunsford, “Eating Disorders Plague Teens”
Alumna Sophie Byvik (2013), “Poverty is Not Shameful”
Bylined Personal Column/Opinion
Alumna Jordyn Elliot (2013), “Double Standards do Real Harm”
Senior Abby Seitz, “Adolescent Mental Health System Needs Reform”
Senior Abby Seitz, “Visual Spectacle a Dazzling Adaptation”
Front Page Layout
Alumna Sophie Byvik (2013), “Demolition of Main Hall Rolls On”
Alumna Sarah Thornton (2013), “Tolson Appliance”
Senior Natalie Smith, “The Price to Pay”
Journalism, photojournalism, and Voices and Visions staff attended a field trip to the Newseum in Washington, D.C, on Nov. 20. More than 45 students participated, and the trip was chaperoned by English teachers Nicole Schiffhauer, Lindell Palmer, and Marie Miller.
Palmer is a personal fan of the Newseum and hopes his student’s gain as much from the experience as he does.
“It’s the best of all worlds,” Palmer said. “Each time I go I find new things to see. It’s such a massive place you can never see it all at once. Every time I go I tend to see some of the same things over again, just to reconsider them. It’s a museum that documents history and at the same time how media has changed throughout the years. You not only learn about media and journalism, but you also learn about history.”
Schiffhauer shares Palmer’s admiration and is confident her students learn a lot from the experience.
“Students are exposed to all areas of journalism at the Newseum,” Shiffhauer said. “For photojournalism students, the hall of photographs really puts into perspective the realness of the job; the monument to those who have lost their lives in the field reinforces the gravity of their work, and seeing the history of journalism evolve into modern-day journalism affords students the opportunity to appreciate how far we’ve come in the field. In my opinion, any student aspiring to go into some sort of communications field should visit the Newseum.”
Junior Jackie Nungesser felt the trip was worthwhile.
“It was cool to be able to go there and learn new things,” Nungesser said. “My favorite exhibit was probably the Pulitzer Prize winning pictures. They were so intense. I got really emotional looking at them.”
Junior Kerian McDonald found a newfound respect for journalists in the 9/11 documentary, produced and screened by the Newseum.
“The 9/11 movie with the reporters talking about their first hand experience was pretty crazy,” McDonald said. “It was really moving to see how they risked their lives like that.”
Both Palmer and Schiffhauer received glowing feedback from their students, and feel the trip was a day well spent.
“Students love the Newseum,” Schiffhauer said. “They get to see and experience things there that wouldn’t be possible elsewhere. Most of my students end up taking their friends and family back to the Newseum. In my experience, students walk away from their time at the Newseum enlightened; they find that they have a new-found respect for the happenings of the world and how the media covers it. In some cases, they come away with the drive to make their dreams of being a photojournalist a true reality.”
~Patrick Duggan, news director
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