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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


Frost Fest Celebrates Winter with Fire and Festivities

Rock Ridge SCA organized the annual Frost Fest on Friday, Dec. 8. Students enjoyed hot chocolate, roasting marshmallows for s’mores, and watching the holiday classic “Home Alone.”
Maddie Nyman
Students roast marshmallows for s’mores at the station set up by SCA. Students also enjoyed a hot cocoa bar and a big screen, playing the movie “Home Alone,” for a night of warm and toasty fun.

Cozied up with blankets by the firepit, students came together to kick off the winter spirit week with Frost Fest. The Spirit Week themes included Candy Cane Day, Spotify Wrapped, Wake Up Wednesday, Slay v. Sleigh, and Glow Out; the spirit days led up to the winter pep rally on Friday, Dec. 15. 

Senior Ashi Akula is the Creative Director of the Student Council Association (SCA) and helped make sure the event ran smoothly. “I was mostly near the hot chocolate station and checking the fire pits to make sure everything was going good,” Akula said. “It was a team effort; everyone did every job.” 

Akula, a new member of SCA, enjoyed her first and only year leading the event. “I went one year [to Frost Fest] before,” Akula said. “[This year] I was there for longer, so I knew more people. I’ve branched out a lot since my sophomore year. Overall, it’s a good senior year memory.”

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Although few upperclassmen were present, the underclassmen arrived with spirit to make up for the rest. The freshmen came to enjoy their evening and to find new ways to spend time in SCA-sponsored activities, taking advantage of the opportunity to hang out and spend time with friends. ”I didn’t see a lot of seniors; it was mostly freshmen,” Akula said. “It was still nice to get to know new people.”

Sophomore Taylor Zeberlein enjoyed her time at the event by sipping hot chocolate and hanging around the fire pits. “It was really fun,” Zeberlein said. “ I didn’t pay attention to the movie and I just talked with friends most of the time. I would go again [next year].”

Frost Fest has been a Phoenix spirit essential since its enactment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the movie changes by year, winter treats and a bonfire are always included. The festival typically comes before a Friday night basketball game where students can stay to enjoy Frost Fest and then head inside to cheer on the Phoenix varsity basketball team.

Senior Valerie Blell attended the event for the first time this year; she enjoys the movie ‘Home Alone’ as a holiday tradition, and was appreciative of the fact it was played at Frost Fest this year. “Sometimes during the holidays, we have these movie nights where we watch holiday movies,” Blell said. “I’ve definitely watched ‘Home Alone’ the most.”

Though Phoenix holiday celebrations change, Frost Fest has become a favorite new tradition amongst the student body and something to look forward to every year.

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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.
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
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!

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