Sterling, CO–During the 43rd Annual Ag and Tech Awards banquet held at the end of the school year at Northeastern Junior College, a number of students from all over the state received recognition. The event was attended by more than 200 agriculture students, faculty, staff and special guests who were on hand to honor those who received awards. A special guest at the banquet was Jack Annan who has attended 41 of the 43 award banquets held. Annan worked for many years as an admissions counselor at Northeastern and is currently the executive director of the college’s alumni association.
Each year the agriculture and technical education department recognizes students for earning scholarship awards and for being at the top academically in their specific program of study or extracurricular endeavors.
Among the students receiving awards in 2012 were Geoffrey Mills of Vona, CO. Mills was named the Outstanding Academic Member for the Livestock Judging Team; was selected the Outstanding Animal Science Student in the college’s animal science-transfer studies category. The college also recognizes a student each year excelling in the animal science-industry area of study. Mills was awarded the Keith Propst Memorial Scholarship. A $500 award given out each year to an NJC agriculture student planning to transfer to Colorado State University. It is awarded in memory of Keith Propst of Merino who was a state and regional agriculture leader. Mills graduated from NJC this past May. He was a student leader on NJC’s campus, participating in a number of activities. Among his claims to fame was also winning the gallon challenge milk drinking competition his freshman year.
Sponsors of this year’s banquet included: Cargill, Colorado Community Bank, Northeast Agri-Services and Sonnenberg Agency.
Northeastern Junior College is the largest residential two-year college in Colorado. It offers a comprehensive agriculture curriculum in career, technical and transfer degree programs and is considered one of the largest ag schools in this region.
Geoffrey Mills of Vona (left) of Akron was honored with two scholarships at NJC during its annual end of year awards banquet. Northeastern Junior College, presented by Ag Professor Larry Pollart (right). Courtesy Photo