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The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School


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Senior Breakfast: A Quarterly Feast of Donuts, Coffee, and Lasting Memories

On Friday morning, Feb. 15, the senior class gathered in the library for their quarterly senior breakfast, indulging in a delectable array of donuts and coffee as they shared laughter, stories, and the announcement of their graduation speaker.
Ananya Karthik
Parent volunteer Ami Adams hands a senior a chocolate-covered donut as she enters the breakfast.

On Feb. 15, parent volunteers in the library welcomed the class of 2024 with the scent of coffee filling the air and a mouthwatering assortment of donuts laid out for the seniors to savor during their quarterly breakfast. The spread offered a variety of flavors, from classic glazed to indulgent chocolate and strawberry-sprinkled delights. Accompanied by cups of coffee, the seniors were treated to a delicious start to their day. 

Organized by senior class sponsors Liz Grainger and Brittany Thomas, the breakfast allowed seniors to spend quality time with their peers and those they haven’t gotten the chance to catch up with as they near the end of their high school journey. “I get to check up on the seniors that I don’t share any classes with or those that missed a lot of school,” senior Hatoon Abdulrahman said. This echoed the sentiment of many as they seized the opportunity to reconnect with classmates, reinforcing the sense of unity that defines their class.

Toward the end of the breakfast, principal John Duellman announced the graduation speaker. Seniors had weeks to vote for their choice of the top five nominees: science teacher Mithra Marcus, English teachers Sean Heron and Samuel Colston, marketing teacher Ben Stodola, and former history teacher and current Student Activities and Engagement Coordinator Brad Burzumato. 

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Burzumato won the most votes, securing his role as the graduation speaker, and recognizing his impact and connection with the class of 2024. “I am very honored to be the senior speaker; it means a lot that the students have chosen me to give them their final words of wisdom as they leave high school and head out into the real world,” Burzumato said.

As the announcement echoed through the library, cheers and applause erupted, marking the conclusion of a morning filled with surprises, connections, and anticipation. The aroma of coffee lingered, the sweetness of donuts still in the air, serving as a backdrop to the shared experiences and the palpable excitement for the bright future awaiting the class of 2024. This quarterly tradition exemplifies the spirit of the school and leaves a legacy of camaraderie and memories that will be remembered fondly by graduating classes for years to come.

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Rachel Bhardwaj
Rachel Bhardwaj, Staff Writer
Rachel Bhardwaj is a freshman, this is her first year in Newspaper. "I'm excited for this year," Bhardwaj said. Some of her interests and hobbies include drawing, writing fictional pieces, and listening to music. In her freetime, Bhardwaj likes to play badminton with family and friends.
Ananya Karthik
Ananya Karthik, Arts & Entertainment Editor
Ananya is a junior, and joined The Blaze staff  in her sophomore year. She is currently the Arts and Entertainment Editor, and she loves writing articles about events occurring in Rock Ridge. Her love of reading and writing, which began when she was little, only grew as she got older, and she quickly gained an interest in writing reviews. Now, she hopes to pursue a career or profession in journalism. In her free time, Ananya likes to watch TV shows, her favorite being Gilmore Girls, listen to Harry styles, and keep up with pop culture news on Instagram and Facebook.
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.

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