We like to recognize all that's right about Greeley: student athletic and academic achievements; positive partnerships between businesses and schools; national rankings; and local, state and national awards earned by our non-profit, civic, business and government workers.
These recognitions aren't a pat on the back from locals to locals; rather, they're awards and kudos given from outside the community to those in Greeley who deserve it.
Greeley ranks 8th in the nation for growth in construction jobs. Construction employment increased 17% in the Greeley metro area between June 2013 and June 2014, according to an analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America.
NCMC a Top 100 Hospital
For the second consecutive year, North Colorado Medical Center has been named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. NCMC has also been named as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades which is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Healthgrades also rated NCMC in the top 2% of all hospitals in the U.S.
NCMC Top 100 Teaching Hospital
North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley has been named to the Truven Health Analytics' list of top 100 hospitals in the nation for best teaching hospitals.
Nerd Wallet Ranks Greeley #2 in US for Fastest Growing Incomes
Greeley has been ranked #2 by Nerd Wallet as one of the cities with the fastest growing incomes. The ranking looked at the growth in median earnings for workers in the period between 2007 and 2011. Greeley is the only Colorado city in the top 20 out of 483 cities.
Greeley Ranked 8th in Nation for Projected Growth
Many metropolitan areas have slumped a bit in their economic recovery in 2013. A study by IHS Global Insight for the U.S. Conference of Mayors forecasts that of the 336 metro areas examined, only 68 are expected to record annual growth exceeding 2 percent. Greeley is ranked #8 on the list with a projected growth of 4 percent in 2014.
Greeley MSA Ranked 10th on Milken Best Performing Cities Report
The annual Milken Institute report on best performing cities for 2013 was released in December. Greeley and the Greeley MSA (Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area encompasses most of Weld County) were ranked 10th in the large cities category. This is a jump from the 42nd spot in the 2012 report. For 2013 as in previous reports, the Milken researchers examined 379 metropolitan areas for economic vitality based primarily on job creation and retention taking into account such things as stable and expanding wages and business growth.
Top City for Dietitians and Nutritionists
Greeley is among the top cities in the nation for dieticians and nutritionists. ValuePenguin, a consumer data and research website, ranked Greeley #7 out of their top 10 cities as the best place in terms of career prospects. The data showed that Greeley has 10% more dieticians than the national average and has the 5th highest quotient in the country.
Greeley residents' openness to new ideas and other forms of tolerance helped rank the city 12th in the nation among the top cities in the United States. The research was conducted by the Martin Prosperity Institute and published in The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited.
Greeley Ranks 42nd in Best Performing Cities Index
The Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area took a large leap in 2012, jumping twenty spots and landing as the 42nd best-performing cities for largest metros by the 2012 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index. The index ranks areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The Index also ranked Greeley 5th in job growth from 2010-2011.
Currier Inn Wins Again
The Currier Inn, a Greeley bed and breakfast, received a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award for the fourth year in a row. The award is given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews.
Soto Earns 1st in Mile High Barber Battle
Congratulations to Alfredo Soto, a student at Cheeks International Academy in Greeley, for taking first place in the 5280 Custom Kuts competition as part of the Mile High Showdown Barber Battle. The competition tests barbers’ skills in speed and neatness within a variety of different hair styles. Alfredo’s award winning work was completed within four minutes and 26 seconds.
Connecting Point on Pioneer 250 List
Connecting Point of Greeley has been named to the Managed Service Provider Pioneer 250 list compiled by Computer Reseller News. The annual list recognizes the top technology providers and consultants in North America whose approach to managed services helps customers improve efficiencies, cut costs and speed time to market for products.
Highest Average Agent Production Award
Sears Real Estate received a member achievement award from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 500 real estate firms. They were presented the Highest Average Agent Production Award which recognizes sales productivity.
Leprino Foods Honored by Excel
Leprino Foods is one of 12 top energy-saving companies honored by Excel Energy. Leprino won the award for their Greeley facility which had the highest energy savings by a single location, with 5.4 million kilowatt hours saved.
AGPROfessionals Comes to Greeley
Welcome to AGPROfessionals, a company that recently relocated to Greeley. This company provides professional consulting services for agribusiness and agricultural development. They have approximately 24 employees with plans to grow. Their move to Greeley strengthens our Northern Colorado agribusiness sector and helps add new life to the St Michael’s area. We want to thank this business for choosing Greeley.
Realtor Emeritus Award
Larry Naggatz, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Plains Real Estate in Greeley, has been granted the Realtor Emeritus status by the National Association of Realtors for his years of service.
Land Realtor of America Award
Kirk Goble of Greeley has been honored with the national 2013 Land Realtor of America award by the Realtors Land Institute. The award recognizes Kirk's efforts and work for the Institute's members, the land profession and the community.
SmartWay Excellence Award
JBS Carriers has won the Smart Way Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its industry leadership in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. This is the second straight year JBS Carriers has won the award.
Wiley Roots Takes Bronze Award
Wiley Roots Brewing Company in Greeley took home a bronze medal for its Supper 77 Wheat American style beer at the Great American Beer Festival. Owners, Kyle and Miranda Carbaugh, are one of only two Weld County brewing companies that took home medals this year. Wiley was among 230 first-time entrants in the 27 year old competition.
CPA Awards Greeley Tribune
The Colorado Press Association has given the Greeley Tribune eleven first place awards and twelve second place awards in the 2012 CPA Better Newspaper Contest. The first place awards included Best Agriculture Story, Best Advertising Campaign, Best Education Story, Best Photography portfolio, Best Sports Event Story, Best Feature, and Best Sports Photograph.
Best Northern Colorado Restaurant
Congratulations to the Greeley Chophouse for being recognized by UrbanSpoon as one of the "Best Northern Colorado Restaurants" for 2013.
Colorado AP Broadcasters Honored
The Colorado Associated Press recognized the KUNC Newsroom in Greeley with 11 awards for excellence, including first place for Outstanding News Operation for coverage of the High Park wildfire; Grace Hood for Best Investigative Reporting; and Nathan Heffel for Best General Reporting and Best Use of Sound.
Currier Inn Wins TripAdvisor Awards
The Currier Inn, formerly The Sod Buster, has received its third TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The award honors hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews. Congratulations to Derek and Stephanie who are also featured in the Greeley Unexpected image campaign.
KUNC Receives Society of Professional Journalists Top Awards
Congratulations to KUNC radio. In a competition among 700 entries from four states, the staff at KUNC has won first place awards for website excellence and best multimedia story in the Society for Professional Journalists' Top of the Rockies competition.
Colorado Running Hall of Fame
Local business owner and accomplished runner Doug Bell has been inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame. Doug easily qualified for this honor due to his incredible accomplishments. For example, he won the Denver Marathon in 1980, '82 and '86 and was named the 1991 USA Track and Field 40-44 Age Division Runner of the Year. He also set the American Master records for his age group in the 5K and 25K in 1992; set the American Indoor mile record for his age group at age 55; and was the 2011 USA Track & Field Cross Country Masters 60-64 division winner, leading his Masters' team to the championship.
JBS Named Green Fleet of the Year
Fleet Owner magazine and WIX Filters have named Greeley-based JBS Carriers as the 2013 Green Fleet of the Year. Among its 760 trucks, the company cut fuel consumption by 16% through a series of technological advances and relatively simple fixes. Among the improvements was the addition of "side skirts" and "trailer tails" to decrease wind resistance.
KUNC Wins Edward R. Murrow Awards
The KUNC newsroom staff has been honored with five Edward R. Murrow regional awards for excellence by the Radio Television Digital News Association. KUNC is now eligible for the national awards competition in June.
Connecting Point is Tech Elite 250
Connecting Point of Greeley has been named to CRN's annual Tech Elite 250 list. Companies on the Elite 250 list represent IT service providers across North America who have invested in the training and education needed to earn the most advanced technical certifications.
Colorado Broadcasters Association Awards for KFKA and KUNC
The KUNC Newsroom was recognized with two Major Market awards for 2012 by the Colorado Broadcasters Association. They won Best Station Website, and report Nathan Heffel earned 1st place in the Best New Feature category. 1301 KFKA also took home CBA awards, including Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast by Troy Coverdale and Best News/Talk Show with Tom Lucero and Devon Lentz.
Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards
Lee and Waren Yoder of Weld County Garage won the Greeley Entrepreneur Award at the 14th annual Bravo! Awards. This year's event was held at the Union Colony Civic Center.
Credit Union Manager of the Year
Security Service Federal Credit Union branch manager Hunter Doyle has been honored as Mountain Region Manager of the Year. The Greeley branch is consistently among the top branches in the Mountain Region and a top performer nationally for their outbound calling program.
Connecting Point President Recognized
Connecting Point president Ted Warner has been named a Super Elite Managed Service Provider by N-able Technologies, a global provider of IT management and automation solutions.
Best Places to Work Award
Professional Finance Company has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Collections by insideARM and the Best Companies Group. Professional Finance is the only company in the Rocky Mountain Region presented with this esteemed award. PFC is a full-service accounts receivable management company in Greeley with nearly 180 employees
Agent of the Year
Greeley insurance agent Bud Frei was recently recognized by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union as their Agent of the Year. The annual award honors the agent who is active in the community and succeeds in making a positive impact on the lives of their clients.
JBS Carriers Win Green Award
JBS Carriers of Greeley is one of four carriers recognized by the Regional Air Quality Council and Colorado Motor Carriers Association with a Green Fleet Award. The EPS's SmartWay program has recognized them for their contributions and efforts toward reducing emissions and energy use.
Spradley Barr Ford Awarded Bid for State Fleet
Spradley Barr Ford in Greeley has been awarded a bid to provide functional and affordable compressed natural gas sedans, pickups, and vans to state fleets. More than 100 bids were submitted by dealerships in 28 states representing Ford, Chrysler, General Motors and Honda.
Colorado Optometrist of the Year
Local eye doctor Jacquie Bowen has been named Colorado's Optometrist of the Year for 2012 by her peers within the Colorado Optometric Association. The award is given for community involvement, volunteerism and contributions to the profession. Jacquie is an adviser to the Greeley Recreation Department regarding eye protection and safety.
Peace Pit State BBQ Champs
Congratulations to Peace Pit BBQ in Greeley for taking home the grand champion prize at a statewide barbecue competition in Craig, Colorado. Owner Mark Shook took the overall prize, even beating out TV chef and two-time world champion Johnny Trigg. The Peace Pit team improved over last year's reserve champion finish.
Sod Buster Inn Earns Top TripAdvisor Award
Greeley's Sod Buster Inn, a bed and breakfast in downtown Greeley, has received its second TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The award is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews.
National Honor for Environmental Practices
Northern Colorado Paper of Greeley has earned Cascade Paper's Environmental Distributor Achievement Award. The award recognized the company for their dedication to providing paper products made from 100 percent recycled fiber - helping to conserve over 255,000 trees nationwide.
Music Academy given Exemplary Program Award
Union Colony Children's Academy has been awarded the 2012 Musikgarten Exemplary Program Award. Union Colony's program is one of 85 in North America to receive the award. Musikgarten is a leader in childhood music and movement education.
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Awards
Sears Real Estate in Greeley is the recipient of three Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Member Achievement Awards: the Crown of Excellence; Award of Excellence for Outgoing Referral Production; and the Peak Producers Award.
2012 Brewers Association World Beer Cup
Brewers from around the world received awards from an elite international panel of judges in the 2012 Brewers Association World Beer Cup. 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entered a total of 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories. Winners included Greeley's Crabtree Brewing Company which took silver in the Specialty Honey Beer category against 22 other entries.
IT Hall of Fame Inductee
President and owner of Connecting Point Greeley, Ted Warner, has been inducted into the IT Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions or provided outstanding service. Ted was honored for founding the first industry peer group in 1992, which was developed into a nationwide network. He is the only inductee from Colorado.
Sales and Service Award to Ghent
Way to go Ghent Chevrolet-Cadillac in Greeley! It was just announced that the owners and staff have been awarded Chevrolet's 2011 Mark of Excellence for selling 333 new cars in 2011 and for their excellent customer service ratings.
CBA Awards Given to Local Radio Stations
Colorado Broadcasters Association 2011 Awards of Excellence were handed out last month. Winners included Troy Coverdale of KFKA for "Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast" and KUNC was awarded for "Best Single Event News Coverage" for the proposed post office closures. The Awards of Excellence recognize individual and station excellence within the Colorado Broadcast industry and honor broadcasters' service to their communities.
McDonald's Recognizes JBS Sustainability
JBS USA was recently recognized as the winner of the McDonald's 2012 "Best of Sustainable Supply" award. McDonald's recognized JBS for two sustainability projects that resulted in improvements in water conservation and waste reduction.
Subaru Stellar Care Award Goes to Ehrlich
Ehrlich Subaru of Greeley is a recipient of the prestigious Subaru Stellar Care Award. This highly coveted award is given to the top-ranking Subaru dealers who deliver exceptional ownership experience to customers.
Bravo! Awards Honor Greeley Businesses and Resident
The Northern Colorado Business Report's Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards celebrated the spirit of entrepreneurship and business excellence on March 8. The 2012 event was held at the Union Colony Civic Center and paired with the Monfort College of Business E-Challenge Awards. Winners included Greeley Entrepreneurs Bruce White and Dale Butcher, founders and owners of Conquest Oil as well as Norm Dean, formerly of United Banks of Colorado, who earned the Lifetime Achievement award.
For Banner Health/North Colorado Medical Center recognition, go to the Community Non-Profit category.
HealthGrades has named Banner Health-North Colorado Medical Center as one of America’s Top 100 Hospitals in Pulmonary Care for the 4th straight year. HealthGrades also ranked NCMC among America’s 50 Best Hospitals in 2015.
Investigator of the Year
Weld County employee Aleissa Thomas has been named the 2014 Investigator of the Year by the Colorado Welfare Fraud Council. The award recognizes an investigator who has made an outstanding contribution or exhibited excellence in the investigation of fraud and program abuse.
Creative District Designation
The Greeley Creative District has reached full certification from the Governor’s office and Colorado Creative Industries. Greeley’s district will now receive between $10,000 and $20,000 in state grant money, access to state resources for technical assistance, prominent placement as a tourist and business destination on Colorado websites and the potential for a matching grant from the Boettcher Foundation. A new visitor way-finding system using Smartphones and an upcoming downtown farm-to-table event helped move Greeley to the top.
Prairie Partner of the Year
Congratulations to Weld County Commission Chairman Doug Rademacher who was named 2013 Prairie Partner of the Year by the National Grasslands Council. He was recognized for his efforts to improve communication and understanding related to grassland issues.
National Alliance of Preservation Honorable Mention
Greeley city government earned the National Alliance of Preservation Commission’s 2014 Commission Excellence honorable mention award for Public Outreach and Advocacy for the POW Camp Pillar project. The City was nominated by Dan Corson of History Colorado.
Outstanding Journalism Awards
Tribune staff swept the Outstanding Journalism awards in the annual Swift Communications competition. The Tribune won in every news-related category including: Best Newsroom Coverage for the September 2013 flood; Best Photograph by Joshua Polson; Best Feature Story by Dan England; and Best Newsroom Excellence/Daily Operations.
Greeley Recognized by Benjamin Moore
Greeley continues to impress! The Benjamin Moore “Main Street Matters” project recognized Greeley as one of the top four “Our Favorite Main Street Murals” cities. They stated “We can’t get enough of this brilliant, multi-colored Einstein mural across from the public library. Its message encapsulates what Main Street Matters is all about – using a little imagination and a lot of color to revitalize our communities.
Setting the Stage for Excellence
Congratulations to Rhonda Welch, Festivals Coordinator for the City of Greeley. Rhonda was featured in the “Setting the Stage” e-newsletter for her festival and event work including the upcoming Greeley Arts Picnic, Friday Fests, and Festival of Trees – just to name a few. This e-newsletter is the premier resource for Colorado event managers and promoters.
Greeley Stampede ProRodeo Hall of Fame
Congratulations to the Greeley Stampede committee for being inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of former contestants and rodeo experts. More than 100 individuals are nominated each year and selection for induction is based on their outstanding contributions to the sport of professional rodeo. Credit for the success of the Stampede goes to the Committee, particularly their leadership and their many hours of volunteer time. This year the Stampede runs from June 26 - July 6 with a great concert lineup, demolition derby, carnival, art show, parade, Kids Rodeo and of course, plenty of Pro Rodeo including PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls.
Colorado Broadcasters Association Awards
The KUNC newsroom was recognized with four Major Market awards for 2013 by the Colorado Broadcasters Association. Reporter Grace Hood received 1st place in the Best Single Event News category for a report on oil and gas and 2nd in the same category for a story on flooding impacts in the town of Lyons. She also took home 1st in the Best News Feature, Report or Series. Reporter Nathan Heffel received 2nd place in the Best News Feature, Report or Series for a two part series highlighting efforts to educate refugees who settle in Greeley.
KFKA was also honored at the CBA awards. Troy Coverdale received 1st in Best Sports Coverage by an Individual or Team for his coverage of the UNC Men’s Basketball team.
North Colorado Med Evac Preferred Provider
North Colorado Med Evac, previously AirLife of Greeley, has been selected by Denver Health Medical Center to become their aeromedical transport preferred provider. This is the first time in the regional trauma center’s 150+ year history that Denver Health has signed on a preferred provider for air transport. Med Evac was chosen because of its long history of outstanding adult and pediatric patient care, commitment to quality and service excellence.
History Colorado’s Stephen H. Hart Award
The City of Greeley and Historic Greeley, Inc., a local preservation group, have been chosen to receive History Colorado’s 2014 Stephen H. Hart Award for collaborative and comprehensive historic preservation outreach and education. History Colorado began presenting the awards in 1986 to recognize outstanding projects and individual achievements in archaeology and historic preservation throughout Colorado.
High Plains Library District Receives Financial Award
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the High Plains Library District with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
Tree Climbing Champion
Greeley resident Luke Glines took first place in the Rocky Mountain regional Tree Climbing Championships for the 3rd straight year. He’s won the competition 7 times, more than any other person. The win qualifies him for the World Championship to be held later in 2014.
Outstanding Airmen of the Year
Congratulations to Greeley resident Jennifer Wilger who was named a 2013 Outstanding Airmen of the Year by the Air National Guard. Jennifer grew up in Greeley, graduated from Greeley West and attended the University of Northern Colorado.
Volunteer of the Year
City of Greeley Purchasing Manager Adela Gain has been named as the Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association Volunteer of the Year. Adela has been a volunteer for the organization for many years serving on committees, actively participating in conferences, and other professional development opportunities.
IMSA Board Re-Election
City of Greeley employee Ken Balltrip has been re-elected to Director-at-Large for the International Municipal Signal Association Board. Ken will serve in this capacity for the Rocky Mountain Division.
FEMA Recognition for Staff
City of Greeley staff received kudos from FEMA Direct Housing Group Supervisor Dennis McNeer. Mr. McNeer expressed his gratitude for the extra support given to FEMA as they worked to find homes for those impacted by the September flooding near Greeley. Staff recognition included: Denise Tenorio, Building Inspection Technician; Steve Gregory, Building Inspector; Matt Wagy, Plans Examiner; Tim Swanson, Chief Building Official; and Vicky Barr, Greeley Fire Department Administrative Specialist.
Governor's Code Council Re-Election
Congratulations to City of Greeley Chief Building Official, Tim Swanson, who as re-elected as an officer to the Governor's Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council. The Council is dedicated to the improvement of building safety in Colorado.
The Freshest Spot in Town
Greeley's Farmers' Market at the Depot was featured as a success story in a recent article published by the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council. The Market's use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP was featured as a model program.
Kaiser Permanente Bike Grant Awarded
The City of Greeley has received an $85,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente. The grant will be used to create a new Greeley bike plan.
Former Central Runner Wins U.S. Marathon
Former Greeley Central runner Annie Bersagel took first at the 2013 U.S. Marathon Championships in October with a time of 2 hours, 30 minutes, 53 seconds and finished eighth at the 2013 U.S. National Road Racing Championships. A fun bit of trivia...the shorts that Annie wore at the U.S. Marathon were from her high school uniform.
Festival of Trees Listed #2 by Denver Post
The Denver Post recognized Greeley's Festival of Trees event as #2 on their "31 days of celebrations for the whole family" list.
Athletic Hall of Fame
Willis Holland of Greeley has been inducted into the Colorado State University Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition of his wrestling accomplishments in 1955 and '56.
Physician of the Year
Dr. Keith Thompson, on-site physician at Life Care Center of Greeley, received the Physician of the Year Award for Life Care Centers of America's Mountain States Division. His oversight has helped reduce the number of hospital readmissions, leading to better patient outcomes and less stress for residents and their families.
Greeley Water Facility Earns Award
Greeley's Water Pollution Control Facility received statewide recognition for sustainability and energy use reduction. The WPCF was recognized as the Partner of the Year by the Colorado Industrial Energy Challenge for reducing energy use by 11.5% from 2011-2012. The Colorado Environmental Leadership Program awarded the facility with a bronze award for this accomplishment
Drive Smart Weld County Awarded $20,000
Drive Smart Weld County was awarded a $20,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for providing the Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth, known as the P.A.R.T.Y. program, to Weld County high schools. As part of the program, volunteers travel to high schools to engage every teen and help them realize they're not invincible. The Allstate Foundation is also providing funding for the Parent-Teen Driver Classes.
Smart Marketing Winner
The Irrigation Association's Smart Irrigation Month Committee has named the City of Greeley as one of the winners of its fourth annual Smart Marketing Contest. Greeley won the Landscape category for promoting efficient outdoor water use. The contest awards organizations that demonstrate outstanding efforts through targeted marketing ideas and campaigns.
Dispatch Center Named "Center of Excellence"
The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch recently announced that the Weld County Regional Communications Center has been awarded accreditation as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Center of Excellence. This accreditation, the industry's highest distinction, has only been given to 179 other centers in the world. The accreditation process began when Greeley was the lead agency for the dispatch center.
Sister City Donation for Flood Relief
Here's an update from a previous Council announcement. To date, Greeley's sister city, Moriya, Japan, has raised more than $1,400 for Greeley area flood relief. The money was donated to United Way of Weld County's Flood Relief Fund. Moriya and Greeley have been sister cities since 1993.
Senior Resource Small Transit of the Year Award
Senior Resource Services in Greeley has been honored as the Small Transit System of the Year by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies. Senior Resource serves all of Weld County. Besides an extensive transportation program, the organization provides grocery shopping, respite for caregivers and other services.
2013 Leadership Award for VP
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) presented its 2013 Leadership Award to Horace C. Elliott, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Executive Vice President, during the ADA's House of Delegates meeting in Greeley on September 28. The National Board's headquarters are in Greeley and ACA's Leadership Award is presented to those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership to the chiropractic profession.
CPRD Wins Two Awards
Greeley's Culture, Parks, and Recreation staff as well as volunteers on Greeley's Art Commission received awards from the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association. The Association awarded the "Columbine Award for Programming" to the Rodarte Community Center for the Bus Wrap project, which was a collaboration with the Greeley Art Commission. Art Commission members received a special "Community Champion" award for their work on the project.
Summer Teen Employment Program Award
On September 27, the City of Greeley's Youth Enrichment staff accepted the Governor's Summer Job Hunt award for the Summer Teen Employment Program. Greeley is the only community in Colorado to receive the award - having done so annually for the past 40-plus years.
Meritorious Recognition for IBMC Student
Celestino Plascencia, a student in the paralegal program at IBMC College in Greeley has received the Meritorious Recognition award in the category of specialized trades from the Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools.
Art Commission "Community Champions"
The Greeley Art Commission has been recognized by the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association with a "Community Champion" award for their outstanding volunteer service in the delivery of parks and recreation programs. In addition, the Columbine Creativity Award was received for Greeley's Rodarte Center Bus Wrap art project.
World Police and Fire Games
Congratulations to Greeley Police Officer Becca Ries who took gold in archery at the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Overall, USA took home 526 medals.
INTEROP Advisory Board Selection
Client Services Manager in the City's IT department Phil MacHendrie has been selected to serve as a member of the INTEROP Advisory Board. INTEROP, which stands for interoperability, provides 4 worldwide technology conferences each year offering a strong combination of educational content, technology exhibits, and peer networking to educate IT professionals all over the world.
Greeley Resident Appointed to State Plumbing Board
Congratulations to Matt Wagy for his appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the Colorado State Plumbing Board. The Board licenses, registers, and regulates plumbers, apprentices, and plumbing contractors. They also conduct regular inspections for plumbing and gas pipeline installations and review special requests for exceptions to the code.
2013 Women of Distinction
On August 7, Assistant City Manager Becky Safarik was honored as one of the 2013 Northern Colorado Women of Distinction. The award honors achievements in business, philanthropic and government activities and organizations.
State Grant to Support Water Facility Projects
Greeley's Water Pollution Control Facility is one of 21 municipal wastewater and sanitation districts to be awarded a state grant. The grant includes $80,000 to be used for planning and $1 million for design and construction efforts.
Book of Golden Deeds Recipient
Lola Lucero from the Assistance League of Greeley has been awarded the Book of Golden Deeds. The Book of Golden Deeds is the National Exchange Club's longest running project. It recognizes volunteers who give many hours of their time making their communities better places to live.
J. Sterling Morton Award
The City of Greeley was presented with the J. Sterling Morton Tree City USA Award, the highest honor granted by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The award was given in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. This prestigious designation is based on education, partnerships, planning, tree planting and maintenance achievements. Only ten other communities in Colorado have received the honor.
Service Vision Leader of the Year
Rebecca Horn has been awarded the Jean Nidetch Service Vision Leader of the Year Award through Weight Watchers. The annual award goes to one outstanding leader in each region who embodies the core philosophy of exceptional customer care.
"Find Your Inner Chef" Contest Winner
Greeley resident Karen Gulkin was named the second week winner in Del Monte's "Find Your Inner Chef" contest. The contest encourages consumers to participate in a fun and fresh culinary experience, using their own favorite recipe or by creating a new recipe using Del Monte fresh fruits and vegetables. Karen will take her blackened orange steak tacos with citrus guacamole to the Cook off Challenge in Miami.
Greeley Pilot Honored
Greeley resident and pilot Steven Weingandt was honored by American Airlines for successfully landing an airliner after a serious engine malfunction. No passengers were injured in the emergency landing.
The 233rd Space Group in east Greeley recently became the first military installation in Colorado to be certified as a StormReady Supporter by the National Weather Service. As a StormReady Supporter, Guard Station personnel help alert the community about severe weather. This can help save lives and reduce property damage. The program also encourages communities to establish severe weather safety plans and actively take part in and promote weather safety activities.
7Everyday Heroes in Greeley
A Greeley family has been recognized as Channel 7Everyday Heroes. This family has made a huge difference by donating blood - more than 125 gallons. Three generations of the Fagerberg family, including Greeley firefighter John Fagerberg, have donated blood, some so often they have been inducted into the Blood Donor Hall of Fame.
Top 10 New Product of the Year
Greeley's DVM Systems' Temp Track Plus software has been selected as one of the Top 10 New Products of the Year at the 2013 World Ag Expo. The software predicts ovulation for dairy cows and has a temperature monitoring bolus that continuously monitors each cow's temperature and alerts producers to key health or breeding events.
Colorado Press Association Awards
The Tribune won 34 awards at the 2012 Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, including sweepstakes awards for general excellence in editorial, photography and design. The awards included first place in the categories of: Best agriculture story, best advertising campaign, best sports photograph, best education story, best small space ad, best photography portfolio, best newspaper/house ad promotion, best editorial layout & design, best sports event story, and best business feature story.
Syntax Spirits Win Good Food Award
Syntax Spirits in Greeley is one of 7 Colorado companies that took home honors at the 3rd annual Good Food Awards. Syntax won in the spirits category for Powder White Rum. Their rum was chosen from about 1,400 entries across the country. The Good Food Award seal, found on high quality cheeses, chocolates, coffees and more, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.
First Rehab Center of Excellence
Life Care Centers of America recently named Life Care Center of Greeley as its first Rehab Center of Excellence. The Greeley center earned the distinction after a series of steps, beginning with an 111-point audit, followed by the creation of a specialty program based on the community's needs.
Whatever It Takes Award Nominee
Greeley's North Range Behavioral Health Multi-Systemic Therapy Team received an award nomination for successes with troubled youth. The annual "Whatever It Takes" award is given by the International Multi-systemic MST Institute. The team was co-nominated by the Director of The Center for Effective Interventions in Denver.
2012 Livestock Leader
Greeley's Dick Monfort is being honored by the CSU Department of Animal Sciences as the 2012 Livestock Leader. He will be presented with the award at the National Western Stock Show recognizing his role as champion of the beef industry and for high-impact philanthropy that benefits agriculture.
Santa Cops Keep Season Bright
This holiday season, Weld County Santa Cops delivered packages to families throughout Weld County. Thanks to the generosity of the community, and many volunteer elves, the Greeley Police Department delivered a 5 foot high and 12 foot long pile of gifts. Greeley cops delivered a lot of smiles.
Colorado Advisory Council Appointment
Tom Muniz of Greeley has been appointed to the Colorado Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities by Governor John Hickenlooper. Mr. Muniz will serve as the advisory council's chairman.
Water Environment Association 5-S Award
Dennis Schump has received the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association 5-S Award. The Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers recognizes outstanding service above and beyond the call of duty. Congratulations to Dennis who has worked for the City of Greeley for 32 years.
Two World Arena Records Set in One Day
Congrats to Nica Digerness for breaking the World Arena record for most skating tests taken in one day and for breaking the World Ice Arena record for highest score ever awarded on a freestyle test. Nica is a student of Kristin Hoort-Conroy at the Greeley Ice Haus. Nica's goal is to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Rodarte Center Dedicates Bus
Congratulations to Greeley's Rodarte Community Center on the dedication of their "Every Drop Counts" Mobile Mural. The project was made possible by 1% for Art water funds and local artists Ann Martinez and Armando Silva and the Rodarte kids. The theme "Every Drop Counts" helps raise awareness of the importance of water to the community with this high visibility educational art recognized by area water officials.
M.A.D.D. Hero Award
Greeley police officer Brian Hunziker has been selected by Mothers Against Drunk Driving to receive the M.A.D.D. Hero Award for his D.U.I. enforcement actions over the last year. Brain has been with Greeley PD since January 2009.
Victim Advocate of the Year
JoAnn Holden, Victim and Witness Coordinator for the Weld County District Attorney's Office, has been recognized as the state's 2012 Victim Advocate of the Year by the Colorado District Attorney's Council. Victim advocates help victims and witnesses navigate the legal system. JoAnn has worked on several high-profile cases in Weld County.
Governor Hickenlooper Board Appointment
Governor Hickenlooper has appointed Greeley resident Lola Fehr as a member of the State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners, which regulates addiction counselors in Colorado. Her term will run until the end of 2015.
Governor's Award Goes to Greeley Downtown Development Authority
Greeley's Downtown Development Authority received the Governor's Award from Downtown Colorado Inc. for Best Downtown Management Program for cities with over 5,000 residents. Downtown Colorado Inc. is a nonprofit that supports communities by assisting downtowns, commercial districts and town centers.
Gold Peak Performance for Greeley's Water Pollution Control
The City of Greeley Water and Sewer Department's Water Pollution Control Facility staff have earned the Gold Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. The award is given for the facility's 100% compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits for 2011.
Lee Iacocca Award Goes to Greeley Car Enthusiast
Greeley resident Bud Wells has earned the Lee Iacocca Award which honors recipients for their dedication to perpetuating an American automotive tradition through classic cars. Congrats!
Greeley Teen Wins National Model Search
Congratulations to Greeley resident Micayla Tetiva for winning the 2012 Maurices' Main Street Model Search national contest. Micayla is a graduate of Dayspring Christian School in Greeley and was selected out of 1,500 applicants.
NCBR 2012 Women of Distinction
The Northern Colorado Business Report has announced their 2012 annual Women of Distinction Honorees. The honored women in Greeley include Pam Bricker, president of the Downtown Development Authority and owner of Mariposa Flowers; Nancy Patton of Public Service Credit Union Banking and Finance; and DeeAnn Groves of Senior Resource Services. Awards were officially presented in August.
National Recognition Given to Weld County Health & Environment
The National Association of County and City Health Officials has recognized the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment as "Project Public Health Ready." This includes readiness in emergency preparedness, workforce competency and emergency response practice exercises. The recognition affirms that the emergency response plan is effective, and department staff is trained and ready to respond locally and regionally during a public health emergency.
Greeley Police Officers Certified as Crisis Intervention Team
Greeley Police Officers Anthony Coleman, Rene Mason, Ryan Ottinger and Ken Gillette recently became certified as Crisis Intervention Team members during a regional training held at the Greeley Police Department. The class was attended by students from all over Northern Colorado. Officers Coleman and Mason were named by the coaches as the top students in the class. The Greeley Police Department currently has over twenty officers certified. The training helps officers recognize mental illness, enhance their verbal crisis de-escalation skills, and provide better access for residents to mental health services.
Golden Gloves National Champion
Greeley Rodarte Boxing Club member Tara Weisshaar has won her weight class in the Women's Golden Gloves National Championship. Tara is ranked 3rd in the nation in her weight class by USA Amateur Boxing.
Water Environment Federation Announces Fellows
The City's Wastewater Treatment Division Manager Tom Dingeman is one of 23 outstanding professionals who were named as 2012 Water Environment Federation Fellows. Tom has worked for the City of Greeley for 34 years.
Greeley Gang Unit Receives Gangbuster Award
The Greeley Police gang unit has been given the Gangbuster of the Year award by the Colorado State Threat Intelligence Network Group for their efforts to bring down the leadership of a prominent Colorado gang during the last 4 years.
High Plains Library Receives Financial Award
The High Plains Library District has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the highest recognition possible in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Andrew Romero, finance director for the district, also received an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement.
Colorado Municipal Judges Association Selects Frick
Congratulations to Greeley Municipal Judge Robert Frick for being elected as Secretary for the Colorado Municipal Judges Association Board of Directors. The CMJA is made up of municipal judges from across Colorado and works to maintain the strength and independence of the judiciary, share resources, and serve as a voice to the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Municipal League and the Colorado Legislature.
Greeley Wins Mayor's Water Challenge
Way to go Greeley! Thanks to residents, Greeley won the Mayor's National Water Challenge for communities with over 100,000 population (Greeley was placed in this category even though there are only 95,500 residents!). Residents' pledged to save energy and reduce pollution.
White House Honors "Champion of Change"
On April 20th, Dr. Richard Kemme was honored by the White House as one of the ten US Rotary Club Champions of Change who are improving the lives of others through volunteer work. Dr. Kemme is a member of the Rotary Club of Greeley and uses his background in orthopedic surgery to train surgeons in the southeast African nation of Malawi. His work has earned him the President's Call to Service Award, Rotary Service Above Self Award and the Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award.
Appointment to International Code Council
Congratulations to Greeley's Chief Building Officer, Tim Swanson, for his appointment to the International Fuel Gas Code Committee, a sub-committee of the International Code Council. Most U.S. cities and many global markets use the International Codes.
Council Member Appointed to State Judicial Commission
Congratulations to Greeley City Council member Donna Sapienza who has been appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor John Hickenlooper. This commission selects nominees for district and county judges in the 19th Judicial District.
Emerging Creative District Grant
Downtown Greeley and the University District have received a $2,000 Emerging Creative District grant from the Colorado Creative Industries division of the state's Office of Economic Development. The grant is designed to invite new energy and innovation into the community and neighborhood by providing resources for advanced planning for the district.
Greeley Firefighter Published in JEMS
Congratulations to Greeley firefighter/paramedic Troy Valente for having this article entitled, "The Smoke of Metabolism" placed in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. This is the second time that Troy has been published in JEM. The first time was for his book, "Capnography, King of the ABC's: A Systematic Approach for Paramedics."
Colorado Country Life Magazine Highlights the Sugar Beet Leagues
The April edition of "Colorado Country Life" magazine highlights the golden era of semi-pro baseball in Greeley and the book "From Sugar to Diamonds: Spanish/Mexican Baseball, 1925-1996." The book, written by Greeley residents Jody and Gabe Lopez, covers the Greeley Grays baseball team, the Sugar Beet League and the sugar-beet laborers who made up the teams.
2012 Colorado Blues Society Youth Showcase
Greeley Blues band 'Bad Brad and the Fat Cats' won the 2012 Colorado Blues Society's Youth Showcase. All four band members attend the University of Northern Colorado and are music and jazz majors. The win earned them a trip to the 29th International Blues Society Challenge in Memphis.
Carnegie Medal for Heroism
Colorado State trooper, Daniel Harrison Haley of Greeley has received the Carnegie medal for heroism by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. Daniel was off duty with his family when he saw Brenndan Daviet fall through the ice and into a pond at the Family FunPlex. The medal, created by Andrew Carnegie in 1904, is given throughout the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.
Greeley Tribune Takes Home CAPER Awards
The Greeley Tribune placed first for General Excellence in the annual Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters contest. Other first place winners were Sherrie Peif, Beat Reporting; Sharon Dunn, Business Story; Dan England, Environmental Story, News column and Feature Story; Jim Rydbom, General News Photo and Photo Illustration; and Sam Mustari, Sports Column. Eric Bellamy, Jim Rydbom and the Greeley Tribune also won Best of Show for the photo essay, "Delaney's Life." The Tribune also took home 28 awards from the Colorado Press Association newspaper contest, including general excellence awards for advertising and editorial content in its circulation category.
Weld County Accounting Earns Achievement for Excellence Award
The accounting department for Weld County government was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This award marks the 30th year the department has received this honor.
Outstanding Family Medicine Award Given
Doctors Sarah DeMoor and Lisa Young have received the F. William Barrows Award for Outstanding Family Medicine Resident from the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. Both serve as administrative co-chief residents at North Colorado Family Medicine in Greeley.
Humphries Joins Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame
Scott Humphries, born and raised in Greeley, has been inducted into the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame. Scott is considered one of Colorado's best-ever tennis players receiving the number 1 ranking in the state when he was just 12 years old. In 1994, he became the first American in over 12 years to claim the Boys Wimbledon Championship. He then moved on to work with number 1 ranked women's player Jelena Jankovic.
Xcel Energy Achievement Award Goes to City
Greeley's Water Pollution Control Facility has received the Xcel Energy Achievement Award for being the largest successful 2011 participant in their Customer Efficiency Program. The City installed new high-speed turbo blowers at the plant which significantly reduces electrical consumption and greenhouse gases. The City received a $121,000 rebate from Xcel Energy.
Local Writer Receives Grand Master Award
Congratulations to local writer Connie Willis for being honored with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer of America Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. The award recognizes lifetime achievement in science fiction or fantasy and will be awarded during the 2012 Nebula Awards in May. Connie's works have earned numerous awards including 7 Nebula awards, 11 Hugo awards and 5 Locus awards.
Junior Roller Derby Team Goes Viral
An inspiring video about Junior Roller Derby was recently made viral by "HDNet Movies" showing Greeley's own Slaughterhouse Derby Girls' "Butcher Babes", a junior league for girls under 18 who want to get into the sport of roller derby. The video highlights the 30 plus skaters ranging in ages from 7-17. Several talk about how they got into derbying and what it has done for their self-esteem.
North Colorado Medical Center has been named a top hospital in the country for patient respect and safety in a February 2015 article in “Consumer Reports” magazine. The ranking focused on an assessment of four areas: doctor communication, nurse communication, discharge experience, and overall facility rating.
For the second time, Greeley’s wastewater treatment facility received a state level award from the Colorado Energy Office for reducing energy use and taxpayer costs. Greeley’s facility was able to lower its energy consumption by 13%.
The Weld County Department of Public Works has received the Excellence in Concrete Pavement Award for county roads from the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter of the American Concrete Paving Association. This award recognizes workmanship and serves as an opportunity to share information about highly-successful projects.
The Weld County government Information Technology Department has received the Improving Public Facing Communications Award from the Colorado Government Association of Information Technology. The award recognized the redesign of the County website and property information map. While various cities received awards in other categories, Weld County was the only county selected to win an award from CGAIT.
The Knights of Columbus Council No. 2160 of Greeley has received a first-place Community Service Award from the State of Colorado Knights of Columbus and the third-place International Community Service Award for their efforts serving Greeley and the surrounding communities by providing flood relief since September of 2013.
Eldergarden, Inc. has received a $12,678 grant from the Boettcher Fund at the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County to help renovate its facility. The is the first grant from the Boettcher Fund that provides capital grants toward the purchase, construction or major renovation of a building that is owned and used by a Weld County nonprofit organization.
Banner Health/North Colorado Medical Center has received a top “A” grade for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.
Representative Dave Young of Greeley has been selected as Legislator of the year by MADD. Mothers Against Drunk Driving recognized Young for his work to reduce drunk and impaired driving and the heartbreak and trauma that are often the result of these poor choices.
National Grants Awarded Congratulations to Jobs of Hope, Inc. – a group that works to find jobs for gang members and others with troubled pasts – and Tigres USA – a youth soccer program aimed at helping kids overcome poverty. Both received grants from national corporations. Jobs of Hope received $25,000 from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist contest. Tigres USA received a matching grant of $9,750 from Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Youth of the Year Kudos to volunteer Cassandra Mares-Palmer who was named Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Weld County.
Polar Plunge The Special Olympics Liaison officers assigned to the Greeley Police Department’s Neighborhood Action Team organize a Polar Plunge Team each year. This is their third year participating in the Boulder Reservoir event that raises funds and awareness for Special Olympics of Colorado (SOC). This year the team proudly raised over $10,000 for the SOC organization that supports over 12,000 athletes across Colorado. GPD Supports Special Olympics Good people, good cause, and good news for Greeley. On January 10th, The Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics Colorado held a conference at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s facility. Officer Dan Frazen attended and accepted the Rising Star Recognition Award on behalf of the Greeley Police Department. The award, from the event’s executive committee, was given to acknowledge the Department’s community partnership with Special Olympics Colorado.
OnStage, a leader in theatre opinion and discussion, has selected UNC’s musical theater program as the Best Theatre College in the state. Criteria included tuition, facilities, performing opportunities, career support, location, and academic rigorousness. The program has had 25 UNC alumni appear on Broadway.
University of Northern Colorado graduate student Meagan Cain has received the 2015 Chapter Student Recognition Award from the national Society for Public Health Education. She was also recognized earlier this year by the Colorado School of Public Health, earning the school’s first Student Award for Excellence in Public Health Practice. The awards acknowledge her work to empower young girls before they are victims of sex trafficking, creating the Girls Moving Mountains project, and leading outreach and education efforts in Nepal.
University of Northern Colorado student athletes are getting it done…on the field and off. The UNC Swimming and Diving Team has been ranked 5th in the nation academically with a 3.59 Team GPA by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Northern Colorado’s volleyball program earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic award – the fourth straight season and the ninth time in the program’s history.
The American Holistic Nurses Association has named UNC faculty member Mary Enzman Hines as the 2015 Holistic Nurse of the Year. Mary has authored 52 journal articles, 24 book chapters and was a previous recipient of the prestigious Nightingale Award. Congratulations also goes to UNC nursing professor Vicki Wilson, who has received the prestigious award for her work as an advocate for at-risk university students and under-served and vulnerable residents in the Greeley community and around the world.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked two programs at the University of Northern Colorado among the top 15 in the country in the 2016 edition of the Best Graduate Schools lists. UNC’s rehabilitation counseling was ranked 15th. Counselors have historically been avidly recruited regionally and nationally. Between 2010-13, UNC students had a 100 percent employment rate.
The online education programs were ranked 13th. This is the third straight year that the programs ranked among the best.
A $75,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Higher Education will fund an effort by the University of Northern Colorado's College of Natural and Health Sciences to increase recruitment, retention and graduation rates of racial and ethnic minority students in science, technology, engineering and math fields at the university.
The University of Northern Colorado and Colorado School of Mines are collaborating on a STEM Teacher Preparation Program which has received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. 100Kin10 is a multi-sector network, fueling the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers by providing 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math teachers by 2021.The UNC-CSM partnership is the Coalition’s first multi-institution site, which brings together a leading teacher education institution with a technically focused university.
2015 Niche Rankings has ranked the University of Northern Colorado #1 for Best Dorms in Colorado. Niche ranked 930 colleges based on four statistics and more than 630,000 opinions from 60,000 students. The ranking indicates safe, healthy living environment that is reasonably priced and that students are very satisfied with housing quality, cleanliness, and amenities.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Northern Colorado's online graduate education programs among the best in the country for veterans.
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade has awarded a $150,000 grant to the new UNC BizHub Collaborative. The University of Northern Colorado and the East Colorado Small Business Development Center have teamed up to develop an innovative business incubator to provide a range of services to entrepreneurs and startup businesses in a 13-county region of Eastern Colorado.
The University of Northern Colorado has received the Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA designation for the 3rd consecutive year. The UNC campus has 4 state champion trees – judged by their size from the Colorado Tree Coalition.
The League of American Bicyclists has designated the University of Northern Colorado as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Campus. They join a list of 100 bicycle friendly campuses across 37 states. Only one other university in Colorado, University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, has been designated.
University of Northern Colorado Army ROTC cadet Ian Reynoso has been selected as one of 15 officers to enter a new branch of service - the Cyber Mission Force (CMF). Reynoso and the 14 other cadets were selected from the 5,600 cadets in their year group to pioneer a new effort by the Army to develop a cyber-defense command that can counteract attempts by adversaries around the world that attempt to infiltrate Army computer systems.
Congratulations to the UNC Swim and Dive team. Not only did they finish the championships in third place, four sports better than last year, they also received individual recognitions. Savanna Meadows was named Diver of the Year. Mark Murdock, UNC Assistant Diving Coach, was named Diving Coach of the Year.
UNC senior defensive tackle Lexington Smith has signed a contract with the Baltimore Ravens. This is the second season in a row the Ravens have signed a member of the Northern Colorado football team. Last year Bears' wide out Jace Davis was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the team.
The Big Sky Conference announced its All-Conference Football Team rosters. A total of five UNC Bears were selected for the first three teams and 11 players named to the Honorable Mention list. Senior defensive tackle Lexington Smith was selected for the first team All-Conference list. Senior safety Kyle Griffin was named second team All-Conference. Senior wide receiver Dimitri Stimphil and senior cornerback Courtney Hall were chosen for the third team All-Conference. And, senior linebacker Dominick Sierra rounded out the Bear picks, landing a spot on the third team All-Conference list.
UNC women’s soccer defender, Adrienne Jordan has been named to the 1st team All-Pacific Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). This is the first time in school history that a member of the Bears was named to the first team. Adrienne is a Junior.
University of Northern Colorado senior soccer player Juliana Grover has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association Women’s Scholar All-West Region team for her hard work in the classroom. Juliana was selected to the third team after posting a 3.37 GPA while studying Sports, Exercise Science and Nursing.
Bears defensive tackle Lexinton Smith has earned 2014 All-Colorado first team honors by the National Football Foundation and Colorado Chapter of the College Hall of Fame. He was also named first team defense All-Big Sky, as well as College Sports Madness second team All-Big Sky in 2014.
University of Northern Colorado volleyball coach Lyndsey Oates has been named the Big Sky Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year. This is the 3rd time in her career that she has been named coach of the year and the 4th time in six years that she has led Northern Colorado to an NCAA Tournament berth.
The UNC women's soccer team has received more post season honor. The latest being awarded the Bronze Team Sportsmanship and Ethics Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. This award recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game, as reflected by the number of yellow caution cards or red ejection cards they are shown by referees throughout the season.
University of Northern Colorado graduate Joseph Hutchison has been appointed as Colorado’s new Poet Laureate by Governor Hickenlooper. Colorado's Poet Laureate serves a four-year term and acts as an active advocate for poetry, literacy and literature by participating in readings and other events at venues such as schools, libraries and literary festivals throughout the state. The Colorado Poet Laureate program is a partnership between Colorado Creative Industries and Colorado Humanities/Center for the Book.
The University of Northern Colorado has been featured on BBC America’s series, “Superhuman Animals”. A camera crew followed UNC doctoral candidate Steve Mackessy and graduate student Anthony Saviola at the Pawnee National Grasslands, where researches worked to explore rattlesnakes’ superior sense of smell.
“Chasing Ice”, a documentary that featured University of Northern Colorado graduate student Adam LeWinter, won an Emmy for Outstanding Nature Programming. The film made its TV debut on the National Geographic Channel last year. Since then the film has screened in more than 172 countries, 70 universities, 75 film festivals, the White House and even the United Nations. Adam graduated from UNC in May with honors.
The University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort College of Business has been awarded $1.25 million over the next 5 years to continue its partnership with the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative.
UNC School of the Year
The University of Northern Colorado has been named school of the year by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, which is the largest student-run organization in the world. The award was presented to students in UNC's Residence Hall Association and their advisor, Christina Schwiderski. UNC sophomore Shannon Mulqueen also won the NACURH Communications Coordinator of the Year Award and Leslie Baughman won Student of the Year.
Ethical Leadership Certification
Eleven students in the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado earned Ethical Leadership Certification from the Center for the Public Trust. The ethics certification is part of the college’s commitment to business ethics, which also includes involvement in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium, consisting of eight universities in a four-state region.
Softball Coach of the Year
Northern Colorado head softball coach Shana Easley was rewarded with her first Big Sky Softball Coach of the Year honor, awarded by league officials. Easley led Bears Softball to its first ever postseason appearance during her second season at the helm of Women’s Softball at UNC.
UNC Men’s Coach Earns All-Conference and Coach of the Year
Men’s Head Golf Coach Roger Prenzlow received the America Sky Coach of the Year award after leading the team to the conference championship title and the team’s first ever NCAA Division I Regional championship appearance. Out of the 11 competitions on the Bears' schedule this season, the team placed in the top 10 spots on eight occasions. Senior Ben Krueger, Junior Steven Kupcho and freshman Julian Woodfork were named to the All-Tournament team.
Graphic Design Winners
Graduating seniors in the Graphic Design program at the University of Northern Colorado's College of Visual and Performing Arts placed first, second and third in an annual senior portfolio competition hosted by the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Art Director's Club of Denver. Advertising and marketing industry professionals critiqued their work. The first place scholarship of $1,000 went to Jeremiah Corder. Second place went to Amy Langiano, and third place went to Elle Levy.
UNC Professor Receives Teaching Award
William Douglas Woody, University of Northern Colorado professor of Psychological Sciences, has been named winner of the Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award. This award recognizes excellence in teaching as demonstrated through student evaluations, teaching philosophy, assessments, student outcomes, and innovative methodology.
UNC Graduate Receives USGS Research Grant
Amy Burzynski, a UNC graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in earth science, has received a Kleinman Grant for Volcano Research from the U.S. Geological Survey. This prestigious award will support Amy’s work developing high-speed, high-resolution surface topography of an active lava lake at the summit of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano.
UNC Business Students Top 5% on National Exam
A team of students from the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado were instrumental in helping SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning of Minturn win a 2014 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics. The team also won the student award for best-written paper. The project involved researching and writing the company's nomination and presenting it at the BBB awards event.
Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics
A team of students from the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado were instrumental in helping SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning of Minturn win a 2014 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics. The team also won the student award for best-written paper. The project involved researching and writing the company's nomination and presenting it at the BBB awards event.
Women’s Softball All-Conference Team Selections
Five Northern Colorado Softball student-athletes were named to the Bik Sky All-Conference team and were also selected to the College Sports Madness All-Conference Team.
UNC Faculty Scholar Awarded Fulbright
University of Northern Colorado faculty scholar Cindy Shellito has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study and teach Andean climate and weather in Ecuador, a country that's highly sensitive to climate variability and change. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program.
UNC Student Earns Hearing Research Award
The National Hearing Conservation Foundation has awarded University of Northern Colorado graduate student Alyssa Lerner a $5,000 Student Research Award. The award is designed to assist student research studies relating to hearing loss prevention and hearing
Through the end of the season, UNC student-athletes continued to be recognized on and off the basketball court. Stephanie Lee was named to the College Sports Madness Big Sky All-Conference Team. Stephanie has been the top scoring center in the nation all season. She was also named to the Big Sky All-Conference Second Team. Seniors Derrick Barden and Tate Unruh and junior Tim Huskisson here honored as members of the College Sports Madness Big Sky All-Conference team. Derrick and Tate were also named All-Conference second Team members. College HoopsDaily.com Big Sky All-Conference team honors also went to Derrick, with Tim selected as 6th Man of the Year in the Big Sky.
UNC Receives Grants Totaling $654,000+
University of Northern Colorado faculty researchers were recently awarded multiyear grants totaling more than $645,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. UNC biologists Patrick Burns and Susana “Karen” Gomez are the lead project directors on their grants and will conduct separate research projects focused on improving agriculture.
Prima Voce Chamber Choir Performs in Rome
Members of UNC’s Prima Voce Chamber Choir performed at the Festival of Peace and Brotherhood in Rome. The choir performed during a St. Patrick’s Day mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. One of the songs included a sacred piece composed by senior Patrick Rooney.
Alternative Spring Break
Three groups of students worked as community service volunteers as part of UNC’s Alternative Spring Break program. The group will travel to Kanab, Utah, to provide aid and rehabilitation to animals at the Best Friends Animal Society; to Los Angeles, where they’ll help women and survivors of domestic abuse; and to Washington, D.C. to help combat homelessness.
Big Sky Athletes of the Week
University of Northern Colorado’s Rachel Hinker has been named the Big Sky Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week. This is the 2nd time she has earned the award thus far in her career. UNC Junior Ben Gendron received the Big Sky Tennis Player of the Week award –his 3rd recognition. Sophomore tennis player Mitchell Knight earned his first Player of the Week honor. UNC softball pitcher Breeanna Holliday has been named the Big Sky Pitcher of the Week for the first time in her career. Junior Nicole Hudson also earned her first softball award as a Bear being named College Sports Madness Big Sky Player of the Week. First baseman Mikayla Duffy received two Big Sky Player of the Week honors for helping the team to its first ever Division I post-season appearance.
UNC Receives Tree Campus USA Designation
The University of Northern Colorado has received the Tree Campus USA designation for the second consecutive year from the Arbor Day Foundation. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
UNC Jazz Band Album on Top 50 Music Chart
An album by a group of University of Northern Colorado musicians cracked the top 50 on the U.S. national jazz radio airplay chart. The album, titled "Back When It Was Fun," was recorded on campus by the group 7 ON 7. Members include UNC jazz faculty.
Milken Educator Award Given UNC alumnus Jose Martinez, who teaches economics and social studies at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, is one of 15 teachers from around the country presented with a 2013 Milken Educator Award, also known as “The Oscar of Education.” These awards recognize early to mid-career education professionals for their already impressive achievements, and more significantly, for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future. Both of Jose’s parents are also UNC alumni.
Big Sky Conference All-Academic Teams
The Division I Big Sky Conference has announced the members of its 2013 All-Academic teams for football, volleyball, soccer and men’s and women’s cross country. Thirty-three UNC student-athletes were selected. To be eligible, the student must have met and/or exceeded the minimum requirements including a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and participation in at least half of the team’s competitions.
Music Educators Hall of Fame
University of Northern Colorado Director of Bands Kenneth Singleton is a 2013 inductee to the Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame. Professor Singleton directs the UNC Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, and is chair of the Wind Conducting Program. He has nearly 50 publications to his credit and is the conductor of the Denver Brass, the region's premier brass ensemble.
University of Northern Colorado men’s basketball team has received some well-earned recognition for their efforts on the court:
Big Sky Athletes of the Week
The Big Sky Conference has selected the men's and women's Track and Field Athletes of the Week. Three University of Northern Colorado student-athletes were recognized. Rachel Hinker set the indoor school record in the long jump and also set the second fastest time in school history for the 55-meter dash. Isaiah Grady took first in the men's 55-meter dash, while Trevor Evanson was named men's Field Athlete of the Week in the high jump, jumping 6 feet, 11-and-a-half inches.
Delloitte FanTAXtic Regional Winners
A team of five accounting students from the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business has won the 2013 Deloitte FanTAXtic Regional Case Competition, beating teams from Michigan State, DePaul, Loyola and the University of Illinois. The team solved a complex tax case and presented to a panel of judges.
Arts Grant Awarded
The National Endowment for the Arts awarded the University of Northern Colorado a $25,000 grant to support research and professional development for K-12 teachers through the Center for Integrated Arts Education. UNC was the only university in Colorado to receive a grant of this kind.
World Record Holder in Lifting
Congratulations to UNC student Lucian York for winning the International Powerlifting League world title in the 198-pound class. He also set the world record for his weight and age division. He lifted a total of 1,444 pounds which includes a deadlift of 562 lbs., a 540 lb. squat and a 342 lb. bench. Lucian trains at Team Tom Fitness at the Greeley Mall.
National Soccer Coaches Academic Award
With a 3.27 team GPA, the Northern Colorado Women's soccer team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's academic award for the 4th straight season; this is the 11th time overall that UNC student-athletes have earned the recognition.
Barden Named Big Sky Player of the Week
UNC Basketball Senior forward Derrick Barden was recognized with his second career Big Sky Player of the Week award for his outstanding play against Kansas State.
Math Leadership Award
Jerry Overmyer, outreach coordinator for UNC's Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute, has received the Colorado Council of Teachers of Math Leadership Award for his contributions working with educators to improve mathematics learning for students.
UNC Cumbres Program Recognized by National Publication
Excelencia in Education has recognized the University of Northern Colorado's Cumbres teacher preparation program. Each year, Excelencia releases the "What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education Compendium." Excelencia was established in 2005 to identify and honor programs and departments that improve achievement for Latino students.
Top 25 Poll Recognition
After their big win against defending Big 12 Champions Kansas State, the UNC men's basketball team was rewarded with cracking the Mid Major Top 25 Poll. This marks the second time in the last four seasons that UNC's basketball program has ranked amongst the top 25 mid-major programs in the country.
UNC Players of the Week
Congratulations to the following Univeristy of Northern Colorado athletes: Gina Riggle, a senior from Eaton, CO, was named Western Athletic Conference Swimmer fo the Week; Freshman, Ashley Guthrie was named the Big Sky conference Volleyball Player of the Week; Sophomore, Amanda Myers was selected as the Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week; Sophomore, Rikki Gonzalez became UNC's first ever All-Conference Cross Country runner by finishing in the top 10; Senior, Danielle Birdsall was awarded her second Big Sky Player of the Week honor; Ambree Belin was nominated for Defensive Player; and finally UNC's women's soccer continues to be honored by the Big Sky conference, placing an athlete in every position but one of the All-Conference first team. Natalie D'Adamio earned her second straight Goalkeeper fo the Year Award. Tara Rickenbach and Juliana Grove took midfielder and forward honors respectively.
Big Sky Player of the Week Designation
University of Northern Colorado women's soccer player Natalie D'Adamio has been named the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week. She was also named to the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer classic All-Tournament team.
UNC Women's Basketball Top 25 Academic Honor Roll
UNC women's basketball, which played in the Big Sky Conference championship game for the 2nd straight year and advanced to the Second Round of the WNIT, has grabbed the 25th spot in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 honor roll with a 3.365 grade-point average. This is the 5th time in the past 6 years they have been on the list.
UNC Football Athletes Earn Preseason Awards
The University of Northern Colorado football team continues to earn accolades as four Bears are represented on Phil Steele's Preseason All-Conference and All-American teams, and five were tabbed by College Sports Madness on its Preseason All-Conference team.
Gilder Hehrman History Scholar Award
University of Northern Colorado senior Owen Volzke is one of 15 winners of the 2013 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award. Selected from candidates across the country, Volzke was recognized as an outstanding graduating college senior who demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American History and American Studies.
UNC Among Nation's Most Affordable
The University of Northern Colorado's online degree programs have been ranked among the nation's most affordable, with graduates who go on to successful careers. Affordable Colleges Online, a resource for students as they consider options in higher education, analyzed several thousand four-year colleges that offer an online degree program and ranked the top 54, with UNC coming in at 43.
PEAK Awards Swept by UNC Students
Five students at the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business have captured awards at the American Marketing Association PEAK Awards competition in June. This is the second year that students from the Monfort College of Business have swept the student competition.
Monfort College Students Continue Winning Tradition
For the 10th straight year, graduating seniors at the Monfort College of Business have scored in the top-10 percent of business students across the nation on the Educational Testing Service major field test in business. Seniors have scored in the top 4 to 10-percent nationwide since 2003-04 academic year.
UNC Alumna Nominated for White House Post
President Barack Obama has nominated Katherine Archuleta as the Director of the Office of Personnel Management. If confirmed, she would be the first Latina to head the agency which oversees and sets policies for the federal government's civil service workforce.
UNC Baseball Great West Conference Champs
The University of Northern Colorado Baseball team has made their mark ... they worked hard achieving a huge winning streak at the end of the season which helped them clinch the Great West Conference regular-season title and allowed them to move into the Conference Tournament as a No. 1 seed. We'd like to congratulate Head Coach Carl Iwasaki and assistant coaches Patrick Perry, R.D. Spiehls and John Haefeli, and most importantly all of the student athletes on their outstanding season and awesome post season tournament play. Your accomplishments helped create the best season ever for the Bears after UNC's move to Division 1. Your hard work and success are a positive reflection on the students, the coaches, UNC's baseball program, and the entire community. We're looking forward to the program's move to the Western Athletic Conference next year.
UNC Chemist a Young Observer Fellow
UNC Associate Professor Robin Macaluso is one of 10 chemists nationwide selected as a Young Observer Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. Young Observer Fellows are chosen as a new generation of distinguished researchers who will address international scientific policy issues. Robin also leads a grant-funded project exploring the next generation of efficient lighting.
UNC Graduate Earns Geological Grant
Adam LeWinter, a graduate researcher at Northern Colorado has earned a $1,500 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey. His proposal to study the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii was one of three projects in the nation selected for the 2013 Kleinman Grant. You may recognize Adam's name - his work was featured in the acclaimed TV documentary Chasing Ice. He will be conducting research alongside a team that includes UNC Professor Steven Anderson, an internationally renowned volcanologist.
UNC Jazz/Symphony Orchestra Best in Country
The country's leading jazz publication, DownBeat magazine, named UNC's Jazz I Lab Band as the Best College Big Band and the University Symphony Orchestra as Best College Classical Ensemble in the 36th Annual Student Music Awards. The Lab Band has won seven DownBeat awards in the past 9 years. This is the 10th time the University Symphony Orchestra has been named the best.
Oosdyke Named to USA All-Star Team
University of Northern Colorado senior forward Lauren Oosdyke was named to the NetScouts USA All-Star Team. As a result, she was able to compete in China, in a three-game tournament against teams from Australia, Brazil and China.
Big Sky Honors
UNC senior men's tennis player Brandon Lupo became the first Big Sky All-Conference First Team selection in school history. And freshman Claire Uhle and sophomore Ben Gendron were honorable mention picks.
Capital One Academic All-District Teams
Three Northern Colorado student-athletes were selected to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District baseball and softball teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America. They include softball senior Jamie Pollak and baseball seniors Ben Packard and Brooks Schneider.
SAAC Big Sky Conference Cup
After a season-long conference-wide competition, the University of Northern Colorado Student-Athlete Advisory Committee laid claim to the Big Sky Conference's second annual Conference Cup. UNC's committee members competed in three community service projects: A T-shirt drive; a shoe collection; and volunteer hours. They collected 1,462 T-shirts, 598 pairs of shoes, and contributed 3,098 volunteer hours.
UNC Athletes Receive Recognition
UNC athletes have had many successes, starting with senior Carleigh Silvers who was selected to the Women's Golf All-Conference First Team, her second first team selection. Two UNC baseball players received honors as well. Great West Player of the Week honors went to junior Nick Miller and College Sports Madness Player of the Week honors went to junior Colby Harrison.
Big Sky Player of the Week
University of Northern Colorado junior Stephanie Catlin was named the Big Sky Conference's Co-Women's Tennis Player of the Week - her first weekly honor. With Stephanie's recent wins, the Bears clinched a berth in the Big Sky Championships.
Great West Player of the Week
University of Northern Colorado baseball pitcher Josh Tinnon has been honored as both the Great West Conference and College Sports Madness Great West Pitcher of the Week.
UNC Players of the Week Recognized
University of Northern Colorado women's basketball had an outstanding year in the Big Sky Conference as well as a big win over Wyoming in the WNIT. Congratulations to the team and coaches. Individual athletes at UNC continue to shine as well. For the third time this season, junior D'shara Strange was named College Sports Madness' Big Sky Player of the Week. D'shara and teammate Lauren Oosdyke were also awarded Women's Basketball All-Conference awards with D'shara named Big Sky Defensive Most Valuable Player for the second straight year and Lauren earning Second Team honors. Senior Lindsey Smith was named Hitter of the Week in women's softball and junior Nick Miller was honored as the co-Great West Conference Baseball Player of the Week. And, finally, men's basketball juniors Derrick Barden and Tate Unruh were both named to the Big Sky All-Conference squads.
Monfort Institute Director Honored for Research
John Lathem, the director of the Monfort Institute of Management, has been awarded the Gryna Award by the American Society of Quality. This award recognizes his paper "Management System Design for Sustainable Excellence: Framework, Practices and Considerations". The award is given annually for the paper with the largest impact on furthering the understanding of quality management methods.
National Award Sounds Good
The University of Northern Colorado is among the winners of the 2013 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards, by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association. This innovation award honors the university for its collaboration on Dangerous Decibels, a multi-faceted, evidence-based intervention program dedicated to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.
Distinguished Educator Award
University of Northern Colorado special assistant to the president for equity and diversity, Anita Fleming-Rife, has been honored with the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award by the national Education Center. Anita is being honored for her work representing the university in community discussions about diversity, equity and climate.
Wise Women Award
Katrina Rodriguez, UNC's assistant vice president for student engagement and dean of students, has been awarded the Wise Woman Award from the American College Personnel Association. She was selected based on her contributions to women in student affairs and on her efforts to promote the professional and personal development of women.
Big Sky Recognition
University of Northern Colorado Junior forward Derick Barden has been named the Big Sky Conference Co-Player of the Week - his first award as a Bear.
Lifetime Achievement Award
David Stotlar, UNC's Director of the School of Sport and Exercise Science, has been selected by the Southern Sport Management Association to receive the 2013 Sport Management Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award at their April conference. He has been a professor at UNC for over 25 years and has published more than 90 articles and written 50 textbooks and book chapters.
Online Graduate Education Program Among Nation's Best
U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Northern Colorado's online Master of Education degree program among the best of its kind in the nation. UNC's program ranked 9th among the 208 evaluated and was the top-rnaked program in Colorado.
Monfort College of Business Continues Accreditation
UNC's Monfort College of Business has earned business and accounting program accreditations from AACSB International and The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Fewer than 5 percent of business schools across the globe earn these accreditations. The Monfort College of Business has been accredited for 10 years.
Big Sky Recognition
University of Northern Colorado women's basketball forward Lauren Oosdyke has been named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week by both the league office and College Sports Madness. This is the third time Lauren has been honored by the Big Sky Conference. In men's basketball, Tate Unruh was selected as the conference's Co-Player of the Week, marking the first time this season that a men's basketball player was honored as the Big Sky's best of the week and Tate's first time garnering the honor.
Tree Campus USA
The University of Northern Colorado was recently recognized as a 2012 Tree Campus USA. This Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North American, Inc. program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
Migel Medal Award
University of Northern Colorado special education professor Kary Ferrell has been awarded the 2013 American Foundation for the Blind Migel Medal, the highest honor in the blindness field. Ferrell has received numerous state and national awards for her work with, and on behalf of, children who are blind or visually impaired.
UNC Big Sky Recognition
University of Northern Colorado student athletes put UNC on the map in November. Recent recognitions include: Three football players - Dominic Gunn, Co-Special Team Player of the Week, 2012 All-Conference Football First Team Special Teams and All-Conference Football First Team Offense; Seth Lobato, Football College Sporting News National All-Star of the Week, National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame Colorado Chapter Player of the Week, College Sports Madness Big Sky and The ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week; and Marcel Gibbons, Big Sky Tri-Defensive Player of the Week and National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame Colorado Chapter of the week. Two Soccer standouts - Natalie D'Adamio, Goalkeeper of the Year and the 2012 All-Conference First Team; and Adrienne Jordan, 2012 All-Conference First Team. And finally, in Golf - Steven Kupcho earned the Colorado Golf Association Les Fowler 2012 Player of the Year award. Congrats to all of these student athletes!
UNC Mortar Board Chapter Wins Gold Torch Award
The University of Northern Colorado's Mortar Board chapter has received the national Golden Torch Award, presented to the most exceptional chapters that exceed standards, accomplish significant results in chapter management and contribute meaningful service to their institutions. UNC's chapter was also recognized for teaming up with Colorado College, Colorado State University, the University of Denver, the University of Utah and the University of Wyoming to clean up the Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs. Mortar Board is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors.
Women's Volleyball Team Takes Big Sky Conference Title
Go Bears! After an outstanding year of play and academic achievement, the UNC Women's Volleyball team won the Division I Big Sky conference tournament, which was held in Greeley this year. That earned the team a spot in the NCAA tournament among the top 64 teams nationwide.
Pre-season Player and Coach of the Year
College Sports Madness has named UNC women's basketball coach Jaime White as the Pre-season Coach of the Year and junior guard D'shara Strange as Pre-season Player of the Year. The UNC women started their season on November 2.
UNC Music Professor Selected to Conduct in Japan
UNC Music Professor Richard Mayne will serve as an invited guest conductor of the Musashino Wind Ensemble at the prestigious Musashino Academy in Tokyo, Japan. Ten weeks of rehearsals will culminate in December with a Tokyo concert hall performance followed by a professional recording studio session. The Academy is a college-level conservatory founded in 1929. As an indication of its size, the piano program alone includes 55 faculty and 1,000 students. Richard serves as UNC's associate director of bands and director of UNC's Pride of the Rockies marching band.
Big Sky Players of the Week
University of Northern Colorado athletes are getting noticed by the Big Sky Conference. Several have been listed as Players fo the Week, including: Volleyball player Kelley Arnold as Co-Player of the Week - this is her 5th time earning this specific honor. Marissa Hughes and Tambre Haddock were also recognized. In soccer, defender Adrienne Jordan earned the Defensive Player of the Week along with goalkeeper Natalie D'Adamio.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Tom McNally, professor of Theatre Arts and artistic director for the Little Theatre of the Rockies at the University of Northern Colorado has received the Colorado Theatre Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award. Tom was also named Higher Education Educator of the Year last year by the Alliance for Colorado Theatre.
2012 Project Team Award
UNC Professor Emeritus and University Research Fellow Bob Brunswig is a recipient of the 2012 Project Team Award from the Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit. Since 2003, Bob has been involved in excavations in North Park near Walden, Colorado. These digs have revealed the earliest prehistoric Ute Indian site in the Rocky Mountain region. He will share the award with colleague Frederic Sellet of the University of Kansas.
Greeley Professor Wins National Award
UNC Professor George Junne is the winner of the 2012 Strimple Award from the Council of the Paleontological Society. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by someone who doesn't make a full-time living in paleontology. Professor Junne has been involved in archaeological work, primarily in Wyoming's Bighorn Basin, since 1981 and has had three new species named after him.
Rising Youth Professional
University of Northern Colorado assistant professor of African studies and social sciences Travis Boyce has been honored as a rising young professional in academia, government and industry by The Leadership Alliance. The Alliance is a consortium of 32 institutions of higher learning that include the leading research and teaching colleges and universities in the United States.
Professor Receives Two National Awards
UNC Professor of Special Education, Kay Ferrell, has received two national awards recognizing her many contributions to the field of special education. The Josephine L. Taylor Award and the Mary Kay Bauman Award were presented to her by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Former UNC Quarterback Going for Gold
Former University of Northern Colorado quarterback Dominic Breazeale, who played football for UNC from 2006-2007, qualified for a spot as a super-heavyweight on the U.S. National Boxing Team with his runner-up finish at the America's Qualifier tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here's hoping Dominic is able to bring home gold from London.
AquaBears Listed as Scholar All-America Team
The Northern Colorado women's swimming and diving team was recently awarded a place on the College Swimming Coaches Association of America 2012 Scholar All-America Team. The AquaBears have been named to the squad for three consecutive semesters.
UNC Faculty Member Receives ACS Grant
University of Northern Colorado faculty member David Hydock has been awarded a 3-year, $421,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to research ways to minimize the side effects of chemotherapy. He, along with other UNC researchers and School of Sports Medicine professor Reid Hayward, will be looking at factors that lead to severe fatigue in cancer patients and investigate the benefits of exercise.
UNC Student Receives Melanie Foundation Scholarship
UNC psychology doctoral student, Katherine Sanchez Castejon, has been awarded a $2,500 Melanie Foundation scholarship. Katherine has volunteered at Greeley West High and has traveled to Guatemala to educate teachers about trauma and grief. The scholarship is named after Melanie Merola O'Donnell, who coordinated and managed 28 crisis response teams in New York City and 18 teams in Washington, DC following 9-11.
Collegiate Baseball Honors UNC Outfielder
Dubbed the "Flyin' Hawai'in" by his coaches for his spectacular diving catches, University of Northern Colorado freshman outfielder Jensen Park has been honored as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. He also earned Great West All-Conference Second Team honors. Jensen is the first Bear honored on the Collegiate Baseball team since 2010 and is one of only two Great West Conference players honored this year.
Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for Women's Basketball
The UNC women's basketball team earned a top-25 spot in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Honor Roll. This marks the 4th time in five years that the women's team has received the honor. This year the team finished 12th, with a 3.421 average GPA.
Graduate Program Ranked in Top 5 Worldwide
The Sport Administration graduate program at UNC is one of only two in the U.S. to make the top 5 in Sport Business magazine's rankings. UNC graduates currently work in the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the Olympics and Paralympics, and in numerous college athletic departments.
UNC Professor Chosen President-Elect
UNC Monfort College of Business Assistant Dean Sharon Clinebell was elected president-elect of the national Academy of Business Education. The Academy is dedicated to enhancing business education.
College of Business Students in Top 4%
Graduating seniors at the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business have scored in the top 4 percent collectively in a nationally administered standardized test. This is the 9th consecutive year graduating seniors have scored in the top 4-10%.
UNC Women's Golf Take Conference Title
Congratulations to the University of Northern Colorado women's golf team for winning its first Big Sky Conference tournament title. The top two finishers at the tournament were sisters, Carleigh and Chelsea Silvers, both of UNC. The team is headed to their first NCAA Division I Regional competition.
UNC's Munchy Mart Design Earns National 'Best in the Business' Award
Munchy Mart at UNC was one of five campus convenience stores in the nation to be awarded the 2012 "Best in Business" award for excellence by the National Association of College and University Food Services. Munchy Mart was recognized in the "New Store Design Innovation" category by judges representing Food Management Magazine and PepsiCo.
Big Sky Selects UNC Players
UNC men's basketball senior Mike Proctor has earned a spot on the All Big Sky Honorable Mention team. He is the 11th UNC player since 2006 to earn All Big Sky honors. UNC women's basketball sophomore D'shara Strange was selected as the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to the league's 2011-2012 All Big Sky Conference First Team. Teammates Kaisha Brown and Lauren Oosdyke both earned Honorable Mentions.
UNC Swimming and Diving Program Earns Honors
UNC's swimming and diving program capped off its 2011-2012 regular season with individual and team honors from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The Bears earned three all-conference awards from the MPSF and were one of 165 NCAA Division I programs to earn a Scholar All-America Team award from the Coaches Association. The CSCAA Scholar All America award is presented to the college and university swimming and diving teams across the country that have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 higher.
UNC Barerra is Coach of the Year
University of Northern Colorado's head coach Tim Barerra has been named the 2011 Big Sky Soccer Coach of the Year in a vote by the league's eight head coaches. Tim has completed his 13th season in Greeley as head coach, his sixth season in Division I, and led Northern Colorado to its first Big Sky Conference regular season co-title. The Bears were the No. 1 seed in 2011 and hosted the Big Sky Championship for the first time since joining the league in 2006.
Track Star Named Big Sky Athlete
For the second time this season, University of Northern Colorado junior sprinter Evan Taylor has been named the Big Sky Conference male track athlete of the week. Evan is the defending Big Sky Conference champion in the 200 meters and holds the school record in the event.
Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Adds Beitzel & Carbajal
Former UNC Basketball standout Devin Beitzel has been named the state's 2011 Male Collegiate Athlete of the year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Devin, who led the Bears to the first NCAA tournament appearance in school history, averaged 21.5 points per game last season, and was named the MVP of the Big Sky Conference. Also inducted is Greeley native Frank Carbajal who played basketball and baseball for UNC from 1958 to 1961. As a Division I all-region pitcher in 1960, he helped the Bears to a pair of College World Series appearances. He then coached for 41 years at high schools and community colleges, accumulating more than 500 basketball wins. They will join other Athlete of the Year selections, including Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, elite swimmer Missy Franklin and hockey standout Peter Forsberg.
Faculty Receives CDE Grant
University of Northern Colorado faculty research project director Elysia Clemens and researchers Lisa Rue, Robyn Hess, Sonja Rizzolo and John Froiland, have been selected by the Colorado Department of Education to develop, design and implement an evaluation system for five federal and state funded programs. The three-year, $179,000 contract will allow them to review current practices and provide a recommended framework for measuring outcomes for dropout prevention and student engagement programs for at-risk students.
Graduate Students Score High
Graduate students in UNC's Professional Counseling programs achieved scores on the National Counselor Examination for licensure and certification that were significantly above the national average and significantly above the average for other accredited programs. The examination tested knowledge in a range of areas, including Human Growth and Development, Group Work, Appraisal, and Professional Orientation and Ethics.
Nursing Professor Recognized by Vietnam's Ministry of Health
Faye Hummel, professor of Nursing at the University of Northern Colorado, was recently recognized by Vietnam's Ministry of Health for her leadership in establishing the first and only master's of science nursing program in their country. Hummel was recognized by Vietnam's University of Medicine and Pharmacy for her contribution to Vietnamese medical education and for her tutoring of Vietnamese students over the past two decades. Vietnamese officials noted that nursing education and practice in Vietnam has improved drastically as a result of Hummel's work. (Hummel also volunteers her time to co-direct the Friendship Bridge Nurses Group, a non-governmental organization that partners with Vietnamese educators and policymakers to advance the profession of nursing and improve health care in Vietnam. In addition to developing the master's program, Hummel and her colleagues have sponsored nine nurses from Vietnam on study tours of nursing education and practice in the United States. The exchange program has allowed Vietnamese nurses to benefit from the knowledge of the U.S. nursing system.)
WalletHub has ranked Aims Community College as the best community college in Colorado and No. 116 in the nation, out of 670 other institutions. WalletHub is a Washington D.C. based financial analysis company. For this ranking they compared metrics across: cost and financing, classroom experience, education outcomes, and career outcomes.
Aims Community College has been ranked as one of the top ten U.S. colleges by the Center for Digital Education’s ‘Digital Community College Survey’. The survey analyzes how community colleges use digital technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large.
Aims Community College has received a $25,000 grant from the Daniels Fund to provide Boundless Opportunity Scholarships to non-traditional EMT and paramedic students.
The Aims Community College Foundation has announced a gift of $250,000 from NCMC, Inc. to the College Promise Health Care Scholarship fund at Aims. The College Promise Scholarship fund was initiated in June 2007 with a leadership gift from Scott Ehrlich. Since then, over 629 students have enrolled thanks to the program.
Janet Chase, Aims Community College Academic Advisor, has been awarded the Outstanding Advising Award Certificate of Merit by the National Association of Academic Advising in the Primary Advising Role category. She is the only community college advisor across the nation to be recognized in this category as well as the only Colorado recipient.
Kiefer Library at Aims Community College has been awarded $3,000 from the Colorado Department of Education through the Library State Grant Program. This grant supports Aims’ ongoing commitment to excellent resources and learning opportunities.
Aims Community College has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of its commitment to general community service, education and economic development. Specifically, the Aims Promise Scholarship Program was named as an example of community partnerships supporting economic development.
Aims Community College has received a $10,000 grant from State Farm for automotive scholarships. The funds will provide ten $1,000 scholarships that will support academic and career opportunities for eligible students.
Aims Radio Station Wins Audio Competition
Joe Cross and Brittany Pigg, hosts of the Aims Student Radio Show "Morning Mayhem," won the Two-Year/Small School Audio Competition as part of the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts. Joe and the Aims radio station were also awarded the “Outstanding Leadership” award by the College Radio Day organization.
Aims Industrial Technology Program Awarded $2 Million
Aims Community College has been awarded just over $2 million to enhance their Industrial Technology Programs. The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program, which was created to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.
Aims Students Earn National Recognition for CST Exam
Aims Community College has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Aims students achieved a 100% pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam. Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST is widely recognized as the foremost credential for surgical technologists, which is required for employment at many local, state and national health care organizations.
Aims Ranked in Top 50 Fire Science Colleges
Aims Community College has been recognized for offering fire science programs with significantly higher than average return-on-investment. Fire Science Online recently released its list of the 90 Fire Science Degree Programs "That Really Pay Off," including Aims as #49 out of 900 colleges in the U.S. that offere similar programs. The list recognizes colleges and universities across the country with excellent tuition rates.
Aims Students Honored at All-Colorado Ceremony
Aims Community College students Carrie Frederickson and Daniel Ruiz were recently honored at the Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team Recognition Ceremony. Carrie and Daniel each submitted a competitive essay to Phi Theta Kappa and were selected to represent Aims College at the state level with other Colorado community college students. They received scholarship offers from Regis University and Johnson & Wales University.
Aims Flight Training Center Earns Safety Award
Congratulations to the Aims Community College Flight Training Center faculty and staff who earned a Safety Award from Phoenix Aviation Managers.
Aims Students Excel at CST Exams
Aims has been recognized by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving a success rate of more than 90% on the Surgical Technologist exam. This is the only fully accredited exam in the nation and is required for employment with many local, state and national health care organizations.
Aims Named Friendly to Military
Aims Community College has been designated a "Military Friendly School" by GI Jobs magazine. This designation goes to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to support America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
Aims Professor to Participate in AP Reading
Aims Community College English Professor Chuck Fisher has been selected to participate in the College Board's Annual Advanced Placement evaluation and scoring of AP Exams. Many of the best educators from around the country are asked to participate in this program.
Aims Community College's Early Childhood Education program has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The accreditation shows a commitment to quality in 12 areas related to professional preparation standards and positive student outcomes.
EMT Scholarship Provided by Daniels Fund
Aims Community College has received an award of $24,000 from the Daniels Fund to provide need-based scholarships for adult learners interested in the college's Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic programs. Daniels Opportunity Scholarships are distributed to two and four-year colleges and universities to support non-traditional students.
Aims Student Selected All Colorado Academic Team
Aims Community College student Donnie Schultz is one of just 26 students from across the state named to the All-Colorado Academic Team sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of community colleges. He will graduate this spring as one of the first Aims students to earn the designation.
Aims Prepares for Oil Using Grant
Aims Community College has been awarded a grant for $2 million by the Department of Labor. The money will be used to expand the college's applied environmental technology department including the creation of a mobile education station that can be moved to various Weld County businesses, drilling sites, schools and other locations for on-site training. The money will also help establish an Associate of Applied Science degree in energy, oil and gas and provide funding for education in areas such as math and reading to help students quickly bring their skills up to college level.
Greeley West High School has been selected as a National Demonstration School by AVID which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, a kindergarten through postsecondary system that helps change underperforming students into confident, college-going scholars and graduates. West is now one of 150 AVID National Demonstration Schools.
Kelly Kennedy, an adapted physical education teacher at Winograd K-8, has been named the 2015 Adapted PE Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Society of Health and Physical Educators. The award recognizes educators who have demonstrated continuous dedication to the advocacy and enhancement of students with special needs.
Congratulations to Northridge High School senior Jackie English for being awarded the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship. Two other District 6 students, Katiana Uyemura of Greeley Central and Victoria Palmer of Frontier Academy were named as alternates. Jackie helps Northridge continue its Boettcher streak, becoming the eighth senior in eight years to be named a Scholar. The scholarship provides full tuition at any Colorado four-year college or university, as well as fees, a book allowance and an annual stipend for living expenses.
K12 Niche Rankings recently released their rankings of schools across Colorado. In the 2015 Niche Rankings, University Schools ranked 63rd, Union Colony ranked 76th and Frontier Academy ranked 82nd cracking the list of Top 100 high schools in Colorado. The Niche rankings were based on dozens of statistics to determine “overall experience.” Overall experience generally indicates students are happy with their experiences in all aspects, including academics, teachers, health, safety, resources, facilities and extracurricular activities. Further, the website said a high ranking indicates an exceptional academic institution and a diverse student body that fosters acceptance and a positive school culture.
Congratulations to SD6 music teachers Kathy and Doran Azari for both receiving the Colorado Music Educators Association “25-Year Recognition Award.” Kathy is the band director at Brentwood Middle School. Doran is the orchestra director at Greeley Central High. And they both teach at the Union Colony Children’s Music Academy non-profit music education program.
Andra Turner, a senior at Greeley West High School, has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar, one of two students in the state to receive this honor. Each year the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects students based on their academic success, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. More than 4,300 candidates qualified for a 2015 award. She will be attending Princeton in the fall.
Congratulations to Katiana Uyemura, a senior at Greeley Central High School, who was named a National Merit scholarship winner. She was selected from more than 15,000 finalists. Katiana will attend Stanford University in the fall.
Congratulations to Northridge High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members Bethany Vierow and Karlie Borski, who received a gold medal and took first place at the 2015 Colorado State Conference. Bethany and Karlie made up the school’s entrepreneurship team and created a business plan for a restaurant concept called Blossom. They will now travel to Washington D.C. for the National Leadership Conference in July.
Greeley West student Andra Turner has been named as one of two alternates for the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Students in the program will meet with members of Congress, the Supreme Court, a U.S. ambassador and national media, and will tour Washington D.C. Each student also receives a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship from the Hearst Foundations. Typically, students chosen are in the top 1 percent academically of the state’s High School juniors and seniors.
Greeley Central students Michaela Mitscke and Mariah Aasland received awards for artwork submitted to the Congressional Art Competition. Michaela won an Honorable Mention. Mariah won the Juror award. The art competition featured student artwork from the Fourth congressional District. The Congressional Institute sponsors this annual, nationwide visual arts competition to honor student artists.
The Colorado School Nutrition Association has named Jefferson High School Kitchen Manager Daniel Lukasavitz the 2015 Manager of the Year. As Colorado’s winner this year, Daniel automatically becomes a nominee for the Southwest Regional Manager of the Year.
Greeley-Evans School District 6 has received a seven-year, $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs grant will be used to follow every sixth and seventh grade student at Brentwood, Heath, Franklin and John Evans middle schools through their first year of college offering them additional support along the way.
Colorado Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Educator of the Year
Jessica Cooney, a School District 6 English language acquisition teacher who works with the Newcomer Program at Greeley West High, was named the Colorado Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Educator of the Year by the Colorado Department of Education’s Office of Language, Culture and Equity. Many of her students have lived as refugees in Africa and Asia.
Three School District 6 students have been named Boettcher Scholars for 2014. The winners of this prestigious award are Northridge High students Amanda Cary and Katrina San Nicholas, and Patrick Ryan from Greeley Central. The Boettcher Foundation awards just 40 scholarships per year to students throughout Colorado. More than 1,600 students applied this year. Greeley Central students rank all time 2nd in the state for the number of Boettcher Scholars and School District 6 ranks 4th among the state’s 179 school districts.
Class of Daniels Scholars
The Daniels Fund has announced its list of scholars for 2014. They include: Lindsay Easter, Tanner Herrick and a third student from Greeley Central (who prefers to remain anonymous); plus Andrew Bishop from West; and Gerardo Santana Aguirre, Jazmyn Trujillo-Martinez, and Marilyn Morales from Northridge. The Daniels Scholarship Program is a four-year college scholarship for seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities. Something you may not have known… Bill Daniels, who started the fund, was born in Greeley.
National Youth Education Summit
John Sponaugle, a junior at Colorado Heritage Education School System in Greeley, has been selected to participate in the National Rifle Association’s annual National Youth Education Summit. He is one of 45 students chosen from applicants all across the country. The summit encourages young adults to become active and knowledgeable U.S. citizens by learning about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the federal government, and the importance of being active in civic affairs.
SD6 Awarded Three Awards of Merit
The Greeley-Evans School District 6 Department of Communications has received three awards of merit from the National School Public Relations Association. The awards were for three campaigns or projects: the 2013 Report to the Community; the Student Spotlight advertisements and honors for the 2013-14 school year; and a video produced by the department on the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, which helps students improve study skills and prepare for college. There were 725 entries into the annual NSPRA contest this year from school districts throughout the United States.
Greeley Pharmacy Technician Health Occupations Students of America
Congratulations to the Greeley Pharmacy Technician Health Occupations Students of America Chapter for receiving the Outstanding HOSA Chapter Award at the annual conference. The chapter received sponsorship from the NCMC Inc. Foundation and Greeley-Evans School District 6. This is the second year in a row that students of the Pharmacy Technician program have qualified to attend the national HOSA conference and the second year of the program itself. The program is housed inside the Health Science Academy at Greeley Central High School.
Elementary Schools Eating Healthy
Thirteen Greeley-Evans School District 6 elementary schools have been recognized for their nutrition and wellness programs by the HealthierUS School Challenge and will receive awards to promote healthy programs for students. The Challenge was established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service to recognize schools that improve nutrition and address childhood obesity. Eight District 6 schools received the silver award, which includes a $1,000 cash award for each school; five schools received the bronze award, which includes a $500 cash award.
Chappelow Student Shadows Legislators
Congratulations to Chappelow Magnet School 8th grader, Hannah Kiburz, who was selected from among 100 students to shadow Senator Scott Renfroe at the State Capitol. The Legislative Day event teaches students in grades 8-12 about Colorado’s legislative process.
Regional High School Mock Trial Tournament
Congratulations to students at Union Colony High School for placing 3rd in the Northern Colorado Regional High School Mock Trial Tournament. In mid-March, this team of students heads to the statewide tournament which will be the first trip to state for Union Colony and the first by a Greeley team in several years. The Northern Colorado Regional Mock Trial Tournament is hosted jointly every year by the Weld and Larimer Bar Associations
Graduation Rate Above State Average
Congratulations to the students, faculty and staff of Greeley-Evans School District 6 for their continued improvement of on-time graduation rates. The Colorado Department of Education announced that SD6 is above the state average for the second year in a row. The District 6 rate is 79.9 percent compared to a state average of 76.9 percent.
Eagle Scout Awarded
Cullen Habig, son of Dirk and Karen Habig of Greeley, has received his Eagle Scout Award, the highest honor given by the Boy Scouts. Cullen's Eagle project was the construction of a wooden gateway to the Poudre Learning Center's Sensory Garden. He is a graduate of Greeley Central High School and is serving in the U.S. Navy.
73 District 6 Students Earn AP Scholar Awards
Seventy-three students from Greeley-Evans School District 6 high schools earned the prestigious Advanced Placement Scholar Awards from the national College Board. The Board's Advanced Placement program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses and exams while in high school. In the last seven years, 389 District 6 students have been named AP Scholars.
SD6 Wellness Program Receives Gold Award
The Wellness Council of America has given a gold level award to the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Worksite Wellness program for creating a healthy workforce. District 6 is the only organization or business in Colorado to receive the gold rating this year, and is one of 33 gold winners nationwide.
Perfect Score at Worldwide Quiz Competition
Nine-year-old Joshua Flatt of Greeley is one of only a handful of children to receive a perfect score and the Gold All Star trophy in a worldwide Bible quiz competition that only occurs every four years. Joshua competed against 1,300 others of which only 5 students received the Gold Star.
CHSAA Farmer's Insurance Most Valuable Participant
Greeley West's Katie Weber has been named the Colorado High School Athletic Association Farmer's Insurance Most Valuable Participant Award & Scholarship winner.
Online Academy Expanding
More good news for School District 6. The district's Engage Online Academy, an online middle and high school, has received approval from the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Board of Education to operate as a multi-district school. This allows Colorado students from outside the boundaries of SD6 to enroll in the academy.
Medallion Award Given to SD6
The Greeley-Evans School District 6 Communications Department received several awards from he Colorado Schools Public Relations Association. The district won the Medallion Award for its online school's ENGAGE marketing project. The staff was also recognized with excellence awards for finance and Career Pathways publications and two videos.
SD6 Students Receive Daniels Scholarships
Nine seniors from Greeley-Evans School District 6 will receive the prestigious Daniels Scholarship. Nearly 3,000 students applied and only 250 received the scholarships in Colorado. Greeley student scholars include: Ariel Gutierrez and Ivonne Morales from Greeley Central; Steve Marcantonio from Greeley West; Mark Retana from Frontier Academy; and Ashley Edinger, Vanessa Martinez, Nohely Mendoza, Jesus Ochoa Mendoza and Selena Palomino from Northridge High.
State Art Contest Winner
Greeley West High School senior Adele McKenna was named winner in the State's 4th Congressional District Art Competition. Adele's work entitled "Toby" will be displayed for one year in the Cannon House Office Building tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol alongside artwork from districts across the country.
Eagle Scout Recognition
Congratulations to Marc Retana, a senior at Frontier Academy, for earning Eagle Scout designation. For his service project, Marc built a storage shed for janitorial and athletics equipment at Dayspring Christian Academy.
"Soil to Spoon" Contest Winner
Brentwood Middle School student, Jessica Trecek, took first place in Colorado's 2012 "Soil to Spoon" poster contest in the 6th grade division. The contest is part of the National Association of Conservation District's Stewardship Week - the longest running celebration of conservation in the country.
JROTC Program Approved for Northridge High
Congratulations to Northridge High School for establishing a U.S. Marine Corp Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. JROTC teaches leadership and character while encouraging students to continue their education after high school.
Caring for Our Watershed Winners
Eleven School District 6 students from five different teams placed in the Top 10 in the Agrium Caring for Our Watershed contest in cooperation with the Poudre Learning Center. The competition invites students to submit proposals that could help improve the Poudre and Big Thompson watersheds. Greeley teams placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 9th with two additional teams receiving honorable mentions. Also, two City of Greeley staff members, Ruth Quade and Natalie Stevens, mentored the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Way to go!
Colorado Breakfast Challenge Winner
Northridge High School has won the Colorado Breakfast Challenge, sponsored by Hunger-Free Colorado. Northridge won with 87.64% of students eating breakfast at school on a daily basis and for the schools use of nutrition education materials and surveys. As a result, a $4,000 check will be awarded to Family, Career and Community Leaders of America at Northridge.
Energy Star Rating for District 6
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded 17 Greeley-Evans School District 6 buildings with an Energy Star rating for saving the school district thousands of dollars annually in utility costs. Energy saving efforts have ranged from changing to more efficient light bulbs to reprogramming heating and cooling systems to run more efficiently.
Dayspring Student Attends Presidential Inaugural Conference
Dayspring sophomore, Janell Guthmann, was selected to take part in a 5-day High School Presidential Inaugural Conference in Washington, D.C. The participants interacted with historians, political experts and leading decision-makers to gain a deeper understanding of the history behind the electoral process and the presidential inauguration.
SD6 Graduation Rate Exceeds State Average
Congratulations to School District 6 students, teachers and staff. The District graduation rate of 78.8% in 2012 exceeds the state average of 75.4%. The rate represents a 14.6 percentage increase over 2011, when the graduation rate was 71.8% Graduation rates are defined by the state of Colorado as the number of students who enter 9th grade and graduate in 4 years.
La Voz Student of the Week
La Voz magazine recently featured Melissa Grounds, a Northridge High School student, as Student of the Week. Her academic successes and community achievements, including her volunteer time at the Rodarte Center, were highlighted.
LEGO League Winners
Grace Pointe Assisted Living's LEGO League team members Bob Keyes, Anne Oberto and Reba Seigrist took home first place for Outstanding Research Project at the Preston FLL robotics tournament. They joined Team L.I.S. from Greeley as senior mentors. Teams were challenged to come up with an innovative solution to a problem facing seniors. Team L.I.S. advanced to the state competition.
Greeley West Gives Big to Community
The Greeley West High School Interact group collected nearly $3,000 for needy families and local organizations through their 5th annual Big Give event. With the donations, they were able to give meal boxes to 100 families, $100 grocery certificates to local groups, and $700 to the Greeley Fire Department for gifts to needy families.
SD6 Nutrition Services Receives Grant
The Greeley-Evans School District 6 Nutrition Services department has been awarded an $83,000 grant for its Farm-To-School program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program allows the District to purchase more local in-season foods, minimally process the produce, and incorporate these items into school menus all year long. District 6 will also have the ability to then sell the produce to other surrounding school districts.
Teacher Tuesday Recipient
Congratulations to School District 6 teacher Jill Fisher for being recognized wit the K99 and TRI 102 Teacher Tuesday award. Jill teaches at Dos Rios Elementary school.
Music Groups to Perform at National Convention
Musical groups from School District 6 were selected to perform at the National Association for Gifted Children Convention in Denver. Chappelow's In-Tune Choir, the fourth and fifth grade Honor Choir, the middle school Class Choir, and 140 dance students performed. The Orff Ensemble represented Jackson Elementary. The convention brings together hundreds of educators, administrators, parents and children to discuss issues and programs for gifted and talented students throughout the country.
Young Professionals of the Year
Madison Elementary School phys-ed teacher Rolando Davilla was named the Young Professional of the Year by the Colorado Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Rolando has been teaching at Madison for three years and started an intramural program for grades K through 5, as well as a Personal and Social Responsibility Basketball program for boys in fourth and fifth grades. Megan Barnes, a student teacher who worked with Rolando last semester, was also honored as Future Professional of the Year. She is a senior at UNC pursuing her bachelor's degree in Sports and Exercise Science with an emphasis on K/12 physical education.
Teacher Tuesday Award
Congratulations to Meeker Elementary School teacher Lori Yanish for winning the K99/TRI-102.5 Teacher Tuesday award.
Administrator of the Year
Wes Tuttle, principal of McAuliffe Elementary School in Greeley, has been named administrator of the year by the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented. C.A.G.T. is a non-profit organization that provides leadership and support to students, parents and educators of gifted young people in Colorado.
School District 6 Board Member Receives 2012 McGuffey Award
School District 6 Board member Linda Trimberger has been awarded the 2012 McGuffey Award. The Award honors Colorado school board members who demonstrate both the head and the heart for committed and passionate service to students. For more than 40 years, Linda has devoted her life to educating the children of Greeley and Evans and was a key leader in developing the district's Reaching for Excellence strategic plan.
Fourth in the Nation
Greeley Central student Seth Johnston has earned Advanced Placement music scores that put him in the top 2 percent of all scores on record since 1996, placing him as the 4th highest of all AP scores nationwide this year. Seth joins 316 District 6 students who have been named AP Scholars.
SD6 Announces 57 College Boards Advanced Placement Scholars
Fifty-seven students from Greeley-Evans schools recently earned prestigious AP Scholar Awards from the National College Board organization for their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement exams. The College Board's program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses and exams while in high school. District 6 offers more than 20 Advanced Placement courses.
Academy of Engineering Earns National Designation
The Academy of Engineering at Northridge High School has earned official recognition status from the National Academy Foundation. Northridge is one of just two schools in Colorado and one of only 62 schools across the nation to have an NAF-recognized program. The Academy is a component of the Magnet program at Northridge, which offers students the opportunity to focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
2012 Miss Colorado Cover Girl
Kaitlin Martin of Greeley has earned the title of 2012 National American Miss Colorado Cover Girl and will attend the National Pageant at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week. The pageant program is based on inner beauty as well as poise and presentation. Kaitlin attends Greeley Central High and is active in cross country, track, singing and acting.
Chappelow Students Shine at National Math Contest
Competing with 362 schools, Chappelow Magnet School finished 6th at the National Sumdog Math event. Thirty-one students from Chappelow answered thousands of questions and finished the competition with a 90% accuracy rate.
Greeley Student Announced as New FFA President
Congrats to Kristen Schmidt, a 2012 Greeley West High School grad, for being elected the 2012-2013 president of the Colorado Future Farmers of America. Five of the 10 teenagers who were elected as Colorado FFA officers hale from Weld County.
2012 Daniels Fund Scholarships Announced
Six students from School District 6 schools have earned 2012 Daniels Fund Scholarships to attend the college or university of their choice. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies. Forty-nine students from District 6 have earned Daniels Fund scholarships over the last 6 years.
Frontier Academy on Best Schools List
Frontier Academy high school has been named the 26th best high school in Colorado in U.S. News & World Report's annual high school survey. The ranking is based on how the school performs on standardized testing compared to the average student in the state, how the school's least-advantaged student performed compared to the state average, and students' overall college readiness.
Colorado Science and Engineering Winners
Two Union Colony Preparatory School students won awards at the 2012 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair. Seventh grader Diego Ruis won third place in the junior division and Sophomore Nurul MohdReza won the David Young Memorial Award as well as membership in the American Statistical Association for her work.
University Council Education Leadership Award
Congratulations to School District 6 Superintendent Dr. Ranelle Lang. She has received the national "Excellence in Educational Leadership Award" from the University Council for Educational Administration. The award recognizes contributions to the improvement and support of school administrator preparation programs.
21st Century Grant Expands Programs
Greeley's Youth Enrichment program and School District 6 have won a competitive federal grant to expand the 21st Century Community Learning Center programs at four additional schools. The 21st Century program supports community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours. The new grant provides a total of $2.2 million over five years. The City's Youth Enrichment staff in conjunction with District 6 and UNC will run the centers.
Four Greeley Schools Awarded as 'No Place for Hate'
The Mountain State Region of the Anti-Defamation League has awarded four Greeley schools as "No Place for Hate" schools. Centennial Elementary, Franklin Middle School, Greeley West High School and University K-12 are among 45 schools in Colorado recognized by the league for creating equitable, safe and respectful environments for children.
Greeley Students Qualify for Speech and Debate Nationals
Congratulations to Katey Haas of Northridge High School for qualifying for the 2012 National Speech and Debate Tournament. Katey portrays a deaf girl and signs throughout the performance. Greeley Central student Brandon Fisher is a first-alternate in the Humorous Interpretation of Literature competition and will go to nationals if one of the top two finishers are unable to go. More than 3,200 students will participate in the national tournament hosted by the National Forensic League.
Greeley Students Head to State History Contest
Several Greeley students took part in the National History Day regional competition at the University of Northern Colorado. The event attracted 147 middle and high school students from across northeastern Colorado. Winners include five students from Brentwood Middle School and 11 students from Greeley Central who will now advance to the state competition.
District 6 Students Sweep Top Watershed Contest Awards
The "Caring for Our Watershed" contest challenges high school students to research local watersheds and create 1,000-word proposals with realistic solutions to existing environmental concerns. This year's contest received more than 50 proposals from students across Weld County. First place went to Katie Ainslie of Greeley Central with her carbon-reducing solar panel proposal. Central High students took 6th place in the competition. Northridge students also did well taking home four awards including an Honorable Mention. Union Colony Preparatory School earned two awards. All of the finalists' proposals will be implemented this spring.
District 6 Students Heading to State Speech and Debate Tournament
Five Greeley Central High students and three Northridge High students represented their schools and Greeley at the 2012 Colorado State Speech and Debate Tournament. Northridge senior, Katey Haas, took first place in the Dramatic Interpretation of Literature category. The competition was among schools of all sizes.
Greeley Musicians Head to Statewide Honor Band
Each year, the University of Colorado hosts a statewide middle school honor band performance with student musicians selected through a rigorous audition process. Out of the 53 students chosen for this year's honor band, 12 students were from Brentwood Middle School and two were from St. Mary's Catholic School in Greeley.
Two Boettcher Scholars Announced
Frontier Academy's McKenzie Ramirez and Northridge High's, Alexis "Lexi" Gerk, have been offered the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship for 2012. McKenzie is the first Frontier student to win the award. They both join 106 other District 6 students who have been offered the scholarship since 1952. Boettcher Scholars must be among the top 5 percent of their graduating class, and have an SAT score of at least 1,200 or an ACT score of at least 27. The four-year scholarship includes full tuition, fees, books and a stipend to cover living expenses to any college in Colorado.
Greeley West AVID National Demonstration School
Greeley West High School has earned the prestigious AVID National Demonstration School designation. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is designed to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college and success in a global society. AVID students are often the first students in their families to attend college. Less than 3 percent of the 4,500 schools around the globe that use AVID have earned the distinction of becoming a demonstration site. Today in District 6, more than 800 students in grades 6-12 participate in the programs.
District 6 Board Member to Serve on CASB
District 6 Board of Education member Linda Trimberger has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Colorado Association of School Boards' 22-member Board of Directors for the remainder of 2012. Linda will represent CASB Region 4, which is made up of 13 school districts from north-central Colorado. She will continue to serve on the District 6 Board during her CASB service.
John Irwin School of Excellence Awarded to Frontier
Frontier Elementary Charter School recently received the John Irwin School of Excellence Award from the Colorado Department of Education. The awards are distributed annually to Colorado schools that have earned the highest levels of student academic achievement.
Colorado Scholastic Art Awards Handed to Central Students
Four student artists at Greeley Central High School recently earned 2012 Colorado Scholastic Art Awards. Their artwork will be on display at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design through March 2. The winners are Callahan Foose, Maddison Graybill, Jessica Martin and Yvonne Morales. Callahan and Maddison, both Gold Key winners, will advance to the national competition. More than 3,900 pieces of artwork from students across Colorado were submitted in this year's contest.
Greeley Central "Green Cats" Receive National Energy Conservation Contest
The Green Cats, an environmental action club at Greeley Central High School, has won a national energy conservation contest sponsored by the Alliance for Climate Education. The ACE "Biggest Loser Energy Contest" challenged students across the country to see which school could lose the most pounds of carbon in a 20-day period. The school shed 31,502 pounds of carbon and saved the district $2,333 in energy costs. This was the best result out of the 60 schools that participated nationwide. This is the Green Cat's second ACE award.
Franklin Middle School Teacher a Finalist
Congratulations to Franklin Middle School teacher Mary Billings who has been designated a finalist for the 2012 Colorado Teacher of the Year award. Mary teaches language arts and social studies.
IBMC Designated Military Friendly School
The Institute of Business & Medical Careers, which has a center located in Greeley, has been named to the 2012 Military Friends Schools list by G.I. Jobs, a magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The distinction honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans.
CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps have announced their all-state football team selections. Greeley West junior Donovan Roker was named a 4A second team pick and Greeley Central senior Efren Hernandez received an honorable mention. In 1A 8-man, Dayspring Christian senior Mitch Sides was selected for the first team; senior Gavin Bicknell and junior Caleb Urwiller were named to the second team.
Knock Out fitness of Greeley brought home three state champions from the State Silver Glove Championships in Denver. Adrian Rodriguez, age 10; Jose Meza, age 10; and Elena Saldona, age 13 were winners and Jay Rhine and Luis Corpus both took 3rd in their weight class. Knock Out Fitness has 80 youth enrolled in their boxing club.
Triple Jump Champion
Congratulations to Frontier Academy’s Austin Baumeister for winning the Class 3A Triple Jump title at the State Track & Field Championships. Austin set a school record with a jump of 43 feet, 2 and three-quarter inches.
Colorado Middle School State Wrestling Tournament
The Greeley Predator wrestling team, composed of Greeley middle school students, won the state championship at the Colorado Middle School State Tournament. The Predators took first place in the Elite Division out of 153 other middle school teams.
1st Class Ice Skater
One of Greeley’s own, Rieley Grimes, took first place at the Denver Invitational competition in mid-March. Rieley, who has been skating for 2 years, trains at the Greeley Ice Haus. This was her 4th competition.
Girls Coach of the Year
Greeley’s Northern Colorado Soccer Club Under 12 girls coach, Derek Starkey, has earned the 2013 Girls Coach of the Year award from the Colorado Soccer Association.
Dayspring Football Class 1A State Champs
Congratulations to the Dayspring Christian Academy football team for clinching the Class 1A, 8-man State Championship. The Eagles finished the season with a perfect 13-0 record and claimed its third 8-man championship in the past six seasons.
Conference Coach of the Year
Greeley Central High soccer coach Antonio Charterina has been selected as the Northern Conference Coach of the Year in his first year as the Wildcat's head coach. In addition, seniors Christian McBee, AJ Hutchison, Antonio Chairez-Salazar and Landon Gonser were named to the All-Northern Colorado first team; Akcel Garcia received an honorable mention. Central tied with Broomfield, the conference champions, for the most individual honors.
Cross Country Champs
Congratulations to the Frontier Academy boys cross country team for taking the first place title at the 3A Championships. A sign has been posted on the training route used by the team to recognize all their hard work pursuing their goal and their success. Championship Hill "Where Champions are Made"
Gators Take Conference Title
Congratulations to the Greeley Country Club Gator swim program for winning the Conference Championship meet - the first time in program history - and placing 5th at the Colorado State Summer Club Swimming Association Championships.
Greeley West Poms Win Multiple Award
The Greeley West Poms returned to Greeley from the Universal Dance Association competition with several awards. The 10 dancers received the Leadership Award, given to the team that was the most respected and helpful according to their peers. Along with the leadership award, the team won first in the Home Routine competition, the Superior Trophy, six All-American awards, and one of the Super Spirit Stick awards.
Baseball 5A Front Range League All-Conference
Greeley West baseball players Austin Miller and Brandon Redriguez were selected to the first team 5A Front Range League All-conference team. Derek DeNovillis and Nate Loera were selected to the 2nd team.
Girls Front Range Soccer Conference Team Honors
The Greeley West girls soccer team was well represented on the Class 5A Front Range conference team. Senior Katie Weber and Freshman Caeley Lordemann were named to the first team. Senior Dani Winn earned second team honors and Sophomore Jesse Buttolph was an honorable mention.
Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year
Even when our students leave Greeley, they continue to achieve great things. Jordan Piche, a right-handed pitcher from Greeley who now plays for KU, the University of Kansas, was named the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year and was elected to the All-Big 12 First Team.
4A State Pole Vaulting Champion
Congratulations to Greeley Central's Addy Neibauer for winning her 3rd state girls pole vault title at the 4A State Track & Field Championships.
Wrestling State Championships
Congratulations to Greeley West 5A state wrestling champions Emilio Martinez and Austin Waterman. Greeley West placed 3rd overall.
IBM High School Hero of the Week
Katie Weber, a senior at Greeley West High School, has been named IBM High School Hero of the Week. The program is designed to recognize those who excel in the activities arena - athletics, music, speech and leadership - as well as in the classroom. Students must exhibit qualities such as citizenship, and participation in schools as well as the community. It is sponsored by the Colorado High School Activities Association, IBM of Colorado, 850 KOA Radio and the Denver Broncos. She is the second District 6 student to receive this honor.
La Voz Student of the Week
La Voz magazine recently featured Melissa Grounds, a Northridge High School student, as Student of the Week. Her academic success and community achievements, including her volunteer time at the Rodarte Center, were highlighted.
All-State Football Players Announced
Congratulations to the Northridge High School football players who were named to the Denver Post's all-state football teams. Northridge senior tight-end Michael Graff earned 3A all-state honors. Northridge senior quarterback RJ Fulton earned a 3A honorable mention, as did Grizzlies senior wide-receiver Brad Marx.
All-State Volleyball Selects Weber
Congratulations to Greeley West's Katie Weber for being selected to the Colorado Coaches All-State Volleyball team. Katie was the lone representative from Weld County in the 5A match. She has also been named the Front-Range League Volleyball Player of the Year. Her teammate Amanda Wronski also received recognition.
3A Cross Country Champions
Congratulations to the University High boys cross country team for taking first at the 3A Boys State Cross Country Championships held in Lyons in October. This is the first cross country title for the school since 1960. They are coached by Sharon Eberhard. Greeley's Frontier Academy girls who took 2nd in the 3A championship missed 1st Place by just one point. The Frontier Academy cross country team took 3rd overall at the championships. Their coach is Brett Shanklin.
IBM High School Hero of the Week Tony Dennis-Lopez, a senior at Northridge High School, has been named the IBM High School Hero of the Week. The program recognizes excellence in athletics, music, speech and leadership - as well as in the classroom. Students must exhibit good citizenship and participation in school. The award is sponsored by the Colorado High School Activities Association, IBM of Colorado, 850 KOA Radio and the Denver Broncos.
Greeley Student Wins Little Britches Rodeo World Title
Congrats to Garrett Veneziano of Greeley for winning the 2012 Little Britches Junior Bull Riding World Title.
Greeley Freeze Take State Title
Congratulations to the Greeley Freeze hockey club team for winning the league state championship. The club team is made up of students from various Greeley schools.
State Track Champions
Congratulations to Greeley Central's Addy Neibauer for taking the gold in girls 4A pole vault at the Class 4A State Track & Field Championships. This is her second win two seasons in a row. Northridge senior Francisco Au took third place in the triple jump and Austin Waterman of Greeley West took 4th in the Class 5A Boys State Track & Field in discus.
West Graduate makes CSU Dance Team
Recent Greeley West graduate Lauren Ashley Rael was the only Colorado high school senior to make the Colorado State University Golden Poms Dance team. She has spent the last four years competing on the prestigious varsity Greeley West Poms Dance Team and competing in the 5A Jazz and Hip Hop category.
Girls Golf Team Takes Tri-Conference Title
The Greeley girls golf team earned a share of the girls golf conference championship. They joined two other teams - Morgan and Skyline - with a score of 30 points making them league tri-champs. Their win earned them a spot at the 4A State Golf Tournament held at Greeley's Boomerang Links.
Greeley Pee Wee Hockey Team Wins Big
Greeley's Youth Hockey Association Pee Wee team has been named the 2011/2012 Denver North Hockey League champions. Greeley's Pee Wees finished the season with an 18-2 record.
Greeley West Cheerleaders Featured in National Magazine
Kudos to the Greeley West Co-ed Cheerleaders for being recognized as the "Squad of the Month" in the April edition of 'American Cheerleader' magazine. The article highlights the squad's support of teammate Heidi Lujan who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in May 2011. The squad has held numerous fundraisers to help cover Heidi's cheer costs and other expenses. Way to go Spartans!
West Boasts Two 5A State Wrestling Champs
Way to go Emilio Martinez and Austin Waterman from Greeley West High for winning their respective weight divisions at the Class 5A State Wrestling Championships. The wins give the Spartans six individual state titles in the past four years.
Wrestling 4A Northern Conference Title Goes to Central
Congratulations to the Greeley Central Wildcat wrestlers for clinching the Class 4A Northern Conference title. Go Wildcats!
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