August Wilson

May 23, 2015 by ·  

Palmieri blazes new trails with his drama students. photo by Anja Oss

A full scale performance in the Black Box Theatre encourages conversations about race relations in the United States.

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City of Denver Honors Mile High Scholars

May 20, 2015 by ·  


artwork by Anja Oss

Four TJ students along with hundreds of other DPS students are recognized as Mile High Scholars.

Each year, the Mayor of Denver honors DPS students as Mile High Scholars. This is a large citywide event including every school in the Denver Public School system. Students who become Mile High Scholars are selected by the principal and faculty of their school for modeling good leadership, respect for self and others, and the school environment, as well as supporting their peers. Schools can select one student per grade for this honor. This year’s ceremony was at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex on May 19th at 5:30pm.

Students who were selected for this award received a packet with a certificate, a picture with the Mayor, and tickets to various cultural and sporting events. Students chosen from Thomas Jefferson this year were freshman Roger Nakagawa, sophomore Lionel Mbou, junior Jordyn Chappell, and senior Nick Davis. “The Mile High Scholars Award is a great honor and I am very honored to have been chosen. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the ceremony, but just the honor is good enough for me,” said Chappell. This is a grand ceremony with hundreds of kids ranging from first grade up to their senior year in high school; in the past there have been more than 600 students, from 143 Denver Public Schools.

Last year, the students who represented TJ are current sophomore Molly O’Neil, junior Anja Oss, senior Dietrich Kuhlmann, and former Spartan Joshua Neuhart. “Last year’s Mile High Scholar Ceremony was great. I got to meet some really cool people, including the Mayor and I’m so proud of my friends who are getting it this year,” said Oss. The ceremony is similar to a graduation ceremony in that scholars are announced, then join the principal of their school on stage to meet Mayor Michael Hancock. “This year, the teachers and myself decided on the students. It was a very difficult decision to choose who would represent us, but these kids I know exemplify what the award is and what it means,” explained Principal Suzanne Morris-Sherer.

The Mile High Scholars program is administered by Denver’s Office of Children’s Affairs. This year students representing all grades from 143 Denver Public Schools were selected for the award. It is the hope that this award will inspire students to strive to win the award in the future.

A Night to Remember

May 17, 2015 by ·  


Spartans enjoy some friendly competition and a fun new tradition. photo by Brittany Penn

TJ’s Night Out was a great way for students to escape and rekindle some lost school spirit.

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TJ’s Got Spirit, TJ’s Got Talent

May 11, 2015 by ·  


artwork by Alex Villescas

With Spirit Week leading up to it, this year’s talent show is sure to be a blast. 

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TJ’s Got Skills

May 9, 2015 by ·  


photo courtesy of Jerry Esparza

Sixteen TJ students dominated the SkillsUSA State competition.

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A New Beginning

May 6, 2015 by ·  


It’ll be Raining Men at the new and improved Mr. TJ Competition on Friday night. artwork by Alex Villescas

The 2015 seniors are excited to bring back Mr. TJ.

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Changing the Game: TJ Boys’ Volleyball

May 1, 2015 by ·  


Spartan boys are paving a new path for club sports at TJ. photo by Sabrina Kohrt

TJ boys gear up for their inaugural season of volleyball.

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Swinging For The Fences

April 26, 2015 by ·  


Coach Al Bleser talks with the team after a game. photo courtesy of Susie Sundeen

Hard work in the off season prepares the baseball team for the spring season.

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Destination: State

April 24, 2015 by ·  


artwork by Alex Villescas

Two of TJ’s freshmen will be competing at the Destination Imagination State competition.

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Rolling Into The Season

April 22, 2015 by ·  


Seniors Kelly Cordes and Quinn Roder prepare for an upcoming game. photo by Sasha Mesropov

New changes bring hope and energy to the girls’ soccer team.

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