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Clare Kirwan

Clare Kirwan, Yearbook Managing Editor

Clare Kirwan is a junior and this is her third year on staff. Clare is the Head of Graphic Design, a Managing Editor for the Yearbook and the “Fun Director” for HHS Media. Clare is also the captain of the Model UN and Debate clubs, as well as the secretary for the STEM Executive Board. She is a member of the varsity cross country, indoor track and tennis teams. Outside of school, you will find her sketching, reading, playing with her dog or hanging out with friends and family. In the near future, Clare hopes to study Global Health and Policy.

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Sophomores Clare Kirwan, Soraya Kaussler, Lucy Ludwig, freshman Shirin Kaussler and senior Emma Swartz work the lunch table to inform students of the events happening in Iran.

WiSTEM leaders Kaussler, Kirwan, Ludwig organize week of Women, Life, Freedom

January 12, 2023

“Because this is a women's rights movement, it only feels fitting for women to stand up and support each other.” The WiSTEM chapter held a week of ‘Women. Life. Freedom.’ Dec. 5-9 to spread...

Parentheses Books kickstarter is open until Wednesday, Nov. 23. I started considering the idea during the pandemic and just kept taking steps forward to make it happen,” Friss said.

Local Friss works to create independent indie bookstore in heart of downtown Harrisonburg

November 21, 2022

“Often it's the best stuff that's in parentheses. The honest stuff, the funny stuff. The little bits that make the text more interesting and engaging. Parentheses are the literary equivalent of a hug....

Women have been at the forefront of the biggest womens rights movement Iran has ever seen. After the death of Masha Amini, who is said to be killed by mortality police for the incorrect wearing of her hijab, Iranians have taken to the streets. Women have cut their hair and removed hijabs in solidarity with Amini, violent protests continue in the Iranian fight to end the regime.

Protests rage on in Iran, Kaussler sisters experience emotional turmoil

November 8, 2022

‘Women. Life. Freedom.’ This chant is heard from corner to corner of the Islamic Republic of Iran after 22 year-old Masha Amini was beaten to death for not wearing her hijab correctly. Iranian officials...

Teacher assistant Evelyn Cruz (top left), her brother Ricardo Cruz (top right), her father Angel Cruz (bottom left) and her mom Millie Cruz (bottom right) take a picture together while in Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Fiona hits Puerto Rico hard, impacts felt in Harrisonburg

November 8, 2022

A hard worker who never gives up. Someone who loves to smile, party and help people. A rich culture filled with African, Indian and Spanish ancestors. Stunning beaches, mountains and a national rainforest....

Junior Lena Blagg and freshman Micah Blagg pose for a picture with children in the Guatemalan village they stayed in.

Blagg takes mission trip to Guatemala, learns culture

October 6, 2022

What do you know about Guatemala? That it’s located in Central America? That’s it’s colorful, full of green mountains with maize grown on the side? Maybe you know about the Mayan culture and have...

The varsity football team represents 21 countries this year.

Varsity football team represents 21 countries

October 6, 2022

The National Football League (NFL) allowed its first Black player, Fritz Pollard, to sign a contract to play for the Indians in 1920. After his five years of play, the NFL made a rule prohibiting the signing...

Senior Yeilianiz Gonzalez and her now husband share an intimate moment on their wedding day this July.

Wilder walks Gonzalez down aisle, Cedeno recounts day

October 5, 2022

“I’m getting married in July.” “That’s wonderful.” “Will you give me away?” “Yes. Where? When? What? Do you need me to do the rehearsal, what do I need to do?” This...

The end of September marks the end of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

September marks suicide awareness month, time for reflection and education

September 30, 2022

Suicide. A word that has many connotations surrounding it, and a word that takes on a new meaning in September as we pay closer attention to this troubling problem during Suicide Awareness Month. “We...

Junior Logaan Whiting smiles for a picture by Hoover Dam this summer.

Whiting balances sports, extracurriculars, classes to start year

September 30, 2022

It’s often said that the junior year of high school is the hardest for students, balancing difficult classes, extracurriculars and your social life. This statement couldn’t be more on point for junior...

Cardona is all smiles while listening to central office officials speak on HCPS programs.

U.S. Secretary of Education, Cardona, stops by Bluestone Elementary

September 17, 2022

The room buzzed with anticipation and excitement, a light chatter filled the space. At approximately 4:12 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, the United States Secretary of Education walked into the library...

Vargas Correa dresses up and poses with friends for a celebration.

Vargas Correa heads home, stays in Mexico for summer

September 14, 2022

2,148 miles. Sophomore Kaarla Vargas Correa lives 2,148 miles away from her family and friends during the school year, but this summer she went home. “This summer I traveled to a small town in...

Senior Azalea Twining smiles for a photo while goofing off in the recording studio.

“After All This”: the story behind the album

September 6, 2022

“She was sitting by the front of the school one afternoon, so I quickly introduced myself, and suggested I help her make her album. That’s where it all started.” Producer meets musician. Producer...

Junior Rylee Stroop and sophomores Chloe Dameron and Veronica Gutierrez cheer teammates on while benched due to various injuries. All three are normally starters.

[Photo] Patriots defeat Streaks in home opener

September 2, 2022

Junior Rylee Stroop and sophomores Chloe Dameron and Veronica Gutierrez cheer teammates on while benched due to various injuries. All three are normally starters.

Senior Kai Blosser serves during the second set. The Blue streaks lost all three sets.


Senior Kai Blosser serves during the second set. The Blue streaks lost all three sets.

The shooting at Robb Elementary School took the lives of 19 children, two teachers and left six in critical care.

U.S. reels from deadly Texas shooting, need for gun restriction more dire than ever

May 27, 2022

“It takes a monster to kill children. But to watch monsters kill children again and again and do nothing isn’t just insanity—it’s inhumanity,” -American poet and activist Amanda Gorman According...

Sexual assault allegations between two students at Broadway High have circulated through the social media pages of students. No means no has acted as the poster saying for the issue of consent.

Amidst allegations at Broadway High, Fulton-Wright outraged, Friend turns trauma to activism

May 26, 2022

Sexual assault allegations involving two students at Broadway High School (BHS), a Rockingham County school, circulated through students’ social media pages Monday, May 16, 2022. According to WHSV, administrators...

Junior Fatimah Salman poses for a photo outside of her home.

Salman deepens connection with Islamic religion, observes Ramadan

May 24, 2022

From sunrise to sunset they fast.  From April 1, 2022 to May 1, 2022 junior Fatimah Salman observed Ramadan. Ramadan is a month in the Islam religion in which Muslims fast, pray and focus on serving...

From March 25 to 26, the Model United Nations (MUN) team competed at the 24th Governor’s School Model UN Conference (GSMUN XXIV).

Captains reflect on success at GSMUN XXIV conference

April 15, 2022

“This resolution passes!”  These words rang through the ears of the Model United Nations (MUN) club members after a successful week of debate. From March 25 - 26, the MUN team competed at the Governor’s...

Eight seniors receive their Certified Nursing Assistant certificates.

Eight students get CNA certified amidst nurse shortage

March 9, 2022

The morning of Dec. 16, 2021 eight seniors received their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification. One of whom is senior Maria Torres Moreno. “I decided to be part of the CNA program because...

Sophomore CJ Hulleman takes the baton from junior Braeden McGrath in the 4 x 800 meter relay.

Indoor Track competes in 5A region meet

February 15, 2022

Thursday, Feb. 3, the indoor track team competed in the 5A sub regional. The meet took place in Lexington, Virginia at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) indoor track facility. The girls and boys...

Greys Anatomy is the longest running TV drama with 18 seasons and more to come.

Grey’s Anatomy proves to be the greatest TV drama in history

December 15, 2021

With eighteen seasons and 383 episodes, Grey’s Anatomy has dominated the television stage for almost 17 years. The show first aired March 27, 2005 and is the longest-running primetime scripted show on...

The Model United Nations club poses for a picture before the closing ceremony.

MUN club competes at the VAMUN tournament in Charlottesville

November 15, 2021

The Model United Nations (MUN) club competed in the University of Virginia Model United Nations (VAMUN) conference from Nov. 5 to Nov. 7. The club spent two nights in a hotel in the center of Charlottesville...

At a meet at Panorama Farms, sophomore Annie Poirot runs the final stretch of her race.

Poirot places sixth at regionals, advances to states for second consecutive year

November 15, 2021

Finishing in a time of 19:53, sophomore Annie Poirot placed sixth at the girls varsity regional cross country race on Nov. 4. The girls team placed third in the 5A class region to advance to the state...

Join the Educators Rising Club to learn more about a future career in education.

Middleton creates Educators Rising Club in midst of nationwide teacher shortage

October 15, 2021

Around 270,000 teachers in the U.S. public school system have been estimated to leave their teaching position between 2016 and 2026; with one in three saying they are more likely to resign due to the COVID-19...

Junior Abby Kauffman runs in the girls cross country home meet at Thomas Harrison Middle School.

Kauffman reflects on running and the current cross country season

September 29, 2021

Running, commonly defined as the action of moving fast on foot, can take a severe mental and physical toll on athletes. For junior Abby Kauffman, the sport is a source of exercise and social interaction. Kauffman...

The Marching Blue Streaks Band warms up for their halftime performance.

Blue streaks marching band prepares their show “The Main Event”

September 29, 2021

The Main Event. A spectacle containing circus tricks, acts, and three parts of music, performed by the Marching Blue Streaks Band.  Senior Kimberly Portillo, a tenor saxophone player and section leader...

A green version of the frosted sugar cookie mentioned in the story.

Frosted sugar cookies are the best American cookie

January 21, 2021

As Americans, it almost feels like a new cookie is developed every day. There are sugar, oatmeal, chocolate chip, macadamia, pumpkin, snickerdoodle, peanut butter and so many more cookie options to choose...

Senior Korry Sochacki left) standing with her track friends.

Korry Sochacki

January 19, 2021

Senior Korry Sochacki has done indoor track for the past one and a half years. Unfortunately, the pandemic has canceled all winter sports, but that hasn’t stopped Sochacki from reflecting on her experience...

Healy Poses in her cheerleading uniform on the steps of her childhood home.

The Juggler

December 16, 2020

Bike to school, attend school, participate in a club meeting or play practice, go to sports practice, make dinner, attend dance practice, do homework, eat, sleep, repeat. During a normal year, this would...

Brino-Dean poses with her sister, sophomore Tylor Brino-Dean, in front of one of the six colleges she toured.

Brino-Dean finds ways to visit colleges despite the global pandemic

December 7, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic looming and school completely online, it is hard for seniors to finish out their high school experience like they expected to. Senior Michaela Brino-Dean has found it disappointing...

King paints dinosaurs outside socially distanced with a friend.

King finds unique ways to stay connected to friends during pandemic

November 11, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has stopped families and friends from getting together, but junior Olivia King has found creative ways to stay connected to her friends. Through goodies, letters and participating...

Junior Kate Kirwan works on an environmental map for an AP environmental science class assignment.

Massanutten Regional Governor’s School students reflect on the different learning style provided

November 9, 2020

The Massanutten Regional Governor’s School for Integrated Environmental Science and Technology (MRGS) is a seperate school that some students at Harrisonburg High School attend. In order to attend, students...

The office is the most popular show on Netflix despite the fact that it has nine seasons and 201 episodes.

“The Office” is America’s most lovable sitcom

October 23, 2020

“The Office” is the most lovable sitcom in America. The show first aired in 2005 and ended in 2013, lasting for nine seasons. “The Office” provides the perfect escape from everyday life with it’s...

Assistant principal Jennifer Burner sits in her office during the school day.

Assistant principal Burner switches from Central High School

September 29, 2020

Years ago, a parade of tractors drove down the main street of Woodstock on their way to prom. Though uncommon in Harrisonburg, for new assistant principal Jennifer Burner, this was nothing out of the ordinary. Burner...

Dance & Company is a local dance studio for dancers of all ages. Though the coronavirus pandemic is still present, Dance & Company is still taking safety precautions and inviting their dancers back. Dance & Company during the corona is different in the sense that we have to wear masks when not in our squares, have a health check every time and have to follow specific regulations in the building to keep everyone safe, freshman Camryn Johnson said.

Dancers in a pandemic

September 26, 2020

Freshman Sophia Pimentel has participated in multiple plays starting in middle school.

Pimentel gains experience from summer acting program

September 23, 2020

Freshman Sophia Pimentel has been on the big stage many times in her life. However, there was something different about being accepted into an acting program and having the ability to learn from talent...

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