The A-Blast

Senior Maya Koch celebrates Rosh Hashannah

Kayla Holcomb, Staff Writer

December 13, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Student from different country shares their journey

Jamilet Escobar, Special to The A-Blast

May 18, 2016

My name is Jamilet Escobar, I am a Sophomore and I'm from Fairfax, VA. In 2013 I moved to El Salvador and I lived there for 9 months. When I moved to El Salvador, I knew that everything was going to be different like the Food,...

Standardized testing increasing worldwide with questionable side effects

Lina Al Taii, International Editor

May 18, 2016

Standardized testing has been increasing at schools across the country for years. However, in the past couple of years, the tests have intensified, including questions with self written answers, as opposed to traditional multiple...

Tradiciones Bolivianas

Fabiana Angulo, Special to The A-blast

February 9, 2016

No cabe duda que Latinoamerica es un continente lleno de culturas y tradiciones. Esta vez tuve el privilegio de escribir sobre mi maravilloso pais, Bolivia. Los bolivianos tenemos culturas diferentes y ˙nicas en cada region...

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