The return of the Big Ten: What does it mean for college football?

A-Blast 13 hours 27 minutes ago
Following a meeting of all NCAA conference presidents, Kevin Warren, the commissioner of the Big Ten (the midwestern based conference), made an unprecedented announcement on Aug. 11: the conference would be shutting down all fall sports, including the highly anticipated football season.  This announcement made the Big Ten the first major conference to make that...
David Sewall, Staff Writer

Four ways to explore colleges from home

A-Blast 2 days 17 hours ago
Seniors should start coming up with a list of colleges they want to apply to. Since many schools aren’t offering college visits, here are some resources to find out more about colleges. Although most colleges have virtual tours and info sessions on their websites, there are also a number of other tools out there to...
Khadija Ahmed, Managing Editor

Athletes prepare for their seasons with new guidelines

A-Blast 3 days 7 hours ago
The Virginia High School League unanimously voted to approve the “champion +1” sports plan for sports to start this Dec. This plan will allow teams to play sixty percent of their regularly scheduled games and play in the regional and state tournaments.    The “+1” aspect of the plan ensures that teams who do not...
Lillian Dalrymple, Staff Writer

Parents to attend virtual back to school night

A-Blast 4 days 3 hours ago
On Wed., Sept. 23, the school year is finally kicking off with parents, teachers and students tuning into a virtual Back to School Night.  This school year has started off in a weird direction, however teachers are still trying their best to comfortably introduce themselves and new material.  Back to School Night this year will...
Emily Ha, Staff Writer

Students and teachers begin school in a virtual world

A-Blast 2 weeks 4 days ago
Today, Sept. 8, was the start of the 2020-21 school year. As the virtual year begins in a new atmosphere, teachers and students are slowly adapting to changes. Like many first days, today was filled with icebreakers. For several students, turning on the camera or microphone is very nerve wracking. “I was a little nervous...
Jamileh Hamadeh, Health Editor

Michael Mazzarella resigns, accepts job at FCPS central office

A-Blast 3 months 1 week ago
Teaching math at Annandale High School was Michael Mazarella’s first job out of college. He remembers being interviewed during a tornado warning. “AHS was the first job offer that I received, and since the economy was less than ideal at that time, I took it and I’m glad I did!” Mazzarella said. Nine years later,...
Khadija Ahmed, Managing Editor

Erik Healey to be new Director of Student Services

A-Blast 3 months 2 weeks ago
The school will be welcoming Erik Healey as the new Director of Student Services, effective July 1, 2020. Previously, Healey was the Assistant Principal and the Director of Counseling at Arlington Career Center. Healey has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics at Colorado State University as well as a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision...
Jamileh Hamadeh, Health Editor

Virginia begins lifting restrictions

A-Blast 3 months 2 weeks ago
Covid-19 has been wreaking havoc in the United States for over five months. Unemployment was on the rise as businesses had to shut down to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Luckily, the economy is starting to open up. In Virginia, the governor has been cautiously allowing businesses and social organizations to carefully restart activity. However,...
Adam Shawish, Editorials Editor
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