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  • Dec 2 / Varsity Boys BasketballRock Canyon High School - 54, Mountain Vista High School - 49
  • Dec 2 / Varsity Girls Swim and DiveRock Canyon High School - 1st place, Big Cat Brawl Meet -
  • Dec 1 / Varsity Girls BasketballRock Canyon High School - 57, D'Evelyn High School - 41
  • Dec 1 / Varsity Boys BasketballRock Canyon High School - 59, Grandview High School - 54
  • Nov 29 / Varsity Boys BasketballRock Canyon High School - 85, Rampart High School - 54
  • Nov 29 / Varsity WrestlingRock Canyon High School - 11, Valor Christian High School - 57
  • Nov 29 / Varsity Girls BasketballRock Canyon High School - 71, Rampart High School - 30
  • Nov 10 / Varsity Girls VolleyballRock Canyon High School - 3, Cherry Creek High School (State Tournament) - 2
  • Nov 10 / Varsity Girls VolleyballRock Canyon High School - 0, Chaparral High School (State Tournament) - 3
  • Nov 10 / Varsity FootballRock Canyon High School - 14, Ralston Valley High School - 42
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Saanvi Kirdak ‘26, Ihita Kataru ‘26 and Mai Intongkam ‘26 sit side by side under the 8000s pod’s stairway and read “A Raisin in the Sun” during Honors English II Nov. 30. “A Raisin in the Sun,” a play written by American writer and playwright Lorraine Hansberry, depicts the lives of an African American family during the 1950s residing in Chicago. Students grouped up with their tablemates and assigned themselves roles from a list of characters in the play. The class was then divided into two halves, one remaining inside the classroom to read and the other going outside into the halls. Along with participating in reading with their peers, students also analyzed the text and completed annotation assignments. “I like this activity because it allows me to spend time with my friends and I’m learning at the same time,” Kataru said.
The Week in Photos: Nov. 25-Dec. 1
This week’s collection of academics, activities and athletics, through photos.
by Staff December 3, 2023

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UPDATE: Review the Results with Post-Election Day Information
by Aditya Khanolkar, Reporter • November 29, 2023

On Nov. 7, voters came to the polls to vote on a variety of different issues. Included on the ballot this year were the 5A Mill Levy Override...

Black & Gold Yearbook Photography Editor Hannah Rozen ‘25, The Rock Online Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Claire Bauer ‘24 and Social Media Managers Elly Brooks ‘25 and Sanaa Sow ‘25 celebrate the publications’ national wins with a photo at the National Student Press Association (NSPA) Boston Convention Nov. 4. In total, The Rock Online and Black & Gold won 11 national awards, including two first place national wins from Bauer in Sports Game/Action Photo of the Year and in Photo Slideshow of the Year. “I can’t even begin to describe how I feel about the awards. Not only was I incredibly happy and humbled to receive my six national awards, but I am so, so proud of my fellow staffers who won awards, and honestly proud of the whole staff. They’re all amazing and fully deserve these awards,” Bauer said. “Our trip to Boston was incredible. We all learned so much from the sessions we attended and the people we met, whether that was other students and advisers or reporters and professors from top-notch groups. We were excited to represent Canyon, the district and Colorado as a whole so well.” Read the full story here. Reporting by Sanaa Sow
Achieving Awards
by Ally Kelley, Graphics Editor • November 14, 2023

Room 4113: home of the Rock Online Newspaper and Black & Gold Yearbook. There are currently three class periods, one for news and two for...

Zoology teacher Nikki Dobos dissects a frog during her second-period Zoology class Nov. 8. Zoology students dissected frogs and found things such as their eggs and past meals inside them. The class had five different dissections throughout the semester to learn about biodiversity and phyla. “I like teaching kids about animals and facts about animals they didn’t know before, but also the importance of biodiversity,” Dobos said. “I think more students should take [Zoology], especially if you love animals and dissections because you can learn more than just general [animal] knowledge.”
The Week in Photos: Nov. 4-Nov. 10
by Staff November 12, 2023

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Varsity girls volleyball captain Addie Waller ‘24 hugs her teammates Julia Holmes ‘24, Gannon Figueroa ‘24 and Lindsay Heyliger ‘24 after winning in Regionals on Nov. 3. The team beat Lakewood and Denver South High Schools to qualify for State.
The Final Home Swing
by Quinn Barton, Reporter • December 2, 2023

At 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, the varsity girls volleyball team started their last home game of the season. For the seniors, it was their last...

Utah Valley University baseball commit Adam Smith 24, University of California San Diego baseball commit Austin Bowker 24 and St. Mary’s University MN basketball commit Daniel Cabeen 24 and more sign their letters of intent to play collegiate sports during Signing Day Nov. 8. Smith and Bowker were the only two baseball players to commit, and Cabeen was the only basketball player to sign.
Decided, Committed, Signed
by Claire Bauer and Quinn Barton November 17, 2023

The clock reads 6:45 a.m. Students, friends, family and teachers alike shuffle into the cafeteria, finding seats and reading through pamphlets...

Jonathan Gunther ‘25 swings the bat at the Unified wiffle ball game at Chaparral High School Oct. 3. Wiffle ball allowed each athlete to play at a similar level to the others, even though some could hit the ball farther than others.
Wiffle Ball This Fall
by Gabe Mascitti, Reporter • November 12, 2023

How do you make a program all about “inclusion” even more inclusive? The answer might just be wiffle ball.  The Unified program, sponsored...

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French teacher Dayna Moore helps Sydney Boulaphinh 24 with her indirect objects worksheet during Access Nov. 16. Moore disliked not teaching students face-to-face during the Covid-19 pandemic. I cannot teach online. I like having connections with my students and I like playing games in class, Moore said.
FRIDAY FACULTY FEATURE: Mysteries of Madame Moore
How well do you think you know French teacher Dayna Moore?
by Sanaa Sow, Social Media Manager • December 1, 2023

Do you ever walk in the halls and see teachers you have never had before? For many, that answer is yes. Meet Danya Moore, a teacher who has...

Saanvi Cooduvalli ‘26 studies Honors Chemistry in room 4101 Nov. 9. Many students sat in the high chairs and studied material from their chemistry courses as well as completed homework from other classes. Honors Chemistry teacher Kerry Reilly went around assisting students who had questions about their assignments and quizzes. “The chemistry room is very refreshing,” Cooduvalli said.
Study Spot or Flop?
by Bella Lin, Reporter • November 18, 2023

Lessons, quizzes and tests, oh my!  All these things take place within the classroom, where students grind to finish their work. But, even...

This graphic depicts the log-in screen of College Boards new digital testing platform Bluebook which is replacing all of College Boards traditional pencil-and-paper exams.
Out With The Old, In With The New: Meet College Board’s “Bluebook”
by Dee Lee, Reporter • November 16, 2023

In the past, students taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) spent lengths of time bubbling in personal and school information on a Scantron...

Brady Kempf ‘24, Dylan Owens ‘24 and Alex Kohl ‘24 work together to complete a study guide for math on Aug. 28. Many students have visited teachers for help during Access like Mrs. Hunt, who teaches algebra. It usually depends on the assignment, but I enjoy working in a group because we can all bounce ideas off each other and help everyone understand the subject,” Kohl said.
Strategy and Sociality
by Max Simms, Reporter • November 13, 2023

Every student has their own methods of approaching school assignments.  Some of these methods have helped these students for years. There isn’t...

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Odds and Ends: Screaming Sirens or Soft Speech?
by Ally Kelley, Graphics Editor • November 6, 2023

Around 2,400 students sit in their classes. Around 2,400 students hear the monthly announcement, made by Principal Andrew Abner. Around 2,400...

Dee Lee ‘26 looks at Chat GPT on her computer Oct. 5. Chat GPT launched on November 30, 2022. “I think it has a lot of potential. It can be used as a tool to inspire students and help them come up with a thesis with topics,” English and Literature of Film teacher Andrew Watkins said.
AI: A Useful Tool, or a Dangerous Intelligence?
by Rosie Benson, Reporter • October 26, 2023

You’re sitting at home, staring at the essay due in 12 hours. No words are coming to your brain. You casually open up ChatGPT. It’s harmless,...

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Battle of the Bands starts at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20. The event takes place at the Skylark Lounge and there is a $15 entrance fee. A QR code leads participating bands to a sign-up sheet.
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Battle of the Bands
by Baylie Van Horn Turnidge, Reporter • November 15, 2023

Bands. Musicians. A recording session with a professional recording studio on the line. This is Battle of the Bands. Happy Crew, a club...

A photo and title introduce Adis Recipes, starting with Dalgona coffee.
Adi's Recipes: Fresh Dalgona
by Aditya Khanolkar, Reporter • November 11, 2023

If you just woke up at 7:30 a.m. and live five minutes away from school, this quick and easy Dalgona coffee recipe is for you. “This easy...

A close-up of Ella Heimers 25 sketch, 2-D Gorillaz.
Singer, Sketched
by Ella Heimer, Reporter • October 27, 2023

Ella Heimer ‘25 draws the lead singer of the band Gorillaz, 2-D, in her free time. Heimer found inspiration for her work from listening to...

Kyle Walsh’s 25 car sits on the side of the road with dents all over from the storms hail June 22. No windows were cracked or broken. “When we realized we needed to take shelter, every spot was already taken so we had to huddle with a group under the trees,” Walsh said. “All I could hear was the thunder and people screaming. Everyone was getting pelted on their backs from the hail. It left marks.”
Having “Faith in the Future”
by Ella Heimer, Reporter • October 18, 2023

Every year, hundreds of musicians from all over the world come to Colorado to perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, an outdoor concert venue known...

Stella Catalano ‘24, playing Irena Synkova, checks for a tattooed number on the wrist of Lily Moon ‘24, playing Raja Englanderova during the final dress rehearsal of the fall play “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” Sept. 26. Opening night took place 7 p.m. Sept. 28, followed by two more nights of the play Sept. 29 and 30. Tickets were $5 for students and $7 for adults. The play followed Jewish children and families in Prague during the Holocaust, and featured real characters, pictures and poems. “Being the lead has been absolutely insane. I want to accurately represent these stories and honor every individual that’s mentioned in the show, and I’m beyond honored that I get to tell these stories,” Moon said. “Take note of the meanings you see in this play. There are so many interpretations, and take yours to heart. This story is one that needs to be heard, and I hope the audience can really learn from our telling and grow from what they see.”
“I Never Saw Another Butterfly” Takes the Stage by Swarm
by Claire Bauer and Sanaa Sow October 12, 2023

Wheels squeak as rows of barbed wire are rolled on stage. The lights dim, and a bright spotlight appears on a wooden Star of David platform that...

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Mental Health Mondays: Students and Social Media
by Em Carls, Reporter • November 28, 2023

The Internet: a vast network of information and entertainment ranging from medical journals to cat videos. You can make friends, learn new things,...

Cash Geist ‘27 sketches out an idea for a 3D art piece in his sculpture class during seventh period Sept. 12. Lindsay Hubbard’s class worked on their polymer clay projects, where they were assigned to use a piece of trash or old material to make it seem like it came back to life. “My favorite part has been experimenting with the clay,” fellow classmate Mackenzie Lawson ‘26 said. “I’m still deciding what exactly I’m going to make but I’m really excited to see how my project turns out.”
OPINION: Science vs. the Arts
by Rosie Benson, Reporter • November 10, 2023

What words come to your mind when you think of science? Calculations, logic, measurements, labs, information.  What about art? Abstract,...

Assistant Principal Mandi Zimmerman uses car markers to write messages in support of passing 5A and 5B on cars in the upper lot during Parent Teacher Conferences Oct. 12. As Assistant Principals, Zimmerman and Karli Bloom did not need to meet with parents, painting an estimated 40 cars. Teachers and parents marked their cars with sticky notes if they wanted their cars painted. On the evening of conferences, Ms. Bloom and I were not officially working that evening, we had prearranged absences.  We were using our personal time to write on the cars with Mr. Abners permission, Zimmerman said.
Editorial: Make or Break Vote Takes Place This Tuesday
by Claire Bauer, Elly Brooks, and Sanaa Sow November 4, 2023

Every year, November rolls around, and with that, so does Election Day. This year, there are important matters on the table.  The Issue: According...

Sophia Miller 25 poses for a creative photo. The text and darkness convey the negative emotions and thoughts given to us by others. In a world full of negativity, these ideas ingrain themselves into our lives and contribute to the isolation so prevalent in everyday life.
OPINION: The Worst Mistake Humanity Has Made
by River Brown, Copy Editor • November 2, 2023

I firmly believe that even the most unexpected places hold gallons of wisdom if one looks hard enough.  I think my best understanding of...

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The Secret of Life: Planners, Plans and More Planning
by Avalon Nielsen, Reporter • October 31, 2023

Hello and welcome back to The Secret Of Life.  This week’s topic is Planners and Planning. I would like to provide possible answers to...

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