Student, Thomas Jefferson High School, Class of 2016,
TJ has more than 200 extracurricular activities overall, so it is definitely not easy to pick out three. However, the three most prominent activities at Thomas Jefferson (TJ) High School are Varsity Math Team, Model UN, and the Computer Team. The Varsity Math Team won 1st place in the Duke Math Meet competition this year, and has placed consistently in the top 15 of the Harvard-MIT Math Tournament and American Regional Math League competitions. Similarly, the Computer Team consistently places 1st in the American Computer Science League every year, and many team members are part of the Gold Division of the national US Computing Olympiad. In fact, many of the TJ teams that enter state and national competitions through these clubs are some of the best in the country.
Having travelled with the Varsity Math Team and participated in all three of the computer team divisions, I can say that the experience was definitely worth it. It's not only about solving rigorous math problems or participating in a bunch of competitions, but a lot more about enjoying the learning experience. I would highly recommend that students also participate in the school's Physics Team, from which three students placed in the US Physics Olympiad top 20 this year. TJ’s success is by no means limited to just these clubs; clubs like Chess Team, Investment Club, Quiz Bowl, and the Latin Honor Society all regularly win national awards as well. I would strongly encourage students to explore as many clubs as they can based on their passions and hobbies.