“Unblockers”: the way students get around blocked websites

A-Blast2 months 2 weeks ago
At AHS, students are provided with Chromebooks and are expected to use them in ways that are beneficial to their education and grade.  Things like Schoology and SIS StudentVue are up to assist them do school work and check their grades. These resources are very helpful to students, but some students use computers in unintended...
Logan Barberis, Staff Writer

La llegada de la primavera

A-Blast3 months ago
Los días fríos y las largas noches por fin están siendo sustituidos por temperaturas más cálidas y cielos más luminosos y con ello empiezan a llegar las sensaciones invernales y el mejor humor. La transición de la oscuridad del invierno a la luz de la primavera revitaliza a los estudiantes, dándoles energía y motivación renovadas....
Kelly Flores, staff writer

Greatest female artists

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
As Women’s history month is upon us it’s important we recognize all the amazing women that have paved the way. Especially women in music, so many amazing women have made such an impact on the industry and music we listen to today.  Elizabeth Grant, better known as the famous Lana Del Rey, started singing at...
Elyana Rodriguez, Entertainment editor

Best love songs

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
The month of love has everyone thinking about one thing. No better way to get in the mood than listening to love songs. Everyone has their own favorite song, or even decade for love music. Here are some of the best love songs from the 50s-70s. Starting with oldies in the   50s; “My Funny Valentine”...
Elyana Rodriguez, Entertainment Editor

Influential Black artists

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
Black music and artists have influenced modern music in a variety of ways, from the electric chords of rock to the rhythms of jazz. Their music has made a lasting impact on the music industry continuing to do so .  Musicians like Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and countless others...
Sophia Sewall, Staff Writer

Childhood memories aren’t the same anymore

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
When recalling childhood memories, what first comes to mind? Many might remember the crunch of mulch beneath their feet, or the scorching heat of the sun on a hot summer day. Jarret Cowgill, a first year teacher at AHS, is part of the millennial generation born in 1986. In his youth, Cowgill was very active...
Jasmin Dinh, Co-In-Depth Editor

Spice up your spring break with these Annandale hotspots

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
1: O’my ChiQ & Bar O’my ChiQ & Bar is located on Columbia Pike, here in Annandale. It came to Annandale after the original location, Dice Burger, closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. O’my ChiQ & bar opened on December 9th, 2022 after buying the former Dice Burger restaurant. They serve a variety of Korean...
Logan Barberis, Staff Writer

Sojourning during spring break

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
Each year during spring break I find myself in the airport waiting to get on one of many flights to Bolivia, my motherland. Every spring break since the 7th grade my parents have taken advantage of the week off to visit my cousins, aunts, uncles and family friends. When we arrive we stay where my...
Rossy Soto, Art Editor

Bored on break?

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
It can be challenging to find ways to stay busy and not bored when thinking about the upcoming break. With these ideas to make the most of your time, spring break can easily be enjoyable and productive. Common spring break plans include travel, which is a good and fun way to do something during the...
Sophia Sewall, Staff Writer

Top six rap songs

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
Carnival-kanye west  Redrum-21 savage Fien-travis scott First person shooter-drake Breathe-yeat Surround sound   These top six rap songs are currently the most streamed and most popular of their genre. Some of these songs are from recently released albums and others are still holding their ground from past releases. The songs have come from big name...
Sophia Sewall, Staff Writer

Around The Globe! Top 6 International Albums

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
Music is what brings people together, from all over the world, all cultures connect on the basis of music. There is a cross-cultural importance of listening to music, as many genres of music and musical performances are socially and culturally situated. It is important to keep an open mind of the various genres displayed across...
Valentina Henrich, Staff Writer

An interview with Julius Dunbar, Kao$forLoV3

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
Senior Julius Dunbar is an up and coming artist, whose work heavily revolves around spirituality with the intention of spreading peace and love. Going under the name of Kao$forLov3, Kaos, or Zer0. His passion revolves around the love for music that began at an early age. “I always loved listening to music when I was...
Valentina Henrich, Staff Writer

Want to get your life back together?

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
1- Declutter: Decluttering preps your room and allows you to physically clear out the old season. “I like to organize and get rid of things I don’t really use anymore because it makes more room for new things, … makes my room look nicer and gives me more space,” said junior Cadence Ayers. Follow the...
Zoe Ligairi, Lifestyle Editor

Political ideals are changing

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
Kids love to rebel. Watch all the movies like Footloose, Ferris Buller’s day off, Brave, The Breakfast Club and more. These teenagers wriggle out from under the thumb of their parent’s or school’s authoritative rule and go crazy. It is seen by the adults in the movie as ridiculous and outrageous but to the teens...
Sofia Saavedra, Co-In-Depth Editor

IB Spotlight: Erin Hanlen

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
Why did you decide to pursue the IB diploma? I decided to pursue the IB diploma because I wanted to be prepared for college and I’ve heard that the IB diploma helps. What extracurriculars are you in? I participate in several honors societies, after school clubs, and I play soccer. What HLs are you planning...
Morgan Milman, Academics Editor

Yale brings back test scores

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
The pandemic brought new policies around applying to colleges, many of which are here to stay. One new policy was the wave of “test-optional” applications due to lack of access to safe testing centers during the pandemic. But that one is slowly fading away. Yale University recently decided to begin requiring test scores as a...
Morgan Milman, Academics Editor

“I miss my teacher…”

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
Change is an often unwelcome enemy. It’s natural for people to resist change, and change in your teacher mid-year is not easy. Ask any student, chances are they have had a long-term substitute teacher at some point in their lives, whether it be elementary, middle or high school. Students often struggle to continue their learning...
Morgan Milman, Academics Editor

Breaking norms with body art

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
Head Librarian Patricia Brown: “When my sister was 14, she wanted to get her ears pierced, so of course I did too, so, I got [my first ones] when I was 11. And then, it became the fashion to have a third hole. And so, my sister wanted the third hole, but the earrings came...
Zoe Ligairi, Lifestyle Editor

4 ways to stay creative over the spring break

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
What are you doing for spring break? The most common answer from students would be “relaxing” which is a given because of the large amount of schoolwork they get. Before winter break, academics is more lenient because it’s mainly a review of past classes. After the winter break, students must begin preparing for state tests...
Munira Khalif, Arts Editor

The truth about Frida Kahlo

A-Blast3 months 3 weeks ago
“They thought I was a surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón, was best known for her embodiment of Mexican culture through her self portraits and her poetry. She depicted themes of identity, physical and emotional pain, and created an emphasis on her...
Valentina Henrich, Staff Writer
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