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Nyah Phengsitthy

Nyah Phengsitthy, Editor-in-Chief

Nyah Phengsitthy is a senior at Harrisonburg High School and a co Editor-in-Chief of The Newsstreak. This will be her fourth year on staff, where she will also continue to work as a social media coordinator for HHS Media. Outside of school, Nyah enjoys participating in volunteer activities with her church youth group, writing for Harrisonburg Education Foundation and working with residents at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. In her free time, she enjoys being with friends and family, trying new foods and traveling. One interesting fact about Nyah is that she is a morning person and feels the need to be productive all the time. On any given day, there will always be a mug or water bottle in her hand because she is a water and coffee addict. Nyah loves, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, sunglasses, fresh notebooks and boys.

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Owen Stewart participates in an interview with local ESPN radio during his senior year at Harrisonburg High School. (This photo was taken before the pandemic set in).

[Photo] Stewart pursues sports writing career

April 4, 2021

Owen Stewart participates in an interview with local ESPN radio during his senior year at Harrisonburg High School. (This photo was taken before the pandemic set in).

Principal Cynthia Prieto discusses the qualities she found in teachers during a faculty meeting. Prieto will be retiring this year after serving in education for 34 years. She joined Harrisonburg High School five years ago.

Prieto announces retirement, reflects on 34 years in education

May 30, 2019

It’s been five years since Cynthia Prieto packed up her belongings in northern Virginia and came down to Harrisonburg High School to be the next principal. After running a school of over 1800 and contributing...

Senior Pana Muhamad will be starting at JMU in the fall of 2019.

[Photo] Muhamad receives full ride to JMU

May 15, 2019

Senior Pana Muhamad will be starting at JMU in the fall of 2019.

Senior Owen Stewart participates in an interview with local ESPN radio.

[Photo] Streaks commit to college sports at signing day

May 14, 2019

Senior Owen Stewart participates in an interview with local ESPN radio.

Senior Hannah Miller (second from left) competes in the Dogwood Track Meet in Charlottesville at University of Virginia. Miller runs for the Streaks in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. She plans on continuing her running career at Elon University in the fall.

Miller named Class 5 Female Athlete of the Year

May 1, 2019

Senior editor-in-chief Hannah Miller was named the 2019 Allstate Foundation/VHSL Scholarship recipient. A committee of athletic directors, media representatives and VHSL staff members selected Miller over...

ASL teacher Julie Foster looks at her many choices of dessert before choosing one.

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May 1, 2019

ASL teacher Julie Foster looks at her many choices of dessert before choosing one.

Chemistry teacher Suzanne Smith smiles as she gets her food.

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May 1, 2019

Chemistry teacher Suzanne Smith smiles as she gets her food.

Tori Fantasia ponders her dessert choice as she walks down the line.

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May 1, 2019

Tori Fantasia ponders her dessert choice as she walks down the line.

Karen Fansler-Ryan pours in the green beans while senior Audrey Knupp spreads them in the pan.

[Photo] Newsstreak hosts community service luncheon for teachers

April 21, 2019

Karen Fansler-Ryan pours in the green beans while senior Audrey Knupp spreads them in the pan.

Sergeant Major Russell Wilder instructs his class during one of the JROTC blocks. WIlder was named Teacher of the Year at Harrisonburg High School for the 2018-2019 school year.

[Photo] Wilder named Teacher of the Year, reflects on teaching journey

April 17, 2019

Sergeant Major Russell Wilder instructs his class during one of the JROTC blocks. WIlder was named Teacher of the Year at Harrisonburg High School for the 2018-2019 school year.

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April 17, 2019

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April 17, 2019

Katherine Ring makes coffee for customers at Black Sheep.

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April 17, 2019

Katherine Ring makes coffee for customers at Black Sheep.

Katherine Ring, an employee of Black Sheep, pours coffee for a customer.

Black Sheep Coffee offers wide variety of coffee, uses fresh ingredients

April 11, 2019

Fresh dripped coffee, handmade pastries and a warm setting is exactly what Chance Eversole pushed for when he decided to open a locally owned business in downtown Harrisonburg. Located in JMU’s Ice...

Katherine Ring, an employee of Black Sheep, pours coffee for a customer.

[Photo] Harrisonburg’s bakeries add variety to common sweet treats

April 11, 2019

Katherine Ring, an employee of Black Sheep, pours coffee for a customer.

Sophomore Diego Gallegos prepares for the pitch at third base.

[Photo] Varsity baseball falls to Fort Defiance 5-2

April 5, 2019

Sophomore Diego Gallegos prepares for the pitch at third base.

The HHS HOSA team takes on the 39th Virginia HOSA State Leadership Conference. This is the first time the Streaks have been represented at the conference.

HOSA team competes in state conference, advances to nationals

March 23, 2019

Harrisonburg High School’s first Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) team attended the 39th annual Virginia HOSA State Leadership conference. Students who represented HHS were Sheila Escalante-Lopez,...

Senior Valeri Krasheninnikov spends time in Israel with her family. Valeri Krasheninnikov was born in Israel and moved to the United States five years ago. She currently is fluent in Hebrew, Russian and English.

Krasheninnikov acquires multiple languages, learns more as hobby

March 5, 2019

Russian at home, English at school and Hebrew in public. One of the toughest things senior Valeri Krasheninnikov has ever done is equally keep up with those three languages. Krasheninnikov would say...

Juniors Iris Cessna, Sarah Deloney and two other students from Massanutten Regional Governors School create a model of their proposed idea for revamping the downtown library. The assigned project was to choose a a building and try to make it more environmentally friendly.

Deloney, Cessna propose green project for downtown library, plan to showcase model

March 1, 2019

The idea of having LED lights, cork flooring, double glazed windows and a green wall in the downtown library would make the building more environmentally friendly. Created by juniors Sarah Deloney,...

Sophomores Dorothy Yates and Chloe Nichols share much of their life through video on their YouTube channel.

Yates, Nichols capture memories beyond pictures through vlogging

February 27, 2019

It was at the beginning of gymnastics season when sophomores Dorothy Yates and Chloe Nichols decided they wanted to share the craziest moments of their lives with the world. Aiming for more than just...

Q&A with Ernie G

February 26, 2019

Q: Tell me a little about where you grew up and your life back then. A: “I grew up in Los Angeles to a single mother. My parents were never married, so I was raised by mother, by herself. Papa had...

Sophomore June Holm holds up one of her pieces. Holm is running a Manga Art Contest, open to all students.

Holm expands anime club, runs manga art contest

February 26, 2019

From details of what each character is wearing to what the lesson of the episode is, the anime club is watching anime series and analyzing every minute of them. Ran by current president sophomore June...

Sophomore June Holm holds up one of her pieces. Holm is running a Manga Art Contest, open to all students.

[Photo] Anime club grows under leadership of Holm

February 26, 2019

Sophomore June Holm holds up one of her pieces. Holm is running a Manga Art Contest, open to all students.

Senior Ivana-Mensah Agekum recites her poem during practice before an upcoming competition. Mensah-Agekum recently placed first in the Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition.

Mensah-Agekum places first in Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition

February 20, 2019

Senior Ivana Mensah-Agekum placed first in the annual Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition.  Poetry Out Loud performances and competitions allow students to learn more about poetry and work on...

Students in Newsstreak hold up balloons commemorating the First Amendment.

[Photo] Newsstreak staff kicks off Scholastic Journalism Week

February 19, 2019

Students in Newsstreak hold up balloons commemorating the First Amendment.

New cafeteria manager Julie Conley works behind the line during second breakfast. Conley has worked at other school cafeterias as an assistant or manager, giving her a head-start experience at management in the Streaks Cafe.

Conley becomes new cafeteria manager, utilizes past experiences

February 11, 2019

Once the clock strikes 10:59 a.m. on a regular day schedule, first lunch begins. From then until 1:00 p.m., three other lunches are served to a student body of 1900. With four lunches and two breakfast...

Senior Tommy Karageorge shows off his shoe collection.

[Photo] Karageorge collects, sells shoes

February 7, 2019

Senior Tommy Karageorge shows off his shoe collection.

This years winter graduation celebrated eight students. The annual ceremony took place at Skyline Middle School.

Eight students leave with diploma at winter graduation

February 5, 2019

The annual winter graduation took place Saturday, Feb. 2 at Skyline Middle School. Administration, superintendent Pat Lintner and teachers presented diplomas to eight students: Diangelo Estela Leonardo...

Twenty-six students from the BlueStreak Band represented HHS at the All-District Band event. Fourteen out of the 26 students are qualified to audition for the All-Virginia Band and Orchestra.

Streaks host All-District Band, fourteen qualify to audition for All-Virginia Band, Orchestra

February 4, 2019

The BlueStreak band hosted around 275 students Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2 for the All-District Band event. Twenty-six students from HHS were represented. Of the 26 students, 14 were are qualified...

Phengsitthy uses her water flosser everyday before brushing her teeth. In the following opinion, Phengsitthy recommends five reasons for why water flossers are worth the purchase.

Water flosser makes reasonable purchase

January 28, 2019

The simple task of brushing your teeth is done daily. This task not only keeps every single tooth clean and spotless, but also keeps the entirety of your mouth clean and refreshed. Although brushing your...

Senior Mikaela OFallon wins the ball during a game in her junior season. After tearing her ACL three times, OFallon was able to return to soccer each time and recently committed to continue her career at the University of Mary Washington.

O’Fallon fights through injuries, commits to Mary Washington soccer

January 27, 2019

There were only two options for senior Mikaela O’Fallon after tearing her ACL for the third time: give up or keep fighting. After lying on the hospital bed after each surgery, O’Fallon refused to give...

Senior Pana Muhamad breaks down boxes while working the floor at Walmart.

Muhamad holds job at Walmart outside of basketball commitments

January 26, 2019

From the moment he clocks in to the moment he clocks out, there’s never a dull moment during Pana Muhamad’s shift at Walmart. With the help of his family and friends, Muhamad landed his first job at...

Senior Pana Muhamad breaks down boxes while working the floor at Walmart.

[Photo] Muhamad brings energy to bench as assistant

January 26, 2019

Senior Pana Muhamad breaks down boxes while working the floor at Walmart.

Counselor Korey Lamb receives his grant during a college application session in the library. Harrisonburg Education Foundation awarded Lamb with a letter and balloon in congratulations.

[Photo] Lamb receives educational grant, funds Black Student Union

December 29, 2018

Counselor Korey Lamb receives his grant during a college application session in the library. Harrisonburg Education Foundation awarded Lamb with a letter and balloon in congratulations.

Junior Grace Miller celebrates Jewish traditions during the holiday season.

[Photo] Miller reflects on Jewish traditions, lifestyle

December 23, 2018

Junior Grace Miller celebrates Jewish traditions during the holiday season.

Students at HHS reported nude images on an anonymous Snapchat account, now under investigation by the police and administration. “You send an image and you now have no control on where it goes. The boyfriend becomes the ex-boyfriend, the friend becomes the ex-friend and then it trickles down, detective Greg Miller said.

Police, administration investigate anonymous child pornography Snapchat account

December 19, 2018

Once an image is published on an application, its web trail can never truly be erased. It wasn’t until recently that the recovery of images and applications was used in our school after students reported...

Junior Gia Yoder rehearses a piece in the choir room before auditioning for this years musical, Legally Blonde.

Legally Blonde rehearsals, preparation underway

December 8, 2018

After enrolling in Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend, sorority member Elle Woods learns what it’s like to be a lawyer and defend someone else’s rights. Representing the life of Elle Woods...

HHS Media staff visits Millennium Park, a spot in Chicago known for holding The Bean. Students spent a full tour day around the city before attending journalism sessions for the rest of the convention trip.

HHS Media staff attends national journalism convention in Chicago

December 8, 2018

Over 6,000 high school student journalists from around the country gathered together to learn. Taking place in Chicago, Illinois, the 2018 JEA/NSPA Fall Convention received a high attendance. The Newsstreak...

Senior Owen Marshall holds a lamp to sidelight Mbalas face for a picture.

[Photo] Mbala starts Business Built on Love to help DRC

November 14, 2018

Senior Owen Marshall holds a lamp to sidelight Mbala's face for a picture.

High school student journalists from around the state of Virginia attend Camila Domonoskes session 25 tools for multimedia. Domonoske is an alumni and past Editor-in-Chief of Newsstreak. Other journalism strand sessions were also held around the school, all opened to different publication types.

VHSL Media Championship serves high school journalists

October 22, 2018

Hosted and coordinated by Newsstreak adviser Valerie Kibler and VAJTA Executive Director Meghan Percival, the 2018 VHSL Media Championship served over 250 students from around the state Oct. 20 with their...

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