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Maya Waid

Maya Waid, Sports Editor in Chief

Maya Waid is a junior at Harrisonburg High School and is the Sports Editor in Chief for the Newsstreak. This is her third year being on staff and her first 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. Outside of school, Maya enjoys spending her time with her sister Macy, her friends and her family. Over quarantine, Maya has gotten really into working out and lifting. Maya loves to travel outside of the country and explore new places and experience different cultures. When Maya can’t be found with her friends or traveling, you can find her in her cozy new room binge watching the next Netflix show on her list. On Maya’s most recent trip out of the country, she discovered that Venice, Italy, is her favorite place to be and that gelato is a treat that you can never have enough of. For the most part, Maya should not be trusted in the kitchen; although, she can make a delicious grilled cheese. Waking up at any time before 10 a.m. is not always easy for Maya, but she manages her time well between school, sports and work. In the future, Maya plans to pursue a career in the medical field and has high hopes for what colleges she wants to be accepted to.

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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.

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 Kibler's 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...

English teacher Sara Gingras works on lesson planning for her classes.

Gingras transitions to teaching online

April 14, 2020

After the cancellation of school for the remainder of the school year, teachers have had to adjust to online instruction. For English teacher Sara Gingras, this has been a relatively smooth transition...

In addition to working at Once Upon a Child, senior Lydia Grogg spends most of her time after school in the spring playing softball.

[Photo] COVID-19 limits work hours at OUAC for Grogg

April 6, 2020

In addition to working at Once Upon a Child, senior Lydia Grogg spends most of her time after school in the spring playing softball.

Chick-fil-A owner, Ashley Bellamy, has encouraged her employees to begin writing encouraging notes on all bags given to customers through the drive-thru window.

Local businesses feel impact of global pandemic

March 30, 2020

As COVID-19  takes its toll on the globe, one of the most heavily impacted industries is the restaurant industry. As a result of people being advised to stay home and social distance, local businesses...

Social distancing, is the act of taking the effort to keep yourself away from other people with the hopes of slowing down the spread of a disease. The recommended distance is 6 feet apart.

[Photo] The importance of social distancing

March 27, 2020

Social distancing, is the act of taking the effort to keep yourself away from other people with the hopes of slowing down the spread of a disease. The recommended distance is 6 feet apart.

The 4x800 boys indoor track team celebrates after breaking a school record Jan. 4 at the Bulldog Invitational at Liberty University with a time of 8:12.25

Hulleman adjusts to hiatus in outdoor track season

March 25, 2020

Similar to the rest of the school population, sophomore Calvin Hulleman has encountered new experiences during his time staying at home due to the school closing for coronavirus. Hulleman, a three sport...

Head coach Scott Sheets stands on the fence and looks out as his team prior to the start of practice.

Sheets, Tirado prepare for second season of high school softball

March 21, 2020

Not many players transition between the JV and varsity level during the season; however, for sophomore Maribel Tirado, she did just that after being convinced to play softball.  “My uncle convinced...

(From left to right) HHS alum Alex Osinkosky, sophomore Dylan Thompson, Spotswood senior Colin Gregory, sophomore Keenan Glago, and Spotswood senior Reece Wayland all stand together following their second show. The band played at Restless Moons brewery in June, 2019.

Glago, Thompson form band, find passion for songwriting

March 6, 2020

When most teenagers talk about starting a band, it is nothing more than simply an idea to fantasize over; however, for sophomores Keenan Glago and Dylan Thompson, this dream became a reality.  Glago’s...

Freshman Scott Lambert stretches before a wrestling match. Wrestling involves a lot of physical strain for Lambert. “My favorite part is that even though you are competing individually, the team is one family,” Lambert said. “[The hardest part is] how much physical training it takes to wrestle.”

Lambert transitions to high school wrestling

February 9, 2020

When the competition drastically increases and the work gets harder, athletes are forced to make a decision regarding whether or not they will continue to play their sport. For freshman Scott Lambert,...

Richards meets with HHS faculty to discuss new high school plans

February 5, 2020

As the highly anticipated three-day weekend arrived at Harrisonburg High School, teachers and staff flooded the auditorium after school, chatting patiently while waiting for the arrival of superintendent...

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