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Karleigh Gentry

Karleigh Gentry, Page Editor

Karleigh Gentry is a junior at Harrisonburg High School and a third year Newsstreak staff member. Outside of school, she enjoys participating in travel softball throughout the year, as well as varsity softball during the spring. She loves watching Major League Baseball, specifically the Atlanta Braves, in addition to watching various Netflix shows and Youtubers. Karleigh is also in her fourth year of the Valley Scholars program through James Madison University. After graduating high school, she hopes to major in Sports Medicine in order to eventually become an Athletic Trainer. 

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Sophomore Genesis Martinez works on assignments at her home Thursday afternoon.

COVID-19 changes atmosphere of Valley Scholars program

May 29, 2020

When James Madison University first began the Valley Scholars program, their goal was to create a future for first generation college students. Students from local middle and high schools are accepted...

From left to right, Allens boyfriend Edward Santiago and her have lived together for the past two years. After testing positive for COVID-19 last month, Allen has taken precautions to protect her son, Lyam Santiago (middle) and her boyfriend while they all have been living under the same roof.

HHS alum tests positive for COVID-19, takes precautions to protect others

May 2, 2020

2016 HHS alum Kyra Allen, 22, recently tested positive for the Coronavirus after showing symptoms at Cargill, where she works.  “Monday Apr. 13, I had arrived at work and was not feeling my normal...

The Virginia Tech logo. Today, Virginia Tech honors the lives lost 13 years ago in a school shooting.

COVID-19 limits methods of honoring Virginia Tech shooting victims on 13th anniversary

April 17, 2020

13 years ago April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a 23-year-old senior at Virginia Tech, opened fire in Blacksburg, Va. on campus. Before taking his own life, Cho killed 32 others, 27 being students while the...

Netflix has become popular to many students when trying to decide what to watch while in quarantine.

Top 3 most underrated TV shows and movies on Netflix

April 17, 2020

TV Shows:  “Degrassi: Next Class” Featuring a group of teenagers at Degrassi Community School, “Degrassi: Next Class" highlights issues teenagers face in today’s society including mental...

In addition to working at Once Upon a Child, senior Lydia Grogg spends most of her time after school in the spring playing softball.

COVID-19 limits work hours at OUAC for Grogg

April 6, 2020

Amid the international Coronavirus pandemic, students have been sent home in order to maintain the health of HHS students, staff and families; however, because students will not be attending school, spring...

Harrisonburg High Schools Teacher of the Year, Mary Strickler, stands alongside Virginia senator Tim Kaine.

Strickler awarded HHS Teacher of the Year

March 24, 2020

After teaching for 38 years, 36 of which were spent at HHS, English teacher Mary Strickler was named the school's 2020 Teacher of the Year. For this award specifically, teachers nominate other teachers...

Coaches Carter Holden (left) and Randy Hill (right) watch the varsity softball players play defense during an away game at Rockbridge County High School last season.

Holden, Rodriguez transition from coaching varsity to JV

March 4, 2020

With tryout week for spring sports concluding Friday, the players on the rosters aren’t the only differences between the 2019 and 2020 season for the baseball and softball programs. The coaching staffs...

The entrance to Auschwitz. This concentration camp opened in 1940 and was liberated in 1945.

75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation holds importance to Jenkins

February 26, 2020

From 1941 to 1945, Jews were victims of a mass genocide under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. We now refer to those years as the Holocaust and, although times have changed, the knowledge of the past is...

The Italian exchange would involve students from HHS spending two weeks at school Italy, followed by students from said school spending time at HHS.

Frongia creates exchange for Italian students, waits for approval

February 2, 2020

Italian teacher Gian Frongia is pairing up with a Catholic private school in Italy to give a group of students an experience they’ll never forget. The idea, still pending approval from administration...

Sophomore Brianna Knupp plays catcher in one of her softball games. Although her injury prevents her from playing, Knupp still has hopes to be a part of the team by being a manager for the Varsity Softball team at HHS.

Injury cancels Knupp’s sophomore season, jeopardizes future seasons

January 23, 2020

Due to an ongoing injury, sophomore Brianna Knupp is facing the fact that she won’t be able to play softball this Spring. After playing on multiple Harrisonburg Little League teams and the JV team at...

Freshman Nina Alabanza presents a portion of The Merchant of Venice at the Shakespeare competition Dec. 5 and took first place.

Eight students compete in Shakespeare competition, Alabanza takes first

January 13, 2020

As the dismissal bell sounded at 2:35 Dec. 5, eight students from various grade levels made their way towards the drama room to participate in the annual Shakespeare competition.  Despite her...

Students who were accepted into the NHS received an invitation to the induction ceremony  Jan. 28 where they will officially become members.

Juniors, seniors submit applications for National Honor Society

January 6, 2020

Juniors and seniors hoping to join the National Honor Society were required to submit their applications by Nov. 11.  The NHS acknowledges students for their academic success with a 3.5 grade point...

Wilson Memorial High School junior Serenity Stacy (right) stands with Yesenia Ruiz on her senior night in 2018.

Softball players, coach mourn loss of former opponent

November 27, 2019

Oct. 16, news of the passing of former softball player 13-year-old Maggi Peterson affected area residents and former teammates. The local community is once again mourning the loss of another former softball...

Buses cause injuries, deaths without seatbelt requirements

November 27, 2019

There are over one million deaths annually along with, at most, 50 million people injured or disabled by motor vehicle accidents, according to the Association For Safe International Road Travel. Innocent...

Junior Genesis Robles hugs her brother Erick Colon who is currently serving in the U.S. Army.

Robles’ heart touched by JMU Veteran’s Day

November 25, 2019

Not only did the local Veteran’s Day Parade take place Nov. 10, but James Madison University also announced their Veterans Day plans for Monday, Nov. 11 by posting a video to different social media platforms...

Jimmy Barnes works with his nurse, Karen Zirk throughout the day. Shifflett stays with Barnes from 7 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon. “I started working with Jimmy six years ago [and] not much has changed other than him losing a little more body function,” Shifflett said. “He used to be able to do his right elbow and move it back, [but] he slowly lost that function.”

Barnes lives with disorder, uses computer to communicate

November 19, 2019

When her son was just a baby, the life of Anne McKeen was forever changed by a question asked by a team of doctors in Charlottesville, Va. McKeen was forced to make a decision regarding her son Jimmy Barnes’s...

After news of Petersons death was posted on Facebook, teens took to numerous social media platforms to share the memories they had with her.

[Photo] Peterson’s death impacts students from various high schools

October 18, 2019

After news of Peterson's death was posted on Facebook, teens took to numerous social media platforms to share the memories they had with her.

Coaches Carter Holden (left) and Randy Hill (right) watch the varsity softball players play defense during an away game at Rockbridge County High School last season.

Softball program adjusts to changes in preparation for the 2020 season

September 27, 2019

For two consecutive years, the HHS varsity softball team has suffered from winless seasons, which has changed the atmosphere of the softball program.  In comparison to last year’s team, the varsity...

Braves players walk off the field after winning a game earlier this season. Photo courtesy of MLB.com

The Atlanta Braves are a force to be reckoned with despite young roster

September 26, 2019

Athletes train and dedicate hours upon hours for the chance of playing a sport professionally, but once they get there, the hard work doesn’t stop. For some, the transition from playing college sports...

Infielders talk to their starting pitcher senior Hannah Brown during an away game at Rockbridge County High School prior to the start of the inning.

Varsity Softball suffers from back-to-back winless seasons

June 2, 2019

After last year’s winless season, the Varsity Softball team was forced to make some changes in hopes of having a better record at the end of this season. For starters, Randy Hill took over as the new...

Manager Nina Andrews, second baseman Cyniah Stuart, pitcher Hannah Brown and first baseman Ines Lopez-Flores are recognized on May 2 for senior night alongside their family members and coaches.

Varsity Softball recognizes players, manager on senior night

May 20, 2019

At the end of every sports season, the seniors on the team are recognized for their hard work over the years and their leadership on the team. The Varsity Softball team celebrated senior night on May 2...

An artists at Tattooed in the Wild Studio works on Hughes tattoo.

Hughes gets first tattoo at sixteen, hopes to add more

April 20, 2019

At just 16 years old, sophomore Seaira Hughes got her first tattoo on her thigh. Despite her age, her parents allowed her to get the tattoo because it’s something she has wanted for many years. “I’ve...

During a home game against Riverheads, senior Cyniah Stuart hits a pop fly. The blue streaks ended up losing with a final score of 18-6.

Stuart takes leadership role on varsity softball, remains confident in team

April 16, 2019

Softball is not the only sport senior Cyniah Stuart has played, but it will be her last before graduating in June. Because of this, success is on her mind. Not only do the seniors want to go out with a...

Junior catcher Lydia Grogg throws the ball back to the pitcher prior to the start of the inning.

Varsity softball creates new away game traditions

April 10, 2019

After the resignation of former head coach, Susie Bocock, the varsity softball team was forced to make changes for a successful season, which has not been the case in former years. Not only did Randy...

Sophomore Makai Organ wears a shirt for his favorite wrestler, AJ Styles.

Organ maintains love for WWE

January 25, 2019

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has been around for many years. Although the WWE is about wrestling, the matches broadcasted on TV are not real. The purpose of the WWE is entertainment, which is why...

Alex Morgan chases after the ball in a game against Japan on June 5, 2016.

Gender should not determine athlete salary

December 20, 2018

In many sports, including baseball, softball, basketball and soccer, female athlete salaries are very different from that of their male counterparts. Gender is the only component causing the difference...

Junior John Collier returns the ball in his doubles team with Junior Tobias Yoder.

Nafziger becomes new coach for boys tennis

May 3, 2018

For 5 years, Danny Logan was the boys tennis coach. However, this year’s team has a new head coach, Erin Nafziger. Nafziger has been a teacher at HHS for two years, but this year she replaced Danny...

Vending machines should be open during school hours

Vending machines should be open during school hours

April 9, 2018

Our school has multiple vending machines, however, students cannot access them until after 2:30, which is when most students leave school. By having the vending machines open during the day as well...

Harrisonburg graduate Ross Garrison attends a baseball game.

Garrison discovers love for teaching after graduate school

March 20, 2018

Ross Garrison was born in Harrisonburg, but is now living in Greensboro, North Carolina. He began teaching in the fall of 2016 at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). Garrison enjoys...

Fuller House plays on Netflix on a phone.

Original TV shows will never be forgotten

February 23, 2018

As a kid I watched many shows, but some of my all-time favorites include  Full House, Victorious, iCarly, and Good Luck Charlie. Although there aren’t new episodes of these shows being aired on...

Reasons to participate in sports

Reasons to participate in sports

February 15, 2018

Some parents do not want their children playing sports due to various reasons, however, there are many reasons why sports are beneficial. 1. Teamwork Sports are not an individual activity, so you...

Freshman Aidan Perkins does a workout during weightlifting class on Nov. 30.

Both students in and out of sports utilize gym memberships

December 5, 2017

At Harrisonburg High School, athletes are known for their strength on the field, court or other playing field, and their success. However, many other students around the school are also dedicated to getting...

Junior Tarius Allen shows off his shoes in the hallways of HHS.

Shoes represent personalities

November 27, 2017

Everyone has their own interests, hobbies and style. When it comes to shoes, students pick the pair that best fits them and what they like. As each person takes a step, others around them see their shoes...

Chromebook filters hold students back from learning

Chromebook filters hold students back from learning

November 27, 2017

Students at HHS are very thankful for the Chromebooks they received for free; however, there was one catch - filters. The Chromebook filters can be useful to keep students from looking up inappropriate...

Should you take SAT or ACT?

Should you take SAT or ACT?

November 17, 2017


Senior Stedman Clark and Junior Pierre Mbala lead the team pep talk at timeout.

Athletic Director Wilson oversees athletics budget

October 31, 2017

For approximately seven hours a day Harrisonburg High School students are sitting in a classroom, but after school students enjoy various athletic events which include: cross country meets, golf matches...

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