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IB Spotlight: Erin Hanlen
IB Spotlight: Erin Hanlen
Morgan Milman, Academics Editor • March 18, 2024

Why did you decide to pursue the IB diploma? I decided to pursue the IB diploma because I wanted to be prepared for college and I’ve heard that the IB diploma helps. What extracurriculars are you in? I participate in several honors societies, after school...

Yale brings back test scores
Morgan Milman, Academics Editor • March 18, 2024

The pandemic brought new policies around applying to colleges, many of which are here to stay. One new policy was the wave of “test-optional” applications due to lack of access to safe testing centers during the pandemic. But that one is slowly fading away. Yale...

March Madness 2024 brackets start up
March Madness 2024 brackets start up
Jason Perloff, Sports editor • March 18, 2024

2024’s March Madness starts March 19. This is an annual tournament hosted by the NCAA where 68 teams in the NCAA come to compete for the title. The first round starts with the top teams playing the lowest teams. This idea suggests that the top seed team has...

The Atoms baseball team huddled up around Head Coach Kevin Rudd to discuss field conditions for the upcoming season, 02/22
Atoms baseball starts swinging strong
Lily Rumpf and Leo Marzigliano February 27, 2024

The Atoms Varsity baseball team is preparing for their first set of games now that tryouts have ended. With only three short weeks to prepare for their first game of the season, the team has lined up two scrimmages which will allow them to experiment with their...

Greatest female artists
Greatest female artists
Elyana Rodriguez, Entertainment editor • March 22, 2024

As Women’s history month is upon us it’s important we recognize all the amazing women that have paved the way. Especially women in music, so many amazing women have made such an impact on the industry and music we listen to today.  Elizabeth Grant, better...

Best love songs
Best love songs
Elyana Rodriguez, Entertainment Editor • March 22, 2024

The month of love has everyone thinking about one thing. No better way to get in the mood than listening to love songs. Everyone has their own favorite song, or even decade for love music. Here are some of the best love songs from the 50s-70s. Starting with oldies...

How to stay protected during flu season
October 26, 2022

With the yearly flu season approaching, it is important to be aware of how to stay protected and avoid the flu to the best of your ability.  The first way to stay protected is by avoiding close contact. This method was widely used during the pandemic to...

Who am I?
Who am I?
October 13, 2022

I was born in..  Boston, Massachusetts. I went to school at..  Tufts University (Undergraduate) & Boston University (Master's) What are some of your favorite movies/books/tv-shows .. My *current* my favorite book is Dune by Frank Herbert, Breaking...

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Estres al final del trimestre
Nathalie Alvarenga November 27, 2023

No importa si es el primer, segundo, tercer o cuarto trimestre, cuando llega el final del trimestre puede ser estresante tanto para los estudiantes como para los profesores....

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How students at AHS are fasting for Ramadan and Lent
Sadiksha Gurung, International Editor • March 18, 2024

Two significant periods of spiritual observance stand out this time of year: Ramadan and Lent. Ramadan, the holiest month in Islam, and Lent, observed...

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These are the signature gaming devices of each generation: the iPad, Xbox, and GameCube
Childhood memories aren't the same anymore
Jasmin Dinh, Co-In-Depth Editor • March 20, 2024

When recalling childhood memories, what first comes to mind? Many might remember the crunch of mulch beneath their feet, or the scorching heat of the sun on a hot summer...

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How does the start of school affect your mental health?
Nathalie Alvarenga November 27, 2023

Starting school back up can be difficult for some students. It's often hard for students to manage their time well and balance their outside school activity and responsibilities....

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Beware of the microtrend
Beware of the microtrend
Aya Al-Ariqi, Editorials Editor • February 2, 2024

Fashion is changing faster than ever, and microtrends are the culprit. Microtrends are fashion trends that spread fast and become unpopular just as fast. “Microtrend”...

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Open Road: Restaurant Review
Open Road: Restaurant Review
Aya Al-Ariqi, Staff Writer • May 11, 2022

Open Road is a popular restaurant and bar in Falls Church, right down the road from the always populated Mosaic Center. From the food to the decor, this restaurant is...

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