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Customing your virtual classroom

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Erika Schmack, FCHS Journalist

October 14, 2020

Turning your basement, bedroom, or even your kitchen into a learning environment may seem challenging, but it’s not impossible. Sophomore Molly Pace turned her basement into a virtual classroom all with just a $20 investment. “I am able to be myself, be focused, and stay organized. I was able...

Test Optional: Ditch the SAT?

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Allyson Lounsbury, FCHS Journalist

October 5, 2020

The never-ending world of Covid-19 is now affecting seniors and possibly classes to follow. But is it for better or worse? Covid-19 is affecting social aspects of this school year through remote learning, cancelation of sports and dances, and social distancing guidelines. But could it also be affecting...

Staying Healthy in a Virtual Learning Landscape

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Tyler Harris, Fluco Beat Editor

October 1, 2020

In this new virtual environment, it’s only natural to feel stressed and anxious about what might come out of this year. Even through health concerns, both mental and physical, that come with sitting at a computer all day while juggling classes with a weaker time structure, there are ways to alleviate...

Life in the Age of Coronavirus

Life in the Age of Coronavirus

MacKenzie Tillman, FCHS Journalist

March 17, 2020

In the late 1340’s, beginning in China, a widespread disease known as the Bubonic Plague swept the nation and spread to Europe. Also known as the Black Death, it reduced the population significantly, with an estimated 75-200 million deaths.  Nearly 700 years later, in the fall of 2019, a new virus emerged...

Top 5 Sites & Apps for the Beginning Writer

Top 5 Sites & Apps for the Beginning Writer

Joshua Akers, FCHS Journalist

February 27, 2020

A lot of the time, struggling writers will sit with their eyes glaring over the bright screen of their computers while being unable to put their thoughts or ideas into words. Even if that’s not the case, they may think many of their ideas are unoriginal or boring. Being a writer can be hard, even if y...

Is College Necessary?

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John Bernat, Fluco Beat Editor

January 29, 2020

Over the past years, the cost of education has risen significantly, while its true value has decreased. The Federal Reserve has estimated that the nation as a whole owes $1.41 trillion in student loan debt, a 33 percent increase since 2014 when the debt was $1.06 trillion.  During high school, students a’re often to...

David Dalglish’s Skyborn Breaks the Ceiling with Sky-High Flying

David Dalglish’s Skyborn Breaks the Ceiling with Sky-High Flying

Joshua Akers, FCHS Journalist

January 17, 2020

Skyborn is fantasy-writer David Dalglish’s dystopian envisionment of a brother-sister combo, Bree and Kale Skyborn, who begin an intense adventure of destined aerial combat and element-wielding ferocity. In Dalglish’s fantastic creation of a world, an ancient race of demons has forced humanity to ascend ...

Christmas in Virginia

Virginia, Virginia Beach, Atlantic shore, Oceanfront Holiday Lights Display, boardwalk drive-through event.

MacKenzie Tillman, FCHS Journalist

December 17, 2019

It’s the time of year of again for snow, Christmas cheer, and everything festive. All around the world everyone has traditions or at least one way to celebrate the holidays. In Virginia, there are countless attractions to choose from to carry out holiday celebrations.  First, in Williamsburg, Virginia,  is where...

How to Navigate the Streaming Wars

How to Navigate the Streaming Wars

MacKenzie Tillman, FCHS Journalist

December 11, 2019

Over the last few years, there has been a steady decline in cable users, while a new generation of video streaming has effectively taken over. With hundreds of services that offer monthly subscription, free--or low-cost--seemingly endless TV is the direction to which many technological consumers are swi...

Is Cell Phone Use Dangerous?

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Tyler Harris and Anthony Hamill

November 22, 2019

Whether you’re at home or away, it’s hard to not pick up your phone every five minutes. But should you? Is there a danger to being on your phone for too long? According to various studies, this fear may be real. In a recent small survey at FCHS, one in 10 students said they feel that they are ...

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