Esther Kim

Clifton, VA

Esther Kim

Junior, TJHSST
tjTODAY Opinion Editor



Spring Sports Review: Varsity softball team pitchers end spring season with improvements

In the April print issue of tjTODAY, the publication featured sophomore Molly Schindler, a first-year member of the varsity softball team who decided to fill up the vacant pitcher position for the team. Throughout the season, Schindler specifically focused on the training for the position, allowing sophomore Diana Zavela, an experienced pitcher of the team, to participate in the games.

Debate Profile: Girish and Ramani finish successful season of Public Forum debate

As active members of Jefferson’s Public Forum (PF) debate team, juniors Kiran Girish and Sahana Ramani brought home outstanding achievements for the team this season, continuing their successes since freshmen year. As one of the leading pairs of the team, Girish and Ramani concluded their 2014-2015 season as Virginia High School League (VHSL) champions and double octafinalists for the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand National Speech & Debate Tournament, which was held on May 23-24 in Florida.

tjSTAR culminates yearlong student research

On June 9, Jefferson held its annual Thomas Jefferson Symposium to Advance Research (tjSTAR), in which seniors and freshmen presented their year-long tech labs, mentorship and Integrated Biology, English and Technology (IBET) research projects. Professionals in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) fields gave interactive presentations and hosted discussions and panels, providing a glimpse into the future of STEM and offering advice.

Music in Motion: How soundtracks fuse music and film into one

Summer is right around the corner. Besides the trips to the beach, 14-hours of sleep and frequent attempts to be productive, summer is also the time for movies–lots of them. The quality of a film is often evaluated on the performance of the cast, the storyline and the cinematography. However, sound, as it turns out, also plays a vital role in shaping the atmosphere of the film.

A Report from an iPhone Latecomer: How my daily life changed with a smartphone

It took me eight years. Apple introduced the first generation of the iPhone in 2007. Since then, almost everyone around me, regardless of age, personality or race, held the small and incredibly thin technological wonder: a smartphone. And now, during the spring of 2015, I finally had the urge to catch the trend and purchased an iPhone 6.

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Esther Kim

A junior at Jefferson, Esther is in her third year of working on the newspaper staff. As the Opinion Editor and Business Manager, Esther manages the Opinion section and hopes to bring out the unique voice of Jefferson on current events. In the past, Esther has served as the Features Editor and Sports Editor.

Esther joined tjTODAY because of her lifelong love of reading newspapers and magazines. During her free time, Esther enjoys reading “The New York Times,” “The New Yorker,” and “The Economist” to learn more about the world around her.

Outside of journalism, Esther serves as the Features Editor of Threshold, Jefferson’s literary magazine, the secretary of tjUNICEF, and the Physics committee member of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). Esther also debates in the TJ Policy Debate team and works as the Chief Editor of Teens-Helping-Kids (THinK) club outside of school.

After high school, Esther would like to pursue a career in business or law.