The A-Blast

Final exams can only positively impact a students grades. Underclassmen will be taking their exams in the last two weeks of school.
Finals grading changed in student’s favor
Shane Gomez, Staff Writer • May 25, 2021

As this bizarre school year comes to an end, one thing has proved inexorable: final exams. The exams must be given in all high school courses. However, in response to family feedback and student check-ins, FCPS has made the change that final exams can only serve...

Seniors log off
Seniors log off
Lilli Dalrymple, Staff Writer • May 17, 2021

Friday, May 14, was seniors last real day of school. This coming week they will have finals, leading up to their graduation on June 1. Seniors have faced many challenges this year in light of COVID. Their final year of high school was forced to be online and...

Varsity basketball players run sprints in the gym to prepare for the upcoming season.
Basketball prepares for season with Green Days
Evan Burita, Staff writer • September 23, 2021

The boys basketball team has been holding Green Day practices since the middle of the summer and have played in fall league games to be prepared for their opening game of the winter season against West Springfield on Nov. 30. So far, the Atoms have a 1-1 record...

Atoms Baseball clinches #1 seed in District Tournament
Atoms Baseball clinches #1 seed in District Tournament
David Sewall, Staff writer • May 31, 2021

The Atoms Baseball team took both games of a double-header on May 31, and also clinched the first seed in the Gunston District tournament.   The Atoms faced off against the Alexandria City Titans twice to make up from two rain-outs over the weekend....

Kanye West’s latest album “Donda” breaks Apple Music records
Joseph Zepeda, Staff Writer • September 21, 2021

Kanye West released his newest album “Donda” on Sunday, August 29, 2021, and debuted on music streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify, and many more. Kanye, popularly known as “Ye”, named his newest album after his late mother, Donda West who...

Drake releases highly anticipated album Certified Lover Boy
Drake releases highly anticipated album 'Certified Lover Boy'
Joseph Zepeda, Staff Writer • September 14, 2021

On the morning of Friday September 3,  Canadian rapper Drake released one of his most anticipated albums: “Certified Lover Boy” which is his sixth studio album. “Certified Lover Boy” has sold over 600k units of album sales in its first week of release...

Alawneh poses with her family.
How I celebrate Eid
Leen Alawneh, Staff Writer • May 13, 2021

Just like Ramadan, Eid during the pandemic can be quite different. Still, despite everything, the essence of the holiday remains intact. Here is how I spent my Eid. Eid actually starts after the sun sets on the last day of Ramadan. My family and I start to call...

This issue’s staff member is History teacher Timothy Kelly!
Who am I? - Issue 6
Elena Leopold, People Editor • May 6, 2021

I was born in... Annapolis, MD I went to school at... DeMatha Catholic High School, Brown University (BA) and the University of MD (MA and PhD) What are some of your favorite movie/book/TV shows? Books: Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Symphony for the City of the...

Esta imagen muestra una mesa llena de comida para el Día de Acción de Gracias, la comida varia del típico americano, puré de papa, ha los platanitos hispanos.
Celebrando Accion De Gracias
Leon Arceo, staff writer • November 18, 2020

La temporada de otoño significa un tiempo en el cual los días son más cortos y fríos, las hojas de los árboles se caen y las familias se unen para festejar el dia de...

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Freshman Ishika Saini immigrates to America from India
Leen Alawneh, Staff Writer • May 25, 2021

Freshman Ishika Saini moved to the United States in 2019 from her home country India. Due to her father’s current job, her family moves countries...

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Enjoy the warm weather with these activities
Sereene Darwiesh, Staff Writer • April 29, 2021

With summer just around the corner, there are tons of fun outdoor activities that you can do with family and friends! It’s important to get out and be active, so make sure...

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Mental Health Awareness Month
Mary Endalkachew May 31, 2021

Along with May comes spring, warm weather, and the end of school. However, what you may be unaware of is that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health Awareness...

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Israeli government is killing Palestinian civilians and nothing is being done
Fatima Sayed Eltayeb, Co-Editor in Chief • June 11, 2021

Although a ceasefire has taken place between Israeli and Palestinian forces, the damage has already been done. Over 230 people have been killed, thousands have been injured...

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Win Buffet meets expectations
Win Buffet meets expectations
Rym Benouna, Staff Writer • May 25, 2021

An all-you-can-eat buffet including soft drinks with free refills, a sushi bar and a noodle station seems almost too good to be true for $13.68 ($11.35 during lunch.) Although...

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