The A-Blast

This is how students feel about traveling to Vietnam

Casey Nguyen, In-Depth Editor

September 4, 2017

From the unforgettable rigid mountain range of Da Lat and the city streets around the country, senior Tommy Nguyen remembers it all. For four weeks, Nguyen stayed with his family in one of the well-known cities that the country has to ...

Immigrants make Annandale great

Lina Al Taii, International Editor

May 3, 2017

Immigrants, whether they are or are not documented, bring a well rounded and unique perspective into other countries and cultures. However, the recent presidential election used fear and hostility as the foundation of a campaign. Pres...

Senior Areeba Atique’s experience of moving to the U.S. from Pakistan

Areeba Atique, Special to the A-Blast

May 3, 2017

I was born and raised in Multan, Pakistan which is Pakistan’s fifth most populous city. My mom was a teacher and my dad worked at a dealership. It is my home town and it always feels good to go back home and visit the rest ...

How does being bilingual benefit you?

Lina Al Taii, International Editor

May 3, 2017

Connecting with other people and cultures internationally is one of the easiest things to do here at AHS. However, there is one barrier which prevents many people from being able to fully understand each other and learn from each...

Sophomore Laiba Salehin’s experience of moving to the U.S. from Pakistan

Laiba Salehin, Special to the A-Blast

February 15, 2017

I had always seen glimpses of different places in the United States on TV; however, I never really knew what the United States was actually like until I arrived here in 2015. Me and my family lived in the suburban part of Pakistan, in the ...

Senior Jesse Agyapong reminisces about childhood

Lina Al Taii, International Editor

February 15, 2017

  A situation common to many international students at AHS, senior Jesse Agyapong has an experience of living outside of the U.S.. Agyapong spent nine of his childhood years in Ghana, moving there when he was two years old...

Junior Aya Khalaf’s experience of moving to the U.S. from Baghdad, Iraq

Aya Khalaf, Special to the A-Blast

January 23, 2017

Doing anything new in life can be very challenging. In 2008 my family and I moved to America from Iraq. We had to move here because my mom worked in the American Embassy in Iraq, and we started to get threats and people started...

Junior Aya Khalaf’s experience of moving to the U.S. from Baghdad, Iraq

Aya Khalaf, Special to the A-Blast

January 18, 2017

Doing anything new in life can be very challenging. In 2008 my family and I moved to America from Iraq. We had to move here because my mom worked in the American Embassy in Iraq, and we started to get threats and people started...

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

Aseal Saed, Editorials Editor

January 17, 2017

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

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

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

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...

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