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Seniors Eat Their Well-Deserved Breakfast at Quarterly Senior Breakfast

During the second quarter senior breakfast, seniors relaxed, had fun with friends, and decided on where their senior trip would be.
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Sitwat Mian
Seniors line up for their winter breakfast as their class sponsor, Liz Grainger, checks if they were pre-registered to ensure that food was not being wasted.

The class of 2024 gathered in the library for their winter senior breakfast on Friday morning, Dec. 15, to interact with friends and peers. The event was made possible through the assistance of parent volunteers and organizers.

Parent volunteer Le Trieu wanted to make the event special for her daughter. “This is my last [kid] here, so I wanted to be here for her and her friends,” Trieu said. “I know a lot of her friends. [The preparations were easy.] It was easy to show up and try to make it special to the seniors.”

Seniors had to be “RSVP’d,” to eat the burritos and juice that were being served. Students could choose between various flavored juices, coffee, water, and burritos from Anita’s, a restaurant on the rise in Ashburn, serving New Mexican-style food.

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However, senior Ankita Kamath was expecting a different menu for the breakfast.“It’s pretty cool that they got burritos from a different place, and that there’s coffee. But I was expecting some donuts,” Kamath said. “I think the fact that they put this together is pretty amazing, but a [few] more options would have been better.”

Kamath wanted to make her last year more special with her friends. “[I came here] to spend time with my friends because we’re all leaving next year, so it’s nice to spend as many moments together as possible,” Kamath said.

While enjoying their breakfast, important class updates were shared with the seniors; they were asked to vote on possible class trip locations and their graduation speakers through a QR code presented on the screen. The staff is continuing to collect senior fees through the online payment portal to purchase the caps and gowns.

Senior Soham Chandra attended the Senior Breakfast to hang out with friends. It was also something new that he wanted to explore. He enjoyed it due to the company of his fellow seniors and the good food. “I feel that we should go to some sort of amusement park for the senior trip,” Chandra said.

The breakfast was a success, leaving only a few suggestions from the senior class about the food, saying more variety should be offered.

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Hylay Assefa, Staff Writer
Hylay Assefa is a junior at Rock Ridge High School and is in his third year on “The Blaze'' staff. He primarily joined the staff due to his passion for reporting and writing news stories. Assefa, who also currently plays soccer for the Rock Ridge soccer team, coaches Loudoun One Soccer for youth boys throughout his community. As a fan of a wide variety of music genres, such as rap and R&B, Assefa’s favorite musical artists include “The Weeknd,” and “Destroy Lonely.” Assefa looks forward to the upcoming Rock Ridge soccer season and prom later this year.
Riya Cherukuri, Staff Writer
Riya Cherukuri is a sophomore and a first year staffer on The Blaze. In her free time, Cherukuri enjoys baking desserts. Cherukuri also spends her time playing softball for Rock Ridge. She was motivated to play because her brother played baseball, so being on the field felt just right. Cherukuri hopes to continue playing in college.
Sitwat Mian, Graphic Editor
Sitwat is a junior, and the Graphics Editor for the Newspaper. She enjoys art and is excited to create graphics for the staff this year. When she’s not frantically worrying about school, you can find her listening to music, spending time with her family, and eating. She is probably the most unathletic person you will ever meet, and has the memory and attention span of an Ostrich. Ultimately, Sitwat hopes for another creative and successful year in Newspaper.

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