Outstanding freshman class includes local high school graduate

(11-11-2008)

Adams State College has always attracted many talented students to campus. The freshman class of fall 2008 is no exception.

According to Provost Michael Mumper, several outstanding students began their college career at Adams State this fall including Monte Vista High School graduate, Amber Harlan, a cellular and molecular biology major, and Kerry Sheader, Grand Junction, who is double majoring in geology and art, and said he plans on including history and philosophy to his degree plan.

"I chose Adams State because of the exceptional opportunities offered here," Harlan said. "The newly instated Porter Scholars Scholarship definitely created an interest for me."

The Porter Scholars program was created in 2007 by William and Joan Porter. William Porter, Adams State class of 1951, is chairman emeritus and founder of E*TRADE and founder of the International Securities Exchange. The program awarded a total of $30,000 toward students' college expenses this year.

"I feel overall that I made the right choice when I decided that Adams State was where I would continue my education," Harlan said. "I know that I am receiving a quality education that will prepare me for my post graduate endeavors."

The first class of Adams State Porter Scholars includes Sheader and three other freshmen, Anna Dean, biology; Marie Newby; and Jason Nottingham.

Sheader is a member of the EARTH group and is a redshirt for the cross country team. "So-far I am very impressed by the classes and programs here at Adams. I have talked to a number of friends at other colleges and while many of those colleges are indeed good, I have found that the amount and quality of the knowledge that I am learning just in my first semester here is really quite significant. Direct access to good professors and a large degree of discussion with other students, including upperclassmen and graduate students, definitely has something to do with this."

Harlan, the 2007 Adams State Spud Bowl Queen and Monte Vista valedictorian, with a 4.0 grade point average, agreed with Sheader. "I like to be able to get to know my professors and be able to ask questions in class, the size of Adams makes this possible."

She is currently a member of the Tri Beta biology club and the Ambassadors Program. "I really love the environment here, my professors are all committed to helping me succeed and completely understand and learn the material presented," she said. "My classes are all very interesting and intriguing, I actually enjoy going to class, which was rare in high school."

By Linda Relyea