The student news site of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology


The student news site of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology


The student news site of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology


At friends birthday parts, Elsyad (top left) enjoys a fun pose with her friends.

My not so Black-and-White look at diversity at Jefferson

Didi Elsyad, Guest Writer June 20, 2020

Black people are less talented at this age. Black people are less academically driven. Black people are less qualified to be here than most Asians that apply.  Those are things that have come...

Standing for an end-of-year photo, senior Didi Elsyad joins her freshman IBET class. Elsyad was the only Black student in her class.

Introduction to Playing hide & seek with diversity, a series of student stories

Sonia Kanchan, Editor-in-Chief June 20, 2020

Feb. 23. March 13. May 25. May 26.  The first three dates mark influential events of the Black Lives Matter movement- the days Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd went from being Black...

(Un)Equal opportunity: Breaking down demographics at Jefferson

(Un)Equal opportunity: Breaking down demographics at Jefferson

Vikram Achuthan and Pratika Katiyar June 20, 2020

‘TS’. Again. Another year, another disappointing number. Or lack thereof. Established in 1985, Jefferson has an extensive history as a magnet school. Not only does it promote excellence in STEM...

Main character Devi Vishwakumar, played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, surrounded by Fabiola Torres, played by Lee Rodriguez and Eleanor Wong, played by Ramona Young.

Never have I ever binged a show that fast

Pratika Katiyar, Online Editor-in-Chief May 3, 2020

Younger me was always waiting for a Netflix show that included South Asian representation beyond the occasional mention of a samosa. Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever,” released on April 27, 2020, seemed...

Junior Brianna Ta competes in a match during the districts meet last year as a sophomore

Ta-ckling stereotypes

Connie Ryu, Staff Writer February 24, 2020

Feet bouncing back and forth. Sweat dripping. Focused eyes scanning the opponent to anticipate their next move. Deep breath. Then a swift pounce. For Jefferson junior Brianna Ta, wrestling is more than...

A 4th grader at Weyanoke Elementary school listens as freshman Megan Enochs explains the science behind constructing a safe and secure container for the egg drop. Enochs is part of a WISE, in which Jefferson students teach girls from Weyanoke Elementary School about scientific concepts through fun experiments.

Stemming opportunities for the disadvantaged

Pramodani Arulkumar and Niharika Chandna February 11, 2020

Eraser marks covering the white paper now hidden by grey scribbles. Pencils rushing to complete the test. Pages whooshing as they are flipped through. Each question checked once, twice, thrice. This is...

African American Assistant Principals of TJ: Seeking Representation

Sean Nguyen, Broadcast February 8, 2020

Shawn Frank and Volita Russell are among the few African American faculty members at TJ. In celebration of Black History Month, the two assistant principals were asked questions regarding their background...

Sophomore Sahiti Rachakonda shares her passion for the art that brings happiness to her life. [Jeffersons school psychologist] Ms. Armstrong runs a mental health and wellness committee, and she does one thing [for that] every month, Rachakonda said. Like, this month [the theme was] move to happiness, so she asked us to set up the Bollywood workshop for people. I like to share [dance] with other people- it means the whole world to me. Outside of school, its basically my entire life... [dance is] very freeing.

Bollywood dance workshop photo gallery

Zia Sun, Staff Writer March 22, 2019

Expressing themselves through dance, several Jefferson students let go of their stress during a special Bollywood dance class held during eighth period in Gym 1 on Wed., March 20.

The members in SHS do a step in the dance where girl puts her hands up and the guy spins her around.

Photo highlights from Buleria

Anushka Molugu, Staff Writer March 22, 2019

Last Friday, The Spanish Honor Society hosted their annual Bulería dance packed with cheesy quesadillas and vibrant Spanish music. The dance primarily consisted of the teaching of steps to Bulería, which...

A visual representation of the influence of wealth in higher education

Can college admission be bought?

Editorial Board March 20, 2019

25 million dollars. That’s how much Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and other wealthy parents decided to spend to ensure their kids got into college. Background The largest college admissions scandal...

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