From dean’s list to marching band, Moffat County grad Jeremy Looper excels at Wisconsin college
CRAIG — At the top of his class, Moffat County 2018 graduate Jeremy Looper has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater for the 2018 fall semester.
Looper among 3,460 students — out of about 13,000 enrolled at the university’s Whitewater and Rock County campuses — to earn a spot on the list.
“I don’t feel like it’s that big of a deal,” Looper said. “For freshman level, I think they work you in. There are a lot of things they do to make it easier for you. As long as you put in the work, it’s not that hard to get your grades up.”
To earn the honor, students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.4 or above.
“Earning a spot on the Dean’s List is a reflection of our students’ strong record of academic achievement,” Provost Susan Elrod wrote in a news release. “In classrooms and laboratories and out in the field, our Warhawks are succeeding in myriad ways.”
Looper also distinguished himself on the field by participating in a marching band showcase when Whitewater hosted the Wisconsin High School Marching Band Competition.
“It was a cool experience to see all the high-schoolers in band around Wisconsin and demonstrate the next level of performance to them. We like to call ourselves Wisconsin’s finest,” he said.
His studies in Wisconsin haven’t caused Looper to think any less of his hometown.
“Colorado and Craig — this whole area — is such a beautiful place,” he said. “I look and see the beauty in the mountain ranges and the snowy valleys. I was so excited when I came back and saw the snow and mountains. There are amazing things about Wisconsin, too, but Craig is where I grew up.”
Looper is looking forward to returning to school and will challenge himself with a full schedule and volunteer work.
“A lot of people who graduated from the area are doing really well. … You don’t even have to be at college to be doing great things. There are people who are doing the technical part of it and doing really well,” Looper said. “Don’t be afraid to leave Craig. People have the idea that college is really hard, and you can’t do it, especially if you come from Moffat County, but that’s not the case if you put in the work.”
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.
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