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Samantha Little

Samantha Little , Editor-in-Chief

Samantha Little is a senior at HHS who is in her fourth year on staff and one of the eight Editors-in-Chief. She is also co-drum captain on the drumline, where she plays snare drum during Friday night football games and marching band competitions. She spends her winters in the pool swimming for the high school team, and then shifts into track and field for the spring season. Much of her happiness stems from spending quality time with friends and family, swimming (which has been the case for 13 years now), and listening to Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton. In the future, she hopes to zipline in the Amazon Rainforest, hang glide in Rio de Janeiro and skydive in Hawaii. She also hopes to see and explore the rest of the world while actually on land.  

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English teacher Sara Gingras takes a selfie with her husband Dan and two sons, Sam and Christopher. Gingras' husband, Dan, passed away in 2018 due to vasculitis, an autoimmune disease that involves the inflammation of the body's blood vessels.

Gingras loses husband to vasculitis, finds recovery

March 21, 2019

“He was gentle and quiet. He always said that he wanted to do public service of some type. He saw that as giving back to his community and just protecting everybody… He was heartbroken when he had...

Freshman Maddie McCay finished a lap during a school swim practice. Outside of swimming for the Streaks, McCay also participates in Westover Waves and the Virginia Gators.

McCay finds success in freshman swim season, breaks school records

February 25, 2019

Completely surrounded by water and isolated from the cheers and whistles of the surrounding swim meet, freshman Maddie McCay dives into the water to begin her race after the starting buzzer. Until she...

Seniors Christa Cole, Andi Fox and Samantha Little receive the team's trophy for placing first in the District meet. In the 19 years of the HHS swim team's existence, this is the first time they placed first in the Valley District Championship.

[Video] Swim team places first in Valley District Championship

January 31, 2019

For the first time in 19 years the girls swim team has won the Valley District championships. Although HHS was already pre-qualified for regionals, because every team in our district is in the 3A division,...

Freshman Maddie McCay finishes her 50 freestyle, she placed 2nd in this event.

Eight swimmers earn honors at annual Black and Blue invitational

January 29, 2019

The Swim and Dive team travelled to the Jim Barnett Park in Winchester to compete in the annual Black and Blue Invitational. The men's team placed third, and the women's team placed first overall....

Junior Luna Fulgueiro-Fuchs swims the first length of the 100 breaststroke event.

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January 21, 2019

Junior Luna Fulgueiro-Fuchs swims the first length of the 100 breaststroke event.

Senior William Daniel does his final turn going into the last length of the 100 butterfly.

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January 21, 2019

Senior William Daniel does his final turn going into the last length of the 100 butterfly.

Junior Lily Gusler does her turn going into the second length of her 200 Individual Medley race.

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January 21, 2019

Junior Lily Gusler does her turn going into the second length of her 200 Individual Medley race.

Junior Ritt Culbreth places a lap counter in the pool for senior James Henderson during the 500 yard freestyle event, which consists of 20 lengths.

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January 21, 2019

Junior Ritt Culbreth places a lap counter in the pool for senior James Henderson during the 500 yard freestyle event, which consists of 20 lengths.

Sophomore Emma Lankford does her turn going into the second lap of her 100 breaststroke.

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January 21, 2019

Sophomore Emma Lankford does her turn going into the second lap of her 100 breaststroke.

JMU's Alpha Theta Alpha chapter's step team visits and performs at the talent show.

Black Student Union displays school’s flair in annual talent show

December 7, 2018

With acts ranging from dance routines to original song and poem compositions, the third annual Black Student Union (BSU) talent show took to the stage Dec. 6 to showcase the wide array of talent found...

Week 12 Power Rankings: Top three continue to win and playoff race shapens

Week 12 Power Rankings: Top three continue to win and playoff race shapens

November 30, 2018

The postseason is approaching fast. No byes remain, and in a year of many ups and downs, there isn't a single team that is mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. Five weeks remain, and there...

[Video] Swim team competes against Turner Ashby, places first

November 30, 2018

Thursday’s dual swim meet against Turner Ashby marked HHS’ first victory of the season. Held at Bridgewater College, the HHS girls team amassed over double the points that TA scored, tallying 115...

Week 10 Power Rankings: Top teams keep winning as reigning champs continue to slide

Week 10 Power Rankings: Top teams keep winning as reigning champs continue to slide

November 16, 2018

Ten weeks into the regular season, the playoff picture is beginning to take shape. The Patriots, Rams and Steelers are unsurprising leaders of their respective divisions, but other shocking contenders...

Week 9 Power Rankings: Saints knock Rams off throne

Week 9 Power Rankings: Saints knock Rams off throne

November 9, 2018

At the halfway point of the season, the NFL has given us it's share of surprises, the latest being the league's lone undefeated team, the Rams, falling last week to New Orleans, who takes over as the unanimous...

Week 7 Power Rankings: Real contenders separating from hot starters

Week 7 Power Rankings: Real contenders separating from hot starters

October 26, 2018

Nearing the halfway point of the season, the pretenders and contenders are beginning to separate themselves. Only the Rams (7-0) remain undefeated, and the Saints and Chiefs are the only other one loss...

Members of the Marching Blue Streak band take part in a rehearsal before performing in the Parade of Champions  competition at James Madison University.

[Photo] Marching band earns third place trophy at Parade of Champions, makes history

October 23, 2018

Members of the Marching Blue Streak band take part in a rehearsal before performing in the Parade of Champions competition at James Madison University.

Week 6 Power Rankings: Rams separate from pack as only undefeated team

Week 6 Power Rankings: Rams separate from pack as only undefeated team

October 19, 2018

And then there was one.  With Kansas City's loss to New England this week, the Rams (6-0), are now the only undefeated team in the league. Los Angeles has shown utter domination of the league thus...

Week 5 Power Rankings: Rams hold steady at top as other teams plunge

Week 5 Power Rankings: Rams hold steady at top as other teams plunge

October 11, 2018

The NFL has been packed with plenty of inconsistencies this season, but within all of the wildness, the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs have separated themselves from the pack. The only 5-0 teams...

Week 4 Power Rankings: Last season's contenders continue to struggle as Bears, Titans pick up huge wins

Week 4 Power Rankings: Last season’s contenders continue to struggle as Bears, Titans pick up huge wins

October 4, 2018

With the first quarter of the NFL season out of the way, it’s safe to say that this year is shaping up to be an interesting one. Only two undefeated teams remain, and just one team is currently winless....

Week 3 Power Rankings: Rankings shaken up as upsets run rampant

Week 3 Power Rankings: Rankings shaken up as upsets run rampant

September 27, 2018

Weeks 1 and 2 brought some excitement in the form of upsets and games going down to the wire, but neither came close to the shock of Week 3’s slate. Buffalo’s win over Minnesota was the largest NFL...

The drumline warms up with the band before performing the stand-still show at Stuarts Draft High School.

Marching band performs in two competitions, receives Grand Champion award

September 25, 2018

Marking the start of their weekly competitive season, the Marching Blue Streak Band attended their first two competitions on Sep. 22. Held at Stuarts Draft High School, the first competition, which...

Students in the Honors Government Field Experience class observe the process of making a traffic sign while on their field trip to Public Works.

Field Experience Government class visits Public Works Department

September 20, 2018

Though most high school classes don’t incorporate student field trips into their schedule, this isn’t the case for Government Honors Field Experience, which was first added to the course list four...

Week 2 Power Rankings: Trio of teams shake up rankings with 2-0 starts as Steelers slide

Week 2 Power Rankings: Trio of teams shake up rankings with 2-0 starts as Steelers slide

September 19, 2018

If you liked the twists and turns of the NFL's first week, the second week didn't disappoint either. All three Florida teams are currently 2-0 while both Pennsylvania teams have underwhelmed thus far....

Week 1 Power Rankings: Ravens, Jets soar; Bills, Titans sink quickly

Week 1 Power Rankings: Ravens, Jets soar; Bills, Titans sink quickly

September 12, 2018

The first week of the NFL season is complete. Some results were expected, whereas some were not. Our five panelists have learned a little bit about each team, and have updated their rankings. TRENDING...

NFL Power Rankings: Preseason Edition

NFL Power Rankings: Preseason Edition

August 31, 2018

With the 2018 NFL season just a week away, it’s becoming time to figure out where each team stands coming into the season. Here, five Newsstreak writers share their preseason power rankings, from best...

Junior Spencer Spears and seniors Precious Carper and Irene Liu work with each other to stay balanced as they learn the basics of the ropes course.

Band leadership team attends JMU ropes course

August 3, 2018

As part of an annual event to kick off the start of the marching band season, the members of its leadership team took to the James Madison University TEAM Challenge Course on Aug. 1 for a day of teambuilding...

Band director Daniel Upton rides the zipline to conclude the course.

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August 3, 2018

Band director Daniel Upton rides the zipline to conclude the course.

Obenschain jumps across the gap between two wooden steps on the ropes course.

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August 3, 2018

Obenschain jumps across the gap between two wooden steps on the ropes course.

Junior Jack Hotchkiss rides the zipline as the final part of the ropes course.

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August 3, 2018

Junior Jack Hotchkiss rides the zipline as the final part of the ropes course.

Junior Spencer Spears, senior Ronal Gomez and junior Jack Hotchkiss pull themselves across a section of the ropes course.

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August 3, 2018

Junior Spencer Spears, senior Ronal Gomez and junior Jack Hotchkiss pull themselves across a section of the ropes course.

Two separate groups of participants cross the wires of the ropes course on different levels.

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August 3, 2018

Two separate groups of participants cross the wires of the ropes course on different levels.

Senior Kaeden Click (left) and junior Ritt Culbreth (right) react as band director Daniel Upton loses his balance.

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August 3, 2018

Senior Kaeden Click (left) and junior Ritt Culbreth (right) react as band director Daniel Upton loses his balance.

Junior Wendy Santiago and senior Emily Chirinos use band director Daniel Upton as support as they cross over the wires.

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August 3, 2018

Junior Wendy Santiago and senior Emily Chirinos use band director Daniel Upton as support as they cross over the wires.

Juniors Ruby North-Sandel and Leif McCoy climb the cargo net in order to begin the ropes course.

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August 3, 2018

Juniors Ruby North-Sandel and Leif McCoy climb the cargo net in order to begin the ropes course.

Senior Emily Chirinos, band directior Daniel Upton and juniors Ruby North-Sandel and Wendy Santiago practice doing safety checks with each other before going on the ropes course.

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August 3, 2018

Senior Emily Chirinos, band directior Daniel Upton and juniors Ruby North-Sandel and Wendy Santiago practice doing safety checks with each other before going on the ropes course.

Junior Claudia Obenschain reaches for a toy chicken as part of a critical thinking group challenge.

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August 3, 2018

Junior Claudia Obenschain reaches for a toy chicken as part of a critical thinking group challenge.

Junior Carly Corso assists senior Andrew Ely as he crosses over Carper as part of a teambuilding activity.

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August 3, 2018

Junior Carly Corso assists senior Andrew Ely as he crosses over Carper as part of a teambuilding activity.

The group of participants attempts to keep balance on an uneven plane.

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August 3, 2018

The group of participants attempts to keep balance on an uneven plane.

Ely and band director Daniel Upton toss wooden rods to each other as part of a communication activity.

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August 3, 2018

Ely and band director Daniel Upton toss wooden rods to each other as part of a communication activity.

College coach and HHS graduate Hannah Daniel leads the swimmers in doing pushups during practice.

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August 3, 2018

College coach and HHS graduate Hannah Daniel leads the swimmers in doing pushups during practice.

Freshman Eva Velker glides in to her turn during  a workout at the Westover Waves swim practice.

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August 3, 2018

Freshman Eva Velker glides in to her turn during a workout at the Westover Waves swim practice.

HHS JV swimmer Desirae Sandridge finishes at the wall after completing the set during practice.

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August 3, 2018

HHS JV swimmer Desirae Sandridge finishes at the wall after completing the set during practice.

Westover Waves head coach Chad Gusler explains the workout to the swimmers at practice.

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August 3, 2018

Westover Waves head coach Chad Gusler explains the workout to the swimmers at practice.

Junior Kyle Brown, freshman Eva Velker, sophomore Carly Corso (left to right) and junior Nathan McIntire (back) pay attention to head coach Chad Gusler as he explains the workout.

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August 3, 2018

Junior Kyle Brown, freshman Eva Velker, sophomore Carly Corso (left to right) and junior Nathan McIntire (back) pay attention to head coach Chad Gusler as he explains the workout.

Freshman Jakob Lambert swims to the wall during a breathing exercise in the workout.

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August 3, 2018

Freshman Jakob Lambert swims to the wall during a breathing exercise in the workout.

Junior Kyle Brown pushes off the wall during his freestyle set at the Westover Waves swim practice.

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August 3, 2018

Junior Kyle Brown pushes off the wall during his freestyle set at the Westover Waves swim practice.

Class of 2017 graduate Casey Wilson instructs the swimmers during their workout. Wilson will serve as a college coach this season.

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August 3, 2018

Class of 2017 graduate Casey Wilson instructs the swimmers during their workout. Wilson will serve as a college coach this season.

Head coach Chad Gusler demonstrates incorrect technique during the Westover Waves swim practice.

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August 3, 2018

Head coach Chad Gusler demonstrates incorrect technique during the Westover Waves swim practice.

[Video] Band holds annual spring concert, celebrates seniors

June 2, 2018

Gathering in the auditorium for one last time this year, the string ensemble, concert band, symphonic band and United Sound band took part in the annual spring band concert to bring the year to a close...

Sophomore Grace Miller reads a monologue at auditions for the Spring Arts senior-directed plays.

Auditions held for Spring Arts senior plays

April 2, 2018

Each year, seniors in the fine arts department join together to organize and put on the annual Spring Arts performance, which consists of acting, singing and dancing acts. Not only do these seniors have...

English teacher Jill Hagmaier's

Art department features teacher artwork in honor of Youth Art Month

April 2, 2018

In celebration of  Youth Art Month, the art department featured the artwork of various faculty and staff in the library showcase. It will be held there for the entirety of March. 

Domonoske (front left) poses in front of a statue on a Newsstreak trip.

Domonoske provides immigrant outreach

March 20, 2018

With a major in global studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Alison Domonoske spent the summer after her 2015 graduation abroad in Ramallah in the West Bank. Wanting to travel and...

Lawn Mower man, an app developed by Warner, has a 4.9-star rating

Junior takes on app design

January 26, 2018

Looking through the app store, one might come across two apps called Quarticolor and Lawn Mower Man. Though the developer is named as Jeff Warner, the one behind it all is junior Jonathan Warner. The...

HHS swim takes on their first home meet of the season

December 21, 2017

Dec. 16 was the swim team’s first home meet this season at Westover pool, hosting Turner Ashby High School, Broadway High School, Monticello High School and Sherando High School. Comparing the team scores...

Upton, Cole collaborate on fall concert

October 6, 2017

“Old, slow and new” was the theme for the fall Symphonic Band concert held on Oct. 5. To follow that theme, band director Daniel Upton chose three pieces of music that reflected each part of it: Frank...

Junior Lizet Muniz and Senior Cecily Lawton, dressed as Moana and Rey (from Star Wars the Force Awakens), greet the kids walking into the concert

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March 23, 2017

Junior Lizet Muniz and Senior Cecily Lawton, dressed as Moana and Rey (from Star Wars the Force Awakens), greet the kids walking into the concert

Minimum wage is not enough

March 21, 2017

The federal government first set a minimum wage in 1938 under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Originally set at 25 cents per hour, it was introduced to reduce poverty and ensure that economic growth was...

Spring play begins again

March 21, 2017

This year’s Spring play, written and directed by librarian Bradley Walton, has begun its season and taken it to the stage in rehearsal. The original hourlong family-friendly production is entitled “The...

Blue Streak Band wins Virginia Honor Band title for the sixth time

March 21, 2017

On Friday Mar. 10 the Concert and Symphonic bands travelled to Broadway High School to take part in the VMEA District V performance assessment. By the end of the day, the Concert band received a rating...

Senior Megan Labarge works on the set for the play

[Photo] Musical cast list, performance dates, Dec. recap

January 19, 2017

Senior Megan Labarge works on the set for the play

Learn from The Grinch this holiday season

December 17, 2016

Watching the classic holiday cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on the last day before break really opened my eyes to the deeper meaning of the entire story. The Grinch, despising the spirit...

All District Band audition results

December 7, 2016

On Saturday, Dec. 3, various members from our band gathered at Turner Ashby High School for All-District Band auditions. The audition consisted of a prepared piece, a sight reading piece and the presentation...

Fear Forest makes a bigger scare in 2016

October 25, 2016

The cool, drizzly evening of Oct. 21, five of my friends and I braced ourselves to face the four-tenths mile long haunted woods trail of Fear Forest. Having gone and being pleased with it last year, we...

Savides leaps from the start

Savides makes strong return after off-year

October 20, 2016

Sophomore Elisavet Savides first hopped into the Westover Pool during a swim assessment when she was 10 years old, not even knowing how to do the doggy paddle. Four years later she found herself in one...

Marching band jams as Harrisonburg leads Broadway.

Band performs twice in one day

October 20, 2016

On Oct. 15, the band travelled to the Bridgeforth Stadium at James Madison University to accompany the football team on their game against the Broadway Gobblers. The band welcomed the players onto the...

Senior Marjorie Bonga pays for her cap and gown during her lunch on Friday.

Students experience mixed feelings on graduation

May 2, 2016

With seven weeks left in the school year and graduation in sight, the time for all seniors to complete their time here at HHS has come. On April 22 representatives from Jostens set up in the Gym Commons...

Students work hard at their computers during class.

[Photo] Opinion: Absurd online class requirement

April 18, 2016

Students work hard at their computers during class.

Freshman Alissa Burnette gives the upcoming 9th graders a tour of the building.

Skyline eighth graders visit for early orientation

March 24, 2016

On Monday, March 21 the 165 eighth graders from Skyline Middle School, accompanied by their various teachers and counselors, took a trip across town to begin their transition into high school. Their visit...

Band performs pre-assessment concert

March 2, 2016

On Monday, Feb. 29, both the concert and symphonic bands played in their yearly pre-assessment concert. After many practices after school, both bands performed the few pieces they’ve been learning for...

Junior Andrew Rath places 5th in the 100m backstroke event advancing to Regionals.

Jan. 29 swim meet ends in 10 advances for team

February 1, 2016

On Friday, Jan. 29, the swim team travelled to the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility to compete in the Conference 21 West swim meet. It was the first of the three championship meets of the season,...

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Opinion: Colorado shooting prompts disturbing tweets

December 2, 2015

On Friday, Nov. 27, the day after most Americans gave thanks for their life, family and friends, a man walked into  a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado and began shooting. The suspected...

A screenshot of choir director Bethany Houff's website, showcasing the musical audition information.

Second day of “Aida” auditions completed

November 18, 2015

There are three days to audition for this year’s musical, “Aida”. Of the three consecutive choices, 34 actors and actresses decided on Nov. 17 as their audition date.  For freshman Katie Botticelli,...

The infamous drink.

Opinion: Pumpkin Spice Latte is underwhelming but still tasty

October 5, 2015

When I finally started getting the fall feels on Oct. 1, I couldn’t help but come across @therealpsl on Instagram which is “The official Instagram for fall’s official beverage” according to the...

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