July 16, 2012

McKenzi Digby (right) of Simla accepts the 2012 Outstanding Academic Performer Award among the livestock judgers at NJC from ag professor and livestock judging coach Ben Cooley (left). 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 at the top academically in their specific program of study or extracurricular endeavors technical education department recognizes students for earning scholarship awards and for being.

Among those receiving awards in 2012 were McKenzi Digby of Simla who was named the winner of the Outstanding Academic Performer among the livestock judgers at NJC. Digby was active on the college’s competitive livestock judging team, traveling the United States to various contests. Among her noted accomplishments this past year in livestock judging is being named the high individual overall in beef judging at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. To maintain high academics while missing some much on-campus class time is a huge achievement.

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.

McKenzi Digby (right) of Simla accepts the 2012 Outstanding Academic Performer Award among the livestock judgers at NJC from ag professor and livestock judging coach Ben Cooley (left). Courtesy Photo