By Jennifer Almond, Art Editor
Ryan Huitt is a 22 year old artisan. He is the owner of Wildlife Expression Taxidermy located in Rangely (140 Morrison Ave.). So what is taxidermy? Taxidermy is a general term describing the many methods of reproducing a life-like, three-dimensional representation of an animal for permanent display. In some cases, the actual skin (including the fur, feathers, or scales) of the specimen and is preserved and mounted over an artificial armature. In other cases, the specimen is reproduced completely with manmade materials, according to Bing.Com. › Continue reading
By Jamie Bair, Copy Editor
Each year Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) selects a student for the rising star award. The rising star award is an honorable award given to an outstanding student that pushes themselves to become a better person.
What does the rising star award mean? The nomination form for the rising star award states “Each year the State Student Advisory Council (SSAC) offers leadership awards to community college students who exhibit a high level of leadership and involvement in student activities.” The rising star award is someone who is academically minded as well as involved in multiple activities and clubs or organizations outside of the academic world.
The nomination form also explains “Winning students will be recognized as a Rising Star at the SSAC Spring Luncheon.”
There are 13 different two-year schools involved in the process of giving out this award; two students from each school are selected for the rising star award.
This years Rising Star award for the Rangely campus of CNCC went to sophomore Marco Sanchez, a student here at CNCC that is graduating this May with his Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology.
He is an outstanding student that has worked hard to do as well as he does in the class room setting.
Assistant Director of residence life and activities, Katie LaBeef commented that, “Marco has achieved great success through his hard work and determination. He maintains a high GPA while holding top positions in the campus’ most significant organizations.”
His achievements in the classroom led him to being asked to join Phi Theta kappa (PTK) his freshmen year here at CNCC.
PTK is an honor program for community colleges all over, it is highly recognized by universities and employers. In order to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa you have to obtain a 3.5 GPA and Marco Sanchez has obtained an accumulative GPA of 3.88 and has taken a total of 99 credits within his two years here at CNCC.
Sanchez is also involved in many other areas of campus such as; the President of the Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) club, President of the Campus Christian Fellowship club, President of Student Government, and Vice President of PTK. He is also a member of the Rock and Ice club and has been an Resident Assistant (R.A.) for a year and a half.
When asking Sanchez about his feelings on receiving the award he replied, “I feel very honored that I was nominated by my peers and supervisor, let alone chosen to receive this award.”
On April 10th there will be a luncheon located in Denver at the Arapahoe Community College from12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m. that Sanchez will be attending. At the luncheon he will be presented with his plaque award for being a rising star.
When asked if he was excited for the luncheon Sanchez stated, “Yes, it’s nice that both of my parents will be able to attend.”
Congratulations To CNCC’s 2011-2012 Rising Star, Marco Sanchez; your hard work and great achievements are being recognized with this award, keep up the good work!
By Jennifer Almond, Photographer
Jinnah was adopted from South Korea along with her twin sister Seon and left behind her birth mother and big brother. Twenty-five years would pass before she would find out that she was actually apart of triplets. Jinnah’s other sister, the third triplet, still resides in South Korea. › Continue reading
By Jamie Levin, Reporter
Michael Dick came to work at CNCC in the fall of 2011. He is one of the two instructors in the Equine Program and he teaches many of the classes that the second year students take.
Michael was born in Lancaster, KY. He played basketball while he was growing up and all through high school. After high school, he attended Murray State in Kentucky and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science. › Continue reading
By Zach Hughes, Reporter
The baseball athlete of the month goes to Charlie Lutz. Charlie is a right handed starting pitcher and having the most success out of the pitchers so far this season. “Charlie threw really well in both of his starts in Arizona and we had to pull him because of his pitch count and not because of his performance” Head Coach Lou McCollum said. Charlie can’t wait for the season to start so he can keep working on the mound for his team. “I came out in both of my starts and did everything I could to put my team in the best position to win and I plan on doing that for the rest of the season.”
The softball athlete of the month goes to Whitney Titus. Whitney, also a starting pitcher has gotten the opportunity to have a big effect on the softball teams success here early in the season. “Whitney has been our starter this season, pitching in almost every game so far.” Said assistant softball coach Candra Robie. Coach Robie went on to say “Whitney has been dominate and she has come out and done what she is supposed to do.”
The men’s basketball athlete of the month goes to Riley Perish. The big man has been great averaging nearly ten points a game finishing up the season. He has been a rebounding machine as well leading the team in that category. Riley has also been a threat from the three point line which is rare for a post player. “Riley has been playing well for the last month or so and has been the backbone of what we are doing. He has potential to be an all-conference player.”
The women’s basketball athlete of the month goes to Jahnette Epperson. Jahnette just coming off of an injury has bounced back and earned her spot. “She has been very consistent lately coming off her injury also playing a part in some big games for us” Said Head Coach Edwards. Jahnette went on to say “Our season started out really well, we are having kind of a hard time right now but we don’t plan on giving up. I can say I worked really hard after my injury to play again and I had to prove that even though I was hurt I wasn’t going to let anyone down”.
By April Myers, Editor-in-chief
The CNCC Rodeo Team is getting ready to start their spring session with dreams of going to the finals in Casper. The team starts their schedule the first weekend in March and will end their season at the end of March. They have five rodeos and three weeks of traveling to do for the spring season. Their first rodeo will be in Ogden, Utah on the 2nd and 3rd of March. › Continue reading
Bryanna McFadden, Art Editor
This was a tough year for the Lady Spartans. With the two returning sophomores; Bryanna McFadden and Alexana Rotunda had a tough job ahead of them with a whole new team on their shoulders! › Continue reading
By Chris Schmalz, Reporter
CNCC recently hired a new coach to accompany Coach Lous’ expertise with a top of the line pitching coach; Greg Dupas.
Dupas grew up in Riverside, California. He was raised by his mother and father, Steve and Wanda Dupas. He has a three and a half month old daughter named Jordan. › Continue reading
By Morgan Roy, Reporter
At 6 years old wearing number 7 for the Lakeshore pee wee football league in Jacksonville Florida, a young Tim Tebow started out his journey to follow his dream to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. That dream so long ago came to life, for a vibrant and passionate young man who has touched so many at 24 years of age. It was Gator Day but who were the Dolphins kidding it was Tebow’s day back in his home state as he lead the Broncos onto the field and into battle on Sunday. › Continue reading
By Jamie Bair, Reporter
The new position of Safe Campus Coordinator, also known as the Security position, was filled on September 20, 2011. Colorado Northwestern’s Chris Herrera was selected to fulfill the job.
Within this new position Herrera has become part of a larger team that is striving to create a safe environment on campus. The new position will consist of a variety of responsibilities ranging from keycards to parking, to legal documentation and judicial work throughout the campus.
Herrera will be taking over some of the responsibilities that Chris Congemi and Leana Cox currently hold. Herrera will be in charge of creating and assisting students with keycards as well as creating student Ids. Herrera will also be in charge of legal paperwork that will help meet safe standards for the system. She will be dealing with parking and keeping a record of student files and incidences that occur. Herrera will also be working hand in hand with Residence Life.
With all of these new responsibilities Herrera will no longer be in the bookstore nor the mailroom. Herrera has worked in the bookstore and mailroom since October of 2007. Currently they do not have anyone to take over Herrera’s old position, however they are working on finding someone to fill her shoes.
Herrera commented that she felt like she needed to do something new and different.
Herrera states “I am excited for the opportunity, it will be a challenge but I am looking forward to it”. She is sad to leave the bookstore but is looking forward to a different scenery. Herrera is also looking forward to getting out more and working closer with the students.
Herrera will be fulfilling her new position of the Safe Campus Coordinator in a couple of weeks.
Congratulations to Chris Herrera for her new job position as CNCC’s Safe Campus Coordinator
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