Rankings and Recognitions

We like to recognize all the things that make Greeley a thriving community: 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.

At each City Council Meeting, we recognize the people, organizations, and businesses that make Greeley great.  Visit GTV8 to view videos of the presentations. 

What’s Great About Greeley: July 2018

With these announcements we are appreciating the good work of our residents, showing support for their efforts, and encouraging everyone to share the word that Greeley is Great.

University of Northern Colorado: 11 DownBeat Student Awards
UNC Jazz Studies students and ensembles are the recipients of 11 DownBeat Student Awards for 2018 ! Awards include: large jazz ensemble, large vocal jazz ensemble, large jazz ensemble, large vocal jazz ensemble, original composition, jazz arrangement, vocal jazz soloist and outstanding vocal soloist.  UNC Music is featured in the 2018 Greeley Unexpected campaign

University of Northern Colorado: Fulbright Scholar Grant
University of Northern Colorado Assistant Professor Sarah Romano has earned a Fulbright Scholar grant to further study water management in rural areas of Nicaragua, where over 2.5 million people reside and are particularly vulnerable in a country susceptible to extreme climate conditions. Romano’s research will be the first to bridge “the study of rural water access and climate change from a governance perspective,” specifically how policies and decisions dictate delivery for residents and how such governance intersects with realities in areas experiencing high levels of food insecurity and poverty in addition to droughts and floods.

Creative Leadership Award: Colorado Creative Industries
Local artist Armando Silva was awarded a Creative Leadership Award: Artist and Performer at the 2018 Colorado Creative Industries Summit . As an added bonus, the award was created by Greeley artist Wes Sam-Bruce. The awards are presented to community members that have demonstrated a significant commitment to Colorado’s creative landscape through civic leadership and volunteerism including advocacy, vision, collaboration, or innovation.


SD6 Early College Academy: Top High School in the Country
Early College Academy, a Greeley-Evans School District 6 high school that operates in collaboration with Aims Community College, has been named one of the top high schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report. ECA was awarded a bronze medal based on the level of college readiness of its students. U.S. News & World Report has four criteria to select schools for the list. This includes students exceeding expectations in their states, underserved students performing better than the state average in reading and math, the school's graduation rate exceeding 80 percent and the school preparing graduates for college-level work.

Franklin Middle School: Summit Learning Spotlight School

Franklin Middle School has received national recognition as a Summit Learning Spotlight school for its outstanding use of personalized learning practices to meet each student’s individual needs. The inaugural Summit Learning Spotlight honors and celebrates community-nominated teachers and schools across the country that are outstanding examples of personalized learning implementation and instruction. Franklin Middle School joined the Summit Learning Program in 2017.  Franklin went from receiving a ranking of priority improvement, one of the lowest ratings given by the Colorado Department of Education, to the state’s highest ranking of performance in just one year.

IMG_0065Natural Areas Program: Bayer Feed a Bee Program
Greeley’s Natural Areas program has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the Bayer Feed a Bee Program to Plant Forage for Pollinators.  With help from the Weld County Youth Conservation Corps, pollinator wildflowers and shrubs were planted in three natural areas in west Greeley.  The Greeley project is the first in Colorado to receive funding through the initiative.

School District 6 Students: Comcast NBCUniversal Scholarships
Congratulations to Christopher Gaona of Northridge High, Savannah Thompson of Frontier Academy, and Arturo Toro Luna of Greeley Central for receiving $1,000 scholarships from Comcast NBCUniversal through its Leaders and Achievers Program. The program selects students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools and who serve as models for their fellow students.

Chappelow K-8:  Sumdog Math Team National Champions
A great big “way to go” to School District 6’s Chappelow K-8 Sumdog National Championship Math Team that placed 1st out of 1,566 teams across the nation.   The 10-member team completed 1,000 problems each with a team average of 95.8% accuracy.

3A State Baseball Champions University High School
The University baseball team won the 3A State Baseball Championship with a final score of 21 to 2 against Lamar. This is University’s fourth state baseball title, it’s first since 1997 and it’s third at the 3A level.

Greeley Water Pollution Control Facility: Peak Performance Platinum 7 Award
IMG_2156-WEBThe Greeley Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) is a recipient of a National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Peak Performance Platinum 7 Award.  The award recognizes the treatment plant’s excellence and perfect environmental compliance record for the last seven consecutive years.  NACWA Platinum Awards recognize 100 percent compliance with permits over a consecutive five-year period. If 100 percent compliance is maintained beyond the initial award, Platinum Award status is continued. This year, Greeley was awarded with Platinum 7 status.

Workplace Safety Award Northern Colorado Traffic Control
Northern Colorado Traffic Control in Greeley is one of nine women-owned businesses in Colorado recognized for an exemplary track record in Workplace Safety and Cost Containment by the Colorado Department of Labor during an awards ceremony at the Governor's Executive Residence.   Company president, Trish Sandau is a native of Greeley and recently celebrated 25 years of business in northern Colorado.

Councilor Dale HallColorado Municipal League: Councilmember Hall Named Section Chairman
Greeley City Councilman Dale Hall was named the Colorado Municipal League’s section chairman for mayors and council members. He will serve as the go-to person for Colorado mayors and city council members who belong to the league, a nonpartisan organization that assists city officials from across the state with managing their governments.

Greeley Fire Department: LAFD Leadership Academy
Congratulations to Greeley Fire Department Battalion Chief, Brian Kuznik, who graduated from the Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy. The LAFD’s Leadership Academy is an intensive, 136-hour, four-month graduate level course conducted at the LAFD training center. The program is built on the leadership program developed at the United States Military Academy at West Point and adapted to emergency services.

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