• Important Dates -->
  • Jan. 20: End of Semester 1
  • Jan. 23: Lunar New Year - No School
  • Jan. 24: Teacher Workday
  • End of Jan. - Mid Feb.: Course Selection
  • Feb. 2: PTSO Meeting
  • Feb. 3: Broadway Desserts
  • Feb. 10: Phoenix Pageant
  • Feb. 16: Orchestra Pre-Assessment Concert
  • Feb. 20: Presidents' Day - No School
  • Feb. 20 - 24: Student Press Freedom Week
  • Feb. 23: 3rd Quarter Senior Breakfast
The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School

THE BLAZE

The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School

THE BLAZE

The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School

THE BLAZE

Senior Mehma Kathuria keeps the ball away from the Bolt defender. “Our game was together, we were playing with a new play,” Kathuria said. “[The Team’s] chemistry builds and gets better every game.”
Sports
The Battle of Ridges Results in Both Wins and Losses

As the first 2023 “Battle of the Ridges” approached, students from both schools began to exchange blows about who would be the true winner...

Winter Drumline director Patrick O’Rourke instructs members of the ensemble as they prepare to play one of their pieces. This was the first year that the Winter Drumline program was active, and O’Rourke hoped that they would reach a high standard of performance over time. “There’s lots of programs in other high schools, and we’re hoping to get to that level,” O’Rourke said.
Arts & Entertainment
One Line, One Sound

Excitement rises as the winter drumline director stands in front of the room and pulls up “Legatos B,” the newest warmup for practice. Basses...

Senior Basit Qadri tries to find another player to pass off the ball to his teammate without the Tigers stealing it.
Sports
Phoenix Varsity Basketball Takes Down the Tigers

Following a win against the Heritage Pride, the Rock Ridge Phoenix went against the Brentsville Tigers on Jan. 5. The Phoenix took home the win...

As someone who practices spirituality, it is important to be aware of your well being. Auras help with knowing how your physical body connects emotionally.
Opinion
The Significance of Auras

We all know our colors: red, white, green, blue, indigo, black, brown, orange. But what if colors played a role in our field of energy?  Auras...

Rock Ridge Choir poses after performing for the residents of Waltonwood senior center.
Bringing Our Spirits Back One Song at a Time
Muhammad Reda, Ivana Figueroa, and Bhargav Kuniki January 31, 2023

With a packed winter schedule, not only were the choir students preparing for their seasonal concert, but also they were spending time giving back to the community. On Dec. 12,...

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At the Jan. 9 home double header against Briar Woods, senior Nick Canfield keeps an eye on the ball and defends the basket during the boys game. During the girls game, sophomore Kalen Walker prepares to take a free throw shot.
Double Headers Bring 2 Star Players Forward
Mariam Abdelsayed, Rachel Adams, Karis Adnan, and Shaila Patel January 31, 2023

As the Phoenix basketball season approaches the final weeks of regular season play, senior Nick Canfield and sophomore Kalen Walker are proud of their time on the court thus far. Both...

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Eleven years after the last book in the “Maze Runner” series came to a close, James Dashner continues the series with his new book “The Maze Cutter.”
Peace Before Collapse
Sebastian Penagos Sandoval, Staff Writer • February 1, 2023

Readers of the “Maze Runner” series will know that at the end of the final book, “The Death Cure,” Thomas finds an island where they...

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During the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards, businesswoman and socialite Kim Kardashian wore a new hairstyle, cornrows, drawing controversy and criticism from some of her followers. “I actually did that look because North said she wanted braids and asked if I would do them with her. So we braided her hair and then we braided my hair,” Kardashian said to Bustle.
Should Certain Hairstyles Be Gatekept?
Nadia Shirr, Staff Writer

Should people be able to follow their fashion desires if they want to wear styles like cornrows or box braids but don’t have the traditional...

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