PRESS RELEASE – May 24, 2019
Parents: Carol Newman & Christopher Newman
Destination after High School: University of Virginia
Plan of Study: Biomedical Science
Dual Enrollment/AP Credits: 33 Credits with 12 Pending
Activities and Achievements:
- Academic Team
- Track- 3 years- Captain, All-State 4×100 Meter Relay, and All-State 4×200 Meter Relay
- Basketball League- Recreational, 8 years
Volunteer Work: Annual day of service through FCHS called “Hands on Fluvanna”
Why did you choose the University of Virginia?
The University of Virginia is such a prestigious university. It is very close to home, and for the quality of education I will receive, the tuition is not bad at all.
What will you remember most about being a Fluco?
I will remember how unique our mascot was. Where other schools are powerful animals or figures, we were represented by a shoe. It was something that felt embarrassing in my early youth, but overtime I have developed love and pride in my status as a Fluco.
Who are some of the people that you would like to thank?
First of all, my parents. Without them, there would be no me. That being said, the teachers and staff I encountered throughout my journey shaped me and made me the man I am today. To name a few, Ms. Tara Tapscott, Mr. Matthew Morrison, Ms. Victoria Zavadsky, Ms. Carolynne Hagan, Mr. Mitchell Pace, Ms. Sherry Esch, and Mr. Chris Roberson. This list is not complete, for there are countless people who helped me get where I am today.
What advice would you give to rising 8th Graders?
When I first walked through those grand hallways of the high school, I was intimidated. I would tell rising 8th graders that if you are nervous about coming to the high school, the feeling will pass and you will become comfortable. Find ways to express yourself. The years you spend in that building determine who you will become. Surround yourself with good people and friends that bring out the best in you, and do not doubt yourself. You can do anything if you set your mind to it and really work hard.
What is something humorous that happened while you were in school?
I am not sure I could pick just one moment. I had many laughs in my years at FCHS. One of the best things about my close knit group of friends is our collective sense of humor. We all feel comfortable enough around each other to really let loose and we all understand each other on a level that others do not. For this reason, it is likely that some people do not laugh at the things that we do, and that is ok. What is important is to find your own ways to laugh and find joy in life.
What are your best memories of school?
It would have to be the dances and the pep rallies. For the first few years, our class lacked school spirit. Pep rallies were miserable because few students participated or demonstrated any enthusiasm during the rally; however, when the class developed a higher sense of importance and found their desire to win the spirit stick, the pep rallies became an event that blurred the lines of cliques and allowed all of us to simply be seniors. We were united. Nobody was embarrassed to scream and shout. The dances had a similar effect. When the lights were on and the music was blaring, shyness went out the window and everybody showed off their true selves. I absolutely love the memories I made at homecoming and prom dances at FCHS.
What is a Fluco?
A Fluco is someone who always gives their best effort and strives for greatness at every level. Flucos do not care for second place. They have a drive to win and accomplish great things in everything they do.