June 24, 2014

Each year Northeastern Junior College recognizes top students in the math and science disciplines. This year was no exception. A number of Sterling or northeastern Colorado students were among the winners. Sterling’s own Ken Hicks, who was recognized for serving as the president of the Math and Science Club for the 2013-2014 year, was also honored as the most outstanding sophomore chemistry student and was one of two top students in Calculus II. He was also recognized, in jest, for being the most annoying chemistry student on campus.

Curran Barnes of Merino was named the top anatomy and physiology student; James Padilla, Sterling, was named the top Astronomy I student. Two area students, Jacob Karg of Crook and Kelli Herzog of Sterling were named the top Astronomy II students and Alexander Lambrecht of Sterling was named the top geology student. Anna Kindvall of Merino received both the calculus based physics award and the Calculus III award. Krissa Baseggio of Sterling was named the top precalculus student and Kai Fuller, also of Sterling, was named the top trigonometry student. Tyler Vandenbark of Fleming was named the top survey of calculus student. Sean Daily of Sterling was the top environmental science student.

Others being recognized for excellence in academic performance by the Math and Science Division included: Top Microbiology Student: Kalie Romero of Littleton; Freshman Biology Student, Kelsey Smith, Montrose;  Freshman Biology Award went to Sally Homan of Lexington, NE; Sophomore Chemistry Award to Caleb Weddle of Walden; Calculus I Student and Calculus II Student (both awards) went to Kira Kopchik of Morrison; Top college algebra student awards went to Cortney Crocker of Kiowa and Jordan Toler of Castle Rock. Ernestina Fosu of Aurora was named the most diligent chemistry student.

Niqia Hatch of Denver was recognized for being selected as a CREATE Scholar and Denzel Stewart of Aurora was recognized for being chosen for the STARS internship program at CU-Denver Medical Sciences Center this summer.

The students do not receive monetary awards for these honors, they do however receive a keepsake medal. The end of year Math and Science Awards Picnic, which has been a tradition for well over 30 years at Northeastern, is always held two weeks before the spring semester ends and for some students, is one last opportunity to enjoy social time with the math and science faculty. Faculty members from the various disciplines enjoy recognizing the students who have worked very hard to be a top performer in their particular areas.