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Student Spotlight: TJ Gurney, Early College Academy

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"It's been a pleasure to watch TJ develop and grow into a leader within our ECA community and beyond. As a senior, he serves as president of the NHS, is a member of the NAV crew, and sits on the D6 Council of Student Representatives just to name a few. In addition, he has excelled academically and will graduate at the top of his class not only with his D6 diploma but also his Associate of Arts from Aims Community College. We are proud to call TJ an ECA Tiger!" - Tiffanie Becher, GT Specialist

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Grade Level:

12th Grade


2022-2023 High Honor Roll, on track to graduate with an Associates of Liberal Arts Degree from Aims Community College, member of the District 6 Council of Student Representatives. 

Clubs or Activities:

National Honor Society, District 6 Council of Student Representatives, Philosophy Club, Yearbook Copy Editor. 

Career/College Plans:

Following high school, I am attending the University of Northern Colorado, where I plan to get my Bachelors degree in Journalism. My ultimate goal is to work for a local news reporting company, print-based or otherwise. 

Favorite Subject:

My favorite subject would probably have to be math. I find it really interesting how many applications there are for all the different categories of mathematics. Right now, I am taking Intro to Statistics, and that has only furthered my appreciation for the beauty of math and calculations. 

Favorite Teacher:

My favorite teacher is Professor Ryba. After having the honor of taking both Sociology and Contemporary Social Problems with her, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that they have been some of my favorites. Professor Ryba encourages us to think critically about the world around us, and to draw connections from the content to our personal lives as well. She is also simply one of the most caring, funny, and outgoing professors I have had in my entire school career. 

What Are Some of Your Hobbies:

Some of my hobbies include: record/CD collecting, reading and collecting various novels, exploring and analyzing various art mediums, and writing poetry. 

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Favorite Movie:

The Butterfly Effect

Personal Goals:

I really want to work and strive to be better myself at every opportunity, whether this is learning a new skill, picking up an old hobby, exploring different views and philosophies, etc. I really just want to broaden my horizons. For me, this means saying "yes" to a lot of things. Even if I do not know what I am going into, I walk away with a learning experience under my belt. This alongside always standing up for what is right and what I believe in are my major goals that I always work to achieve. 

The Best Things About My School:

The thing I like best about my school is the community of people. This is something that people discuss about our school quite a bit. With such a small population of students, it is amazing the variety we have. From artists and musicians to athletes and scholars, there are so many incredible people I am lucky to call my friends. Since we are all going through a similar high school/college hybrid experience, forming study groups or reaching out for help in classes is never very difficult or stressful. The community here has been one of the most comforting parts of ECA, and I am incredibly proud to call myself a part of it. 


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