The A-Blast

Should the title of valedictorian be given to students?

Casey Nguyen, Managing Editor

May 23, 2018

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As the end of their high school career comes closer, students begin to question their futures and their impact on the world. Unsure of where the road lies ahead, students often look for guidance and aspiration from their peers. As...

Annandale’s new crown JUUL

Casey Nguyen, Managing Editor

May 23, 2018

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Watch out marijuana, there is a new drug in town, and it is sweeping through school hallways and bathrooms all across the country. The growth in popularity of JUUL’s, the latest e-cigarette device, throughout Fairfax County...

Students should not have to take both finals and SOL’s

Luke Elkins, Editorials Editor

May 23, 2018

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As the end of the year rolls around, students begin to feel the pressure of final exams. On top of this, students also have SOLs in some of their classes. Although some teachers offer extra credit based on SOL scores, many students...

Don’t make us wait

Ruth Mekonnen, Editorials Editor

April 10, 2018

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Now that many seniors have received news from their schools, there is still a small percentage that have been left behind. By putting teens in a waitlist-limbo, colleges have added another level of stress on these students. As...

Why we need to end promposals

Ruth Mekonnen, Editorials Editor

April 10, 2018

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Prom is arguably seen as the second most important event in a person’s life, first being marriage, and it is the perfect excuse to splurge out and feel like a king/queen for a night. However, it is really necessary that we spend...

The benefits to taking a gap year

Suad Mohamed, Editorials Editor

April 10, 2018

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As seniors begin receiving the final round of college acceptances, there is a second option that is often not remembered: taking a gap year. A gap year is usually between senior year and college. During this time, people can...

Makeup brands need to be more inclusive

Suad Mohamed, Editorials Editor

April 10, 2018

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There are many issues in the beauty industry. Underweight models, sexism, and unrealistic standards are just a few. But there is a specific one that seems to persist. Most companies do not offer products that can be used by people...

School is way too stressful

Suad Mohamed, Editorials Editor

April 10, 2018

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The average high school teacher assigns 3.5 hours of homework per week. The typical high school student takes six classes, so that means that they receive 24.5 hours of homework weekly. This means that they don’t have much...

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