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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


From Friday Night Lights to Bright Gym Lights

As athletes transition into winter season sports, winter cheer, known as the sister sport to fall cheer, always shows up ready to get the student section hype.
Rodrigue Gomado
Phoenix cheerleaders complete a chant at a home basketball game. “Smooth and easy that’s what we do,” senior cheer captain Reagan Carper said.

From cheering under the stadium lights with football fans in the stands to inside the gym getting the student section hyped for the varsity basketball teams, winter cheer has come a long way this season. Most notably, the Phoenix cheer program has a fall cheer team that dominates the track, with their spirit continuing on in the form of a winter sideline team. As they spent the season supporting the varsity girls and boys teams, the cheerleaders learned a lot throughout the course of the season.

Although winter cheer doesn’t perform the same stunts as the fall cheer team, the cheerleaders work just as hard in getting their cheers to be as sharp as possible. “My favorite cheers are the stomp and shake ones because those are the ones we used to do at my old school,”’ junior Aniya Walker said.

A constant throughout both cheer seasons, senior captain Reagan Carper chose to further her commitment in cheerleading at Virginia State University, and she expressed her gratitude to the people that helped her along the way. “I thank god, my family, and friends who have supported me through this journey, as well as my cheer coaches whom I have been with for the four years,” Carper said. “They really are the best people I have gotten to know here at school.” She plans on not only cheering but also minoring in dance.

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Many of the cheerleaders are looking forward to having a blast during next year’s fall cheer as they use this winter cheer to sharpen their skills. With jumps, cheers, and stunts, they prepare to come back from summer break ready to get out there to hype up the Phoenix pit with their new tricks.

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Rodrigue Gomado
Rodrigue Gomado, Staff Writer
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.
Muhammad Reda
Muhammad Reda, Staff Writer
Sophomore Muhammad Reda is a returning member of The Blaze as a Staff Writer. He enjoys photography, which is a major reason for his interest in Newspaper. Outside of school, Muhammed enjoys reading and listening to all types of music. Muhammad’s main goal this school year is to thrive and do better than he did the previous year. . Muhammed enjoys hanging out with The Blaze staff, because he enjoys the company and how they encourage them to work harder. Muhammed strives to become a photographer for The Blaze in the coming years.

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