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


Senior Tommy Chen leads a dragon dance performance in Nobel Commons. The large entry space supported the Lunar New Year Celebration held by the PTSA Diversity Committee on February 2. “As far as the building supports school events, people attending these school events learn about new cultures,” sophomore Austen Ji said.

Here, there, everywhere

Stephen Lin, Staff Writer
June 29, 2024
Uploading the software onto the mobile device, Mobile and Web Applications senior research lab director Dan Tra watches senior Akshitha Kumar’s final project come to life after working hard to help her overcome senioritis. “Mr. Tra added this new thing where he puts in zeroes just to get us going and then we do end up submitting,” Kumar said.

Teachers vs. senioritis

Hasini Jasthi, Staff Writer
June 25, 2024
Varun Iyengar from the Class of 2017 painted a window into a marine ecosystem to add more creativity and
liveliness into Jefferson’s atmosphere. “Art helped me imagine alternative futures, escape into my head and spend time in nicer places. I was hoping to give people something nice to look at, maybe make their days a little better,” Iyengar said.

Peering into portals

Hannah Liu, Online Editor-in-Chief
June 21, 2024
Nehal Alashlem dressed as Mario during J-day with her peers. Me and my friends shad a lot of fun because we ate so much food, but at this point we just wanted to relax and sit down, Alashlem said.

Photo Gallery: J-Day

Ronald Saba, Staff Writer
June 13, 2024
Freshman Cera Kamdar excuses her excessive shopping spree using girl math. For my birthday my aunt and my friend both gave me amazon gift cards so I just added a bunch of stuff to my cart, because since its a gift card its basically free, Kamdar said.

Math girls on ‘Girl Math’

Raiyan Dar, Staff Writer
May 24, 2024
Flowing with the music, senior Yushu Zhang waves the fan with big, elegant movements in Chinese Honor Society’s performance. “It was refreshing to create memories with classmates and friends outside the school environment,” Zhang said.

iNite 2024: highs and lows

Alicia Yee, Staff Writer
May 19, 2024
Gesturing towards their project, senior Alec Riso describes the mechanisms of the group’s QKD system alongside senior Karthik Thyagarajan. “This laser generates a stream of photons. We lined it up with a collimated lens, [which] focuses the laser into an optical fiber,” senior Connor Whiting said. “The optical fibers [preserve or maintain] are how you measure the polarization state of the photon, which lets us do the encryption protocol.”

Under lock & key

Grace Sharma, Editor in Chief
May 17, 2024
Trying to go out in with a bang, seniors Nabeeha Areeba, Lauren Hwang and Lauren Woody pose during the Blackout Homecoming game. “That was our last high school Homecoming game, so we went all out and it was really fun,” Hwang said.

Four years later

Nana Sarpong, Staff Writer
May 17, 2024
Freshman Ronald Saba and sophomore Brian Bowers read the sparse rejection letters together. “I really like the idea of having a Rejection Wall here at Jefferson. It unites students with their struggles at a school that is very competitive,” Saba said.

Rejection Wall woes

Mack Millsapps, Staff Writer
May 16, 2024
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