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Yearbook captures school spirit

When yearbook advisor Phillip Nobblitt received his certification as an English teacher, he never planned on becoming an adviser for a school publication. That changed when he was offered the position in Madison Country.
“I had absolutely zero experience with photojournalism anything. I had never even held an SLR camera,” Nobblit said. “I decided to give it a shot, and now I think I probably would never accept a position that didn’t include yearbook.”
After he became the advisor of The Eyrie last fall, Nobblitt emphasized the yearbook’s advertising program. He more than tripled the number of ads in the yearbook and spread out the sales responsibilities evenly among the staff. He also required the staff to use state-of-the-art publishing software, InDesign, whichgives the students life and career skills.
Senior Abby Averna has been on yearbook staff since her freshman year, but had to drop this year because of conflicts with AP classes. She helped write features and edit pages on her own time.
“I think [Nobblitt] did a great job in that whole transition. It’s already hard to come into something that is already a rolling process,” Averna said. “Walsworth’s [online program] had a lot of malfunctions with some things we could and couldn’t do, so I think this new application was nice; it looked a lot cleaner.”
As the photography editor-in-chief, junior Savanna Rota appreciates the changes Nobblitt has made.
“He’s really organized and extremely OCD,” Rota said. “He’s really ‘go with the flow’ and lets you do your own thing. He can be relaxed, but people don’t walk all over him.”
The theme of the 2015 yearbook is Faces of Fauquier, inspired by the designs on blogs such as Humans of New York. The theme highlights the diversity of the student population and showcases as many students as possible.
Junior Rachel Crawford thought the cover was the best feature.
“I like the idea of the cover having a bunch of different students from Fauquier,” Crawford said. “It was really well done. It had more stories on specific students than it did in the past.”
The student response to the yearbook has been very positive. According to junior Hannah Savignac, the colors throughout the yearbook enhance its quality.
“I really liked the color variation,” Savignac said. “It draws your attention; this year’s actually looks like a high school yearbook. You actually know someone on the cover.”
The yearbook staff chooses the theme and performs the majority of the work to publish the book. Averna originally came up with the theme last spring. She thought it would be a creative change.
“I thought it was really clean and simple,” Averna said. “I wanted [the students] to be inspired and almost nostalgic that they had come this far and that they had a book they could reopen to any part of the previous year and relive it.”
Nobblitt emphasizes the importance of each student completing his or her responsibilities; he takes great pride in the finished product.
“One of my students used the analogy of having a baby,” Nobblitt said. “There’s planning involved, then there are the initial stages of the growth and development. Then, when the books get here on the truck, it’s like birthing day. As absurd as it sounds, it’s true.”
Nobblitt said that encouraging students to be independent teaches them leadership skills and helps them develop their own writing style and voice.
“I quickly learned in my experience that it’s not my publication, and I never want it to be my publication,” Nobblitt said. “I take pride in putting it in the students’ hands. I want them to create a product that they can be proud of.”
Senior Katie Crofford, editor-in-chief, dedicated about 450 hours of time, working during advisory and lunch to finish the book on time. Staff members said that Crofford is integral to the success of this year’s book, and they threw a “Katie Appreciation Day” surprise party for her.
“My favorite thing about yearbook is just the people in it,” Crofford said. “Sometimes they can be annoying, but we all love each other. They know how to make you laugh; even when you are having a bad day, it’s still fun.”

~ nina quiles, staff reporter


Sixteen students named finalists in state publication championships

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. 

Group AA: Literary Magazine

  • Photograph
    Senior Abby Seitz, “Twists”
    Junior Haeley Waleska, “Mountain Lake”
  • Drawing
    Junior Jett Zopp, “Tree by Lake”
  • 3-D Art
    Alumnus Kyle West (2013), “Shattered”
  • Mixed Media
    Junior Ellie Avery, “Only Dancing”
  • Poetry Spread
    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”
  • Sports News
    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”
  • Feature: In-depth/Informative
    Senior Abby Seitz, “School Sports Bring Long Term Consequences”
    Senior Jake Lunsford, “Eating Disorders Plague Teens”
  • Editorials
    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”
  • Review
    Senior Abby Seitz, “Visual Spectacle a Dazzling Adaptation”
  • Front Page Layout
    Alumna Sophie Byvik (2013), “Demolition of Main Hall Rolls On”
  • Advertising
    Alumna Sarah Thornton (2013), “Tolson Appliance”
  • Infographics/Secondary Packaging
    Senior Natalie Smith, “The Price to Pay”

~Abby Seitz, managing editor

Students see Newseum

The Newseum includes the largest display of the Berlin Wall of any museum. Each of the eight graffitied slabs are 12 feet high and weigh almost three tons. The guard tower, known as Checkpoint Charlie, is also on display. The tower is a symbol of the defeat of tyranny.
The Newseum includes the largest display of the Berlin Wall of any museum. Each of the eight graffitied slabs are 12 feet high and weigh almost three tons. The guard tower, known as Checkpoint Charlie, is also on display. The tower is a symbol of the defeat of tyranny.

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