The A-Blast

End of first quarter
Daniela Dosen, Academics Editor • October 26, 2021

As the first quarter comes to an end, students reflect on how it went for them and what they can do to prepare for the next one.  “This first quarter has gone really well for me. Getting back into the swing of school took a little bit of time, but things...

Senior Anna Delaney races through IB
Senior Anna Delaney races through IB
Daniela Dosen and Lilli Dalrymple September 30, 2021

Q: What clubs are you in? A: I am in the National Honors Society, National English Honors Society, History National Honors Society, and I am part of the Atoms Writing Center. I have also applied for the Spanish Honors Society, Science Honors Society, and Math Honors...

Senior Kate Chrestman puts in for par on the 4th hole of Pinecrest Golf Course
Golf sees growth before District Finals
David Sewall, Sports Editor • September 28, 2021

The first day of the golf district finals took place on Sept. 27. The tournament is 2 day, with the top 3 schools in the district advancing to regionals. AHS finished around the middle of the pack on day 1, with seniors Kate Chrestman and Adam Shawish finishing...

Sandy Karabelas dribbles towards the goal against Herndon during their Sept. 8 game. The Atoms lost to the Hornets (3-1) in an overtime thriller.
Field Hockey stays dominant with win over Lewis
David Sewall, Sports Editor • September 28, 2021

Field hockey continued to stay dominant this week with two shutout victories on Tuesday and Thursday over Woodbridge (5-0 and Lewis (8-0), improving their record on the season an impressive to 6-3. “We’ve played really well together this season, we went...

Young Thug brings no edge to Punk
Young Thug brings no edge to Punk
Desmond Fitzgerald, Entertainment Editor • October 26, 2021

This past Friday, Atlanta-based trap artist Young Thug released his sophomore studio album, Punk. Considering how important of a name Thug is, it’s hard to believe we’re only on his second commercial release. Thugger made a name for himself in the mid...

Ted lasso season 2 review
Ted lasso season 2 review
Tyler Foti, Entertainment Editor • October 26, 2021

Ted Lasso has been Apple TV’s most hyped and popular show on the streaming service ever since the show released its debut season on Aug. 14, 2020. The Apple TV exclusive was ranked as one of the most-watched series back in July. The show’s first season was...

This issues staff member is English teacher  Bonnie Vinning!
Who am I?- Issue 2
Michelle Collins, Staff Writer • September 30, 2021

I was born in... Ft. Belvoir, Virginia I went to school in... James Madison University and Louisiana University What are some of your movies/books/tv shows... My favorite movie is The Godfather; My favorite book is Case Histories by Kate Atkinson, and...

Humans of Annandale: Sadee Gedse
Humans of Annandale: Sadee Gedse
Elena Leopold and Sadee Gedse September 28, 2021

I started playing volleyball because of my mom. She would always tell me about how she used to play and loved it, so I decided to give it a try. I also wanted to be more active and have something to occupy my time. In fourth grade, I picked up volleyball and have...

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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What will Halloween look like with COVID?
Uyen Huynh, In-Depth Editor • October 26, 2021

With Halloween just a few days away, people are scurrying to make plans for the big night. As many places are re-opening up, the world is slowly returning back to a sense...

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Procrastination stresses teens out
Procrastination stresses teens out
Anmool Ghaffari, Staff Writer • October 2, 2021

Procrastination can be a huge stressor, especially in teens. Not everyone is a procrastinator, but everyone procrastinates in some way.  There are many reasons as to...

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Petito photographed in front of a mural.
Gabby Petito's case gets more attention than families of POC
Brianna Montevilla, International Editor • September 30, 2021

The Gabby Petito case has drawn the media's attention since her disappearance on Sept. 11. Since then, she has been announced dead. Petito’s body was found in a remote...

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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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