July 18, 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 those receiving awards in 2012 were Curtis Doubet of Parker, CO. He was named Northeastern’s Outstanding Livestock Judge. The Northeastern livestock judging team traveled more than 30,000 miles to compete in 14 contests across the nation. Doubet was a top individual contender at the competitions in Fort Worth, TX and Louisville, KY and was named an All American competitor for 2012. In addition, Doubet was also selected the colleges Outstanding Agriculture Journalism Communication Student for this most recent school year. During the awards ceremony, Doubet showed his prowess at placing a class and giving a set of reasons as he was asked to judge a set of four agriculture professors. His ability to speak extemporaneously proved to be both comical and entertaining for the crowd.
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.
Curtis Doubet (right) of Parker, CO accepts the 2012 Livestock Judge of the Year Award from Northeastern ag professor and livestock judging coach Ben Cooley (left). Courtesy Photo