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SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

SkillsUSA serves more than 435,000 students and instructors annually.
The organization has 19,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.
More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA.

SkillUSA at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, CO are students who also are part of the Center for Communication Technology Magnet program (CCT Magnet). There are about 350 students in this program. There are 80 -120 members who take part in SkillsUSA @ TJ. Most students are part of the web design, video, photography, computer program, and 3D animation CCT Magnet strands.

Competition Results 2023

3D Animation

1st place
Cohen Foster
Jack Hered

2nd Place
Dixie Atkinson
Maleah MacFee

Computer Programing

1st Place

Peter Diamond

2nd Place

Ravi Apte

3rd Place

Micheal Benissan

Digital Cinema

1st Place
Jesse Mishell
Akaassh

2nd Place

Rachel VanWagner

Photography

1st Place

Rachel Nelson

2nd Place

Amelie Miller

Prepared Speech

1st Place

Emanuel Morales

Competition Results 2022

Web Design
1st Place

Abdi, Kayo
Tehrani, Amir

2nd Place
Brown, Emily
Shapard, Catharine

3rd Place
Redfearn Curtis
Schiff, Gavin

Runner Up
Saketa Melaku
Cuevas John

Runner Up
Tinwala, Idris
Harper, Noah

Photography
Atkinson, Dixie 1st Place
Martos Fatima 2nd Place
Raghunath, Mohan 3rd Place
Little, Katherine Runner up
Mariah Williams Runner up
Kilgore, Payten
tellez Eugenio ,Jovanni
Weinberg Harrison
kassim iftu

Computer programming
Carter, Quincy 1st Place
Krabbenhoeft, Pelle 2nd Place
Zach Zabel 3rd Place
Diamond, Peter Runner up

Quiz Bowl
Boyle, Darrah
DeMaria, Gabriella
Hrin, Tyler
Valdes-Halterman, Evan
Oss, Olivia

Digital Video
Vidergar, Ivan State Qualified
Bendjebbar Redouane State Qualified
Mishell, Jesse State Qualified
Raghunath, Akaash State Qualified

3D Animation
Johnson, Jesse 1st Place
Alex Silva 1st Place
Thompson, Deacon 2nd Place
Lila Rubin 2nd Place
Wolf Schaack 3rd Place
Jack Hered 3rd Place
jake scobey Runner Up
Dean Trujillo Runner Up
kegan White Runner Up
Caleb Rabin Runner Up

3D Competition- 2020

Prompt: Texting and Driving.
Dialogue: Responsible & Irresponsible

FEB 19 2020

First Place: Frances B & Maya R

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Second Place: Phoenix E & Fransisco M

Third Place: Owen M & Deacon T

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Video Competition 2020

Prompt: Take Flight.
Dialogue: I’m Ready to fly to new Heights.
Prop:Air Plane

First Place: Ryan G & John G

Second Place: Antony M & Mohamed A

Third Place: Dalton W & Alfredo G

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Website Competition 2020

First Place: Mitch S & Aspan B

Second Place: Gabby D & Deqa M:

Third Place: Evan V & Tyler H:
Lost front page: Partial site: Gallery

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Competition Results 2019

3D Animation

1st Place: Jackson and Ismaiel
2nd Place: Jack and Owens
3rd Place: Kevin and David
4th Place: Clair and Ashley
5th Place: Owen and Derrick
6th Place: Jared and Lucas
7th Place: Francisco and Calsten
8th Place: Maya and Francis
9th Place: Cason and Seth
10th Place: Kaleb and Dalton
11th Place: Dana and Diana
12th Place:Camryn and Troi
13th Place: Enrique and Jonathan
14th Place: Jaylon and Antonio

Web Design

1st Place: Noah and Nick
2nd Place: Mitch and Wesley
3rd Place: JaNessa and Lydia
4th Place: Abby and Chris
5th Place: Kia and Yoon
6th Place: Andrea and Monika

Video- Digital Cinema

1st Place: Ben and Grace
2nd Place: Tim and Ryan C
3rd Place: Hunter and Jon
4th Place: Kage and Austin
5th Place Hector and Eyad

Photography

1st Place: Lauren
2nd Place: Zack
3rd Place: Jose
4th Place: Olivia (Alternate)

 

T- Shirt and Pin Design

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2nd Place: na

Computer Programming

 

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2nd Place: na
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Quiz Bowl Team

Eva L
Aidan B
Matthew B
Ava W
Jack M

Bringing Home The Gold

TJ repeated success at the SkillsUSA state conference.

The SkillsUSA chapter at Thomas Jefferson High School returned to the state conference with more competitors than in previous years. TJ’s in-house competition qualified 41 members for state, providing them with the opportunity to attend the conference. The conference took place from April 18th through the 20th in Colorado Springs, at the Hotel Elegante. TJ competed in technical and leadership contests which included Broadcasting, Computer Programming, Web Design, Video Production, 3D Animation, Photography, T-shirt Design, Entrepreneurship, Interactive Video Game Development, and Demonstration A (a how-to presentation on a technical concept).

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that empowers its members to become world-class workers. The organization prepares students for careers in trade, business, and technology. This program was brought to TJ by CCT teacher and SkillsUSA advisor Jerry Esparza in 2009, and it has been in place since then. This year’s state conference was different from any other year TJ participated in, due to an increase in TJ medalists, new awards received, and new state officer positions.

Last year, TJ received the title of a “Chapter of Excellence” on the Gold Level for the first time at the state conference, and went on to advance that title this year, qualifying for nationals. Esparza also received an award at the state conference for eight years of consecutive growth within his chapter, the most years awarded out of all the advisors at the conference. TJ earned another first when juniors and chapter officers Jack McCord and Matthew Bulger ran for state officer positions. “I ran for state officer to put TJHS on the map, we’ve never had a state officer before,” said McCord. Both nominees were voted into roles on the Colorado state SkillsUSA officer team, and will serve as state officers next school year for the first time in TJ history.

In order to qualify for the national conference, competitors must earn first place at the state level. More TJ students earned medals then in previous years, with 26 students receiving first through third place titles. Ten students placed first, including Bulger in Computer Programming, seniors Daniel Medina and Nathan Vaughn in 3D Animation, junior Miles Harrison in Photography, seniors Katie Schroeck and Luis Merlin-Vergara in Web Design, and seniors Avery Hericks, Cecelia Allen, Ariel Shunneson, and Laura Brandon in Broadcasting. Six of these qualifiers will attend the national conference in Louisville, Kentucky from June 25th through the 29th. “The fact that what I accomplish at state and nationals directly reflects on me, my college applications, and my school, is the biggest motivation for doing well,” described Bulger.

The Spartan chapter introduced a new yearly banquet at TJ, where award winners will be recognized. The banquet will take place on May 18th and celebrate state qualifiers, medalists, and families. Hopes are high that TJ will continue to receive more awards and medals in years ahead. Congratulations to the Spartans who attended and found great success at the SkillsUSA state conference.

 

Regional- In-house Competition 2018

JAN 30 2018

Photography: 1st Place: Jackson Reid


Photography: 2nd Place:  Miles Harrison

Photography: 3rd Place:  Tim Bulger

Video Cinema: 1st Place: Landon Cramer & James Oss

Video Cinema: 2nd Place: Joan Lindsey & William Schultz

Video Cinema: 3rd Place: Zach Service & Aidan Maloof

Video Cinema: Alternate: Kyle Moe & Josh Raykin

3D Animation: 1st Place: Conner Side & Jack McCord

3D Animation: 2nd Place: Daniel Medina & Nathan Vaughn

3D Animation: 3rd Place: Jackson Moore & Lucas Carlson

3D Animation: Alternate: Cory Spielman & Harrison Seremet

Computer Programming: 1st Place: Matt Bulger

Computer Programming: 2nd Place: Nate Brill

Computer Programming: 3rd Place: Grant Junkermeier 

Computer Programming: Alternate: Kaleb Pittman

Web Design: 1st Place: Kate Overn & Nick VanWagner


 

Web Design: 2nd Place: Tie:

Katie Schroeck/Liza Boronikhina

Noah Mitz/ Grace Leonard

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Holiday Pot-lock- 2017

The annual Holiday pot-lock was a big success. Over 60 students attended the event. Julie Wright, State director for SkillsUSA also attended the event as a guest speaker.

 

Fall Conference 2017

 

SkillsUSA Officers

SkillsUSA students learn about future careers during a tour of the Industrial Training Center. photo courtesy of Jerry Esparza

 

Spartans attend the 2017 SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference.

On October 11, CCT teacher Jerry Esparza took six TJ students to The Industrial Company (TIC) Training Center in Aurora, Colorado, for this year’s SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference. TJ’s chapter officers were personally invited to the conference, while chapter members had an open invitation. Chapter Presidents and seniors Avery Hericks and Katie Schroeck, Vice President and senior Conner Side, Secretary and senior Grace Leonard, Public Relations Officer and junior Jack McCord, and chapter member and senior Maia Freedberg had the opportunity to gain leadership skills to better themselves for their big year in SkillsUSA. Schools from across Colorado attended the conference, allowing TJ to not only learn from the speakers’ presentations, but also from other SkillsUSA chapters across the state. “It was interesting to hear about how other schools get involved within their communities through fundraisers, community service projects, and social events through SkillsUSA,” Hericks explained.

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization that aids high school and college students in preparing for careers in trade, business, and technology. The chapter at TJ has been active for the past ten years, led by Esparza. “[SkillsUSA] provides resources and curriculum to help students develop skills to become leaders and develop soft-skills for the workplace,” Esparza said. Students within TJ’s chapter organize community service projects, public events, and work in public relations. While all of Esparza’s students are registered for SkillsUSA, all CCT students are encouraged to join the program.

The Spartans traveled to Aurora in the CTE Activity Bus, provided by CTE Partnership Coordinator, Danny Showers. Upon arrival at TIC, students were welcomed with a breakfast bar, providing them with energy they would need throughout their day. Following an opening speech given by SkillsUSA State Director Julie Rife, high school and post-secondary students from across Colorado attended breakout sessions specific to their chapters.

TJ began with a session based on the SkillsUSA Chapter of Excellence Program. Last year TJ was the only school honored as a Chapter of Excellence in the gold level at the state conference. This session trained new students on writing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) Goals, which TJ’s officers will be producing later in the year in attempt to keep their title. Students then moved on to their second session, which included a tour of the TIC Center. During this tour, Spartans got to experience what typically goes on at this year’s location, including the construction that takes place within TIC. After lunch, TJ attended their last session, focused on this year’s SkillsUSA theme, “Job Ready Day One.” Because over twenty percent of new hires get let go from a job within their first ninety days, a presentation was given to all SkillsUSA members about how to keep a job long term, especially by keeping up professionalism and preparation in effort to enforce this year’s theme.

This year’s SkillsUSA Leadership Conference provided Spartans a brand new experience with other members from across the state, unlike previous years, with more involved presentations. Hopes are high that the new leadership skills the officer team gained will benefit the chapter in the months ahead.

Credit: TJ Journal: Katie Schroeck

TJ SkillsUSA Compete Nationally 2017

TJ’s SkillsUSA team kills it at the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

After finding success at the SkillsUSA State Conference last spring, Thomas Jefferson High School had the chance to bring five students to Louisville, Kentucky to compete at the national level. In order to attend the National Conference from June 19th through the 24th, members had to receive first place at the state competition. The SkillsUSA State Conference was held in Colorado Springs in April, where current senior Avery Hericks, junior Matthew Bulger, former Spartan Isabelle Ryan, senior Conner Side, and recent graduate Hunter Holmes received first place medals, qualifying TJ for the national conference.

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization at TJ open for students enrolled in the CCT Magnet program, and its goal is to prepare students for careers in trade, business, and technology. CCT teacher Jerry Esparza introduced SkillsUSA to TJ ten years ago and has been the advisor of the chapter ever since. Esparza described, “I love the spirit of SkillsUSA because they put students first and it is all about helping students get to the next level as they prepare for life beyond high school. In a world that is ever changing and advancing in technology, SkillsUSA is training students to be champions at work.”

While TJ did not bring back any medals from Nationals, competitors were still successful and had a great time. Holmes and Side placed sixth in 3D Animation, Bulger took ninth in Computer Programming, Ryan earned eighteenth in Customer Service, and Hericks received twenty-seventh in photography. “It was amazing to be able to compete against such impressive people, and it was eye-opening to see their passion erupt while taking photos,” Hericks explained.

Over 16,000 people attended the National Conference, including students, teachers, and business partners. The opening ceremony took place on Tuesday, June 20th, commencing the competitions. Over one hundred hands-on competitions took place between middle school, high school, and college/post secondary students. The conference came to an end following the closing ceremony and awards ceremony on Friday, June 23rd.

Hericks and senior Katie Schroeck are returning to TJ’s chapter as this year’s co-presidents with aid from new chapter officers including Side and Bulger along with senior Grace Leonard and junior Jack McCord. Hopes are high that with this student leadership, TJ can accomplish the same success at the State Conference this April and return to Louisville next summer.

Programming Competition 2017

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock-

FEB 17 2017

While it is really meant to be played “live,” the company your’ve been hired by wants to create a digital version where the player doesn’t go against the computer. Pictured below is the interface of the game.(Game is not function)

First Place: Matt Bulger

Second Place: Grant Junkermeier

Third Place: Julio Munoz

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Web Design Competition

FEB 17 2017

The web design competition requires a team of 2 students to create a Balloonery Event website. Based off a real world website, students were asked to update the site from the assets provided to them. They were able to create their own assets as needed. Displayed is the home page of each contestant. ( Site is not functional)

Frist Place: Rachel Sandler & Asianae Jackson

Second Place: Noah Mintz & Barry Green

Third Place: Grace Leonard & Lisa Boronikhina

Fourth Place: Nikki Nikolov & German Gomez

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Video Competition 2017

FEB 16 2017

  • All videos must have as their theme “Your Future”
  • All videos must include this line of dialogue ““Seeing Your Future at Thomas Jefferson High School”
  • All videos must include this prop: Pair of glasses

First Place: Eric Stolz & Oscar Nurmat

Second Place: Alec DeStefano & Spencer Tennant

Third Place: Helena Lawrence & Jovana Bjelanovic

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3d Animation Competition 2017

FEB 16 2017

In this 3d prompt, your team needs to create a 3d food or drink commercial pitting 2 or more rival brands against each other. Ultimately, one brand will rise to the top as the best choice.

First Place: Hunter Holmes & Conner Side

Second Place: Xavier Texidor & Rogelio Flores

Third Place: Daniel Orzescu & Colin Sonnerberger

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Photography Competition 2017

FEB 1 2017

Contestants for photography were required to submit 5 photos that represented each of the following genres: Action, Landscape, Portrait, Reflection,Still Life, and a set of 50 photo shots. Each photo and set was worth 20pts each. Posted are sample photos of the winners and runner up.

1ST PLACE- EMA LEVEQUE- MOTION

2ND PLACE- ANDREW SEIDENSTAT – PORTRAIT

3RD PLACE- AVERY HERICKS- STILL LIFE

4TH PLACE- ROBBIE LEWIN- LANDSCAPE

RUNNER-UP: TIM BULGER- REFLECTION (runner-up is an alternate if any of the top 4 winners are not able to attend State.)

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SkillsUSA Fall Conference

OCT 10 2016

Students at Johnson and Wales University

(CTSO) Career Tech Student Organization Fall Leadership Conference was held at Johnson and Wales University in Denver on September 30th. The purpose of the conference was to inspire students to become leaders in their school and communities. SkillsUSA TJ officers attended the conference. Here are some takeaways from the students:

“A key takeaway was to make your biggest weakness your biggest strength. By working on your weakness to change it for the better it allows for personal growth and shows the path taken towards success. Also, “It doesn’t matter your wealth, intelligence, or looks. Your DNA came together for a reason: to fulfill a purpose.” This resonated with me because it is such an elevated perspective on life. We are defined by and have control over our personalities and actions, not physical characteristics. We all are on this Earth for a reason and it is our job to find our purpose and do it everyday. Through the eye-opening experience at the conference we learned how to grow personally in order to be able to bring these improvements to TJ and the community.” – Rachel Sadler

“We are in control of our own stories. We control the outcomes and how we get there. we must complete the journey that we set out to do and make it the best that we can.”- Tyler Weiskopf

“This taught me that I didn’t just join SkillsUSA for the fun of it. I was taught that I joined it for a purpose. I set goals for myself and I am achieving them as I go along.” – Stephanie Chavez

“We were taught that character skills are the core to being a great leader. The first big thing we learned is that it’s alright to fail, and that fear of failure isn’t a reason to not try. Failing is how you learn and how you look for different or better solutions.”-  Asianae Jackson

“I felt that the lessons about self-confidence and overcoming yourself was very powerful. It made me realize how I should continue on in my life, and how I act and treat myself reflects on the outside and spreads to other people. Most of all, I learned the steps to success and I can’t wait to implement it in my everyday life.”- Alex Sor

“Take baby steps, it’s okay to want to achieve something large, or seemingly impossible, but you won’t be able to achieve it if you don’t start your journey towards it.” – Hunter Holmes

“A big part of the assembly I attended was meeting new people and getting to know others within a short period of time which can be helpful as an officer because throughout the year I will meet with many new people and learning these good communication skills will be helpful.” – Katie Schroeck

SkillsUSA State Competition 2016

APR 12 2016

Once again,our TJ students represented TJ with pride at the SkillsUSA State Conference in Colorado Springs. We had five 1st place gold winners and a total of 13 medalist.
Rachel  and Asianae – 1st place web design.
Kate  and Zach – 2nd place web design
Hunter  and Sam -1st place 3d animation
Rogelio  and Scott  – 2nd place 3d animation
Stephanie  and Tyler  – 3rd place 3d animation
Keith  and Eli  – 3rd placeDigital Video
Julio  – 1st place computer programming.
All 1st place winners qualify for SkillsUSA Nationals in Louisville, KY. The National Conference will be held the week of June 20th. If you see any of these students, please take time to congratulate them!

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3d Competition 2016- Toy Store

FEB 11 2016

Story: Rendition of Toy Story

Scenario: The door has been shut as the toymaker leaves the store. But without realizing it, the toy maker knocks over a bottle of glue. The glue is stuck to one of the toys. If the glue is left to dry too long the toy will be forever stuck. His or her toy friends (5 of them) come to life and work together to find a way to free their friend. Toys rejoice that their friend is free.

Quality of Modeling: 25 points

Quality of Animation: 25 points

Answered all the Prompts: 20 points

Creativity: 10 points

Sound: 10 points

Follow Instructions: 10points

First Place: Hunter & Sam

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Second Place: Rogelio & Scott

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Third Place: Tyler & Stephanie

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Alternate Runner Up: 4th place: Bobby & Noah

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Alternate Runner Up: 5th place: Colin & Xavier

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State Qualifiers 2014-2015

State Qualifiers: PHOTOGRAPHY

Contestants for photography were required to submit 5 photos that represented each of the following genres: Action, Landscape, Portrait, Reflection, and Still Life. Each photo was worth 10pt for a total of 50pts. There were 3  judges.

1st Place- Katelin Kelly- 125 points

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2nd Place- Alec Stolz- 119 points

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3rd Place- Anja Oss- 118 points

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Runner Up- Paula Mortel- 110 points

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State Qualifiers: WEB DESIGN

The challenge this year was to do a redesign of the Colorado County Fair, Columbus, Texas. Students were judged on the code, header, navigation, content, design standards, and completion. Creative appeal was a considered, but not the focus. The pictures below show only the front page of the website. Putting a functional redesign on the web could create conflict with the real website (coloradocountyfair.org)

1st Place- Jacob Neumann & Josh Schaffer

Team4web2nd Place- Morgan VanderReit & Rachel Sadler

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Runner up: Chase Remme & Jeremy Isaac

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State Qualifiers: 3D ANIMATION

The 3d challenge this year was to create a 3d model of a plane taking off from the Denver International Airport (DIA), flying over the mountains and crashing in a remote small town. The project was judged based on:

Quality of 3d Models: 15
Quality of Animation: 10
Addressing the prompts: 10
Creativity: 5
Text and sound: 5
Following instructions: 5

1st Place: Luis Avila & Jame Ambrosen

Team 13 Bird Encounter-poster2nd Place: Hunter Holmes and Sam Trout

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3rd Place: Stephanie Chavez and Tyler Weiskopf

Team9BirdEncounter-posterRunner up: Bobby Vlier and Noah Gomez

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Runnerup: Rogelio Flores & Scott McMahon

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State Qualifiers: Video

The theme for this year’s video: “The Gift”. The Dialogue: “Give to the work what matters”. The Prop: A wrapped present.

1st Place: Travis Domagala & Weston Wilkins

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2nd Place: Long Le & Chris Scarbrough

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State Qualifiers: Programming

The Challenge was to write a program which will allow the user to enter and convert an US Dollar amount to the currency of different countries. The 2nd challenge was to write a program which will allow the user to find the weekly pay earned by an employee using a variation of input data.

1st Place: Nick Capra

2nd Place: Declan Kahn

3d Place: Julio Munoz

Runner up: Natan Getschel

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Fall Conference 2014

SEP 12 2014

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SkillsUSA Colorado is teaming up with TRI Leadership Resources
and Colorado FBLA‐PBL to bring this year’s Fall Leadership
Conference to an area near you! This Leadership Conference is
designed to leave you and your students excited and motivate for
an exciting year ahead! Get your organization’s started off right
through a high energy leadership conference to help promote
success ! Plan to attend a location nearest you!

DOWNLOAD the flyer for more information

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SkillsUSA Team Reigns Supreme

MAY 12 2014

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Thomas Jefferson is becoming known as a powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with at the SkillsUSA competitions after sweeping the 3-D competition, and dominating in Web Design.

On April 9th, the TJ SkillsUSA team drove down to Colorado Springs for the 2014 Colorado Skills USA State Leadership and Skills Conference. The conference was held at Pikes Peak Community College where the team was treated to a stay at a hotel as well as food catering and warm welcomes.

Thomas Jefferson swept the board in 3D design by placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd. John Touris and Yoshua Hermawan placed 1st, Hatim Badri and Devin Anderson placed 2nd and Troy Fangmeier andJosh Balay placed 3rd. “The competition was fun!  The prompt this year was good, so it was pretty easy to make a story,” states Touris.

TJ also dominated in Web Design having two groups place. Jacob Neumann and Josh Schaffer placed 1st and Hamdi Hassan and Ana Beiser placed 3rd. The Colorado SkillsUSA competition was a strong success for the Thomas Jefferson team. Continue reading 

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Photography State Qualifiers

The task for the photographer this year was to provide 5 photos with different genres.

Action
Landscape
Portrait
Still-Life
Reflections

There were 3 judges that scored each picture on a scale of 10 for a total points of 150.

1st place winner is Madison Dzikowicz- 121pts (State Qualifier)

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Still life

2nd place winner is Melissa Duran- 114pts (State Qualifier)

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3rd place winner is Katelin Kelly- 111pts (State Qualifier)

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4th place winner is Jessica Holman – 107pts (1st runner up)

Still Life

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5th place winner is Adela Mata- 105pts (2nd runner up)

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Web State Qualifiers

The Web Design in house competition was held last Thursday and Friday. There were 6 teams competing to qualify for State competition. Only 2 teams can qualify. The web project was to redesign the Downtown Denver Aquarium website. The judging was done on the web standard rubric:

Code and folder organization- 10pts
Header and banner- 10pt
Navigation- 30 pts
Content information- 30 pts
Graphic design- 30 pts
Completing the project- 30pts

Total Points: 150pts

1st place- Jacob Neumann and Josh Schaffer- 145pts

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2nd place- Ana Beiser and Hamdi Hassan – 126pts

image0053rd Place- Cassie Kah & Shanelle Clinton- 121 pts

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4th Place- Jonah Cobbs & Max Antonik – 120 pts

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5th place- Jesus Villa & Alen Pervanic- 117 pts

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6th Place- Matt Lawlor & Zach Defez- 113pts

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Video Product Development Project

State Qualifiers:

Tatianna Gerlits and Andrew Kelly

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3D State Qualifiers- 2013-2014

The competition was competitive and relatively close. There were 3 judges who scored the projects on this rubric:

Quality of 3d Models: 15
Quality of Animation: 10
Addressing the prompts: 10
Creativity: 5
Text and sound: 5
Following instructions: 5

TOTAL    50

Numbers were total from all 3 judges for a total of 150 possible points.

Scenario: Character is living on a farm and comes across some golden beans that will make his family rich. He also finds a note that says that his family fortune was stolen many years ago and to follow the instructions to get it back. The character plants the bean and “something” (use your imagination) starts to grow toward the clouds. The character climbs (ascends) the “something” and finds a castle at the top of the clouds. The character meets a “mentor” that gives advise about how to find the stolen treasure. The character enters the castle and finds the stolen treasure. The character encounters an enemy that tries to kill him. The character manages to escapes, and makes his way down (descends) the “something”. Before the enemy can climb (descend) down. The character cuts or destroys the “something”. He celebrates by throwing a party with all his friends.

1st place– John Touris and Yosua Hermawan- 131pts- Magic Beans Video

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2nd place– Devin Anderson and Hatim Badri- 128pts- Magic Beans Video

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3rd place– Troy Fangmeier & Josh Balay- 120pts- Magic Beans Video

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4th place- Dillon Leach and Jorden Cammack- 112pts- Magic Beans Video

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5th place– John Cushing and Elizabeth May- 111pts  – Magic Beans Video

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TJ’s SkillsUSA Elects New Leaders

December 29, 2013 by Ethan Winger (courtesy of TJ Journal)

After a round of elections, five new Skills USA officers were elected to lead the Skills USA Chapter at Thomas Jefferson for the remainder of the school year.
neumannesparza580Every fall, the SkillsUSA Chapter nominates and elects five new officers using a ballot election in order to assign important leadership roles to exceptional Skills members who want to do as much as possible to make the chapter the best that it can be.

The five potential roles are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Public Relations Officer. All roles come with very different responsibilities but all are equally important. “Currently we have five strands that are going to be competing; we host the 3D strand, the Web Applications strand, Video Intern strand, Software Engineering strand, and the Photojournalism strand. Each strand will have an in-house competition to determine who goes to State to represent each strand. The actual competition is in Mid-April in Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak Community College so it will most likely be an overnight event,” states SkillsUSA sponsor Jerry Esparza.

TJ Senior Devin Anderson was elected as the new Skills USA President. “As the President, I must lead the Skills meetings, take charge of the program, and be in charge of the entire Skills USA student body here at TJ,” Anderson states.

Junior Jacob Neumann was elected as the Vice President, making him Anderson’s second-in-command after narrowly winning his election against Senior John Cushing. “It was a very narrow race; I won by only two votes. It was really just a very close race,” Neumann reiterates. As Vice President, Neumann must help Anderson to run the meetings and stand in his place as interim President if Anderson is unable to attend a meeting.

Senior Jesus Villa was able to win his election in order to become the Treasurer of the Skills chapter. “I am in charge of all of the money. I need to be in charge of a budget for any costs that may arise and I am in charge of the fundraisers,” Villa proudly stated, when asked about his responsibilities as Treasurer.

Senior Ana Beiser, newest Public Relations Officer for the SkillsUSA chapter at TJ, won her election by beating fellow Senior Cora Gaines. “I have to let people know what’s going on in Skills and try to get members involved and active within the chapter,” said Beiser who is very happy and excited about embracing her role and being a very successful Public Relations Officer.

Senior Tatianna Gerlits is the newest Secretary of the Skills Chapter. She managed to win her election, beating Junior Joshua Schafer in a close race. “My job is to schedule meetings and to take notes. I also am in charge of planning the agenda for every meeting,” Gerlits replied, when asked about what her new role required.

The SkillsUSA chapter at TJ will be striving to be the best that it can be and practice to become as prepared as possible for the upcoming competition to be held this April. Make sure to give them as much support as possible and help them with their fundraisers in the upcoming months.

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SkillsUSA Officers for 2013- 2014

OK! the results for SkillsUSA officers are in for the 2013-2014 school years.
President:
31% Melissa Duran
29%      Troy Fangmeier
40%        Devin Anderson
Vice President
51%  Jacob Neumann
49% John Cushing
Secretary
38%  Josh Schaffer
62%  Tatianna Gerlits
Treasure
36%   Herick Acosta
64% Jesus Villa
Public Relations
47%Cora Gains
53% Ana Beiser
The winners!
President: Devin Anderson
Vice President: Jacob Neumann
Secretary: Tatianna Gertlits
Treasure: Jesus Villa
Public Relations: Ana Beiser
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State Competition 2013

APR 20 2013

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SkillsUSA State Competition Winners 2013

SkillsUSA State Conference Winners 2013

Web Design

  1. 1st place-Erich Deutsch and David Duchan (Website)
  2. 2ns place- Ana Beiser and Cassie Kah (Website)

3D Animation

  1. 2nd place- John Touris & Yosua Hermawan (Video)
  2. 3rd place- Brody Bills & Van Diep (Video)
  3. Did not place- Hatim Badri & Devin Anderson (Video)

Photography

  1. 2nd place- Melissa Duran (Photos)
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Got Skills!

APR 6 2013

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The Thomas Jefferson SkillsUSA team smiles after a good start to their season while gearing up for state. Photo by Henna Danek

SkillsUSA once again gears up for competition

March 18, 2013 by 

Committed to hard work, the SkillsUSA, a career tech student organization (CTSO) embodies the virtues of diligence, service, honor, leadership, and good character.

With the motto of “preparing for leadership in the world of work,” this group of talented students isn’t about to slow down. The club has been working on community projects all year, and will soon be preparing for the annual district competition in Web Design, 3D Animation, and Photography. “Skills USA is about students coming together as an organization to provide leadership for other students, share experience, collaborate, and work for the community,” club sponsor Jerry Esparza said. Continue reading 

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3D State Qualifiers

The prompt for this years competition was:

A flying object (plane is suggested) is traveling across a desolated area. This could be across an island, mountains, desert, or planet. The plane for some reason must make an emergency landing. The plane is wrecked. The survivors must find a way back to civilization. The survivors encounter an adversary.  A hero arises, but will need a mentor that will provide help to get them out. The hero will find a way to defeat the enemy and return the survivors back to civilization.

The Competition was hot and many teams did well enough to qualify, but State competition only allows 3 teams to go to the State Conference competition. After the tally of votes were added up, the winners that qualify for States are:
Winning Teams:

1st Place: John Touris & Yosua Hermawan (Air plane Crash)

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2nd Place: Devin Anderson and Hatim Badri (Air Plane Crash)

 

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3rd Place: Brody Bills and Van Diep (Air Plane Crash)

3rd Place

Alternate: John Cushing & Andrew MacCormack (Air Plane Crash)

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Photography State Qualifiers

FEB 20 2013

It was a close competition and the final numbers were very close, but the final decision for the top 3 SkillsUSA State qualifiers for Photography are:

1st Place: Ryan Woods
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2nd Place: Cora Gains
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3rd place: Melissa Duran
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Alternate: Tatianna Gerlits

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Web Design Winners

FEB 9 2013

The Challenge for this years competition require students to redesign a local amusement park’s website. This is a classroom Scenario and not an official request from Lakeside Amusement Park.

Project Summary Simulation:

The Lakeside Amusement Park located in Denver Colorado is looking for a web team that will redesign their website. They need a team that can work collaborative and be responsible to make sure that the website is updated when needed. The website is the main advertisement for the amusement park, and therefore needs to reflect creativity and adventure for people who want wholesome entertainment.

Web Site Objective:

To create a website presences on the World Wide Web that will advertise the amusement park’s presence in Denver, CO, and provide information about the park.

Primary Audience:

People who want a wholesome safe environment to take kids for amusement rides and also provide enough entertainment for teens and adults.
Winners for Web Design for the in building competition going to State competition:

Winning Teams:

1st Place Winners

1st Place Winners

1st Place: Erich Deutsch and David Duchan (Lakeside Amusement Park)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Place Winners

2nd Place Winners

2nd Place:Ana Beiser and Cassie Kah (Lakeside Amusement Park)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternates

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Alternate Team:

Jacob Neumann and Joshua Schaffer (Lakeside Amusement Park)

 

 

 

 

 

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SkillsUSA Food Drive

DEC 17 2012

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Thanks to the Spartan community, Skills USA was able to raise 433 pounds of food for the TJ families in need, as well as for the Food Bank of the Rockies.

SkillsUSA is a club that competes nationally in subjects such as 3-D animation, photography, and web design. Skills USA members are also in charge of coming up with service projects that benefit the community, such as their most recent one.

CCT Magnet Teacher and Skills USA Sponsor Jerry Esparza, shared some information on what new community service project Skills USA just completed. “The members of Skills USA came up with ideas on their own about what organization, cause, or charity they want to help. Then, they came up with ways to raise the money or food or items to the charity of their choice and put those thoughts into action in order to benefit others,” said Esparza. “This time the members decided to help out a group closer to home; 10 TJ families who would otherwise go without a Thanksgiving dinner will receive non-perishable items from fellow Spartans. The rest of the items will be donated to the Food Bank of the Rockies.” Continue reading 

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Christmas Party

DEC 15 2011

There were about 35 students who showed up for the annual SkillsUSA Christmas potluck party. Everyone brought enough food to feed everyone that showed up. After eating, students played game, hung out and watch music videos and had a good time. It was a good time for student to get to know each other a little better.

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Chapter Meeting Oct. 6th

OCT 6 2011

News- October 26th ,2011

Topics of discussion: TJ Chapter Advisor Jerry Esparza

Elections of officers
President- Cody Anderson
Vice President- Mckenzie Brown
Secretary- Samantha Ockey
Treasurer- Ali Holcomb

Time Management for Officers: Plan meeting before hand; see if officers can meet more
Meeting called to order by the President

Group day/ Partners-
Shirts $5
Membership fee $5
Design for Officers Hoodies or anyone else who wants one

Fundraiser ideas

Beal Relief Fund- Volunteers for lunch to collect money
Jar to go to classes- Limit two people
Table- 2 or 3 people- No more

Competition Results 2023

3D Animation

1st place
Cohen Foster
Jack Hered

2nd Place
Dixie Atkinson
Maleah MacFee

Computer Programing

1st Place

Peter Diamond

2nd Place

Ravi Apte

3rd Place

Micheal Benissan

Digital Cinema

1st Place
Jesse Mishell
Akaassh

2nd Place

Rachel VanWagner

Photography

1st Place

Rachel Nelson

2nd Place

Amelie Miller

Prepared Speech

1st Place

Emanuel Morales

 

Competition Results 2022

Web Design
1st Place

Abdi, Kayo
Tehrani, Amir

2nd Place
Brown, Emily
Shapard, Catharine

3rd Place
Redfearn Curtis
Schiff, Gavin

Runner Up
Saketa Melaku
Cuevas John

Runner Up
Tinwala, Idris
Harper, Noah

Photography
Atkinson, Dixie 1st Place
Martos Fatima 2nd Place
Raghunath, Mohan 3rd Place
Little, Katherine Runner up
Mariah Williams Runner up
Kilgore, Payten
tellez Eugenio ,Jovanni
Weinberg Harrison
kassim iftu

Computer programming
Carter, Quincy 1st Place
Krabbenhoeft, Pelle 2nd Place
Zach Zabel 3rd Place
Diamond, Peter Runner up

Quiz Bowl
Boyle, Darrah
DeMaria, Gabriella
Hrin, Tyler
Valdes-Halterman, Evan
Oss, Olivia

Digital Video
Vidergar, Ivan State Qualified
Bendjebbar Redouane State Qualified
Mishell, Jesse State Qualified
Raghunath, Akaash State Qualified

3D Animation
Johnson, Jesse 1st Place
Alex Silva 1st Place
Thompson, Deacon 2nd Place
Lila Rubin 2nd Place
Wolf Schaack 3rd Place
Jack Hered 3rd Place
jake scobey Runner Up
Dean Trujillo Runner Up
kegan White Runner Up
Caleb Rabin Runner Up

Competition Results 2022

Web Design
1st Place

Abdi, Kayo
Tehrani, Amir

2nd Place
Brown, Emily
Shapard, Catharine

3rd Place
Redfearn Curtis
Schiff, Gavin

Runner Up
Saketa Melaku
Cuevas John

Runner Up
Tinwala, Idris
Harper, Noah

Photography
Atkinson, Dixie 1st Place
Martos Fatima 2nd Place
Raghunath, Mohan 3rd Place
Little, Katherine Runner up
Mariah Williams Runner up
Kilgore, Payten
tellez Eugenio ,Jovanni
Weinberg Harrison
kassim iftu

Computer programming
Carter, Quincy 1st Place
Krabbenhoeft, Pelle 2nd Place
Zach Zabel 3rd Place
Diamond, Peter Runner up

Quiz Bowl
Boyle, Darrah
DeMaria, Gabriella
Hrin, Tyler
Valdes-Halterman, Evan
Oss, Olivia

Digital Video
Vidergar, Ivan State Qualified
Bendjebbar Redouane State Qualified
Mishell, Jesse State Qualified
Raghunath, Akaash State Qualified

3D Animation
Johnson, Jesse 1st Place
Alex Silva 1st Place
Thompson, Deacon 2nd Place
Lila Rubin 2nd Place
Wolf Schaack 3rd Place
Jack Hered 3rd Place
jake scobey Runner Up
Dean Trujillo Runner Up
kegan White Runner Up
Caleb Rabin Runner Up

3D Competition- 2020

Prompt: Texting and Driving.
Dialogue: Responsible & Irresponsible

FEB 19 2020

First Place: Frances B & Maya R

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Second Place: Phoenix E & Fransisco M

Third Place: Owen M & Deacon T

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Video Competition 2020

Prompt: Take Flight.
Dialogue: I’m Ready to fly to new Heights.
Prop:Air Plane

First Place: Ryan G & John G

Second Place: Antony M & Mohamed A

Third Place: Dalton W & Alfredo G

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Website Competition 2020

First Place: Mitch S & Aspan B

Second Place: Gabby D & Deqa M:

Third Place: Evan V & Tyler H:
Lost front page: Partial site: Gallery

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Competition Results 2019

3D Animation

1st Place: Jackson and Ismaiel
2nd Place: Jack and Owens
3rd Place: Kevin and David
4th Place: Clair and Ashley
5th Place: Owen and Derrick
6th Place: Jared and Lucas
7th Place: Francisco and Calsten
8th Place: Maya and Francis
9th Place: Cason and Seth
10th Place: Kaleb and Dalton
11th Place: Dana and Diana
12th Place:Camryn and Troi
13th Place: Enrique and Jonathan
14th Place: Jaylon and Antonio

Web Design

1st Place: Noah and Nick
2nd Place: Mitch and Wesley
3rd Place: JaNessa and Lydia
4th Place: Abby and Chris
5th Place: Kia and Yoon
6th Place: Andrea and Monika

Video- Digital Cinema

1st Place: Ben and Grace
2nd Place: Tim and Ryan C
3rd Place: Hunter and Jon
4th Place: Kage and Austin
5th Place Hector and Eyad

Photography

1st Place: Lauren
2nd Place: Zack
3rd Place: Jose
4th Place: Olivia (Alternate)

 

T- Shirt and Pin Design

1st Place: na
2nd Place: na

Computer Programming

 

1st Place: na
2nd Place: na
3rd Place: na
4th Place: na

 

Quiz Bowl Team

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Aidan B
Matthew B
Ava W
Jack M

Bringing Home The Gold

TJ repeated success at the SkillsUSA state conference.

The SkillsUSA chapter at Thomas Jefferson High School returned to the state conference with more competitors than in previous years. TJ’s in-house competition qualified 41 members for state, providing them with the opportunity to attend the conference. The conference took place from April 18th through the 20th in Colorado Springs, at the Hotel Elegante. TJ competed in technical and leadership contests which included Broadcasting, Computer Programming, Web Design, Video Production, 3D Animation, Photography, T-shirt Design, Entrepreneurship, Interactive Video Game Development, and Demonstration A (a how-to presentation on a technical concept).

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that empowers its members to become world-class workers. The organization prepares students for careers in trade, business, and technology. This program was brought to TJ by CCT teacher and SkillsUSA advisor Jerry Esparza in 2009, and it has been in place since then. This year’s state conference was different from any other year TJ participated in, due to an increase in TJ medalists, new awards received, and new state officer positions.

Last year, TJ received the title of a “Chapter of Excellence” on the Gold Level for the first time at the state conference, and went on to advance that title this year, qualifying for nationals. Esparza also received an award at the state conference for eight years of consecutive growth within his chapter, the most years awarded out of all the advisors at the conference. TJ earned another first when juniors and chapter officers Jack McCord and Matthew Bulger ran for state officer positions. “I ran for state officer to put TJHS on the map, we’ve never had a state officer before,” said McCord. Both nominees were voted into roles on the Colorado state SkillsUSA officer team, and will serve as state officers next school year for the first time in TJ history.

In order to qualify for the national conference, competitors must earn first place at the state level. More TJ students earned medals then in previous years, with 26 students receiving first through third place titles. Ten students placed first, including Bulger in Computer Programming, seniors Daniel Medina and Nathan Vaughn in 3D Animation, junior Miles Harrison in Photography, seniors Katie Schroeck and Luis Merlin-Vergara in Web Design, and seniors Avery Hericks, Cecelia Allen, Ariel Shunneson, and Laura Brandon in Broadcasting. Six of these qualifiers will attend the national conference in Louisville, Kentucky from June 25th through the 29th. “The fact that what I accomplish at state and nationals directly reflects on me, my college applications, and my school, is the biggest motivation for doing well,” described Bulger.

The Spartan chapter introduced a new yearly banquet at TJ, where award winners will be recognized. The banquet will take place on May 18th and celebrate state qualifiers, medalists, and families. Hopes are high that TJ will continue to receive more awards and medals in years ahead. Congratulations to the Spartans who attended and found great success at the SkillsUSA state conference.

 

Regional- In-house Competition 2018

JAN 30 2018

Photography: 1st Place: Jackson Reid


Photography: 2nd Place:  Miles Harrison

Photography: 3rd Place:  Tim Bulger

Video Cinema: 1st Place: Landon Cramer & James Oss

Video Cinema: 2nd Place: Joan Lindsey & William Schultz

Video Cinema: 3rd Place: Zach Service & Aidan Maloof

Video Cinema: Alternate: Kyle Moe & Josh Raykin

3D Animation: 1st Place: Conner Side & Jack McCord

3D Animation: 2nd Place: Daniel Medina & Nathan Vaughn

3D Animation: 3rd Place: Jackson Moore & Lucas Carlson

3D Animation: Alternate: Cory Spielman & Harrison Seremet

Computer Programming: 1st Place: Matt Bulger

Computer Programming: 2nd Place: Nate Brill

Computer Programming: 3rd Place: Grant Junkermeier 

Computer Programming: Alternate: Kaleb Pittman

Web Design: 1st Place: Kate Overn & Nick VanWagner


 

Web Design: 2nd Place: Tie:

Katie Schroeck/Liza Boronikhina

Noah Mitz/ Grace Leonard

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Holiday Pot-lock- 2017

The annual Holiday pot-lock was a big success. Over 60 students attended the event. Julie Wright, State director for SkillsUSA also attended the event as a guest speaker.

 

Fall Conference 2017

 

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SkillsUSA students learn about future careers during a tour of the Industrial Training Center. photo courtesy of Jerry Esparza

 

Spartans attend the 2017 SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference.

On October 11, CCT teacher Jerry Esparza took six TJ students to The Industrial Company (TIC) Training Center in Aurora, Colorado, for this year’s SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference. TJ’s chapter officers were personally invited to the conference, while chapter members had an open invitation. Chapter Presidents and seniors Avery Hericks and Katie Schroeck, Vice President and senior Conner Side, Secretary and senior Grace Leonard, Public Relations Officer and junior Jack McCord, and chapter member and senior Maia Freedberg had the opportunity to gain leadership skills to better themselves for their big year in SkillsUSA. Schools from across Colorado attended the conference, allowing TJ to not only learn from the speakers’ presentations, but also from other SkillsUSA chapters across the state. “It was interesting to hear about how other schools get involved within their communities through fundraisers, community service projects, and social events through SkillsUSA,” Hericks explained.

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization that aids high school and college students in preparing for careers in trade, business, and technology. The chapter at TJ has been active for the past ten years, led by Esparza. “[SkillsUSA] provides resources and curriculum to help students develop skills to become leaders and develop soft-skills for the workplace,” Esparza said. Students within TJ’s chapter organize community service projects, public events, and work in public relations. While all of Esparza’s students are registered for SkillsUSA, all CCT students are encouraged to join the program.

The Spartans traveled to Aurora in the CTE Activity Bus, provided by CTE Partnership Coordinator, Danny Showers. Upon arrival at TIC, students were welcomed with a breakfast bar, providing them with energy they would need throughout their day. Following an opening speech given by SkillsUSA State Director Julie Rife, high school and post-secondary students from across Colorado attended breakout sessions specific to their chapters.

TJ began with a session based on the SkillsUSA Chapter of Excellence Program. Last year TJ was the only school honored as a Chapter of Excellence in the gold level at the state conference. This session trained new students on writing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) Goals, which TJ’s officers will be producing later in the year in attempt to keep their title. Students then moved on to their second session, which included a tour of the TIC Center. During this tour, Spartans got to experience what typically goes on at this year’s location, including the construction that takes place within TIC. After lunch, TJ attended their last session, focused on this year’s SkillsUSA theme, “Job Ready Day One.” Because over twenty percent of new hires get let go from a job within their first ninety days, a presentation was given to all SkillsUSA members about how to keep a job long term, especially by keeping up professionalism and preparation in effort to enforce this year’s theme.

This year’s SkillsUSA Leadership Conference provided Spartans a brand new experience with other members from across the state, unlike previous years, with more involved presentations. Hopes are high that the new leadership skills the officer team gained will benefit the chapter in the months ahead.

Credit: TJ Journal: Katie Schroeck

TJ SkillsUSA Compete Nationally 2017

TJ’s SkillsUSA team kills it at the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

After finding success at the SkillsUSA State Conference last spring, Thomas Jefferson High School had the chance to bring five students to Louisville, Kentucky to compete at the national level. In order to attend the National Conference from June 19th through the 24th, members had to receive first place at the state competition. The SkillsUSA State Conference was held in Colorado Springs in April, where current senior Avery Hericks, junior Matthew Bulger, former Spartan Isabelle Ryan, senior Conner Side, and recent graduate Hunter Holmes received first place medals, qualifying TJ for the national conference.

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization at TJ open for students enrolled in the CCT Magnet program, and its goal is to prepare students for careers in trade, business, and technology. CCT teacher Jerry Esparza introduced SkillsUSA to TJ ten years ago and has been the advisor of the chapter ever since. Esparza described, “I love the spirit of SkillsUSA because they put students first and it is all about helping students get to the next level as they prepare for life beyond high school. In a world that is ever changing and advancing in technology, SkillsUSA is training students to be champions at work.”

While TJ did not bring back any medals from Nationals, competitors were still successful and had a great time. Holmes and Side placed sixth in 3D Animation, Bulger took ninth in Computer Programming, Ryan earned eighteenth in Customer Service, and Hericks received twenty-seventh in photography. “It was amazing to be able to compete against such impressive people, and it was eye-opening to see their passion erupt while taking photos,” Hericks explained.

Over 16,000 people attended the National Conference, including students, teachers, and business partners. The opening ceremony took place on Tuesday, June 20th, commencing the competitions. Over one hundred hands-on competitions took place between middle school, high school, and college/post secondary students. The conference came to an end following the closing ceremony and awards ceremony on Friday, June 23rd.

Hericks and senior Katie Schroeck are returning to TJ’s chapter as this year’s co-presidents with aid from new chapter officers including Side and Bulger along with senior Grace Leonard and junior Jack McCord. Hopes are high that with this student leadership, TJ can accomplish the same success at the State Conference this April and return to Louisville next summer.

Programming Competition 2017

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock-

FEB 17 2017

While it is really meant to be played “live,” the company your’ve been hired by wants to create a digital version where the player doesn’t go against the computer. Pictured below is the interface of the game.(Game is not function)

First Place: Matt Bulger

Second Place: Grant Junkermeier

Third Place: Julio Munoz

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Web Design Competition

FEB 17 2017

The web design competition requires a team of 2 students to create a Balloonery Event website. Based off a real world website, students were asked to update the site from the assets provided to them. They were able to create their own assets as needed. Displayed is the home page of each contestant. ( Site is not functional)

Frist Place: Rachel Sandler & Asianae Jackson

Second Place: Noah Mintz & Barry Green

Third Place: Grace Leonard & Lisa Boronikhina

Fourth Place: Nikki Nikolov & German Gomez

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Video Competition 2017

FEB 16 2017

  • All videos must have as their theme “Your Future”
  • All videos must include this line of dialogue ““Seeing Your Future at Thomas Jefferson High School”
  • All videos must include this prop: Pair of glasses

First Place: Eric Stolz & Oscar Nurmat

Second Place: Alec DeStefano & Spencer Tennant

Third Place: Helena Lawrence & Jovana Bjelanovic

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3d Animation Competition 2017

FEB 16 2017

In this 3d prompt, your team needs to create a 3d food or drink commercial pitting 2 or more rival brands against each other. Ultimately, one brand will rise to the top as the best choice.

First Place: Hunter Holmes & Conner Side

Second Place: Xavier Texidor & Rogelio Flores

Third Place: Daniel Orzescu & Colin Sonnerberger

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Photography Competition 2017

FEB 1 2017

Contestants for photography were required to submit 5 photos that represented each of the following genres: Action, Landscape, Portrait, Reflection,Still Life, and a set of 50 photo shots. Each photo and set was worth 20pts each. Posted are sample photos of the winners and runner up.

1ST PLACE- EMA LEVEQUE- MOTION

2ND PLACE- ANDREW SEIDENSTAT – PORTRAIT

3RD PLACE- AVERY HERICKS- STILL LIFE

4TH PLACE- ROBBIE LEWIN- LANDSCAPE

RUNNER-UP: TIM BULGER- REFLECTION (runner-up is an alternate if any of the top 4 winners are not able to attend State.)

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SkillsUSA Fall Conference

OCT 10 2016

Students at Johnson and Wales University

(CTSO) Career Tech Student Organization Fall Leadership Conference was held at Johnson and Wales University in Denver on September 30th. The purpose of the conference was to inspire students to become leaders in their school and communities. SkillsUSA TJ officers attended the conference. Here are some takeaways from the students:

“A key takeaway was to make your biggest weakness your biggest strength. By working on your weakness to change it for the better it allows for personal growth and shows the path taken towards success. Also, “It doesn’t matter your wealth, intelligence, or looks. Your DNA came together for a reason: to fulfill a purpose.” This resonated with me because it is such an elevated perspective on life. We are defined by and have control over our personalities and actions, not physical characteristics. We all are on this Earth for a reason and it is our job to find our purpose and do it everyday. Through the eye-opening experience at the conference we learned how to grow personally in order to be able to bring these improvements to TJ and the community.” – Rachel Sadler

“We are in control of our own stories. We control the outcomes and how we get there. we must complete the journey that we set out to do and make it the best that we can.”- Tyler Weiskopf

“This taught me that I didn’t just join SkillsUSA for the fun of it. I was taught that I joined it for a purpose. I set goals for myself and I am achieving them as I go along.” – Stephanie Chavez

“We were taught that character skills are the core to being a great leader. The first big thing we learned is that it’s alright to fail, and that fear of failure isn’t a reason to not try. Failing is how you learn and how you look for different or better solutions.”-  Asianae Jackson

“I felt that the lessons about self-confidence and overcoming yourself was very powerful. It made me realize how I should continue on in my life, and how I act and treat myself reflects on the outside and spreads to other people. Most of all, I learned the steps to success and I can’t wait to implement it in my everyday life.”- Alex Sor

“Take baby steps, it’s okay to want to achieve something large, or seemingly impossible, but you won’t be able to achieve it if you don’t start your journey towards it.” – Hunter Holmes

“A big part of the assembly I attended was meeting new people and getting to know others within a short period of time which can be helpful as an officer because throughout the year I will meet with many new people and learning these good communication skills will be helpful.” – Katie Schroeck

SkillsUSA State Competition 2016

APR 12 2016

Once again,our TJ students represented TJ with pride at the SkillsUSA State Conference in Colorado Springs. We had five 1st place gold winners and a total of 13 medalist.
Rachel  and Asianae – 1st place web design.
Kate  and Zach – 2nd place web design
Hunter  and Sam -1st place 3d animation
Rogelio  and Scott  – 2nd place 3d animation
Stephanie  and Tyler  – 3rd place 3d animation
Keith  and Eli  – 3rd placeDigital Video
Julio  – 1st place computer programming.
All 1st place winners qualify for SkillsUSA Nationals in Louisville, KY. The National Conference will be held the week of June 20th. If you see any of these students, please take time to congratulate them!

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3d Competition 2016- Toy Store

FEB 11 2016

Story: Rendition of Toy Story

Scenario: The door has been shut as the toymaker leaves the store. But without realizing it, the toy maker knocks over a bottle of glue. The glue is stuck to one of the toys. If the glue is left to dry too long the toy will be forever stuck. His or her toy friends (5 of them) come to life and work together to find a way to free their friend. Toys rejoice that their friend is free.

Quality of Modeling: 25 points

Quality of Animation: 25 points

Answered all the Prompts: 20 points

Creativity: 10 points

Sound: 10 points

Follow Instructions: 10points

First Place: Hunter & Sam

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Second Place: Rogelio & Scott

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Third Place: Tyler & Stephanie

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Alternate Runner Up: 4th place: Bobby & Noah

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Alternate Runner Up: 5th place: Colin & Xavier

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State Qualifiers 2014-2015

State Qualifiers: PHOTOGRAPHY

Contestants for photography were required to submit 5 photos that represented each of the following genres: Action, Landscape, Portrait, Reflection, and Still Life. Each photo was worth 10pt for a total of 50pts. There were 3  judges.

1st Place- Katelin Kelly- 125 points

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2nd Place- Alec Stolz- 119 points

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3rd Place- Anja Oss- 118 points

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Runner Up- Paula Mortel- 110 points

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State Qualifiers: WEB DESIGN

The challenge this year was to do a redesign of the Colorado County Fair, Columbus, Texas. Students were judged on the code, header, navigation, content, design standards, and completion. Creative appeal was a considered, but not the focus. The pictures below show only the front page of the website. Putting a functional redesign on the web could create conflict with the real website (coloradocountyfair.org)

1st Place- Jacob Neumann & Josh Schaffer

Team4web2nd Place- Morgan VanderReit & Rachel Sadler

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Runner up: Chase Remme & Jeremy Isaac

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State Qualifiers: 3D ANIMATION

The 3d challenge this year was to create a 3d model of a plane taking off from the Denver International Airport (DIA), flying over the mountains and crashing in a remote small town. The project was judged based on:

Quality of 3d Models: 15
Quality of Animation: 10
Addressing the prompts: 10
Creativity: 5
Text and sound: 5
Following instructions: 5

1st Place: Luis Avila & Jame Ambrosen

Team 13 Bird Encounter-poster2nd Place: Hunter Holmes and Sam Trout

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3rd Place: Stephanie Chavez and Tyler Weiskopf

Team9BirdEncounter-posterRunner up: Bobby Vlier and Noah Gomez

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Runnerup: Rogelio Flores & Scott McMahon

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State Qualifiers: Video

The theme for this year’s video: “The Gift”. The Dialogue: “Give to the work what matters”. The Prop: A wrapped present.

1st Place: Travis Domagala & Weston Wilkins

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2nd Place: Long Le & Chris Scarbrough

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State Qualifiers: Programming

The Challenge was to write a program which will allow the user to enter and convert an US Dollar amount to the currency of different countries. The 2nd challenge was to write a program which will allow the user to find the weekly pay earned by an employee using a variation of input data.

1st Place: Nick Capra

2nd Place: Declan Kahn

3d Place: Julio Munoz

Runner up: Natan Getschel

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TJ’s SkillsUSA Elects New Leaders

December 29, 2013 by Ethan Winger (courtesy of TJ Journal)

After a round of elections, five new Skills USA officers were elected to lead the Skills USA Chapter at Thomas Jefferson for the remainder of the school year.
neumannesparza580Every fall, the SkillsUSA Chapter nominates and elects five new officers using a ballot election in order to assign important leadership roles to exceptional Skills members who want to do as much as possible to make the chapter the best that it can be.

The five potential roles are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Public Relations Officer. All roles come with very different responsibilities but all are equally important. “Currently we have five strands that are going to be competing; we host the 3D strand, the Web Applications strand, Video Intern strand, Software Engineering strand, and the Photojournalism strand. Each strand will have an in-house competition to determine who goes to State to represent each strand. The actual competition is in Mid-April in Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak Community College so it will most likely be an overnight event,” states SkillsUSA sponsor Jerry Esparza.

TJ Senior Devin Anderson was elected as the new Skills USA President. “As the President, I must lead the Skills meetings, take charge of the program, and be in charge of the entire Skills USA student body here at TJ,” Anderson states.

Junior Jacob Neumann was elected as the Vice President, making him Anderson’s second-in-command after narrowly winning his election against Senior John Cushing. “It was a very narrow race; I won by only two votes. It was really just a very close race,” Neumann reiterates. As Vice President, Neumann must help Anderson to run the meetings and stand in his place as interim President if Anderson is unable to attend a meeting.

Senior Jesus Villa was able to win his election in order to become the Treasurer of the Skills chapter. “I am in charge of all of the money. I need to be in charge of a budget for any costs that may arise and I am in charge of the fundraisers,” Villa proudly stated, when asked about his responsibilities as Treasurer.

Senior Ana Beiser, newest Public Relations Officer for the SkillsUSA chapter at TJ, won her election by beating fellow Senior Cora Gaines. “I have to let people know what’s going on in Skills and try to get members involved and active within the chapter,” said Beiser who is very happy and excited about embracing her role and being a very successful Public Relations Officer.

Senior Tatianna Gerlits is the newest Secretary of the Skills Chapter. She managed to win her election, beating Junior Joshua Schafer in a close race. “My job is to schedule meetings and to take notes. I also am in charge of planning the agenda for every meeting,” Gerlits replied, when asked about what her new role required.

The SkillsUSA chapter at TJ will be striving to be the best that it can be and practice to become as prepared as possible for the upcoming competition to be held this April. Make sure to give them as much support as possible and help them with their fundraisers in the upcoming months.

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SkillsUSA Officers for 2013- 2014

OK! the results for SkillsUSA officers are in for the 2013-2014 school years.
President:
31% Melissa Duran
29%      Troy Fangmeier
40%        Devin Anderson
Vice President
51%  Jacob Neumann
49% John Cushing
Secretary
38%  Josh Schaffer
62%  Tatianna Gerlits
Treasure
36%   Herick Acosta
64% Jesus Villa
Public Relations
47%Cora Gains
53% Ana Beiser
The winners!
President: Devin Anderson
Vice President: Jacob Neumann
Secretary: Tatianna Gertlits
Treasure: Jesus Villa
Public Relations: Ana Beiser
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State Competition 2013

APR 20 2013

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SkillsUSA State Competition Winners 2013

SkillsUSA State Conference Winners 2013

Web Design

  1. 1st place-Erich Deutsch and David Duchan (Website)
  2. 2ns place- Ana Beiser and Cassie Kah (Website)

3D Animation

  1. 2nd place- John Touris & Yosua Hermawan (Video)
  2. 3rd place- Brody Bills & Van Diep (Video)
  3. Did not place- Hatim Badri & Devin Anderson (Video)

Photography

  1. 2nd place- Melissa Duran (Photos)
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Got Skills!

APR 6 2013

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The Thomas Jefferson SkillsUSA team smiles after a good start to their season while gearing up for state. Photo by Henna Danek

SkillsUSA once again gears up for competition

March 18, 2013 by 

Committed to hard work, the SkillsUSA, a career tech student organization (CTSO) embodies the virtues of diligence, service, honor, leadership, and good character.

With the motto of “preparing for leadership in the world of work,” this group of talented students isn’t about to slow down. The club has been working on community projects all year, and will soon be preparing for the annual district competition in Web Design, 3D Animation, and Photography. “Skills USA is about students coming together as an organization to provide leadership for other students, share experience, collaborate, and work for the community,” club sponsor Jerry Esparza said. Continue reading 

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3D State Qualifiers

The prompt for this years competition was:

A flying object (plane is suggested) is traveling across a desolated area. This could be across an island, mountains, desert, or planet. The plane for some reason must make an emergency landing. The plane is wrecked. The survivors must find a way back to civilization. The survivors encounter an adversary.  A hero arises, but will need a mentor that will provide help to get them out. The hero will find a way to defeat the enemy and return the survivors back to civilization.

The Competition was hot and many teams did well enough to qualify, but State competition only allows 3 teams to go to the State Conference competition. After the tally of votes were added up, the winners that qualify for States are:
Winning Teams:

1st Place: John Touris & Yosua Hermawan (Air plane Crash)

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2nd Place: Devin Anderson and Hatim Badri (Air Plane Crash)

 

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3rd Place: Brody Bills and Van Diep (Air Plane Crash)

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Alternate: John Cushing & Andrew MacCormack (Air Plane Crash)

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Photography State Qualifiers

FEB 20 2013

It was a close competition and the final numbers were very close, but the final decision for the top 3 SkillsUSA State qualifiers for Photography are:

1st Place: Ryan Woods
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2nd Place: Cora Gains
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3rd place: Melissa Duran
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Alternate: Tatianna Gerlits

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Web Design Winners

FEB 9 2013

The Challenge for this years competition require students to redesign a local amusement park’s website. This is a classroom Scenario and not an official request from Lakeside Amusement Park.

Project Summary Simulation:

The Lakeside Amusement Park located in Denver Colorado is looking for a web team that will redesign their website. They need a team that can work collaborative and be responsible to make sure that the website is updated when needed. The website is the main advertisement for the amusement park, and therefore needs to reflect creativity and adventure for people who want wholesome entertainment.

Web Site Objective:

To create a website presences on the World Wide Web that will advertise the amusement park’s presence in Denver, CO, and provide information about the park.

Primary Audience:

People who want a wholesome safe environment to take kids for amusement rides and also provide enough entertainment for teens and adults.
Winners for Web Design for the in building competition going to State competition:

Winning Teams:

1st Place Winners

1st Place Winners

1st Place: Erich Deutsch and David Duchan (Lakeside Amusement Park)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Place Winners

2nd Place Winners

2nd Place:Ana Beiser and Cassie Kah (Lakeside Amusement Park)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alternate Team:

Jacob Neumann and Joshua Schaffer (Lakeside Amusement Park)

SkillsUSA Food Drive

DEC 17 2012

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Thanks to the Spartan community, Skills USA was able to raise 433 pounds of food for the TJ families in need, as well as for the Food Bank of the Rockies.

SkillsUSA is a club that competes nationally in subjects such as 3-D animation, photography, and web design. Skills USA members are also in charge of coming up with service projects that benefit the community, such as their most recent one.

CCT Magnet Teacher and Skills USA Sponsor Jerry Esparza, shared some information on what new community service project Skills USA just completed. “The members of Skills USA came up with ideas on their own about what organization, cause, or charity they want to help. Then, they came up with ways to raise the money or food or items to the charity of their choice and put those thoughts into action in order to benefit others,” said Esparza. “This time the members decided to help out a group closer to home; 10 TJ families who would otherwise go without a Thanksgiving dinner will receive non-perishable items from fellow Spartans. The rest of the items will be donated to the Food Bank of the Rockies.” Continue reading 

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Christmas Party

DEC 15 2011

There were about 35 students who showed up for the annual SkillsUSA Christmas potluck party. Everyone brought enough food to feed everyone that showed up. After eating, students played game, hung out and watch music videos and had a good time. It was a good time for student to get to know each other a little better.

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Chapter Meeting Oct. 6th

OCT 6 2011

News- October 26th ,2011

Topics of discussion: TJ Chapter Advisor Jerry Esparza

Elections of officers
President- Cody Anderson
Vice President- Mckenzie Brown
Secretary- Samantha Ockey
Treasurer- Ali Holcomb

Time Management for Officers: Plan meeting before hand; see if officers can meet more
Meeting called to order by the President

Group day/ Partners-
Shirts $5
Membership fee $5
Design for Officers Hoodies or anyone else who wants one

Fundraiser ideas

Beal Relief Fund- Volunteers for lunch to collect money
Jar to go to classes- Limit two people
Table- 2 or 3 people- No more

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