Death Valley High
Ripley Rhododendron is the daughter of a movie buff and a Vegas showgirl, with all the powers of both. She’s an excellent acting student, which she uses in her day-to-day life to make just about everyone find her inoffensive, though her flattery only works on some of the teachers.
Ripley is sitting with Cara because Miss Martinez said she had to. Being slight and very well-groomed, Cara is far from the worst travel partner. Ripley is about 90% sure that Cara’s staring is due to her amazing acting ability, rather than planning how to murder her and make it look like an accident.