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2017 Bob and Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awards Recipients

The University of Northern Colorado through the Office of Community and Civic Engagement is proud to announce the 2017 winners of The Bob & Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awards.

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Nikea Minott

My name is Nikea Minott and I am currently a Pre-Nursing and Human Services student at The University of Northern Colorado. I am also a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and my experiences providing care for the elderly and children, has further motivated me to provide sufficient care for others in need. Especially towards people in multicultural communities. I am a passionate advocator for making sure that all people are given substantial quality of life. Throughout high school, I was a Junior Volunteer at The Children’s Hospital Colorado. During my four-year experience with this facility, I was delegated the opportunity of supervising and planning numerous events held in the main lobby. It was through my volunteering experiences that I was able to develop my passion for helping others.

Later on, I was admitted into the Medical Career Collaborative ( ), a medical program that is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the medical field by interning at the Children’s Hospital Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus. My internship helped me in discovering my passion for nursing. My future endeavors are to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. I am always eager to help people, which in short, summarizes my character.

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Hailey Gerton

Hailey Gerton was born in Denver, Colorado and has lived in Longmont for most of her life. She loves spending time with her family and friends. Her two younger sisters inspire her to be a strong leader and inspiring role model for her family and community.

Hailey is happiest when working with her young students. She enjoys their enthusiasm and willingness to learn new ideas. She loves learning from their perception of the world around them. Also, she enjoys being a positive role model for the young children, developing trust and relationships with each of them.

Hailey is entering her fourth year of study at the University of Northern Colorado. She is pursuing a degree in elementary education with an emphasis in digital literacy and has maintained a 4.0 GPA. She is about to begin her practicum experiences, where she will be spending a large part of her time working in elementary classrooms throughout the community.

Hailey spends her free time volunteering in elementary schools located throughout Greeley, Colorado and district six. She spends a majority of her time working in the primary grades.

When she isn’t in the classroom, Hailey loves to cook and bake for her family and friends. She enjoys trying out new recipes and experimenting with new ideas in the kitchen. For fun, she practices playing guitar, clarinet, saxophone, and, her favorite, piano.


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Marisol Jackson

 Marisol Jackson is a 5th year nontraditional senior graduating in the Spring 2018 with a Bachelor's in Sociology. Since 2003, Marisol had been taking courses online as she has been raising her 5 children as a newly single parent, 3 of which have been diagnosed disabled with medical and mental disabilities.

While 2 daughters were patients at St. Jude's Research Hospital, the presence of medical research inspired her to continue her education in spite of their trials went on to earn 2 degrees from NWACC: Associate in Science and Associate in Liberal Arts. Marisol has been the main educator homeschooling her children.

Over the course of her college education, Marisol has been the President for Rotaract in Centralia, Wa., Liaison for Tri Club Rotary clubs in WA, Rotaract Sponsor for NWACC, Bentonville, AR and Loveland, Co Rotarian. Marisol and her children founded and ran 2 non-profits in Gravette, AR: Paper Angels and Gravette Gardens.

Marisol's passion is working with children and she teaches special needs children privately to help them overcome as well as providing childcare. Her passion was her 70-acre in farm in AR where they sold naturally raised beef, chicken and pork. 

Currently, her eldest son graduated and is a Phlebotomist with EMT certification. She has a daughter going to college to be a NICU Nurse and her youngest will be applying to attend UNC in the Fall of 2018.

"In spite of all our challenges along, I am so pleased and privileged to have been able to teach them how to serve our communities with purpose, learn together and persevere along the way and see them come back into the medical field as professionals that once served us."

Upon graduation, she will run her third non-profit, New Hope Youth Ranch.


Past Recipients

  • 2016

    Janna Allen, Accounting and Finance

    Priscila Marin Amory, Elementary Education

    Adriana Trujillo, Art History and Anthropology

  • 2015

    Azanet Rodriguez, Human Services

    Cayden Osley, Social Sciences

    Amber Lemmon, Accounting and Finance

  • 2014

    Jorge Anaya, Art Education

    Megan Sajbel, Marketing

    Joanna Dutchess Paige, Psychology