I am a senior at Rosemount High School. Over four years at Rosemount I have attacked my education with a rigorous schedule of Honors, AP, and dual enrollment courses. I have taken 8 AP Courses at Rosemount High School, as well as 3 additional classes in which I earned additional credit.
My junior year of High School I took a College In Schools (CIS) French class in which I earned credit for the University of Minnesota course FREN 1003- Intermediate French I
I am currently taking a dual enrollment course where I am earning credit for an advanced computer science class at Inver Hills (CS 1136 - Algorithms and Data Structures with Java).
I am currently taking a dual enrollment course where I am earning credit for a Calculus 3 course at Normandale (MATH 2510- Calculus 3: Multivariable Calculus)
On February 1st I signed my National Letter of Intent to play football at Augustana University in Sioux Falls. I plan on pursuing a degree in either a computer science or something coaching related.
I am T.J. Liggett, a senior at Rosemount High School (RHS) taking Advanced Computer Science: Data Structures, in which Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science is a prerequisite. It is a dual-enrollment course at Inver Hills Community College. I have signed my National Letter of Intent to play football at Augustana University in Sioux Falls.
At RHS, I’ve accumulated a perfect 4.0 GPA and rank first in my class of 507 students. My rigorous coursework rewarded me with a multitude of AP and dual-enrollment college credit. I was recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction, and I was also awarded National Merit Scholar Finalist for scoring in the top 1% nationally on the PSAT my junior year.
Outside the classroom, I have worked vigorously for the opportunity to play collegiate athletics. I have competed at the Varsity level in four sports: football, wrestling, olympic weightlifting, and track. Being a student athlete teaches the importance of effort and discipline at all times. Days at RHS often started at 5:45 AM in the weight room and ended as late as 10:00 PM on the mat, track, or field, with a full plate of AP homework still on the table. Through my dedication I have received significant honors in all four sports at the Conference, State, and National levels. I was also voted Captain of the football team by my teammates. Besides athletics, I am an RHS Student Ambassador and participated in both French and National Honor Society.
As a senior, I am currently taking the highest computer science, math, and science courses offered at Rosemount. The Data Structures course I study is unique to any other in the district, and likely in the state. When I’m not studying or at practice, I spend a significant amount of time outside the classroom programming and learning new ways to utilize computers. I connected RHS to an international computer science organization known as Hack Club. I am seriously considering a career in the field of computer science, as I have a passion and interest in the field.
At Rosemount High School I have participated in four Varsity sports.
Pat Tillman Award Recipient
2x Academic Athlete of the Year
2x District Champion
2016 State Champion
2016 Austin Nationals 3rd Place
State Record Clean & Jerk
20+ School Records
2017 State Runner Up
2014 State 4th Place
2017 Academic All-State
2017 State Qualifier
Rosemount All-Time Honor Roll
2017 Conference Finalist
2017 Section Runner Up
2016 Hamline Elite Meet Invitee
2017 All-Conference Honorable-Mention
2 Year Letter Winner
Northfield Open 4th Place
Section 3AA 4th Place
100 METER DASH (seconds)
At Rosemount I coached youth football for the Rosemount Area Athletic Association (RAAA) for six years. Coaching is an intense passion for me and I have enjoyed every minute of my coaching experience. Coaching is a way for me to make an impact on my community as well as on myself.
I coached hundreds of young athletes over my time with RAAA, and it has been a blessing to work with every one of them. As a varsity player, and before that just an older player, I was able to relate with the kids in a way adult coaches couldn't. One day at practice, I taught my players the new defensive coverage I was installing with a reference to Madden, the top football video game played by football fans of all ages. The kids never forgot that concept.
What I love most about coaching are the great sports moments I can help create. Sports moments occur at all levels, whether it be the Helmet Catch in the Super Bowl or a player's first tackle in 3rd grade football. These moments teach better than anything I have ever experienced. Through the game winners, the tough losses, and everything in between, we learn key lessons about effort, dedication, and teamwork.
Last year, I drastically increased my role with the team by becoming the defensive coordinator for a team of 7th graders. My work consisted of writing a defensive playbook, planning out and executing the defensive part of practice, and teaching players both fundamentals and minutiae of the game. In addition to a playbook, I developed a gameplan each week to combat the opposing team's strengths. I can honestly say coaching this year was one of the best experiences of my life.
"If your dreams don't scare you they aren't big enough" - Muhammed Ali
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard"-Tim Notke
"Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it."- Muhammed Ali
"If you can raise the level of effort and performance in those around you, you are officially a leader."- Urban Meyer
"When people said I couldn't, I did. And I will."- Tim Tebow
“I figured something out. And it is no secret what I figured out. Whatever the majority of people were doing, I found myself doing the opposite. I wanted to chase something great.”- Ray Lewis
"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."- Vince Lombardi
"They always leave out one of the most important qualities when evaluating you, Heart.."- Teddy Bridgewater
"I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was."- Muhammed Ali
“Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge that. Because effort is between you and you.”- Ray Lewis
Here are some pictures of me playing sports.
Next year, I will be attending Augustana University in Sioux Falls on an academic and athletic scholarship. I am playing football in the fall and have considered pursuing a computer science degree. I hope to find a career that combines my passions of computer science and football, but I am open to a career in either one. I have confidence I will have great success in any workplace due to my work ethic, leadership, creativity, intellect, and championship desire. I hope you will consider me as a potential intern or volunteer this summer. I am excited to contribute to your organization while gaining experience and knowledge that will benefit me both in college and as I begin my career.