Colorado Northwestern Community College President Russell George, left, stands proudly with Rising Star Award recipient Diana Ransberger following the honors banquet for CNCC's Craig campus. The event acknowledged the best and brightest during the 2013-14 school year.

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Colorado Northwestern Community College President Russell George, left, stands proudly with Rising Star Award recipient Diana Ransberger following the honors banquet for CNCC's Craig campus. The event acknowledged the best and brightest during the 2013-14 school year.

Craig’s CNCC honors top students

College graduation set for May 10 in Rangely

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— The Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College recently hosted its honors banquet for the 2013-14 school year. Held at the Clarion Inn & Suites on Friday, the event, which saw a sizable turnout for a dinner and musical accompaniment by Cedar Mountain Strings, acknowledged the academic achievements of students throughout the past several months.

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Colorado Northwestern Community College President Russell George, left, and Presidential Outback Award winner Anna Lisa Handcock chat after the honors banquet for CNCC's Craig campus.

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Mary Karen Solomon, chair of Colorado Northwestern Community College's Arts and Sciences department, left, congratulates Lisa Pressley on winning the Brett Stearns Memorial Scholarship at CNCC's honors banquet for Craig campus students April 11.

Among those who received the highest awards offered by the educational institution were Anna Lisa Handcock, winning the Presidential Outback Award, which is given to those who have demonstrated outstanding progress and effort as well as overcoming challenges during their college career.

Handcock also was one of 12 students noted for maintaining a 4.0 cumulative GPA.

CNCC President Russell George then handed out the Rising Star Award — which recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and citizenship — to Diana Ransberger. Ransberger is also president of Craig’s student senate and ultimately aspires to attain a Ph.D.

Along with the Brett Stearns Memorial Scholarship, presented by Arts and Sciences Department Chairperson Mary Karen Solomon to Lisa Pressley, the banquet also included honors within individual academic career and technical programs at CNCC, as well as various nursing scholarships and several other honors.

CNCC’s Rangely campus hosted its own event this week, and graduation for both campuses will take place May 10 in Rangely.

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