April 11, 2022

MCC Announces Student Excellence Awards Recipients

Fort Morgan, CO 4/10/2022.  The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) has recognized seven Morgan Community College (MCC) students for their academic excellence, leadership, and community service. MCC’s honorees are Julie Castaneda and Elmi Hussein (Rising Star award recipients); Alex Muheto (Inclusive Excellence Champion); and Mohamed Ibrahim, Citlaly Quiroz, Anadelia Ortiz Madera, Cristina Olivo Ortiz (Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team members).

We are so proud of these incredible honorees this year; they all represent such perseverance, determination, and dedication to excellence with their inspiring journeys,” said Dr. Curt Freed, MCC President.  “Congratulations to each of them for all the hard work.  We are excited to see the amazing things they do.” 

MCC’s Rising Stars, Julie Castaneda and Elmi Hussein, were selected for their outstanding leadership on campus and in the community. Castaneda will graduate from MCC this spring with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electromechanical Technology. After graduation, she plans to work in the electrical field while attending Metropolitan State University of Denver to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She aspires to be a Crime Scene Investigator. Elmi Hussein will graduate this spring with an Associate of Arts degree in Business. Hussein will transfer to CSU to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with the goal of owning his own consulting business.

Alex Muheto was named MCC’s Inclusive Excellence Champion. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on their campuses. Muheto is enrolled in MCC’s Electromechanical Technology program and will graduate in Fall 2022 with an Associate of Applied Science. He has secured employment with a local electrical company, which will help him complete requirements for an electrical license. 

Mohamed Ibrahim, Citlaly Quiroz, Cristina Olivo Ortiz, and Anadelia Ortiz Madera were selected to represent MCC on the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Colorado Academic Team, a group of high-achieving students from the thirteen community colleges throughout the Colorado Community College System.

Mohamed Ibrahim, a concurrent enrollment student, will graduate this spring with his diploma from Wiggins High School and an Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in Engineering from MCC. He plans to transfer to a university and pursue a double major in Engineering and International Affairs. Citlaly Quiroz will graduate from MCC in May with an Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in Political Science and Sociology. Quiroz plans to transfer to Hastings College, where she will pursue her goal of becoming an immigration lawyer. Cristina Olivo Ortiz is pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing at MCC. Olivo Ortiz plans to utilize her degree in either a hospital or clinical setting, with the goal of serving as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. She would ultimately like to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Anadelia Ortiz Madera will graduate from MCC in spring 2022 with an Associate of Applied Science degree with a concentration in Radiologic Technology.  She plans to work as a Radiologic Technologist while attending the Community College of Denver to obtain a certificate in Mammography and Computed Tomography.

Morgan Community College’s award winners will be honored at the CCCS Student Excellence Award Ceremony on April 13, 2022, at The Hanger at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, Colorado. Students will be presented with award medallions and certificates and memorabilia from CCCS and MCC. They will also be recognized on the CCCS and MCC websites and through social media and press releases. To learn more about educational opportunities at MCC, visit www.morgancc.edu or call 1-800-622-0216.  For more information about CCCS, visit www.cccs.edu/.

Top Left: Julie Castaneda; Bottom Left: Elmi Hussein; Right: Alex Muheto