The A-Blast

What it’s like to spend three days in a remote village

Aseal Saed, Editorials Editor

January 17, 2017

Filed under International

Throughout my trip in Khartoum, I was dreading the day my family and I would have to spend three days in Dongola, the area where my dad grew up. My sisters had been worrying me all week saying that there was no internet and it...

Junior Aseal Saed spends three weeks in Northern Sudan

Aseal Saed, Editorials Editor

January 17, 2017

Filed under International

Sand everywhere. Fast voices speaking in Arabic. Buzzing streets. Smells of spices. These were my senses entering the city of Khartoum, Sudan. Everything was so overwhelming and hard to process, as this was my first time in my h...

Junior Afomia Assefa celebrates Ethiopian Christmas

Lina Al Taii, International Editor

December 13, 2016

Filed under International

Christmas in the Ethiopian culture is celebrated on Jan. 7 going by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church which still follows the old Julian Calender. "To me, Ethiopian Christmas means a time to recognize and appreciate my religion,...

Junior Shirley Chu celebrates New Year

Katie Pope, Staff Writer

December 13, 2016

Filed under International

Chinese New Year is celebrated to let go of the past and welcome new beginnings, similar to the American New Year. "To me, Chinese New Year means a new year to be grateful for," junior Shirley Chu said. The celebrations last...

Senior Maya Koch celebrates Rosh Hashannah

Kayla Holcomb, Staff Writer

December 13, 2016

Filed under International

Rosh Hashannah is the Jewish new year, literally translated from Hebrew as "beginning of the year." The two day celebration begins on the first day of Tishrei, the first month of the Jewish calendar, roughly equivalent to the...

American Stories: Sophomore Aysha Rayaz’s experience of moving to the U.S. from Dubai

Aysha Rayaz, Special to the A-Blast

December 13, 2016

Filed under American Stories, International

Dubai, my city where I was born is one of the most amazing and developing cities. It is one of the best countries. However the year 2016 brought a huge change in my life when I got the visa to the United States. My father...

Students blend Thanksgiving traditions: Ethiopia

Lina Al Taii, International Editor

December 13, 2016

Filed under International

Thanksgiving is a day to appreciate everything you have and be thankful, no matter where you are from.  For Ethiopian senior Bitania Endalkachew, Thanksgiving is a day to show gratitude for the opportunity to be thriving in America, as opposed to th...

Students blend Thanksgiving traditions: Eritrea

Kayla Holcomb, Staff Writer

November 4, 2016

Filed under International

Some would think that Thanksgiving in sophomore Sesina Beyenes house would be very different considering her family is from Eritrea, but it is not. "We celebrate Thanksgiving pretty much like everyone else, with a lot of food...

Students blend Thanksgiving traditions: Vietnam

Tooba Siddique, International Editor

November 4, 2016

Filed under International

The turkey and mashed potatoes arent the only thing Senior Christina Le enjoys on Thanksgiving, she loves having family ove as well. Since Thanksgiving is not only celebrated in the United States, but in other cultues and coutries...

Students blend Thanksgiving traditions: Bolivia

Tooba Siddique, International Editor

November 4, 2016

Filed under International, News

Senior, Jasmine Gosalvez was born and brought up in the United States, but comes from a Bolivian background. Gosalvez says that Thanksgiving is great because her entire family gets together to appreciate each other and have a...

My eye-opening experience in Syria

Jude Nanaw, Sports Editor

October 16, 2016

Filed under International

The vast difference in setting between here and Syria was made very evident when we first arrived to Damascus, the capital of the country. It took some getting used to the constant honking of cars, crossing the street when the ca...

We went to Syria for a month and survived

Judy Nanaw, Health Editor

September 18, 2016

Filed under International

As we drove through deserted highways leading from Lebanon to Syria in the middle of the night, fear and excitement filled our hearts. The high humidity made sitting in a tiny car crammed with our suitcases for the next 3.5 hour...

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