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Stories from Harrisonburg High School
Kid’s Castle upcoming demolition sparks community emotion
Features

Mia Constantin | November 15, 2019

The sound of children screaming with laughter grew louder as I neared Kid’s Castle. The late afternoon sun cast a golden sheet of light on the wooden turrets as the playground neared its busiest hour…

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Peterson’s death impacts students from various high schools
News

Karleigh Gentry | October 21, 2019

“Maggi touched so many lives, including the people that never got to meet her in person,” sophomore Kori Turner from Buffalo Gap High School said. “She was heaven on Earth and she wasn’t only my…

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Thomas pursues music career, obtains inspiration through life
Features

Sid Tandel | September 24, 2019

“When I was five, my dad was shot by a police officer and from then on I always felt I owed it to him to succeed.”

18 years later, part-time substitute teacher Raiquan Thomas is currently pursuing…

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Butler starts TikTok account, goes viral
Features

Mia Constantin | September 19, 2019

One day in late June, two girls decided to dye their hair at a sleepover and film a TikTok about it. They decided to not write a caption on the video, and went back to their normal sleepover rituals. Little…

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Basketball court named in honor of former coach Roger Bergey
Sports

Holly Bill | September 18, 2019

“I’ve never seen him get emotional before.”

Former HHS Hall of Fame basketball player Don Burgess watched his high school basketball coach be moved to tears on what is now the Roger Bergey Court….

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Broughman breeds Rottweilers as part of family tradition
Features

Mia Constantin | May 22, 2019

The breeding and training of dogs is a laborious full time job, normally undertaken by adults, but that doesn’t stop sophomore Megan Ashby Broughman from breeding and training her two Rottweilers…

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Student project prevents early trauma in children of Harrisonburg
Features

Sweta Kunver | May 5, 2019

Through voluntary practices, special programs and classes, HHSis trying to give back to the community. One example of this is the Government Honors Service Learning class taught by social studies teacher…

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The Magenta Shift evolves as rising student band
Arts & Entertainment

Simon Beach | April 18, 2019

The Magenta Shift, formerly known as The Governeers, is the newest start-up band to walk the halls of Harrisonburg High School. The band includes juniors Leif McCoy, Forrest Matter and Declan Leach…

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Jordan Peele’s Us is a funhouse of thrills and horrors
Arts & Entertainment

Kevin Pizano | April 9, 2019

America was not prepared for the frighteningly relevant film Get Out. Writer-director Jordan Peele’s Get Out was a horror satire that sharply explored racial relations in America. The film garnered Peele…

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Gingras loses husband to vasculitis, finds recovery
Features

Samantha Little | March 28, 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…

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Athletic training becomes reality for Pinder
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Lucia Gabel | March 3, 2019

Tyler Pinder is a student at Bridgewater College who is pursuing her love for sports by becoming an athletic trainer. However, before she can reach her goals of becoming a college trainer, she has to start…

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Escobar-Medina describes coming out as a gay Latino
Features

Kevin Pizano | February 28, 2019

“I was about six years old when I first knew. I didn’t know there was a word for it, I just kind of knew I liked guys.”

At the young age of six, junior Fernando Escobar-Medina found himself questioning…

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McCay finds success in freshman swim season, breaks school records
Sports

Samantha Little | February 26, 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…

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Rohlehr emphasizes concussion safety after career-ending injury
Sports

Maya Waid | February 8, 2019

One play can change your life. For JV girls basketball coach Allysia Rohlehr, this was the case. Sustaining a concussion back in her college basketball days at James Madison University not only affected…

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Ayala overcomes struggles of teen pregnancy to pursue education
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Holly Bill | February 6, 2019

“I thought my life was over.”

It was Feb. 13, the day before Valentine’s Day, when senior Brenda Ayala discovered she was pregnant. It was her sophomore year.

“I was too scared to [take…

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O’Fallon fights through injuries, commits to Mary Washington soccer
Sports

Nyah Phengsitthy | January 30, 2019

There were only two options for senior Mikaela O’Fallon after tearing her ACL for the third time: give up or keep fighting. After lying on the hospital bed after each surgery, O’Fallon refused to give…

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National immigration fight has real effect on local area
Features

Noah Siderhurst | January 30, 2019

fThe government shutdown has now dragged on for over a month. The issue holding up negotiations: immigration, and more specifically, the construction of a southern border wall.

Many students at HHS…

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Muhamad brings energy to bench as assistant
Sports

Owen Marshall | January 30, 2019

From football to soccer, there is always a familiar face standing at the front of the bleachers shouting during every play. If you go to a varsity boys basketball game, you won’t find this person in…

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Swift explores Guatemalan culture through immersion trip
Features

Caleb Goss | January 23, 2019

Starting in elementary school, Spanish is offered for those who are interested. As seventh grade is reached, Intro to Spanish is an elective students can take, which teaches the basics of the language…

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Hernandez works with bilinguals through Interpreters Club
Features

Kevin Pizano | January 18, 2019

The afternoons of senior Maggie Hernandez consisted of spending time at the local library with her father, except there was one problem: her father didn’t know English. Hernandez found herself in many…

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Buckner leads varsity girls basketball team as only senior
Sports

Sophie Sallah | January 18, 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 but…

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King discovers new talent in indoor track, follows in siblings’ footsteps
Sports

Ashley Iscoa | January 15, 2019

From the moment she was able to kick a ball, freshman Olivia King has played soccer. Like many athletes, King started out with one sport and branched out to others. This year, she decided to expand her…

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Police, administration investigate anonymous child pornography Snapchat account
News

Nyah Phengsitthy | January 2, 2019

Once an image is published on an application, its web trail can never truly be erased. It wasn’t until recently that the recovery of images and applications was used in our school after students reported…

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Beuno-Aguilar, Rudd follow passion in male-dominated computer programming field
Features

Kevin Pizano | December 21, 2018

When we think of what a computer programmer is, many words come to mind. “Woman” is not usually one. Sophomore Emily Bueno-Aguilar is an exception.

She received her first look into the world of…

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Thompson accumulates stickers throughout travels
Features

Sarah Earle | December 19, 2018

Everywhere senior Walker Thompson has traveled, a sticker has come with it. As he’s accumulated more and more stickers with each destination he’s been to, Thompson’s growing sticker collection has…

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Eilish takes “1 by 1” tour to D.C., gives amazing concert
Arts & Entertainment

Caleb Goss | December 19, 2018

At just 16, Billie Eilish has taken the world by storm with a brand not only based off her pure talent, but her honest personality, making her a force to be reckoned with.

Eilish’s rise to fame took…

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One Act casts Inouye, Cummings as opposites
Arts & Entertainment

Grace Miller | November 21, 2018

In acting, one must let go of themself before becoming a character.

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Robinson-Jenkins considers college football offers
Sports

Simon Beach | November 20, 2018

Since his first carry in flag football, which he happened to take 90 yards to the house, senior Marcus Robinson-Jenkins has dreamed of playing in college. The dream is becoming closer and closer to a reality,…

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Woodard transitions from teaching at juvenile detention center
Features

Noah Siderhurst | October 18, 2018

Special education teacher Daniel Woodard’s route to teaching was far from straight. He graduated from college with a degree in event management without any thought of teaching.

“It was soon [after…

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Thompson breaks HHS golf record
Sports

Sam Heie | October 9, 2018

The All-District golf team has been dominated by boys for the past five years. Seeing a girl make the fifth or sixth seed is unusual and any seed higher is an outlier. Junior Jane Thompson is an outlier….

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