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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 Edisons 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 bands 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...

Eighth graders Lily Fleming (left) and Gali Santiago defend against a Fauquier midfielder.

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March 21, 2019

Eighth graders Lily Fleming (left) and Gali Santiago defend against a Fauquier midfielder.

Eighth grader Carolyn Hinshaw leans to catch the ball during a shooting drill in warmups.

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March 21, 2019

Eighth grader Carolyn Hinshaw leans to catch the ball during a shooting drill in warmups.

Junior Wendy Santiago looks for an open player to pass to during a possession drill.

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March 21, 2019

Junior Wendy Santiago looks for an open player to pass to during a possession drill.

Santiago takes a throw in during the first half.

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March 21, 2019

Santiago takes a throw in during the first half.

Sophomore Leslie Mondragon attempts to get the ball past a Fauquier defender.

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March 21, 2019

Sophomore Leslie Mondragon attempts to get the ball past a Fauquier defender.

Eighth grader Zahria Ford and Santiago go after the ball during warmups.

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March 21, 2019

Eighth grader Zahria Ford and Santiago go after the ball during warmups.

Sophomore Dara Showalter looks to take a shot during a drill.

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March 21, 2019

Sophomore Dara Showalter looks to take a shot during a drill.

Fleming defends and pushes the ball wide.

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March 21, 2019

Fleming defends and pushes the ball wide.

Head coach Becca Borg talks to the team prior to starting the game. The team lost 4-0 after allowing just 1 goal in the second half.

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March 21, 2019

Head coach Becca Borg talks to the team prior to starting the game. The team lost 4-0 after allowing just 1 goal in the second half.

Hinshaw takes a goal kick.

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March 21, 2019

Hinshaw takes a goal kick.

Freshman Roselyn Sanchez-Lanza runs back up the field after the Falcons score their second goal of the game.

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March 21, 2019

Freshman Roselyn Sanchez-Lanza runs back up the field after the Falcons score their second goal of the game.

Sophomore Max Bargas Cardoso watches the ball and defends the near post on a corner kick.

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March 21, 2019

Sophomore Max Bargas Cardoso watches the ball and defends the near post on a corner kick.

Eighth grader Jolie Sallah dribbles up the field to take a shot before the game starts.

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March 21, 2019

Eighth grader Jolie Sallah dribbles up the field to take a shot before the game starts.

Sophomore Jaiden Brooks plays goalkeeper during a game in the 2017-2018 soccer season. Outside of playing for the Streaks, Brooks also plays for Soccer Organization Charlottesville Area (SOCA) and Shenandoah Valley United (SVU).

Brooks prepares for varsity soccer, hopes for bigger role

February 12, 2019

After last soccer season’s conclusion, sophomore goalkeeper Jaiden Brooks had mixed emotions about how it had ended. Heading into the spring season, Brooks hopes to continue his personal development...

Senior Desia Buckner goes up for a layup on a breakaway. Buckner is the only senior on the girls varsity basketball team.

Buckner leads varsity girls basketball team as only senior

January 12, 2019

  A typical high school varsity sports team is made up of mainly juniors and seniors, with the exception of some higher-level young athletes. However, the girls varsity basketball team is anything...

Harper competes in the 2017 regional indoor track meet. After graduating from HHS last year, Harper went on to run at Roanoke College.

Harper continues track career at Roanoke College

December 13, 2018

Growing up with her father as the 1972 880 yard relay state champion in high school, Sydney Harper naturally had an inclination to compete in track. So, freshman year of high school, Harper joined the...

Dance teacher Amber Corriston (pictured earlier this month) leads students at a dance workshop during ELT in preparation for the musical.

Dancers prepare for first Fine Arts showcase

October 19, 2018

As the first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year wraps up, the Fine Arts Academy brings together all that they have been working on so far this year into their first showcase. For the dance strand, this...

The Streaks celebrate after scoring a point off of Osinkoskys serve.

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October 4, 2018

The Streaks celebrate after scoring a point off of Osinkosky's serve.

Junior setter Whitney Purcell sets the ball to Staton while the Streaks warm up before the game. Purcell assisted 25 kills and scooped up eight digs over the course of the match.

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October 4, 2018

Junior setter Whitney Purcell sets the ball to Staton while the Streaks warm up before the game. Purcell assisted 25 kills and scooped up eight digs over the course of the match.

Bowman-Hrasky gives encouragement to the team as Staton prepares to serve. Staton added four aces, nine kills and a block for the Blue Streaks.

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October 4, 2018

Bowman-Hrasky gives encouragement to the team as Staton prepares to serve. Staton added four aces, nine kills and a block for the Blue Streaks.

Sophomore Amelia Mitchell goes up to block.

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October 4, 2018

Sophomore Amelia Mitchell goes up to block.

Senior Sarah Earle serves the ball in the third set.

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October 4, 2018

Senior Sarah Earle serves the ball in the third set.

Junior Atilia Thomas hits the ball in warm ups before the game.

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October 4, 2018

Junior Atilia Thomas hits the ball in warm ups before the game.

Senior Julianna Lee high fives junior Paula Moreira after being announced.

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October 4, 2018

Senior Julianna Lee high fives junior Paula Moreira after being announced.

(From left) Amelia Mitchell, Whitney Purcell and Becky Staton look on as they wait for the ball to be served.

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October 4, 2018

(From left) Amelia Mitchell, Whitney Purcell and Becky Staton look on as they wait for the ball to be served.

Sophomore Amelia Mitchell hits the ball over the net in the fourth set. The Streaks took the set 26-24 to win the game 3-1.

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October 4, 2018

Sophomore Amelia Mitchell hits the ball over the net in the fourth set. The Streaks took the set 26-24 to win the game 3-1.

Seniors Melany Nazario and Andrea Osinkosky high five before the game against Rappahannock County on Monday.

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October 4, 2018

Seniors Melany Nazario and Andrea Osinkosky high five before the game against Rappahannock County on Monday.

Junior Jakaya Brandon serves the ball. Brandon finished the match with nine kills, eight digs and two aces.

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October 4, 2018

Junior Jakaya Brandon serves the ball. Brandon finished the match with nine kills, eight digs and two aces.

Osinkosky scoops up a dig in the second set. Winning the set 25-14, this put the match score at 2-0.

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October 4, 2018

Osinkosky scoops up a dig in the second set. Winning the set 25-14, this put the match score at 2-0.

Coach Hannah Bowman-Hrasky discusses strategy in the third set. The Streaks fell short 13-25 at the end of the set.

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October 4, 2018

Coach Hannah Bowman-Hrasky discusses strategy in the third set. The Streaks fell short 13-25 at the end of the set.

Senior Jack OBrien shakes hands with Athletic Director Darrell Wilson during senior night.

[Photo] Track team celebrates seniors at JV meet

May 15, 2018

Senior Jack O'Brien shakes hands with Athletic Director Darrell Wilson during senior night.

Senior Isaiah King shakes hands with Wilson during senior night.

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May 15, 2018

Senior Isaiah King shakes hands with Wilson during senior night.

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