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Conquering Colorado Mountain College

LORY POUNDER
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SUMMIT COUNTY ” She packed her bags and headed more than 1,700 miles cross country with her boyfriend. All she knew was that she wanted to live in a ski town and be near a college.

It was “Destination Colorado,” Marjorie Biggs, 28, of Silverthorne, laughed as she remembered the fateful trip that led her to Summit County.

The couple camped in Silverthorne and when their car wouldn’t start up again, they decided to stay.

That was about eight years ago. Now, Biggs, co-president of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Colorado Mountain College, is one of the 34 students receiving an associate degree at Friday’s graduation.

“I admire Marjorie because she’s the perfect example of a student who set a goal and did what it took to reach her goal,” said Marsha Arzy, division director for CMC Summit Campus and advisor for the local Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

Biggs motto through the years came from a magnet on her refrigerator quoting a wise movie character, Yoda. It reads, “Do or do not. There is no try.” And that’s exactly what she has done.

Instead of simply getting by in school, she strived for excellence in everything. She was on the President’s List, honor society, served as a member of the Community Advisory Council and on the design team for the new campus.

All the while she worked full-time and sometimes took on two jobs. Currently, she is a loan specialist with FirstBank, where she has worked for more than seven years.

“Being in school and working full time just made the ordinary obstacles a lot tougher,” Biggs said. Basically, she didn’t have much time for herself and relationships took a back seat. “Time has always been a battle. Sometimes that meant pulling really later nighters when I had to work the next day… sometimes it meant sacrificing recreation and not buying a ski pass.”

However, every time she got a good grade the sense of accomplishment kept her going. And Friday, the four years of hard work will pay off as she receives her Associate of Arts focusing on business while wearing a symbol of honors status with her cap and gown.

Biggs hasn’t decided yet what her plans are from here, but whatever she decides the experience at CMC helped give her the confidence to succeed.

“I may take a left turn for bit,” she said, adding that one option is school in Boulder to become a Pilates instructor.

Yet, whether the future means teaching Pilates or attending a four-year college, she plans to stay in the county. Her fiance, Andrew Faulkner, who originally got a job with the tow truck company that towed their broke down vehicle in Silverthorne eight years ago, now owns a tow truck company here.

He and Biggs, who grew up from Charleston, West Va., moved to Colorado from Myrtle Beach, S.C., about a year and a half Biggs took after unforgettable two-week vacation in Telluride.

“This is such a great place … I feel lucky to live here,” she said.

Arzy said that while at CMC Biggs dedicated herself to being involved in the community and has been instrumental in the honor society, by helping them take on service and scholarship projects.

“She’s just a great person who I know is going to reach her goals. … We are so proud of Marjorie,” Arzy added.

Lory Pounder can be contacted at (970) 668-4628, or at lpounder@summitdaily.com

Eileen Morrison and Marjorie Biggs will be receiving their associate degrees tonight along with 32 other students of Colorado Mountain College’s Summit Campus. At the ceremony, starting at 5 p.m. at the Keystone Conference Center, 83 students will be recognized with occupational proficiency certificates and five will receive General Education Development (GED) diplomas.

Culinary arts student Charles MacDonald is the program emcee and Joyce Mosher, Ph.D., English communications faculty, is the commencement speaker.


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