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Fairfax Academy Film Festival Features Student Created, Produced Films

Fairfax Academy Film Festival Features Student Created, Produced Films

Original films, created and produced by students in the Professional Television Production program at Fairfax Academy, will be featured at the academy’s Film Festival on Friday, April 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fairfax High School auditorium. Fairfax Academy is one of six high school academies in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

The film festival is the first of what is planned to be an annual event to showcase the original work that the Professional Television Production students have been working on throughout the school year. All of the featured films have been solely created and produced by the Pro TV students.

The final schedule of featured films will be released in the coming weeks.

All proceeds from this event will go back into the Pro TV program at Fairfax Academy to update equipment, provide career experiences, and expand the festival. Tickets are $3; FCPS and City of Fairfax Schools employees can attend free of charge with their badge.

For more information, contact the student festival manager at or contact the Fairfax Academy office at (703) 219-2226.

Fairfax High School Band Members Earn All-State Band, Orchestra and Chorus

Fairfax High School students earned all state honors this past weekend. Hannah Smith (senior trumpet player), Sarah Zotian (junior French horn player), Imogen Hendricks (senior oboist) and Keith Brown (senior bassoonist) all made all-state band. Senior violinist, Raymond Huang earned all-state orchestra and two students, senior Bobby Pazhwak and junior Hannah Hardiman earned all-state chorus.

Senior Imogen Hendricks distinguished herself by making middle school district band both years and earned senior regional orchestra, all-district band, and all-state band all four years of high school. In other words, Imogen earned 14 out of 14 successful Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association auditions during her time at Lanier and Fairfax. In addition, she has held the principal chair in all three ensembles at some point in her high school career.

City of Fairfax Schools Celebrate Holiday by Giving Back

City of Fairfax students celebrated the holiday season by giving back to their community. Student leaders collected food, clothes, toys and pet supplies to donate to local charities and charities around the world.

  • Daniels Run Elementary School students collected old denim shorts, jeans and jackets for Sole Hope, an organization that provides services and goods to children in Africa. Sole Hope produces hundreds of recycled shoes by using old jeans to make shoe covers and old tires to make the soles of the shoes.
  • Providence Elementary School collected boxes of food each year and donates them to the Salvation Army.
  • Lanier Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society collected holiday donations during a Giving Tree charity drive. Students and faculty donated over 100 toys and books and filled 12 bags of groceries for Lanier families seeking assistance this winter.
  • Fairfax High School Leadership collected over 2000 pounds of food which was donated to Food for Others, an organization dedicated to distributing food to Northern Virginia residents in need.
  • Fairfax High School DECA students collected pet food and supplies for the Fairfax Humane Society. The students provided the Humane Society with one of the largest donations the group has seen in recent years. Students dropped off the food on Friday, December 18th.

FHS Wrestling Opens Season with New Coach, Match on Old Town Square

Fairfax High School Wrestling will open the season on November SYATS_logo_revised12th from 6-8 with an outside match in Old Town Square against Robinson Secondary School. The match will also be a fundraiser for the Eric Monday Wrestling Foundation, a group dedicated to helping coaches identify and support students with depression.

The team begins the season with new coach, Tanner Sewell, a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. Coach Sewell was an assistant coach at Madison High School for two years before taking the helm at Fairfax.

“Wrestling is the most inclusive sport in the world,” Tanner states. “It is also one of the toughest, it takes guts.”

Tanner has big plans for his wrestlers. “We want it all,” he said. Also a special education teacher at FHS, Tanner said he’s found his home. “This is where I plan to stay,” he said.

For more about the November 12 match and the wrestling program, please see the FHS Athletic website here.

Fairfax High School Increases SAT Scores in all Three Sections

Fairfax High School’s class  of 2015 posted SAT scores above state and national averages, according to results released by the Virginia Department of Education.  Students at Fairfax High School increased the school’s Critical Reading average by 12 points, the Mathematics average by 16 points, and the Writing average by 14 points. FHS students were 55 points higher in writing and reading and 68 points higher in math than the national average.

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