The A-Blast

2015-2016 Staff

Summar Ayoub

AHS senior Summar has been on The A-Blast for four years, and is currently the co-editor in chief. Besides being a part of The A-Blast, Summar is an IB Diploma Candidate. She enjoys reading and studying. Outside of the AHS community, Summar is a volunteer...

Hezekiel Yonas

AHS senior Hezekiel Yonas has been on The A-Blast staff for three years. When he isn't focusing on the responsibilities that come along with being co-editor in chief, he is most likely watching sports or listening to music. He spends his weekends at the...

Alexandra Zernik

AHS senior Alexandra Zernik is the managing editor of The A-Blast. She has been on staff for four years.

Christopher Han

AHS senior Chris Han is the webmaster for the A-Blast. This is his first year on the A-Blast staff. He is also involved in the cross country team and the Annandale Theatre Company. In his free time, he likes to save kittens from trees and help the elderly.

Mohamed Elhag

AHS junior Mohamed Elhag has been on The A-Blast staff for three years and one of the News editors. In the spring season, he plays on the varsity tennis team. Some of his other hobbies include playing soccer, and eating.

Teagan Foti

​AHS junior Teagan Foti has been a member of the A-Blast staff for two years. She was a staff writer during her sophomore year and is currently one of the News editors. She is a member of the AHS swim and dive team as well as the tennis team. She...

Sadie Modica

AHS junior Sadie Modica has been on The A-Blast staff for two years. This year she is an editorials editor. Sadie runs on the spring and winter track teams, and is a member of several clubs at AHS. Sadie enjoys reading, writing and running.

Julie Nguyen

AHS junior Julie Nguyen is currently one of the Editorials Editors for the A-Blast. This is her second year working with the staff. She is Vice President of Green Atoms and is a member of Key Club. Julie enjoys spending time with her friends and watching...

Linus Bumbaca

AHS senior Linus Bumbaca is the copy editor for The A-Blast, and has worked on the paper all four years of high school. As a freshman and sophomore, he was a co-editor of the academics page. He enjoys building with LEGO, watching cartoons, and playing...

Sharon Sanchez

AHS junior Sharon Sanchez is one of the two copy editors for the A-Blast this year. Sharon considers herself a very blunt and open-minded person. In addition, she enjoys watching old 80-90's films, listening to metal music, as well as drawing and writing...

Binqi Chen

Binqi is currently a sophomore and this is her second year on staff. Binqi started as a staff writer and is currently the In-Depth editor. Binqi is a part of the cross country team and is currently involved with Math Honor Society and Learn-Serve Fellows.

Aseal Saed

Aseal is a sophomore at Annandale High School. She is currently an In Depth editor, and this is her second year on The A-Blast. Aseal is a participated in Track and Cross Country. She is currently a Learn Serve fellow and likes to read and volunteer in...

Ryan Gammon

Ryan Gammon is a sophomore at Annandale High School. He is a second year sports editor for the A-blast. In his free time he likes to play sports and make raps.

Andrew Gonzalez

This is Andrew Gonzalez. He is a senior and he has been on staff since his freshman year. This year he is the sports editor for The A-Blast. He also is in Leadership and participates in the Young Republicans club. His favorite TV show is Parks and...

Nebeyu Solomon

Nebeyu Solomon is a senior at Annandale High school. This is his second year on the A-Blast staff and his first year as a sports editor. In his free time he enjoys playing sports, listening music, and watching movies.

Marem Atef

Marem Atef is a senior and it is her second year on staff. She is the Sports X-tra page editor. She is the president of the SGA and Leadership class. She is always willing to give up free time to lend a helping hand. ...

Raphael Yu

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

Conrad Shartel

Conrad Shartel, a junior, is currently the People page editor for The A-Blast. He joined the paper two years ago as a freshmen, and has been an editor every year since. He really likes to play golf, swim and play basketball. On his free time ...

Julie Swenton

Julie Swenton is the current People 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...

Cayley Byrne

Cayley is currently a senior at AHS. In the past she has been the Photo Editor, an In-Depth Editor, and is now a Weekend Editor. Cayley is involved in other school activities such as National Honor Society, KAST, and lacrosse. In her free time she enjoys...

Biruk Negash

Biruk is currently a senior. She has been on staff since her freshman year and was first the People Editor and is currently the Weekend Editor. She is also involved with other school activities like Key Club, Leadership and Big Atom Little Atom. During h...

Nancy Evora

Nancy Evora is a junior and she is currently the International Editor. She has been a member of A-blast for three years. Her first year she was a staff writer, then her second year she was the Health Editor and now the current International editor. Nancy...

Timothy Gray

Tim Gray is a Junior and the International Editor of the A-Blast, starting out as a staff writer his sophomore year. His interests include various genres and forms of movies, music and literature. He enjoys traveling and trying new things. ...

Daniel Yenegeta

Daniel Yenegeta is a senior and Entertainment Editor for The A-Blast. He joined the staff his sophomore year as a staff writer, and he was Sports X-tra Editor his junior year. His hobbies include listening to music, reading and passing time with friends.

Ahmad Ayub

Ahmad Ayub is a senior at Annandale High School. He runs the one of the Entertainment pages. On his free time, he likes to hang out with friends, listen to music, play videogames and watch movies. His birthday is April 15. ...

Thida Pathammavong

Thida is currently a senior at Annandale High School. This is her second year on staff and was first a staff writer and is now currently the Lifestyles Editor. She enjoys long walks on the beach, texting her friends, and going shopping.

Tipyan Abdelrahman

Tipyan Abdelrahman is currently a senior and this is her second year on the A-Blast staff. She was a staff writer her first year but is now the editor of the Lifestyles page. Tipyan loves to travel and has been to many different countries in the Middle...

Phuong Nguyen

Phuong is a senior at AHS and this is his third year on staff. He was previously an Editorials Editor and Lifestyles Editor. You can find Phuong on the sidelines as a Varsity Cheerleader, around school in various organizations such as French Honor Society...

Sabrina Hawa

Sabrina Hawa is a junior at Annandale High School. This is her third year on staff, first year being a staff writer, second year being the sports editor, and now as the health editor.  She enjoys reading and writing.

Soulisa Pathammavong

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

Marilyn Rivas

Marilyn Rivas is a Junior at Annandale High School. This is her third year on The A-blast staff. She started as a staff writer her freshman year, transitioned into a Lifestyles Editor her sophomore year and now is currently a Photo page Editor. She enjoys...

Alaina Garay

Alaina Garay is a junior at Annandale High School. This is her second year working on the The A-blast staff. She is now currently the Arts Editor. She has been an AHS Varsity cheerleader since her freshman year. On her free time she enjoys to cheer and...

Kailyn Garay

Kailyn Garay is a Junior at Annandale High School. This is her third year on the A-blast staff, starting as a staff writer her freshman year and is now currently Arts editor. She is an AHS Varsity cheerleader and a Cheer Tyme Allstar cheerleader. In her...

Faisal Hassan

Faisal is a senior and is in his second year of the A-Blast. He is a photographer. He likes to hang out with friends, play sports and watch movies in his spare time. He likes to watch sports such as football and soccer and supports the Pittsburgh ...

Bailey Oliver

Bailey is a Senior at Annandale High School. He is the Video Editor-in-Chief, and this is his forth year on staff for The A-Blast. Previously he has been a staff writer, Copy editor and Arts editor. He enjoys over-analyzing movies and plans to eventually...

Hussein Salem

Hussein Salem is currently a junior at Annandale High School and it is his third year on the A-Blast as the ad manager. He enjoys listening to music, playing and watching sports, traveling, and hanging out with friends. ...

Jeanine Barakat

Jeanine is a senior at AHS and this is her second year on staff. Last year she was a staff writer, but this year she is a circulation manager. In her free time Jeanine likes to travel, watch movies, and spend time with friends. She also spends so...

Maria Suarez

Maria Suarez is a senior at AHS and is a current circulation manager. She started off as a staff writer and has been on staff for two years. In her free time, Maria enjoys being outdoors, reading, or spending time with her friends and family.

Almaz Abedje

Almaz Abedje is a senior at AHS and this is her first year on the A-Blast. She is a staff writer. She is on the varsity volleyball team and an active member of the band. In her free time she enjoys playing sports, hanging out with friends, and shopping.

Camila Soruco

Camila is a senior at Annandale High School and this will be her first year writing for the A-Blast as a staff writer. During her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with close friends. She also loves to dance and sing, as well...

Mauricio Reyes

Neftali Reyes is a Junior at Annandale High School . This is his first year on the a blast. He is a staff writer. He is a varsity football and lacrosse player. He also enjoys hanging out with friends

Seham Ahmed

Seham Ahmed is a senior at Annandale High School. He is a staff writer. He also is the vice president of class of 2016. On his free time he likes to listen to music and hang out with his friends. His birthday is on December 8....

Lina Al Taii

Lina is a sophomore at Annandale High School. This is her first year on A-Blast and she is a staff writer. In her free time Lina likes to play sports, watch movies, and study.

Jennifer Kang

Jennifer Kang is a senior and a first-time staff writer for the A-Blast. After school, Jennifer plays field hockey and lacrosse. In her free time, she occupies herself with reading books or hanging out with friends. Some of her favorite shows are American...

Kirk Lindberg

Kirk Lindberg is a senior at Annandale High School and is working for the A-Blast for his first year as a Staff Writer. In his free time he enjoys playing sports with friends, going to the gym, and eating at Chipotle. He has dedicated his life to the...

Angelo Lopez

Angelo Lopez is a senior here at Annandale. This is his first year working for the A-Blast as an entertainment writer and a photographer. He's on varsity golf and wrestled his Junior year at Annandale . On the side He likes to fish hang out with friends...

Judy Nanaw

Judy Nanaw is a junior at Annandale High School. This is her first year on A-Blast Staff as a staff writer. She enjoys listening to music, reading, and writing.

Sergio Pozo

Sergio is a senior at Annandale High School. This is his first year writing for the A-Blast. He has been wrestling on Varsity since his freshman year. His favorite football team is the New England Patriots.

Kadijah Sesay

Kadijah Sesay is a senior at AHS and it is her first year on A-blast as a staff writer. She is head captain of the AHS Varsity cheer team and is also a member of the Leadership class 2015-16. Kadijah is very friendly and easy to work with.

Rachel Shogren

Rachel Shogren is a sophomore and this is her second year on the A-Blast! In school she has been on the cheer team and participated in swim and dive. She also does gymnastics outside of school. She loves photography and hanging out with friends and family.

Karungu Thuku

Karungu Thuku is a senior at Annandale high school and this is his first year in the A-blast. This year he is a videographer. In his free time he plays football, lacrosse, and makes music. Karungu is an active student. He is very friendly and he helps...

Crew McCarthy

Crew McCarthy is in the 11th grade. He's been on the A-Blast for an amazing 2 years now. For both years he's been a staff writer, usually writing sports stories. His favorite subject is History. He's played Golf and Baseball for the Atoms but his favorite...

Lucie Lefbom

Lucie is a junior at AHS and is a first year staff writer for the A-Blast. She plays volleyball, swim and tennis for the school. Outside of school she likes to ski, travel, and play more volleyball.

Andrew Nunez

Andrew Nunez is a junior and is on his third year on the A-Blast. He has a very strong love for horror movies, his favorite horror movie is the 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He enjoys being with his friends. He is  shy at first with  some people, but...

Amani Muntu

Amani is currently a sophomore at Annandale high school and is excited to begin her first year on A-blast. Outside of school she takes dance classes five days a week, enjoys writing, traveling, and listening to music.

Nicholas Mortensen

Nicholas Mortensen is a senior at Annandale High School and is a first-year staff writer at the A-Blast. Nicholas is an IB Diploma candidate, and is a leader within the Annandale band program. Outside of school, he works as a wildlife rehabilitator, and...

Kavi Shamdin

I am currently a sophomore at Annandale High School. This is my first year working as a staff writer for the a-blast. During my free time I like to read, go on adventures, and listen to music. ...

Serene Ghul

Serene Ghul is a sophomore at Annandale. This is her first year on the A-Blast. She is a member of the AHS volleyball team and track team. In her free time she enjoys hanging with friends, cooking with family, and reading. ...

Julius Miller

Julius Miller is a junior at Annandale High School and this is his second year on the A-Blast. He is a staff writer for the sports section. In his free time he enjoys eating good food, watching Netflix and hanging with friends and family.

Firdousa Wasuge

Firdousa Wasuge is a sophomore at Annandale High School. This is her first year on the A- Blast and she is a Staff writer. On her free time Firdousa likes to go shopping, hang out with her family, and watch movies.

Duy Nguyen

Duy Nguyen is a senior at Annandale High School and is a first year staff writer. Duy's hobbies are playing basketball, watching movies, and playing games. He's a fantasy football expert so if you need any advice go see him. ...

Ruth Mekonnen

Ruth is currently a sophomore at Annandale High School. This is her second year in the a-blast as a staff writer. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, painting and traveling.

Grace Hogye

This is Grace Hogye’s second year on the A-blast as a staff writer.  She is a sophomore this year.  She participates in Annandale Bible study and played soccer and winter track her freshman year.  Outside of school she enjoys playing soccer and h...

Cory Pringle

Cory is a senior at Annandale High School and is working for the A-Blast for his first year as a Staff Writer. He is on the varsity football and swim team. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with his friends.

Sheila Aguirre

Sheila Aguirre is a junior at Annandale High School and this is her second year on the A-Blast as a videographer. She enjoys reading, shopping and spending her time traveling.

Melanie Valencia

Melanie is currently a senior at Annandale. This is her first year of being on the A-Blast and is looking forward to a fun year as a Staff Writer. She enjoys reading, playing with her deaf puppy, and watching Netflix. She also enjoys traveling and watching...

Nicole Jordan

I am a junior and this is my first year on the a-blast staff. I hope to be a part of the photography section of the newspaper. I've played volleyball since freshmen year and I'm currently on our varsity team. Freshmen year I was the president of ...

Anthony Dinh

Anthony Dinh is a senior at AHS working on the A-Blast for his first year. Anthony brings energy and a positive attitude to everything he does. He likes to spend his free time with his friends and watch shows and movies. ...

Tooba Siddique

Tooba Siddique is a Junior at Annandale High School and this is her 2nd year on the A-Blast. Tooba was a staff writer her sophomore year, and she is a staff writer and photographer this year for the A-Blast. She does community service outside of school....

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.

Jessica Salisbury

Jessica Salisbury is a freshmen at Annandale High School. She enjoys playing sports like softball, field hockey, and basketball. In her free time she also enjoys hanging with friends and family.

Yabi Bereket

Yabi Bereket is a Freshman at Annandale High school, hoping to soon be apart of the A blast team starting this year. She is an optimistic person, loves reading and cooking when she has time. This year, Yabi hopes to have a positive impact on the A-...

Kim Laura

Kim Laura is a freshman at Annandale High School. She is an executive board member for the class of 2019. She is also a player on the freshman volleyball team and also has a passion for soccer. On her free time she studies, writes poetry, sketches, listens...

Jordan Adams

Jordan Adams is a junior at Annandale high school. This is his first year on the A-Blast staff. Jordan is playing his second year of variety basketball. If he isn't on the court, Jordan is spending time with family and friends and enjoying life.

Jude Nanaw

Jude Nanaw is a freshman at Annandale High School. This is his first year on The A-Blast as a staff writer. Outside of The A-Blast Jude is on the track team and is also a member of Key Club. In his free time, Jude likes to hang out with friends and watch...

Casey Nguyen

Casey Nguyen is currently a freshman at Annandale High School. This is her first year working on the A-Blast Staff. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, going shopping and traveling.

Yvonne White

Sophmore Yvonne White enjoys playing sports and spending time with her friends and family in her free time. She strives to be a successful member of the A-Blast this year and years to come.

Fares Ayoub

Fares is a staff writer for the A-Blast and a freshman at AHS. He enjoys reading and playing with his friends his free time. Outside of school, he enjoys playing travel soccer with his soccer team FPYC, and swimming  for Forest Hollow in the sum...

Amir Sajanie

AHS senior Amir Sajanie has been on The A-Blast for 1 year. When he's not focusing on his responsibilities, he focuses on wrestling or relaxing.

Shelby Runolfson

AHS Senior Shelby Runolfson is a staff writer. This is her first year on the A-Blast. She is co-captain of the Varsity Cheerleading team.

Carolyn Lemens

Carolyn is a Freshman at Annandale and she is excited to start working for the A-Blast. Carolyn loves photography and traveling and hopes do way more of it in the future. She is also an avid runner and swimmer.

Cameron Foti

Cam is a freshman at Annandale High School. This is his first year on staff. In his free time he enjoys playing sports, watching movies and spending time with friends and family. He is a member of the cross country and swim and dive team. He is plans...

Rebecca Tecle

AHS Freshman Rebecca Tecle is very excited to join the A-blast family. She's active in Field Hockey, Winter Track, and soon to be Lacrosse. In her free time she loves spending time with her friends and family ​and has a love for traveling. ...

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