Fort Morgan, CO. 04/24/14. Each year Morgan Community College (MCC) recognizes four “outstanding” students for their accomplishments and leadership. Faculty, staff, and students recently gathered for the award ceremony held at the Fort Morgan campus.
“It is humbling and an honor to have founding faculty here,” began MCC President Dr. Kerry Hart. Former faculty members Carolyn Thornsby, Jean Danford, and Gene Ziegler were on hand to bestow certificates of achievement, bearing their names, to worthy recipients.
Jean Danford recognized Kelsie Wagner of Fort Morgan as the recipient for the Outstanding Student Leadership Award. Wagner, a nursing student completing her preceptorship, was unable to attend; MCC Advisor Gwen Steffen accepted the award on her behalf.
The Gene Ziegler Outstanding Occupational Student Award went to Alex Romero of Fort Morgan. Romero, a Marine veteran, is the student representative for the automotive division of the SkillsUSA program for MCC’s Student Government.
Carolyn Thornsby awarded the Outstanding Academic Award to Katie Gay of Burlington. Thornsby commended Gay and teasingly changing her middle name to Perseverance. “You are resolute when it comes to your life,” said Thornsby. “You are tenacious, steadfast, and a trusted work study. You are a person who endures, shows backbone, and has pluck! You are an asset to MCC and the community.”
Dr. Kerry Hart presented Annishia Eskew of Brush with the Presidential Outstanding Student Award. Eskew, a nursing student and Phi Theta Kappa member, revitalized the Student Nursing Organization (SNO) on campus. Upon receiving her award she thanked the college, “for allowing me the opportunity to better my life.”
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.
Gene Ziegler: 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: 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.
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.