Schools closed due to corona scare

A-Blast 3 weeks 1 day ago
At 11:34 p.m. on March 12, Fairfax County Public Schools announced that their decision to keep schools open would be reversed.  Students are to have the day off from school on March 13 while school offices and central offices will open on time for teachers and staff, though with an unscheduled leave policy in effect...
Manny Precht, Co-Editor in Chief

FCPS to stay open amidst fear of coronavirus

A-Blast 3 weeks 1 day ago
Today, Superintendent Scott Braband announced that FCPS will not be preparing to close as a response to rising numbers of people infected with coronavirus, telling parents in an email that the risk in the area “remains low,” pointing out that the Northern Virginia area has 17 confirmed cases and that other school districts in the...
Nardos Bekele, Staff Writer

How much is too much?

A-Blast 3 weeks 3 days ago
In recent years, technology has become a necessity for education. Students watch videos, take tests, complete assignments and use sites like Google Classroom and Blackboard in almost every single class. Computers have become such a crucial part of a classroom that it is now normal for high school students to have their very own school-issued...
Jane Elkins, Editorials Editor and Staff Writer

ATC hard at work for the spring musical

A-Blast 3 weeks 4 days ago
The Annandale Theater Company has been hard at work for the 2020 Spring musical, Sister Act, since Feb. 3. “All of our rehearsals have been productive,” musical director and theater teacher, Katie Brunberg said. “We have a really great cast, and I know this show is going to be fabulous.” Bruberg is excited to display...
Maram Ibrahim, Staff Writer

Heritage Night and Just World return

A-Blast 4 weeks 1 day ago
Heritage Night, accompanied by the Just World Festival, will return for another year at AHS. Both events will be held on Friday, March 6. In previous years, both events have been very successful. The night starts with all clubs, honors societies and other organizations serving food or items of their choice at the Just World...
Manny Precht, Co-Editor in Chief

Should students take mental health days?

A-Blast 1 month ago
According to the Centers for Disease Control, mental health issues have been increasing more and more every year amongst young people. As reported in 2018, 7.1 percent of school aged children have been diagnosed with anxiety, while 3.2 percent have been diagnosed with depression. In 2019, another CDC report noted that 70 percent of teenagers...
Suad Mohamed, Co-Editor in Chief

Singing Valentines are still a hit

A-Blast 1 month ago
Every year singing valentines have been a tradition around this time. The purpose of singing valentines is for someone to choose a specific song to be sung to their peers. Along with a song sung by students, they receive a flower and chocolates.  “Singing valentines are really fun to do, it’s funny to see all...
Sereene Darwiesh, Staff Writer

Class of 2023 holds a second fundraiser

A-Blast 1 month ago
Class of 2023 will hold their second fundraiser of the year. This fundraiser will be held at Chipotle on Duke street. It will take place on March 4th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Since the fundraiser is at Chipotle it’s really accessible to a lot of people in this area, so I think a...
Sereene Darwiesh, Staff Writer

Are the lessons learned in school important?

A-Blast 1 month ago
A student takes eight different classes a year, with each class teaching a different subject. The students are taught a wide variety of information that will help them do well on all of their projects and tests in school. However, that knowledge doesn’t often come in handy in their daily lives. There are many students...
Uyen Huynh, Staff Writer

How do students feel about the lack of snow days this year?

A-Blast 1 month ago
As the years go on, the number of snow days each school year has seemed to have decreased. The total number of school cancellation days that students in Fairfax County have had this year so far was only one in addition to an early release due to snowfall that started in the afternoon. With Spring...
Uyen Huynh, Staff Writer

AHS to hold Spring Rave

A-Blast 1 month ago
On Mar. 13, AHS leadership will be hosting a spring rave, an informal dance party, in the gym. The dance will be from (time). Ticket sales have started and will be sold for $5 each. There is also an option to get a ticket with a t-shirt (specially designed for the rave) for $10. Students...
Vivian Phan, Staff Writer

10th graders get a taste of Nigeria

A-Blast 1 month ago
On Mar. 2, during pride time, English 10 honor students will get to try several traditional Nigerian dishes, the event being referred to as “A Taste of Nigeria”. The purpose of the event is to be a culmination of the students’ learning. The dishes that will be served are fufu, tomato stew that’s vegetarian and...
Vivian Phan, Staff Writer

MYP Fair moved to later date

A-Blast 1 month ago
Sophomores have created MYP projects in their English classes, in which five students from each class will be selected to take part in a fair to show off what they have created. The presentation was supposed to be during Pride Time on January 29, however it was rescheduled to be on a later date. The...
Cassandra Quach, Staff Writer

Which grade is the most challenging?

A-Blast 1 month ago
There is an ongoing debate on which grade in high school is the most difficult, but in truth all grades have their own challenges. In freshman year, students are just being introduced to high school and have to get used to the new surroundings. In sports, it is almost certain that students will be put...
Cassandra Quach, Staff Writer

Students reflect on voting

A-Blast 1 month ago
Just a few days away, this year’s Super Tuesday will be on March 3. The phrase Super Tuesday has been used to refer to the presidential primary elections. In the United States there are two different types of presidential elections. There are the primary and general elections, both are important in deciding the next president...
Cassandra Quach, Staff Writer

Obsidian’s Otherworldly Job With ‘The Outer Worlds’

A-Blast 1 month ago
Do you remember “Fallout New Vegas?” What about the “Borderlands” franchise? Or maybe even the disappointment at launch that is “No Man’s Land?” Put these three games in a blender and the product from combining those three franchises would be Obsidian’s newest addition, “The Outer Worlds.” A role-playing game (RPG), it was released in Oct....
Duc Ngo, Staff Writer

Locusts infest East Africa

A-Blast 1 month ago
In rural areas of East Africa, in countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya, there are dark clouds of buzzing locusts. These dark clouds will spread and grow into a plague unless something is done. The swarms of desert locusts are quite huge in size, with the largest swarm in Kenya being 37 miles long...
Duc Ngo, Staff Writer

5 movies led by black actors

A-Blast 1 month ago
February is known as Black History month, and what is a better way to celebrate black history month than watching movies that represent African Americans in the film industry? Black History Month has been celebrated on February by presidents of the United States since the late 70’s. Movies like “42” and “Loving” display and present...
Kristina Regmi, Staff Writer
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