• Important Dates -->
  • 5/17: Rocky awards
  • 5/20: All School Awards (virtual)
  • 5/22: Region Track Champs
  • 5/23: Band Concert
  • 5/28: Orchestra Concert
  • 5/29: Chorus Concert
  • 6/4: Miscast Caberet
  • 6/6: Capstone Gala
The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School


The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School


The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School


It seems like nowadays Gen Z kids act very grown up. Instead of playing in playgrounds, they are running around Sephora. Instead of sending notes to each other in class, they are Snapping each other on Snapchat.  Why has this happened to Gen Z, and is it going to cause any lasting effects on the kids?
Maturity Levels are Getting Higher and Higher
Samantha Chang, Staff Writer
Nature has proven to provide great benefits to students especially during stressful testing periods, allowing for students to take their minds off of school for a brief moment in time.
Unwinding with Nature
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Although people can use peer pressure for good or bad, they can cross boundaries. Freshman Anika Ranadive believes that good peer pressure can cross a line, and there’s a point where it can get too far.   “Sometimes people don’t want to do something and your friends only want to support you,” Ranadive said. Even with good intentions, people should mind others and their space and boundaries.
Pushing Perimeters with Peer Pressure
Dayanna Anton and Aline Gonzalez

Spirit Week Ends with a Final Play Against Vikings

Student spirits were high as they participated in pre-homecoming activities at the tailgate prior to the homecoming football game to conclude a week of fun spirit days and a pep rally. Following the tailgate, the Phoenix took on the Vikings in the homecoming football game, losing the game 42-14.
Maddie Nyman
The Phoenix football team runs out onto the field to take on the Loudoun Valley Vikings for the Homecoming football game, concluding a week of fun and games for students.

On Friday Sept. 29,  students gathered outside the stadium for fun and games at the first tailgate of the year. The excitement was high, as students were thrilled to be able to participate in a tailgate after the first one was canceled due to severe weather. The SCA set up an exciting tailgate with food trucks, ice cream, cotton candy, games, and face painting.

Students lined up to play several of the games offered, but the one that caught their attention the most was the dunk tank. Students got the chance to dunk some of their teachers, and they took turns to hit the trigger.  Some of the teachers who participated included chorus teacher Jordan Markwood, math teacher Dermott McGee, and marketing teacher Ben Stodola.

Junior Krish Jagtiani enjoyed the tailgate and what it had to offer. “It’s really nice. My favorite activity is where you throw the ball, and where Markwood has to go down in the water,” Jagtiani said about the game “dunk the teacher.” (Bella Gerardi)

Following the tailgate, the varsity Phoenix football team took on the Loudoun Valley Vikings in an intense game. The Phoenix started the game by getting a feel for their opponents. Senior Emmanuel Bankole started the play feeling confident. “During the first half, our team was trying to lock in,” Bankole said. The first half ended with a touchdown made by junior Julian Ogletree.

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During half-time, the 2023-2024 Homecoming court was announced, andsenior Maggie Miller was crowned the first royal, leaving students in anticipation for the next Homecoming royalty crowning at the Homecoming dance on Sept. 30.

Following the halftime performance, the game was placed on hold while a medical incident was addressed. Following the brief delay of play, the Phoenix bounced back and senior DJ Ferrell scored the second touchdown of the game.  The Phoenix played hard against the Vikings, but lost the game 42-14.

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Rachel Adams
Rachel Adams, Website Coordinator
Rachel Adams is a senior. This is her third year on staff, and she is one of the Website Coordinators. She is part of the girls tennis team and the theater program. Her favorite hobbies include baking, hiking, crocheting, and reading. Her favorite books are murder mysteries, but she loves all genres. When she graduates high school, she hopes to get into aviation, specifically piloting commercial planes. She has only been on a plane twice, but she knew this was something she wanted to do for a career almost right away. Rachel is excited to see what the future holds, in both college and beyond.
Maddie Nyman
Maddie Nyman, Staff Writer
Maddie Nyman is a senior, and this is her second year on The Blaze. She enjoys working on The Blaze because she can focus on one of her favorite things: writing. She is starting her third year of running indoor and outdoor track on the Rock Ridge team, and is co-president of Chapter 9 ¾ of National English Honor Society. When not in school, Maddie enjoys running, reading, watching movies, listening to music, and spending time with friends.  She hopes to continue writing great pieces for The Blaze and make this year the best yet!
Bella Gerardi
Bella Gerardi, Staff Writer
Bella Gerardi is a junior and this is her third year on staff. She has always enjoyed writing and found a passion in it specifically in middle school.  In the future, she plans to go to George Mason and major in Journalism and Communications to continue her passion for writing. Bella plays lacrosse for the school as a defender. Her favorite hobbies include drawing, playing music, reading, cooking with friends, and watching movies

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