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June 8, 2018

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Liberty’s graduation costs

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Liberty moved its graduation to Jiffy Lube Live (formerly Nissan Pavilion) in 2012.

Liberty High School’s cost to rent Jiffy Lube Live for the Class of 2018’s commencement exercises last month.

The school system this year gave each of the county’s three high schools $3,975 to help cover graduation ceremony expenses.

Through various fundraisers — including movie nights, spirit nights and a talent show — Liberty High seniors collected $6,025 to pay the balance of the graduation tab.

In 2002, LHS conducted its first graduation ceremony at the amphitheater off Wellington Road east of Gainesville.

It moved the ceremony there because the school gymnasium can’t accommodate all guests for an indoor ceremony during foul weather. Overflow guests for indoor ceremonies had to view graduation via a live stream from the auditorium.

Jiffy Lube Live’s amphitheater seats about 10,000 people; 332 Liberty students received diplomas at the May 24 ceremony.

The amphitheater also provides far more parking than the high school, a top-notch technology system, professional stage crew and use of backstage rooms.


Percent of the uniformed Fauquier County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management employees are women.

In 2016, females nationwide comprised 4.1 percent of career firefighters, according to National Fire Protection Association.

The Fauquier department has 96 uniformed personnel, including 12 women. Its highest ranking female, Natasha Lorenzen serves as a battalion chief.


High school students have enrolled in Fauquier summer classes.

Public school students who previously failed a course in math, English, history or science courses qualify for summer school.

Classes will meet four days a week for three weeks, starting June 11.

Classes cost $225 a piece.

$1,000 to $4,000

The estimated damage to Warrenton Aquatic Recreation Center soccer fields Thursday, May 31, when a teenage driver spun the wheels of a Jeep repeatedly across the turf.

Police plan to charge him with destruction of property.

The Warrenton Fields Association spends about $80,00 a year maintaining all of the WARF’s fields.


The amount participants had raised, as of Thursday night, for the American Cancer Society’s 23rd annual Fauquier Relay for Life.

The opening ceremony, honoring cancer survivors and those lost to the disease, will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, on the track at Fauquier High School.

The organization has a fundraising goal this year of $130,000.

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tpbrick · June 11, 2018 at 11:59 am
You might want to check a fact. The 2002 Liberty graduation was held inside the gym at Liberty. It was not until after they moved it to then Nissan Pavilion (now Jiffy Lube Live)
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