The A-Blast

Heritage Night showcases diversity

Charles Simpson, Co-Editor in Chief

March 12, 2010

Heritage Night, the preeminent annual event at AHS designed to highlight and celebrate the extraordinary diversity of cultures and customs found among students was held on Thursday night, March 11. The auditorium was packed...

What annoys students at AHS?

Hilla Haidari, Staff Writer

March 11, 2010

Freshman Olivia Franjie is eating lunch with her friend Alex when, all of a sudden, Alex takes a big bite out of his sandwich and begins talking to Olivia about his day, causing Olivia to be extremely annoyed. “I hate it...

Mr. Annandale crowned

Haumaira Safi, Staff Writer

March 10, 2010

This year’s annual Mr. Annandale competition proved to be entertaining, interesting and exciting as senior Charles Simpson took home the crown as “Mr. Annandale.” Mr. Annandale is an annual event hosted by the AHS Leadership during which senior and junior male...

Two senior athletes commit to college teams

Nathalie Spita, Managing Editor

March 10, 2010

The Principal’s conference room was filled with parents, coaches and other family members on Wednesday, March 10, to recognize the achievement of two student-athletes. Seniors Maggie Bermingham and Nikki Clarke were recognized...

How simple bracelets are helping Haiti

Alex Davalos, Staff Writer

March 9, 2010

Telethons, benefit albums, donations via text-message and donations in general are all ways to aid those affected by the devastating earthquakes in Haiti. Many groups including the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and UNICEF have...

Winter Sports Banquet celebrates success

Esra Gokturk, Staff Writer

March 4, 2010

Spring is finally here and winter sports have come to a close, each team with a remarkable season. To celebrate each winter team’s accomplishments, AHS held the annual Winter Sports Banquet on Wednesday, March 3. At the banquet, winter athletes enjoye...

Top students enjoy ice cream social

Alex Davalos, Staff Writer

March 4, 2010

As the last school bell rang on Wednesday, March 3, numerous AHS students rushed to the cafeteria to enjoy thirty minutes of ice cream heaven.  Like every other quarter, AHS held its quarterly Ice Cream Social, rewarding the ...

Just World club holds annual festival

Katie Masters, Staff Writer

March 2, 2010

AHS hosted its annual Just World festival on Friday, February 26, giving guests across Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia a chance to experience a diverse range of cultures and learn about current issues of global...

AHS boundaries redrawn

Kelly McGarey, Co-Editor in Chief

March 2, 2010

As the bell rings, signaling the change of classes, over 2600 students flood the halls. Navigating through the cramped passageways of the school is a chore for students and teachers alike, and has been a big problem for the past...

Dale proposes snow cancellation make up schedule

Alex Utano, Staff Writer

March 1, 2010

A continuous seven days of snow induced cancellations served as a second winter break for students and faculty. But unlike the scheduled winter break, these days off will require make-up days. FCPS schools must make up for the...

Mike Scott named head football coach

David Hookey, Sports Editor

February 26, 2010

AHS alum and assistant football coach Mike Scott was named head varsity football coach for the 2010 season today, Feb. 26. Scott will replace the legendary Dick Adams and become just the fifth head coach in AHS’ 56-year school history. ...

Ignorance is no excuse for the use of derogatory terms

Hilla Haidari, Staff Writer

February 25, 2010

The American Association of Mental Retardation describes an intellectual disability as “a disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday...

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