The TMI Times, Winter 2022

The TMI Times, Winter 2022

By The TMI Journalism Club

As COVID-19 continues to be a part of our daily lives, it’s important for us as a student community to take the proper precautions in order to help keep one another safe. In this month’s edition of the TMI Times by the Journalism Club, you will learn about ways to protect yourself and others from the spread of the coronavirus; the importance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his effect on our country; and student achievements. Panther Pride!

Celebrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” This famous quote was written by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 16, 1963, while he was incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama. While he was only one of many African-Americans heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King fought for equal rights in America. He was aware of the injustices Black Americans face in our country and he chose not to live in a world where people were treated unfairly because of their racial identity. Because of him, we are a part of an integrated world where we can sit and interact with people even if they don’t look exactly like us. So how can we honor Dr. King? Injustices still take place, big and small. In our school, we can honor Dr. King by choosing to speak against unfair or biased treatment, no matter how small it may seem. This week, let’s reflect on this quote, remembering that anyone can speak up and bring about change as he did.

How to Take on COVID-19

Staying safe during COVID-19

With the emergence of the Omicron variant, it is crucial that everyone does their part to help stop the spread. In order to help protect yourself and others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home and isolate for five days, regardless of your vaccination status. Continue to wear a mask around others at all times for an additional five days.
  • If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, wear a mask around others for 10 days and, if possible, test on day five. If symptoms develop before the fifth day, get a test and stay home.

By following these simple guidelines from the CDC, you will be helping to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and its variants. Getting both vaccine shots and a booster will also assist in keeping the community safe. While it is still possible to contract the virus when vaccinated, vaccines can lessen the severity. Keep these guidelines in mind and stay safe!


Vaccine Breakthrough Infections: The Possibility of Getting COVID-19 after Getting Vaccinated

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC

Robotics Competition

On January 15th, the TMI Robotics team competed in multiple different competitions. The team was ranked 6th out of 32 other teams and will look forward to another competition. Congratulations to Kais El Hayani ’25,  Jeongho Lee ’22, Paul Borrego ’22, Flint Rose ’23, and Prateek (Ram) Mohan ’25 for representing TMI at this amazing event. Go Panthers!


TMI Boys Varsity Basketball wins against St. Michael’s

On Friday, January 28th, the boys’ varsity basketball team played against St. Michael’s Catholic Academy at home. Many Panthers showed up that night, as the game was described as the most important one yet by Connor Lafreeda ’22. Sophomore Ojani Bowen ’24 said, “It feels good because we lost to that team last time we played them back in Austin, so to come back home with our fans giving us so much support and energy…it feels good also to hit a big shot in overtime to put us back in the game, [it] was amazing.” Awesome job to this amazing team, and be sure to come out and support the team’s upcoming games.

TMI Swim Team Places 1st in the Region

Last week, the TMI boys and girls swim teams competed in the TAPPS Central Region Meet and both teams earned a regional championship title. Regional champions include Meredith Holcomb ’23 (200 IM and 100 breaststroke), Emily Kitayama ’24 (200 free and 500 free), the 200 IM relay of Meredith, Emily, Calista Kelner ’24, and Gabby Beck ’23; the 200 free relay of Meredith, Emily, Calista, and Mara Flores ’25; and the 400 free relay of George Welch ’23, Aubrey Robbins ’25, Krish Puri ’24, and Kaden Fenno ’25. Emily also broke the school record for the 500 freestyle, which she previously set. 

The team has had a very difficult season, yet they have still accomplished a lot with the help of their coach, Stephanie Barnes. On February 8th, they will compete in their last meet of the season: the TAPPS State Swim Meet, where they are hoping to take another state championship.

Student Spotlight: Ramiro Cavazos

Ramiro Cavazos ’24, president of the TMI Gaming Club, was chosen to be the January Student Spotlight because of his dedication to the club and his confidence to promote the gaming club during chapel announcements. Last Saturday, January 29th, the gaming club participated in the Smash Bros. tournament, so we decided to recognize Ramiro for his outstanding accomplishments. Watch the video below for the full interview. 

Cooking with Vichi and Georgia

Uganda - Wikipedia

This week, we randomly selected a country and highlighted a traditional dish from there. This time, the chosen country was Uganda. The national dish of Uganda is matoke. Legend says that it was brought to the Earth by Kintu, the first man. They are a type of banana found in Uganda that is prepared a certain way.

Matoke recipe:


  • Plantains  1
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  • Oil (for frying)
  • Onion (chopped) 1
  • Tomatoes (chopped or canned whole tomatoes drained) 2-3
  • Green bell pepper (chopped)  1
  • Garlic cloves (crushed)  3-4
  • Chili pepper (chopped, optional)  1
  • Cayenne or red pepper
  • Ground beef or beef stew meat  1 lbs
  • Beef broth or beef stock  1 cup


Peel the plantains, cut into cubes, sprinkle with lemon juice, and set aside. Heat oil in a large pan. Fry the onion, tomatoes, green pepper, hot pepper, and garlic together. Add spices to taste. Add meat or broth. Continue frying and stirring until the mea is nearly done or until the broth is starting to boil. Reduce heat. Add plantains. Cover and simmer over low heat until plantains are tender and meat is done. Serve matoke hot.

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