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Rachel Phengsitthy

Rachel Phengsitthy, Social Media Managing Editor

Rachel Phengsitthy is a junior at Harrisonburg High School and is the Social Media Managing Editor. This is her third year being a page editor and her first year being a managing editor. Rachel enjoys working at Horizons Edge Sports Campus and playing volleyball. In her free time, she likes to sleep, hang out with friends and family and travel. Her favorite season is fall and she loves doing fall activities with her friends like going to the pumpkin patch and the apple orchard. Rachel has a bad obsession with Chick-fil-A and going to Target. In the future, Rachel hopes to attend UNC and become an orthodontist along with owning her own practice.

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Both underclassmen and returning athletes stunt during the last day of competition cheer tryouts.

Competition cheer adjusts season around recent executive order

February 22, 2021

Governor Northam signed Executive Order 72 which stated that those who are not participating directly in a fall sport will not be allowed to spectate. This includes sideline cheer and marching band. Although...

Senior Conor Wells competes in the 55 meter dash at Liberty University in 2018.

Conor Wells

January 19, 2021

Q: Describe your favorite memory/moment in the sport. A: "I think my favorite memory so far was seeing David run his way to nationals, but also, watching him and the 4x8 [relay] team last year was electric." Q:...

Acosta-Iscoa begins a relay during the 2020 season.

Ashley Acosta-Iscoa

January 19, 2021

In spite of winter sports getting cancelled, Senior Ashley Iscoa is still dreaming of her senior night, walking down with a parent and her poster. Although she grew up playing soccer and volleyball, Iscoa...

Due to the explosion, all buildings apart of the strip mall on Miller Circle were burned down. One of the businesses that was burned down was Naza Salon & Barber Shop.

Harrisonburg businesses start recovery from gas leak explosion

October 30, 2020

October 17, 2020 at approximately 8:30 a.m., an explosion caused by a natural gas leak occurred on Miller Circle in Harrisonburg VA, leaving five people injured in addition to damage to a strip mall. The...

One of Rath's favorite vegan recipe, chickpea curry stew with kale.

Rath experiences vegan lifestyle during quarantine

May 9, 2020

During this quarantine, Keister Elementary School kindergarten teacher Nicole Rath plans on making her family’s favorite recipes with her family after recently changing her lifestyle to vegan.  “Personally,...

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 importance of social distancing

March 27, 2020

Who would have ever guessed that the world would be dealing with a pandemic only three months into 2020? The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is spreading quickly throughout the world. Countries...

Basketball coach Don Burgess gives his players a pep talk during the Jan. 9 game against Rockbridge.

Burgess brings basketball experience to coaching philosophy

January 26, 2020

 Economics and personal finance teacher as well as current varsity boys basketball coach Don Burgess played basketball during his time at Harrisonburg High School and received a scholarship to play...

2019 alumna Mikaela O'Fallon dribbles down the field during a game against York College of Pennsylvania Oct. 12.  O'Fallon now plays soccer for the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.

O’Fallon settles into collegiate soccer

January 18, 2020

Playing Division lll soccer at the University of Mary Washington, 2019 alumna Mikaela O’Fallon reflects on her first year playing at the college level. Being Division lll gives O’Fallon more freedom...

Eighth grader Kayden Hottle-Madden passes the ball to freshman Joel Alvarado.

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January 17, 2020

Eighth grader Kayden Hottle-Madden passes the ball to freshman Joel Alvarado.

Eighth grader Kayden Hottle-Madden shoots a free throw.

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January 17, 2020

Eighth grader Kayden Hottle-Madden shoots a free throw.

Freshman Jadon Burgess shoot a free throw.

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January 17, 2020

Freshman Jadon Burgess shoot a free throw.

Sophomore Evan Bert drives the ball into the lane for a layup.

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January 17, 2020

Sophomore Evan Bert drives the ball into the lane for a layup.

Sophomore Dylan Burnette takes the ball down the court.

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January 17, 2020

Sophomore Dylan Burnette takes the ball down the court.

Freshman Donte Harvey shoots a free throw.

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January 17, 2020

Freshman Donte Harvey shoots a free throw.

Students in the Unified marching band play during halftime.

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January 17, 2020

Students in the Unified marching band play during halftime.

After a loss against the Gobblers, the JV boys shake hands.

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January 17, 2020

After a loss against the Gobblers, the JV boys shake hands.

Sophomore Julia Mehegan makes a Peppa Pig sticker with her Xyron Create A Sticker machine.

Mehegan creates and sells stickers to showcase art

September 25, 2019

TikTok has inspired lots of teens to try new things, such as dances and food, but for sophomore Julia Mehegan, it inspired her to make stickers with a Xyron Create A Sticker Machine. Mehegan started making...

Sophomore Juju Butler and senior Atilia Thomas go up to block during the Streaks' loss against Stuarts Draft on Tuesday.

[Photo] Varsity volleyball team falls to Stuarts Draft

August 28, 2019

Sophomore Juju Butler and senior Atilia Thomas go up to block during the Streaks' loss against Stuarts Draft on Tuesday.

Sophomore Omid Akbari visits the Caspian sea in Azerbaijan. Akbari learned Farsi back in Azerbaijan and later became fluent in two other languages.

Akbari fluently speaks Farsi, Russian, along with English

March 24, 2019

Coming to the United States when he was six years old with the knowledge of only knowing Russian and Farsi, sophomore Omid Akbari found that to be a challenge. Back in Akbari’s country, Azerbaijan, Akbari...

STEM Chemistry teacher Erich Sneller (left) runs through lines for Legally Blonde with Assistant Principal Mike Eye. This year's musical features several teachers.

Sneller enjoys role in Legally Blonde

February 17, 2019

With elementary and middle school theater experience, science teacher Erich Sneller will be making his first debut in the upcoming musical, “Legally Blonde”. Sneller has always been a theatrical person...

Junior Tre Butler and sophomore Karolain Paz interactions are often light-hearted. “I like the fact that he’s goofy sometimes and not serious all the time. Sometimes you need someone like that in your life. Whenever I’m down, he helps me out… like his goofiness helps me out,” Paz said.

Valentines Day special: Butler and Paz enjoy dynamic relationship

February 14, 2019

Sophomore Karolain Paz never thought she’d be dating junior Tre Butler. They’ve seen each other a bunch of times in the halls, until Butler started texting her. Butler and Paz have been dating for...

Coach Don Burgess helps seniors Taz Lockhart and Jakari Deaza up as they enter the game.

Burgess reflects on end of season

February 11, 2019

The boys basketball team’s season has come to an end, leaving their record 13-7. It always come to a bittersweet moment when the season ends until playoffs come. This year’s boys basketball team included...

Sophomore Angelina Malashiy gives out stickers to students who came to the JROTC booth.

[Photo] Annual electives fair draws crowd

February 1, 2019

Sophomore Angelina Malashiy gives out stickers to students who came to the JROTC booth.

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