Students win big at Publication Champions

Abby Seitz, Managing Editor

FREDERICKSBURG, VA โ€” 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.