June 25, 2014
During the 2013-2014 Business Awards Banquet at Northeastern Junior College, students were recognized by the business department for excellence in academic performance and for demonstrating leadership skills to their peers. Several scholarships were also presented.
Sara Kurtzer of Haxtun received the Outstanding Business Career Student Award in the associate of applied science program which is a two-year terminal degree, meaning she plans to go into the workforce once she graduates. Kaitlyn Hazard of Saguache was the recipient of the Outstanding Associates of Arts in Business Award which goes to a student who is transferring on to seek an advanced degree. Hazard will enroll at University of Northern Colorado this fall.
The Bernadine Parr Memorial Scholarship was presented to Tina Koch of Littleton. Parr was the secretary in the business department at the college for many years and her family established this scholarship in her memory. The John F. and Dorothy Kerker Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually by the Northeastern Junior College Foundation to an upcoming sophomore business student based on leadership and scholastic interest, went to Jacob Piper of Hugo. Tanner Bedsaul of Sterling was recognized for receiving the Johnson and Associates CPA’s Scholarship which was presented by agency partner Mickey Dubs to an accounting major moving on to a four year university.
Named to the NJC Business Academic Achievement Scholars 2014 Class which is made up of sophomore graduates achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, were: Tanner Bedsaul, Shawn Brandau (Brush), Jaci Digby (Simla), Jake Dittman (Colorado Springs), Shay Hansen (Brush) Kaitlyn Hazard, Jake Karg (Crook), Bill Lee (Craig), Kathy Petzoldt (Parker), Morgen Ritchey (Yuma) and Melissa Sauter (Sterling).
The business department typically recognizes one student for having the highest grade point average in the department, but this year three students shared this standing with identical scoring. Jake Karg, Kaitlyn Hazard and Tanner Bedsaul received this honor.
The Rising Star Award is presented to freshmen students recognizing their high academic achievement and all-around involvement as a business student at the college and identifies them as up and coming leaders their sophomore year. This year the students earning this award were: Luke Janes (Peetz), Lucas Lingreen (Atwood), Andrea Northup (Sterling), Jacob Piper, Brian Skrdlant (Colorado Springs), Tyler Vandenbark (Fleming) and Amanda Wronkoski (Greeley).
Students and volunteers who donated time and help for the Tax Help Colorado program were recognized for completing 281 tax returns that put $430,568 back into our local economy. These individuals who worked so many hours include: Tanner Bedsaul, Ashley Brandt (Sterling), Dakota Docheff (Parshall), Kelsey Hansen (Wray), Marcine Owens (Sterling), Jacob Piper, Vicki Rojas (Sterling), Melissa Sauter (Sterling), Maxine Dennington (Sterling) and Brenda Rhodes (Sterling).
Last but not least, the business faculty at Northeastern recognized and thanked the professional individuals in this area that graciously serve on the NJC Business Advisory Board including: Pam Werner, Kim Sellers, Delinda Korrey, Linda Bond, Kelly Ferkovich, Michelle Gerk, Sandy Kiel, Joel Nelson, Tami Patten and Pam Stieb.