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Calderon Family Recognized as UCM Family of the Year

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 19, 2017) – The family of University of Central Missouri freshman Jose Calderon, Independence, was named the UCM Family of the Year as part of UCM’s annual Family Weekend Sept. 15-17.

Family of the Year 2017
Jose Calderon, center, a UCM freshman from Independence, and his family, left to right, parents Manuel and Connie Calderon, sister Alejandra, and her boyfriend, Steve, were recognized as the UCM Family of the Year by the UCM United Student Housing Association during the annual UCM Family Weekend celebration.

Calderon and his family were recognized during the Sept. 16 football game between the UCM Mules and the Missouri Western State University Griffons. Calderon, his parents, Manuel and Connie Calderon of Independence, and his sister, Alejandra and her boyfriend, Steven, attended the game. They also were recognized Saturday evening during the Family Weekend Talent Show.

In the essay he wrote nominating his family for the honor, Calderon acknowledged the impact family has had on him. A native of Mexico, his father emigrated to the United States, where his work ethic has allowed him to be successful. His mother, Connie, also works full time while raising Calderon and his sisters. He acknowledged his sisters for providing him with the experiences that helped him appreciate being part of a close family.

The Family of the Year selected and introduced annually during the UCM Family Weekend celebration. Students may nominate their families, submitting an essay with their nomination. This is the 17th year for the honor, sponsored by the UCM United Student Housing Association.

In addition to a cash prize, the Calderon family received tickets for the weekend football game and pre-game activities and t-shirts courtesy of the UCM University Store.