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Sophie Sallah

Sophie Sallah, Copy Editor in Chief

Sophie Sallah is a senior at Harrisonburg High School and the Copy Editor in Chief for the Newsstreak. This is her fourth year on staff. Sophie plays varsity volleyball and soccer for HHS and is also part of the STEM Academy and multiple honor societies. In her free time, Sophie enjoys spending time with friends, family, Ryan and her dog, Petey. She loves to be active and outdoors, especially while hiking, running and mountain biking. Over quarantine, Sophie started running more and has since done multiple half marathons, so her next goal is a full marathon. Next year, Sophie will be attending college at a university yet to be determined where she is hoping to study real estate or finance. Sophie is very forgetful, but she can remember that she loves oversized t-shirts, stickers, milk alternatives, traveling, conspiracy theories, avocados and Post Malone.

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This is a drawing of Thomas Edison's first phonograph. The design of the phonograph has since changed.

Rooker purchases, begins restoring antique phonograph

January 5, 2021

Junior Sam Rooker has a variety of scholastic interests outside of his normal schedule, one of which is history. Combining his love of history with science and technology, Rooker became interested in the...

Junior Dara Martin (left) poses for a picture at the beach with friend Anna Tieszen. “[My summer] was still good [in spite of the pandemic]. We were able to go on a couple vacations safely, so it didn’t feel different for the most part,” Martin said.

Martin looks to pursue dog training

September 21, 2020

Junior Dara Martin, like many others stuck in quarantine, has gotten more involved in hobbies she previously didn’t have as much time to devote.  “I enjoy playing the three instruments I know:...

Ben & Jerrys is one of the  top non-dairy ice creams.

[Photo] Top dairy-free ice cream brands

April 8, 2020

Ben & Jerrys is one of the top non-dairy ice creams.

Last year, junior Oliver Koogler changed his first name to Oliver. “I hated it because it was really close to my dead name and it just didn’t sound good. It made me kind of upset. I changed it [to Oliver] and I’ve gotten a lot of feedback [that] it fits better; it’s more [me]. I don’t really care about feedback, as long as it’s what makes me feel better,” Koogler said.

Koogler receives support following name change

January 29, 2020

For junior Oliver Koogler, name struggles haven’t been about mispronunciation or misspelling; it’s been about the wrong name. Koogler was not born Oliver but now identifies as male and goes by his...

Richards proposes phased approach to building of new school

Richards proposes phased approach to building of new school

December 17, 2019

Harrisonburg City Public Schools’s newest high school is slated to open in the fall of 2022, but it is now a possibility that the entire school will not be built by then. Superintendent Michael G. Richards...

Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and on-air political analyst for both TODAY and Nightly News with Lester Holt, speaks during the keynote address at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention.

HHS Media staff attends JEA/NSPA journalism convention

December 6, 2019

In the early morning hours of Nov. 21, 34 journalism students, associate principal Lisa Warren and broadcasting teacher Emilee Hussack departed for the annual JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism...

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is on Netflix.

‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ falls short of expectations

December 2, 2019

Donning an orange prison jumpsuit and sitting behind a thick glass wall, Zac Efron opens "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" with a visitor in a recognizable jail cell, immediately proving himself...

Freshman Kai Blosser (left) and Phengsitthy wait for the ball to come back over the net. The Streaks won the game in two sets.

[Photo] JV volleyball celebrates teacher appreciation night

October 23, 2019

Freshman Kai Blosser (left) and Phengsitthy wait for the ball to come back over the net. The Streaks won the game in two sets.

Varsity volleyball takes seventh straight loss at Rockbridge

October 5, 2019

Thursday, Oct. 3, the varsity volleyball team traveled to Lexington, Va. to face the Rockbridge County Wildcats for the first time this season. Making quick work of the Streaks, Rockbridge took the game...

Senior Isaac North-Sandel performs during halftime on Sep. 20. This marked marching band's second performance of the year and the first with new uniforms and props.

Marching band debuts new show, fresh look

September 23, 2019

With the intensely bright lights of the football field shining down on them, the record 160 members of the Friday Night Band took the field during halftime for the first home performance of their 2019...

(From left) junior Helen Rivera Rivas, sophomore Marelyn Rivera Rivas and seniors Nayelis Pluma-Ferrer and Estefani Rivas-Sierra unpack food items to put in care packages for area first responders. This project was HOSA’s first of the year in honor of 9/11.

HOSA enters second year, anticipates growth

September 17, 2019

With the second year of Future Health Professionals (HOSA) underway, STEM healthcare teacher and HOSA adviser Jennifer Glazer wanted to hit the ground running. So, she set some goals and got started with...

Girls varsity soccer picks up seventh straight win

May 10, 2019

The girls varsity soccer team picked up its seventh straight win on Wednesday night with a 4-0 road win over Waynesboro. The Streaks had two goals from senior Mikaela O’Fallon and one apiece from freshman...

Streaks beat Rockbridge after failed PK in final minute

April 17, 2019

Two things were motivating the girls varsity soccer team to beat Rockbridge Wednesday night in Lexington. Number one: losing to the Wildcats in penalty kicks last season on their home turf, and number...

Girls varsity soccer overcomes Fauquier 1-0

March 21, 2019

Coming off a 7-0 home opener win vs. Rappahannock, the girls varsity soccer team wanted to continue the momentum at Fauquier on March 20. After 80 minutes that saw only one goal, they did just that with...

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