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Spartan Sweat

March 23, 2011 by Anna Becker
TJ Alumni Dominic Garcia takes it from Communications Central at TJ to Denver’s CBS 4 News Room.
One of TJ’s very own Spartan Alumni, Dominic Garcia, discovers a passion in TJ’s green room and can now be found in front of the cameras at CBS 4 News. After graduating from TJ in 2003, Garcia planned on continuing to explore and master a career in Broadcasting at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins. However the tables turned when he was denied from the Journalism program, and then had to find ways through self-promotion to make himself stand out among those who had access to the program. Garcia had to become his own advocate to get the right experience that would help to make him a stand-out, and to build a positive reputation.
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TJ’s Helping Hand

February 4, 2011 by Jacki Ruzycki
Kendra Black is an alumni who enjoys many hobbies and devotes a lot of her time to help make Thomas Jefferson a better place.
Spartan Alumni Kendra Black is well known around TJ because of her great efforts to improve the high school she once attended. She takes part in many volunteering activities like planting flowers and trees, creating newsletters for the community, and giving tours around TJ to prospective students and their parents. In her spare time Black likes to do many things involving cooking for friends and family, reading, and running marathons.
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TJ’s Own Two Dollar Bill

October 15, 2010 by Leanna Ramirez
TJ has its very own antique 2-dollar bill that was donated by TJ Alumni Timothy McClaughry.
Hanging on the wall of Principal Sandra Just’s office is a newly framed 1917 two-dollar bill. The antique currency was given to TJ in September of 2010 from Spartan Alumni Timothy McClaughry, who thought it would be an appropriate gift since this 2010-2011 school year is the school’s 50th year anniversary. “It is kind of my way of paying back for all the generosity that my brother and I received while at TJ (1966-1970),” said McClaughry.
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The Blueprint of Life

August 29, 2010 by Luke DeGregori
Coach Randy educates, entertains, and empowers Spartans.
When Randy Nathan (aka Coach Randy) graduated from TJ in 1985, he never thought he would be guiding teenagers through the difficulties of youth, as a career. “Twenty years ago, life-coaching didn’t even exist,” said Coach Randy. “You could be a teacher, a therapist, or even a motivational speaker. But a life coach? Didn’t exist.”
Nonetheless, on August 19-20, Randy returned to share “the blueprint of life” with his old high school, kicking off the 2010-11 school year at Thomas Jefferson High School.
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