The A-Blast

2012-2013 Staff

Jared Lefbom

This is Jared's fourth year on The A-blast and 2nd year as Webmaster. Jared plays on the baseball team and is a Captain of the Golf and Swim teams. He is a member of National Honor Society and the President of Model UN.

Sarah Metzel

Sarah Metzel is the current Editorals Editor of The A-Blast. She joined the staff sophomore year as a staff writer. Metzel was accepted into the Young Journalists Development Program with the Washington Post in the spring of her sophomore year. Sh...

Aniqa Rashid

Aniqa is a staff writer for the A-Blast and a senior at AHS. She is a member of the Green Atoms, NHS, MHS, NEHS and other activities. She also serves as a tutor of the Atoms Writing Center and local community center. In her spare time, Aniqa reads all...

Cayley Byrne

Cayley Byrne is a current In-depth Editor of The A-Blast. She joined the staff freshman year as a staff writer. She was the Photo page editor during her sophomore year. She has played lacrosse since freshman year and has been a member of the Fellowsh...

Omnia Saed

This is Omnia’s fourth year on staff starting off as International Editor her sophomore year. Also a member of National Honor, Social Studies Honor and English society, a LearnServe alum, and a current Huffington Post blogger, she enjoys days off when...

Nadia Elgendy

This is Nadia’s fourth year on staff after first joining The A-Blast as a Journalism 1 student her freshman year and becoming a staff writer her sophomore year. She is now the Head Videographer/Dictator of Multimedia who will continue her particip...

Carina Chu

During her junior year, Carina was handling the 400+ subscriptions as the Circulation Manager. She is now enjoying her senior year as one of the Arts Editors! She loves walking on trails, badminton, traveling, and her rottweiler, Rory. She plans on attending...

Shamaim Syed

Shamaim is the International Editor for The A-Blast. This is her second year on staff excluding Journalism 1. She was a photographer last year and this year she has taken on a bigger role and became an editor. Shamaim enjoys learning about the differen...

Priya Adhikary

Priya Adhikary is a photographer for The A-Blast. She takes pictures and writes stories with Olivia Lafferty, another photographer. This is her first year on staff.  

Megan Flynn

Megan Flynn is a junior and is one of the People editors for the A-blast. She joined the A-blast staff her sophomore year, as a staff writer. She plays field hockey and soccer for AHS and hopes to continue being a part of the A-blast staff next year.

Sarah Bergen

Sarah Bergen became a member of the A-Blast staff her sophomore year as a photographer. Last year she was the Photo Editor with Stephanie Allshouse and for her senior year she is the Entertainment Editor with Emily Blank. Sarah participates in field ho...

Stephen Oakes

Stephen Oakes is a Copy Editor of The A-blast. This is his first year on staff. He is on the varsity golf and lacrosse teams at AHS. Aside from athletics, stephen is also an active participant in the Choral department. Stephen is also in National Honor...

Betsy Kruse

This is Betsy Kruse's fourth year on staff and she is currently the Sports Editor for The A-Blast. As a junior, she was the Health Editor. Betsy is on the field hockey, swim and lacrosse teams at AHS.

Destiny Gammon

This is Destiny's third year on the The A-Blast staff, starting as a staff writer her freshman year and later becoming an International editor her sophomore year. She is now the co-editor of the Editorials Page and hopes to pursue journalism throughout...

Ayah Oweis

Ayah is a Sports-Xtra editor for The A-Blast. This is her  second year on A-Blast. She also runs Cross Country, and Winter and Spring Track. In the little time she has after practice she likes to hangout with friend and eat, a lot.

Andrea Melendez

This is Andrea's second year on A-Blast after joining Junior year. She is co-editor of the Weekend page with Rowan Shartel and enjoys all aspects of the job. In addition to working on the newspaper, Andrea is also co-president of the National English...

Gaby Camilli

This is Gaby's second year on staff. She was a staff writer her sophomore year and is currently a lifestyles editor. Gaby has always had a passion for the news and journalism as well as politics. She is currently in the in program and a member of the...

Berta Tarqui

Berta is currently is a currently a sophomore in AHS. She is a Academics Editor for the A-Blast this year. She likes to spend her free time sketching, painting, and playing the guitar. Berta loves music and is in love with The Beatles.

Rowan Shartel

Senior Rowan Shartel is one of the Weekend editors for the A-blast. She was a staff writer last year. Rowan participates in track and field hockey. In her spare time, she enjoys drinking soy chai lattes and eating tofu.

Olivia Lafferty

Olivia Lafferty is a photographer for the newspaper. This is her first year on staff. She often takes pictures and writes stories with Priya Adhikary. She is also a member of the Key Club and in her free time, she listens to music and hangs out with her...

Stephanie Allshouse

Stephanie Allshouse is the currant Ad Manager for the A-Blast. She joined the staff her freshman year, and became a staff writer/photographer her sophomore year. As a junior Stephanie was the Photo Editor with Sarah Bergen. Stephanie participates in swim,...

Thien Mai

Thien is one of the copy editors for the A-Blast. He enjoys playing tennis, rooting for the Nationals and supports the "under" philosophy when replacing toilet paper.

Tiffany Huynh

Tiffany Huynh is a photographer for The A-Blast. She is a freshman and this is her first year on staff. She participates in field hockey and spring track. In her free time she likes to hangout with friends.  Get to know Tiffany and follow her on twitter...

Hanna Carlson

Hanna Carlson is just starting out in The A-Blast. She is a rising sophomore for the 2012-2013 school year. She will be taking the place of circulation manager. She loved being in of journalism 1 her freshman year! There are a lot of new people who are ...

Erin R. Johnson

Erin Johnson is a staff photographer for The A-Blast. She is a sophomore and this is her first year on The A-Blast staff. She is also a part of AHS varsity volleyball and is on the girls varsity basketball team; she also participates in sports outside...

Nuhami Mandefro

This is Nuhami's first year in the A-Blast. She is a staff writer and a sophomore. She loved taking Journalism 1 in freshmen year and loves being a part of the staff. She loves spending her time with friends and family.

Sandra Webb

Sandra Webb is a staff writer for The A-blast. She joined this year as a sophomore. Outside of A-blast, Sandra runs tech for Poe MS theatre productions. She has worked spotlights, the light board, and run soundtrack for every Poe theatre production since...

Andrew Peters

Andrew Peters joined the A-Blast as a staff writer as a freshman. At AHS he participates in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Speech and Debate Club. He’s particularly interested in politics and wants to become a fluent Spanish speaker. He enjoys...

Cayley Byrne

Cayley Byrne joined the A-Blast as a freshman in 2012. This is her first year on staff for the newspaper. She usually writes for the paper, but would enjoy being a photographer in the future. She has participated in field hockey and track & field...

Summer Ayoub

Summer is a videographer for the ablast. She is a freshman, and enjoys playing volleyball on her free time. She can speak Arabic and English. It is her first year on the ablast.

Chelsea Alfonso

Chelsea is a sophomore and this is her first year on the A-Blast. She is a videographer. She is part of AHS spring track. During her free time, she loves playing the guitar and singing. She also loves spending time with her family and friends.

Rahel Tecle

Rahel Tecle is a videographer for the A-blast. She is in her sophomore year of high school. This is her first year on Staff. Rahel takes part in AHSCheerleading. In her free time she hangs out with friends and loves to go to Kazaxe.

Kiara Patino

Kiara joined A-Blast as a freshman in 2012. She is a videographer. She enjoys playing sports. She does soccer and basketball outside of school and for Annandale. In her free time she likes to go to the movies and hang out with friends.

Jennifer Kang

Jennifer Kang joined the A-Blast as a freshman. After-school, she is found on the field hockey field in the fall or on the track during the winter. She is mainly found spending time with family, reading, watching movies, listening to music or laughing...

Laelle Mekonnen

Laelle is currently a sophomore at AHS. She is a videographer and this is her first year on staff. She enjoys listening to music.

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