Talking with a friend, sophomore Rahel Selemon wears a traditional Ethiopian dress. TJ International Day gave students an occasion to display their cultural clothing. “There’s no direct translation [of the dress] but ‘habesha kemis’ is close. It’s usually worn with a shawl called ‘netela’ and almost all the dresses will have some kind of ‘cross’ embroidery in various colors,” Selemon said.


February 24, 2020

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

Ta-ckling stereotypes

February 24, 2020

Seniors speak out

February 19, 2020

The National Chemistry Olympiad has several rounds of exams and tests students on a number of different chemistry topics. “The first part [of the test] is pen and paper, and then I think [for] the two [students] that get selected to go on to the nationals, there’s a lab component of that,” chemistry teacher Mr. Adam Smolinsky said. “I think most students take it just because they’re interested in chemistry, and here at TJ students are also really interested in competition, so I think that they like to show off how much they know.”

Cramming for chemistry

February 17, 2020

Freshman Harsha Ravella and sophomore Michael Fantemi cube together at Rubik's Cube club. Fantemi began his cubing career during third grade after watching his friend solve a cube.

Time starts now

February 12, 2020

Pan and Yang stand in front of the Conrad Challenge backdrop. The pair submitted their product, BACVision, to multiple competitions during their junior year. Photo courtesy of Motoko Schimizu.

Diamond in the rough

February 12, 2020

Julia Chen dances in the front row of the 2019 KCC iNite performance.

Dancing outside of the team

February 10, 2020

Holding the crayfish in one hand, senior Tanya Kurnootala points to its eye with the other. Her project, taking place on the neuroscience lab, requires measuring the visual responsiveness of crayfish when its affected by blue light. “The crayfish is a really good model organism because it has the ability to regenerate,” Kurnootala said.

Changing expectations

February 7, 2020

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