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Parking Spot Picassos: Seniors Bring Creativity and Color to Start the Year Off Strong

From Aug. 14 to Aug. 23, seniors brought their paint and ideas to the student parking lot to personalize their parking spots for the year. Dozens of students and designs filled the lot to start off their senior year.
Shivu Sathe
Senior Akanksha Potluri and her little sister paint her designated parking spot, inspired by her graduating year. Potluri enjoyed painting her spot. “I am doing the route 24 sign and then putting ‘the end of the road’ at the bottom,” Potluri said. “I just thought it would be cool because [it is] a little fun and creative.”

In August of every year, fresh cans of paint, colorful designs, and excited seniors show up in the sun to pick a parking spot to make their own. The class of 2024 arrived on Monday, Aug. 14 to start the first of many traditions that will fill their senior year. 

After getting their design approved and choosing a spot to reserve for the year, the seniors, along with friends and family, got to work making their spot look amazing before school started. After three long years of hard work, these seniors finally have the opportunity to participate in long-standing traditions. “I think [painting your parking spot] does have sentimental value, because it’s kind of your last mark on the school,” senior Eunice Makassi said. Some seniors opted for simple sentiment with their graduating year and a sweet saying, some paid homage to their favorite artists, sports teams, and movies.

Designs featured elements from childhood days, like paintings of ‘The Emperor’s New Groove,’ ‘Tangled,’ Snoopy, and Disney. “It was just something fun [to do] and [shows] how time flew by so fast,” senior Umaima Azam said. 

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Students and families had four days to come out and paint their spots. After the Thursday, Aug. 17 time slot got canceled, as a result of a county-wide development day held at Rock Ridge that day, additional time was added for Wednesday, Aug. 23 for remaining seniors to finish and perfect their designs before school starts.

“I feel like [this is] a way to represent that you are a senior — it’s a fun tradition,” Potluri said.

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Shivu Sathe, Staff Writer
Shivu Sathe is a sophomore, and a new addition to The Blaze staff. She is a big fan of arguing with people, which is why she’s a member of JV Public Forum Debate this year. She is a member of the ‘Phoenix Chorale' mixed chorus group here at Rock Ridge. She’s a big fan of reading, with her favorite book series being The Good Girls Guide To Murder books. She’s interested in political current events and knowing what’s going on in the world. She became interested in newspaper due to the enjoyment she finds from writing. She also likes to keep up to date with what’s going on in the music industry, especially the drama. Outside of school, she spends the majority of her time either doing homework or reading.

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