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Senior Connor Lilli is counting down the days until his last day of high school and graduation, which will be held on the football field June 1.
Senioritis spikes as the third quarter wraps up
Lilli Dalrymple, Academics Editor • March 28, 2022

The end of the year is in sight, and this means for many seniors senioritis is hitting an all-time high. Senioritis is when seniors burnout and struggle to stay motivated and productive with their school work. “It’s been very difficult to stay as motivated...

Students expand horizons with Academy
Students expand horizons with Academy
Tejh Hardin, Staff Writer • March 28, 2022

FCPS offers high school academies and specialized programs to students. This program allows students to go to other schools throughout the county and experience valuable learning opportunities through courses not offered at their designated school. There are a...

Seniors Madeline Dosen, Daniela Dosen, and Camille Cortes celebrate their commitment to play college soccer during a signing ceremony.
Star senior athletes head off to college
Andrew Nields, Sports Editor • May 25, 2022

As the school year comes to an end, seniors are getting ready to go off to college. Among the seniors who are heading off to college, some of them made the decision to not just further their academic career, but also further their athletic career at the collegiate...

Atoms runners line up to start a race at Mount Vernon on 5/4.
Track looks to perform well at regionals
Evan Burita, Staff Writer • May 25, 2022

district finals meet at Falls Church High School on 5/18 and 5/19. All teams in the National District competed at the meet, which gave the Atoms a chance to race against some of the fastest runners in the district and earn personal records. In addition, those...

5 Step Summer Craft: Sun Catcher
5 Step Summer Craft: Sun Catcher
Aya Al-Ariqi, Staff Writer • May 25, 2022

Materials needed: Beads that can refract light Clear string/cord 1 suction cup with hook   Step 1    Cut 1-3 strands of cord, about a foot long each.   Step 2   Tie a knot at the end of each string.   Step...

Artist Spotlight: Senior Isra Kertgate
Artist Spotlight: Senior Isra Kertgate
Emily Hawkins, Arts Editor • May 25, 2022

When did you start creating art? I’ve always been a creative person so I think I started creating art the moment I was able to. However, an official answer would be when I started school and was required to take an at class. What is your favorite piece of art...

Who Am I?- Issue 7
Who Am I?- Issue 7
Saron Amdemeskel, Staff Writer • March 29, 2022

I was born in… I was born in Northport, New York I went to school at… College of William and Mary and went to George Mason University for grad school. What are some of your movies/books/tv shows? My favorite movies are Monty Python and the Holy Grail,...

Junior Ruftana Beyene
Humans of Annandale: Ruftana Beyene
Saron Amdemeskel and Ruftana Beyene February 23, 2022

I always knew I wanted to be involved in our community at Annandale. This year, I ran for president of the Ethiopian and Eritrea Association (EEA) to build a community of Ethiopian and Eritrean students who can get to know each other and strengthen bonds between...

“Días Verdes” terminan para lacrosse
“Días Verdes” terminan para lacrosse
David Sewall, Sports Editor • December 15, 2021

Los días verdes de lacrosse concluyeron la semana pasada, poniendo fin a la preparación de los átomos para la temporada 2022. Los entrenamientos se llevaron a cabo los...

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Melany Arevalo Guzman jots down notes during her class.
Coming to America : Senior Melany Arevalo Guzman moves from Bolivia to America
Brianna Montevilla, International Editor • May 25, 2022

There are many reasons why someone might have to make the decision to move to a new country and leave their home in order to achieve a greater future than...

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What people love about Nova
Uyen Huynh, In-Depth Editor • April 27, 2022

Many people say that the best part of living in northern Virginia is being close to Washington DC. “DC definitely has a lot of cool places to visit, but Nova also has many...

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This is a traditional meal that someone would break their fast with.
How does fasting during Ramadan affect students health?
Sereene Darwiesh, Health editor • April 25, 2022

Every year Muslims observe the holy month of Ramadan. The holiday falls on the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and those observing are meant to use the time to reflect,...

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Spike of violence in schools
Shane Gomez, Editorials Editor • December 15, 2021

Teachers and administrators across the country are seeing a rise in everything from misbehavior, verbal insults, to fist fights. There has also been an increase in gun related...

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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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