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Lucia Gabel

Lucia Gabel, Print Managing Editor

Lucia Gabel is a junior at Harrisonburg High School and the print managing editor for the Newsstreak staff. This is Lucia's third year on staff as a page designer and her first as an editor. During the fall, Lucia spends most of her afternoons playing varsity volleyball for HHS. She also plays varsity tennis in the spring. In her free time, Lucia enjoys laughing and making fun of her sister, Nina, and playing around with her two dogs, Louie and Yogi. Some of her passions include dance parties and movie nights. Lucia loves to take trips around the world with her family and be exposed to new cultures and people. Although she can't wait to leave, Lucia enjoys the beauty and easygoing feeling of Harrisonburg by taking long drives with her friends and going on walks around town. In the future Lucia hopes to study psychology and help make a difference in other people's lives.

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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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November 21, 2020

Sophomore Ella Young dances.

Freshman Natalie Corso kicks while dancing during rehearsal.

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November 21, 2020

Freshman Natalie Corso kicks while dancing during rehearsal.

Junior Laura González Dutor jumps during a dance move.

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November 21, 2020

Junior Laura González Dutor jumps during a dance move.

Sophomore Ellie Peaks looks forward while dancing during practice.

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November 21, 2020

Sophomore Ellie Peaks looks forward while dancing during practice.

Senior Michaela Brino-Dean reaches out while practicing.

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November 21, 2020

Senior Michaela Brino-Dean reaches out while practicing.

Junior Olivia King and sophomore Ella Young dance during rehearsal.

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November 21, 2020

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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November 21, 2020

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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November 21, 2020

Sophomore Kate Nichols holds a prop while she dances.

Junior Noel Parakuo focuses on a dance move.

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November 21, 2020

Junior Noel Parakuo focuses on a dance move.

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

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November 21, 2020

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

Sophomore Kate Nichols jumps during a dance.

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November 21, 2020

Sophomore Kate Nichols jumps during a dance.

Freshman Natalie Corso kicks during a dance.

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November 21, 2020

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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November 21, 2020

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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November 21, 2020

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...

Horneber's 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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January 27, 2020

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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December 2, 2019

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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December 2, 2019

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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December 2, 2019

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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December 2, 2019

Freshman Ellie Peaks plays a Kahoot about musical theater.

Freshman Josie Edwards dances with freshman Nina Alabanza.

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December 2, 2019

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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October 7, 2019

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. Samatar's 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...

Freshman Maya Waid jumps to block a Broadway shooter.

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February 3, 2019

Freshman Maya Waid jumps to block a Broadway shooter.

Freshman Jay Garcia boxes out to try and get a rebound.

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February 3, 2019

Freshman Jay Garcia boxes out to try and get a rebound.

Freshman Jay Garcia drives towards the basket for a layup.

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February 3, 2019

Freshman Jay Garcia drives towards the basket for a layup.

Freshman Mariah Cain helps up Maya Waid after a foul is called.

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February 3, 2019

Freshman Mariah Cain helps up Maya Waid after a foul is called.

Junior Jakaya Brandon looks for a pass.

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February 3, 2019

Junior Jakaya Brandon looks for a pass.

Sophomore Calayiah Stuart focuses during a free throw.

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February 3, 2019

Sophomore Calayiah Stuart focuses during a free throw.

Mariah Cain gets ready to shoot a foul shot.

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February 3, 2019

Mariah Cain gets ready to shoot a foul shot.

Junior Atilia Thomas goes up for a layup.

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February 3, 2019

Junior Atilia Thomas goes up for a layup.

Junior Jane Thompson shoots a jumper.

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February 3, 2019

Junior Jane Thompson shoots a jumper.

Freshman Mariah Cain looks for an open pass.

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February 3, 2019

Freshman Mariah Cain looks for an open pass.

Junior Atilia Thomas is introduced at the start of the game.

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February 3, 2019

Junior Atilia Thomas is introduced at the start of the game.

Freshman Mariah Cain is introduced.

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February 3, 2019

Freshman Mariah Cain is introduced.

Junior Jakaya Brandon and Sophomore Calayiah Stuart put up shots during warm ups.

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February 3, 2019

Junior Jakaya Brandon and Sophomore Calayiah Stuart put up shots during warm ups.

Coach Durmount Perry claps after a bucket.

Girls basketball coach Durmount Perry hopes for good season

December 11, 2018

Q: What kind of strengths have you seen the girls bring to the game so far? A: Right now they’re playing with a lot of energy and a lot of effort. Q: What are the focuses this year that the team...

Senior Melany Nazario hugs coach Hannah Bowman during the introduction ceremony.

Volleyball seniors celebrate emotional night

October 8, 2018

    Thursday Oct. 4 was, as senior Sarah Earle put it, “bittersweet.” For seven people on the varsity volleyball team (five players and two managers), it was their second to last...

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