WESTCO Twin Cities Legion Baseball has recently honored Amy Winters of Western Nebraska Community College with the Volunteer of the Year Award. Winters, a mathematics instructor at WNCC, has a long history of community pride and participation including work with United Way and Phi Theta Kappa.

She is also a cancer survivor, a life-changing experience to which she attributes much of her drive in assisting others. "I wouldn't be successful if I didn't have a support system," Winters tells us of her battle with breast cancer. "I just love helping other people, because I've been there when I needed some help.

Serving as president for Twin Cities Legion Baseball is not just a hobby or a networking opportunity for Winters. It is part of her being. A Sidney native, she moved to Scottsbluff in 1993 to attend nursing classes at WNCC. She soon pursued mathematics and served for a time as Admissions Director. "I love it here. I love the people, and I love to be involved." Recognizing that students who excel in baseball do not have the same opportunities as some students may outside the region, she takes pride in her work with Legion Baseball. "You get over into Colorado, and they have high school programs. Our schools don't. Our kids have legion baseball."

The Twin Cities Legion Baseball program has proven successful, teaching leadership and team skills to young people as well as helping provide college opportunities. In fact, Amy Winters' own son Eric Moreno played Legion Baseball in high school, earning career win and strikeout records. These accomplishments and support helped propel him to play for Lamar Community College in Colorado where he is now a sophomore.

Amy Winters, meanwhile, continues to grow and expand with each new community challenge. One of her math classes this past summer reflected a 100% Math Common final pass rate, and the other a 98% achievement level. These accomplishments show the pride she takes in herself, her students, and the community. "I'm right where I want to be," Winters says. "I just love working with the students. I'm doing my dream job."