The A-Blast

2014-2015 Staff

Halley Thadeus

Halley Thadeus is a sophomore at Annandale High School. This is her second year on the A-Blast. In school Halley plays volleyball, runs track, and soon to be playing soccer. In her free time she likes to hangout with friends, go shopping, and photography.

Berta Tarqui

Berta is currently a senior. She has been on The A-Blast since her freshmen year and was first an Academics Editor during sophomore year and then became the Health Editor during her junior year. She is also active after school and likes to do communit...

Bailey Oliver

Bailey is a junior at Annandale High School. He is the Arts Editor, and this is his third year on staff for The A-Blast. Previously he has been a staff writer and copy editor. He enjoys over-analyzing movies plans to eventually write and direct his own ...

Jarod Golub

Jarod is a senior at Annandale High School and has been with The A-Blast for four years. Aside from being the Co-Editor in Chief, Jarod also participates in the baseball program and is an IB Diploma candidate at AHS. Outside of school, he is a member...

Chelsea Alfonso

Chelsea is the Managing Editor for The A-Blast. This is her third year on staff. During her free time, she likes to bake cupcakes and spend time with friends and family. She also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House Charity in Fairfax.

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...

Nuhami Mandefro

Nuhami Mandefro is the Entertainment Editor for the A-Blast. She is a senior and has been a journalism student for since her freshman. This is her second year as an editor; she was previously a staff writer and the Entertainment Editor. Nuhami also participates...

Ruth Tefera Mekonnen

Ruth is a freshman and it is her  first year writing for the A-Blast. In her free time, she enjoys reading,writing,traveling,listening to music and hanging out with her friends.

Sharon Sanchez

Sharon Sanchez is a freshman at Annandale High School. This is her fist year contributing to the A-Blast. Additionally, she enjoys old films, alternative music, and sad poetry.

Nebeyu Solomon

Nebeyu Solomon is a junior at annandale High school. He is a first year staff writer for the A-blast and this is his first year. in his free time he enjoys playing sports, listening music, and watching movies.

Daniel Yenegeta

Daniel Yenegeta is a junior at Annandale High School. This is his second year on staff. Last year he was a staff writer. This year he is Sports X-tra Editor. His hobbies include reading and playing basketball.

Rahel Tecle

Rahel Tecle is a senior and has been apart of A-Blast for 3 years now. She is the head videographer. She is a member of Leadership and is on the SGA executive board. She loves to participate in school activities and hang out with friends

Jeanine Barakat

Jeanine is a junior at Annandale High School. She is a staff writer and this is her first year on A-blast. In her free time she enjoys reading, painting, traveling and spending time with her friends.

Raphael Yu

This is Raphael's first year in the A-blast. He is currently a junior. In his free time, he enjoys watching sport, playing sports, chilling with friends, and traveling.

Andrew Gonzalez

Andrew Gonzalez is a Junior at AHS and has been apart of The A-Blast Staff for three years now. The position he currently holds is Head of Social Media. He began playing golf this year for AHS and enjoys playing it outside of school as well. some of his...

Hussein Salem

Hussein is in his second year with the a-blast. He's runs cross country for AHS. He likes to play soccer and basketball in his free time. He also likes to hang out with friends and watch TV.  ...

Sabrina Hawa

Sabrina Hawa is a sophomore at Annandale High School. This is her second year on A-Blast Staff, first year being a staff writer and now is a Sports Editor. She enjoys reading, writing and playing basketball.

Kiara Patino

Kiara Patino is junior and has been apart of A-Blast for 3 years now. She is the photo editor and was the people editor last year. She plays basketball and soccer in school and out of school. She loves puppies and spending time with her friends.

Julie Swenton

Julie Swenton is the current Photo Page Editor of The A-Blast. She joined The A-Blast staff her freshmen year and took a year hiatus, then joined again her junior year. She played volleyball her freshmen and sophomore year and also participated in Spring...

Marem Atef

Marem Atef is junior and it is her first year on A-Blast. She is a staff writer and photographer. She is a member of the Leadership class and and actively participates in martial arts. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and indulging...

Zeke Yonas

Hezekiel Yonas is a circulation manager in his second year on the A-Blast staff. Last year he was a staff writer. He is now a junior who is a sports fanatic, enjoys music, and spends his weekends with squad. His hobbies include playing basketball, pl...

Timothy Gray

Tim is a first year staff writer on the A-Blast. He is a sophomore. He enjoys reading, writing, tv-shows, video games, fashion and all sorts of music. His birthday is October 26.

Faisal Hassen

Faisal Hassen is a junior and a first year Staff Writer on the A-Blast. He enjoys playing and watching sports. His favorite sport is soccer, and supports Manchester United. In his spare time, he likes to watch movies, travel and hang out with friends.

Soulisa Pathammavong

Soulisa Pathammavong is a sophomore at Annandale High School. This is her second year on the The A-Blast staff, starting as a staff writer her freshman year and is now currently Lifestyles Editor. In her free time she enjoys fashion, cheerleading, shopping,...

Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson is the Weekend Editor for The A-Blast. She is a senior and this is her fourth 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 of school...

Alexandra Zernik

Alexandra Zernik is a Junior and has been on staff since her freshman year. The A-Blast is her favorite of all the clubs she participates in. She loves reading, watching movies, photography and drawing. $wag money.

Alaina Garay

Alaina Garay is a sophomore at Annandale High School. This is her first year working on the The A-blast. She is now currently the Academics Editor. She is an AHS Varsity cheerleader and an AHS gymnast. On her free time she enjoys to cheer, shop, and watch...

Mery Berhane

Mery Berhane is a sophomore. She joined journalism in freshmen year. She is In College Partnership program. She enjoys basketball and dancing. Her favorite color is blue.

Kailyn Garay

Kailyn Garay is a Sophomore at Annandale High School. This is her second year on the A-blast staff, starting as a staff writer her freshman year and is now currently Academics Editor. She is an AHS Varsity cheerleader and an AHS Varsity gymnast. In her...

Emily Lien

Emily Lien is a photographer for The A-Blast. This is her first year working on The A-Ablast and her last year at Annandale High School. She is a member of other school clubs like Key Club, Just World, MHS, and SNHS. In her free time, she enjoys playing...

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...

Marilyn Rivas

Marilyn Rivas is a sophomore at Annandale High School. This is her second year on The A-blast staff, starting as a staff writer her freshman year and is now currently Lifestyles Editor. She enjoys fashion, shopping and hanging out with her friends and...

Sheila Aguirre

Sheila Aguirre is a sophomore at Annandale High School. She is a staff writer and this is her first year working on the The A-Blast. In her free time she enjoys cheerleading, shopping, traveling and hanging out with her friends.

Marife Baragano

Marife Baragano is the Sports Editor for The A-Blast. This is her second year on staff as a junior. 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 wit...

Thida Pathammavong  

This is Thida’s first year on The A-Blast. She is a junior at Annandale High School. She loves meeting new people, traveling, fashion, and art. She plans on moving to New York after high school and pursuing a career in art and fashion. ...

Ahmad Ayub

Ahmad Ayub is a first year Staff Writer on the A-Blast. He is a junior. In his free time, he likes to run, play videogames, and watch movies. One of his biggest hobbies is also soccer. His birthday is April 15th.

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...

Conrad Shartel

Conrad Shartel is currently a sophomore and the Entertainment Editor of The A-Blast. His freshman year he was the Sports Editor of the paper. Conrad likes to run cross country in the fall, swim in the winter and do track in the spring. He enjoys superheroes...

Sadie Modica

Sadie is a sophomore at Annandale High School, and this is her first year on the A-Blast as a staff writer. Sadie runs outdoor and indoor track, as well as cross country, and outside of school she is a member of LearnServe International, a DC- based organization....

Andrew Nunez

Andrew Nunez is a sophomore and is on his second year on the A-Blast. He has a very strong love for horror movies and enjoys being with his friends. He is very shy with new people, but he is very kind. He always tries his best in everything for scho...

Mohamed Elhag

This is Mohamed’s First year in the A-blast. He is a sophomore currently. When he isn’t studying for upcoming tests and quizzes, he likes to play sports, watch tv, and hang out with friends.

Julie Nguyen

Julie Nguyen is a sophomore at Annandale High School and this is her first year working with The A-Blast. She is a member of Key Club, Green Atoms, and AAL. Outside of school, Julie enjoys writing, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and...

Jay Gut

Jay is a Senior at Annandale High School and is new to the A-Blast. Outside of being part of the A-Blast, Jay is also a member of FBLA, FCCLA, and National Business Honors Society.  Jay enjoys watching sports, news, and movies. He also listens to a wide...

Aseal Saed

Aseal Saed is a freshman at Annandale High School. this is her first year doing the A-blast as a staff writer. She participates in Cross Country, and Indoor Track. She enjoys writing, and reading in her spare time

Teagan Foti

Teagan is a sophomore at AHS and this is her first year working for the A-Blast. She participates in many sports at Annandale including volleyball, swim and tennis. She loves skiing, nail polish, cookie dough and going on zesty adventures with friends.

Rachel Shogren

Rachel Shogren is a freshman at Annandale High School. This is her first year working in the A-blast.   She is an AHS Varsity Cheerleader and on the AHS swim team. She likes to take photos and hangout with her friends and family.

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