July 18, 2011

Frank Waitley (left) was one of four community members to be recognized at the ag and tech banquet held at NJC at the end of the school year. Rodeo coach and ag professor Brian Cullen (right) named off the winners as he told of the good things they do for the students at NJC. Sterling, CO--During the 42nd 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.

During the banquet, the ag department announced community award winners for 2011. This group included Gene Manuello of Iliff, Glenn and Stephanie Carlson of New Raymer, Frank Waitley of Iliff and Montgomery Osborn of Sterling.

Manuello has been a huge supporter of NJC in a number of ways but specifically he has made many pens of livestock available for the livestock judging teams to practice with year after year. He has lent livestock and equipment to the college when it is hosting various groups on campus such as district and state FFA and 4-H judging competitions. He is also founding organizer of the Beef Boosters at NJC which raises money for the athletic department’s scholarship program.

Glenn and Stephanie Carlson, who ranch in the northeast Weld County area, have also provided livestock and equipment to the ag program and have been “go to” people for the students and the faculty when there has been need for ag-related resources.

Frank Waitley has been a constant help to the college’s rodeo program and to the ag students as a whole. He has been a substitute coach when needed, arriving on campus to run practices when the other coaches had to be away. He and his wife Andrea have been the catalyst behind the Cowboy Up ministries programming in this area and they open their homes and their hearts to the students on an ongoing basis.

Montgomery Osborn, a feedlot operator west of Sterling has been wonderful about providing some practice stock for the rodeo team or pens for livestock judging practice and helping with equipment occasionally. He and his wife have been avid supporters of NJC in several areas.

The college is very aware that it is the donation of time, tools, talent and these kind of resources from the community that make the academic programming as successful as it has always been over the years.

Sponsors of this year’s banquet included: Premier Farm Credit, Sterling Livestock Commission, Cargill, Centennial Conservation District, Johnson and Associates, CPAs, PC, Sonnenberg Agency, Performance Plus of Colorado, and Colorado Community Bank.

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.

Frank Waitley (left) was one of four community members to be recognized at the ag and tech banquet held at NJC at the end of the school year. Rodeo coach and ag professor Brian Cullen (right) named off the winners as he told of the good things they do for the students at NJC. (Courtesy Photo)