The A-Blast

Thanksgiving in Eritrea

Yabi Bereket, International Editor

November 13, 2018

For senior Sesen Beyene, celebrating Thanksgiving means a little more to her than what the holiday tradition typically holds. After coming to the U.S. from Eritrea in 2006, Beyene has had to leave behind many of her family...

Immigrant stories: coming to America

Yabi Bereket, International Editor

October 15, 2018

On his awaited trip from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to the U.S., junior Kaleab Mengistu was only three years old when he first arrived to America. The trip he took, along with his parents, older brother, and aunt, lasted a total...

Ew, You’re eating what?

Yabi Bereket, International Editor

October 15, 2018

With diversity comes differing cultures, faiths, and foods. AHS is known for being diverse within the school and the community, which opens people's eyes to something new everyday. Unfortunately, it is a common action among many...

Immigrant stories: Coming to America

Yabi Bereket, International Editor

September 5, 2018

Maisha Maliha was only five months old when she first came to America from Bangladesh. She traveled by plane for 13 hours, and first arrived to D.C, with her mom. Since she was young, she did not have any memories of her own...

Student visits family in the midst of crisis

Jude Nanaw, Co-Editor in Chief

September 5, 2018

Seven years of grueling war have left a country that was once the epicenter for tourism in the Middle East vastly different. Syria and the nations citizens have had to undergo major lifestyle changes since the beginning of the...

Around the world in only two months

Yabi Bereket, Internationals Editor

September 5, 2018

To summarize senior Zain Ghul’s trip around Europe and the Middle East during this summer, it mainly consisted of: living in Airbnb's, riding on trains and visiting family. Ghul originally planned to backpack around Europe...

Japan culture comes to AHS

Tiana Reams, International Editor

January 23, 2018

Students can learn new languages, taste new food, and experience a glimpse of life in another culture. A new culture has come to AHS: The Japanese Culture Club. The club was created two months ago and run by president Mikayla...

The Independence of Catalonia

Erik Rivas-Martinez, Staff Writer

November 2, 2017

Recently, a city in Spain has wanted their independence. This city is Catalonia. Spain has been gripped by a constitutional crisis since a vote that was held earlier this month. The crisis has been declared illegal. Catalonia...

Immigrant Stories: Coming to America

Emely Castillo, Special to The A-Blast

October 25, 2017

My name is Emely Castillo- Severino and I am a senior here at Annandale. I am from the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. I was born there and lived there for most of my life. I also went to school there until I was 10 years...

Student’s family affected by Hurricane Irma

Tiana Reams, International Editor

September 26, 2017

Many people all over the Carribean were affected by the recent Catergory 4 hurricane, Irma. Some of our very own Atoms and their family were impacted from it. Families either did not have the money to evacute or did not have a...

Exchange student becomes an Atom

Genesis Lara, International Editor

September 26, 2017

Have you ever thought about leaving your family, home, and friends behind? How about if it was to experience a whole new country or school? Have you ever thought about leaving your family, home, and friends behind? How about...

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