CNCC alum recognized in state newsletter

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Cheryl Ivy, a Colorado Northwestern Community College alumnae, is featured in the State Faculty Advisory Council's December newsletter to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education.

Ivy graduated from CNCC's dental hygiene program in 1991.

The newsletter reads:

"Cheryl Ivy is an outstanding alumnae of the Colorado Northwestern Community College who dedicates efforts to her profession, the college, and community health. Along with her associate's degree, Cheryl received the Clinical Excellence Award from the dental hygiene program at her graduation in 1991.

"She began working in a local dentist's office in Rangely; then, in 1994, she returned to her hometown of Craig to practice. In Craig, she has helped establish and lead the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition. The organization has worked for several years to provide education and dental care to children on the Western Slope.

"Cheryl, along with the coalition members, applied for and received grants that allowed them to purchase a building, remodel it, and stock it with dental equipment. Today, this facility takes care of children in need of dentistry at a free or reduced rate based on family income. The clinic also provides practical experience to current dental hygiene classes.

"For the past few years, Cheryl has devoted time and expertise on Fridays to supervise dental hygiene students who travel from Rangely to the clinic to provide hygiene care to children."

AAA hosts geography scholarship contest

Courtesy of AAA

Where is Iraq?

Six in 10 young Americans were unable to locate Iraq on a map of the world, according to a Roper poll conducted for National Geographic last year.

AAA is trying to alleviate this lack of geography knowledge by holding its fifth annual High School Travel Challenge, which offers more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes.

"We believe this geography challenge will inspire kids to take more of an interest in travel, geography, culture and encourage some participants to consider a career in the travel and tourism industry," said Eric Escudero, AAA Colorado spokesman.

The challenge is open to public, private and home-schooled ninth- through 12th-grade students. The 2007 competition kicks off with a 15-minute online quiz that needs to be taken between Jan. 8 and 16.

In March, the top five scorers in each state will advance to a state competition that consists of a proctored, written exam.

State champions and their chaperones will receive an expenses-paid trip to attend the national finals in Orlando, Fla., in May to compete for the $20,000 grand prize scholarship. Second- and third-place finishers will be awarded at $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.

The top five scorers in each state who express interest in travel-related careers will have an additional opportunity to submit an essay for both a state and national essay competition to win $56,000 in travel-specific scholarships.

In the past two years, two Colorado Springs brothers finished as the national champion and the national runner-up.

For more information on the contest, visit

Sample quiz:

The following sample of Travel Challenge questions is similar to what will be asked in the contest.

1. Which would be least likely to be on an Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary?

A. St. Thomas

B. Cayman Islands

C. St. Croix

D. Martinique

E. St. Martin

2. You're driving due west from Dodge City. Which state will you come to first?

A. Colorado

B. Illinois

C. Tennessee

D. Wyoming

E. Wisconsin

3. Nicknames are often used to help promote travel to a state. The "Sunflower State" refers to which state?

A. Kansas

B. Iowa

C. Ohio

D. Texas

E. Queensland

4. Which is not an internationally recognized country?

A. Albania

B. Aruba

C. Guam

D. Bahrain

E. Botswana

5. You could see the world's tallest lighthouse in:

A. Canada

B. United States

C. Italy

D. Japan

E. Alexandria

For the answers, visit the education link on

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