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The Nest

Fuqua School's Student Newspaper
Visit here often to find the latest news, features and editorial submissions from Fuqua's student journalists. The Nest newspaper is published by the Journalism class and printed by The Farmville Herald.
Free copies are distributed to the lower school, middle school, and upper school campuses.  If you would like to obtain a copy, please contact advisor Chelsey Green at Letters to the editor are always welcome and should be sent to Ms. Green.

Falcons advance to second round in states

Fuqua Varsity softball team wins the first round of states in the fifth inning against Portsmouth Christian Academy.

It's been 14 years since...
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Gracias a Dios es Cinco de mayo - (Thank God it's May fifth)

Chuandra Jones - May 13, 2016

Upper School Spanish teacher Sarah Price, with help from her español cuatro clase (Spanish IV class) hosted the second annual cinco de mayo celebration at the Fuqua lower school cafeteria.

At the cinco de mayo celebration, there were five stations: art, food, history, music, and dance.

In the art station, preschool to first grade decorated...

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Steph Curry Uses Star Status To Help Third World Countries

Sarabeth Roberts - May 3, 2016-OPINION
After reading the Mercury News article entitled “Star Stephen Curry’s 3-pointers: Swish come true for kids in Africa” on Newsela, I had a bit of faith restored in humanity… and sports, I suppose. The article tells the story of esteemed Golden State basketball player Stephen Curry who vowed to donate...  Read More

Band travels to Virginia Beach

Maggie Encarnacion, Kayla Gurley, Gracie Hodges, Christopher Kendall - May 1, 2016
The Fuqua School senior band visited Virginia Beach for the Music in the Parks Competition in Williamsburg, Virginia this past weekend.

The band placed fifth out of sixth in the single A category with an overall excellent rating. It played three pieces with solos from freshman flutist Elizabeth Hice and sophomore saxophonist Eli Hall.
The judges' decision left many band members feeling stunned. Several students believed they performed even better in this competition than in the previous one at Goochland High School where they received superior ratings.  They are currently reviewing...
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Fuqua athletes and coach run the Spartan Sprint

Isaac Drummond - April 25, 2016
Fuqua students Audra Murphy, Andrew Horton, and Isaac Drummond, along with lacrosse coach Pat Murphy, competed in the Spartan Sprint in Porter Farms, North Carolina on April 9.

According to the Spartan Sprint website, Spartan is a sport, community, and a philosophy. Invented by world class adventure racer, Joe DeSena, the Reebok Spartan Race is innovating obstacle racing on a global scale. With more than 130 races around the world annually, it offers three core races (Sprint, Super, and Beast) each escalating in distance, obstacle count and challenge level.

"Spartan's are gritty, resilient, and passionate," describes DeSena on the website. "Spartans aren't soft. Spartan's overcome obstacles."
Mr. Murphy and Drummond ran...
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Fuqua strikes out against Brunswick Academy

Fuqua School's varsity softball team hosted one of their last home games on Wednesday against Brunswick Academy and lost 8-2 in the seventh inning.

Freshman Virginia Haney​...
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Virginia schools gather in Richmond for Model General Assembly

Irene Thornton - April 20, 2016

This past weekend 24 Fuqua students and two faculty members traveled to Richmond for the annual Model General Assembly.

MGA is a three day program in which Virginia high school students visit the state Capitol to act as senators and delegates, discuss and pass bills, and network with other Virginia students.

Two bills were introduced by Fuqua students. One bill proposed...

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Journalism class goes to The Fishin' Pig

(Farmville, VA) The Journalism class went on a trip to The Fishin' Pig to experience writing a restaurant review for the newspaper on Monday, April 12.
"It was a great experience and the food was good," said freshman Kayla Gurley. 
For some like Gurley...
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Fuqua Junior Band wins first place at competition

(Williamsburg, VA) Fuqua Junior Band students won first place and were awarded an excellent rating by the judges in the Music at the Parks Competition at Bruton High School in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Each band performed three pieces and was watched carefully by the judges. There was an awards ceremony at the Busch Gardens theme park and trophies were awarded to the bands.

"I thought they did very well, it was only the second time the students had played their music together," said band instructor Camille Rabon.

The band is...
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Journalism class takes road trip to Farmville Herald

Irene Thornton - April 14, 2016

The Journalism class toured the Farmville Herald yesterday, April 13, during a class field trip to learn more about how a professional newspaper is published.

The tour was led by publisher Steve Stewart and included visits with employees in the customer service office, Advertising Manager Jackie Newman, Graphic Designer and Webmaster Staci Bridge, Pressman Jeff Thomas, and Managing Editor Jordan Miles.

The hour-long visit gave...

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Girl’s lacrosse pulls a win over St. Margaret’s School

Irene Thornton - April 14, 2016

The Fuqua girls varsity lacrosse team beat St. Margaret School 16-5 Wednesday April 13. Goal scorers included eighth graders Kate Elam and Audra Murphy, freshman Harper Melton, junior Nataliia Berezhnia, and senior Marin Angle. Berezhnia and Angle scored their first goals of the season. Assists came from Berezhnia and freshman Irene Thornton

Senior Ariel Fowlkes said the most memorable part of the game, which was her last home game playing for Fuqua, was when teammate Berezhnia scored her first goal. 

"I said 'Snap she's going to the goal!'," said Fowlkes.
Elam suffered an ankle injury in the first half, but continued to support her teammates from the sidelines.

During half time, the team...

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Leadership Forum teaches young women about creativity and confidence

Irene Thornton - April 12, 2016
(Richmond, VA) On Saturday March 19, more than 200 young women from all over the greater Richmond area gathered at the Richmond Capital One Campus for a day of learning at the Future Leaders Forum for Young Women.

Three Fuqua students went to this free event: freshmen Sallie Vick and Irene Thornton and sophomore Ellie Vick. There were about 30 numbered tables with five to seven conference attendees seated at each along with women from Capital One who served as mentors.

The day included three keynote speakers...
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Arts Day 2016 offers full menu of workshops

Sarabeth Roberts - April 12, 2016

On Thursday April 7 the Fuqua School community set aside a day of classes to celebrate the arts.

Arts Day consisted of two school wide assembles and students also had the opportunity to attend three workshops from the twenty-eight taking place all over campus. 

The day's assemblies featured alternative hip-hop/classical music artists Christylez Bacon and Wytold who performed their signature style of hip-hop blended with classical music. The Grammy nominated artists also lead a workshop on the ideas of artistic collaboration for the middle and upper schools. 

As for the other workshops, they were led by Fuqua's own creative staff as well as a few local professional artists. The subjects included: water color, tie dyeing techniques, basket weaving, creating art with technology, PhotoShop skills, culinary arts, and guitar...

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Fuqua Pool House Catches Fire-Report due later this week

Irene Thornton - April 11, 2016

Plans are underway to have the Fuqua pool house repaired after a fire late Friday evening damaged part of the building.

On Friday night, Athletic Director and Coach Chuck Thomas called the fire department at about 7:30 p.m. to report that the Fuqua School pool house had caught fire. Coach Thomas had just returned from Fork Union Military Academy where the JV and varsity baseball teams and the boys varsity lacrosse team played earlier in the day...

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Fuqua Debates Social Media Age Restriction

Charlotte Townsend, Editor-in-Chief - April 7, 2016 OPINION

Recently in the middle school, a topic has been up for debate – Is it illegal to lie about your age on social media, or is it simply just not a good idea?

It's not uncommon to wonder. In the age of technology, almost everyone is a part of some sort of social media site, whether it be Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, etc. The minimum age for one to open a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or Pinterest account is 13-years-old. To open a Vine account, one would have to be at least 17 and for YouTube, the minimum age is 18, but a 13-year-old can open an account with parental consent...

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Wildcats Beat Tar heels in National Championship

Isaac Drummond - April 5, 2016

On April 4, the Villanova Wildcats conquered the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2016 NCAA Division I Basketball Championship Game in Houston, Texas, taking home the trophy.

After defeating the Oklahoma Sooners in the semi-final game (95-51), the Wildcats advanced to the final round of March Madness. The game was close, but Villanova's Kris Jenkins shot the winning three pointer for the first buzzer-beater since the 1983 national championship game.

This was also Villanova head coach Jay Wright's first appearance in a national title game, as well as his first time winning the championship. This was the third loss in a national championship game for UNC Coach Roy Williams.


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Geek Week demos at H-SC inspire aspiring scientists

Virginia Haney - April 1, 2016

On Friday, April 1, Hampden-Sydney College hosted Geek Week, which presented several different scientific experiments to H-SC students, Farmville residents, and the Fuqua community.

The first of the demonstrations were held...

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Varsity baseball beats TCA

Robert Ball - March 31, 2016

The varsity baseball team was victorious over Timberlake Christian Academy on March 31 with a final score of 12-7. 

"The team’s strengths are their good attitudes and their hard work," said varsity baseball coach John Adams. "Their only weakness is that they are young."

Meanwhile, the JV team suffered a loss from Kenston Forest School on April 4, with a final score of 5-11.

Varsity baseball holds a current record of 2-5, while the JV team has a record of 2-3.

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Sixth Grade Orientation

Irene Thornton - March 30, 2016

Earlier this week, the fifth grade students and their parents visited the upper school campus for sixth grade orientation.

For some, this wasn’t be their first jump into middle school life, as they have older sibling who have been able to share stories about life “on the hill.” Others who are new to Fuqua, however, got one of their first looks at experiences waiting ahead.

The extra bit of freedom that comes with being in middle school was popular among the fifth graders. They also mentioned being excited for the sports and the food. The salad bar, burrito bowl, and mac & cheese were expressed as favorites among some of the new choices...

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Hampden-Sydney College hosts Fuqua middle school science fair

Virginia Haney - March 17 , 2016

H-SC student JD Chaudhry, president of Sigma Chi science fraternity, approached Fuqua middle school science teacher Aaron Green about hosting the event in order to build a better relationship between Hampden-Sydney and Fuqua School.

"The students handled themselves well," said Green. "They had good manners and projects."...

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Tornado Warnings Close School Early

Irene Thornton

At 12:15 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, middle and upper school Dean Susan Carden sent out an emergency announcement over the school-wide intercom that school would close at 12:45 p.m. because...

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Students Strike Minimum Wage

Irene Thornton - February 26, 2016

(Farmville, VA) This morning ninth and tenth grade history teacher Mr. Niels Kiewiet de Jonge took his second period tenth grade history class on a strike around the middle and upper school campus...

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Harlem Globetrotters come to Farmville

Virginia Haney - February 26, 2016
(Farmville, VA) The Harlem Globetrotters came to Longwood University to celebrate 90 years of basketball with Farmville and surrounding area residents. 

The two-hour show was preceded by an exhibition game between Fuqua School's and New Life's varsity basketball teams.  The boys and girls teams each played about a 15 minute game on the Lancer's main court. Afterward, the players sat in the stands directly behind the Globetrotter bench during the show.

"It was a great experience sitting in the front row because I got to talk to the players," said Fuqua junior Katie Haney.


One of the most memorable parts of the show was when Fuqua parent Charlotte Cyrus was chosen from the stands by one of the Globetrotters.He told Cyrus that if he made a hook shot he would ​get to kiss her, and if he missed the shot, she would have to kiss him. Ultimately, he missed and Cyrus gave him a quick kiss on the cheek.


"I liked their dancing the most," said freshman Regan Ware who attended the show.


The Globetrotters have been performing since 1926. One of the most famous Globetrotter's, Meadowlark Lemon, recently passed away and was honored at the show. Lemon played in more than 16,000 Globetrotter games.


Junior class sells 800 carnations on Valentine's Day

Chaundra Jones - February 15, 2016

(Farmville, VA) The Class of 2017 played Cupid's assistant this past week by spreading the love with its third Valentine's Day annual carnation sale fundraiser for this year's prom.

"A cute tradition," said sophomore Claire Watson about the sale.

Class sponsor Connie Hicks increased this year's sale more than the last. Considering the sale a success, Hicks said the class sold...

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Valentine's Day dates back to Middle Ages

Gracie Hodges - February 14, 2016

Across the world February 14 is known as Valentine's Day, and though no one knows the true reason why Americans celebrate it, many people believe in the legend of Saint Valentine.

The legend of Saint Valentine originated from the Middle Ages. Valentine was imprisoned...

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Mardi Gras: One last party before the Lenten season begins

Sarabeth Roberts - February 10, 2016

(New Orleans, Louisiana) Hundreds grabbed their masks this past Tuesday and lined the streets of New Orleans to celebrate the annual Mardi Gras festival before the beginning of Lent.

On February 9, 2016 hundreds of people crowded Louisiana streets to take part in the yearly celebration of the traditional French festival of food and drink. Crowds participated in countless festivities leading up to...

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All-District Honor Band features seven Fuqua musicians

Maggie Encarnacion - February 8, 2016

(Powhatan, VA) Earlier this week, seven Fuqua junior and senior band students participated in the All-District Honor Band, held at Powhatan High School, to have a unique, musical experience.

The All-District Honor Bands performed after having only...

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Broncos beat Panthers in Super Bowl 50

Isaac Drummond - February 8, 2016

(Santa Clara, CA) On February 7, the Denver Broncos conquered the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium, taking home the Lombardi Trophy.

After beating the New England Patriots out of...

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Prom committee keeping theme quiet

Charlotte Townsend - February 8, 2016

(Farmville, VA) The prom decorating committee has decided the 2016 Prom theme and is keeping it confidential to the student body.

"It's hard trying to keep the theme quiet. Prom is such an exciting milestone in a student's high school career," said committee member...

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Debate team gains momentum in Pennsylvania

Christopher Kendall - February 8, 2016

(Fairless Hills, PA) The Fuqua School Debate Team traveled to the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational Debate Tournament held on February 6 and 7 in Pennsylvania.

The team emerged victorious with sophomore Max Gebauer finishing as a JV semifinalist with a score of...

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Fuqua students get a taste of the Big Apple on annual NYC trip

Shio Moribe - January 29, 2016

(New York City, NY) During the Christmas break, 40 Fuqua upper school students went on a five-day New York Trip to experience different types of culture.

The students watched Broadway shows every night and visited many famous places like Times Square, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Chinatown, and the American Museum of Natural History.

"It was a very hectic, but an awesome experience," junior Charlotte Townsend said. "The top of the Empire State Building...

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Twinning program pairs Fuqua and Scottish students

Virginia Haney - January 22, 2016
(Farmville, VA) Upper school teacher Krissy Vick's first semester journalism class launched the Twinning Project last fall to give Fuqua students the opportunity to learn about high school students in a similar school in Scotland.
Local Farmville resident Guillermo Gray approached Mrs. Susan Carden about the idea last year. Gray is an alumnus of Dalziel High School in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. He noticed the similarities between the schools and thought it would be fun for kids to get to know each other "across the pond."
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Toxic tapwater in Flint, Michigan could have been prevented

Charlotte Townsend - January 13, 2016 - Editorial/Opinion

When reading the first few paragraphs of the article, "How tap water became toxic in Flint, Michigan," a question popped into my mind: "Shouldn't the health and safety of the townspeople be more of a priority than the cost of getting clean water?"

The water coming from the Flint River is said to be, "highly corrosive," because of its high levels of iron.  I did some research, and according to, negative health effects such as fatigue, anemia, and iron overload can occur due to high amounts of iron. Iron overload can result in hemochromatosis, which can damage the body's organs. These effects of too much iron ingestion are fairly scary and eye-opening. Imagine being one of the citizens in the town of Flint, Michigan, where town officials are sacrificing your health just for a cheaper cost on clean water. Personally, it seems like and outrage and...

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Latest Action in the Newsroom...

The latest action in the newsroom... 
 Reporters hit the road...
The Nest staff traveled to Charlottesville, VA to tour the Charlottesville Newsplex television station. CBS Channel 19 chief meteorologist Travis Koshko hosted the group of nine Journalism students and gave them a behind the scenes look at the set and control room.  
 Local publisher visits...
The Nest staff recently had the pleasure of hosting The Farmville Herald publisher Steve Stewart for a classroom discussion about journalism. Mr. Stewart stayed the full 90 minutes of class and discussed various aspects of writing local news. He mentioned that he usually offers one summer internship to a local high school student each year. If you are interested, please see Mrs. Vick for more details or give Mr. Stewart a call.
Want to submit an article as a guest contributor? See Mrs. Vick. The Nest welcomes submissions.
We want to hear what you have to say! Submit all Letters to the Editor to Mrs. Vick.
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