July 18, 2012

Shay Carroll (center) of LaJunta, CO accepts the 2012 Top NJC Cowboy Award  from Northeastern rodeo coaches Brian Cullen (left) and Taya McAdow (right).

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 those receiving awards in 2012 were Shay Carroll of LaJunta who was named the Top NJC Cowboy during the banquet. Carroll was a top performer in the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, winning the Region’s Men’s All-Around Championship two years in a row. After receiving this award, Carroll went on to the National Finals Rodeo this year where he earned the National Champion Team Roping title and was named runner-up for the National All Around Cowboy title.  When his team roping performance was combined with his calf roping performance at nationals, he easily earned the men’s all-around reserve championship. Carroll was also honored with the Harry Vold  “Duke of the Chutes” Scholarship, a prestigious award given to CNFR qualifiers based on character and leadership.  Carroll has been an academic stand-out at NJC, being on the honor roll the entire time he was enrolled here.  Carroll, a business major, was also named the top male business student at Northeastern for 2012. His freshman year he was named a Rising Star in the business department and he certainly lived up to the expectations. He will continue his studies in Tarleton, TX this coming fall.

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.

Shay Carroll (center) of LaJunta, CO accepts the 2012 Top NJC Cowboy Award  from Northeastern rodeo coaches Brian Cullen (left) and Taya McAdow (right). Courtesy Photo