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Kasey Thompson

Kasey Thompson, Managing Editor

Kasey Thompson is a junior at Harrisonburg High School and a managing editor for Newsstreak. This is her third year on staff. She runs on the indoor and outdoor track teams and works at Brusters in her free time. Kasey’s favorite things include ice cream, sunsets and her friends. In the future, she hopes to attend UVA. 

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74% of US teens in the 15-17 age group use Snapchat.

Snapchat has become mentally draining rather than useful

September 21, 2021

The social media platform Snapchat, has been the primary means of communication and news source with my friends and classmates since middle school. However, as I’ve gotten older, the app has become draining...

Sophomores participate in outdoor games during the Wellness Fair.

Counseling department holds Wellness Fair for sophomores

June 1, 2021

The counseling department held a Wellness Fair for each grade level throughout the last four Wednesdays. May 19 was the sophomore wellness fair. The goal of the event was to allow each grade level to focus...

Freshman Idaly Alvarez catches the ball at softball practice.

Northam releases new mask mandate for social gatherings and sporting events

May 28, 2021

Governor Ralph Northam recently released a new mask mandate for events, including high school sports, effective May 15.  People who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks outdoors “when...

Students who have gone back to an in-person schedule find their classes.

Freshmen and sophomores predict impacts of virtual learning on in-person schooling next year

May 28, 2021

Most freshmen and some sophomores are going into their next year of high school with little time in the building to experience its activities. This may have a large effect on the school environment next...

Seniors Cecelia Thomas and Lizzy Healy work on building the table part of the project.

Fine Arts Academy seniors focus on isolation for capstone project

May 28, 2021

Eleven seniors in the Fine Arts Academy have been working on their capstone project for the year. Their focus is on the student body’s mental health and how isolation due to COVID-19 restrictions has...

Sophomore Azalea Twining shares her composition virtually for Luna Composition Lab.

Twining accepted into Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Luna Composition Lab

May 28, 2021

Sophomore Azalea Twining was recently accepted into the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Luna Composition Lab. She was selected as a nationwide fellow in music composition and is currently working...

Student and staff experiences with seasonal depression

Student and staff experiences with seasonal depression

May 19, 2021

When the season changes, certain people’s mindsets and motivations change as well. Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a less commonly talked about form of depression. It is...

SCA election nominations are open until May 7, voting will take place May 18-21 and results will be announced May 21.

SCA holds elections for 2021-22 school year, current officers reflect on leadership experiences

April 30, 2021

The Student Council Association is holding elections for the 2021-2022 school year. They will be voting for five members for their executive board, as well as two representatives for each class. The executive...

Sophomore Liam Wightman runs during a cross country meet at Thomas Harrison Middle School on March 17, 2021.

[Photo] Sophomore Liam Wightman joins cross country team, wins first meet

April 5, 2021

Sophomore Liam Wightman runs during a cross country meet at Thomas Harrison Middle School on March 17, 2021.

HHS Chemistry teacher Erich Sneller standing with the plaque he received from the Virginia Association of Science Teachers for the Recognition in Science Education Award. This is the first year Sneller won the award.

Sneller receives the Recognition in Science Award

April 2, 2021

Chemistry and Earth Science teacher Erich Sneller was awarded with the Recognition in Science Education (RISE) Award by the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST). Sneller was nominated by his...

Senior David Beck alongside his girlfriend senior Chloe Nichols standing on the Virginia Tech campus.

Senior David Beck commits to Virginia Tech on running scholarship

March 19, 2021

Senior David Beck applied to both the University of Virginia (UVA) and Virginia Tech (VT) for college next year. He got into both schools on running scholarships and,  as of right now, wants to major...

Students schedule classes for next year through a new process

Students schedule classes for next year through a new process

March 16, 2021

This year, due to the pandemic and virtual learning, students have to schedule their own classes for next year instead of meeting with a counselor in-person to do so. Counselor Danielle Brino believes...

Like many other stores downtown, Shenandoah Bicycle Company has signs out front letting customers know they have to wear a mask in the store.

Downtown business owners reflect on impact of COVID-19

March 12, 2021

Manager, Kevin Rogers discusses increase in sales at SBC over the pandemic  Manager Kevin Rogers of Shenandoah Bicycle Company (SBC) located downtown reflects on how business has changed over the...

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 10, 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...

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