Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Student Government

First Year Senate Candidates


Claire DeBruin

My name is Claire DeBruin and I am a freshman from Athens, Ohio. I am a political science major and love being involved in leadership and service organizations. In high school, I participated in student government, basketball, volleyball, and cross country and also was a Key Club member and secretary of Spanish Club. I was Buckeye Girls State Governor in 2015 and it gave me such a great opportunity to serve. On campus, I am an Emerging Leader and am hoping to be a member of Circle K. I want to give back to the community and ensure that every one has a voice in the government that represents them.


Amanda Primozic

Hello guys,

My name is Amanda Primozic. I'm from the city of Parma, the largest suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. I'm excited to be running for Undergraduate Student Government. I’m ready to serve you and see what I can improve here on campus. In high school, I gained lots of experience dealing with people. I was Secretary of the National Honors Society and president of the marching band. I learned how to communicate with people and understand what they want. I hope to help all students be represented and happy at UA. Thank you all for providing me with this opportunity.


Brett Ferrell

My name is Brett Ferrell and I am running for First Year Senator. In high school, I was the president of the Senior Beta Club, which was basically a student based organization founded on academics and service towards the community. I also attended Buckeye Boys State, where I discovered my love for government, and I received excellent training on how to work with others to enact change for the greater good. I am dedicated to serving my fellow students and I want to make a difference here at The University of Akron.


Matt Brookover

Matt Brookover is from Marietta, Ohio and is studying Biomedical Engineering. He is the former Student Body President of his high school and an Eagle Scout in Allohak Council Troop 231. His face is so bearded that a he has gained a nickname-Bearded Matt. He is a dog lover and an avid fisherman. He is also a lover of Gorillas.


Abbey Kraft

Hello! I am humbled to be given the chance to serve you my freshman year as senator. Through Brunswick High School’s National Honor Society, H.U.D.D.L.E., and Key Club I have gained valuable experience leading large groups of people, and organizing events. I am a missionary in the Dominican Republic and have been selected to participate in the trip to Guatemala this year. These experiences have educated me in diversity and international issues. I am excited to participate this year in the Women’s Soccer Club, Emerging Leaders, AIChE, Students for Life, Habitat for Humanity, Running Club, Roo Catholic, and the Peace Corps Campus Ambassador program. I hope to positively represent you and your ambitions here at Akron!


Trevor Sidewand

Trevor Sidewand is a motivated, deal-closing dynamo who is dedicated to his school, family and friends. He is willing to make the tough decisions and will work hard to make The University of Akron a fun, safe, and amazing environment for its students and faculty. He is excited for this opportunity to represent the student body and provide a positive impact on The University of Akron.


Grae Pollard

Hello! I’m Grae Pollard and am running for first year senate. With that being said, I am a freshman and am undecided on my major. However, I do know for a fact that I aspire to help and empower others to reach their goals! I strive to achieve that every day, which is why I am running for senate. If I were given the honor to represent you, addressing your problems and improving your college experience would be my main concern. Pardon my pun but “Let’s be Grae-t together!”