TJHS Enters a World of Pure Imagination

By Elize Mezaros


“Come with me/ And you’ll be/ In a world of/ Pure imagination”… instead of halls/ and green walls/ in a school/ of rules and regulations. When the cast of this year’s musical, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, beckons, will you answer the call and enter their world of pure imagination? Prepare for purple- haired Oompa Loompas, dancing squirrels, chocolate rivers, and bratty girls cavorting across the stage. Fizzy lifting drinks, shrinking men, and flying elevators all might seem impossible without a big budget film crew, but our stage crew can perform magic too! Carmen Lopresti, who plays Charlie Bucket, told The Statesman, “It brings something new to TJ that we haven’t seen before.” Travis Churilla, who plays Willy Wonka, says, “I kind of want to become a different person for at least a couple hours. It’s going to be really fun and I’m really excited.” Mrs. Barker wouldn’t be too happy if all her secrets were divulged, but TJHS has never seen a show quite like this one. So, please join the members of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as they transport you to a “world of pure imagination” on March 8, 9, and 10 in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $5 and will be sold in lunch on March 8 and 9.


TJ Drumline

By Ashley and Shannon Cusick

            Everyone who has attended a TJ football game knows the excitement that is felt in the atmosphere when they first hear the drum line leading the marching band to the field for pregame.  What they might not realize, however, is how much dedication these students have to learning new cadences and perfecting their image.  Starting with a grueling summer during which these students met every single week, they have practiced almost non-stop in order to be what director Mr. Mirabella says is their “personal best.”  Weeks of summer practice lead straight into band camp for these musicians.  All day, every day, for two full weeks, these students are completely dedicated to learning around a dozen cadences, two half-time shows, and a myriad of stand tunes. However, it doesn’t stop there.  Every day in class, and two days after school each week, they continue to work and perfect what they have learned. And their work has paid off.  They have survived numerous drum-offs, of course always victorious.  And they never fail to keep the band pumped up during football games.  Comprising this commendable group is four sections: the snare drums, bass drums, quads, and cymbals.  Together, they create an unstoppable beat that everyone is sure to love.

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TJ Academic League Undefeated Section Champs

This year, both Varsity and Junior Varsity Academic League have been undefeated.  To win this honor, both teams had to win 5 matches against schools such as Belle Vernon, South Fayette, Ringgold, and Elizabeth Forward.  Questions were taken from the areas of art, literature, math, science, history, and general knowledge.  The teams must now attend respective Varsity and Junior Varsity tournaments to determine whether or not they will attend State Finals in Harrisburg.  The Academic League’s victory will make a strong last year for faculty advisor Mrs. Fortino, who will be retiring at the end of this year.  “We’re really excited, and we hope to go to nationals and make Mrs. Fortino proud,” says Ritwik Gupta, a member of the Academic League.