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Holly Bill

Holly Bill, Head Editor in Chief

Holly Bill is a senior at Harrisonburg High School and Head Editor in Chief of the Newsstreak. This is, sadly, her fourth and final year on staff, and she’s not looking forward to leaving this publication behind. However, she’s more than ready to get out of the Burg and into the world. Holly will be spending her senior year running and swimming in addition to attempting to manage college applications. Her updated list of favorite things includes Smith Mountain Lake, “Lord of the Rings,” power naps, Vanilla Coke, “Shake It Out (Glee Cast Version)” and her younger brother.

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HCPS teachers and staff wait in the gymnasium of Harrisonburg High School for their vaccination.

Teachers will begin virtual classes on-site March 1

February 16, 2021

The first week of March will mark a significant step on the path back to in-person studies at Harrisonburg High School. Starting Monday, March 1, teachers will be returning to the school building to...

Senior Dorothy Yates after a successful competition cheer routine last year, embracing her mother and late grandmother.

Dorothy Yates

January 19, 2021

Q: How long have you been doing gymnastics and why did you decide to start? A: I’ve been doing gymnastics ever since I was three or four years old. I started because my mom [saw] me doing somersaults...

(Photo taken March 17, 2020) Principal Melissa Hensley assists with meal distribution to families. Since lockdown began, bagged meals have been provided for Harrisonburg City Public Schools students.

Hensley addresses difficulties, successes following Quarter 1, looks to future possibilities

November 23, 2020

In her second year at Harrisonburg High School, Principal Melissa Hensley had to pivot from managing an overcrowded school building to administering nearly 1,900 students spread across the city from her...

Assistant distance coach and ELL teacher Abigail Shelly oversees the Oct. 14 preseason distance practice. Shelly coordinates and coaches the runners through the strength and circuit workouts during the practices.

Shelly joins community as ELL teacher, distance coach

October 19, 2020

If one encountered new English-language learners (ELL) teacher and distance coach Abigail Shelly during her first months in Harrisonburg, they likely would have noticed a “yes ma’am” or a “no...

Counselor Anda Weaver helps junior Dilsy Rodriguez Sanchez schedule her classes for the 2020-2021 school year.

New college adviser to host introductory and informational session

August 30, 2020

New college adviser Anna Du will be hosting a Google Meet to both introduce herself to the HHS community and share how she can support HHS seniors in the college application process. The meeting will be...

COVID-19 Updates

May 27, 2020

This aerial image of the HHS football field shows Stations 5-10 of the on-site graduation event.

Hensley announces new plans for on-site graduation

May 13, 2020

Principal Melissa Hensley has announced that in addition to the virtual graduation ceremony, an on-site graduation will be occurring June 3, 4 and 5 to celebrate the Class of 2020. After viewing how other...

HHS principal Melissa Hensley rolls bagged food to give to families during the COVID-19 lockdown.

(UPDATED 4/17/20 12:00 p.m.) Q&A with Principal Melissa Hensley about Harrisonburg High School’s coronavirus closure

April 17, 2020

UPDATED AS OF APRIL 17, 2020 AT 12:00 P.M. Interview April 14, 2020 at 10:05 p.m Can you describe how the rest of the academic year will function online?  "New academic content will...

Junior Carlo Mehegan and Harrisonburg High School teacher Seth Shantz demonstrate  respect between a student and teacher with a handshake and a smile

The disrespect problem of Harrisonburg High School

April 16, 2020

Harrisonburg High School has a respect issue. Students aren’t respectful to each other. Students aren’t respectful to their teachers. And, in some cases, teachers aren’t respectful to their students....

Melissa Hensley works on her computer during her first week as new principal of HHS in summer 2019.

Hensley settles into principal role, sets goals for future

April 12, 2020

At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Harrisonburg High School saw the addition of many new faces in the hallways, including the new head of school, Melissa Hensley. This past January marked...

College Board announces online AP tests

College Board announces online AP tests

March 20, 2020

As of March 20, 2020, College Board has announced that Advanced Placement exams for the 2019-2020 school year will be held online and at home. Traditional exams will not be taking place, rather, a 45-minute...

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...
Junior Isabel Campillo wears her scrubs and student ID as part of her uniform for her mentorship at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

Hospital mentorship offers Campillo, Arteaga insight into future

January 20, 2020

High schoolers and hospital scrubs are not a common combination. However, junior Isabel Campillo suits up in scrubs every Monday night for her mentorship at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH)....

HHS alumna Hannah Miller runs for Elon University at the Panorama Farms Invitational on Sept. 27. Miller ran a time of 23:50.40 for the 6K run and placed 115th.

Miller finishes first collegiate cross country season, begins indoor track

January 19, 2020

When 2019 graduate Hannah Miller packed up her spikes and spandex and drove to her new home at Elon University in August, a cross country “culture shock” was in store for her. Miller went from running...

Junior Sydney Shaver dances in silence about body image and social construct accompanied by senior Kate Cummings reading of Shaver's inspiration poem.

Fine Arts Academy winter showcase presents “Bare”

January 16, 2020

In the Fine Arts Academy (FAACL), there are three showcases per year that give Academy  members the opportunity to highlight their creativity through an artistic interpretation of a chosen theme....

Amazon Echo Dots (pictured above) are one of the many speaker variations of the Echo speaker.

Amazon Echo’s capabilities trump its limitations

December 23, 2019

Few times have older movies predicted the twenty-first century correctly. Cars that fly aren’t a reality like they were in “Back to the Future,” and there aren’t bioengineered synthetic humans...

Freshman Alisha Moyd sorts items donated by students and staff to put in holiday bags to give to the homeless. Moyd believes in the importance of giving back and looks forward to future community service projects through TOP. “This is to help the community. We do a lot of things to help the community and we just started,

Summit Academy Teen Outreach Program collects donations for homeless

December 13, 2019

After weeks of planning, promoting and collecting, the Summit Academy Teen Outreach Program (TOP) traveled to the Suitcase Clinic at the Salvation Army Dec. 10 to give out holiday bags to the homeless....

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