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Kasey Thompson

Kasey Thompson, Page Editor

Kasey Thompson is a sophomore at Harrisonburg High School and a page editor for Newsstreak. This is her second year on staff. She runs on the Cross Country and Indoor Track teams and can’t wait to get back into running with her team after COVID. Kasey’s favorite things include sunsets, chocolate, walks with friends, the beach and her dog. In the future, she hopes to attend UVA and possibly major in psychology. 

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Silhouette of a body surrounded by constant pressures that social media makes.

Social media’s effects on body image and mental health

February 24, 2021

Kids have started getting social media earlier than ever. This raises the question if social media is actually detrimental to their mental and physical health due to starting at a very early age. Sophomore...

The student dashboard for Virtual Virginia courses. The dashboard shows the students' grades and their assignments.

Students have varying experiences taking online courses through Virtual Virginia

February 12, 2021

Classes have been switched to the online format because of the pandemic. This means teachers who have spent years teaching in person must now learn how to teach online, as well as the students now having...

Sophomore David Beck sprints away from the line after receiving his hand off from Hulleman.

David Beck

January 19, 2021

When fall sports were cancelled because of COVID-19, athletes looked to their upcoming winter season with hope. They would finally be able to get back to the sports they left behind; however, winter sports...

Freshman Palmer Hall stands at the top of the staircase after riding up Campbell Street in Harrisonburg on his bike.

Freshmen reflect on school closure

May 19, 2020

COVID-19 has taken something from everyone. Freshman Palmer Hall believes the pandemic will affect his sophomore year in a negative way.  “I think missing [the end] of my freshman year will affect...

Class of 2023 perspective on Coronavirus pandemic and quarantine

May 9, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has taken something from everyone. The class of 2023, the freshman, lost their first year of high school. Freshman Palmer Hall thinks the pandemic will definitely affect his...

(From left to right) Keith Miller, Sofia Samatar and junior Isabel Samatar stand on their porch.

HHS Media’s front porch project

April 22, 2020

Since Va. Governor Ralph Northam called for a stay-at-home order, people have been directed to stay at home. Amidst this, HHS Media reporters set out to photograph families on their front porches while...

[Video] Freshmen create new fitness routines in response to gyms and school closing

April 7, 2020

Freshman Aidan Saunders looked forward to this spring soccer season on the JV team all year. Now, he’s found himself deprived of that opportunity by COVID-19. Saunders has played soccer since middle...

Underclassmen disappointed over the annual ball being cancelled

March 29, 2020

JROTC holds a Cadet Ball every year in March. However, this year because of the Coronavirus, it was cancelled. This decision was met with some relief, but more so devastation from students.  Not...

Sophomore Michel Blancher displays his light up hat with ''Smile'' on it.

Blancher enjoys variety of hobbies

February 25, 2020

Sophomore Michel Blancher is often found wearing his light up hat around school, displaying a message of how he’s feeling or a funny phrase. However, his hat is a fairly new addition to his wardrobe.  “Really...

Senior Conor Wells competes in the 55 meter dash at Liberty University in 2018.

Thirteen indoor track runners qualify for the Class 5 State Meet

February 24, 2020

The indoor track team competed at the Region 5D meet on February 17. Thirteen runners qualified for the Class 5 State Meet in Hampton, Virginia.  Senior Jaylin Smith, a region silver medalist,...

Freshman Jolie Sallah is a dual sport athlete who carries two bags around at school.

Student athletes should not be required to take PE

February 4, 2020

Many students know the feeling of not wanting to go to PE. However, at HHS, all students are required to take both PE 9 in eighth grade and PE 10, which generally takes place their sophomore year. Half...

Junior Antwonne Washington stands on podium as the first place winner of a wrestling meet. Washington previously won at the Sophomore State Competition for wrestling as a sophomore.

Washington has love for wrestling, loves helping younger athletes

January 29, 2020

Junior Attwone Washington has wrestled for five years now. Ever since family and coaches got him to try the sport, he’s never stopped and isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon.  “Turner...

Freshman Lena Fulton-Wright's grandma, brother and herself pose with her family at a past ski trip.

Fulton-Wright has passion for skiing, inspired by grandmother

January 25, 2020

Skiing has always been a part of freshman Lena Fulton-Wright’s life. Her grandmother got her hooked on the sport. She now not only skis for fun, but is also on the Massanutten ski team and works part-time...

Track coach Matthew Denlinger competes during a collegiate level track meet

Denlinger follows in dad’s footsteps

January 22, 2020

Career and technical education teacher Matthew Denlinger is not only a teacher, but also the cross country, indoor and outdoor track coach for HHS. Running has always been a major part of his life. At...

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January 22, 2020

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Gloria Figueroa and Beth Cash pose wearing matching HHS Christmas apparel.

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January 22, 2020

Gloria Figueroa and Beth Cash pose wearing matching HHS Christmas apparel.

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‘Friends’ is the best show of all time

January 6, 2020

“Friends” is my all time favorite show. I’ve watched all 10 seasons of the show, every single one of the 236 episodes. This show is a common favorite for all ages, providing a link between generations...

Juniors Ruby Arndt and Nissi Gotay prepare to jump.

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November 4, 2019

Juniors Ruby Arndt and Nissi Gotay prepare to jump.

Freshman Lizzie Gotay and Maya Sarco run in to great the crowd at the District Competition.

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November 4, 2019

Freshman Lizzie Gotay and Maya Sarco run in to great the crowd at the District Competition.

Chloe Nichols holds up a sign and keeps the cheers going.

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November 4, 2019

Chloe Nichols holds up a sign and keeps the cheers going.

Junior K’lysse Robinson engages the crowd with a sign.

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November 4, 2019

Junior K’lysse Robinson engages the crowd with a sign.

Juniors Ruby Arndt and Nissi Gotay do a toe touch as part of their routine.

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November 4, 2019

Juniors Ruby Arndt and Nissi Gotay do a toe touch as part of their routine.

Junior Ruby Arndt prepares to be lifted into a stunt.

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November 4, 2019

Junior Ruby Arndt prepares to be lifted into a stunt.

Junior Nissi Gotay prepares to be lifted into a stunt.

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November 4, 2019

Junior Nissi Gotay prepares to be lifted into a stunt.

Junior Nissi Gotay stands in the front of a line of three “show and go” stunts.

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November 4, 2019

Junior Nissi Gotay stands in the front of a line of three “show and go” stunts.

Sophomore Genesis Martinez cheers and holds pom-poms for the cheer section of the competition.

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November 4, 2019

Sophomore Genesis Martinez cheers and holds pom-poms for the cheer section of the competition.

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