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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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Junior Solana Mercado-Santana poses for a picture.

Mercado-Santana adjusts to life in Harrisonburg, moving from Hawaii

November 30, 2021

Junior Solana Mercado-Santana moved to Harrisonburg about nine months ago after living on the Hawaiian islands her whole life.  “My grandparents emigrated from Puerto Rico to Hawaii. My mom was born...

Destroying the soap dispensers in the boys bathroom was the first step in the devious licks trend. Photo posed by the Newsstreak staff.

“Devious Licks” trend takes over the boys bathrooms

November 15, 2021

The “Devious Licks” trend, inspired by a TikTok challenge to destroy school bathrooms, began in September. Assistant Principal Heath Johnston was involved in the aftermath of these trends taking place....

Quiñones made a tote bag for herself as well.

Quiñones designs and sells tote bags

November 6, 2021

Junior Yulianis Quiñones began painting and selling tote bags over the summer in her free time. Quiñones designs each bag to be unique to the person that buys it.  “[The tote bags are designed...

The HHS Media editorial staff holds a celebration for Valerie Kibler. From the left, the editorial staff includes juniors Jolie Sallah, Kasey Thompson, seniors Lucia Gabel, Rachel Phensitthy, Maya Waid, Valerie Kibler, juniors Lily Fleming, Riley Thompson and Silas Spears.

HHS Media combines staffs for the first time

November 5, 2021

For the first time ever, the yearbook, newspaper and broadcasting staffs have combined under one title, HHS Media. The yearbook and newspaper staffs are one in the same, with broadcasting still being a...

A mix of Halloween candies.

My top five Halloween candies

November 5, 2021

Being a junior in high school, I’ve long outgrown trick or treating, however I think every teenager still enjoys  the halloween candy. You’re never too old for sweets. When I was a kid, I always got...

Seniors and assistant drum majors Mikey Paniagua, Jeslyn Liu and AJ Moats hold their trophies from the Star City Classic competition.

Marching band, color guard win grand champion title

October 1, 2021

Marching band and color guard traveled to Star City Classic in Roanoke, Virginia for a competition hosted by William Fleming and Patrick Henry Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. It was their first chance of the...

Sophomore Ellie Alcombright reads the book, Flora and Ulysses.

[Photo] ‘Flora and Ulysses’ movie measures up to the book

October 1, 2021

Sophomore Ellie Alcombright reads the book, "Flora and Ulysses."

Du is currently working on a four year college planning checklist for seniors.

Stum works through college applications, takes advice from college advisors

September 27, 2021

Senior Morgan Stum is applying to several colleges early action. She started working on applications late this summer.  “I am applying to about four schools early action. [They are] University...

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 1, 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...

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