Adams State student leaders are recognized


A traditional Diwali Indian dinner, complete with rose ice cream, added an air of light and festivity to the second annual Adams State College Leadership Recognition Awards Banquet on March 30. Aaron Miltenberger, coordinator of student activities, said "tonight is all about the students."

Two $1000 scholarships and 11 awards were given to outstanding student leaders, and approximately 100 people were in attendance including administration and faculty members.

Ken Marquez, dean of student affairs, awarded Carmen E. Murillo Hernandez and Melissa Kam each a $1000 scholarship. He said he "valued" every student. He commended all the award nominees and recipients for using their strengths and their willingness to give on and off campus.

Pictured, left to right, Carmen E. Murillo Hernandez, Jonie Threatt, Crystal Mares, Christina Chavez, Kacia Schmidt, Lindsey Seybold, Amy Dessain, Vanois Queen, Brenda Figueroa-Gonzalez, ; Jennifer Ribar, and Melissa Kam.

Exceptional student leaders were recognized in a variety of services including Christina Chavez, AS&F Club Leadership; Jennifer Ribar, AS&F Student Government; Crystal Mares, Auxiliary Services; Lindsey Seybold, Exemplary Service to ASC; Carmen E. Murillo Hernandez, Exemplary Service to the Community; Vanois Queen, Grizzly Activity Board; Melissa Kam, Grizzly Learning & Testing Center; Brenda Figueroa-Gonzalez, Housing; Jonie Threatt, Student Engagement and Success; Amy Dessain, Student Life and Recreation; and Kacia Schmidt, Student Support Services.

Presenters praised the nominees and recipients many commenting on the students passion, involvement, leadership quality, caring attitudes, hard work, and supportive characteristics.

Miltenberger recognized Adams State alumna, Jennifer Carter '09, who "took the torch" and initiated the idea for the banquet, in the spring 2009. He said the annual awards banquet is a "student led dream."

By Linda Relyea