Northeastern Junior College
April 19, 2018

Gaytan and Worden receive Rising Star Award


Pictured left to right: NJC President Jay Lee, Azalya Gaytan, CCCS President Dr. Nancy McCallin

April 11, 2018, Sterling, CO – Students at Northeastern Junior College (NJC) come from a variety of cultural and economic areas throughout the world, with a wide array of interests and aspirations. It is this atmosphere that helps cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. NJC is pleased to announce Azalya Gaytan and Trenton Worden were selected as the recipients of the Rising Star Award by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and the State Student Advisory Council (SSAC).

The Rising Star Award is bestowed upon community college students who exhibit a high level of leadership and involvement in student activities, along with maintaining a 3.0 grade point average.

Azalya Gaytan is a freshman from Littleton, CO, currently working on her Associates of Arts with a degree of designation in Criminal Justice.  She is very active in the Criminal Justice Club as the Vice President, along with being a NJC Ambassador, Associate Student Government Senator and a work-study for the Office of Admissions.  In addition to Azalya’s activities on campus, she took an internship with the Fort Morgan Police Department were she is a vital part of the team being the only one able to speak Spanish. Azalya also volunteers her time with Under the Umbrella, a non-profit in Sterling, CO, were she helps prepare meals for the less fortunate. Azalya plans to transfer to a four-year college to pursue her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.


Pictured left to right: NJC President Jay Lee, Trenton Worden and CCCS President Dr. Nancy McCallin

Trenton Worden is a sophomore from Stratton, CO, currently working on his Associates of Science with a degree of designation in Ag Business and an Associates of Applied Science with a degree of designation in Production Ag. He is currently the Vice President of the NJC Collegiate Farm Bureau, along with being active in the NJC Aggies and working as a Residence Hall Assistant. Trenton does not shy away from hard work; he is the one that volunteers for the jobs no one else does instead of having the limelight. Through his leadership positions, he works very hard to plan and manage on-campus activities. Trenton takes pride in creating activities and programs for other students. Trenton plans to transfer to the University of Wyoming, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business.

Azalya and Trenton exalt a kindness and genuine leadership in their studies, club activities and their community, NJC is fortunate to have these two well-rounded leaders.

CCCS and SSAC held a luncheon on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 to honor Azalya and Trenton along with 25 other students from the community college system.

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