How Are Students Adjusting to Daylight Savings Time?

A-Blast1 week 2 days ago
As the winter season approaches, many countries around the world are setting their clocks back as Daylight Savings time comes to an end. Students and staff here at Annandale are making adjustments to the lost sunlight.  Daylight Saving Time, which ended on Sunday, Nov. 6, was introduced during World War I as a way to...
Emanuel Molla, Social Media Manager

AHS Theatre Company Prepares for the Fall Play

A-Blast1 week 5 days ago
The Annandale Theatre Company presents Argonautika: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts. It’ll be their first play of the 2022-2023 school year. From Nov. 17-Nov. 20, AHS theater students will be showcasing their hard work to the public. “People should come and watch the play so they can have a fun night of cheap...
Lidya Teklebirhan, Staff Writer

Performer Spotlight: Senior Hannah Vaughn

A-Blast3 weeks 4 days ago
Q: When did you start singing and performing? A: I started singing when I was really little. Both of my parents are musicians and I immediately wanted to perform since I was young   Q: Who inspired you to start performing? A: My sister. She’s one of the best singers I know   Q:What is...
Emily Hawkins, In-Depth Editor

4 nova hidden gems for artists

A-Blast3 weeks 4 days ago
Fiber space Located in Alexandria, Virginia. Fiber Space is a woman owned yarn store that is committed to selling high quality, sustainable and ethically produced yarn. They have a range of unique materials, tools, patterns, yarns and accessories for anyone who enjoys knitting or crocheting. Fiber Space also offers classes taught by professionals for those...
Emily Hawkins, In-Depth Editor

Kenny Tang: Halloween makeup looks

A-Blast3 weeks 4 days ago
Junior Kenny Tang is a makeup artist and created 4 halloween inspired looks to showcase. He is an art student and has a passion for artistry, makeup and fashion.    What grade are you in? I’m a Junior   How long do your looks take? My looks usually take 1-2 hours depending on how complex...
Emily Hawkins, In-Depth Editors

FCPS cancels school on Monday for Diwali, the festival of lights

A-Blast3 weeks 4 days ago
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a “festival of lights” that honors all the blessings of victory, freedom, and enlightenment as well as the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. The name, which translates as “row of lights,” is derived from Sanskrit, a South Asian ancient language that is a member of...
Mariamawit Endalkachew, International Editor

Iranian women fight for freedom in protests and demonstrations

A-Blast3 weeks 4 days ago
Iranian citizens have been protesting demanding an end to women’s oppression by the government. These demonstrations have erupted in response to the death of Mahsa Amini, who was a 22 year old woman who passed away in the custody of Iranian moral police. Amini was arrested for violating the country’s headscarf laws. Many Iranians believe...
Mariamawit Endalkachew, International Editor

Cross Country prepares for districts

A-Blast1 month ago
After having a successful Fall season, the Annandale cross country team is working hard preparing for the District Championship. The District Championship, taking place on Oct. 27, 2022 at Burke Lake Park, will have runners from Annandale, Falls Church, Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson, Edison, Justice, and Lewis.  “I think that our varsity runners are going...
Emanuel Molla, Social Media Manager

An Encaptivating Webtoon- After School Lessons for Unripe Apple

A-Blast1 month ago
Webtoon, an online comic reading platform has been growing in popularity in recent years, with more fans on the apps every single day. This doesn’t mean that every comic on there is for everyone, including readers with judgemental tastes. So, what makes this webtoon exceptional to other romance webtoons on the app?  One prominent aspect...
Rodshi Taibayah, Staff Writer

How to stay protected during flu season

A-Blast1 month ago
With the yearly flu season approaching, it is important to be aware of how to stay protected and avoid the flu to the best of your ability.  The first way to stay protected is by avoiding close contact. This method was widely used during the pandemic to avoid Covid-19, however, it is effective for all...

Have teachers become less lenient with student mental health?

A-Blast1 month ago
It’s no doubt that last year there was a heavy emphasis on mental health coming back from Covid. Many teachers began the year telling students their new policies which included considerable policies that were set to help students during any mental battles that they may be undergoing.   Some of these policies included zero consequences...
Sereene Darwiesh, Health editor

Four horror movies to watch with your friends

A-Blast1 month ago
As the fall season comes in full swing and the weather gets colder, having a horror movie night with your friends is just what the season calls for. So if you and your friends are stuck in the seemingly endless loop of trying to find the perfect horror movie that can still make you laugh,...
Emily Hawkins, In-Depth

Best fall treats in Nova

A-Blast1 month ago
Betty Crocker Pumpkin Spice cookie mix and pillsbury cream cheese frosting These cookies have become my fall time staple. I make them every year and give them out to all my friends, family and teachers. The limited edition cookie mix and Pillsbury frosting makes for the perfect fall baking activity and treat. You can find...
Emily Hawkins, In-Depth Editor

Crochet club donating creations to children

A-Blast1 month ago
A new club has sparked a great interest among students. With a classroom overflowing with students and a line out the door on the very first meeting. The popular club that brought all these students after school was Crochet For Cause.  The new club was started by co-presidents Sadiksha Gurung and Nardose Delelgn. It’s a...
Emily Hawkins, In-Depth Editor

A-Blast Annual Halloween Costume Contest

A-Blast1 month ago
The A-Blast is sponsoring their annual Halloween costume contest. The Contest will be held during school on Oct. 28th.  To participate in the contest, students must have their photo taken by a staff member of the A-Blast in the cafeteria before class, during second breakfast or during grab and go lunch as the contest takes...
Aya Al-Ariqi, In-Depth Editor

Fall Playlist

A-Blast1 month ago
Vamp Anthem by Playboi Carti- Released in 2020 as part of Carti’s Whole Lotta Red album, Vamp anthem samples toccata and fugue in D minor as its central beat. With a tempo of 164 bpm, this song is a high-energy and upbeat take on modern rap.         The Time Warp by Richard...
Aya Al-Ariqi, In-Depth Editor

Fentanyl Crisis Threatens Festivities

A-Blast1 month ago
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used to treat severe pain. As the opioid epidemic expands and concern grows, fentanyl has taken a leading position. Fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, as stated by the CDC. “A little fentanyl goes a long way. Fentanyl basically took...
Aya Al-Ariqi, In-Depth Editor

AHS combats teacher shortage

A-Blast1 month ago
It is no secret that a significant teacher shortage has developed across the country within the last decade. AHS has made staff hiring a top priority for the 2022-23 school year, and this parlayed with new FCPS policies has helped to minimize the impact that the staff shortages have had on AHS. “We were able...
David Sewall, Editor in Chief

How addicted are teens to technology?

A-Blast1 month ago
It’s no doubt that society has become heavily reliant on technology. From driving cars daily for transportation to using computers daily in school/ work. There is a heavy emphasis on the importance of technology and in this day and age, it is nearly impossible to survive without it. Although a piece of technology that is...
Sereene Darwiesh, Health editor

Field hockey wins district championship

A-Blast1 month ago
The Atoms varsity field hockey team defeated the Justice Wolves by a final score of 2-0 on Oct. 19 to win the district championship. AHS jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, they controlled the ball for the majority of the game clock and leaned on their veterans to close out the...
Jason Perloff, Co. Sports editor
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