Star senior athletes head off to college

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
As the school year comes to an end, seniors are getting ready to go off to college. Among the seniors who are heading off to college, some of them made the decision to not just further their academic career, but also further their athletic career at the collegiate level. Playing a sport at any level...
Andrew Nields, Sports Editor

Track looks to perform well at regionals

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
district finals meet at Falls Church High School on 5/18 and 5/19. All teams in the National District competed at the meet, which gave the Atoms a chance to race against some of the fastest runners in the district and earn personal records. In addition, those who competed at districts had the opportunity to qualify...
Evan Burita, Staff Writer

Boys soccer preparing for regionals

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
As the boys soccer team heads into the first round of the regional tournament, it is important that the team is prepared to play hard. This opens up the first round of regionals on Wednesday against Robinson. This game will be a tough test for the Atoms. Robinson is 8-4-4 in the season, and they...
Andrew Nields, Sports Editor

Girls soccer falls in district quarterfinals

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
The varsity girls soccer team fell to a record of 4-9-1 after losing to the Falls Church Jaguars by a score of 3-2 in the first round of the district playoff on 5/16 . The Atoms were able to maintain a 2-0 lead early on before conceding three straight goals. “It was a tough way...
Evan Burita, Staff Writer

Softball’s impressive season ends

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
The Atoms softball team’s impressive district season came to an end in the district semifinal on May 17. AHS lost to the Edison Eagles in a tight 9-8 game, losing in nine innings to a walkoff. Junior Shalini Vlcan pitched the entire game for the Atoms, pitching over 180 pitches and allowing just one earned...
David Sewall, Sports Editor

Baseball eyes regional rebound

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
The Atoms baseball team lost by a final score of 5-4 in the district semifinal against Falls Church Jaguars on May 17. The Atoms fell behind early 4-0, but battled back into the game with two runs from junior David Sewall, two hits for senior Tyler Plank, and a huge 2-RBI single from senior Zack...
David Sewall, Sports Editor

Coming to America : Senior Melany Arevalo Guzman moves from Bolivia to America

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
There are many reasons why someone might have to make the decision to move to a new country and leave their home in order to achieve a greater future than what their home country provided. Senior Melany Arevalo Guzman moved to America from Bolivia on Jan. 28, 2018. Guzman explained how to was a tough...
Brianna Montevilla, International Editor

Teacher volunteers for Ukraine distrubutions

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
Meredith Hedrick traveled to Poland on May 6th for 10 days to support the humanitarian efforts at the Polish and Ukrainian border with the World Central Kitchen. Hedrick is an English Second Language Department Chair and Instructional Coach at AHS. She volunteered with WCK in the town of Przemysl near the Medyka border crossing where...
Brianna Montevilla, International Editor

5 Step Summer Craft: Sun Catcher

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
Materials needed: Beads that can refract light Clear string/cord 1 suction cup with hook   Step 1    Cut 1-3 strands of cord, about a foot long each.   Step 2   Tie a knot at the end of each string.   Step 3   Place the beads on the string, alternating size, color, or...
Aya Al-Ariqi, Staff Writer

Artist Spotlight: Senior Isra Kertgate

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
When did you start creating art? I’ve always been a creative person so I think I started creating art the moment I was able to. However, an official answer would be when I started school and was required to take an at class. What is your favorite piece of art you have created? My favorite...
Emily Hawkins, Arts Editor

How to stay creative this summer

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
While school can help students stay creative through the range of electives, extracurricular clubs, and the creativity required to excel and problem solve in class. But sometimes school can do the complete opposite and drain you of your creativity with the overwhelming amount of work, stress and hectic schedule school often bring. We sometimes forget...
Emily Hawkins, Arts Editor

Broadway Desserts preparations underway

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
Taking place on May 27 and May 28 at 7 p.m. AHS choir department will be hosting their annual Broadway Desserts performance. The event features different Broadway numbers from individual, small groups and all five of the AHS choirs over the course of the two act show with a chance to enjoy desserts at intermission....
Emily Hawkins, Arts Editor

Staff and faculty say goodbye to AHS

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
Each year, AHS must say goodbye to a few faculty and staff. Staff are either retiring or leaving for different opportunities. One teacher leaving AHS at the end of this year is English teacher Bonnie Vining. Vining has been teaching at AHS for 18 years. She has taught all levels of English as well the...
Adam Shawish, Co-Editor in Chief

Covid-19 still threatens AHS, despite decrease in cases

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
While the number of Covid-19 cases has seen a decrease at AHS from the winter, the threat of the pandemic is not yet over. Students are still being put on pause because they tested positive for Covid or they were in contact with someone who tested positive. “I think that AHS has done a pretty...
Adam Shawish, Co-Editor in Chief

IB scores to be released to students

A-Blast2 months 3 weeks ago
Seniors recently finished their last IB exam. The details for accessing the IB scores have been released. “I know the scores can not affect me with college so I don’t really care what I get,” senior Grant Yungner said. “I still want to do good on them, so I can get credit for the HL...
Adam Shawish, Co-Editor in Chief

Was a new Avatar movie on your 2022 bingo card?

A-Blast3 months ago
Just when we thought 2022 wasn’t going to hit us with another curveball, it does. On May 9, the teaser trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water dropped unexpectedly. An astounding announcement for a series that hasn’t seen the light of day since 2009. Looks like James Cameron hasn’t shaken off that blue people fever,...
Cal Carlos, Staff Writer

Open Road: Restaurant Review

A-Blast3 months ago
Open Road is a popular restaurant and bar in Falls Church, right down the road from the always populated Mosaic Center. From the food to the decor, this restaurant is heavily themed on traditional American styles. Open Road is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on...
Aya Al-Ariqi, Staff Writer

Why are we so addicted?

A-Blast3 months ago
Riddle me this: You see them everywhere in the hands of those you know. They connect us, entertain us, and hurt us. What are they? The answer is pretty obvious. If you’re a student, your phone is the most important thing in your pocket. It’s what allows you to keep track of social media, it...
Cal Carlos, Staff Writer

Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness changes EVERYTHING

A-Blast3 months ago
Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness dove deeper into the multiverse and the possibilities it brings. It also confirmed something called an incursion which is the destruction of Earths in the multiverse. This is a huge deal because this would open the doors to an eventual Secret Wars adaptation as the next big story...
Savion Simmavong, Staff Writer

Clea is coming…

A-Blast3 months ago
Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness is a love letter to hardcore Doctor Strange fans and Sam Raimi just revealed one of the most important characters in Doctor Strange’s history: Clea. Clea is an important character in Doctor Strange’s history as she is Strange’s true love and the niece of Dormammu from the Dark...
Savion Simmavong, Staff Writer
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