The A-Blast

2012-2013 Staff

Jared Lefbom

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 Pres...

Sarah Metzel

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 Wash...

Aniqa Rashid

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...

Cayley Byrne

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 fr...

Omnia Saed

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...

Nadia Elgendy

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 Multi...

Carina Chu

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,...

Shamaim Syed

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 a...

Priya Adhikary

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

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...

Sarah Bergen

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 w...

Stephen Oakes

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...

Betsy Kruse

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

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...

Ayah Oweis

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...

Andrea Melendez

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...

Gaby Camilli

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...

Berta Tarqui

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...

Rowan Shartel

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...

Olivia Lafferty

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...

Stephanie Allshouse

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 Ed...

Thien Mai

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

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....

Hanna Carlson

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 fr...

Erin R. Johnson

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...

Nuhami Mandefro

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...

Sandra Webb

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...

Andrew Peters

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...

Cayley Byrne

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...

Summer Ayoub

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 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...

Rahel Tecle

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...

Kiara Patino

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...

Jennifer Kang

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,...

Laelle Mekonnen

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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