Excellence comes first at Thomas Jefferson
I am an African American student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and I am the president of the Black Student Association mentioned in the Oct. 31 front-page article "One thing elite N.Va. school doesn't do well: Diversity." This article did not reflect the feelings of the TJ student body.
While diversity is a good thing, it should not be attained at the expense of excellence. The TJ community is very accepting, and I have never once felt a racial separation.
If people were let into TJ based solely on the basis of their race, it could hurt them in the long run. Underneath all of TJ's hype, it's purely a challenging school for those who want to work hard.
Chantelle Ekanem, Reston
| November 4, 2010; 7:02 PM ET
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