The A-Blast

2013-2014 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.

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...

Alexia Sung

Alexia Sung is senior and this is her first year on staff as a videographer. She is also on Varsity Lacrosse, Model United Nations, Green Atoms and the Math Honor Society. She loves meeting new people and this quality helps her to interview and record...

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...

Destiny Gammon

This is Destiny’s fourth year on the The A-Blast staff, starting as a staff writer her freshman year and later becoming an International editor her sophomore year and Editorials editor her junior year. She is now the Co-editor in Chief and hopes to...

Jared Lefbom

This is Jared's third year on the A-blast staff and his first year as Webmaster. Jared participates in Golf, Swim and Baseball. He wishes he could afford gas money and be an avid fisher. Follow him on twitter @Lefbomb

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...

Bailey Oliver

Bailey is a sophomore at Annandale High School. He is a Copy Editor, and this is his second year on staff for The A-Blast. He enjoys film and tasty food. Bailey has yet to participate in any clubs this year, but is a part of the swim and lacrosse team....

Jarod Golub

Jarod is a senior at Annandale High School and this is his fourth year with The A-Blast. He also participates in the Annandale baseball program and is an IB Diploma candidate. He is also a member of a social justice organization that operates year round....

Christine Tamir

This is Christine Tamir's fourth year on the staff of The A-Blast. She is one of the two Editorials editorials for this school year. Besides the newspaper, Christine is an IB Diploma candidate and very involved in AHS extracurricular activities. She is...

Chloe Loving

Chloe has been on staff for three years. She is an editor for the People page. Other than the newspaper, Chloe is on the varsity tennis team. She is an officer of Model United Nations, a member of Just World, STAND as well as National Honors Society,...

Aniqa Rashid

This is Aniqa's second year on staff. She is one of the two Academics editors for The A-Blast. She is a part of Red Cross, Green Atoms, NHS, MHS, and many other clubs and activities; and is also a tutor for the Atoms Writing Center. Outside of school,...

Gaby Camili

This is Gaby's third year on staff. She was a staff writer her sophomore year, the Lifestyles editor her junior year, and is currently the Weekend editor. Gaby's passion for politics and world affairs drives her to try to keep the student body informed...

Bayley Brill

This is Bayley's second year on staff. Last year she was a staff writer, and she is currently the News editor. Bayley also participates on the Varsity Field Hockey team, is the president of the National Art Honor society, and works at American Eagle in...

Andrew Peters

Andrew Peters has been part of the A-Blast since freshman year. This year, as a sophomore, Andrew is the In-Depth Editor. Andrew enjoys reading fiction and traveling. Andrew aspires to be a fluent Spanish speaker and is interested in politics. As In-Depth...

Ayah Oweis

Ayah Oweis has been on staff for three years She started off as Sports X-Tra editor then switched to Entertainment. She runs cross country and winer and spring track. In her free time she likes to hang out and eat.

Erin R. Johnson

Erin Johnson is the Sports X-tra editor for The A-Blast. She is a junior and this is her third year on The A-Blast staff. She is the captain of both the AHS varsity volleyball and girls varsity basketball team; she also participates in sports outside...

Kiara Patino

Kiara is People editor for The A-blast. This is her second year on staff. She is now a sophomore. She plays basketball and soccer outside of school and for AHS. She likes hanging out with friends and shopping in her free time.

Berta Tarqui

Berta is a junior at AHS and this is her third year on staff. Last year she was academics editor, but this year she is a health editor. Berta likes to listen to music, play her guitar and go on the internet. She is obsessed with The Beatles and is in...

Melanie Bennett

Melanie joined the A-Blast staff her junior year as a staff writer. This year as a senior she is the Sports Editor because she enjoys going to Annandale sports games. Melanie is a three sport athlete here at Annandale. She participates in Cross Country...

Megan Ryan

This is Megan Ryan’s second year on The A-Blast starting off as a staff writer her junior year. Currently she is the Entertainment co-editor for her senior year. Megan is a member of the Social Studies Honor Society, Tri-M, BALA and in the Key Club....

Nuhami Mandefro

Nuhami Mandefro is the International Editor for the A-Blast. She is a junior and has been a journalism student for 3 years. This is her first year as an editor; she was previously a staff writer.Nuhami also participates in Track and is a tutor for Atom...

Cayley Byrne

Cayley is a Photo Editor for The A-Blast. This is her second year on staff. She plays lacrosse for Annandale and in her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family.

Chelsea Alfonso

This is Chelsea's second year on The A-Blast. She was the previous Photo Editor and is currently the Ad Manager. She is part of Spring Track and also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House Charity in Fairfax. During her free time, she plays the guitar...

Alexandra Zernik

Alexandra is a Photo Editor for The A-Blast. This is her second year on staff. She is part of Annandale's Latin Club and in her free time she spends time with friends and cooks.

Marife Baragano

Marife Baragano is a staff photographer for the A-blast. This is her first year on staff as a sophomore. She is apart of the AHS varsity girls basketball team; she also participates in sports outside of school. In her free time she enjoys to spend time...

Kayee Lynch

Kayee Lynch is a junior at AHS. She loves reading, writing and dancing to music. Kayee always aims to stay active in anything possible, academically and physically. This is Kayee's first year with the A-Blast and is currently a staff writer. Kayee participates...

Yesenia Blount

Yesenia Blount is a senior at AHS. She has been on The A-Blast staff for 3 years. She has played varsity tennis for 3 years. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies and writing.

Ezekiel Yonas

Zeke Yonas is a sophomore at Annandale High School. He is a first year staff writer for the A-Blast. He is on the track and cross country team. In his spare time he likes to hang out with his friends to eat and play sports.

Alishia Sampene

Alishia Sampene is a senior at AHS. She enjoys dancing, reading and listening to music. Alishia does not hesitate to give a helping hand. She loves working with children. This is Alishia's first year working with the A-Blast and has taken the job of being...

Andrew Gonzalez

Andrew Gonzalez is currently in his second year on The A-Blast staff. He is a videographer on The A-Blast and is involved in the choir program at Annandale. Some of his favorite TV shows are Breaking Bad, The Office, and American Horror Story. He also...

Benny Le

Benny Le is a freshman at Annandale High School. He is a staff writer and this is his first year working on The A-Blast. He enjoys listening to music, editing photos, watching "Friends", and spending time with family.

Andrew Nunez

Andrew Nunez is a freshman and is new to the A-blast and excited for the year to come. He has a very strong love for horror movies and being with his friends. He is very shy with new people, but he is very kind. He always tries his best in everything...

Conrad Shartel

Conrad is a staff writer for the A-Blast and a freshman at Annandale. It is his first year writing for A-Blast. He swims for Annandale and also runs track. In his free time he enjoys watching Breaking Bad and playing basketball with his friends.

Sacha Cameron

Sacha Cameron is a Sophomore at Annandale High School.This is her first year working on The A-Blast and she is excited to be a staff writer. She enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with friends, and traveling.

Daniel Yenegeta

Daniel Yenegeta is a sophomore at Annandale High School. He is a staff writer for the A-Blast. In his free time he likes to listen to music, read, and spend time with family and friends. This is his first year as an A-Blast staff member.

Winnie Masson

Winnie Masson is a sophomore at Annandale High. This is her first year on the A-Blast staff; as a photographer. She plays field hockey and lacrosse for Annandale and likes hanging out with friends in her free time.

Ashley Britton

Ashley Britton, a sophomore, is a videographer for her first year on The A-Blast. She is also involved in Varsity Field Hockey, Swim, and Lacrosse at Annandale. She plans to have a fun and productive year on staff.

Thia Carayiannis

Thia Carayiannis, a junior, is a first year student at AHS. She is starting her junior year off as a staff writer for The A-Blast in hopes of being a part of more extracurricular activities. Writing is one of her many passions, as well as field hockey,...

Soulisa Pathammavong

Soulisa Pathammavong is a freshman at Annandale High School. She is a staff writer and this is her first year working on The A-Blast. In her free time she enjoys fashion, cheerleading, shopping, and spending time with her friends.

Marilyn Rivas

Marilyn Rivas is a freshman at Annandale High School. She is a staff writer and this is her first year working on The A-Blast. She enjoys traveling, shopping and hanging out with her friends and family.

Tara El-Achi

Tara El-Achi is a freshmen at Annandale High School. She is a staff writer and this is her first year on The A-Blast. She enjoys traveling, shopping, cheerleading and spending time with her friends and family.

Hussein Salem

This is Hussein's first year as a staff writer. He is looking forward for a good year with the A-Blast. He runs cross country for the Atoms. In his free time, he plays basketball and hangs out with friends.

Aashna Viswanathan

My name is Aashna Viswanathan and this my first year in the A-blast. I am a sophomore and I am a staff writer. I enjoy listening to songs, running, watching movies, taking pictures and spending time with my friends and family. I hope to have a fun year...

Noah Nelson

Noah Nelson is a sophomore at Annandale High School. This is his first year as a staff writer for the A-blast. He has participated in both Cross Country and Lacrosse. When he is out of school he can be found with friends, watching T.V, or taking a nap.

Cynthia Weiner

Cynthia is a staff writer for the A-Blast and a senior at Annandale. It is her first year on the staff and has enjoyed being apart of the media community. She loves running in her free time and participates in school track and cross country during the...

Biruk Negash

Biruk Negash is a sophomore and is currently the Circulation Manager for the A-blast. This is Biruk's second year on staff. In her free time Biruk enjoys hanging out with her friends and family.

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