The A-Blast

2020-2021 Staff

Khadija Ahmed
Co-Editor in Chief

Khadija Ahmed

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

Adam Shawish

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 marchin...

Jamileh Hamadeh
Managing Editor

Jamileh Hamadeh

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

Ryan Lam

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

Mia Antezana

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

Fatima Sayed Eltayeb

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

Thonny Anwar

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...

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In-Depth Editor

Erik Rivas

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

Henry Hoang

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

Elena Leopold

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

Vivian Phan

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

Insaf Bouzana

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

Maram Ibrahim

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

Alex Burita

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

Evan Burita

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

Uyen Huynh

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

Tyler Plank

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...

Leen Alawneh
Staff Writer

Leen Alawneh

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...

Leon Arceo
Staff Writer

Leon Arceo

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...

Limia Bahar
Staff Writer

Limia Bahar

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.

Rym Benouna
Staff Writer

Rym Benouna

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...

Nareg Boghosian
Staff Writer

Nareg Boghosian

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

Eyob Dagnachew

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...

Lilli Dalrymple
Staff Writer

Lilli Dalrymple

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...

Sereene Darwiesh
Staff Writer

Sereene Darwiesh

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

Daniela Dosen

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

Mary Endalkachew

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...

Desmond Fitzgerald
Staff Writer

Desmond Fitzgerald

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...

Rudy Flores
Staff Writer

Rudy Flores

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...

Tyler Foti
Staff Writer

Tyler Foti

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 ...

Anmool Ghaffari
Staff Writer

Anmool Ghaffari

Sophomore Anmool Ghaffari is a first-year staff writer on The A-Blast. She has a deep passion for writing. To keep herself occupied, she enjoys watching videos on TikTok, posting on her own social media...

Shane Gomez
Staff Writer

Shane Gomez

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,...

Emily Ha
Staff Writer

Emily Ha

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

Blen Hailu

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...

Kiara Kuong Panizo
Staff Writer

Kiara Kuong Panizo

Junior Kiara Kuong Panizo is a first-year staff writer for The A-Blast. In her free time, she enjoys watching the news, reading about celebrities and dancing. Her ultimate goal this year is to maintain...

Sydney Long
Staff Writer

Sydney Long

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 Mengistu
Staff Writer

Eldana Mengistu

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...

Andrew Nields
Staff Writer

Andrew Nields

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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David Sewall

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

Abdul Siddique

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. ...

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