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Door Decorating Brings Life Back to the Halls

As winter break approaches and many students are left scrambling to make deadlines, the lighthearted part of the holiday season often gets neglected for the stressful part. However, starting on Dec. 7, students got a chance to get into the spirit with their respective advisories by participating in the door decorating competition hosted by SCA.
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Tanishka Enugu
Marketing teacher Ben Stodala sits in front of his advisory’s door, decorated in phrases such as “And where’s your e-hall pass?” and “Sorry, your name is not on the list.” These comedic school-specific additions were an aspect that his class enjoyed most, as it allowed them to explore a new side of their advisory class. “A lot of the topics we cover are more serious in advisory but with door decorating everyone can just sit there and have fun,” Stodola said.

Each year, as the days before students get to leave wind down and the weather turns cold, colorful doors begin to fill the hallways. A contest organized by the school’s Student Council Association (SCA), door decorating allows students and teachers to showcase their creativity and holiday spirit, as well as the competitive nature of Rock Ridge. Starting on Dec. 7, each advisory came together to brainstorm and execute their blueprint of the year’s door. Using materials such as construction paper, laminated images, garlands, and other artistic elements, students utilize various components and strategies for a shot to win it all. This year, junior Hannah Tyson, senior Noor Jiwad, and marketing teacher Ben Stodala spent time making their respective advisory doors as out-of-the-box, festive, and award-winning as possible. 

As deliberation occurred Tuesday, Dec. 19 during fourth block, many students eagerly awaited the announcement of results the next day. Environmental science teacher Kayla Hennessey’s advisory took first place overall and concluded the 2023 door decorating contest.

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Tanishka Enugu, Editor In Chief
Tanishka Enugu is a senior and this is her fourth year on The Blaze staff! A passionate writer who appreciates the community the newspaper brings, she loves being able to represent the student body through the paper. Tanishka is also a huge history buff who strives to engage in all things related to the subject through her role as president of both the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, and the Academic Team here at the Rock. Formerly the sports section editor, she is also a four year member of the track and field team, and loves to watch and discuss all things hockey. Similar to some of her favorite pieces to write, she enjoys indulging in pop culture, good books, and even better TV shows during her free time.
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