July 16, 2012

Stephen Geu of Peetz (left) and Carson Guenzi of Sterling were named the 2012 Top Freshmen Aggies at Northeastern Junior College.

Stephen Geu of Peetz (left) and Carson Guenzi of Sterling were named the 2012 Top Freshmen Aggies at Northeastern Junior College. Courtesy Photo

Sterling, CO--During the 43rd 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. A special guest at the banquet was Jack Annan who has attended 41 of the 43 award banquets held. Annan worked for many years as an admissions counselor at Northeastern and is currently the executive director of the college’s alumni association.

Each year the agriculture and technical education department recognizes students for earning scholarship awards and for being at the top academically in their specific program of study or extracurricular endeavors.

Among the students receiving awards in 2012 were Stephen Geu of Peetz, CO and Carson Guenzi of Sterling, CO. The two jointly shared the honor of being named the Top Freshmen Aggies Club Members. Geu and Guenzi served as state Colorado FFA officers in 2010-2011 and have demonstrated their leadership skills at various levels during their tenure in these positions.

The Aggies is the largest of the student clubs on campus. It was created when several smaller clubs decided to disband and form one larger, more effective club. This organization underwent a unanimous name change in 2003, bringing back the tradition of the original Aggies Club formed in 1968. Our members belong to the National Post Secondary Agriculture Student (PAS) organization which provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. Over 600 colleges have PAS available to their students. NJC has the only PAS organization in the Colorado..

Sponsors of this year’s banquet included: Cargill, Colorado Community Bank, Northeast Agri-Services and Sonnenberg Agency.

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.