The A-Blast

The big three

December 11, 2009

Every year, the students of AHS celebrate the big three winter holidays— Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. This year Hanukkah comes first, beginning tonight, December 11, at sundown.   Hanukkah, otherwise known as ...

Gymnasts plan to stick it

December 11, 2009

AHS’ very own girl’s Varsity Gymnastics team will have their first meet of the season on Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 at 6:30 P.M. at Lake Braddock Secondary School. The AHS gymnasts have been vigorously preparing for their meet....

Bears bringing smiles

December 10, 2009

A poor, neglected teddy bear is sitting in a corner of the room with nobody to keep it warm at night. Why not donate it to DECA’s teddy bear drive where the bear is sure to get a loving home. Boxes are set up in most R1 cla...

Atoms triumph over Raiders

Mackda Dinberu, Staff Writer

December 9, 2009

The AHS Boy's Varsity basketball team has started its season off right with a 2-0 record, showing that they have substantially improved since last year. Last night, the boys went up against a tough opponent: the J.E.B Stuart Raiders. In previous years, Stuart has maintained...

Band spreads holiday cheers, raises funds for a good cause

December 9, 2009

AHS's concert bands engaged in the holiday festivities last night, with their annual winter concert. The three bands, jazz, gold and symphonic,  performed multiple festive pieces in an effort to raise money for the Mary Read Scholarship....

AHS reporters “Meet the Press”

December 8, 2009

Lori Montenegro, a highly regarded Hispanic-American journalist, came to speak at the AHS "Meet the Press" ceremony for aspiring journalism students in the Lecture Hall on Tuesday, December 8. Montenegro has 25 years of experience...

When lights shut down, so does teaching

December 7, 2009

AHS students in the P.E., Math and English halls of the building experienced a power outage Monday, December 7 at 12:45, which lasted about half an hour until the lights abruptly came back on. The outages at AHS are hard to pr...

The rush for crammed parking

December 4, 2009

Jessica rushes out the door, hops in her car and sees that the clock reads 6:45 a.m. She knows she is running late so she steps on the gas in hopes of getting a parking spot at school. Junior Jessica Camilli is one of the many...

Warm melodies to kick off a frosty winter

December 3, 2009

‘Tis the season to be jolly. And what better way to accomplish this then to listen to those old holiday classics? To help, the orchestra department has decided to kick off the festivities by throwing their annual winter concert. ...

Virginia Bans Indoor Smoking

December 2, 2009

Yesterday December first marked the day of the official law banning smoking in indoor facilities. The only exceptions are private clubs and separately ventilated areas for smokers. This new law will greatly impact society and th...

Thankful for early release

November 25, 2009

The smell of fresh food fills the air as the table is set. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and green beans are just a few of the many food items lining the table. And that doesn't even include dessert. Two ta...

Fashion Marketing meets the real world

November 22, 2009

On Friday, Nov. 20, the AHS Fashion Marketing class took a field trip to the Virginia Commonwealth University school of Fashion Design and Merchandising. The students had “the opportunity to partake in an open panel discu...

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