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 Hayden Segelke of Snyder, CO who was named the Top NJC Cowgirl during the banquet. Segelke was a top performer in the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. A well-known competitor from Morgan County, captured the Women’s All-around Champion title for the region and was also named the Rookie of the Year. Her homegrown and raised horse, HPQ Smokin’ Rascal was also chosen the Horse of the Year for the Region. She went on to the National Finals Rodeo held in Casper, WY in early June and after doing well in barrel and goat tying competition, captured the National All Around Cowgirl title.
Segelke, a freshman from a very prominent rodeo family in northeastern Colorado, was considered one of the most sought after high school recruits last year. She chose Northeastern, primarily to be close to home and because she wanted good collegiate coaching.
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.
Hayden Segelke (center) of Snyder, CO accepts the 2012 Top NJC Cowgirl Award from Northeastern rodeo coaches Brian Cullen (left) and Taya McAdow (right). Courtesy Photo