tjTODAY

Ankit Agrawal

Ankit Agrawal, Editor-in-Chief

A senior at Jefferson, Ankit is in his fourth year of working on the newsmagazine staff. As an Editor-in-Chief, Ankit assists production of online and print articles, designs spreads for the magazine issues, and works with the tjTODAY staff to help meet deadlines for production dates. Ankit is also responsible for approving photography for and taking photos of major events for tjTODAY content. Ankit served as a staff reporter his freshman year, a Team Leader his sophomore year, and has been an Editor-in-Chief since his junior year. Ankit joined tjTODAY because he began to explore his interest in the humanities during middle school, and wanted to continue developing his passion through high school while also obtaining a STEM-based education. Ankit enjoys photography, listening to music, and has interests in biology, computer science, and mathematics. Outside of journalism, Ankit is a part of the non-profit Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Education (GIVE) and is a member of Jefferson's Policy Debate Team. After high school, Ankit would like to pursue a career in the biological or computer science fields.

All content by Ankit Agrawal
 “We started off with analyzing scripts and then from there we went into improv games.” said freshman Joshua Malley. “I think the way we analyzed the script was basically just explaining how to dramatize for how Romeo and Juliet would have actually been acted out, because real life is a lot more boring than actually acting out a script. Because when you act out a script you try to add tension … to make it more dramatic or more interesting to watch, which puts a new edge on Romeo and Juliet than when you read it, because you can image how it would play out.”

[Photo]

May 23, 2018
“I felt I know it sounds cheesy, but [I felt] enlightened. It was interesting usually in stage fights you see a lot of things that look painful, but in reality she wasn’t actually pulling my hair, her hand was just there,” said freshman Subhiksha Balaji. “The reason I liked that workshop was because they taught you how to cheat out the audience…If I’m ever involved in a fight scene rather than the sword fight I can learn things I used, like slam someone into the wall.

[Photo]

May 23, 2018
“It was fun to see how different characters would carry themselves and how their status affects the way they are,” said freshman Macy Wright. “It was fun to think of the characters more than just characters in a story, and see them almost as historical figures and how that would change the way they would act.”

[Photo]

May 23, 2018
“We did a mime tug of war. So [we learned to] emphasize everything more than you need to. Emphasize everything ... more than you think you need to,” said freshman Owen Grannis.

[Photo]

May 23, 2018
“The Shakespearean company taught us how to do Haymakers which are circular punches and how to do forehand and backhand slaps. They also taught us how to basically have one person pretend to throw another person onto a table and how to sell their reaction, and how to do that to poles and walls,” said freshman Joseph Strassberg.

[Photo]

May 23, 2018
DETERMINED TO DREAM

DETERMINED TO DREAM

February 7, 2018
Top 7 of 2017: Songs

Top 7 of 2017: Songs

January 4, 2018
Senior Wendy Yin cherishes her asking.

Homecoming Askings: Week 1

September 29, 2017
Senior Ik Ogbonna plays a bass clarinet as the marching band performance comes to an end.

[Photo]

September 14, 2017
Gerner sprints into the endzone, scoring the one touchdown of the game for Jefferson. The game ended with a final score of 8-22 for Capital Christian Academy.

[Photo]

September 14, 2017
Senior Kyle Gerner dashes with the football early in the game.

[Photo]

September 14, 2017
From left to right: Seniors Wonwook Do, Danny McCray, and Clayton Reppert stand in the center of the field for the coin toss at the start of the game.

[Photo]

September 14, 2017
Students play human foosball in the baseball field.

[Photo]

September 14, 2017
Cheerleader and junior Shawin Vitsupakorn performs cheers in front of the Jefferson crowd alongside other cheerleaders.

[Photo]

September 14, 2017
From left to right: Seniors Artemis Veizi, Mara Casebeer, and Jessica Ly cheer on the football team from the stadium.

[Photo]

September 14, 2017
Junior Cynthia Zhang stands alongside others as the Star-Spangled Banner is performed by students on the track surrounding the football field.

[Photo]

September 14, 2017
From left to right: Teachers Denise Castaldo and Marianne Razzino chat alongside other teachers and students.

[Photo]

September 14, 2017
From left to right: Junior Jun Chong and Senior John Erskine discuss plans with teacher and football coach Michael Auerbach before the game starts.

[Photo]

September 14, 2017
Top 16 of 2016: Songs

Top 16 of 2016: Songs

January 1, 2017
As part of the yearly show-stopper, junior Sishaar Rao and senior Bhavana Channavajjala dance along with the rest of the performers in Namaste Couples.

[Photo]

April 9, 2016
French Honor Society (FHS) puts the crowd in awe with stunning ballet and dancing as demonstrated by Senior Shohini Gupta.

[Photo]

April 9, 2016
Sophomore Melanie Le and the other performers create a wave with traditional hats for the Japanese Culture Clubs performance.

[Photo]

April 9, 2016
Showchoir wows the crowd with wonderful vocals as senior Olivia Marcantonio helps lead the performance with her solos.

[Photo]

April 9, 2016
As the year of new clubs, Jewish Culture Club was able to make its first appearance ever on the GMU stage with traditional Jewish dance.

[Photo]

April 9, 2016
In between performances, the MCs kept the crowd entertained, such as when senior Andy Charbonneau (left) and MCs Jackson Zagurski (middle) and Andrew Huang (right) introduced Asian Awarenesss performance.

[Photo]

April 9, 2016
Senior Christine Li prepares to turn it up during Korean Culture Clubs dance.

[Photo]

April 19, 2016
Senior Abbigail Peterson sings the lyrics of Tous les Memes, alongside the rest of Sirens.

[Photo]

April 19, 2016
Sophomore Sean Ji poses as he dances along with the rest of Urban Dance Movement.

[Photo]

April 19, 2016
Senior Anna Klaussen and the rest of the colorguard team puts on a wonderful performance with brilliant colors to exicte the crowd.

[Photo]

April 19, 2016
Seniors Cece Xiao and Connor Jones perform an astounding lift during Swings performance.

[Photo]

April 19, 2016
POI performers moved around the stage to create the bright lights and amazing designs seen above.

[Photo]

April 19, 2016
German Honor Society (GHS) strikes a pose as their performance comes to a close.

[Photo]

April 19, 2016
Senior Claire Scoggins strikes a pose as the lights turn on at the start of Black Student Unions (BSU) Hip-Hop performance.

[Photo]

April 19, 2016
Senior Yeonju Kim gracefully moves across the stage during Japanese National Honor Societys (JNHS) performance.

[Photo]

April 19, 2016
Students like sophomore Shivani Mullapadi (left) and junior Divya Shan (right) enjoyed themselves as they danced in Namaste Underclassmen Girlss dance.

[Photo]

April 19, 2016
Ballroom captivated the attention of the audience with powerful lifts and stunts like this one, with junior Edward Tyles and sophomore Katherine Barbano.

[Photo]

April 19, 2016
Many teachers took part in this exciting event, including Mark Hanuum, who danced alongside others like principal Evan Glazer during the Namaste Mens dance.

[Photo]

April 19, 2016
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) came to Jefferson on Feb. 26 to discuss the importance of mental health. During eighth period, speaker Taylor Johnson discusses her personal story of mental illness and how she got through it.

[Photo]

February 28, 2016
Just Dance allowed students opportunities to have fun and relax during their strenuous school schedules. Senior Connor Jones, for example, gets low to Get Low, during lunch in Mental Wellness Week.

[Photo]

February 28, 2016
Many songs were available for students to dance to during lunch. Freshmen Beza Gi and Ankita Vadiala, for instance, dance along to Let it Go, from Just Dance 2015.

[Photo]

February 28, 2016
Optimized-IMG_2960

[Photo]

February 28, 2016
Throughout the week, Active Minds allowed students to play Just Dance in the Nobel Commons. Senior Connor Jones, freshman Christina Blake, and senior Adam An use this opportunity to dance to Get Low, by Dillon Francis and DJ Snake during lunch.

[Photo]

February 28, 2016
Active Mindss Random Acts of Kindness on Feb. 25 involved students giving out Hershey kisses throughout the school. Sophomore Nira Harikrishnan is working with Active Minds to help spread joy and pass out these chocolate kisses to students like sophomore Nikita Sivakumar.

[Photo]

February 28, 2016
Many students wore their pajamas to school during Active Mindss pajama day. Sophomore class council treasurer Sherry Xie takes a photo of sophomores showing their support of mental wellness.

[Photo]

February 28, 2016
Feb. 22 was a school-wide pajama day for students during Mental Wellness Week. Sophomore Gulnaz Sayed works on her programming code while in pajamas in the Chem Commons.

[Photo]

February 28, 2016

[Photo]

January 24, 2016
Junior Victoria Bevard grabs more paint to work on her pumpkin

[Photo]

October 30, 2015
Load More Stories