2007-2008 Archives

Stories from 2007-2008 include the following...

2007-2008 Academic Boosters Student Achievement and Coach Appreciation Banquet

On June 4th, Academic Boosters hosted its annual awards ceremony and banquet, to celebrate the accomplishments of TJ's many academic teams, to thank the teachers who sponsor these teams, and to provide 8th grade students just admitted to TJ with information about TJ's academic teams. For pictures of this event, click here.

Physics Team News

[May 27,2008] TJ placed first in division 1 for our region, in the AAPT Physics Bowl. Daniel Li was the highest scoring student in the region. TJ will receive a $125.00 in gift certificates and Daniel will receive a TI-30 XS calculator.

Frosh Computer Team at the All Star Competition

[May 27,2008] The TJHSST Frosh 'Puter Team competed in the American Computer Science League All-Star Competition with teams from all over the United States and from Canada, Romania, and Croatia. The competition was held Saturday, 24 May 2008, at Marriotts Ridge HS, Marriottsville, MD. The team of: Andrew Cheong (Captain), William Dalton, Stephen Eltinge, Divya Garg, and Daniel D. Kang, placed Second in the Junior Team category. In addition, the team was awarded First Place Junior Team in the Central Division for the regular season, and Stephen Eltinge was recognized for his perfect score in the regular season competition.

It's Academic wins National Academic Quiz Tournaments Championship

[May 27, 2008] TJ's "It's Academic" Team, accompanied by chaperone Richard Graves, sent two teams to the National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) in Chicago on May 23rd-25th, 2008. TJ A, consisting of Phil Graves, Naren Tallapragada, Keshav Pillai, and Mohit Iyyer, went 8-2 in the preliminaries, earning the 4th seed in a field of 176 teams. TJ A went on to post an almost-perfect playoff record, losing only the first round of the two-game TJ-advantaged final that went down to the last question. In the second final round, TJ bounced back, winning by a 200-point margin against Wilmington Charter School, and bringing home a national championship trophy. TJ has won 4 of the last 6 HSNCTs, an NAQT record. Phil Graves and Naren Tallapragada also earned individual scorer prizes for being the 25th and 14th highest scorers, respectively. TJ B, consisting of Tom Smilack, Felix Zhang, Bali Gupta, and Raza Mir, went 6-4 in the preliminaries, also making it to the playoffs, but making a first-round exit. Congratulations to TJ It's Academic, the National Champions!

Odyssey of the Mind

[May 19, 2008] Four teams advanced to the World Finals of the Odyssey of the Mind competition. The program offered five problems and our school has representatives to the World Finals in each problem since one team solved two problems.

In the "Odyssey Road Rally" Problem, seniors Dustin Moore, Arjun Khanna and Jeff Chen won First place. This team also won the highest creativity award: Ranatra Fusca for the solution to their problem.

Juniors Tim Hu, Ryan Kim, Sue Liu, Jeanette Miranda, James Wiley, Vangie Xu, and So-Jung Youn placed Second in the "Dino Stories"l problem.

Seniors Ioana Cristei, Nadir Ijaz, Michael Lowman, Tim Xu and juniors Molly Patterson and Daniel Emmons won Second place on the "Classics" problem and the "Eccentrics" problem.

Freshmen Connor Barrett, Jackie Browning, Alla Herman, Janiel Li, Jonathan Phillips, Vy Ton and Katherine Wang won Second place for the "Tee Structure" problem.

They will be presenting their solutions to the problems between June 1st and 3rd at College Park Maryland along with other teams from all over the world.

Accomplishments of the Chess Team

This year the TJ Chess team won many accolades.It placed No. 2 at the National Tournament and were Virginia state Champions for the 10th year in a row. They were the Metro Area Chess League Champions with a perfect record and the U.S. Amateur Team East Top High School team.

Player Recognitions: Eddie Lu — Chess Master; #4 Scholastic Player in the nation;, Virginia State Adult Champion; Virginia State High School Co-Champion. Aryan Khojandi — #25 Scholastic Player in the nation; Virginia State High School Co-Champion. Joey Regalbulto — Virginia State High School Co-champion; Virginia representative at the Denker Tournament of H.S. Champions.

Chess Team Coach Mr. Rick Loffredo received honors as the Virginia High School Chess Coach of the Year.

Congratulations to the Team!

Botball Robotics Tournament

[May 5, 2008] On May 3, two TJ teams competed in the DC Regional Botball Robotics tournament. One team came in 5th place out of 48 teams. The other team won a Judge's Choice award.

The members of the 5th place team are: Kelsey Dressing, David Ensey, Joel Heck, Jake Hermle, David Mazzocco, Bharat Ponnaluri, Patrick Stalcup, and Jeremy Vercillo. The Judge's Choice team members are: Eric Kolker, Asa Kusuma, Jama Mohammed, Mac Stephens, Brandon Vargo, Julian Warchall, and Jacob Welsh.

Latin News

[April 23, 2008] Five Certamen teams from TJHSST recently competed in the Virginia State Certamen Finals on April 19th. The Latin I team (Zach Seid – captain, Bob Lee, Brian Shin, and Richard Nguyen) ended their hard-fought year by placing in a very competitive field. The Advanced Latin team (William Czaplyski, Maya Wei, Chris Kilgore, and Amith Ananthram) placed 4th and the Latin 2 team (Ashwin Raja, Christine O'Donnell, Connor Cheong, and David Warrington) captured the 3rd place spot in the state. Our well-known Latin 3 team continued their domination by seizing the 1st place award. Congratulation to the Latin 3 team members: Vivaek Virani, Anne Marie Creighton, SoonWook Hong, and Alexander Spaulding.

The National Championship Lower Level Certamen team last year from the state of Virginia was comprised of three TJ students (and one alternate from TJ). Three of these students will return again to the NJCL national convention with Ms. Conklin, held this year at Miami University of Ohio in late July for one week. Anne Marie Creighton, Chris Kilgore, and Amith Ananthram will support the Advanced team during the summer competition.

The Latin Honor Society held its fourth annual TJHSST Certamen on February 23. Our TJHSST Certamen is the largest Certamen held in the state of Virginia each year. Over 100 teams from at least 35 schools (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) attended the prestigious event. Students from our school wrote questions, kept score, managed classrooms, provided refreshments for visitors, etc. TJHSST parent volunteers were 'optimi!' The Latin Honor Society would like to extend great thanks to all of the parents and students who helped with this very successful event!

All Latin students took the National Latin Examination in March and a large number of students also took the rigorous Classical Association of Virginia examination. Several students won prestigious national and state awards on these examinations. These students will be recognized at the "Latin Awards Ceremony" in early June.

Future Problem Solvers at the State Bowl

[April 23, 2008] TJ's teams at the State Bowl did well. The first place Senior Division team — Logan Gates, Alexis Barrett, Clarice Lee, and Kevin Casto — will be returning to Internationals, where they first competed together in sixth grade. The second place team in the Senior Division — Rose Zu, Maneeshika Madduri, So-Jung Youn, and Pooja Vinayak — also will be competing at the International Bowl. In addition, the Virginia Independent Team, which includes TJ student Zoe Hoffman, placed third in the senior division. The team of Sasha Scott, Cindy Wei, Rachel Cackler and Will Tarpeh, received an honorable mention overall. In the intermediate division, Daniel Sun placed third in the individual competition. And, Rose Zu won the $1000 VA FPS Scholarship.

Physics Team News

[April 23, 2008] Based on the results of the preliminary qualifying tests, Jacob Steinhardt, Daniel Li and Jack Wang have been invited to join the US Physics Team and attend the US Physics Team camp.

Math Team qualifiers for USA Math Olympiad

[April 23, 2008] Six TJ students qualified to take the USA Math Olympiad exam, the results of which are used to select the US Math Olympiad Team: Aviv Cukierman; Brian Hamrick; Daniel Li, Haitao Mao, Jacob Steinhardt, and Jack Wang.

Japan Bowl News

[April 23, 2008] At this year's Japan Bowl, TJ's Level 4 (advanced) team — Cassandra Xia, Jessica Lee, and Andrew Baik — placed 4th. TJ;s Level 3 team — Andrew Lam, Han Kim, and Steven Kim — placed 3rd. TJ's Level 2 team — Jungeun Choi, Brian Yu, and Connie Xie — placed 2nd.

Biology Merit Exam and Bowl News

[April 23, 2008] On April 18, about two dozen TJ members of the Biology Olympiad Team traveled to Clemson University, South Carolina, to compete in the Biology Merit Exam and Bowl. TJ students dominated in Divisions 2 and 3, for high school students who had taken one and more than one year of high school biology.

In Division 3, Francis Deng placed first and Bruce Sun placed second. Jessica Liu, Jonathan Hsu, Jack Wang, Nadya Muchoney, Hanwen Xu, Andy Mai, Michael Chang, David Wu, Udaysankar Chockanathan and Justin Loeb earned Honorable Mentions. Steven Tan, Judy Zeng, Juyeon Park, Linda Zhang, Bobbie Pelham-Webb, Spencer Frei, Prashasti Agrawal, and Amanda Cain earned Second Honorable Mentions.

In Division 2, Luke Cheng placed first, Victor Hsu placed second, and Monica Liu and Tvissha Goel earned Second Honorable Mentions.

In the Biology Bowl competition (jeopardy format), Hanwen Xu, Michael Chang, and Jessica Liu placed first through third in Division 3. Monica Liu placed second & Victor Hsu placed third in Division 2.

Computer Team excels at 5th Annual VCU Programming Contest

[April 21, 2008] On 4 April 2008, the computer teams went to the 5th Annual Virginia Commonwealth University Computer Science Department High School Programming Contest in Richmond, VA. The TJHSST Senior 'Puter Team — Tiffany Cai, Tom Georgiou, Daniel Li, and Jack Wang — sponsored by Shane Torbert, placed first. They were each awarded $2000 annual scholarships to VCU to study computer science. The TJHSST Frosh 'Puter Team — Andrew Cheong, William Dalton, Daniel Kang, and Swetha Rao — sponsored by Steve Rose, placed fourth.

Chess team News: National Championship

[April 21, 2008] On April 18-20, the TJ Chess Team sent a contingent to the national championships in Atlanta, GA, hoping to win the championships with one of its strongest teams ever. After a disappointing start, the team took a two-point lead after the end of the fifth round. But disappointing losses in the last two rounds unfortunately unseated the TJ team, and when all the dust settled after round seven, TJ fell behind the favorites, Catalina Foothills High School, by 1/2 point. The team, however, still won its greatest national honor to date, taking home the second place trophy. Junior Eddie Lu also took the fourth place individual prize, with 6 out of 7 possible points. Scoring for the TJ team were Eddie Lu, with 6 points, Aryan Khojandi (5 points), and Jacob Steinhardt, Byron Hood, Joey Regalbuto, Craig Saperstein (4 points each). Five other Championship Division players won three games each: Emma Pierson, Tim Chen, Madhu Karamsetty, Andy Yang, and Tom Chen. TJ's team in the under 1200 division — Jacob Daniels, Nick Loffredo, Lenny Li, and Bharat Ponnaluri — placed 16th. And, Mark Cheung placed 14th in the unrated division.

It's Academic Team Places 2nd at NAQT State Championship

[April 21, 2008] TJ's It's Academic team enjoyed a second place finish at the NAQT State Championship on April 19th. TJ A, consisting of Phil Graves, Naren Tallapragada, Mohit Iyyer, and Joshua Hahm, went 7-0 in the preliminary rounds, and placed 2nd overall after a round-robin playoff. TJ B, consisting of Tom Smilack, Raza Mir, Bali Gupta, and Felix Zhang, went 5-2 in the preliminaries, as did TJ C, consisting of Kevin Casto, Harry White, Nishanth Parameswaran, and Michael Eng. Both the B and C teams also qualified for the playoffs. TJ D, consisting of Arjang Navab, Jordan Kramer, Graham Lobel, and Ting-Yu Hu, went 2-5 in preliminaries, one loss which came from our very own B team. TJ E, consisting of Anh Dao, Nicholas Nguyen, Jacob Kannarkat, and Nicole Yu, finished 0-7 in the preliminaries. Harry White and Naren Tallapragada were both awarded individual scorer prizes, for being in the top 5 scorers at the tournament.

FPS State Bowl Results

[April 15, 2008] 2008 Future Problem Solving State Bowl Results

Senior Division Team Competition:

Middle School Division: Individual Competition

Presentation of Action Plan Competition:

2008 Virginia Future Problem Solving Scholarship: Rose Zu.

Model United Nations News

[April 15, 2008] The Model UN club hosted approximately 500 Middle & High School Delegates for the Annual TechMUN Conference on April 11-12. Over 100 TJ students were involved in chairing, staffing, and organizing the conference, which is the largest fundraiser for Model UN. Congratulations to all involved!

Chess Team News

[March 28, 2008] The Chess Team won its tenth straight State Championship title on March 7-8 in a spectacular performance. When the dust settled, the TJ team was up by 4.5 points over the second place Lake Braddock team, with 19.5 out of a maximum of 24. In addition, three members of the TJ team: Joey Regalbuto, Eddie Lu, and Aryan Khojandi, were in on a five-way tie for first place with 5 out of 6 points; they ended up with the top three trophies, respectively. In a six-way for 6th place were team members Byron Hood, who took 8th, and Tim Chen, who got 10th place. Joey, Eddie, and Aryan's scores all went towards the team score, and then one of Byron or Tim also weighed in to produce an amazing 19.5 points in one of the most competitive sections in State Championship history. Other prizes went to Craig Saperstein (12th place, 4.0 points), and Madhu Karamsetty (24th place, 3.5 points) received a medal for her performance.

Team Updates

[March 28, 2008] As some teams begin to wind down, we would like to recognize the over five hundred students who have participated on one or more academic teams this year, and who have learned a lot in the process. In addition, congratulations and good luck to the many TJ students who will be competing at state, regional and national competitions over the next few months!

Biology Olympiad: Thirty TJ students scored high enough on the open exam to be invited to take the semi-final exam for the USA Biology Olympiad: Michael Chang; Luke Cheng; Udaysan Chockanathan; Rebecca Chung; Francis Deng; Huanqi Deng; Joshua Hahm; Daniel Holohan; Jonathan Hsu; Tingyu Hu; James Janopaul-Naylor; Min Jang; Arjun Khanna; Alexander Kim; Esther Kim; Aaron Koenig; Andrew Lam; Oleg Lazarev; Jessica Liu; Joseph Muldoon; Juyeon Park; Brian Rud; Anirudh Saraswathula; Vish Sridharan; Bruce Sun; Arvind Thiagarajan; Jack Wang; David Wu; Cassandra Xia; and Hanwen Xu.

Chemistry Olympiad: Under rules imposed by the Chemical Society of Washington chapter of the American Chemistry Society (ACS), four TJ students are allowed to take the local Chemistry Olympiad exam and two students are allowed to take the national exam. Based on their involvement with the Chemistry Olympiad over the past six months and results from a qualifying exam on March 14, Dr. Kennedy selected four TJ students to take the ACS's local exam on March 26: Ryan Brewster; Michael Chang; Meng-Yang Chen; and Nadir Ijaz. Combined exam results and participation will be used to choose the two TJ students who will be nominated to participate in the national competition on April 21.

Model United Nations: Congratulations to the Model UN team for a commendable win at the George Mason High School Conference. The Gavel Award Winners were Mohima Sanyal, Arda M., Matt Nuti, Mike Crumplar, Curtis Mills and Hirsh Sharma. The Outstanding Delegates were John Pulice, Andy Yang, Rishitha Bollam, Srilakshmi Karuturi, Vish Sridharan, Han Kim and Nabeem Hashem. The Honorable Delegate Award winners were Corinna Pan, Lulu Wang, Anirudh Saraswathula, Swetha Pasala, Jayson Marwaha, Dennis Wang, Amy Yang and Kamna Kathuria. Verbal Commendations were awarded to Anurag Shyamala, Neal Milstein, Salini Hota and Christine Lee. Congratulations to all the Winners!

Chess Team: The Chess Team won its tenth straight State Championship title on March 7-8. When the dust settled, the TJ team scored 4.5 points more than the second place Lake Braddock team, with 19.5 out of a maximum of 24 points. Joey Regalbuto, Eddie Lu, and Aryan Khojandi placed first, second and third, respectively. In addition, Byron Hood placed 8th, Tim Chen placed 10th, Craig Saperstein 12th, and Madhu Karamsetty 24th.

Computer Team: The Computer Team won first place and $2500 at the University of Maryland Programming Contest on March 8. Jacob Steinhardt, Haitao Mao, Brian Hamrick, and Jack Chen represented TJ. Among forty teams from the Washington, DC area they were the only team to solve five of the eight problems.

The Computer Team competed in the March USACO contest on-line over the weekend of March 15th to 17th. In the Gold Division, Jacob Steinhardt and Brian Hamrick were among those tied for 4th in the country. In the Silver division, Tom Georgiou was 1st in the country. In the Bronze Division, Ryan Brewster and Mary Linnell had perfect scores. Complete results are at ace.delos.com.

Debate Teams — Overall: TJ received the 2nd Place WACFL 2007-2008 Judy L. Seward Sweepstakes Award for its overall cumulative performance in the JV and Varsity divisions of Public Forum Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, and Speech. In addition, each TJ debate team participated in the WACFL regional Metro Finals, and some will be sending representatives to nationals.

Lincoln Douglas Debate: At Metro Finals, the LD team won first place with a perfect score of 192/192. Viola Li won the Ellen E. Wright Spirit of Competition Award for attending every WACFL tournament. In Junior Varsity, Rebecca Friedman placed as 2nd speaker and six of the eight quarterfinalists were from TJ: Akaash Gupta (2nd place), Jackson Prestwood (3rd place), Kushal Seetharam (4th place), Tilani Lowman, Anirudh Mohan, and Katherine Wang. In the Varsity division, Emma Pierson won 1st place speaker and was named the WACFL Metrofinals 2007-2008 Champion. She and two other TJ varsity students qualified for Nationals: Christine O'Donnell (4th place), and Lily Hsiang (5th place).

Policy Debate: At Metro Finals, TJ's policy debate team placed fourth. Hannah Clark won the Eleanor E. Wright Spirit of Competition Award for attending every WACFL tournament In JV, Chris Lee won 5th speaker, and the team of Andre Kessler and Graham placed 6th. In Varsity, Kathy Hutchinson won 6th speaker, and the team of Kathy Hutchinson and Lisa Pang placed 3rd and qualified for Nationals.

Policy Forum Debate: At Metro Finals, Emily Yu and Rebecca Friedman won the Eleanor Wright Spirit of the Competition Award for attending every Public Forum WACFL this year. In JV, Emily Yu and Rebecca Friedman qualified as quarterfinalists, and placed seventh in the JV division. In Varsity, the team of co-captains Sumit Malik and Francis Deng placed 5th, were 3rd Speakers, and qualified for Nationals.

Forensics: TJ placed third overall in the Virginia High School League District competition, with eight students who placed at the District level and advanced to the Regional competition. In Original Oratory, co-Captains Aditya Palepu and Sumit Malik placed 1st and 2nd, respectively. In Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, Naren Tallapragada placed 1st and Co-Captain Rohit Dasgupta placed 2nd. Emily Yu placed 1st in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking; Ashley Afranie-Sakyi placed 2nd in Impromptu Speaking; Greg Vernon placed 3rd in Prose Interpretation; Maya Chaudhuri placed 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation. At the WACFL Speech Metro Finals, Sumit Malik placed 7th in Original Oratory.

Future Problem Solvers: Twenty-five TJ students qualified to attend the FPS State Bowl. In the Senior Division (grades 10-12), five teams qualified: (1) Jonathan Pan, Dawei Qi, Erika Lee, and Joyce Fang; (2) Rose Zu, Cassandra Xia, Jesse Liu, and Oleg Lazarev; (3) Logan Gates, Alexis Barrett, Clarice Lee, and Kevin Casto; (4) Lily Hsiang, Lisa Pang, Ellen Huang, and Huan Song; and (5) Sasha Scott, Cindy Wei, Rachel Cackler, and Nabeem Hashem. In the Middle Division (grades 7-9), Daniel Sun qualified as an individual competitor and one team qualified: Roneil Rumburg, Ashu Goel, Jason Miller, and Xavier Ferrier.

It's Academic: TJ's It's Academic team won the VHSL Group AAA State title on March 1st, at the College of William and Mary. TJ's team, consisting of Keshav Pillai, Phil Graves, Naren Tallapragada, Mohit Iyyer, and Bali Gupta, went undefeated in the 4-round playoffs, defeating in-state rival Maggie Walker Governor's School in the final round. TJ has won 8 of the 11 VHSL State titles since 1998.

Physics Team: Last month, fifteen TJ students were among the 158 students in the United States who qualified to take the third round exam for the US Physics Olympiad: Tiffany Cai, Kevin Casto; Luke Cheng; Aaron Dufour; Brian Hamrick; Soonwook Hong; Oleg Lazarev; Daniel Li; Casey Mihaloew; Will Minshew; Emma Pierson; Will Pitler; Jacob Steinhardt; Jack Wang; and Yangbo Xu. TJ had more qualifying students than any other high school; the two other schools with more than 4 students were rivals Montgomery Blair HS (8) and Phillips Exeter Academy (6).

It's Academic wins VHSL State title

[March 12, 2008] TJ's It's Academic team won another VHSL Group AAA State title on March 1st, at the College of William and Mary. TJ's team, consisting of Keshav Pillai, Phil Graves, Naren Tallapragada, Mohit Iyyer, and Bali Gupta, went undefeated in the 4-round playoffs, defeating in-state rival Maggie Walker Governor's School in the final round. TJ has now won 8 of the 11 VHSL State titles since its beginning in 1998.

Policy Debate Metrofinals Results

[March 12, 2008] At WACFL policy debate metrofinals, Andre Kessler and Graham Lobel placed 6th in JV, and Chris Lee received the 5th Speaker award. Hannah Clark received the Eleanor E. Wright Spirit of Competition Award for attending every single WACFL tournament this year. Kathy Hutchinson and Lisa Pang placed 3rd in Varsity and will be attending nationals. Kathy also received the 6th speaker award. And, the policy debate team as a whole placed fourth, in its first-ever sweepstakes award.

Public Forum Metrofinals Results

[March 12, 2008] Public Forum had 11 total qualifiers to Metrofinals. In JV Metrofinals, Emily Yu & Rebecca Friedman placed 7th and were Quarterfinalists. Emily and Rebecca also received the Eleanor E. Wright Spirit of Competition Award for attending every Public Forum WACFL this year. In Varsity, Sumit Malik & Francis Deng placed 5th, were 3rd Speakers, and qualified for the NCFL Grand National Tournament.

Chess Team State Champs

[March 10, 2008] Congratulations to the Chess Team for their 10th consecutive win at the State Championships, held this past weekend at Lake Braddock! In addition to taking first place team, Joey Regalbuto, Eddie Lu, and Aryan Khojandi took home the top three individual trophies in a five-way tie for first place. Byron Hood also placed eighth, and Tim Chen took tenth.

Computer Team Takes 1st Place

[March 10, 2008] The Computer Team won first place at the University of Maryland Programming Contest on Saturday (3/8). Jacob Steinhardt, Haitao Mao, Brian Hamrick, and Jack Chen represented TJ. Among forty teams from the DC area they were the only team to solve five of the eight problems. First place prize was $2500. Good work!

FPS State Qualifiers

[March 10, 2008] The results from the Qualifying Problem came out Friday. TJ's State Bowl qualifiers:

Senior Division teams:

Middle Division:

Biology Olympiad Semi-Final Exam Semifinalists

[March 6, 2008] The following students are invited to take the Biology Olympiad Semi-Final Exam:

Congratulations to these semifinalists. 84.2% of TJ students scored above The national average on the exam. All 114 students who participated in theexam are to be commended.

Japan Bowl

[March 4, 2008] This year's National Japan Bowl will be held in Washington, DC, March 21-22. Nine students (3 students each from Japanese 2, 3, and AP) will be participating to the tournament this year. The top three teams in the senior group will be invited to a 10-day trip to Japan this summer. This year's participants are:

Team Updates

[February 26, 2008]

Certamen (Latin): TJ's Certamen team hosted a successful state Certamen on Saturday, February 23. At what may be the biggest Certamen in Virginia state history, 108 teams from more than 40 schools from around the state (and a visiting team from Wisconsin) squared off in the fast-paced competition. TJ players wrote questions, organized the matches, and kept score. They look forward to returning to their regular roles as competitors at next month's Certamen at Woodson High in Fairfax, and, in April, at the state championship.

Chess Team: The weekend of February 16th, TJ sent two teams to the World Amateur Team East tournament in New Jersey. The first TJ team, Aryan Khojandi, Byron Hood, Craig Saperstein, and Emma Pierson, scored 4 points out of 6, and were ranked the best high school team. The second TJ team, Jacob Steinhardt, Andrew Rodriguez, Jacob Daniels, and Stephen Drodge, scored 2 out of 6 points.

So far, 28 TJ students have signed up to play in Virginia's State Championships, which will be held at Lake Braddock SS on March 8 and 9th. TJ hopes for its tenth straight win in the State Championships. If you would like to sign up, contact

Byron Hood.

Computer Team: The Computer Team competed in the February USACO contest online over the weekend of February 8-11. This is the premiere contest for high school Computer Science in the world. In the Gold Division, Jacob Steinhardt was third in the country, Brian Hamrick was fourth, Haitao Mao seventh, Jack Chen twenty-fourth, Daniel Li twenty-sixth, and Tiffany Cai twenty-seventh. In the Silver Division, Christina Wallin was eighth in the country, Tom Georgiou was tenth, and William Yang twenty-first. In the Bronze Division Casey Mihaloew and Filip Sufitchi were part of a 79-way tie for first in the world (you can't beat perfection). For complete international results see http://ace.delos.com/FEB08results.

Lincoln Douglas Debate: On February 9th, TJ's Lincoln Douglas debate team competed at the last local tournament of the season, WACFL V. In the JV Division, Emily Yu, Jared Hallett, and Sid Bhatia were among the top six finalists and Aman Kansal was both the first-place debater and first-place speaker. In the Novice category, Kevin Boehm placed fourth. This brings the total number of LD debaters who have qualified for the March 7-8 regional Metro Finals to 25 people — a TJ record and a number virtually unmatched in the Washington area. For complete results, see the Debate website.

From February 15-18, Rohit Dasgupta, Lily Hsiang, Joy Lee, Divya Srinivasan, Jared Hallett, and Elizabeth Denning competed in the Harvard National Invitational Forensics tournament. The same weekend, three debaters competed at the VHSL Liberty Districts tournament; Christine O'Donnell "broke" and will compete in the Northern Region tournament on March 29th.

Policy Debate: TJ's Policy Debate team attended the Harvard Invitational on February 18th and 19th. The varsity team of Kathy Hutchinson and Lisa Pang broke into the quarterfinals round with a record of 4-3 in 16th place. Two varsity teams and three junior varsity teams competed at WACFL V at Broad Run HS on February 23rd, and the varsity team of Hannah Clark and Huan Song placed fifth.

Public Forum Debate: TJ's Public Forum debate team also attended the WACFL V. In the Varsity division, the team of Francis Deng and Dan Wang placed 5th and qualified for WACFL Metrofinals. In the Junior Varsity division, the team of Emily Yu and Rebecca Friedman placed 1st with a perfect 4-0 record, and the team of Kevin Sun and Katherine Helmick placed 4th, qualifying both teams for JV Metrofinals. Two other teams also qualified for JV Metrofinals: Cindy Han and Akaash Gupta, and Lisa Yang and Jane Hu.

It's Academic: TJ's team, consisting of Phil Graves, Keshav Pillai, Mohit Iyyer, and Naren Tallapragada, finished with a 6-1 record in the VHSL Scholastic Bowl District competition on January 5th, sustaining only one loss to Woodson HS. During the Regional tournament, TJ swept all four playoff rounds, including two victories against previously-undefeated Woodson. As VHSL Regional Champions, TJ will advance to VHSL States on March 1st at William and Mary.

TJ It's Academic sent five teams to the Gonzaga Academic Tournament on February 9th. TJ A, consisting of Phil Graves, Naren Tallapragada, Jacob Kohn, and Felix Zhang, despite the absence of two starters, managed an undefeated preliminary record, and finished 3rd place overall. TJ B, consisting of Tom Smilack, Raza Mir, Bali Gupta, and Brian Terrill, went 4-1 in the prelims, sustaining a first round loss during the playoffs. TJ C, consisting of Kevin Casto, Michael Eng, Alicia Goertel, and Harry White, qualified for playoffs, but lost in the first round to eventual tournament champion Walt Whitman High.

Two of TJ's It's Academic teams swept the VCU Academic Tournament on February 23rd. TJ A, consisting of Keshav Pillai, Phil Graves, Naren Tallapragada, and Mohit Iyyer, enjoyed an 8-2 preliminary record, with one unexpected loss to TJ B, and placed first. TJ A twice defeated Paul M. Dorman HS, the highest-ranked team in the country, which had an undefeated record in the preliminaries and only had one other loss during the entire season. TJ B, consisting of Tom Smilack, Raza Mir, Bali Gupta, Felix Zhang, and Kevin Casto, had a 7-3 record, and placed fourth. Two of its losses were by extremely close margins, coming dow to the very last question.

Math Team: The Harvard MIT Math Tournament was held on Saturday, February 23. Due to bad weather, the team was not allowed to travel to Boston. However, teams were allowed to participate remotely in two of the three rounds. In the Individual Round Algebra Subject Test, Jacob Steinhardt placed first and Daniel Li placed second. In the Calculus Subject Test, Brian Hamrick placed first. In the Combinatorics Subject Test, Brian Hamrick placed second and Jacob Steinhardt placed third. The scores are combined in each of the competitors' two tests and top individual prizes are awarded. Based on these combined scores, Brian Hamrick placed first, Jacob Steinhardt second and Daniel Li tenth.

In the Team Round, TJ placed second. And, even with a 0 in the Guts Round that TJ could not participate in, TJ finished third overall.

Model UN: TJ was represented by over a 100 delegates at the Ivy League MUNC conference at the University of Pennsylvania from Jan 31-Feb 3. Best Delegate Awards went to Casey Enders, Nabeem Hashem, Sumit Malik, and Naren Tallapragada. Outstanding Delegate Awards went to Marina Arnold, Curtis Mills, and Hirsh Sharma. Honorable Delegate Awards went to Vinitra Rangan, Drew Stebbins, Swetha Pasala, and Anirudh Saraswathula. Several other delegates received commendations.

Ocean Bowl: The regional Ocean Bowl competition, the Chesapeake Bay Bowl, was held on February 23 at the U.S. Naval Academy. The TJ A team, consisting of Helen Zhang (Captain), Aimee Zhang, Oleg Lazarev, Alex Kim, and Catherine Kim, placed first and will attend Nationals in Alaska. The TJ B team, consisting of Diane Palko (Captain), Bryan Chun, Janiel Li, Margaret Tarmann, and Joey Jachowski, placed second.

Physics Team: Nineteen TJ students who took the preliminary qualifying exam for the U.S. Physics Olympiad made quarter-finals. TJ had the most quarterfinalists of any high school, with about 4% of all US quarterfinalists. The TJ quarterfinalists are: Tiffany Cai, Kevin Casto, Luke Cheng, Aaron Dufour, Brian Hamrick, Soonwook Hong, Lily Hsiang, Oleg Lazarev, Kee Young Lee, Daniel Li, Casey Mihaloew, Will Minshew, Chris Olund, Emma Pierson, William Pitler, Jacob Steinhardt, Bruce Sun, Jack Wang, and Yangbo Xu.

The Physics Team this year will be entering a second competition, known as the Physics Bowl. Interested students should see Dr. Dell.

Science Bowl: The TJ Science Bowl team, Bruce Sun, Jack Wang, Evan Warner, Francis Deng and Meng Chen, captured the Virginia Regional Science Bowl for the seventh straight year on Saturday, February 2, resulting in a $750 donation to TJ. The team will compete in Nationals this May.

Academic Boosters Successful Phonathon

[Februay 26, 2008] On February 9, Academic Boosters held its first phonathon, with over two dozen TJ parent and student volunteers, plus teacher Pat Gabriel, the teacher liaison to Academic Boosters. Thank you to all the volunteers, and to the dozens of families who collectively donated over $6,000 that day.

With over $25,000 in donations from the TJ community, Academic Boosters is able to provide more financial support this year than in past years to our academic teams. As of February, Academic Boosters fully funded requests for registration fees for in-school academic competitions and study materials, partially funded requests for out-of-school registration fees, and funded almost all requests for teacher travel reimbursement. Congratulations to all the students who have done so well in fall and winter competitions, and good luck to our many students competing in upcoming state, regional and national events.

It's Academic team competes at Gonzaga HS

[February 22, 2008] TJ It's Academic sent five teams to compete at the Gonzaga Academic Tournament on February 9th. TJ A, consisting of Phil Graves, Naren Tallapragada, Jacob Kohn, and Felix Zhang, was missing two of its starters, and suffering from various illnesses, but managed an undefeated preliminary record, and finished 3rd place overall.

TJ B, consisting of Tom Smilack, Raza Mir, Bali Gupta, and Brian Terrill, went 4-1 in the prelims, sustaining a first round loss during the playoffs. TJ C, consisting of Kevin Casto, Michael Eng, Alicia Goertel, and Harry White, also qualified for playoffs, but also lost in the first round to eventual tournament champion Walt Whitman High.

TJ It's Academic team is VHSL Regional Champion

[February 22, 2008] TJ's team, consisting of Phil Graves, Keshav Pillai, Mohit Iyyer, and Naren Tallapragada, finished with a 6-1 record in the VHSL Scholastic Bowl District competition on January 5th, sustaining only one loss by a five-point margin to W.T. Woodson. Later in the day, during the Regional tournament, however, TJ swept all four playoff rounds, including two victories against previously-undefeated Woodson. TJ will advance to VHSL States on March 1st at the College of William and Mary.

TJ It's Academic Regional winners

L to R: Bali Gupta, Mohit Iyyer, Naren Tallapragada,co-captain Keshav Pillai, tournament director Shawn Pickrell, co-captain Phil Graves, parent coach Mr. Richard Graves

Chess Team at World Amateur Team East Tournament

[February 22, 2008] The Chess Team sent two teams to the World Amateur Team East tournament, held in Parsippany, New Jersey from February 16-18. The first team, consisting of Aryan Khojandi, Byron Hood, Craig Saperstein, and Emma Pierson, scored 4 tough points out of a total of 6, winning the honor of being the best high school team to compete. The second team, composed of Jacob Steinhardt, Andrew Rodriguez, Jacob Daniels, and Stephen Drodge, scored 2 out of 6 points. Virginia State Championships are just around the corner, and sign-ups are still going on! So far, 28 students from TJ have signed up to play in a historic event, in which TJ is competing for a tenth straight win in the State Championships. To sign up (no tournament experience or chessplaying skill necessary), contact

Byron Hood.

TJ MUN Wins Awards at ILMUNC

[February 22, 2008] TJ was represented by over a 100 delegates at the prestigious ILMUNC conference at the University of Pennsylvania from January 31 – February 3. Winners of the Best Delegate Awards were: Casey Enders, Nabeem Hashem, Sumit Malik, and Naren Tallapragada. Winners of the Outstanding Delgate Awards were: Marina Arnold, Curtis Mills, and Hirsh Sharma. Winners of the Honorable Delegate Awards were: Vinitra Rangan, Drew Stebbins, Swetha Pasala, and Anirudh Saraswathula, along with many other commendations for several other delegates. Congratulations to all the delegates for their hard work and yet another stellar performance at a national conference.

Computer Team — February USACO Contest

[February 22, 2008] The Computer Team competed in the February USACO contest online over the weekend of February 8-11. This is the premiere contest for high school Computer Science in the world. In the Gold Division, Jacob Steinhardt was third in the country, Brian Hamrick was fourth, Haitao Mao seventh, Jack Chen twenty-fourth, Daniel Li twenty-sixth, and Tiffany Cai twenty-seventh. In the Silver Division, Christina Wallin was eighth in the country, Tom Georgiou was tenth, and William Yang twenty-first. In the Bronze Division both Casey Mihaloew and Filip Sufitchi were part of a 79-way tie for first in the world (you can't beat perfection). For complete international results see ace.delos.com.

Computer Team — January USACO Contest

[February 22, 2008] TJ's Computer Team took part in the January USACO Contest (online) over the weekend (1/12-1/14). In the Gold Division, Brian Hamrick was fourth in the US and Haitao Mao was fifth. In the Silver Division, Daniel Li was first in the US and fifth in the world; he was also promoted to the Gold Division for the next contest. Big congratulations to all who participated. More information is available usaco.org.

It's Academic

TJ It's Academic

TJ's It's Academic Team is supported by TJ Cheerleaders

It's Academic

[February 22, 2008] One of TJ's It's Academic teams came in first at the competition at Maggie Walker's Governor's School in Richmond on December 8, 2007. Team members are Tom Smilack, Mohit Iyyer, Josh Hahm, and Soonwook Hong.

TJ It's Academic winners

Tom Smilack, Mohit Iyyer, Josh Hahm, & Soonwook Hong

TJ Science Bowl Team Wins Regional Bowl

[February 5, 2008] Congratulations to the TJ Science Bowl team. They captured the Virginia Regional Science Bowl on Saturday, February 2. The team of Bruce Sun, Jack Wang, Evan Warner, Huangqi Deng, and Meng Chen advances to the National finals in May.

Academic Boosters Donors, 2007–2008

The Academic Boosters appreciates all our members and volunteers. We would like to especially recognize those donors who were able to give more than the basic membership. Thank you very much for your generous financial support. TJ academic teams' continued success depends upon you. Please join us!

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