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Sophomore Joel Williams portrays the Reaper while senior Wyatt Shaw portrays a ghost to raise awareness of drunk driving.

FHS Warns Students of Drunk Driving

Ava Hart, Staff May 17, 2024

On April 22, 2024, FHS gave the students the opportunity to bring awareness to the dangers of drunk driving before prom and in general. Drunk driving is unsafe and puts hundreds of lives at risk. 37 civilians...

The original FAFSA form was a staple of anxiety for many high school seniors, though its digital replacement has caused problems of its own.

FAFSA Delays Create Mass Chaos in College Admissions

David Achter, Editor-in-Chief May 17, 2024

The college admissions process is notoriously stressful for high school seniors, though a particular beast of bureaucracy seems to have always given students the most difficulty: financial aid. Finding...

Nobblitt shows off his teacher of the year award.

Phillip Nobblitt Awarded Teacher of the Year

Tatum Walker, Staff May 17, 2024

Phillip Nobblitt was selected as Teacher of the Year at FHS. Nobblitt has been a teacher at FHS for eight years and has taught thirteen years altogether. Nobblitt’s impressively diverse career has included...

Dr. David Ferguson wears his new falcon gear in the FHS lobby.

New Principal Ferguson is Excited About Fauquier

Clara Compton, Managing Editor May 10, 2024

On Monday, April 8, FCPS welcomed a new friendly face to lead its oldest and most prominent high school. Dr. David Ferguson is officially the new principal at FHS, starting on July 1, 2024. Administrator...

The home screen that you soon might not see

Biden Signs Bill Requiring Sale or Ban of Chinese App TikTok

Darely Sandoval, Staff May 10, 2024

U.S. officials have repeatedly warned that TikTok threatens national security, because the Chinese government could use it to spy on Americans or weaponize it to covertly influence the U.S. public. Owned...

To help students start the day off right, breakfasts will be free starting in May.

Free Breakfast at FHS Starting in May

Rahath Miah, Staff April 25, 2024

In an email on March 20, FCPS announced that breakfast would be free in all schools, assuming students take a fruit or vegetable, from May to the end of the 2023-2024 school year. With free breakfast,...

New FHS Principal Announced

Elena Carino, Staff April 11, 2024

On April 9, the Fauquier County School Board announced Dr. David Ferguson as the new principal at FHS. He is the principal at Rappahannock High School in Richmond County, but throughout the years he has...

The Wastewater Treatment Plant that emits bad smells on to FHS campus.

“Unflushed Toilet” Smell: Students Complain of Treatment Plant

Rahath Miah, Staff April 8, 2024

It’s a perfect day; the skies are blue, the sun is out, not a cloud in the sky, and a light breeze too. But, in comes a smell, that senior Caleb Crane describes as an “unflushed toilet.” It's even...

Students who fall into the top decile were presented with a certificate.

UPDATED: FHS Announces Top Decile Winners

David Achter, Editor-in-Chief March 25, 2024

Editor's note: This story was originally published with a list of 25 students provided to The Falconer. We were informed after publication that there were three students that did not appear on the original...

An array of pastel-colored Stanley Cups belonging to students in the lunch room.

Should Students be Concerned About Stanley Cups?

Brianna Sandoval, Staff March 25, 2024

In the last couple of weeks, rumors started floating around social media that Stanley Cups contain lead. People weren’t sure if these assumptions were true, but, when the news came out saying this fact...

The pictured solar panels, shown in 1975, were installed as part of a project by the Department of Energy before being subsequently removed.

Group Proposes Adding Solar Panels to FHS Roof

Ali Patusky, Editor-in-Chief March 20, 2024

In 1974, when solar power was in its early stages of development, FHS was a frontrunner in the implementation of the new technology. As proudly touted in the 1975 edition of the Eyrie, the school’s yearbook,...

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