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HHS Media

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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Sophomores Clare Kirwan, Soraya Kaussler, Lucy Ludwig, freshman Shirin Kaussler and senior Emma Swartz work the lunch table to inform students of the events happening in Iran.

WiSTEM leaders Kaussler, Kirwan, Ludwig organize week of Women, Life, Freedom

January 12, 2023

“Because this is a women's rights movement, it only feels fitting for women to stand up and support each other.” The WiSTEM chapter held a week of ‘Women. Life. Freedom.’ Dec. 5-9 to spread...

Sophomore Isabella Baker runs down the tunnel of football players and cheerleaders to play in the tournament. Unified basketball played against Turner Ashby, Spotswood and East Rockingham high schools Oct. 20.

Unified basketball closes divide between special education program, basketball team

November 11, 2022

It's that time of year again when the basketball court represents unity. HHS has had a unified basketball team for about five years now. Special education teachers Allie Wells and Haylee Watson are the...

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...

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