The A-Blast

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...

IB Curriculum Night a success

CJ Aftergut, Staff Writer

February 25, 2010

The IB Diploma Program is often a daunting topic for students at AHS, which is why so many events are held to explain the program to students and parents and encourage participation. One such event, officially called the IB Paren...

Orchestra prepares for VBODA Festival

Alex Davalos, Staff Writer

February 25, 2010

The sonorous melodies of three schools' orchestras will fill the AHS auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The Orchestra Department will be presenting their Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) Pre-Festival Con...

Rather than practice, Tennis shovels snow

David Hookey, Sports Editor

February 23, 2010

Additional Reporting by Jake Barnes, Staff Writer While most spring sports teams began tryouts on the black top or indoor, the boys tennis team was outside shoveling their tennis courts. “We’ve been out there shoveling since...

Dr. Dale proposes snow day make-ups

Noah Fitzgerel, Staff Writer

February 22, 2010

Students happily enjoyed having nearly two weeks  off of school. Consequently, the many hours lost have to be made up. There were three options released by FCPS Superintendent,  Dr. Jack Dale. The original release included...

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