• Important Dates -->
  • Sept 21 -- MHS Inductions
  • Sept 23 -- Senior Breakfast & Tri-M Inductions
  • Sept 30 -- Club Fair
  • Oct 4-8 -- Homecoming Week
  • Oct 4 -- Clash of the Classes
  • Oct 6 -- Hallway Decorating
  • Oct 8 -- Homecoming Tailgate & Football Game
  • Oct 9 -- Homecoming Dance
  • Oct 11 -- Student Holiday (Indigenous People's Day)
  • Oct 13 -- PSAT Day
  • Oct 15 -- Pink Out Football Game
  • Oct 21-23 -- Fall Play
  • Oct 28 -- End of Q1
The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School

THE BLAZE

The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School

THE BLAZE

The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School

THE BLAZE

2021-2022 Staff

Megan Hayes
Editor-in-Chief

Megan Hayes

Megan Hayes is a senior and this is her third year on staff. When she isn't stressing over homework or extracurriculars, you can catch her wasting time watching TV or becoming way too emotionally invested in her new book. She would also like you to know that Percy Jackson is better than Harry Potter—no criticism will be taken.

Megan Langsam
Editor-in-Chief

Megan Langsam

Megan is a senior and third-year staff member of The Blaze. When they aren't reading or stressing out about school, they can be found in the auditorium with tech crew, talking about their favorite TV shows or the latest Red Sox game.

Nanaki Bawa
News Copy Editor, Outreach Chair

Nanaki Bawa

A junior at Rock Ridge, Nanaki loves everything reading, writing, and calligraphy. She is involved in various extracurricular activities and currently serves as the President of Key Club, Deputy VP of SNHS and is an active member of the Pre-Professional Health Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the Art and Literature Magazine. In her free time, she...

Rohan Iyer
Opinion Copy Editor

Rohan Iyer

Rohan Iyer is a junior at Rock Ridge and a second-year member of The Blaze. When he's not reading his favorite book, The Name of the Wind, or playing video games, you can find him jogging outside or eating pizza, with pineapple of course.

Dominika Butler
A&E Copy Editor

Dominika Butler

Dominika Butler is on to complete her third and final year of newspaper as a senior. However, she continues her pathway of expressing creativity through writing and photography, hoping to pursue a career in education.

Shivoy Nagpaul
Sports Copy Editor

Shivoy Nagpaul

Shivoy likes sports, food, and cars. He's also a very passionate and expressive person.

Prajna Chakravarty
Photo Editor

Prajna Chakravarty

Prajna Chakravarty is a senior who is thrilled about her third year on staff. When she is not in the sky flying, she's on her bed watching some Netflix or on her desk stressing over all the senior year tasks.

Amelia Chen
Design and Graphics Editor

Amelia Chen

Amelia is a junior and this is her second year on staff. She does rhythmic gymnastics, is a part of SCA, and a member of Dear Asian Youth NOVA. In her free time, Amelia enjoys listening to music, watching anime, and hanging out with friends. #GIrlbossification

Sruthi Sakala
Business Manager

Sruthi Sakala

Sruthi is a junior and this is her second year on staff. When she isn't drowning in school work, you can find her listening to music, hanging out with friends, and binge-watching Netflix shows.

Alyssa Yoon
Social Media Coordinator

Alyssa Yoon

Alyssa is a junior and this is her second year on staff. This year, she will be working on the Executive Board as the Social Media Coordinator. In her free time, Alyssa loves to visit record stores, play guitar, watch sitcoms, and listen to music. Directioner for life.

Mariam Abdelsayed
Website Coordinator

Mariam Abdelsayed

Mariam is a junior. This is her second year on staff. She is a movie fanatic, specifically a fan of Star Wars and Marvel. When she is not in school, she likes to hang out with her friends.

Lilly Khalkho
Website Coordinator

Lilly Khalkho

Lilly Khalkho is a senior and an excited third-year member of The Blaze. When she is not stressing over school, you can find her reading, chasing her dog, and binge-watching movies. Lilly's favorite moments are when she spends time with her friends and family.

Zain Khalidi
Multimedia Editor

Zain Khalidi

Zain Khalidi is the multimedia editor of Rock Ridge's The Blaze. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, hanging out with friends, and traveling the world.

Aarohi Motwani
Staff Writer

Aarohi Motwani

Aarohi is a sophomore and it is her first year on staff. Aarohi loves to go outside, listen to music, sketch, and read.

Staff Writer

Aline Gonzalez

Aline loves to read romance books and books about demons, angels, and magic. Aline also loves to sing, dance, and play musical instruments.

Rishi Sundaram
Staff Writer

Rishi Sundaram

Rishi is a freshman at Rock Ridge. He likes to play basketball, video games, and read. He also enjoys going to Pennsylvania to visit his cousin over the holidays.

Divya Iyer
Staff Writer

Divya Iyer

Divya is a huge Marvel fan who likes One Direction and Ariana Grande.

Jackson Mitchell
Staff Writer

Jackson Mitchell

Jackson is a 15 year old sophmore who enjoys riding his bike and listening to music in his free time. Jackson also likes playing video games and hanging out with his friends.

Abby Welch
Staff Writer

Abby Welch

Abby Welch is a freshman at Rock Ridge who just moved here from Arizona! She loves cheer, dance, and being with her friends and family. She is also an aspiring doctor and author!

Nicolas Biernacki
Staff Writer

Nicolas Biernacki

Nicolas is a junior at Rock Ridge who likes to think he is creative and a good writer. He enjoys reading, writing (he generally types on a computer, because he has terrible handwriting), and watching YouTube. This is his first year on newspaper staff.

Abhi Sharma
Staff Writer

Abhi Sharma

Abhi is a junior and this is his first year on staff. He is an avid SZA/Frank Ocean fan and is very enthusiastic about the songs "Drew Barrymore" and "Super Rich Kids." In his free time, Abhi likes to rewatch "The Disastrous Life of Saiki K" or hang out with his friends.

Mars Foley
Staff Writer

Mars Foley

Mars is a freshman and this is their first year on staff. Their favorite shows are The Walking Dead and Shameless. They also enjoy reading and writing!

James Bowles
Staff Writer

James Bowles

James likes paper and goldfish.

Lily Bridges
Staff Writer

Lily Bridges

Lily is a freshman and this is her first year on staff. Lily loves watching netflix her favorite foods are ramen, pizza and crab. Lily loves writing, swimming and hanging out with friends.

Bella Gerardi
Staff Writer

Bella Gerardi

Bella reads way "too much" and is a soccer goalie. She has way too many journals of just random notes (it's so unorganized) and spends way too much time correcting people on her last name. Bella is usually playing soccer on the soccer field or laughing for no occurring reason.

Maddie Nyman
Staff Writer

Maddie Nyman

Maddie Nyman is a sophomore and this is her first year on the newspaper. In her free time she loves reading, watching TV (Boy Meets World, specifically), and listening to a lot of music.

Rachel Adams
Staff Writer

Rachel Adams

Rachel likes to read, bake, and crochet. She loves talking to people and making new friends. Rachel plays two sports for the school (tennis and swim), and looks forward to a great year in newspaper.

Shreenidhi Manchala
Staff Writer

Shreenidhi Manchala

Nidhi likes to draw in her free time and her all time favorite anime has to be Cowboy Bebop. Nidhi is also a mustard despiser. What is mustard even made out of?

Sudeepa Pasupuleeti
Staff Writer

Sudeepa Pasupuleeti

Sudeepa Pasupuleeti is a junior at Rock Ridge High School. In her free time Sudeepa likes to watch TV, listen to podcasts, or sleep.

Lucian Tiller
Staff Writer

Lucian Tiller

Lucian was born in Wyoming during the winter of 2007. He loves to walk his dog and ride his bike. Lucian plays ice hockey in the winter and spring; he enjoys writing and drawing because it keeps his hands busy. Lucian hopes he can help with our newspaper staff this year.

Abhishek Solipuram
Staff Writer

Abhishek Solipuram

Abhi loves the office, basketball, soccer, and sarcasm. He is hoping to pursue either Law or Journalism as a career.

Anushka Goski
Staff Writer

Anushka Goski

Rodrigue Gomado
Staff Writer

Rodrigue Gomado

Rodrigue likes to play volleyball and track.

Alexis Cortés
Staff Writer

Alexis Cortés

A sophomore stuck with ideas that might never see the light, an indecisive blob of cells simply trying to spark his creativity in horrific ways. Please don't interrupt his cooking, it makes him very anxious. Trying their best speaking Spanish as he's tired of the language barrier in family reunions, though hopes to speak other languages some time in...

Manika Porchezhian
Staff Writer

Manika Porchezhian

Manika is a junior, this being her first year on staff. She can often be found watching Netflix, reading, or listening to music. If none of those are true, she will most likely be found freaking out over school work or daydreaming while ignoring her school work.

Kaleb Ryans
Staff Writer

Kaleb Ryans

Kaleb is a sophomore and this is his first year on staff. Kaleb likes to read, write, and play games recreationally. Kaleb uses a lot of personal experiences and thoughts to fuel his creative writing, and he hopes that through journalism, he can find new ways to express his creativity.

Lars Nyman
Staff Writer

Lars Nyman

Lars is a senior and a newcomer to The Blaze. He's also a mainstay on the Varsity Crew team, Dungeon Master in the Strategy Games club, and longtime reader of news, novels, and manga.

Hylay Assefa
Staff Writer

Hylay Assefa

Hylay is a freshman in Rock Ridge. He enjoys listening to music, playing soccer, and watching TV. He has also has fun with friends and family.

Naomi Cho
Staff Writer

Naomi Cho

Naomi Cho is a senior and this is her first year on staff. One thing she is excited for in newspaper is getting to write about what really matters while meeting new people on the way! She enjoys playing basketball, collecting stationery, and hanging out with friends.

Sydney Hackett
Staff Writer

Sydney Hackett

Sydney is a senior and this is her first year on staff. Sydney loves to play golf, and is the captain of the team here at Rock Ridge. When she's not golfing, she enjoys cooking, hanging out with friends, and playing the viola.

Anik Mridha
Staff Writer

Anik Mridha

Anik Mridha is a sophomore and this is his second year on staff. He doesn’t have a lot of hobbies but he likes to hang out with friends and drive around Ashburn.

Smrithi Balakumar
Staff Writer

Smrithi Balakumar

Smrithi is a junior and this is her second year on staff. When she's not telling her parents for the 100th time how she wants to move to Australia, you can find her on platform 9 3/4 with her Slytherin friends heading to Hogwarts.

Karis Adnan
Staff Writer

Karis Adnan

A junior and second time member of The Blaze, Karis Adnan can be found reading, watching TV, playing volleyball, and annoying her sister.

Shaima Tora
Staff Writer

Shaima Tora

Shaima is a junior and this is her second year on staff. Shaima enjoys reading, drawing, watching movies and shows, and going out with her friends and family during her free time.

Tanishka Enugu
Staff Writer

Tanishka Enugu

Tanishka is a sophomore and second year  staff member who also plays basketball and runs track and field at Rock Ridge. When she's not at school, she is watching films or tv shows which she does often.

Harini Kannan
Staff Writer

Harini Kannan

Harini is a senior and it’s her third year on staff. Harini loves jamming out to music where she can and enjoys helping out people. She enjoys taking pictures and loves spending time with her family and friends.

Sarah Baig
Staff Writer

Sarah Baig

Sarah is a junior and this is her 3rd year on staff. She radiates swagger.