Safa Hameed

Safa Hameed, Editor

Safa Hameed is a Senior at Centreville High and in her fourth year of Journalism. She is taking Journalism because she believes that it is important to learn and report on events that are underreported in the media in spite of their immense effect on society. During school breaks, she loves traveling and learning about all the different cultures, but when she can't travel books are her go too. Outside of school, Safa tutors every week and is on the Board for the Fairfax Student Human Right Commission, working to promote discussions of diversity throughout out community. In the future, Safa wants to have no regrets and be content with all the decisions she's made.

All content by Safa Hameed
Truckers Have Disrupted Canada in Lieu of COVID-19 Protests

Truckers Have Disrupted Canada in Lieu of COVID-19 Protests

February 22, 2022

For the past month, Canada has been plagued by truckers' protests against vaccine mandates that has devolved into far-right action against Prime Minister Trudeau’s Liberal Government and all COVID-19...

Man Receives First Successful Pig Heart Transplantation

Man Receives First Successful Pig Heart Transplantation

January 20, 2022

On January 7, the first successful xenotransplantation, which is the transplantation of organs or tissues from different species, of a genetically-modified pig heart was performed at the University of...

Xi Jinping President of the Peoples Republic of China speaks at a United Nations Office at Geneva. 18 january 2017. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

China’s Common Prosperity Campaign

December 2, 2021

This year, President Xi Jinping has implemented a massive crackdown and reshaping on all spheres of Chinese life--from the economy to culture--in what some have called a “rectification” program, but...

Photo By Charles Edward Miller via used by permission under cc-by-sa-20 license.

First Person Sued by Texas Abortion Law

October 14, 2021

On September 17, Dr. Alan Baird published an opinion-editorial on the Washington Post, where he openly talked about performing an abortion despite Texas’ new restrictive ban, resulting in him being the...

Refugees arriving to Dulles (Photo By: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

Refugees From Afghanistan Arrive to Virginia

September 17, 2021

During the last week of August, thousands of Afghan immigrants began arriving in Northern Virginia due to the mass evacuations that took place at the Kabul Airport--days after the Taliban took complete...

(Photo By: REUTERS/Leah Millis)

Senate Block January 6th Commission

June 3, 2021

On Friday, May 28, a bill that would have created a bipartisan committee to investigate the January 6th riots, where insurrectionists stormed into the Capitol, was blocked in the Senate. The bill needed...

(Photo: Gavin Newsom by Gage Skidmore)

Governor Newsom Faces Recall

May 7, 2021

On May 5, the Lt. Governor of California confirmed that the Recall Governor Gavin Newsom Movement had earned petition signatures to warrant a recall election in the latter half of the year. A recall...

France Discusses More Secular Legislation

France Discusses More “Secular” Legislation

April 21, 2021

During the months of April and March, France has debated new legislation that aims to tackle extremism and Islamic separatism which has long plagued France, resulting in its already growing  “Laïcité”...

Humanitarian Crisis in Ethiopia

Humanitarian Crisis in Ethiopia

March 12, 2021

According to an internal government report obtained by The New York Times, Ethiopia has been partaking in ethnic cleansing in the Tigray region under the guise of the war that was started on November 4th,...

The leader of the Tatmadaw Gen. Min Aung Hlaing (Photo By: AP Photo/Aung Sine Oo)

Military Take Over Myanmar In A Coup

March 3, 2021

On February 1st, the Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s elite military, carried out a coup that detained and disposed of the government leaders and officials, sending Myanmar into a state of emergency as the military...

(Photo By: AP)

Alexei Navalny Sentenced To Prison As Protests Take Place In Russia

February 10, 2021

On February 3rd, Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for allegedly violating probation terms, resulting in the largest protests that Russia has ever...

(Photo by: Samuel Corum/Photographer: Samuel Corum/GETTY)

Rioters Storm Capitol Hill

January 22, 2021

On the afternoon of January 6th, a mob of hundreds of Trump supporters began a protest at Capitol Hill, which quickly turned into a violent riot that led to the storming of House of Congress, and the immediate...

The Sympathizer: An Analysis and Review

The Sympathizer: An Analysis and Review

December 16, 2020

The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, brings a new whole level of understanding of such a mutable event in historical fiction as well as a powerful and raw voice on the Asian American experience, encompassing...

(Photo By: Jeopardy!)

Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek Passes Away at 80

November 18, 2020

On Sunday, November 8, It was announced that Alex Trebek, longtime host of Jeopardy!, had passed away after battling stage four pancreatic cancer since his announcement in 2019. Since then, his death...

(Photo via Kiwanis Website)

Key Club and UNICEF Club Head Fundraising Effort

November 4, 2020

From now until November 15, Centreville Highschool’s very own Key Club and UNICEF Club are heading a fundraising effort for “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF”. This humanitarian effort works to provide...

The photo above shows the bombed city of Ganja, Azerbaijan (Photo By: Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP)

Hundreds Dead as Armenia and Azerbaijan Conflict Increases

October 16, 2020

Over the past two weeks, fighting has broken out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over disputed claims to the Nagorno-Karabakh, a region which both countries border and share. The fighting has claimed over...

Refugee Camp Fire and EU Migration Shortfalls

Refugee Camp Fire and EU Migration Shortfalls

October 7, 2020

On Wednesday, September 9th, several fires broke out in the Moria Migrant Camp. It is the largest refugee in Europe, ravaging the refuge and displacing 12,000 migrants all amidst high tensions due to COVID-19,...

Review: Parasite

Review: Parasite

March 9, 2020

Over the course of the past month, the South Korean movie Parasite has become the talk of the town, and rightfully so, after sweeping the award season and adding four Oscars, including Best Picture, to...

(Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images)

Pete Buttigieg Wins Iowa Caucus

February 12, 2020

On February 3, the first election contest of the primaries kicked off with the start of the Democratic Iowa Caucus, resulting in a major lead and win for Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg. The Iowa...

(Photo By: UNHCR/Roger Arnold)

Rohingya Refugees Denied Formal Education

December 13, 2019

For the past two years, it was revealed that Rohingya refugees have been denied the right to education in refugee camps along the Bangladeshi coast. The fracture in education was revealed through a report...

New Teacher Spotlight: Chris Evans

New Teacher Spotlight: Chris Evans

December 11, 2019

Christopher Evans is one of the new freshman and sophomore English teachers here at Centreville High School, CVHS.  He grew up in Northwestern Florida, where he spent much of his high school career focusing...

Plague Infects Three In China

Plague Infects Three In China

December 3, 2019

For several days this past November, 28 people from China were held in quarantine after three people contracted the plague, a deadly bacterial disease most commonly associated with the Black Death in medieval...

(Photo: Reuters/Dronebase)

Keystone Pipeline Spills 383,000 Gallons of Oil

November 18, 2019

On Tuesday October 29, the Keystone Pipeline, which carries crude oil, spilled 383,000 gallons of oil on a wetland environment in Edinburg, North Dakota. TransCanada (TC), the company that owns the...

(Photo By:Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images)

Turkish Military Forces Invade Kurdish Controlled Syria

October 25, 2019

On October 9th, it was confirmed that Turkish military forces and Turkish-backed Syrian Rebels had started an offense against Kurdish U.S. allies  that led to the displacement of nearly 200,000 and the...

(Photo: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters)

Haitian Senator Opens Fire During Parliament Protests

October 4, 2019

On September 23, Haitian Senator Jean Marie Ralph Féthière open fired outside the country’s parliament building injuring two people. This comes during a time of political turmoil in the country as...

(Photo: Michele Spatari/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images)

Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

September 18, 2019

During the first week of September, riots broke out in Pretoria and Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa, amidst spikes in xenophobia, resulting in immigrant-owned businesses being looted and burned. Rioters...

Jakartas air pollution is one of the worst in the region.

A New Capital And A Sinking One

September 10, 2019

Air pollution, overpopulation, congestion, and sinking has caused the Indonesian government to start construction on a multi-billion dollar city in the uninhabited rain forests of the island of Borneo....

(Photo: Charles Burroughs)

Gunmen Kills One at STEM School Highlands Ranch

May 13, 2019

It seems as if nowadays feeling safe in your own classroom has become a privilege and not a basic inherent right. On May 7, a shooter opened fire at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado, killing one...

(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

New Laws Call For El-Sisi’s Term To Be Extended Until 2030

April 29, 2019

The current Constitution of Egypt was written months prior to President El-Sisi of Egypt’s first presidency. However, now, as El-Sisi’s second term in office is coming to an end, new constitutional...

Hundreds Dead in Church Bombing

Hundreds Dead in Church Bombing

April 25, 2019

It is safe to say that no one should ever fear going to a place of worship. Yet, these days, it seems as if for some people this is a luxury, not a given. This can be seen in recent attacks, such as the...

Mexican President Calls on Spanish King and Pope to Apologize

Mexican President Calls on Spanish King and Pope to Apologize

April 8, 2019

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called for the Pope and Spanish King Felipe VI to apologize for the wrongdoings committed on indigenous people during the Spanish Conquest 500 years ago. Lopez...

(Photo by ABC News: Graphic/Jarrod Fankhauser)

Brunei Introduces New Laws that Puts a Major Strain on Human Rights

April 1, 2019

With the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States and in many other countries, it seemed as if the whole world had taken huge steps in implementing LGBT rights, as well as human rights. Recently,...

Centreville Mulch Sale

Centreville Mulch Sale

March 20, 2019

The Centreville PTSA is opening up pre-orders for premium double shredded hardwood mulch from now until March 29th for mail-in orders and March 31st for online orders, with pickup from April 5th through...

(Photo By: AP)

President Maduro Blocks Aide to Venezuela

March 12, 2019

As of February 8, the Venezuelan government under President Maduro has been blocking aide due to a standoff with political opposition leader and interim President Juan Guaido. Since January of 2019...

The Photo of Murtaza in a plastic bag that went viral (Photo By: Hamayon Ahmadi).

The Afghani Boy Who Went Viral Is Now Being Hunted By The Taliban

February 26, 2019

As of January 2016, Murtaza Ahmadi, the little boy who went viral for his DIY jersey of soccer star Messi, is being hunted by the Taliban and other local Afghans for the suspicion of having money. You...

(Photo By: Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times)

A Church Held a 96 Day Service for a Refugee Family

February 11, 2019

For 96 days, since October 26, a church in the Netherlands has held a 24/7 hour church service to prevent a family from being deported, on account of the old Dutch law that barres authorities from entering...

(Photo By:  Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Naomi Osaka Wins Australian Open, Defeating Two-Time Wimbledon Champion

February 5, 2019

On January 26, Naomi Osaka won the Australian Open, a major tennis competition, after bouncing back in the third set against equally skilled partner Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion. She...

(Photo By: Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) ( AP )

Saudi Teen Seeking Asylum Arrives In Canada

January 15, 2019

On Jan. 5, Rahaf Alqunun, an 18 year old from Saudi Arabia, was fleeing from her home because of alleged abuse when she got detained in Bangkok, Thailand. The Teen fled while vacationing in Kuwait,...

(Photo by Priyanka Chopra via Instagram)

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Have Finally Tied the Knot

December 14, 2018

  Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have finally tied the knot! The 36 year old Quantico actress and the 26 year old singer got married on December 1, 2018. What wowed the whole world was how...

(Photo By: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

Migrants Near The U.S. Border Shot With Tear Gas

November 30, 2018

On Monday afternoon at the Mexican-American border, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) fired tear gas at groups of migrants trying to cross the border. CBP cited that the border was becoming overwhelmed...

Photo by: Wendell on Flickr (intherough)

Maine Will Help You Pay Off Your Student Loans

November 1, 2018

Thanks to the “Educational Opportunity Tax Credit," Maine can help pay off your student loans. This program allows your student loan payment to be subtracted from your taxes. For example, someone...

(Photo by: John Moore/Getty Images)

A Group Of More Than 5,000 Migrants Are Heading Toward The U.S.

November 1, 2018

As of right now, more than 5,000 migrants hailing from all over Central America are making their way toward the U.S. The Caravan, as its now called, started mainly in Honduras and slowly picked its way...

(Photo by: Thomas Hawk)

McDonald’s Replaces Artificial Preservatives

October 22, 2018

  (Photo By: Thomas Hawk) On September 28, McDonald's announced that it would be removing artificial preservatives, flavours, and colours from their seven classic burgers: the hamburger,...

(Photo:  Evgeni Zotov)

Thousands of Muslims Detained in China

September 25, 2018

As of now, the Uyghur Muslims, a Turkic ethnic group from the province of Xinjiang, China, are being detained by Chinese officials and being put into internment camps for the alleged purpose of “re-education”. The...

Load More Stories
Activate Search
Safa Hameed