Student leaders are recognized


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Ken Marquez presented Ashlie Cogburn with the Outstanding Leadership Award and a $1000 scholarship.

Music by the Jazz Cats and a Cajun style meal reflected the Mardi Gras theme at the third annual Adams State College Leadership Awards Banquet on March 30. A scholarship and 11 awards were presented to outstanding student leaders.

Ken Marquez, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, awarded Ashlie Cogburn ‘11 a $1000 scholarship. He described Cogburn as the “tigger” of Adams State. He said her positive attitude and energy motivated him to honor her with the Outstanding Leadership Award.

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Students recognized included, left to right, Ashlie Cogburn, Chris Jowers, Vanois Queen, Marcos LeBlanc, Rebekah Lucero, Tyrell Bucher, Jessica Seal, and Karen Carnahan.

Exceptional student leaders recognized included Marcos LeBlanc, Exemplary Service to Community Leadership Award; Ashlie Cogburn, Student Life and Recreation Leadership Award; Christina Chavez, AS&F Student Government Leadership Award; Vanois Queen, Grizzly Activity Board Leadership Award; Eddie Venegas, Student Engagement and Success Leadership Award; Rebekah Lucero, Exemplary Service to Adams State College Leadership Award; Chris Jowers, Grizzly Learning & Testing Center; Karen Carnahan, Resident Assistant; Jessica Seal, AS&F Club Leadership; and Tyrell Bucher, Emerging Leader Award.

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

Duane Bussey, Adams State class of '82 and San Luis Valley Federal Bank president, addressed the students regarding leadership, stating seven important characteristics including great work ethic; integrity; sense of humor; team player; positive attitude; resiliency; and never stop being a student, encouraging the students to continue their education beyond the classroom.

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The Jazz Cats include, left to right, Wilson Luallen, concurrent student from Alamosa High School; Ben Paden, freshman percussion major; Marc Eaton, senior guitar performance and music composition.; not pictured, Chelsea Oden, piano and clarinet, junior, music education, performance, and composition; and John Gorrell, freshman, band leader, and music education and performance. All are members of the jazz bands at Adams State College.