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Maya Waid

Maya Waid, Editor-in-Chief

Maya Waid is a senior at Harrisonburg High School and is one of three Editor in Chiefs for the Newsstreak. This is her fourth and final year on staff and her second as an Editor in Chief. Maya plays varsity volleyball and varsity basketball at HHS in addition to being a member of HOSA, Governor’s STEM Academy and the Quill and Scroll Honors Society. Recently, Maya took a bigger role in HOSA when she was elected Virginia State President for the 2021-2022 term. Outside of school, Maya enjoys spending her time with her sister Macy, her friends and her family. Maya loves to travel outside of the country and explore new places and experience different cultures. On Maya’s most recent trip out of the country, she traveled solo to the Dominican Republic to shadow healthcare professionals and learn more about medicine for two weeks. When Maya can’t be found with her friends or traveling, you can find her in her cozy room binge watching Netflix. Maya is strongly opposed to coffee and soda but loves apple juice at any time of the day. In the future, Maya plans to pursue a career in the medical field and has high hopes as she goes throughout the college application process.

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In February of 2021, the first block Newsstreak class wrote out the first amendment to celebrate scholastic journalism week,

The First Amendment is more important now than ever before

January 3, 2022

Even in the wake of what should be an era that relies so heavily on social media, I feel silenced. Often, I don’t even have the energy to open my mouth anymore. I am learning, though, always striving...

Becca Graham gets ready to hit the ball during a Spikeball competition.

Local competitive Spikeball couple operate bed and breakfast

January 3, 2022

When Becca and Joel Graham were looking for a new home in October of 2018, the Graham’s were primarily focused on finding a place that Becca Graham could work as a registered dietitian. After accepting...

Chacon announced his commitment to Mount St. Marys  over holiday break.

Chacon commits to run division one track

December 31, 2021

Over winter break, senior Javante (Tay) Chacon announced his commitment to run outdoor track at Mount St. Mary’s University located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Chacon first began his recruitment process...

In the last few weeks, a total of 24 accounts have been made related to HHS. Accounts are controlled by students and run anonymously.

[Photo] Multiple Instagram accounts created, anonymously run by students

December 16, 2021

In the last few weeks, a total of 24 accounts have been made related to HHS. Accounts are controlled by students and run anonymously.

Waid believes her dog, Charlie, has improved her overall mental health.

[Photo] Pets help mental health

November 18, 2021

Waid believes her dog, Charlie, has improved her overall mental health.

As part of the construction project, Mackail and Nielsen builders have worked together to form computer simulations to showcase what the school will look like when it opens.

Construction resumes on new high school, set to open Jan. 2024

November 5, 2021

After a year and a half of holding off construction due to the pandemic, the new high school is set to be finished in January of 2024. Since starting the original construction in the winter of 2019, Harrisonburg...

Beginning Nov.15 the drama department will hold auditions for the musical, Chicago.

Audition workshops begin Nov.3 for musical

November 2, 2021

Workshops for Auditions start Wednesday Nov. 3 and continue Nov. 8 and Nov. 11 after school. The Workshops are designed to prepare students for the auditions Nov. 15 and Nov. 16. Please see the attached...

After receiving straight superiors at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA), the marching blue streak band will finish its season the weekend of Nov. 5-6.

Marching band receives straight superiors at VBODA state marching band assessment

October 31, 2021

The Marching Blue Streak Band performed Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Marching Band Assessment at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bands...

As countries begin to reevaluate their policies following the pandmeic, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) should be carefully considered for countries who have not already implemented it.

Universal health coverage should be implemented in all countries 

October 27, 2021

It seems like a no-brainer that healthcare should be provided to anyone who needs it. Now more than ever, we understand the effects of differing socioeconomic status and how that relates to access to healthcare....

Marching band takes home grand championship

Marching band takes home grand championship

October 24, 2021

Saturday, Oct. 23, the Marching Blue Streak Band competed in the Cavalier Classic marching band competition hosted by Lord Botetourt High School in Daleville, VA. Results: 1st Place...

Following his commitment in October, Bert will continue to play travel baseball and also participate in his final high school season this spring.

Bert commits to play division one baseball for VCU Rams

October 20, 2021

After weighing his options , senior pitcher Evan Bert has committed to play baseball at the Division I college level. Although Bert was recently officially offered by schools, his recruiting process began...

(Left to right) Seniors Jory James, Haile Madden, Jafar Mansoor, Adam Osinkosky and Aroob Ahmed hold up their envelopes prior to finding out their admissions decision after the conclusion of fall visitation weekend at Virginia Tech.

Students accepted to Virginia Tech after attending fall visitation 

October 20, 2021

The weekend of Oct. 2-3, five HHS students attended fall visitation at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, VA. The program allowed students to stay on campus, learn about the...

Over the course of the last few months, Chacon has been focusing on rehabbing his knee after his surgery in July.

Chacon rehabs from MCL tear, works towards participating in senior season

October 13, 2021

Since sixth grade, senior Javante (Tay) Chacon has pursued his love for sports by playing football. Throughout his various teams, Chacon battled adversity on and off the field due to various injuries....

After the win, senior Guillermo Lopez (right) and junior Joel Alvarado (left) celebrate on the field.

Harrisonburg gets win over Orange County in thrilling homecoming game

September 20, 2021

Friday Sep. 17, the Harrisonburg Blue Streaks varsity football team took home a thrilling victory over the Orange County Hornets for their annual homecoming game. Entering their fourth game of the season,...

To prepare for their standarized tests, most students utilize resources such as study book, practice tests and online materials.

Colleges should move away from standardized testing altogether 

September 12, 2021

After the wave of COVID-19 the last year, it is becoming more common to see colleges and universities moving away from requiring standardized test scores. In the past, schools have required applicants...

In 2016, Kizner stands before HHS faculty to address them regarding the upcoming school year. After moving to the Stafford County school district in 2018, Kizner has retired after 23 years of working as a superintendent across four different school districts. Kizner will go on to teach leadership at George Mason University in the next few years.

Former HCPS Superintendent Scott Kizner awarded JEA Administrator of the Year

August 31, 2021

After working in education for the past 40 years, former Harrisonburg City Public Schools (HCPS) Superintendent Scott Kizner is wrapping up his time as a leader in the Stafford County School District....

During a practice, sophomore Corey Beshoar gets ready to serve.

Boys tennis finishes regular season undefeated

May 26, 2021

For junior Keenan Glago and sophomore Corey Beshoar, their 2021 tennis season has been like no other. Both Glago and Beshoar have been playing tennis for a few years but became interested in the sport...

After graduating from HHS in 2018, King has now also graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) after three years of college.

Alum accepts fellowship at National Institute of Health

May 21, 2021

After graduating from Harrisonburg High School in 2018, alum Isaiah King is now closing yet another chapter of his life following his graduation from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond,...

Amelia Mitchell (left) and Emma Lankford (right) pose during a backpacking trip at Grayson Highlands.

Lankford, Mitchell reflect on Girl Scouts experiences

May 14, 2021

When she first joined troop #515 a little over 10 years ago, senior Emma Lankford was excited to collect badges and sell cookies. However, over time she has risen from a first-year Brownie to the role...

On Friday, May 7, all six seniors officially committed to continue their college athletic careers with a signing ceremony held in the gym at Harrisonburg High School.

Six seniors commit to continue athletic careers in college

May 12, 2021

  David Beck- Virginia Tech  “I definitely felt like pursuing running at the next level was something I was interested in. I loved every moment of high school XC, indoor track, and outdoor...

Harrisonburg High School is currently home to 1859 students. Overcrowding has been an issue for the school over the past few years and the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service projects that the city schools will continue to see an increase of students in the coming years.

HHS2 advocates speak up for new high school to be built 

April 30, 2021

At the April 13 City-School Liaison Committee meeting, Harrisonburg public officials met to discuss the proposed budget for the 2021-2022 year. At the meeting, one of the biggest questions was whether...

Fornadel has spent the last few months creating one of her main products, face masks. Fornadel has created different mask options using varying fabrics.

Fornadel starts small business, donates a portion of profits to charities of choosing 

April 21, 2021

  Like many other students, junior Abigail Fornadel has picked up an old hobby with the extra time spent at home due to online school for the 2020-2021 academic year. Fornadel took her old...

Freshman Annie Poirot  sprints towards the finish line at a home meet at THMS.

Poirot advances to state meet as freshman 

April 20, 2021

During freshman Anne-Marie Poirot’s first season on the high school cross country team has not been at all what she expected. Between the COVID-19 pandemic and a delayed season, Poirot has been forced...

Cain first received an offer from Radford University in September of 2020. After consulting with her family and coaches, Cain felt the time was right to commit to Radford. The Radford program is a very good program athletically and academically, they also formed a strong bond with me and made me feel like family, Cain said.

Cain commits to play at Radford University 

April 12, 2021

Seven months after receiving a division one offer to continue her career at Radford University, Harrisonburg High School junior Mariah Cain verbally committed to play basketball at the university, beginning...

Current senior Maddie McCay finishes her butterfly race in the 2019 swim season.

McCay plans to graduate a year early, attend college in fall

April 9, 2021

After Harrisonburg High School announced in August that they would be continuing education online for at least the first semester of the 2020-2021 academic year, junior Maddie McCay made the decision to...

During a practice before the cancellation of their season last spring, current senior Amelia Mitchell scoops up a ball while playing goalkeeper in a scrimmage.

Watson steps into new role as head varsity girls soccer coach 

March 30, 2021

Despite all of the uncertainties that COVID-19 had presented to the HHS community and its students, one thing that Athletic Director Brandon Burley is excited about is the new girls varsity soccer coach,...

After not being able to play her junior season at HHS, Iscoa is excited to be able to finish her high school career when her season starts in April.

Iscoa commits to continue soccer career at EMU 

March 30, 2021

As a high school athlete, there is always a future goal. Making the varsity team after playing JV, or taking a step further to pursue playing at the collegiate level. For current HHS senior Ashley Iscoa,...

Freshman Lucy Ludwig and eighth grader Veronica Gutierrez stand in ready positions as a teammate serves.

[Photo] JV volleyball loses at home to East Rock

March 24, 2021

Freshman Lucy Ludwig and eighth grader Veronica Gutierrez stand in ready positions as a teammate serves.

Eighth grader Autumn Sinnett and freshman Lucy Ludwig wait for a serve from Culpeper in the second set.

[Photo] JV volleyball wins at home to Culpeper

March 22, 2021

Eighth grader Autumn Sinnett and freshman Lucy Ludwig wait for a serve from Culpeper in the second set.

The JV Volleyball team lines up before their match against Turner Ashby March 2.

[Photo] JV volleyball loses at home to Spotswood

March 23, 2021

The JV Volleyball team lines up before their match against Turner Ashby March 2.

In 2019, Fornadel suffered from a torn meniscus and ACL. Over the past two years Fornadel has been through an extensive recovery process in order to be cleared to play again.

Fornadel pursues varsity volleyball in junior year 

March 12, 2021

Similar to many others, junior Abigail Fornadel has been itching to get back to sports. With the cancelation of the 2020 soccer season and the 2020-2021 indoor track season, Fornadel has relied solely...

In a survey sent to all AP students, Vass and HHS administration asked students to record which test administration dates they would prefer for the spring.

Vass, HHS administration adjust for AP testing in spring 

March 5, 2021

With many uncertainties surrounding the future of in-school  learning and extracurricular activities, Assistant Principal Kris Vass has worked closely with school administration to come up with the...

While students navigate online learning, many students are having to explore mitigation strategies to manage their stress.

Stress: We all experience it

February 25, 2021

Everyone is aware of the ongoing pandemic. For almost a year, we have felt trapped in our homes with the safety of our loved ones in the back of our mind. But how many of our activities have stopped? Yes,...

(From left to right) Phlebotomy school instructor Emileigh Conley, senior Michael Pacheco-Carrillo, senior Makayla Runion, senior Viktoria Katykhin, senior Emily Nguyen, and program director Cyndee Lowe stand together prior to class.

Four seniors on track to earn phlebotomy certification before graduation 

February 19, 2021

  While the majority of HHS students have adjusted to learning in a fully virtual setting, four seniors have been able to learn in person in a phlebotomy course offered by Sentara RMH. The...

Football began practice on February 4 and will continue to practice while maintaining safety protocols.

Burley plans for safe return to play 

February 11, 2021

Within the next few weeks, Harrisonburg High School will begin to return to some sense of “normal” following the bringing back of school sports. Athletic Director Brandon Burley understands that...

Senior Esther Manson taking a mugshot during her junior year.

Esther Manson

January 19, 2021

Growing up, senior Esther Manson fantasized about playing basketball in high school. Although she took an untraditional path to her senior year, Manson persevered through adversity to have her season ended...

Alexiou (fourth from left) during a meet her freshman season.

Stella Alexiou

January 19, 2021

Growing up in the city of Harrisonburg, swimming was always an integral part of Stella Alexious’ childhood summers. Now a senior at Harrisonburg High School, Alexiou is facing the reality that her nostalgic...


[Photo] Jesse Lichti

January 19, 2021

The building site for HHS2 is located between South Main Street and Interstate 81.

Construction of HHS2 Set to Resume in June

January 14, 2021

After the Harrisonburg City School Board voted to suspend the construction of the second high school eight months ago, HCPS superintendent Dr. Michael Richards, Executive Director of Operations and...

On Tuesday Dec. 1, Valerie Kiblers AP English class got the opportunity to ask author and writing coach Roy Peter Clark questions after reading his book, Writing Tools.

Clark reflects on writing career, shifts vision during pandemic

December 4, 2020

“I’m in a peculiar character category. I'm supposed to be an expert on writing, but sometimes I feel like a dentist with bad teeth.”  That’s what world renowned author and writing coach Roy...

The varsity boys basketball team capped off their 2019 regular season by winning the district championship over the Broadway Gobblers.

Harrisonburg City Schools suspends winter sports

November 25, 2020

On Nov. 24, Harrisonburg City Public Schools (HCPS) made the decision to withdraw from Season 1 (winter sports) of Virginia High School League (VHSL) activities according to recommendations from the Virginia...

Horizons Edge Sports Campus officially opened Jan. 18, 2020.

Horizons Edge Provides Opportunities to the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Area

November 18, 2020

Prior to January of 2020, residents in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area would find the best opportunity to play group sports at a local park. A majority of the athletes in the area found...

Cain looks to pass the ball during a practice for the team she plays on outside of school, Elevate Elite.

Cain Receives Offer From Division One Radford Highlanders

September 16, 2020

“Why would you ask this? I'm already starting to tear up,” Perry said. “I'm going to miss being with the players. In my eyes, it was not just basketball. Each player became a part of my family. I...

At the construction site of the new high school, no Nielsen builders are currently allowed on the site until the change order allows them to resume building.

School board unanimously votes to delay building of second high school

April 24, 2020

Apr. 21, Harrisonburg City School Board voted to suspend the construction of the second high school for one year at most.This decision was made with a unanimous vote to halt construction beginning Apr....

Fornadel wrote a total of 34 letters to friends, often writing about two pages for each person.

Fornadel writes letters to stay in touch

April 20, 2020

The global pandemic known as the Coronavirus has caused everyone to be restricted to staying home and social distancing from friends and family. For students who look forward to seeing their friends at...

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