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OJC Press Release ID: 2784

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Two OJC Students Named Rising Stars


Two Otero Junior College students received Rising Star awards at a luncheon on April 10 at Arapahoe Community College’s Littleton Campus (ACC). The students were celebrated for their contributions to the overall success of their college and community. The event was made possible through the sponsorship of the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (Colorado PERA).

The annual Rising Star Awards Ceremony is designed to recognize the outstanding contributions of students and staff across the Colorado Community College System to college activities and community service. Honorees must show a high level of involvement in campus leadership/activities, be enrolled in at least nine credit hours at the time of their nomination and have a GPA of 3.0.

Katy Jones is a first time student pursing an Elementary Education degree in the Teacher Preparation program in collaboration with the University of Colorado Denver. Her family moved to La Junta in 2012 to be closer to her husband’s family.

Before moving to La Junta, she worked for Sprint for 15 years. Katy is active in her church, the Teacher Candidate Community, and Phi Theta Kappa. She is excited to work with the children in the Arkansas Valley once she has graduated from school.

Mariah Landgren who goes by Ali, started at OJC not sure what she was getting herself into. Ali tries to take part in as many activities as she can around campus, and right now that includes four clubs and cultural events when offered.

Landgren hopes while at OJC she can work to help improve student life at OJC. She explains that in order to make OJC the best it can be; we need to makes sure to involve as many students as possible. Landgren wants to hear what the student’s want improved and focus on those issues. According to Landgren being a part of OJC’s student’s government is a big responsibility and she is ready to conquer the task at hand.

Each of the honorees received a commemorative plaque at the ceremony. For more information regarding the Rising Star Award contact Jeffery Reed, associated student government sponsor, at 719-384-6807 or


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Mariah Landgren has been named a Rising Star at OJC.

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Katy Jones has been named a Rising Star at OJC.