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The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School

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The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School

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The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School

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Sony’s “Madame Web” has gone from a poorly received trailer to a full-fledged cinematic catastrophe, defying redemption. Despite boasting A-list talent, the film’s descent into a Spider-Man misstep is apparent, leaving audiences forced to endure two hours of disappointment. Photo courtesy of Sony.
Arts & Entertainment
Even Spider-Man’s Spidey-Sense Couldn’t Detect the Mediocrity of ‘Madame Web’

If fans want to see Sydney Sweeney in a superhero suit for more than five seconds, this film is not for them. Released on Feb. 14, “Madame...

A musical artist can just as easily lose attention as they can gain it, causing fame to be a liability, with tomorrow never being promised on top, and the inevitable fall coming closer each day.
Arts & Entertainment
The Rise and Falls of Music Artists: Analyzing The Double-Edged Sword of Fame

In the ever-evolving landscape of the music industry, the phenomenon of artists "falling off" from the heights of popularity is a topic that...

Born on Feb. 6, 1945 in Jamaica, Bob Marley was a highly influential figure in the world of music, particularly in popularizing the reggae genre. His influence extends beyond music, encompassing cultural, social, and political realms. This is all showcased in “Bob Marley: One Love” as the reggae band Bob Marley and the Wailers embark on a journey to unify Jamaica. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Arts & Entertainment
A Message Through Music: Bob Marley Breaks Boundaries

“Bob Marley: One Love” follows the life of Bob Marley, an extremely talented musician who overcame many obstacles to become the most famous...

A poster reading “Rock Ridge E-Sports Team” hangs outside Room 1211, which belongs to math teacher and Esports Club sponsor Logan Flannigan. Flannigan has played Super Smash Bros. since he was about 10 years old and League of Legends since he was about 19. “I love playing League with my friends,” Flannigan said. “I think it’s a great way to meet up with my friends in college that I still play with, that I talk to every day or every other day. So that’s always a nice way to keep in touch.”
News
Strategy in Smash & Skill in League: Esports Club Scores Second at Fall Season State Championships

There is much to see when walking around the halls of Rock Ridge: signs, murals, decorated doors, and of course, posters. Among the many posters,...

Show your appreciation and love to friends, family, and significant others with these five handmade Valentine’s Day gifts organized from easiest to hardest, or most time-consuming, to make.
Five DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts to Show Your Love
Aline Gonzalez, Staff Writer • February 20, 2024

As people rush to the store to find their last-minute gift for Valentine’s Day, trying to figure out what to get their significant other, they...

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Freshman defenseman Brooks Furtek (44) cross-checks a Seahawk in a race to get the puck.
Pride/Phoenix Stir Up the Hornets/Seahawks Nest
Tanishka Enugu, Nidhi Manchala, Shaila Patel, and Lucian Tiller February 20, 2024

Strong in their second place position in the Norris division of the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League (NVSHL), the Heritage Pride/Rock...

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Freshmen Evan Danh and Alex Bethke play their viola and cello while bouncing off each other, reading the piece, and combining both their sounds to create a new one.
Phoenix Orchestra Polyphonically Prepare For Assessment
Shaila Patel, Tanishka Enugu, and Hylay Assefa February 20, 2024

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, the Chamber advanced and artist orchestra students performed a pre-assessment concert in preparation for their final assessment...

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Hundreds of One Direction fans hold up signs, displaying their love for the band. Photo courtesy of Hugovk via Creative Commons.
A Love Letter to the Fangirl — Pop Culture’s Favorite Punchline
Ananya Karthik, Arts & Entertainment Editor • February 1, 2024

You’ve seen the pictures: grainy, black-and-white shots of teenage girls crying, flailing their arms, and fighting against steel barricades...

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