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


Anya Raval

Anya Raval, Print Editor-in-Chief

Anya Raval is a senior at Jefferson and began her journey in TJ Media her freshman year. As part of tjTODAY, she loves to conduct interviews, write articles on various topics throughout the school year, and improve her photography skills. This year, she hopes to continue developing her writing skills as a journalist and designing for the magazine. In her free time, she loves playing the piano and traveling with her family.

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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.”

[Photo] Under lock & key

Grace Sharma, Editor in Chief
May 17, 2024
On Nov. 10, as part of the marine field trip, students had the opportunity to visit the Chesapeake Bay and fish from the boat. Holding up the blue crab, junior Ella Tysse was able to identify the male blue crab by its sternum. “It was rare to find a male Blue Crab because it was wintry and they should be starting to settle down now, but it would be rarer if we find a female blue crab because they dont really live near Maryland,” Tysse said.

Photo Gallery: Smells Fishy

Anya Raval, Editor in Chief
January 12, 2024
 Leaning over a student’s shoulder, volunteer Catherine Bardsley points out the next steps during gameplay. By signing up for bridge club, Jefferson students show genuine interest in learning the game. “I find it fun watching people who are very quick to understand things, and yet who will be much better once theyve had some experience playing. Its just fun to watch somebody learn something theyre interested in,” Bardsley said.

Bridging the gap

Anya Raval, Team Leader
July 30, 2023
⚠️ Time to BeReal ⚠️

⚠️ Time to BeReal ⚠️

Anya Raval, Staff Writer
September 7, 2022
Participating in an icebreaker, IBET students are sorted into colors based on personality traits. Each group brainstorms fears, needs, dreams, and pet peeves and then presents them to the rest of the IBET.

It’s time we escaped icebreakers

Anya Raval, Staff Writer
August 31, 2022

[Photo] Xixi Song

August 25, 2022

[Photo] Grace Sharma

August 29, 2022
With short 40-minute class periods, Monday anchor days give 9th & 10th-grade gym students a chance to relax and reset through Meditation Mondays.

Mondays are to meditate

Anya Raval, Staff Writer
April 15, 2022
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