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Kasey Thompson

Kasey Thompson, Yearbook Editor in Chief

Kasey Thompson is a senior at Harrisonburg High School and the Yearbook Editor in Chief. This is her fourth year on staff. She runs on the indoor track team in the winter and spends her off seasons at the gym. She is in the Governor's STEM Academy, plays a role on the Quill and Scroll Advisory Board, is a part of Key Club and she is also in National Honor Society. Outside of school, she works at Martins. Her biggest goal for this year is to leave HHS Media better than she found it. After graduating, Kasey hopes to attend college and major in communications or design to hopefully pursue a journalism career in her future. 

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Junior Lena Rasool. She was blunt, funny [and] literally the sweetest person I have ever met in my life, Ibrahim said.

Remembering Lena Rasool

May 3, 2022

“She loved McDonald's. She loved hot fries. She loved ‘Love’ by Keyshia Cole, the song. She loved the color pink. She loved handbags. She loved perfume. She loved clothes. She really loved everything,”...

Savulyak attended an event in Washington D.C. with the goal of bringing awareness to the war and showing the US’ support of Ukraine.

Russian, Ukrainian students speak out about war

April 29, 2022

The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine escalated in recent months when Russia invaded Ukraine. About 31% of the high school’s student body is Ukrainian and about 9% are Russian. These students...

Members of TSA at the Valley Regional Fair hold their awards from the competition.

TSA students compete, recognized for success

March 24, 2022

Students from the TSA chapter competed at the Virginia TSA Valley Regional Fair on Saturday, Mar. 5. The students competed against their peers and led their region through positions on the Valley Regional...

Sophomore Michael Bennett poses for a photo outside of his drivers education classroom.

[Photo] Bennett strives for acting career despite physical disability

February 23, 2022

Sophomore Michael Bennett poses for a photo outside of his drivers education classroom.

Sophomore CJ Hulleman takes the baton from junior Braeden McGrath in the 4 x 800 meter relay.

[Photo] Indoor Track competes in 5A region meet

February 15, 2022

Sophomore CJ Hulleman takes the baton from junior Braeden McGrath in the 4 x 800 meter relay.

Junior Kimber Lambert wears a necklace featuring the transgender symbol.

Lambert navigates being transgender in high school

February 10, 2022

“It’s just a phase.” These words discouraged junior Kimber Lambert as he tackled the long road of his transition ahead of him, as well as working to grow into the person he is today.  “[Others...

Senior Michelle Jurado poses with her mom at her gender reveal party.

Jurado tackles life with newborn, reflects on pregnancy

February 4, 2022

Senior Michelle Jurado gave birth to Amari Santana Cruz January 24, 2022. Since getting pregnant, her perspective has shifted. “I was with [Amari’s] dad [when I found out I was pregnant]. The...

Members of GSA

Physics, chemistry teacher Seth Berkeley runs Gay-Straight Alliance

January 21, 2022

Physics and Chemistry teacher Seth Berkeley has served as the faculty advisor for the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) for nine years. A student asked him to bring the club back in his second year of teaching.  “She...

After moving here nine months ago, Junior Solana Mercado-Santana has adjusted to life in Harrisonburg.

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 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...

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