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 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.