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


Grace Sharma

Grace Sharma, Online Editor-in-Chief

Writing for tjTODAY since freshman year, Grace Sharma has worked on the magazine and website as a staff writer, copy editor, and now Editor-in-Chief. She loves everything humanities and STEM, specifically reading about dragons and murder and learning why our brains work the way they do. This year in Journalism, Grace hopes to explore her writing skills and provide a new light through which to view students' stories.

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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.”

Under lock & key

Grace Sharma, Editor in Chief
May 17, 2024

[Photo] We <3 New York

Laura Zhang, Editor in Chief
May 17, 2024
After decades of relying on Facebook as a means for communicating news and important events, Jefferson might be moving away from the social media platform. “Facebook was popular pre-COVID but now people are using Instagram or other platforms to advertise information about their clubs or events,” senior Ellen Zeng said.

tl;dr facebook is dying

Grace Sharma, Online Editor-in-Chief
February 20, 2024
Jefferson orchestra performs
with director Allison Bailey at
their annual Viennese Ball. “My favorite part about doing the Viennese ball is getting to play the live music for everyone,” sophomore Valerie Lai said. “The dance is really fun because it’s different from the other school dances, especially since it’s a ball and live music is provided by orchestra.”

Photo Gallery: Sound Cue

Grace Sharma, Editor in Chief
January 14, 2024
Peter Gabor teaches a variety of courses at Jefferson ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Machine Learning. He feels that, while some issues for the school board may seem apparent to him, others may not recognize their significance. “If elected, my purpose there would
be to ask pointed questions that I think are sort of obvious,” Gabor said. “I see and interact with students every day, so I think that those types
of questions are obvious anyway, but I would at least ask them to people who might not interact with students on a regular basis.”

What’s in store for Peter Gabor?

Grace Sharma, Online Editor
November 9, 2023
Venturing across the globe, Taylor Swifts most recent Eras Tour emphasized just how she achieved international fame.

She’s in her Eras era

Grace Sharma, Online Editor-In-Chief
July 31, 2023
At the start of this school year, principal Dr. Ann Bonitatibus collected containers filled with slips of paper. Staff members wrote their beliefs and hopes relating to innovation at Jefferson. “Everybody [is] coming out of COVID with some energy again, and we want to start getting our neurons firing about whats new, whats exciting,” Dr. Bonitatibus said. “To me, innovation is next. Every week Im planting seeds with their own ideas, not mine.”

Lightning in a bottle

Grace Sharma, Copy Editor
October 26, 2022
Kai Bilal performs during the sophomores MEX dance despite struggles with boys building interest and participation. The initial demo seemed kind of hard, sophomore Zeerak Yusufi said. It was fast paced and the [guys] just lost interest. There were no friend groups, either—it was just random people who decided to come to MEX, so there was no hype. We [didnt] generate enough interest.

MEX spirit in shambles

Grace Sharma, Staff Writer
September 23, 2022
Jefferson provides daily buses for almost all students directly after school. Beginning on Sept. 14, late buses will also be available for FCPS students, departing at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

News Brief: Late buses begin Sept. 14

Grace Sharma, Staff Writer
September 13, 2022
Students across the nation take standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, and PSAT to qualify for scholarships and get into their dream universities. However, because of the weight put on the resulting scores, test anxiety is a common occurrence. “Go out there and do your best and then come up with an actionable plan,” counselor Sean Burke said.

Managing test anxiety

Grace Sharma, Staff Writer
September 9, 2022

[Photo] Anya Raval

August 25, 2022
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Jefferson) is known as the top public high school in the United States, but it can be difficult for rising freshmen to find their balance within the first few months of school. Here are ten tips to surviving freshman year at Jefferson.

A freshman survival guide

Grace Sharma, Staff Writer
June 10, 2022
Freshman Samhitha Maramreddy studies her robot the day before the showcase, about to test it in the maze.

Robot project needs revamping

Grace Sharma, Staff Writer
March 30, 2022
Jefferson students try out for the baseball team on Feb. 21. We have a litany of players, all of whom are very talented, whom we think will be able to lead this program to the top of our district, captain of the baseball team, Ryan Dwyer, said.

Spring sports tryouts begin

Grace Sharma, Staff Writer
February 23, 2022
A Jefferson student looks through courses, deciding what to do for the 2022-2023 school year.

Course selection dos and don’ts

Grace Sharma, Staff Writer
February 19, 2022
Jefferson students are spearheading a change in FCPS history curriculum to represent more women and those of an underrepresented minority. Members of WEAR give a presentation on important female figures in history whose stories arent taught to many students.

Diversity in history

Grace Sharma, Staff Writer
February 13, 2022
A filled shelf of YA books at Barnes & Noble. YA literature is an integral part of daily culture and entertainment across the world.

Young adult books: overlooked

Grace Sharma, Staff Writer
February 1, 2022
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