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Taking a Break with Senior Breakfast

On Friday, Oct. 13, the first senior breakfast of the year was held in the library. Fruits, donuts, and a variety of beverages were passed to seniors by parent volunteers. Both teachers and members of the Student Council Association (SCA) were responsible for hosting the event.
Leif Labianca
Senior Jawad Bhullar munches on a chocolate donut at the senior breakfast. From glazed, chocolate with or without sprinkles, yellow frosted, a variety of different donuts were available for seniors to enjoy.

On the morning of Friday, Oct. 13, seniors were invited to participate in a senior breakfast hosted in the library. This was the first breakfast event this year, and the senior class was allowed to choose what foods would be present at the event; the final vote was donuts, fruit, and a variety of beverages including Starbucks’ brand drinks.

Seniors utilized this opportunity in a variety of ways. For some, one of the great benefits of this senior get-together was a chance for the college-bound to reconnect with friends, old and new. Senior Soham Chandra took the opportunity to relax before the school day started. “I did come here to enjoy the food,” Chandra said. “The frappuccino killed me, I love that stuff.” 

Some students also opted to take this time to study instead, using the event to get together with peers to work on projects while eating some free food. Either way, there was no right or wrong way to enjoy a free donut.

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Of course, none of this would be possible without the planning committee. Senior class officer Naolee Makonnen helped plan and coordinate the event. “We had the option between breakfast burritos or donuts and coffee,” Makonnen said. “We ended up going with donuts and coffee because [the group] just [felt] like that’s just better, and the burritos weren’t the best because some people had food restrictions and not everybody would be able to enjoy them.”

There were many tasks SCA had to do for this event in preparation: ordering the chosen food, setting up the location and time, and making sure the first breakfast of the year was set for success. Faculty member Brittany Thomas was one of the main staff members helping to organize the event. Thomas said it took three weeks to get all the moving parts together, find volunteers, and execute the whole event.

Seniors Austin Fisher and Alberto Gonzalez Reyes grab themselves a cup of coffee from a volunteer Arti Sutaria. Sutaria manned the coffee stall, wanting to help out during her daughter’s senior year. “It’s my first time volunteering,” Sutaria said. “I’m just to see that everyone is communicating and being friendly.” (Leif Labianca)

After the event was finished, volunteers and organizers of the event made sure to thoroughly clean the library to make sure the place was as spotless as it was before the event.

While some members of SCA, such as Makonnen, wish to make the event a quarterly tradition, other students such as senior Adrian Mata, want to keep the event to a limited number of times throughout the year. “I think one is fine,” Mata said. “If they want to have [it] more frequently, then [a] maximum 2 [with] maybe one per semester so it’s not overkill [and] it’s still festive.”

All the hard work paid off, as the event drew in a vast majority of the senior class, most everybody getting a chance to chomp on some donuts, enjoy their beverage of choice, and reconnect with friends and academia.

The next senior breakfast is planned for Friday, Dec. 15.


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Leif Labianca
Leif Labianca, Staff Writer
Leif Labianca is in his senior year of high school, and is a first year staff writer on The Blaze. Throughout Labiance’s life, music has been a part of it. His earliest memory with music is him listening to and understanding the lyrics, rhythm, melody, and meaning of each song. One lyrical artist that comes to Labiance’s mind first when thinking about music is the American rapper Robert Bryson Hall II, “Logic.” While a frequent consumer of music, Labiance isn’t a critic of it; he enjoys all types of music not just for its rhythm or lyrics, but the message that is underneath the melody as well. Labiance hopes to explore more music during his time in The Blaze.
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James Bowles, Managing Editor
James Bowles is a senior and is the Managing Editor for The Blaze. In his third year on the paper staff, he still thoroughly enjoys his experience working with everyone associated with The Blaze, and wouldn’t give it up for just about anything. When he compared his previous experience with the student paper as a staff writer versus his current position as an editor, he denotes that both are crucial positions for the paper to run smoothly, though he does appreciate the pseudo-mentor role he has as an editor. He’s also incredibly grateful that the paper has allowed him to spend more time with his brother in academia. One word of advice he hopes to be helpful to the newcomers of the staff is to just hang in there; you will struggle to get in the groove in the beginning, especially when it comes to the more unconventional sides of this work, like photography and interviews, but the knowledge will slowly creep on you, and soon you’ll be able to self-guide through it with ease.
Rodrigue Gomado
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Rodrigue is a junior and happy to be rejoining The Blaze this year after hitting a pause during sophomore year. He describes himself as funny, smart and interesting, and his drive to pursue activities  ‘just because why not?’ has led him to join a multitude of Rock Ridge’s in-school and after school clubs. Depending on the athletic season, Rodrigue can be found in the school gym practicing cheer stunts with his teammates, or out on the Track field. He serves as the Junior Class Communications Officer and has fun planning SCA events such as Homecoming Hallway Decorating or preparing Friday morning school announcements.

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