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Ridhima Vakkalagadda

Ridhima Vakkalagadda (’24) is currently the Vol. 59 Sports Editor for The Lancer. She was a Staff Writer for Vol. 58 and a Contributing Writer for Vol. 57.

The unparalleled Ultimate Frisbee club

by Ridhima Vakkalagadda (’24) | October 7, 2022 The Saint Francis Ultimate Frisbee club may be one of many clubs on campus, but it is a unique and awesome group for all to join. This club is not considered an official Saint Francis sport, but Ultimate Frisbee is a real sport, with competitions and awards;…

Saint Francis wrestling pins down the season

by Ridhima Vakkalagadda (’24) | March 21, 2022 This year, the Saint Francis Wrestling Team has exceeded at varsity, junior varsity, and freshman levels; varsity finished the season with a win-loss record of 5-0, JV finished with an overall record of 2-1, and the freshman team finished with an overall record of 2-1. These athletes…

SFHacks hosts the annual LancerHacks event

by Ridhima Vakkalagadda (’24) and Rohit Khorana (’24) | March 21, 2022 On March 5, the Saint Francis Programming Club hosted its fifth annual LancerHacks, a hackathon filled with fun activities and coding for students from the eighth to twelfth grade. The event ran for thirteen hours, from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Teams were…

The Oscars 2022 predictions: who will win?

by Ridhima Vakkalagadda (’24) | March 21, 2022 The Academy Awards, or the Oscars, is an annual event that has people anxiously waiting for its arrival every year. But why? The Oscars are incredibly renowned awards, and those that win see their popularity dramatically rise. During Oscars, there have been many interesting wins and mix-ups,…

Empty stadiums at the Winter Olympics

by Ridhima Vakkalagadda (’24) | February 14, 2022 When people think of the Olympics, they think of thousands of fans cheering on their favorite country or favorite athlete. However, since COVID-19 started, the stands have been completely empty. It’s been four years since the last Winter Olympics, and things have changed significantly with the absence…

Recontextualizing Christ: Jesus Reframed Retreat returns!

by Ridhima Vakkalagadda (’24) and Anika Bastin (’23) | November 19, 2021 Saint Francis hosted the Jesus Reframed Retreat on November 6. This retreat was full of games, stories, and other fun activities to help students connect to God with a focus on fostering a sense of community—something especially important in recent times. Everyone who…

Unrevealed wounds: the mental health of Olympic athletes

by Ridhima Vakkalagadda (’24) | October 11, 2021 Name the most common athletic injury. Ankle sprains? ACL tears? Most of your guesses are probably wrong. The sad truth is that one in three athletes suffers from mental health issues. For the past few months, mental health has been a prominent topic of discussion within the…

“Thunder Force”: an underwhelming viewing experience

By Ridhima Vakkalagadda (’24) | May 10, 2021 We all know superheroes, right? They are the amazing fictional characters who spend their days saving the world and stopping the bad guys; however, what do they look like? Are they the ones in the fancy costumes with the incredible looks and values, or are superheroes different…

Netflix’s “Yes Day” is perfect for family movie night

by Ridhima Vakkalagadda (‘24) | March 29, 2021 The one word “no” is what most parents tell their children all the time. Most people are very familiar with this word, and they usually despise it until they become parents and start the whole idea of “no!” again. This idea of “no!” is what starts Yes…

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