NJC honors students, staff at banquet
Northeastern Junior College
A sense of pride filled the students and faculty during the 33rd Annual Agriculture and Technical Awards Banquet at Northeastern Junior College (NJC) in Sterling, Colo.
Heidi Carbaugh, a sophomore ag education major from Greeley, Colo., walked away the top winner when she was named the college’s Outstanding Agriculture and Technical Student of the Year. While at NJC, Carbaugh has been not only an honor student, but a member of the livestock judging team, an active participant in Associated Student Government, a member of the Future Teachers Club, the Ag Ed Young Farmers Chapter, and a member of Postsecondary Agriculture Students. She was recently nominated by one of her ag instructors and selected for a State Student Advisory Council Rising Star Award. Carbaugh also recently learned that she is a recipient of the coveted Griffin Foundation scholarship which shall pay her way to attend Colorado State University as she completes her bachelor’s degree in agriculture education.
Mark Kokes, NJC ag education and mechanics instructor, was honored by being named the college’s Faculty Member of the Year. Kokes has a history of teaching excellence. He is active in several state agriculture organizations, serving on several boards of directors.
Kala Doane, an instructor for the college’s Agriculture Business Management program received the Teaching Award of Merit from the National Association of College Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). Each member college of NACTA is asked to select one deserving agriculture teacher for this honor each year. Doane has been teaching at NJC since 1995. She offices in her home located near Anton, Colo., and currently has more than 35 farm and ranch families in Yuma and Washington counties for whom she provides on-the-farm instruction.
Other awards presented included:
– Automotive Technology Awards: Academic Student of the Year, Brian Fisher, Fort Collins; Mechanical Technician of the Year, Andrew Scott, Otis.
– Ag Diesel and Farm Equipment Program Awards: Clay Jenson, Buena Vista, was named Most Improved First Year Student and Levi Kokes, Crook, was chosen the Farm Mechanic of the Year.
– Individual program outstanding student awards: Agribusiness ” Kyle Brown, Bailey; Ag Business ” Jocelyn Miller, Brush; Agriculture Education ” Brett Pettinger, Two Buttes; Animal Science/Equine Science ” Emily Day, Sterling; Production Agriculture “Kent Helling, Idalia; Soil and Crop Science ” Julie Burton, Akron.
– Three students were recognized for their achievement in the areas of agri-selling. Richard Cook, Erie, won the Best Display Award and Christina DeMaris,Alamosa, and Colleen Todd, Fort Collins, teamed up to receive the Best Sales Presentation Overall Award.
– Outstanding Horticulture Student of the Year ” Steve Dittmer, Holyoke. Other horiticulture students recognized for outstanding academic achievement included: Mike Beard, LaVeta; Melissa Stults, Vernon; Steve Dittmer, Holyoke; Randall Rumsey, LaSalle; Lance Gerber, Two Buttes; Josh Noteboom, Greeley; Jon Waddle, Sterling; Ann Tietmeyer, Grover; William Thornton, Monument; and Matt Whalen, Cheyenne
– Outstanding Livestock Judger of the Year “Tyler Hodgson of LaPorte.
– Margo Patten, Gunnison, and Wes Kleven, Parker, were selected as the Top Cowgirl and Top Cowboy, respectively, by the college’s Rodeo Club.
– Awards went to Glenda Ring, Crook, and LaRay Gates, Yuma, for being the top Agriculture Business Management students of the year.
– Linweld, a major supplier of welding supplies for northeastern Colorado presented welding hats to Justin Imhof, Haxtun, and Clay Jensen, BuenaVista, for top Welding awards.
Scholarships were presented as follows: Jeffrey Grauberger Memorial Scholarship ” Heidi Korrey, Iliff; Hilbert Kahl Memorial Scholarship ” Gerald Whipple, Limon; Fred E. Sneath Memorial Scholarship ” Heather Amen, Iliff; Jim McNear Scholarship ” Gerald Whipple; Allen Yost Memorial Scholarship, Heather Amen; Lee Ann Larson Vollmer Memorial Scholarship ” Tatton Soehner, Idalia; Carl Fonte Scholarship ” Melissa Stults, Vernon; Brickel Brothers Scholarship ” Melissa Bostron, Fort Morgan and Clay Jensen, Buena Vista; Gabriel H. Schreiber Memorial Scholarship, Heather Amen; Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Scholarship, Matt Gibson, Hudson. Premier Farm Credit Agriculture Scholarships went to Heather Amen, Melissa Bostron, Kent Helling, Levi Kokes, Kylee Kramer, Holyoke and Lisa Lenz,Wray.
Community awards were presented to those individuals or businesses that have contributed a great deal to the ag program this last year. They went to Excel Corporation, Fort Morgan; Glenn Carlson, Stoneham; Cattleco, Proctor; and Kim Delgado of Stockman’s Pharmacy, Sterling.
Community honors, given to other businesses and individuals that have assisted the agriculture department this past year were given to: Elaine McCallum, Red Hen, and Valley Steel and Wire, Fort Collins; Cal West, Cecil Gemaehlich and Tom Becker of Valley Implement; Linweld, B &F Sandfighters, Marilyn Crane and Devon Vernon of Marsau’s; Rob Nichols, Nichols Tillage Tools; Chris Stokebrand, Cargill; and Doug Larson, Larson Irrigation (all of Sterling). Signal Graphics of Sterling was recognized for providing the print programs for the banquet.
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