Photography Competition 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.





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

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

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SkillsUSA State Competition 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

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










Second Place: Rogelio & Scott










Third Place: Tyler & Stephanie










Alternate Runner Up: 4th place: Bobby & Noah










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


Action shot


2nd Place- Alec Stolz- 119 points


Landscape Shot


3rd Place- Anja Oss- 118 points

Portrait- Shot

Portrait- Shot

Runner Up- Paula Mortel- 110 points

Landscape- Shot

Landscape- Shot

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 (

1st Place- Jacob Neumann & Josh Schaffer

Team4web2nd Place- Morgan VanderReit & Rachel Sadler



Runner up: Chase Remme & Jeremy Isaac



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


3rd Place: Stephanie Chavez and Tyler Weiskopf

Team9BirdEncounter-posterRunner up: Bobby Vlier and Noah Gomez


Runnerup: Rogelio Flores & Scott McMahon



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



2nd Place: Long Le & Chris Scarbrough


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

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


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 3rdJohn Touris and Yoshua Hermawan placed 1stHatim 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.


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)


Still life

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



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



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

Still Life

Still Life

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


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

image0053rd Place- Cassie Kah & Shanelle Clinton- 121 pts


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


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


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


Video Product Development Project

State Qualifiers:

Tatianna Gerlits and Andrew Kelly

CCT Magnet

CCT Magnet

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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


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


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


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


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



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