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Lausz Leaves Her Mark

Zuzanna Lausz posing for a picture. Photo courtesy of Fluco Journalism

Mary Ann Chittenden, FCHS Journalist

January 31, 2019

Seventeen-year-old exchange student Zuzanna Lausz is from Poland, a long way from her current home in Fluvanna County. Choosing to spend a year in a foreign country wasn’t an easy decision, as it was challenging for her to leave her mom, sister, and most of all, her best friend, Marta.  “We did...

Engineering in Motion

Claire Kent creating a 
model trebuchet for Trebuchet Club

Clio Schurtz, FCHS Journalist

January 30, 2019

History and engineering may seem worlds apart. Typically, the subjects have no reason to overlap. Junior Claire Kent, however, has found a way to combine the two by starting her own club at Fluvanna County High School: the Trebuchet Club. Kent is an aspiring engineer who just founded the Trebuchet Club...

Self Care for Students

Photo courtesy of Spiritze on Pixabay under Creative Commons License

Maddy Eubank, Fluco Beat Editor

January 30, 2019

This past fall, a new club was introduced at FCHS with the hopes of helping students struggling with stress as well as any other challenges they may be dealing with at home or at school. “While students may generally know what self-care is, they may be unaware of all the different self-care strateg...

The Nurse is In

Nurse Penn checking sophomore Angelica Carter's temperature. Photo courtesy of FCHS Journalism.

Natalie Branch, FCHS Journalist

January 28, 2019

A nurse’s job is obviously to help people, but a school nurse’s job goes so much deeper. FCHS school nurse Vicky Penn finds her job doesn’t stop at medical assistance, but includes a listening ear. Growing up, Penn said she was pressured by her mom to pursue nursing, despite her plans of being a ki...

The Voice Behind the Music

The cover of Cameron Taylor's album

Allyssa Hanson, FCHS Journalist

January 25, 2019

Senior Cameron Taylor has a reputation for excelling in speech and drama. Yet many of his after-school hours actually focus on using a different aspect of his voice: his musical career. Taylor first started writing music when he was 14-years-old. “I started trying it out, but I wasn’t very g...

From The Philippines to Palmyra

Carmina Balagtas and her family before her move to Virginia

Mia Martinez, FCHS Journalist

January 25, 2019

Most students might have a hard time imaging what it would be like to move across the U.S.-- let alone a different country--and restart their lives. Yet, that is exactly what FCHS freshman Carmina Balagtas did. Balagtas and her family used to live in Manilla, the capital of the Philippines, before movi...

Fluvanna Students Become Mouse Experts

 Senior Rhett Jones (right)  and sophomore Kellie Madison (left) celebrated for their Microsoft certification. Photo courtesy of FCHS Journalism.

Jenai McKee, FCHS Journalist

December 14, 2018

Fluvanna students can now find an outlet to showcase their computer expertise in Microsoft Office through specialized testing. The exams determine a candidate’s skills in using Microsoft Office programs including PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, and Excel.   Students can take the tests in teacher Chris...

The Surprising Side of Andrew Sheridan

Photo courtesy of FCHS Journalism.

Nicolai Stephens

December 13, 2018

Tenth grade geometry teacher Andrew Sheridan is known for taking the basics of geometry and making it fun and challenging for his students. While he said that being a geometry teacher can be challenging, “It is very rewarding to see the students succeed.” Yet he has another role of which students mi...

Chickens Come Home to Roost on Snapchat

Chickens Rocky and Roxanne. Photo courtesy of Rhett Jones

Blake Berry, Fluco Beat Editor

December 4, 2018

Social media can be used for many different things, including connecting with friends and getting information fast. But for senior Rhett Jones, it's about updating the world on his two chickens, Rocky and Roxanne. Jones began posting photos and videos on his personal Snapchat story near the end of...

A True Artist

Photo courtesy of Jakob Shifflett

Matt Davis, FCHS Journalist

November 7, 2018

FCHS senior Jakob Shifflett is not just your average student. He does much more than go to school, hang out with friends, work, and do homework. He makes music. Shifflett has big dreams for his future. “Music is my priority. I’m not looking for the fame, I just want to be noticed. I want to b...

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