Our most popular 10 posts of 2018


Kimberly Laura, Co-Editor in Chief

Here is a recap of The A-Blast’s most popular stories of 2018.


10. Washington clashes over Kavanaugh

When people mention President Trump’s most recent Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, there is a lot to discuss. Kavanaugh’s perspectives on issues, his past, his sexual assault allegations and so on.

Judge Kavanaugh’s perspectives on controversial issues convey his support for the conservative legal movement. It’s funny that this scandal just so happens to pop up just as President Trump’s heavily conservative appointee is being voted on. The Democrats are using Dr. Christine Ford as an excuse to postpone the vote past the midterms.


9. Students visit with D.C. United

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, ten AHS seniors had the opportunity to visit the D.C. United Headquarters.  

The opportunity to visit the team headquarters came with a program named “Rompe Las Barreras” which translates to “Break through the Barriers”, a campaign that D.C. United is participating in.


8. Think twice about Black Friday

Stampedes, fights and severe exhaustion. Black Friday may seem like an innocent day to purchase items at their lowest prices, but that cannot be further from the truth. The attraction to sales make people crazy and greedy rather than thankful, resulting in a violent day where all common sense is abandoned.


7. Kelly Kennedy speaks at “AHS Meets the Press”

Kelly Kennedy, a best-selling author, award-winning journalist, and U.S. military combat veteran was the guest speaker at the first “AHS Meets the Press” of the school year. The event for aspiring journalism students was held in Clausen Hall on Oct. 22.


6. Anon(ymous) Fall Play: Unity in Diversity

A grieving mother, an egotistical teenage girl and a cannibalistic butcher: these are all people who the lost boy, Anon, encounters on his journey to find his grieving mother, Nemasani.


5. Baseball and wrestling holds leaf-raking fundraiser

The air is getting crisp, and as the fall season comes to an end, the gold, red and orange leaves are scatted across lawns everywhere. This means it is that time of the year again when the AHS wrestling and baseball team hold their annual leaf-raking fundraiser.


4. Halloween Costume Contest Results

The A-Blast held the annual Halloween Costume Contest on Oct. 31.

Students wore costumes and had their picture taken in the cafeteria during lunch.

The A-Blast judges selected one winner from each grade in addition to selecting the best staff member costume. The overall best costume was then selected from this group of winners.


3. Atoms battle Wolverines to victory

The Atoms football team took on the West Potomac Wolverines in their first conference game of the season on Oct. 12.

After jumping out to an early lead, the Atoms saw the Wolverines close the gap and tie up the game after the half. The Atoms would rally back late to defeat West Potomac by a score of 30-16.


2. Students vote for the first time in midterm elections

With the 2018 midterm elections taking place today, many students are taking to the polls as they vote for their first time.


1. Alumna charged with murder

Class of 2013 alumna, Julia Copenhaver, was charged with first-degree murder of her mother, Susan Copenhaver, who was also an AHS alumna from the class of 1973.