Press Release

 

Fort Morgan, CO. 05/03/17. Morgan Community College (MCC) faculty, staff, and students recently gathered to recognize five students for their accomplishments, hard work, and leadership.Group of students holding awards.

MCC Director of Guidance and Placement recognized Multimedia student Joshua A. Chacon as winner of this year’s Student Planner Cover Art Contest. Chacon is a Brush High School junior and a concurrently enrolled MCC student. “I am excited—this was so unexpected!” exclaimed Chacon.

Retired faculty member Gene Ziegler presented the “Gene Ziegler Outstanding Occupational Student Award” to Carlos Montes. Montes is enrolled in both the Automotive Service Technology and Collision Repair Programs at MCC. “Being recognized for an award feels good. It is an accomplishment that will stay with you the rest of your life,” noted Ziegler.

Jean Danford, retired Humanities and Communications faculty member, recognized nursing student Ashley Overman as the recipient of the “Jean Danford Outstanding Student Leadership Award”. Nursing faculty member Lee Green nominated Overman for her confidence, assurance, and commitment to excellence. “Ashley’s leadership qualities have been recognized by faculty and students,” wrote Green.

Carolyn Thornsby, retired English and Humanities faculty member, noted that outstanding students abound at MCC because students are challenged and are shown the path to their future with the help of caring faculty and their own determination. MCC nursing student Jay Beecham was recognized for the “Carolyn Thornsby Outstanding Academic Award,” stating simply, “I’m speechless. This is an honor that I will hold close to my heart.”

MCC President Curt Freed, Ph.D. presented Ahmed (Jamal) Abdirhiyan with the Presidential Outstanding Student Award. Abdirhiyan will graduate this week, and intends to study Mechanical Engineering in hopes to pursue a career in the aviation industry. “At ten years old I wanted to be president of a country. I think this award is as close as I’ll get to that dream,” joked an appreciative Abdirhiyan.

Congratulations to these outstanding, hardworking students.

 

Award Qualifications

The Student Planner Cover Art Contest is a class project for Multimedia students. Contestants present their concepts to Student Services staff, who after deliberation, selects a winning cover design. The student is also awarded a monetary gift.

Gene Ziegler Outstanding Occupational Student Award:  Minimum academic grade point average of 2.5, enrolled in an occupational program, shows the willingness to communicate and work with fellow students and staff, demonstrates the following characteristics: dependability, citizenship, leadership ability, support of MCC, enthusiasm, ability to serve as an example to the student body at MCC, and shows a positive attitude and cooperative spirit.

Jean Danford Outstanding Student Leadership Award: Minimum academic grade point average of 2.5, demonstrates dependability, citizenship, leadership ability, support of MCC, enthusiasm, serves as an example to the student body at MCC, and shows positive attitude and cooperative spirit.

Carolyn Thornsby Outstanding Academic Award: Minimum academic grade point average of 3.5, demonstrates dependability, citizenship, support of MCC, enthusiasm, attitude and a cooperative spirit.

Presidential Outstanding Student Award: Must be a full-time student graduating this Spring term with an AA or an AS degree, has a minimum academic grade point average of 3.5, demonstrates leadership, dependability, citizenship, support of MCC, enthusiasm, attitude and cooperative spirit, community involvement, and serves as an example to the student body at MCC.