They say that May brings spring flowers, but out on the rugged plains of Eastern Colorado, that may only happen about some of the time. However, there is one spring tradition that comes in May that is a sure bet contining each and every year. That tradition is Graduation ---- for our youngest preschoolers or Kindergarteners --- high school students --- and at the ultimate level, for our college students.
This year the eastern plains of Colorado had a large number of past high school graduates make it good at the highest level of college degrees as they now step into the adult work world or perhaps pursue a higher degree.
The following are only a handful of the college students who have come from area high schools and who have recently graduated here in the month of May:
Brooke Crawford, Kit Carson High School, graduated from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Health & Human Performance with an emphasis in Sport & Exercise Therapy. She has now received her Associate of Science as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas. She will work as a Physical Therapy Assistant in Northwest Kansas at least for another year before taking the next step in becoming a Physical Therapist.
Marisa Dixon graduated with a Master's of Science degree in Sports Administration from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. She is employed as the Aquatics Director at the YMCA in Columbus, NE.
Amanda McLoud Hokanson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from West Texas A&M on May 11, 2019 in Canyon, Texas. She graduated with an Associate Degree from Lamar Community College in 2008 and passed her Registered Nurse tests shortly afterward. Amanda is an employee of the Moore County Hospital District in Dumas, Texas. (McLoud) Hokanson is a 2004 graduate of Eads High School.
Brooklyn Lenox received an Associates of Science degree with an emphasis in Biology from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Lenox will work at the Kiowa County Hospital District in Eads.
Eboni Nash graduated from Hasting College in Hastings, NE with three bachelor's degrees including in Criminology, Religion, and Psychology. She now joins the ranks of Ivy School Harvard Divity College in Boston, Massachusetts where she will pursue a Master's degree in Theology with an emphasis in Black Liberation Theology.
Trevor Randel graduated from Eads High School in 2018 and has now graduated with an Associate's of Applied Sciences degree and a Certification in Welding from Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, Kansas. Randel has committment to the United States Marines.
Dorian Ray graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a Bachelor's degree in Finance with an emphasis in Management and Human Resources. She has accepted employment as a tech recruiter at Apex Systems in Colorado Springs.
Lakota Roberson graduated from Lamar Community College on May 4, 2019 with her Agriculture Transfer Degree. She hopes to further her Ag Education through Oklahoma Panhandle State. Roberson graduated from Eads High School in 2017.
Tori Uhland graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism & Media. She has accepted a merchandizing position with Temple Grain Company in Wiley and will also do some freelance media work.