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Senior Eva Gomez struggles with the start of classes after winter break. "I
School back in session after winter break
Shane Gomez, Staff Writer • January 6, 2021

This year has been difficult, to say the least as seen by students’ academic performance and both mental and physical health. As a result, winter break came as a relief to many students. “I was getting mentally exhausted from school,” freshman Pamela...

Senior Zainab Islam is an IB diploma candidate that is currently dealing with IB requirements like internal assessments, the Extended Essay and Creativity-Action-Service requirements, all while applying to college and keeping up with her classwork and homework.
Upcoming deadlines pile up for IB candidates
Khadija Ahmed, Co-Editor in Chief • December 18, 2020

Internal assessments have long been the source of panic, all-nighters and stress for IB students. In fact, in an issue of The A-Blast last year, former student Joey Davis had a lot to say about the deadlines. “I am convinced that they had a plot against students...

Winter sports continue despite COVID
Nareg Boghosian, Staff Writer • January 5, 2021

As the athletics program approaches its first season of the school year, students prepare for the dawning of winter sports. Activities such as swimming, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, and winter track grant opportunities to all students willing to participate...

Elkins faces off against the Colonials, representing the Atoms.
Jane Elkins transfers to Bishop Ireton
Lilli Dalrymple, Staff Writer • January 4, 2021

Ever since the start of COVID, many student athletes have questioned whether they will be able to continue playing their sport. Last spring, COVID restrictions made AHS and other schools unable to continue their spring sports seasons. Slowly, restrictions began...

"drivers license" captivates with vocals and surrounding drama
"drivers license" captivates with vocals and surrounding drama
Mary Endalkachew, Staff Writer • January 15, 2021

“drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo is said to be an anthem for hopeless romantics. The song has sold over 16,000 copies and been streamed 21 million times in the U.S. alone in its first three days. The song has had a big influence on teenagers all over...

"Fractured" surprises and thrills
Eldana Mengistu, Staff Writer • January 12, 2021

Fractured is a psychological thriller on Netflix that came out in 2019. It's about a dad who is driving back home with his family after Thanksgiving break. He and his wife were fighting the whole ride back with their daughter in the back listening to music. ...

Student runs a business during pandemic
Sydney Long, Staff Writer • January 17, 2021

Senior Fauzah Kargbo began her journey with hair at just nine years old. She started by practicing doing her doll’s hair, and eventually moved on to family members and others. Doing hair became a passion of hers, and she decided to start her business, Fauzahstyles,...

Humans of Annandale: Brian Mercado
Brian Mercado and Vivian Phan December 18, 2020

Very early on, I developed a mindset to do my best in whatever activity I chose to do. These activities would be things like high level courses, sports or music to name a few. I would tell myself that if I am choosing to do an activity that will take up...

Número de homicidios femenino sube en México
Brenda Huamani and Jensi Ralon February 25, 2020

Según estadísticas recientes dadas por el gobierno mexicano, el número de mujeres asesinadas en México se ha aumentado en gran medida a lo largo de los años. Recientemente,...

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Senior Bao Tran Nguyen journeys from Vietnam to the United States
Uyen Huynh, International Editor • December 18, 2020

Senior Bao Tran Nguyen immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 2019. “I came to the U.S. to find better opportunities for my education...

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Students lose track of time
Mary Endalkachew, Staff Writer • January 5, 2021

As the year comes to an end, students are frantically trying to turn in assignments and missing work in order to enjoy their winter break with no worries. However, some students...

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The Effects of Caffeine
Anmool Ghaffari, Staff Writer • January 6, 2021

What is caffeine? Caffeine is a stimulant that mainly works in the nervous system and basically helps you stay awake.  According to the National Center for Biotech Information...

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Harry Styles in a dress on the December cover of Vogue. Styles is the first man to cover American Vogue solo.
Hollywood embraces gender fluidity
Fatima Sayed Eltayeb, Editorials Editor • December 19, 2020

In recent years, fashion’s gender norms have taken a turn for the better. Men have been more comfortable embracing femininity, and women have done the same with masculinity. Men...

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A margarita pizza
Pizza Policy misses the mark
Abdul Siddique, Staff Writer • December 3, 2020

Pizza Policy is a restaurant located in D.C. For breakfast, this restaurant serves burritos, sandwiches and cookies. For dinner and lunch, they serve pizza, salads, hoagies,...

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The Online Edition of the Annandale High School Newspaper.
The Online Edition of the Annandale High School Newspaper.