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Fairfax High School Students Participate in Poetry Out Loud

Fairfax High School students took to the stage earlier this month to participate in the school’s first Poetry Out Loud contest. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in 2006, Poetry Out Load encourages the nation’s youth to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. The nationwide program aims to help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.   Eleven students participated by reciting two poems of their choice from an approved list provided by the 2013-2014 Poetry Out Loud competition. Using just a single microphone and no props, the students were called up in a random order. Judged by three Fairfax High School teachers, the students were judged on physical presence, voice and articulation,  dramatic appropriateness, level of complexity and evidence of understanding.

“We believe Poetry Out Loud is important because it exposes students to poetry they may not otherwise discover, showcases student talent and gives them an opportunity to find out what they can do with hard work,” said Jean Bonner, Fairfax High School English teacher. “Our goal is to make poetry a natural part of students’ lives and events like Poetry Out Loud help with that goal.”

The winner was senior Amanda Harvey who will go on to the regional competition in 2014. Amanda read the poems “Hope” is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson and Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas.

City of Fairfax School Board Honors Over 95 Students

City of Fairfax Schools honored over 95 students at their regular school board meeting on Monday. Students from Lanier

Middle School (LMS) and Fairfax High School (FHS) were honored for athletics, the arts, environmental efforts and academic achievement.

A sampling of awards presented at the meeting include:

  • Two FHS seniors qualifying as a National Merit Semifinalist, representing less than 1% of the nation’s high school graduating seniors.
  • Two FHS seniors qualifying as National Achievement Outstanding Participant, scoring in the top 3% of more than 160,000 Black Americans in the 2014 National Achievement Program when they took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test (PSAT/NMSQT).
  • Fifteen National Merit Commended FHS students recognized for exceptional academic promise on the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT.
  • Sixteen FHS students that attended Governor’s School, a five week summer enrichment program sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education.
  • FHS Varsity Cheerleaders, for their 6A division state championship.
  • Nine FHS students qualifying for Boys and Girls State, a non-partisan program to develop civic leadership.
  • One FHS student who won several national awards at the National Latin Convention of the National Junior Classical League.
  • One LMS eighth grader who placed first in the junior division of the Asian American Music Society International Competition.
  • Thirteen students and five LMS teachers for their work to get LMS recognized as a Virginia Naturally School, a recognition program of Commonwealth Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Department of Education and Department of Environmental Quality.

“I continue to be in awe of the amazing students we have in the City of Fairfax Schools. Awards for academics, the arts, athletics, environmental stewardship, and more speaks to the broad range of talents we have in our buildings,” said Dr. Peter Noonan, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools. “When I think about what we collectively want for our next generation of leaders, these awards personify what that would look like. It is events like last night that remind us of the extraordinary power of youth and the wonderful opportunities that are provided to all students in our great public schools.”

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Fairfax High Cheer Leaders – State Champions!

Fairfax High School Cheer won the 6A 2013 Virginia High School League cheer competition on Saturday, November 9th at Virginia Commonwealth University. The team beat out runner-up Cosby High School by only a half point. This is the second state championship for Fairfax High within the past four years, and the first state championship for all 27 members of the team.


Coach Wes Vaughan credits the team’s focus and resiliency to their success. With only eight seniors, the team is one of the youngest in Fairfax High’s previous cheer squads to compete.  Both male and female students make up the squad.


“This has been the most novice, skill-focused team I have ever coached in my 16 years,” said Vaughan.  “Rarely did the team experience ‘down time’ at practices and competitions. Even with early season set-backs, the team worked together to push through the rough experiences in August and September.”


After taking second place in the first round of the finals, the team took the lead to beat out three other teams in the state’s largest division.


“The triple crown season finish is a perfect example that strength, focus and perseverance can help any team overcome adversity to achieve their goals,” said Vaughan.

“We are so proud of the cheer squad at FHS,” said Dr. Peter Noonan, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools. “They have again proven that they are tops in the state. Coach Vaughan and the team have once more shown that Rebel spirit and achieved at the highest level in their sport. Congratulations!”


Photo credit Chris Stebule

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