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The TJ Hackathon took place in the TJHSST gymnasium April 26-27. Teams of students came together for a 24-hour marathon of computer coding and programming to create products which they would reveal in demos to the other participants and mentors from companies such as Facebook and Palantir.

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Programming Marathon at TJ


Area high schoolers impress instructors at the 24-hour computer programming marathon.

When a voice over the loudspeaker announced, “free swag outside,” a stampede of teenagers cleared out the Thomas Jefferson High School (TJHSST) gymnasium in less than a minute. Even after almost 20 hours of coding and programming, the students were at no loss for enthusiasm, especially for free paraphernalia decorated with the TJ Hackathon logo. Kim Holton, a volunteer whose son was participating in the hackathon, said, “They all seem really tired and they’re dragging, but they’re excited.”

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