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The A-Blast

2017-2018 Staff

Binqi Chen

Co Editor-in-Chief

Senior Binqi Chen is the current Co Editor-in-Chief of The A-Blast. She has been on staff for four years and previously served as the In-Depth Editor as well as the Editorials Editor. In school, she is the President of the National Honor Society and ...

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Aseal Saed

Co-Editor in Chief

Senior Aseal Saed is currently the Co-Editor in Chief of The A-Blast. This is her fourth your on staff. Her previous positions were as In-Depth Editor and Editorials Editor. When she is not in the lab, she is reading, as an IB Diploma Candidate, studyi...

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Grace Hogye

Managing Editor

Senior Grace Hogye is currently the Managing Editor for The A-Blast. This is her fourth year on staff. For her first three years, she was a staff writer as well as editor for the Sports X-Tra page. Aside from A-Blast, she participates in various honors ...

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Victor Nguyen

Webmaster

Junior Victor Nguyen is the current webmaster for The A-Blast and this is his first year on staff. He participates in many clubs, such as Key Club, FBLA, and TSA and he also runs hurdles for track and field. In his free time, he likes to read comics...

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Ryan Gammon

Ad Manager/ Circulation Manager

Junior, Ryan Gammon, is the Ad Manager/ Circulation Manager on the A-blast. He has been on staff for four years and says he loves those late days where everyone is working hard to try and be first to PDF. When he is not at school working hard on the newspaper...

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Diego Feliciano

News Editor

Senior Diego Feliciano is the news editor for the spanish edition; this is his second year on The A-Blast. In his freetime, Diego enjoys reading different books, and playing soccer.

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Ruth Mekonnen

Editorial Editor

Senior Ruth Mekonnen has been on The A-Blast staff for four years and she is currently the Editorials Editor. She was previously a staff writer and In-Depth Editor. Ruth is also the president of the Human Rights Club, the technological information offic...

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Suad Mohamed

Editorial Editor

Sophomore Suad Mohamed is currently the Editorials Editor of The A-Blast, and this is her second year on staff. She is also a member of The Writing Center. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, watching N...

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Yvonne White

Copy Editor

Senior Yvonne White has been on staff for three years as a Copy Editor. She is involved in numerous clubs and sports. Yvonne enjoys spending time with friends, baking, and shopping in her free time. Yvonne is excited for this upcoming year on The A-Bla...

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Casey Nguyen

In-Depth Editor

Junior Casey Nguyen is on her third year in The A-Blast is in her s and is currently an In-Depth Editor. Along with the A-Blast, she participates in several clubs and honor societies. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and reading....

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Kimberly Vaides

In-Depth Editor

Junior Kimberly Vaides is the current In-Depth editor for The A-Blast. This will be her third year on staff. During the fall, Kimberly participates in the marching band as a member of Color Guard. On her spare time, she typically works on homework and...

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Fares Ayoub

Sport Editor

Junior Fares Ayoub enjoys to play soccer, swim, run, eat, and sleep. He has been playing travel soccer for Annandale United Football Club for 4 years,  as well as on Varsity Soccer. This is his third year writing in the A-Blast. He is currently a ...

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Luke Elkins

Sports Editor

Junior Luke Elkins is the Sports Editor on The A-Blast. It is his second year on staff, as he was a staff writer in his first year. He plays soccer for Annandale United FC and swims for Forest Hollow during the summer. He also plays soccer and swims ...

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Jude Nanaw

X-tra Editor

Junior Jude Nanaw is the Sports X-tra Editor on The A-Blast. This is his third year on staff where in years prior he has been the Sports Editor as well as a staff writer. In school, Jude is a member of multiple clubs including Key Club, Annandale Bible Study...

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Ethan Zimmerman

X-tra Editor

Junior Ethan Zimmerman is the Sports X-tra editor on the A-Blast. It is his second year being part of the staff. He runs cross country and plays baseball at Annandale High school. Outside of school he plays travel baseball with the Fairfax Naturals....

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Henry Hoang

People Editor

Freshman Henry Hoang is a first year staff-writer on The A-Blast. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with friends playing sports or on a rainy day, loves binging Netflix. His favorite movies are The Defenders and Lorax. He chose journalism because...

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Cameron Foti

Weekend Editor

Junior Cameron Foti is the weekend editor for The A-Blast and this is his third year on staff. Cam plays on the lacrosse and swim team. In his free time he likes to play sports and hang out with friends. He also enjoys going to Amusement parks and th...

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Halley Thadeus

Weekend Editor

Senior Halley Thadeus is the current Weekend Editor of The A-Blast. This is her fourth year on staff and previously served as the Academics Editor as well as a staff writer. She enjoys thrift shopping, playing soccer, and painting in her free time. Also...

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Genesis Lara

International Editor

Senior Genesis Lara is a staff writer. She loves animals. She plays soccer and has run Cross Country. On her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and spending time with her dog and turtle. Junior year Genesis was apart of the westfield year...

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Tiana Reams

International Editor

Senior Tiana Reams is currently in her first year on The A-Blast. She is applying to become a page editor for entertainment but until then she is a staff writer as of now. Her friend, Kavi Shamdin recommended her to take this class this year. For her f...

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Lina Al Taii

Entertainment Editor

Senior Lina Al Taii has been on The A- Blast staff for three years. She is currently the Entertainment Editor, and has been an International Editor and Staff Writer in the past. Along with The A-Blast, Al Taii also plays Varsity Field Hockey and Varsit...

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Christian Reyes

Entertainment Editor

Junior Christian Reyes is the Entertainment Editor for The A-Blast. This is his first year on the staff. Christian plays on the football team and the lacrosse team for Annandale High School. In his free time he likes to play sports and hang out with friends...

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Nicolle Uria

Entertainment Editor

Senior Nicolle Uria is a Entertainment editor for the A-Blast. She also plays volleyball and is on the gymnastics team. She is the President of the Hispanic Leadership club at Annandale and also a member of the Key Club. In her free time she enjoys rea...

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Yabi Bereket

Lifestyle Editor

Junior Yabi Bereket has been on The A-Blast for three years, and is now Lifestyles editor. She participates  in after school clubs such as Bible Study and has helped start Human Rights club. She loves reading and cooking in her free time and hopes this...

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Ivanna Perez

Lifestyle Editor

Sophomore Ivanna Perez is a lifestyle editor on The A-Blast. This is her second year on staff, first year being a staff writer. She is on the Atoms Cheer team and the SETA Club. She enjoys playing with animals and listening to music in her spare time. ...

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Rachel Shogren

Health Editor

Senior, Rachel Shogren has been on staff with The A-Blast for four years. She is the Health Editor this year and was previously the Academics Editor and a staff writer. In school, she participated in Varsity Cheer her freshman year and Varsity Swim & Div...

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Serene Ghul

Photography Editor

Serene Ghul is a senior at AHS and this is her third year on staff. She is currently the Photo Editor and previously served as the Arts Editor. She is the Vice President of National Honor Society and Co-President of the Arabic Club. She enjoys reading...

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Katie Pope

Photography Editor

Junior Katie Pope is currently the photo editor of The A-Blast and this is her second year on staff. Besides writing, she enjoys taking pictures, trying new ice cream places, volunteering around the community, cooking, cuddling with dogs, swimming wi...

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Maryam Dereje

Art Editor

Junior Maryam Dereje, she is an Art Editor for The A-Blast team. This is her first year on the staff. On her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys reading and writing. She has been on the swim team for the past 2...

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Galilea Sejas

Art Editor

Junior Galilea Sejas-Machado is one of the Art Editors for The A-Blast and this is her first year on staff. She is secretary of the International Thespian Society and enjoys partaking in theater productions throughout the year and many other clubs. In h...

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Jessica Salisbury

Academics Editor

Junior Jessica Salisbury is currently one of the Academics editors for the A-Blast. This is her third year on the staff. She also spends a lot of her time playing different sports such as basketball and softball for AHS. In her free time she enjoys spe...

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Kavi Shamdin

Academics Editor

Senior Kavi Shamdin is currently one of the Academics Editors on The A-Blast. She has been on staff for three years and was previously an Arts Editor and staff writer. During her free time she enjoys reading books, going on nature walks, spending time ...

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Mustafa Abbas

Staff Writer

Senior Abbas Mustafa is the current staff writer of The A-Blast. This is his first year on staff. He was also a member of the AHS 5K run. He works at a child center and enjoys his time with his family and friends. In his free time he like spending his ...

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Khadija Ahmed

Staff Writer

Freshman Khadija Ahmed is a first year A Blast staff writer. She was President of NJHS in her middle school and wrote for its newspaper, the Raven’s Poest. She aspires to be a pediatrician, and her dream college is William and Mary. In her free time, she...

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Alexander Burita

Staff Writer

Freshman Alex Burita is excited to be a first year A-Blast staff writer this year. He hopes that it will be a great experience for writing in the future and wants to write about many interesting topics to learn new things about Annandale High School and...

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Shyeim Campbell

Staff Writer

Freshmen, Shyeim Campbell is a first year staff writer for The A-Blast. He is on the Freshmen football team and hopes to make JV. He likes to watch The Boondocks on his free time. He is bummed that he is in this class, but looks forward to participat...

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Jacqueline Claros Lopez

Staff Writer

Senior Jacqueline Claros is in her first year of journalism. She is a Photographer. Her interest in The A-Blast started by reading the newspaper. On her free time she likes to hang out with friends, play board games and watch movies. ...

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Ave Clyburn

Staff Writer

Sophomore Ave Clyburn is excited for her first year on The A-Blast. She loves to write and aspires to be a dramatic and comedic writer for performance shows one day. Ave enjoys running on the track and cross country team at AHS. She’s also on the imp...

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Noe Gonzalez

Staff Writer

Senior TJ Gonzalez, is a 1st year A-Blast staff member in sports and entertainment, also a videographer/vlogger and enjoys dabbing a little in politics. Loves hockey, soccer, analyzing hockey stats, gaming, is a moderate Democrat, and listening to musi...

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Jamileh Hamadeh

Staff Writer

Freshman, Jamie Hamadeh, is a first year A-Blast staff writer. Last year, she was on Girls Club which spreads awareness about human trafficking. She’s currently on Annandale’s JV cheer team. She loves to travel and has been to many countries incl...

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Mahdi Larhmari

Staff Writer

Junior Mahdi Larhmari is a staff writer on the A-Blast. It is his second year on staff as a staff writer. Mahdi plays basketball for Team Alexandria. In his free time, Mahdi likes to cool it with friends and likes to play basketball whenever he has the ...

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Elias Moura

Staff Writer

Junior Elias Moura, is a Lebanese-American lacrosse player that enjoys eating spaghetti. He has been playing lacrosse and football for 4 years. This is his first year in the A-blast and will be a staff writer for the year. In his free time Elias enjoys p...

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Erik Rivas-Martinez

Staff Writer

Freshman Erik Rivas is a staff writer on The A-Blast. This is his first year on staff and his first year as a staff writer. He likes to play soccer and video games and running. In his free time he likes to hangout with his friends and go on bike ride...

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Jason Reyes

Staff Writer

Sophomore Jason Reyes is a staff writer on The A-Blast. This is his first year on staff and his first year as staff writer. Jason is on the Football and Lacrosse team for Annandale High School. In his free time he likes to spend time with friends and ...

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Hasan Royer

Staff Writer

Freshman Hasan Royer is really excited to be at Annandale and loves acting, doodling, and playing video games in his spare time. Royer wants to do something with acting or maybe even drawing in the future and in the meantime is excited to be on the staff o...

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Uriel Sejas

Staff Writer

Senior Uriel Sejas enjoys to wrestle, run and weight train in his free time. He has been wrestling varsity for Annandale High School since his freshmen year and is also the captain of the wrestling team.

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