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Riley Thompson

Riley Thompson, Print Editor in Chief

Riley Thompson is a senior at Harrisonburg High School, the Print Editor in Chief and oversees advertising. This is her fourth year on staff and she is very excited to play a larger role with the newspaper this year. Riley is a varsity sideline cheerleader and is also a member of the Governor's STEM academy, National Honor Society and the Quill and Scroll Advisory Board. Riley spends most of her time outside of school with friends or her twin sister Kasey, working out, or with her dog, Indi. When Riley is not with her friends, she is in her bed watching Netflix or working at her job at Martins. After high school, Riley plans on attending UVA and majoring in psychology.

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Fleming poses with a monkey on her shoulders.

Fleming spends month in Bali, Indonesia, volunteering, sightseeing

September 30, 2022

“I met people who I'm going to be friends with for life. The fact that all of us were there, proved just in itself no matter what else we have in common, we have like-minded goals and like expectations...

Director Myron Blosser and Assistant Director Erich Sneller of the STEM Academy pose for a picture in the STEM office.

Sneller steps in Assistant STEM Director position, teams up with Blosser

September 30, 2022

“Dr. Richards says, ‘The world is my classroom.’ We want to live up to that,” Erich Sneller said.  Stepping into a larger leadership role in the Governor's STEM Academy has been the perfect...


Senior picture dates

July 13, 2022

SENIORS! It is time to sign up for your senior portrait! PORTRAIT DAYS are August 10, 11, 30 and 31. Sign up now by clicking here.

Seniors celebrate decision day by taking photos with their decided school.

Class of 2022 senior wills

May 20, 2022

B I, Brigid Banks, being of indecisive mind and smokin’ hot body, do hereby bequeath the following items: To my outdoor track and XC team I leave all of my extra socks because I we always forget them....

Junior Lena Rasool. She was blunt, funny [and] literally the sweetest person I have ever met in my life, Ibrahim said.

Remembering Lena Rasool

May 3, 2022

“She loved McDonald's. She loved hot fries. She loved ‘Love’ by Keyshia Cole, the song. She loved the color pink. She loved handbags. She loved perfume. She loved clothes. She really loved everything,”...

Seniors can use the link in bold on the left to fill out their senior will.

Class of 2022 senior wills

April 27, 2022

Senior wills are an annual tradition for each graduating class. Seniors can write wills dedicating memories and objects to their classmates, teachers and others. Seniors, click HERE to access your senior...

The HHS Media staff poses with the Online Pacemaker Finalist Award at the opening keynote speech by Hilde Lysiak. Freshman Macy Waid had the opportunity to experience her first conference. Hilde was a beautiful speaker. You can tell when someone is gifted at writing and it was so obvious with her. Seeing what she has done so far was inspiring. She is only one grade older than me and has met Malala. It just goes to prove that your age really doesnt matter and her keynote speech really got that point across, Waid said.

HHS Media staff attends convention, wins multiple awards

April 14, 2022

The HHS Media staff visited Los Angeles, California, April 6-10, for the JEA/NSPA spring high school journalism convention. Students had the opportunity to tour L.A., as well as go to journalism sessions...

A virtual image of the entrance to the new high school is displayed.

New high school naming form released

March 24, 2022

With the new high school opening in Jan. 2024, a form has been sent out for students, staff and community members to submit suggestions for the naming of the new high school. The online form is linked...

Sophomore Clare Kirwan and senior Kate Kirwan pose for a photo after their debate competition.

Debate wins at 5D regional tournament

March 22, 2022

Spring break had no stultifying effects on the HHS Debate Team in the 5D Regional Tournament Mar.20. After four prelim rounds, semis, and finals, the team had a first-place finisher/team for every event...

Blue Streak band program wins 10th Virginia Honor Band award

Blue Streak band program wins 10th Virginia Honor Band award

March 21, 2022

Wednesday, Mar. 9, the Harrisonburg High School Concert Band and Symphonic Band performed at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors District V Concert Band Assessment at Spotswood High...

Library secretary and playwrighter Bradley Walton holds auditions for the spring play, A Midsummers Nightmare in the courtyard.

Walton directs spring play, ‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’

March 7, 2022

Library Media Secretary and spring play director Bradley Walton has been directing and writing the spring plays at HHS for over 20 years. With a background in theater in high school, Walton has been able...

Sophomore Michael Bennett poses for a photo outside of his drivers education classroom.

Bennett strives for acting career despite physical disability

February 23, 2022

From finding a new way to do an everyday task to dreaming about his acting career, sophomore Michael Bennett is constantly overcoming new obstacles. At a very young age, Bennett had a series of open heart...

Moats finds passion through railroad photography

Moats finds passion through railroad photography

February 3, 2022

Freshman Isaiah Moats’ passion is chasing down trains to get the perfect shot. Moats has been refining his skills for over five years now and learns something new about photography either from his...

At the most recent meeting, HCPS superintendent Michael Richards talks with GSA members.

GSA Meetings form safe space for students

January 27, 2022

The Gay-Straight Alliance Club (GSA) had their first three meetings of the year over the past few months. Senior Mary El Vaughan, junior Shy Davis and sophomore Oliver Hoover-Mitchum attended the meetings...

Senior Maya Waid poses with her 1,000 assists volleyball during the second set.

Waid reaches goal of 1,000 assists

October 25, 2021

Senior Maya Waid has been playing volleyball since eighth grade. Since her sophomore year, she has been playing on the HHS Girls varsity volleyball team. Waid set a goal her freshman year that she...

Varsity competition cheerleading team poses after first competition, where they won first place.

Varsity and JV competition cheerleading teams place first

October 1, 2021

The varsity and JV cheerleading teams competed at Fluvanna, Sept. 25. Members of the varsity team, juniors Maya Sarco, Mary Hermes and freshman Star Lecue were excited to be back on the mat competing....

Official announcement sent to students emails about the schedule change.

HCPS schools shorten school day beginning Oct. 4

September 27, 2021

“Beginning Oct. 4, [the school day is] going to [be] shortened by an hour. That hour is [going to be taken] off of the afternoon. The school day is going to end at 1:40 p.m. [instead of 2:35 p.m.],”...

Junior Juju Butler poses outside the school for a HOSA food bank event.

Butler participates in HOSA food bank

June 7, 2021

From March 29 to April 2, HHS Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) held a COVID-19 safe food drive in honor of Hunger Awareness in partnership with Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. HOSA secretary junior...

Sophomore Toby Corriston golfs at the state competition.

Corriston advances to states for golfing

June 7, 2021

Sophomore Toby Corriston had the opportunity to advance to states for golfing this year. This was a big deal for Corriston, as he is still a sophomore and this is his first year playing golf for the school.  “It...

The HHS Competition Cheer team posing together after their competition on March 17, 2021.

Cheer finishes first competition of the year, prepare for future ones with time to grow

April 2, 2021

On Wednesday, March 17, the JV and varsity competition cheerleading teams participated in their first competition of the year. Varsity placed fifth and JV was not allowed to place, but they did compete....

Shaver takes a picture at the gym to see her progress and feel more confident. Ive been trying to focus less on observing physical progress in my body and more on if I can lift heavier weight as the weeks progress and if I  feel stronger and more energized in my everyday life. It is so easy to get caught up in trying to see a physical transformation, which can create a toxic relationship to fitness. I take these pictures to feel confident in how hard Ive worked, Shaver said.

Shaver starts going to the gym, staying healthy

March 16, 2021

Staying healthy, physically and mentally, alongside eating well are all very important to senior Sydney Shaver. Being stuck at home due to COVID-19, Shaver has found a new love for working out and taking...

Like many other stores downtown, Shenandoah Bicycle Company has signs out front letting customers know they have to wear a mask in the store.

Downtown business owners reflect on impact of COVID-19

March 12, 2021

Manager, Kevin Rogers discusses increase in sales at SBC over the pandemic  Manager Kevin Rogers of Shenandoah Bicycle Company (SBC) located downtown reflects on how business has changed over the...

Yoder made these raspberry macarons in October. To win a free cake from Yoder, one can refer seniors to college adviser Anna Du. Whoever refers the most seniors by the end of February wins a free cake.

Du, Yoder partner for February senior class challenge

February 23, 2021

There’s a new challenge for students working on the college process or for students who just want to win a cake. College adviser Anna Du and junior Sophia Yoder are collaborating to recruit students...

The breaststroke lap of the 200 individual medley.

Mia Constantin

January 19, 2021

After swimming on the local club team, The Virginia Gators, for a majority of her life, senior Mia Constantin decided to continue her swimming career in high school.  “I [have] been swimming since...

Gotay is required to wear protective equipment like a mask and gloves while working with the residents at Bridgewater Retirement Community.

Gotay continues working, emphasizes staying home

May 11, 2020

Junior Nissi Gotay works at Bridgewater Retirement home as a Certified Nurse Assistant, and despite the coronavirus pandemic, she is still regularly working. Working now is much different than working...

Sophomores Clara Miller and Genesis Martinez smile as they perform.

Cheerleading and gymnastics are among Miller’s favorite after school activities

April 16, 2020

Sophomore Clara Miller does a sport every season, but her overall favorite is cheerleading.  “Cheer [is my favorite after school activity] because I love the sport and the people involved in...

Fulton-Wrights new room has paintings and printed pictures throughout.

Fulton-Wright uses school closing as time to redecorate room

April 5, 2020

For freshman Lena Fulton-Wright, school being cancelled has given her time to completely redecorate and rearrange her room. “[I was inspired to change my room around because] I was bored and I thought...

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