The Colorado College chapter of Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service, was presented with the Golden Torch Award and Project Excellence Award for the 2005-2006 academic year. The awards were presented at the organization’s national conference held July 28-30 in Columbus, Ohio. The chapter was one of 19 chapters to take home the Golden Torch Award, presented to chapters going above and beyond timeliness and excellence while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. In addition, the CC chapter was among 27 chapters to receive a Project Excellence Award. It was honored for the project, “Garden of the Gods,” held in conjunction with the University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado and University of Wyoming. This is the third consecutive year the group has participated in this project to clean up Garden of the Gods, a beautiful public park in Colorado Springs. Mortar Board has 214 collegiate and 43 alumni chapters with more than 240,000 initiated members across the nation. The Colorado College chapter was chartered in 2002.