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Happy Days Again

school - happy dazeBeating the odds and raising the bar, the Sophomore Class successfully performed Happy Daze for their family in June 2020. Even though the play was not unfamiliar to many at FCS from over the years of multiple performances, at such a time as this, the expectation became a hopeful wish. In early March. the students were restricted to their homes with online schooling. However, Mrs. Charissa Brunson kept the students actively working in their Zoom sessions. Later, as the performance seemed more of an expected but tentative date, small groups began meeting together, with socially distanced practices that later progressed to the group of nearly 20 performers just days before the actual performance. 

Not only were the teachers thrilled at the opportunity of finally displaying the students' talents, but the students were glad to simply "get together" and share time, considering the pandemic and all that it entailed for students in school. Mrs. Sherri Hohneisen, team teacher with Mrs. Brunson, shared her observation and said, "The students enjoyed being with each other. Even though we wondered what would happen since we had most often worked in small groups, the students did an amazing performance."

Family members came on two different assigned nights to keep mandated orders during the time of social distancing and also to maintain the extra cleaning needed to make for a safe and happy night of entertainment. 

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The Bigger Picture

In the world of instability and change, God continues to grow His people to find their security in His unchanging character. How does He do this in a time such as this? How could spiritual growth come out of chaotic circumstances? FCS students have grown to understand that their God is bigger than anything, including a pandemic.

To tell of what God was doing in their lives, students in upper elementary through high school wrote essays to explain what God has taught them this past year. The idea originated with Mrs. JoAnn Braxton, an FCS grandparent and FBC member, who presented the idea to others who joined in judging the essay contest.

The group was so impressed with the students' testimonies that they compiled a book to show what God was doing in 2020. Even though so many will forever look back on 2020 as a disturbing and hard year, God was and continues to be bigger. He delights in doing greater things through what we often view as only difficult circumstances. 

We congratulate the following winners:

Elementary - First Place - Emma Howard; Second Place - Seth Greenwood; Third Place - Payton Staley

Middle School - First Place - Addie Langley; Second Place - Taylor Singleterry; Third Place - Gabriel Jones; Fourth Place - Isabelle Nance

High School - First Place - Jacob Avelino; Second Place - Vandie Greene; Third Place - Dakota Hicks; Fourth Place - Samuel Daniel

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Kentucky Bound

s-ag nationals 2019Time to hit the road! After winning first place in the North Carolina State Dairy Quiz Bowl Competition, the "Moorons" FCS senior-level, Ag Science Team traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to compete on a national level. The team, consisting of Andrew Harris, Austin Leonard, Shyanne Polito and Jacob Avelino, along with Leanna Tally, went on a six-day adventure and made memories that will last their lifetimes.

As well as the competition, the group attended events and visited interesting places such as The Ark, Louisville Slugger, the Kentucky Derby, and they even went go-karting. Avelino recalled his experience and said, "The go-kart race was fun, and I would've won too, if Ms. Grubb hadn't cut me off and let Austin and Shyanne pass me and win."

When the team woke early that first Saturday morning, they prepared for what they all had practiced for ever since they started their journey in Ag Class. After a long day of rigorous competition, the North Carolina team placed sixth in the nation, one of the highest rankings our state has placed.

Polito said, "Overall, the competition went really well from my perspective. A great moment for me was our win against Alabama; it really helped boost our confidence and gave us the momentum to do well in the following rounds."

That evening the team attended a banquet with all the other state competitors. The top placing teams were recognized in front of all the teams and coaches. The Moorons were rewarded with a milk glass that had "NAILE," which stands for "North American International Livestock Expo," written across it.

When asked what his favorite part of the trip was, Andrew Harris exclaimed, "The whole thing! Getting to hang out and have fun with my team was great!"

In the end the Moorons had the trip of a lifetime, and they are now coaching their own teams to compete in the State competition and one day go on their own trip to Kentucky. "All I have to say is this, I couldn't have picked a better bunch of Moorons to go with," said Austin Leonard.

When asked about her thoughts on the trip, agricultural science teacher and coach Marjie Grubb said, "We ended sixth, and North Carolina has had a tendency of not placing in the top 10. We placed third in 2015, the highest ever. It was the trip of a lifetime. It was such an honor to be there. We represented Faith and North Carolina in the dairy industry. North Carolina State is recognizing the amount of work it takes to be a competitive team. It takes academics and dedication. The kids were dedicated and met in the summer to put in the contact hours."

Journalism Staff Writers 2020


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