June 16, 2014

Hinman, Schmid and Kanode share top honor

STERLING, CO—During a festive year-end awards banquet celebrating what would have been the upcoming racing season with a hats and horses Kentucky Derby theme, a number of students at Northeastern Junior College located here were honored with top academic awards in late April. Top student performers in various agriculture academic and extracurricular areas were recognized by the faculty, staff and their peers for outstanding performance.  Some students were also recognized for their achievements in the career technical programs that are part of the agriculture division on campus.

Although the honor is often reserved for one, this year three students shared the honor of being named the Outstanding Agriculture Department Students.  Erinn Schmid of Colorado Springs, David Hinman of Hay Springs, Nebraska and Chance Kanode of Ault shared this year’s honors. Agriculture Division Chairman Mike Anderson said, when announcing the winners, that the caliber of the individuals exceeded the expectations for the award so much that it was only fair to honor all three.

The two top Aggies for the year were Kelsey Bornhoft of Sterling, the freshman winner, and Megan Seltzer of Briggsdale who was the sophomore recipient. The Aggies Club is one of the oldest and largest groups on campus and winners are selected for having good attendance at meetings and participating and showing leadership during activities and events. 

Awards were presented to individual students in various academic areas, naming them the most outstanding learner in that discipline for the 2013-2014 school year. Top award winners were as follows: Agribusiness: Brandon Begier--Colorado Springs; Ag Business: Michelle Klein--Pueblo; Agronomy: Hailey Combs-- Brighton; Ag Education: Chance Kanode – Ault, CO; Animal Science: David Hinman --Hay Springs, NE; Equine Science: Madeline Voiles-- Elizabeth, CO.; winning for a dual major in Agribusiness and Production Ag: William Sandau-- Greeley; Equine Management: Dani Mack-- Dalhart, TX; Ag Journalism/Communications: Megan Seltzer--Briggsdale, CO; Production Agriculture (Fall 2014) Nick Mahr--Sydney, NE; Production Agriculture (Spring 2014) Ryan Larkin--Loveland, CO. Ag Business Management, Jacob and Amy Cunningham--Yuma, CO.  Jordan Langland of Lakewood was presented an equine studies outstanding academic achievement award. 

Other awards presented included the Top Salesman and Best of Show Award for the Ag Sales Class. This award was won by a team in 2014 made up of Austin Badding (Keenseburg) and Kyle Tallent (Hotchkiss). William Sandau of Greeley was named the runner-up in this competition for both the salesman award and the best of show prize.

The NJC Rodeo Program named Paxton Segelke of Snyder as the Top Cowgirl; Kelly Palmer of Parshall, CO was named the Most Improved Cowgirl and Sherra Casey of Saint Paul, Minnesota was named the Top Academic Cowgirl.

The entire men’s rodeo team was honored as Top Cowboys for the year. In what was a special moment of the banquet, this team presented Agriculture Division Chairman Mike Anderson with the champion team buckle they won at the Gillette College rodeo held in April. Anderson has long supported the rodeo team and he was very touched by the gift. “I know I’ll never win one of these on my own,” he told the team, “so know that I will treasure it always especially knowing it came from you.”  It was Troy Clevenger of Crook who was recognized for being the Most Improved Cowboy this year and he was also named the Top Academic Cowboy.

Winning the welding awards presented each year by Matheson were Derek Whittington, Fleming, CO for the Fall 2013 semester and Jarrod Leoffler of Anton, CO for Spring 2014. The winners receive a new welding helmet and gloves. Matheson generously helps recognize students for excellence in welding during each semester, fall and spring.

Taya McAdow was awarded the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Excellence, a recognition given to one individual who demonstrates excellence in post-secondary instruction in agriculture.  McAdow is an equine instructor at Northeastern and is coach for the women’s rodeo team.