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 Joshua Deines of Montrose who was honored with the coveted overall Outstanding Agriculture and Technical Education Division Student of the Year for Northeastern Junior College. Deines received several awards during the event. He was chosen the top welding student for the fall semester and received the Matheson Award which is a new welding helmet and gloves donated by Matheson Welding of Sterling. He was also named the Outstanding Agriculture Education Student for the Year. Deines has been an overall stand-out at Northeastern. He was named a Colorado Community College Rising Star his freshman year and was one of two students to represent NJC at the state level. He has served on the Colorado Community College System’s advisory board, being a voice for students state-wide. He was elected president of the Associated Student Government at Northeastern the end of his freshman year and served in that capacity his sophomore year. He was active in the college’s Aggies Club and in Collegiate Farm Bureau.
Deines previously served as a Colorado FFA state officer before enrolling at Northeastern. He will continue his studies at Colorado State University where he plans to pursue an ag education degree and eventually teach.
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.
Joshua Deines (right) of Montrose, CO accepts the 2012 Outstanding Agriculture and Technical Education Student of the Year Award from Northeastern ag professor and head of the agriculture division Mike Anderson (left). Courtesy Photo