July 16, 2012
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 Janna Smith of Haxtun. She received the Gabriel H. Schreiber Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded every year in memory of Gabe, who was an agriculture student at NJC and died in an auto accident while enrolled here. This scholarship, provided by the friends and family of Gabriel H. Schreiber, recognizes the contributions made by Schreiber while a student at NJC in 1998 when he was a member of the NJC Championship Livestock Judging Team which performed exceptionally well that year.
Smith, an academic standout, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and was selected a Rising Star for the Northeastern campus her freshman year. She has been a very active student leader and involved in a number of organizations on campus.
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.
Janna Smith (right) of Haxtun accepts the 2012 Gabriel H. Schreiber Memorial Scholarship given by the ag department at Northeastern Junior College, presented by Ag Professor Larry Pollart (left). Courtesy Photo