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School Board Recognizes Rock Ridge Accomplishments, Provides Updates on Cell Tower

On Tuesday, Feb. 13 during the Superintendent’s Report, Rock Ridge was one of the six schools recognized for its literary magazine, “The Renaissance.” The board also shared updates regarding the cell tower behind the school.
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Senior Sanjana Rao was present at the meeting discussing the various successes of the school regarding SCA events, athletics, and performing arts. Rock Ridge’s literary magazine was also one of the six LCPS schools recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Loudoun County School Board held its monthly Tuesday meeting. During the meeting, Rock Ridge was recognized for various accomplishments and contributions during the school year thus far. 

Senior Sanjana Rao has been an active member of the Student Council for three years. She’s part of the school’s theater and debate teams. Rao spoke to the school board about the school’s achievements and plans for upcoming events. 

Superintendent’s Report

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During the Superintendent’s Report, Rock Ridge was recognized along with five other LCPS schools placed in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for literary magazines in Virginia. Rock Ridge’s literary magazine, The Renaissance, placed First Class. “I think we definitely deserve it because we all worked really hard on it, and have spent a lot of time designing and choosing all the pieces; we really tried to pick the best ones that best represent the student body,” Maddineni said. “The design aspects [helped us win], for sure, because I know Mrs. Greiner [along with Susan Spengeman] places a lot of emphasis on that, and we spend two weeks at the end of the year going all out on the design of the Lit Mag. We really want to make it look nice and put a lot of thought into different design elements to emphasize different parts of the pieces we write.” 

Sanjana Rao: Rock Ridge Representative

Senior student representative Sanjana Rao discussed the accomplishments of Rock Ridge High School this year, mentioning various events hosted by the SCA such as homecoming which had over 1000 attendees, hallway decorating which resulted in a win for the junior class, class of clans, a kickball game between the senior and junior classes, and the “Phoenix Pheud” on Feb. 23. 

Rao also discussed athletic accomplishments such as the Men’s Varsity Basketball team holding the current record of 13-6, the Rock Ridge swim team heading to districts, and the Volleyball team scoring 18-5 overall and 9-0 in districts.

The debate team had one team win 4-0 in junior varsity and two teams place in varsity in the recent Washington Arlington Catholic Forensics League (WACFL) competition. They have four qualifiers for metro finals in varsity and seven in junior varsity bringing the overall number of qualifiers to 11 with one more tournament left in the year. 

The school newspaper, The Blaze, was awarded first class and trophy class for the print magazine production and the online content for the 22-23 school year at the Virginia High School League Media Championships respectively. 

The performing arts department performed “Treasure Island” in the fall and “Rent” in January, which they will perform at the International Thespian Festival in June. They were one of the nine schools selected internationally to perform a mainstage show at the festival.

Cell Tower

The Finance and Operations section of the meeting provided updates on the 140 ft cell tower built on Rock Ridge property next to the football stadium. According to the School Board agenda, A Grant of Easement (which is a right to use someone’s property for a specific reason) was proposed for allowing wireless carrier company, Verizon, “to install and maintain fiber optic communication lines for the existing cell tower on the Rock Ridge HS site”

The school board members reviewed the easement to find if there would be any damage done to the school and students by the proposition. The board approved this easement, and chair Melinda Mansfield was authorized to sign the easement agreement.

The next school board meeting will be held on Feb. 27.

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Lucian Tiller
Lucian Tiller, Opinion Editor
Lucian Tiller is a junior who has always liked reading about news and current events, and he thinks that it’s important for people to stay up to date about things that can impact them. Despite challenging deadlines, he also likes how the newspaper provides a service for the school, encouraging staffers to write about what they like. As Opinion Editor, he reminds staff that if you don’t write what you enjoy, it isn’t gonna be as good; plus, writing about stuff you like is easier, and you have fun while doing it.
Nidhi Manchala
Nidhi Manchala, Staff Writer
Nidhi is a junior at Rock Ridge and it is her third year as a member of The Blaze. Outside of school, Nidhi enjoys drawing. She prefers to keep her art private, and mostly doodles on work. Her favorite part of school is newspaper, which she actually joined on a whim as a freshman. Her favorite part of newspaper is the design aspect because she gets to put her art skills to use. Nidhi has spent this past summer studying for the SAT and taking care of her beloved dog. Nidhi aspires to be a psychiatrist when she’s older due to her interest in psychology. Nidhi is looking forward to college and the freedom that comes with it.
Sitwat Mian
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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