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Vernatter Pins The Wins

Ethan Vernatter shaking hands with Principal Margo Bruce. Photo courtesy of Fluvanna Photos.

Blake Berry, Fluco Beat Editor

March 6, 2019

Quite a lot is expected out of student athletes throughout high school, but especially in their senior year. Applying to colleges, completing final classes needed to graduate, and succeeding in their sports are some of the many challenges they have to balance. Those students who rise above these adversitie...

Gamin’ to Fame

Photo courtesy of Thomas Gerald

Thomas Gerald, FCHS Journalist

March 6, 2019

YouTube was founded in 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, with their only intention being to share videos with each other that they had struggled doing before hand. Since then, YouTube has became one of the most recognizable platforms and forms of social media, with thousands of channe...

The Scoop on Fluco Baseball

The 2017-18 Varsity Fluco Baseball team in a team huddle at the game against Louisa on 5/1/18.  Photo courtesy of Fluvanna photos.

Toby Sherman, FCHS Journalist

March 1, 2019

Heading into the 2019 season, the Fluvanna varsity baseball team appears to be as strong as ever based on their athlete line up. Losing only three seniors from last year, the team will remain relatively the same as it was in 2018 when it had a record of 15-7. The 2019 team is highlighted by depth, a str...

Name That Car

Mrs. Haley's husband's pink Rambler which he nicknamed ‘Pink Panther.’ Photo courtesy of Mrs. Haley.

Charlie Lasocki

February 26, 2019

I grew up expecting everyone to have a name for their beloved vehicles as my family did (like our white Honda, which we fondly refer to as “Snowflake”). So I was absolutely shocked to discover that my family was among the minority in this department. In fact, in a recent survey of FCHS students, only...


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Tyler Harris, Fluco Beat Editor

February 19, 2019

In a relatively new arrival to Fluvanna’s clubs line up, the Future Career and Community Leaders of America Club (FCCLA), teaches students leadership and community outreach skills in the fields of culinary, fashion, and financial literacy. The club was introduced to FCHS last September by Culinary teach...

A Young Investor

Junior Ethan Smialek keeping tabs on his stocks on the stock market. Photo courtesy of FCHS Journalism.

Brandon Lucas, FCHS Journalist

February 12, 2019

The stock market is a foreign topic to many teens. Yet FCHS junior Ethan Smialek knows a surprising amount about it. About two years ago, Smialek’s grandmother introduced him to stocks and began investing for him. Once he felt comfortable, Smialek took over his account on his own. He makes anywhe...

Riding Into Memories

Senior Kassandra Shull and her cousin Josh Lamb holding a trophy for best truck and a peoples choice  trophy. Photo courtesy of Kassandra Shull.

Jennifer Cortez, FCHS Journalist

February 11, 2019

Doing something you love comes naturally if you’ve grown up making memories with it, and senior Kassandra Shull has grown up with family traditions of racing and car showings. Her love for cars started when she was born into a family of mechanics. Her father and grandfather own an auto wrecker service, Ga...

An Unexpected Pastime

Ryan Peters and his Karate instructor. Photo courtesy of Jessica Suttles

Jessica Suttles, FCHS Journalist

February 5, 2019

You may put junior Ryan Peters in a box when you see him. You may assume that he likes anime, or that he is a nerd. What you may not expect is that he has a black belt in karate. Peters’ venture into sports started when he was five years old. He attempted soccer and tee-ball, but neither activity...

Keep Calm, Ms. A is Here

Ms. Allen talking to Natalie Branch. Photo courtesy of FCHS Journalism

Angelica Carter, FCHS Journalist

February 5, 2019

Some people may think high school is the craziest place in the world, full of issues from grades to friend drama to family conflict. One person who is helping FCHS teens navigate these issues is Shelby Allen, a counselor-in-training from the University of Virginia (UVA) When Allen was younger, she came to her scho...

Multicultural Club Celebrates Unity at FCHS

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Jules Shepherd, FCHS Journalist

February 4, 2019

New ideas seem to be fluttering through the halls this year, with one such idea being a new club focused on promoting and celebrating different races and cultures at the school. Choir teacher Horace Scruggs started the club in order to “help our students gain greater knowledge and appreciation for ...

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