The A-Blast

2019-2020 Staff

Nardos Bekele

Freshman Nardos Bekele is in her first year on staff as a photographer. She grew up in Ethiopia and came to the U.S. about 4 years ago. She enjoys listening to music and watching Netflix in her free time....

Limia Bahar

Sophomore Limia Bahar is in her first year at The A-Blast as a staff writer. She goes by Lim. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, trying new things, watching Netflix and Hulu shows, and traveling...

Sereene Darwiesh

Freshman Sereene Darwiesh is a staff writer for The A-Blast. She’s on the freshman volleyball team and spends her time reading and spending time with her friends. Her hobbies consist of baking and painting....

Insaf Bouzana

Junior Insaf Bouzana is new to The A-blast staff. She is a staff writer this year. She loves to spend most of her time with her family and enjoys cooking different kinds of food. She also loves fashion...

Mary Endalkachew

Freshman Mary Endalkachew is in her first year in The A-Blast. She enjoys binge watching shows on Netflix and spending time with friends. She is on the freshman volleyball team and likes to play sports...

Eldana Mengistu

Sophomore Eldana Mengistu is on her first year in the A-Blast as a staff writer. She played JV volleyball in fall and runs varsity track in winter and spring. She also does dance in the winter. In her...

Alex Burita

Junior Alex Burita is an Entertainment Editor who is currently in his third year writing for The A-Blast. Last year, he was sports editor. In school, Alex is an IB diploma candidate that is involved in...

Jensi Ralon

Senior Jensi Ralon De Leon is in her first year with The A-Blast. Her hobbies are listening to music, hanging out with friends, shopping, eating, and learning different languages. Her favorite shows on...

Suad Mohamed

Senior Suad Mohamed is currently the Co-Editor in Chief and this is her fourth year on staff. Last year, she was the In-Depth Editor. Besides The A-Blast, she participates in many other clubs and honor...

Aminata Dia

Aminata is a freshman staff writer for The A-Blast. She plays volleyball, makes crafts, and loves hanging out with her family. Throughout this school year, she plans on joining different clubs. In her...

Ernest Owen

This is the first time Junior Ernest T.R. Owen has worked for the A-Blast as a staff writer. A smart person and talented artist, Ernest has been given many awards for his skills in Greek, drawing, and...

Khadija Ahmed

Junior Khadija Ahmed is in her third year at The A-Blast. She has previously been a staff writer and an Academics editor. In her free time, she likes to read books and bake. She is in National Honor Society,...

Cynthia Nguyen

Senior Cynthia Nguyen is the web master, and this is her first year working for the A-Blast. Cynthia also participates on the XC team, indoor and outdoor Track and Field program, MHS, and SSNHS. In her...

Manny Precht

Manny Precht is a senior and the current Co-Editor in Chief of The A-Blast. It is his second year on staff where he was previously the Health Editor. In school, Manny is the President of National Social...

Jane Elkins

Sophomore Jane Elkins is an Editorials Editor for the A-Blast. This is her second year working on the A-Blast, as she worked as a staff writer the year prior. Jane enjoys playing sports and hanging out...

Brenda Huamani

Senior Brenda Huamani is on her second year on staff for the A-Blast and her first year as the Spanish Editor. She is a member of several clubs, such as National Spanish Honor Society, Girl Up, Just World,...

Nate Ferson

Senior Nathan Ferson is in his first year at The A-Blast writer as the Academics Editor. He is a member of the Green Atoms and the Red Cross club. He enjoys playing video games, going to the gym with his...

Karla Mercado Dorado

Senior Karla Mercado Dorado is the editor for the People page. This is her first year working on the paper as an editor. She is a player on the Varsity Field Hockey team, and is also a runner during both...

Jamileh Hamadeh

Junior Jamie Hamadeh has been on staff for three years. She has previously been a staff writer and the People Editor. She is now the Health Editor. She is also on the Varsity cheer team and has been with...

Daniel Vo

Senior Daniel Vo is currently the Photo Editor and is starting off his first year on The A-Blast. Aside from The A-Blast, he participates in the school’s orchestra where he plays the violin and Social...

Mia Antezana Garcia

Junior Mia Antezana grew up in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She attended a music school called Instituto Eduardo Laredo before moving to the U.S. She now plays the cello for the artist orchestra and has been a...

Frances Montevilla

Senior Frances Montevilla is currently one of the In-Depth Editors and the Social Media Manager. This is her second year, as she was previously the Spanish Editor. She is in several clubs and honor societies,...

Marian Osman

Junior Marian Osman is in her second year of The A-Blast and is the In-Depth Editor. She spends a lot of her time playing sports such as basketball. In her free time, she likes hanging out with her friends,...

Thonny Anwar

Junior Thonny Anwar is in her second year of The A-Blast as the Lifestyles Editor. She plans on being in clubs like the Red Cross and Green Atoms. She enjoys hanging out with friends and traveling. She...

Eyob Dagnachew

Junior Eyob Dagnachew is in his first year as an editor of the Sports X-tra page. Other than the A-Blast, he is a tutor for younger kids on the weekends and is a part of Key Club. Outside of school, he...

Evan Burita

Freshman Evan Burita is the Sports Editor of The A-Blast. He is involved in several extracurricular activities, including playing soccer for Villareal Virginia Academy, swimming for Forest Hollow Swim...

Henry Hoang

Junior Henry Hoang is an Entertainment Editor for The A-Blast. This is his third year as an editor on staff. In his free time, he loves hanging out with his friends or sleeping. He also likes playing lacrosse...

Elena Leopold

Sophomore Elena Leopold is entering her first year as part of The A-Blast and is the Weekend Editor. During the school year, she plays club volleyball for Alexandria Titans. Her favorite things are spending...

Tyler Plank

Sophomore Tyler Plank is on his second year with The A-Blast. Previously a staff writer, he is now the sports editor. He enjoys playing guitar, listening to music, and plays baseball in the spring season.

Adam Shawish

Sophomore Adam Shawish is an editorials editor on The A-Blast. This is his second year on staff. In previous years, he was Sports X-tra editor. He is involved with the marching band, choir, and other performing...

Erik Rivas

Junior Erik Rivas is in his third year on staff. Last year, he was a Sports Editor. This year, he will be an Entertainment Editor. He likes to play soccer and video games and run. In his free time, he...

Himran Kamara

Sophomore Himran Kamara is a videographer for the A-Blast. This is his first year on staff. In his free time, he likes to play sports and hang out with friends. He also likes to watch movies and play video...

Kaleab Mengistu

Senior Kaleab Mengistu, a first year videographer for The A-Blast, also currently holds the positions of secretary and social media supervisor for the new Black Student Union (BSU) here at Annandale High...

Cyrus Assadzadeh

Freshman Cyrus Assadzadeh is a staff writer for The A-Blast. Additionally, he is a football player for the freshman team. Cyrus enjoys running a meme account and doing video/photo edits in his spare time....

Amira Bashir

Sophomore Amira Bashir is staff writer on The A-Blast. This is her first year working on staff at Annandale. She previously worked on staff at Oakton. In her free time, she hangs out with her friends and...

Tyler Foti

Freshman Tyler Foti is in his first year on the A-Blast staff. He is currently a staff writer for The A-Blast. He enjoys playing soccer and basketball and plans to tryout for both teams here at Annandale....

Dylan Gill

Junior Dylan Gill is currently an Entertainment Editor for The A-Blast. He is entering his first year with the staff. He plays center for the varsity football team during the fall. In the winter and spring,...

Siryet Girma

Junior Siryet Girma is in her first year of The A-Blast as a staff writer. She spends a lot of time watching shows on Netflix. She also loves to go shopping and hang out with her friends. She loves sleeping,...

Uyen Huynh

Sophomore Uyen Huynh is a current staff writer for The A-Blast. She is entering her first year on staff. Aside from The A-Blast, she’s also involved in Green Atoms, Science Olympiad, and Just World....

Maram Ibrahim

Junior Maram Ibrahim is new to the A-blast staff this year as a staff writer. She likes to play field hockey and lacrosse and has done so at Annandale for the past two years. This year, she hopes to join...

Cerys Jones

Cerys Jones, though a senior at Annandale Highschool, is a recent freshman to the A-Blast writing staff. She is known for being involved in her school’s volleyball team. This year, she is a middle on...

Sydney Long

Sophomore Sydney Long is a first year videographer on the A-Blast. She enjoys playing softball and volleyball. She is on the JV volleyball team and was on the JV softball team last spring. She plans on...

Duc Ngo

Senior Duc Ngo, a first year staff writer for the A-Blast is also currently an editor-in-chief for the Filament Magazine. His hobby consists of producing artworks for IB Art portfolio and the Filament....

Alondra Obando

Sophomore Alondra Obando is in her first year at The A-Blast. She is currently a staff writer and likes listening to music, doing Bolivian dances, and watching Netflix. She enjoys hanging out with her...

Vivian Phan

Sophomore Vivian Phan is on her first year of journalism. She is joining the A-Blast as a staff writer. She participates in Green Atoms, Just World, and Science Olympiad at school. She has been a Girl...

Jared Piza

Freshman Jared Piza is a photographer for the A-Blast. This is his first year on staff. In his free time he makes videos on Youtube, sings in Advanced Choir, and plays the baritone. He also resells sneakers...

Cassandra Quach

Sophomore Cassandra Quach is currently on her first year as a staff writer working with the A-Blast. She participates in clubs such as Green Atoms and Just World. She enjoys the activities very much and...

Grace Rai

Freshman Grace Rai went to Glasgow MS. This is her first year as a staff writer for the A-Blast. Her favorite subject is English and she loves to take photos. She’s super excited to attend school events!...

Kristina Regmi

Junior Kristina Regmi is in her first year in A-Blast as a staff writer. She spends a lot of time watching shows, movies, and spending time with friends and family. She also likes to travel to different...

Fatima Sayed Eltayeb

Sophomore Fatima Sayed Eltayeb is in her first year of The A-Blast as a staff writer. She enjoys hanging out with friends, binge watching shows, and travelling with her family. In school, she manages the...

Rylie Zimmerman

Junior Rylie Zimmerman is new to The A-Blast and is a staff writer. He has been playing baseball for Annandale for the last 2 years. He plays left field and second base, and also did indoor track during...

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