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Caleb Goss, Visual Content Editor in Chief

If senior Caleb Goss was a literary device, he would be a juxtaposition. Simultaneously knowing everything about himself and yet nothing at all, Caleb sees himself cinematically sitting in a French cafe drinking a cup of coffee and daydreaming. Or maybe the cafe was Italian, or could it possibly be English? He’s an utterly hopeless romantic and must have more creamer in his decaf coffee than decaf coffee. Don’t forget to make it decaf. By the time his cup is empty, countless stories about the lives of strangers passing have been composed. Caleb also loves singing. It’s one of his favorite pastimes. It is best advised to stay away from Caleb when he is singing... no he’s not tone deaf, he’s just passionate. When he’s not belting "my future" by Billie Eilish, awkward dancing to Troye Sivan’s "STUD" or singing his heart's content to SZA’s "The Weekend," Caleb is usually hanging out with his friends. Oftentimes they’ll talk about how he’s 18 and doesn’t have his learner's permit, or how he’s the most picky eater in the world and very much judges a book by its cover when it comes to food: he won’t eat it if it smells, looks or tastes bad. Yep, you read that correctly. When Caleb isn’t lucid dreaming of picnics in the countryside of France/Italy/London, singing/listening along to music into endless hours of the night or being driven around by his friends, you can find him in silence having philosophical debates with himself and constantly wondering: why?

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Mendoza (center) takes picture with father (left) and her mother (right). “I am extremely grateful for my dad, because he really did sacrifice a lot. And, you know, he still made time for his kids. And he still made time for his wife. And he still made time for his grandkids, even when he was in a lot of pain. And even if part of him [thought] maybe I should just give up, he didnt,” Mendoza said.

At 17, Mendoza navigates life without her father after losing him to COVID-19

February 2, 2021

She was in the snack aisle in Martins when she got the call from her sister. She had been deciding on whether or not she could have apple flavored GoGo squeeZs’ when she felt her heart drop. After returning...

Betsy Quimby has not always found making friends easy. Through her  teachers, family, and church community, Quimby has learned she can be a friend to others, and to herself.

The Friend

January 13, 2021

“I'm okay. I feel like a lot of stuff is just not going the way I wanted to play out,” Senior Betsy Quimby said.  Much like the rest of the world, Quimby’s everyday routine was flipped on its...

When I think of a sunflower I think of the words loyalty, love, and joy. I always strive to be not only a sunflower for myself, but for everyone around me, Senior Dani T-Medhin said.

The Sunflower

January 12, 2021

She had never heard of a toothbrush. She had never seen snow or knew white people existed. What Dani T-Medhin did know was within Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. She knew the trees in the forest...

Chicken and Little Episode 2 - Holly Bill

“Chicken and Little” Episode 2 – Holly Bill

December 6, 2020

In this episode, we interview senior Holly Bill about her weeks at school, how she's managing time, and what it's like being a student during a pandemic.

The cover to Troye Sivans vinyl version of his new album.

Sivan’s “In a Dream,” one of best things to come out of quarantine

December 3, 2020

“Guys, we’re f**king doing this. Are we? We are… we’re leaking music.” After only six days into quarantine, Melbourne grown artist Troye Sivan took to Instagram live to announce that his first...

Students wash hands before taking part in baking homemade trail mix for their weekly Fun Friday.

Lilly, Bocock stay optimistic in the face of COVID restrictions

November 24, 2020

“We miss our friends,” Special Education (SPED) teacher Stephanie Lilly said. What used to be a school filled with over 1,900 students is now a ghost town. With only a select group of students attending...

Wyatt poses in front of the JMU Dance building, she did a photo shoot with other freshman in the dance program.

Wyatt looks for personal growth as JMU goes online

October 27, 2020

Although there was uncertainty as to whether or not colleges would return for the 2020 fall semester, James Madison University decided to take the risk and begin classes Aug. 26. Upon arriving on campus...

Chicken and Little Episode 1 - Macy Swift

“Chicken and Little” Episode 1 – Macy Swift

October 5, 2020

In this episode, we interview senior Macy Swift about her love for BTS and her thoughts on being an army. This episode was filmed prior to shutdowns caused by COVID-19.   

Chicken and Little

Chicken and Little

October 5, 2020

"Chicken and Little" is a podcast run by seniors Caleb Goss and Dani T Medhin. They both talk and tell stories about anything and everything regarding pop culture, politics and interviews with special...

Kid Krow, a nickname given to him by friends and the title of his debut album, has grown up now. Though not much has changed besides a record deal, relationships and millions of fans across the world chanting his name since the release of his EP, it is clear Gray has grown into himself as a distinct artist and has created a body of work where he is no longer reigning as the the prince of pop, but gunning for the king. You can get the vinyl at https://shop.conangray.com/

Gray exudes teen angst on debut album Kid Krow

September 15, 2020

Known on the internet for thrift halls and song covers, Conan Gray left his small town life in Georgetown, Texas to enroll in the University of California, Los Angeles in hopes to pursue music, where he...

Junior Sophia Yoder shows off fresh newly baked cupcakes in her spare time. “Baking is something I do to de-stress, and it’s also just a fun hobby. I figured selling the things I bake would be a great way to both do something that I love as well as help raise money for charities,” Yoder said.

Yoder turns passion for baking into activism

September 8, 2020

From a young age, Junior Sophia Yoder has “always loved baking”. After spending countless hours baking with her grandma when she was younger, Yoder began experimenting more with baking as she got older....

First issue of my life in quarantine. A collection of photos documenting the past two months in quarantine.

A collection of photos and screenshots documenting the virtual months in isolation

May 27, 2020

When quarantine started, I expected it to only last two weeks, then life would continue. I’d be back at school ready to finish the fourth quarter and become a senior. Little did I know, at the time,...

Dance teacher Amber Corriston works with students in her Dance Company class.

Corriston adapts to online schooling, prepares for end-of-year showcase

April 11, 2020

With online learning in place, teachers have had to learn new ways to assign work to students. With this new learning comes challenges. For dance teacher Amber Corriston, the hardest part about online...

[Video] A day in the life: Quarantine edition

March 25, 2020

HHSMedia editors vlog their day being quarantined.

Junior Hayleigh Walton works on flashcards for her AP US History class during the mandatory closure of schools due to the  coronavirus. Walton has maintained a similar schedule to her school days over the break. At-home learning has definitely been more challenging because it’s a test of my self-discipline, Walton said.

Walton adapts to at-home learning

March 19, 2020

In a statement issued March 13, Governor Ralph Northam announced that all schools in Virginia will be closed for the next two weeks. Moving to online, teachers now have to curate lessons for students,...

Sophomore Kolbie Czajkowski inspects her skin. Czajkowski has her own skin care routine that she has followed and has found it to help her skin. I had really good skin until I was fourteen. Then I had a period where my skin wasnt great. I felt so ugly, but looking back it wasnt as bad as I thought it was, Czajkowski said.

Spears overcomes insecurities with acne scars, finds suitable skin care routine

March 4, 2020

Skin care: the Mt. Everest of self care. A copious task so varied that to a beginner, it feels as though reaching the peak of the mountain is a lifetime away. With so many different routines and products,...

“You just have to know someone that’s 21. You can get them everywhere. If you don’t know someone that’s 21 you know someone who knows someone that’s 21, Doe said. (Name changed to protect identity)

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire

January 28, 2020
Up until 1994, when The Pro-Children Act was passed, smoking was allowed within the walls of schools and educational facilities. For years, smoking has been prevalent in the lives of students and often glorified in pop culture...
“I know it’s cliche, but if I ever have any negative thoughts I just tell myself ‘hey, can’t do that’. That actually kind of works. Some people have more problems with body imagery and that’s like what I have, especially with the gender stuff. I’ll look in the mirror and think ‘disgusting’, but if I looked at my friend and they looked at themselves and said disgusting, I would tell them “you cute’. So I’ve started to think ‘would I treat my friend like this’,” Campbell said. “[I know] that’s cheesy, but it works. I’m trying to see myself as another person. I wouldn’t say [those things] to anyone else out loud, I like to consider myself a nice person, so why am I saying that to myself.”

Campbell comes to terms with mental health, embraces identity

January 27, 2020

Facing mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression and gender dysphoria, Grayson works on his mental health and his journey to find self love with help from his friends and his community. It started...

Representatives of the For HHS2 group dig into the ground at the new site. Members of the community and city council attended the event to celebrate the start of the construction of the new high school.

[Video] Ground-breaking ceremony marks milestone in new high school build

January 23, 2020
Tuesday Jan. 22, yet another milestone was reached in the process of building the new high school in the city of Harrisonburg. The ground-breaking ceremony was held at East Kaylor Park Drive, located off...
Taking place in Norway, SKAM (meaning shame in Norwegian) tracks the lives of four high schoolers over the course of four seasons and tackles issues such as racism, mental health, sexual assault, homophobia and many more.

Norwegian show SKAM shines positive light on social issues

January 21, 2020

Taking place in Norway, SKAM (meaning shame in Norwegian) tracks the lives of four high schoolers over the course of four seasons. Tackling issues such as racism, mental health, sexual assault, homophobia...

Studies show that 56 percent of students deem homework is the principle cause of stress. Stress can lead to fatigue, a lack of sleep and even weight loss. Teachers may believe they arent assigning too much, but homework from all the teachers a student has will add up to a draining amount.

[Photo] Teachers should assign students less homework

January 20, 2020

Studies show that 56 percent of students deem homework is the principle cause of stress. Stress can lead to fatigue, a lack of sleep and even weight loss. Teachers may believe they aren't assigning too...

Sophomore Jay Garcia sprains her ankle after going for the ball.

[Photo] Varsity girls improve to 4-5 with win against Rockbridge

January 14, 2020

Sophomore Jay Garcia sprains her ankle after going for the ball.

Senior Paloma Rodriguez was in second grade when her mother was detained and deported by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“At first we didn’t really know what happened. My dad wasn’t telling us anything and I don’t think he knew that much either, but my mom just wasn’t there. As a kid, your mom is such an important [figure]. It’s hard waking up and her not being there,” Rodriquez said.

[Photo] Rodriguez overcomes traumatic experience

November 21, 2019

Senior Paloma Rodriguez was in second grade when her mother was detained and deported by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “At first we didn’t really know what happened. My dad wasn’t...

Growing up, Veerman and William’s relationship has been non-verbal. Learning to communicate through emotions and their own communication system, the two continue to grow. “[I’ve had to learn] patience because when he can’t communicate with me perfectly I have to be patient in learning what he wants from me or what he needs and it’s helpful because I can apply that to my school life and work,” Veerman said.

Brother inspires Veerman to work in special education, help those like him

November 19, 2019

“When he was born, my mom told me when she found out he had down syndrome. I was really excited. I didn’t register what it meant, so I was just looking forward to having a baby brother.” Since...

K-12 album cover. This is Martinezs second studio album which has sold over 57,000 units.

Martinez covers social issues in second studio album K-12

October 24, 2019

bum cover. This is Martine'z Melanie Martinez Infographic“Ever since I was fourteen and started making music, my main goal was to always create music that can help people heal,” Musician and director...

Three snapshots from a few of Malashiys famous TikToks. Her most famous video has over four million views.

Malashiy hits one million followers on TikTok, spreads positivity through trending characters

October 8, 2019

It all began with a mental breakdown and dinosaur chicken nuggets. Junior Angelina Malashiy released her first TikTok in February 2019, kick-starting a career and making a name for herself among the realm...

Bergey (middle) his wife (left) take part in Bergeys well known foot stomp.

[Photo] Basketball court named in honor of former coach Roger Bergey

September 8, 2019

Bergey (middle) his wife (left) take part in Bergey's well known foot stomp.

This is the emblem for U.S soccer.

USWNT beats home team France 2-1, to play England in semi finals

June 30, 2019

It’s finally here. The game that all sports analysts and women’s soccer enthusiasts have been hyping up. USA vs France. What should be a World Cup final is a now a quarterfinal that will knock...

This is the emblem for U.S soccer.

USWNT move on to play France after 2-1 victory over Spain

June 27, 2019

After defeating Sweden 2-0 and placing at the top of their group, the USWNT moves on to play Spain in the round of 16. Having only beaten Spain 1-0 Early in 2019 from a Christen Press goal, this game will...

This is the emblem for U.S soccer.

The U.S move on to the round of 16 after beating Chile 3-0

June 18, 2019

After the thrashing of Thailand with a score of 13-0 in their first game in the World Cup, the United States Women’s National team has already made waves across the nation. Taking criticism from former...

This is the emblem for U.S soccer.

U.S Women’s National Team beats Thailand 13-0 in their World Cup opener.

June 12, 2019

For years, the U.S Women’s national team has performed at the highest level. Collecting three humble world cup trophies and four gold medals in the Olympic tournaments, the U.S has had nothing but winning...

Guillermo Lopez receives the Greg Memorial scholarship grant while attending the Breakfast of Champions.

HEF hosts Breakfast of Champions for students and teachers

May 23, 2019

White table cloths, crystal glasses and classy chandeliers decorate the room as students and teachers gather at JMU's Festival Center for the Breakfast of Champions. This event celebrates the students...

Grande released her fifth studio album on February 8, 2019. The album has gone on to be massively successful, including having two number one singles on the Billboard Top 100. Goss believes that this is her most honest album to date and truly represents the reality of Grandes life.

“Thank u, next” embraces flaws in honest fashion

April 18, 2019

Shortly after releasing her Grammy award winning album “Sweetener”, Ariana Grande reached the highest point in her career. Topping the charts on iTunes and getting engaged, life was sweet, but like...

Then-sophomore Ashley Iscoa takes on a defender as she heads to goal. Iscoa contributed two goals on the night bringing her total to four goals that season.

[Photo] Girls varsity soccer falls at home to Waynesboro

April 12, 2019

Then-sophomore Ashley Iscoa takes on a defender as she heads to goal. Iscoa contributed two goals on the night bringing her total to four goals that season.

Junior Mateo Peric warms up for lifting by taking on the deadlift. Peric is competing in a powerlifting competition and hopes to place first where he will move onto states. Gains happen overtime, not overnight, Peric said.

Peric prepares for powerlifting competition

March 26, 2019

While most high school students lay in bed watching netflix and dreaming of what could be while they stuff their face with unhealthy foods,  junior Mateo Peric heads out to the gym, where he trains...

Senior Marena Benton attends a BTS concert with her three friends Julia Inouye, Anne Penrod and Val Hantke.

Benton expresses love for K-pop boy band BTS

March 6, 2019

Over the course of five years, K-Pop group Bangtan Sonyeondan (BTS) has accumulated over 34.2 million fans on social media. This comes after the success of three studio albums and a series of sold out...

Sophomore Macy Swift visits an outlook over the mountains during her time in Guatemala. During her stay, Swift lived with a host family for five weeks and visited other tourist site areas.

Swift explores Guatemalan culture through immersion trip

January 13, 2019

Starting in elementary school, Spanish is offered for those who are interested. As seventh grade is reached, Intro to Spanish is an elective students can take, which teaches the basics of the language...

Billie Eilish sings the song hostage with her brother. hostage is the 8th track off her first ep, dont smile at me.

Eilish takes “1 by 1” tour to D.C., gives amazing concert

November 26, 2018

At just 16, Billie Eilish has taken the world by storm with a brand not only based off her pure talent, but her honest personality, making her a force to be reckoned with. Eilish’s rise to fame...

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