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Lucia Gabel

Lucia Gabel, Editor-in-Chief

Lucia Gabel is a senior at Harrisonburg High School and an Editor in Chief for the Newsstreak. This is Lucia's fourth year on staff. During the year, Lucia spends many of her afternoons playing tennis. She also plays varsity tennis for the school during the spring. In her free time, Lucia enjoys trips to coffee shops for iced vanilla lattes. Some of her passions include watching New Girl, redecorating her room, and listening to the same songs many, many times. Although she can't wait to see the world, Lucia enjoys the beauty and easygoing feeling of Harrisonburg by taking long drives with her friends and going on walks around town with her two cockapoos. In the future Lucia hopes to study psychology and help make a difference in other people's lives.

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Students and community members gather around city hall to protest the recent actions against the court case Roe v. Wade.

Yoder helps organize march through downtown in support of Roe v. Wade

May 18, 2022

Following the release of documents leaking the decision of the current court case under fire, Roe v. Wade, citizens across the country once again looked to their fundamental right to protest, with hopes...

Senior Darius Blakely receives his cap and gown in the cafeteria gym side commons.

Cap and Gown pick up March 23

March 23, 2022

Cap and Gown orders are available for pick up TODAY (Wednesday March 23rd) during lunch. They are set up over on the stage in the gym side commons. These are for orders that have already been placed. If...

New certified therapy dog, Winnie, is a poodle mix and will be located in the Summit Exploration Academy.

Certified therapy dog, Winnie, joins staff

February 25, 2022

Dr. Melissa Hensley released the following message to students and families Feb. 23, 2022.

Senior Ellie Muncy smiles as she is escorted by her parents Andy and Kristin Muncy.

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Senior Ellie Muncy smiles as she is escorted by her parents Andy and Kristin Muncy.

Senior Maya Waid hugs her sister freshman Macy Waid after receiving a senior night gift.

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Senior Maya Waid hugs her sister freshman Macy Waid after receiving a senior night gift.

Senior Maya Waid walks out with her parents Ryan and Kathleen Waid.

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Senior Maya Waid walks out with her parents Ryan and Kathleen Waid.

Senior Juju Butler runs out and high fives her teammates.

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Senior Juju Butler runs out and high fives her teammates.

Senior Juju Butler is escorted by her parents TJ and Tanya Butler.

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Senior Juju Butler is escorted by her parents TJ and Tanya Butler.

Senior Ellie Muncy is escorted by her parents.

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Senior Ellie Muncy is escorted by her parents.

Senior Ellie Muncy laughs.

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Senior Ellie Muncy laughs.

Senior Maya Waid stands with her family.

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Senior Maya Waid stands with her family.

Parents and players hug.

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Parents and players hug.

Varsity huddles together prior to starting the game.

[Photo] Varsity volleyball celebrates senior night with 3-0 win against Stuarts Draft

November 2, 2021

Varsity huddles together prior to starting the game.

50.2% of students at Harrisonburg High School are of Hispanic Background.

Students, teachers share pride during Hispanic Heritage Month

October 17, 2021

“My roots are very important to me. I am Latina and Spanish and I love speaking Spanish. [Hispanic Heritage Month] is just one month in the whole year when we need to show everybody in the whole...

The counseling website includes links to meet with counselors as well as information specific to each grade. Relaxation techniques and mindfulness exercises can also be found on the website and are ways that Cantwell and other counselors are working to help provide students with resources to improve mental health.

Cantwell sparks conversation about mental health in schools

September 26, 2021

As a teenager, mental health counselor Lora Cantwell was exposed to the reality of first hand foster care experiences. Through the addition of a foster brother to her family, Cantwell was inspired to study...

Beshoar (left) and Glago (right) after winning the Region 5D Doubles Tennis Championship.

Glago, Beshoar doubles crowned regional champs, advance to states

June 2, 2021

Junior Keenan Glago and sophomore Corey Beshoar traveled to the River's Edge Sports Complex to compete for the Region 5 doubles title. With a win over Patrick Henry in the semifinals, the two moved on...

Hand sanitizing stations are set up throughout schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

HCPS administrators implement changes moving into second semester

January 29, 2021

As the first semester comes to an end, the Harrisonburg City Public School School Board and staff are revisiting and revising the plan for certain students to return to in person schooling.  “The...

Ayala-Gallo enjoys listening as well as writing about music in his Wikipedia articles.

The (Song) Writer

January 21, 2021

Editing and writing Wikipedia pages is the unconventional hobby which allowed senior Noel Ayala-Gallo to appreciate music in a way that was far beyond the average music lover. “I've been asked the question...

Senior Nisha Farmer prepares to shoot a free throw.

Nisha Farmer

January 19, 2021

Q: Who or what inspires you to work hard as a basketball player? A: Coach [Durmount Perry] and my dad.  Q: Why did you decide to play?  A: I decided to play because I love the competition of...

Senior Blake Metcalf stands atop the podium after winning the Mountain View tournament.

Blake Metcalf

January 19, 2021

Q: Who or what inspires you to work hard as a wrestler? A: My mom inspired me because it kept me out of trouble and kept me working in school. Q: Why did you decide to play? A: My brother was...

Green dances outside of James Madison University where he hopes to attend after high school.

The Performer

January 11, 2021

The bright lights of a stage are a safe and comforting space for many during their high school career. For others, this setting can create less comfort and more concern. Prior to his freshman year, current...

Senior Oziel Valdez found himself through the struggles of high school and looks towards his future and what it holds.

The Storyteller

December 14, 2020

"Imagine the hundreds of stories we’ll create,” Valdez said. “I took that upon myself to create hundreds of stories and [to be the reason for] why I do all that I do.” A quote taken from the...

Sophomore Ella Young dances.

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Sophomore Ella Young dances.

Freshman Natalie Corso kicks while dancing during rehearsal.

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Freshman Natalie Corso kicks while dancing during rehearsal.

Junior Laura González Dutor jumps during a dance move.

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Junior Laura González Dutor jumps during a dance move.

Sophomore Ellie Peaks looks forward while dancing during practice.

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Sophomore Ellie Peaks looks forward while dancing during practice.

Senior Michaela Brino-Dean reaches out while practicing.

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Senior Michaela Brino-Dean reaches out while practicing.

Junior Olivia King and sophomore Ella Young dance during rehearsal.

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Junior Olivia King and sophomore Ella Young dance during rehearsal.

Sophomore Azalea Twining holds up her script as a prop while dancing.

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Sophomore Azalea Twining holds up her script as a prop while dancing.

Sophomore Kate Nichols holds a prop while she dances.

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Sophomore Kate Nichols holds a prop while she dances.

Junior Noel Parakuo focuses on a dance move.

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Junior Noel Parakuo focuses on a dance move.

Students learn a dance by using props from home and social distancing.

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Students learn a dance by using props from home and social distancing.

Sophomore Kate Nichols jumps during a dance.

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Sophomore Kate Nichols jumps during a dance.

Freshman Natalie Corso kicks during a dance.

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Freshman Natalie Corso kicks during a dance.

Dancers dance on a structure that was built for the filming of the musical.

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Dancers dance on a structure that was built for the filming of the musical.

Sophomore Ella Young puts up her hands as a part of the musical choreography.

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Sophomore Ella Young puts up her hands as a part of the musical choreography.

Choreographer Amber Corriston has worked with students virtually to teach dances to those participating in this years musical. (Photo taken prior to closure of schools and COVID-19 restrictions)

Corriston adapts to new changes for upcoming musical

November 4, 2020

The energy created by a packed auditorium of friends, teachers and families on opening night is an experience that, this year, will be felt through a screen. As restrictions are put in place and gatherings...

Onward Blue Streak Band

October 22, 2020

A message from the Blue Streak Band: The Harrisonburg High School Blue Streak Band has been hard at work during these unusual times working to maintain their standard of excellence, build their community...

Hand sanitizing stations are set up throughout schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Mackail oversees COVID-19 regulations in city schools

October 8, 2020

As the 2020 school year came to an end, Chief Operating Officer of Harrisonburg City Public Schools Craig Mackail was, as usual, focused on keeping students safe, from their bus rides in the morning to...

Choir teacher Bethany Houff conducts her students during a concert.

Houff finds creative teaching opportunities through choir classes

September 30, 2020

As teachers across the country navigate their way through online learning, a specific group of teachers has had to take a more creative path in their instruction. Arts classes like drama, choir and visual...

Cover of the Teenager Therapy podcast. You can listen to the Teenager Therapy podcast on apple podcast, Spotify and other streaming services.

‘Teenager Therapy’ podcast relates to high schoolers

September 28, 2020

Being at home all day in quarantine took its toll on everyone in a different way. I don’t know about everyone else, but sitting at home made me overcomplicate things that were really quite simple. I...

New head girls basketball coach, Tracy Harding, will begin leading the program for the 2020-21 season.

Harding joins as new head girls basketball coach

September 24, 2020

After the loss of head girls basketball coach Durmount Perry, Harding will take the lead over the girls basketball program. See press release above for more information. 

Banks began doing photoshoots towards the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine and has now been able to further develop her social media platform as well as online portfolio.

Banks explores love of photography through local photoshoots

September 11, 2020

At the age of seven, junior Brigid Banks could be found outside in her backyard with her iPod taking pictures of leaves in her garden. Although over the years, Banks has improved her style and camera...

Hornebers siblings do daily school work assigned by their teachers with the help and guidance of Horneber.

Horneber spends quality time with siblings through at home teaching

April 29, 2020

Being trapped in a house 24 hours a day, seven days a week has led families across the world to find new ways to bond together and new activities to keep themselves busy during quarantine. From learning...

Nguyen finds new hobby with acrylics after parents open nail salon

April 20, 2020

Some find that a new set of nails makes them feel confident and bold. Others hope that it shows a little extra spark of personality, but for most it can just make you feel a little bit fancier. For junior...

Junior Emily Nguyen enjoys different colored nails like this set. She likes to be creative and enjoys the way acrylics make her feel more confident about herself.

[Photo] Students at HHS and their nails

April 20, 2020

Junior Emily Nguyen enjoys different colored nails like this set. She likes to be creative and enjoys the way acrylics make her feel more confident about herself.

Many students and teachers are using online communication platforms, like google classroom, to reach out to students in their classes and be able to assign work. It is also a way for students to contact their teachers if they need to.

[Photo] Purnhagen finds organization amidst chaos

April 6, 2020

Many students and teachers are using online communication platforms, like google classroom, to reach out to students in their classes and be able to assign work. It is also a way for students to contact...

Sergeant Major Russell Wilder (second to right) and Colonel Roy McCutcheon (right) lead the front table at the annual JROTC cadet ball at the Spotswood Country Club in 2019.

JROTC students react to Cadet Ball’s cancellation

March 29, 2020

The current pandemic, known as the Coronavirus, has shut down major companies, cancelled annual tournaments and interrupted professional sports seasons. Not only has it affected our world globally, it...

Academic team practices with their buzzers during a practice.

Academic team competes in scholastic bowl, expands knowledge and connections throughout team

February 2, 2020

From studying Vincent van Gogh’s Post-Impressionism art to knowing the name of the basketball player who won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, the academic team practices throughout the school...

Sophomore Ellie Muncy shoots the ball towards the hoop.

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Sophomore Ellie Muncy shoots the ball towards the hoop.

Students attend the Model UN conference and take a picture in front of the Rotunda.

Model UN exposes students to debate on current issues worldwide

December 2, 2019

While sports and most common clubs are well known at Harrisonburg High School, the Model United Nations club is something that many people don’t know about. Starting with only four people, Model United...

Freshman Nina Alabanza gets ready to answer a question during a musical theater Kahoot.

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Freshman Nina Alabanza gets ready to answer a question during a musical theater Kahoot.

Freshman Azalea Twining dances during drama club.

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Freshman Azalea Twining dances during drama club.

History teacher Mark Tueting joins the students to dance during the first drama club eat and greet.

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History teacher Mark Tueting joins the students to dance during the first drama club eat and greet.

Freshman Ellie Peaks plays a Kahoot about musical theater.

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Freshman Ellie Peaks plays a Kahoot about musical theater.

Freshman Josie Edwards dances with freshman Nina Alabanza.

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Freshman Josie Edwards dances with freshman Nina Alabanza.

Senior Kate Cummings laughs while she talks to her friends.

[Photo] Gibson holds first drama club 'Eat and Greet'

October 7, 2019

Senior Kate Cummings laughs while she talks to her friends.

Freshman Julia Obenschain sings with others at the eat and greet.

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Freshman Julia Obenschain sings with others at the eat and greet.

Freshman Ellie Velker reviews her monolouge. Upperclassmen give her advice on how to perfect it.

One Act hopefuls prepare during final audition workshop

September 16, 2019

Friday Sept. 6, the drama hallway was filled with chatters and laughs. Students bustled around reciting lines and getting to know new people. The first audition workshop was being held for the 2019 one...

Sophomore Isabel Samatar shows off one of her full face makeup looks on her Instagram page. Samatars account is @clownisa, where she presents her own looks and inspired ones as well.

Samatar finds makeup inspiration online, in nature

March 27, 2019

Ever November of 2018 sophomore Isabel Samatar has been watching Youtube videos and Instagram posts from some of her favorite makeup artists. After the multiple hours of watching eyeliner tutorials and...

Bridgewater College student and trainer intern at HHS athletics, Tyler Pinder, works with senior Micah Yutzy during indoor track season. After Pinder graduates college, she hopes to start working on her own with high school athletes and then work her way up to the college level.

Athletic training becomes reality for Pinder

February 27, 2019

Tyler Pinder is a student at Bridgewater College who is pursuing her love for sports by becoming an athletic trainer. However, before she can reach her goals of becoming a college trainer, she has to start...

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