The A-Blast

2016-2017 Staff

Teagan Foti

Senior, Teagan Foti, has been a part of the A-Blast staff for 3 years. Her prior positions include being a News editor and staff writer. When she isn’t in the pub lab she enjoys spending her time eating cookie dough, going on adventures with friends...

Sadie Modica

Senior Sadie Modica has been on the A-Blast staff for three years. In addition to her responsibilities as Co-Editor-in-Chief, Sadie is an IB Diploma candidate and a member of four honor societies (National, English, Science, Quill & Scroll) and the...

Sabrina Hawa

Sabrina is a senior at Annandale and this is her fourth year on staff. She started out her first year as the sports editor, then the health editor and is now the managing editor. Her hobbies include watching movies, reading books, and spending time with her...

Alex Tran

Senior Alex Tran is the current Webmaster for the A-Blast. This is his first year on staff and he is already enjoying it. When Alex isn't managing the A-Blast website he is playing games, hurdling for the Annandale Track Team, reading, and ,as an IB...

Crew McCarthy

Crew McCarthy is a senior and this is his third year on staff. For his first two years he was a staff writer. He is the Vice President of the FBLA and is Video Editor in Chief of the A-Blast. He spends his time playing sports and boolin with the Inner...

Neftali Mauricio Reyes

Senior, Neftali Mauricio Reyes, has been a part of the A-Blast staff for 2 years. His prior positions include being staff writer. He enjoys spending his time playing video games, going on adventures with friends. He is also a member of the Atoms football...

Nancy Evora

Nancy Evora is a senior and this is her fourth year in the staff. Her first  year she was a staff writer, second year she was the Health Editor, junior year she was the International Editor, and now she’s the News editor. Nancy is an IB Diploma...

Jessica Salisbury

Sophomore Jessie Salisbury is currently the News Editor for the A-Blast. This is her second year on the staff. She also is involved in sports such as field hockey, basketball, and softball for AHS. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and...

Binqi Chen

Junior Binqi Chen is the current Editorials Editor of the A-Blast. She also runs on the cross country and track team. She's the Editor of Key Club and a member of Math, Spanish, and National Honor Society.

Aseal Saed

Junior Aseal Saed is Editorials Editor and this is her third year on staff. Aseal is involved in Green Atoms, Just World, and the MSA. In her free time, Aseal enjoys tutoring, volunteering, and writing.

Yvonne White

Junior Yvonne White is the Copy Editor for the A-Blast. This is her second year on staff. Yvonne enjoys to bake, cook, play sports, and spend time with friends in her free time. She enjoys golf, tennis, basketball and to coach and compete in swim.

Ruth Mekonnen

In depth editor, Ruth Mekonnen, is a junior at Annandale High School and this is her third year on the staff. In her free time, Ruth likes to read, watch movies, volunteer, and travel.

Kimberly Vaides

Sophomore Kimberly Vaides is the In-Depth Editor for The A-Blast this year. This is her second year on The A-Blast. Aside from being editor, Kim is also a member of Color Guard in marching band. She loves art, music and literature. On her free time, she...

Cameron Foti

Sophomore Cameron Foti is one of the Sports Editors for the A-Blast this year. This is his second year on the staff. He plays swimming and lacrosse for AHS. His favorite food is a Chipotle burrito. In his free time he likes to hang out with friends and b...

Jude Nanaw

Sophomore Jude Nanaw is on his second year of staff on the A-Blast. He was a staff writer his first year and is the sports editor this year. Jude participates in track at Annandale in the winter and spring. He is also a member of various clubs.

Ryan Gammon

Junior, Ryan Gammon, is the Sports X-tra editor on the A-blast. He has been on staff for three years and says he loves those late days where everyone is working hard to try and be first to PDF. When he is not at school working hard on the newspaper he ...

Grace Hogye

Junior Grace Hogye has been on staff for three years. This year she is co-editor of the Sports X-tra page. In previous years, she was a staff writer. She has has participated in school soccer and indoor track. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer,...

Soulisa Pathammavong

Senior Soulisa Pathammavong enjoys fashion and shopping. She is part of Leadership and FBLA. This is her fourth year on the The A-Blast staff, starting as a staff writer her freshman year, Lifestyles Editor her sophomore year, Photo Editor her junior...

Marilyn Rivas

Senior Marilyn Rivas is currently the people editor for The A-blast. This is her fourth year on staff, she started as a staff writer, transitioned into a lifestyle editor and last year was the photo page editor. She enjoys fashion, shopping and hangin...

Mohamed Elhag

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

Conrad Shartel

Grapher Senior Conrad Shartel is the Weekend Editor. He has been on staff for four years, and enjoys watching movies and working out on his free time. He also enjoys the outdoors and likes to go out to eat with his friends.

Lina Al Taii

Junior Lina Al Taii has been on staff for two years. She is currently the International Editor. In her free time, Lina plays on the Varsity Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams. She also likes spending time with friends and watching movies.

Tooba Siddique

Senior, Tooba Siddique is the International Editor and this is her fourth year on staff. Tooba enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family when not editing her page. She participates in school clubs, and spends her free time volunteering.

Julius Miller

Senior Julius Miller is the Entertainment Editor. He has been on staff for three years. He enjoys playing video games, clothing and listening to A$AP Rocky.

Hussein Salem

Senior Hussein Salem is the Entertainment Editor for The A-Blast. This is his fourth year on staff, he enjoys watching sports, listening to hip-hop and watching movies. He also enjoys traveling and hanging out with friends.

Sheila Aguirre

Sheila Aguirre is a senior at Annandale High School and this is her third year on the A-Blast as a the Lifestyle editor. She enjoys reading, volunteering during her free time and traveling around the United States.

Lucie Lefbom

Senior Lucie Lefbom has been on The A-Blast for two years and is a lifestyle editor this year. In addition to The A-Blast, she spends her free time playing volleyball, participating in school clubs, and volunteering in the Annandale community.

Judy Nanaw

Senior Judy Nanaw is the Health Editor for the A-Blast and this is her second year on staff. Before this year, her position was a staff writer. She is a part of many clubs including Quill & Scroll, Math, and English Honor Society. She enjoys summer,...

Julie Nguyen

Active member in various honor societies and clubs, senior Julie Nguyen has been on The A-Blast staff for three years. She is currently the Health Editor and is also involved in other school activities such as the Antenna Yearbook. In her free time, she...

Alaina Garay

Senior Alaina Garay is currently one of the Photo Editors for the A-Blast. This is her fourth year working on staff and her third year as an editor. She does cheerleading and track in and out of school. Alaina enjoys hanging out with her friends and watch...

Kailyn Garay

Senior Kailyn Garay is the photo editor for the ablast and has been on staff for four years. She is involved in cheerleading, XC, and track in and out of school. In her free time she enjoys tumbling and hanging out with friends.

Serene Ghul

Serene Ghul is a Junior at AHS and this is her second year on staff. She is the Arts Editor. She enjoys reading, playing volleyball and lacrosse, and cooking. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

Kavi Shamdin

 Junior Kavi Shamdin is the Arts editor for the A-Blast and this is her second year working on staff. She plays lacrosse in the spring and enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as going on adventures.

Halley Thadeus

Junior Halley Thadeus is the academics editor. She was a staff writer in the two previous years she was on staff. Also, she plays volleyball, soccer, and runs indoor track for AHS. In her free time Halley enjoys going to new places and spending time with...

Rachel Shogren

Junior, Rachel Shogren is the Academics Editor on the A-Blast! This is her third year on staff. In school she has been on the Varsity Cheer team as a freshman and participates in Varsity swim and dive. She loves traveling and hanging out with friends an...

Suad Mohamed

Suad Mohamed is a freshman and first year staff writer on the A Blast. She runs cross country for Annandale. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching tv, and hanging out with her friends.

Drew White

Senior Drew White is a staff writer for the A-Blast. This is his first year on staff. Drew enjoys playing sports, hanging out with friends, and spending time with his dog, Jag. The Sports he plays are golf, basketball, swim, tennis, and pickup footba...

Jeremiah Bethea

Senior Jeremiah is a first year A-Blast member. Although Jeremiah is new to the A-Blast, he is immensely known around AHS for his many contributions in different activities. He’s a State qualifying Track & Field athlete, member of the Math Honor Societ...

Mahdi Larhmari

Sophomore Mahdi Larhmari is a staff writer for the A-Blast, and this is his first year working on the paper. Mahdi likes to play basketball whenever he has a chance. In his freetime, Mahdi is either with family or friends. ...

Ashleigh Storm

Freshmen Ashleigh Storm, staff writer first year doing it. I like music, animals, and writing stories.

Ivanna Perez

Ivanna Perez is a freshman this year and is new to the staff as a staff writer. She’s on the cheer team and she loves to listen to music and play with her dogs.

Brandon Ho

Senior Brandon Ho is a videographer. This is his first year on staff, and he enjoys watching football and baseball. He's a big fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Nationals. He also has been on the golf team for three years and baseball for fo...

Luke Elkins

 Sophomore Luke Elkins is a staff writer for the A-Blast. This is his first year on the A-Blast staff. Luke played soccer and basketball last year and swam for Forest Hollow during the summer. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing FIFA, and watc...

Lennon Wuhrer

Junior Lennon Wuhrer is starting her first year on staff. She enjoys playing lacrosse, spending time on beaches, and cuddling puppies. She also spends her free time dabbling in the art of golf and saving lives. She also dislikes when people crop her o...

Casey Nguyen

Sophomore, Casey Nguyen, is on her second year of being on A-Blast. When she’s not writing articles. Casey’s using her friends’ Netflix to watch Glee and Friends. She enjoys playing sports in her free time, but is also a member of several clubs...

Katie Pope

Sophomore Katie Pope is a staff writer, this is her first year on staff.  She plays field hockey, swim, dive, and lacrosse.  She enjoys hanging outside and spending time with friends.  She likes anything involving water, animals, or food.  She also li...

Jordan Adams

Senior Jordan Adams is a star guard on the varsity basketball team. He enjoys listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. He is a staff writer and this is his second year on staff.

Fares Ayoub

Sophomore Fares Ayoub is a staff writer on the A-Blast. It is his second here on the A-blast as a Staff writer. On his free time he enjoys to read and hang out with his friends. Outside of school he plays on Annandale United travel soccer team, he like...

Yabi Bereket

Sophomore Yabi Bereket is participating in her 2nd year on the a blast as  staff writer. She is president of the class of 2019, and after school, she participates in clubs such as Student Government, BCAA, and Bible study. Although school isn’t...

Diego Feliciano

Diego Feliciano is a Junior in High school in his free time he enjoys reading different articles and playing soccer.He likes hanging out with friends and family.He hopes to do his best in his first year with the A-blast.

Kayla Holcomb

Sophomore Kayla Holcomb is a Staff Writer and this is her first year on the A-Blast. She is also involved in Field Hockey, Swim, and Lacrosse at Annandale High School. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends & family, spending time outdoors,...

Sharon Sanchez

Sharon Sanchez has been in the A-blast for 3 years and is currently a staff writer. She's Vice President of GSA and is very interested and passionate about animal agriculture and environmental issues.

Ethan Zimmerman

Sophomore Ethan Zimmerman is a staff writer on the A-Blast. It is his first year being part of the staff. Outside of school he plays travel baseball with the Fairfax Naturals. He enjoys reading and being outside during his free time.

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