The A-Blast

2020-2021 Staff

Khadija Ahmed

Co-Editor-in-Chief

Senior Khadija Ahmed is in her fourth year at The A-Blast. She has previously been a staff writer, Academics Editor and Managing Editor. In her free time, she likes to read books and bake. At the moment, ...

Adam Shawish

Co-Editor-in-Chief

Junior Adam Shawish is the Co-Editor in Chief of The A-Blast. This year is his third on staff.  In previous years, he was the Editorials Editor and the Sports X-tra Editor. He is involved with the...

Jamileh Hamadeh

Managing Editor

Senior Jamileh Hamadeh has been a part of The A-Blast for all four years of high school. She started off as a staff writer and then worked her way up to being the Managing Editor for her final year on st...

Ryan Lam

Webmaster, Social Media Manager

Senior Ryan Lam is a first-year in The A-Blast staff; he is currently the Webmaster and Social Media Manager. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, creating digital artwork, exploring photography ...

Mia Antezana

Spanish Editor

Senior Mia Antezana grew up in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She attended a music school called Instituto Eduardo Laredo before moving to the U.S. She enjoys playing volleyball, going on long walks, watching f...

Fatima Sayed Eltayeb

Editorials Editor

Junior Fatima Sayed Eltayeb is currently the Editorials Editor, and this is her second year on staff. Last year, she was the Copy Editor. Fatima spends her free time watching movies, painting, hanging with ...

Thonny Anwar

Academics Editor

Senior Thonny Anwar is in her third year at The A-Blast as the Academics Editor. She has previously been a staff writer and a Lifestyles Editor. She enjoys hanging out with friends, reading books, and bin...

Erik Rivas

In-Depth Editor

Senior Erik Rivas is in his fourth year on staff. Last year, he was an Entertainment Editor. This year, he will be an In-Depth Editor. He likes to play soccer and video games, and run. He likes to han...

Henry Hoang

In-Depth Editor

Senior Henry Hoang is an In-Depth Editor for The A-Blast. This year is his last as an editor on staff. In his free time, he loves hanging out with his friends or sleeping. He also likes playing lacrosse ...

Elena Leopold

People Editor

Junior Elena Leopold is a People Editor. This is her second year on the A-Blast staff; she worked as Weekend Editor last year. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, playing volleyball and tennis, hiking a...

Vivian Phan

People Editor

Junior Vivian Phan is in her second year of journalism as a People Editor. She participates in Green Atoms, Just World, Math Honor Society and Science Olympiad at school and has been a Girl Scout since...

Insaf Bouzana

Health Editor

Senior Insaf Bouzana is in her second year on the A-Blast. She is co-editor of the Health page. She loves writing and enjoys spending time with her family. She loves cooking and baking various kinds of foo...

Maram Ibrahim

Health Editor

Senior Maram Ibrahim is currently a Health Editor, and this is her second year with The A-Blast. In her free time, she loves discovering new music and writing. She hopes to travel to many places eventu...

Alex Burita

Sports Editor

Senior Alex Burita is a Sports Editor who has been associated with The A-Blast for the past four years. He was an Entertainment Editor last year and a Sports Editor sophomore year. Academically, he is an IB...

Evan Burita

Sports Editor

Sophomore Evan Burita is a Sports Editor of The A-Blast. He is involved in several extracurricular activities, including playing soccer for Villarreal Virginia Academy and being an active member of the S...

Uyen Huynh

International Editor

Junior Uyen Huynh is currently one of the International Editors. This year is her second on staff, and she has previously been a staff writer. In her free time, she enjoys napping and watching Netflix an...

Tyler Plank

Entertainment Editor

Junior Tyler Plank is in his third year with The A-Blast. Previously the Sports Editor, he is now the Entertainment Editor. He enjoys playing guitar, listening to music and playing baseball in the spr...

Leon Arceo

Staff Writer

Senior Leon Arceo was born in York, Pennsylvania. This year is his first in The A-Blast. He enjoys playing the piano and creating visual art, such as photography, paintings and animations in his free time...

Nareg Boghosian

Staff Writer

Senior Nareg Boghosian is a first-year staff writer for The A-Blast. In his free time, he enjoys participating in the performing arts and sports. He hopes to study music performance in college.

Eyob Dagnachew

Staff Writer

Senior Eyob Dagnachew is in his third year as a staff writer. Besides The A-Blast, he is a tutor for younger kids on the weekends and is a part of Key Club. Outside of school, he enjoys reading comics, watch...

Rudy Flores

Staff Writer

Senior Rudy Flores is a first-year staff writer for The A-Blast. In his free time, he enjoys participating in sports and listening to music. After high school, he hopes to pursue a career in sports co...

Limia Bahar

Staff Writer

Junior Limia Bahar is a staff writer for The A-Blast. In her free time, she loves to dance, draw and run. She is excited to achieve all of the goals that she has made for herself this year.

Jenna Cappello

Staff Writer

Junior Jenna Cappello, a first-year staff writer, enjoys being active as well as growing in the classroom. She runs cross country for Annandale and participates in spring track. She likes to hike, ice s...

Lilli Dalrymple

Staff Writer

Junior Lilli Dalrymple is a staff writer for The A-Blast. She is entering her first year with the staff. Outside of The A-Blast, she participates in field hockey through the school and travel. In her f...

Desmond Fitzgerald

Staff Writer

Junior Desmond Fitzgerald is a staff writer on The A-Blast. At school, he participates in chorus, swim and lacrosse. In his free time, he loves spending time with friends, listening to music, playing video...

Emily Ha

Staff Writer

Junior Emily Ha is a staff writer for The A-Blast. In her free time, she enjoys writing, singing and playing lacrosse. Her favorite thing in the world is music.  

Blen Hailu

Staff Writer

Junior Blen Hailu is a first-year staff writer for The A-Blast. She enjoys spending time outside with her friends and family while finding new spots. She also loves trying new foods and aspires to travel...

Sydney Long

Staff Writer

Junior Sydney Long is a second-year staff writer on The A-Blast. She enjoys playing softball and volleyball and was on the JV volleyball team and the Varsity softball team last spring. She plans on conti...

Eldana Mengitsu

Staff Writer

Junior Eldana Mengistu is a second-year staff writer for The A-Blast. Outside of school, she does track and plays volleyball. In her free time, she enjoys talking to new people and spending time with fri...

Sereene Darwiesh

Staff Writer

Sophomore Sereene Darwiesh is a staff writer for The A-Blast. She has played volleyball her freshman year and spends her time reading and hanging out with friends. Her hobbies consist of baking and painting....

Daniela Dosen

Staff Writer

Sophomore Daniela Dosen is a staff writer for the A-Blast. This is her first year working on the A-Blast, so she looks forward to it. She spends her free time playing sports and spending time with her fami...

Mary Endalkachew

Staff Writer

Sophomore Mariamawit Endalkachew is a second-year staff writer on The A-Blast. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and watching Netflix and Hulu. She plays volleyball, track and...

Tyler Foti

Staff Writer

Sophomore Tyler Foti is in his second year on The A-Blast staff. He is currently a staff writer for The A-Blast. He played basketball and soccer for Annandale last year and plans to play this year as ...

David Sewall

Staff Writer

Sophomore David Sewall is currently in his first year as a staff writer on the A-Blast. He enjoyed playing football and baseball for Annandale last year and hopes to play again this year. In his free ti...

Abdul Siddique

Staff Writer

Sophomore Abdul Siddique is a staff writer on The A-Blast. In his free time, he enjoys painting and exploring photography. He hopes to pursue a career in cardiology in the future. ...

Leen Alawneh

Staff Writer

Freshman Leen Alawneh is new to The A-Blast and has previously worked on The Raven’s Poest at Poe Middle School. In her free time, she likes to read and draw. Her favorite sports are basketball and karat...

Rym Benouna

Staff Writer

Freshman Rym Benouna is a staff writer on The A-Blast. She is planning on joining the basketball and soccer team at Annandale. She spends most of her time playing sports, painting and hanging out with f...

Shane Gomez

Staff Writer

Freshman Shane Gomez is a first-year staff writer on The A-Blast. Previously, he wrote for The Raven's Poest at Poe Middle School. At school, he participates in the band. In his free time, he enjoys reading,...

Andrew Nields

Staff Writer

Freshman Andrew Nields is a staff writer for Annandale High School. He is a very active individual who loves to play sports. Andrew plays basketball for Annandale and loves to help others. He enjoys going...

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