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People at a gun control rally in Washington, D.C.

Kindergarten Shooter Raises Tough Questions

Jayne Thomas, Reporter January 30, 2023

On Jan. 6, a tragic shooting took place at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia. A 6-year-old boy was taken into custody and identified as the shooter. The police were notified when parents...

Oscar Grant verdict headlines at MacArthur BART station in Oaklnd

Are We Desensitized to Violence?

Sophia Stewart, Journalist December 8, 2022

Violence is a very common trend in the news, and the tendency is that the more it is reported, the less we are likely to treat it as a tragedy. Many reports of murders and mass shootings in the news only...

Members of the University of Virginia wore orange ribbons at the memorial service on Saturday, November 19, 2022, to honor the lives of the three students and football players who were shot and killed. As well as the two students who were shot and were injured.

Tragic Loss at University of Virginia

Molly Pace, Senior editor December 7, 2022

On Nov. 13, 2022, a tragic and shocking shooting took place at the University of Virginia (UVA), just 30 minutes away from FCHS. Gunshots were heard at the Culbreth parking garage on the UVA main campus...

Ice packs and an apple sauce packet.

I Survived Wisdom Teeth Removal

Erika Schmack, Senior Editor November 10, 2022

So there I was, a needle in my arm, laughing gas in my nose, and all I could ask myself was, “Why are my toes so cold?” I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed on Oct. 17. I was worried beyond...

FCHS College and Career Center room.

Above and Beyond Opportunities for Students

Maya Knisley, FCHS Journalist October 21, 2022

Being academically driven and having good grades is one positive trait to have as a student, but going above and beyond those expectations makes you a stand out. While only a minority of students have...

Teacher and Athletic Trainer, Tyler Golden

The Benefits of Bonding With Teachers

Brooke Smith, Journalist October 6, 2022

Teachers and students are two groups of people who have to congregate and communicate daily…whether they want to or not. However, turning those interactions into positive relationships can only happen...

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When Child Marriage is No Fiction

Kessler Potter, Journalist September 26, 2022

This year, 12 million girls will be married off before 18, many of them against their will. One out of every five girls will leave their family and be forced to live with men many times their age and bear...

Should Menstrual Products Be Free in America?

Should Menstrual Products Be Free in America?

Brooke Smith, Journalist September 20, 2022

Scotland has become the first country to pass a law that ensures that certain menstrual products are free of charge to anyone who needs them. The country is the first to make a law to protect what some...

Women dressed in full length Burqas in the Middle East.

The Trials of Being a Woman in Afghanistan

Kessler Potter, Journalist September 2, 2022

As a teenage girl in America, there are a few things that I take for granted. For one, I got my driver’s license over the summer so I now have the freedom to transport myself places. For another, I am...

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before High School

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before High School

Kaileigh Ritenour, FCHS Journalist April 22, 2022

May is speeding closer like the last lap of a Mario Kart race as graduates prepare for the next step of their lives and what their high school experience was like as a whole. From Kindergarten (or maybe...

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