Class of 2017 Top 10 Seniors

Collective Recognition

  • Involved in more that 65 co-curricular experiences ranging from students organizations, Zips athletics, and serving as peer mentors on campus.

  • Serve in the community by volunteering with Haven of Rest, the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank, Habitat for Humanity, Akron Public Schools, Camp Twin Lakes, and with programs such as Relay for Life, Make a Difference Day, and the Zips for St. Jude Finale…just to name a few.

  • Two of the ten seniors served as Homecoming Royalty.

  • The average GPA is a 3.65, with one recipient boasting a 4.0 cumulative GPA!


Jen Vliet

Major: AYA Integrated Social Studies Education & History

Selected Student Involvement

  • Akron Hope
  • LeadAkron
  • Campus Focus
  • Department of Student Life
  • National Residence Hall Honorary


Eric Aho

Major: Biology & Chemistry

Selected Student Involvement

  • Mortar Board
  • Phi Delta Epsilon
  • University of Akron Pre-Optometry Club
  • University of Akron Biochemistry Club
  • Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity


AlRitia Gore

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Minor: Applied Mathematics

Selected Student Involvement

  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Engineering Student Council
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Choose Ohio First- STEM
  • Zips Recruiting Club



Josh Hillegass

Major: Biology

Minor: Chemistry

Selected Student Involvement

  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Order of Omega
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • The Interfraternity Council
  • AK-Rowdies


Zach Kisor

Major: Management Information Systems

Minor: Spanish

Selected Student

  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • LeadAkron
  • Residence Life & Housing
  • Sigma Lambda
  • Honors Student Advisory Committee


Hannah Peterson

Major: Speech-Langauge Pathology and Audiology

Selected Student Involvement

  • RooCatholic
  • Emerging Leaders
  • Sigma Lambda
  • Zips for Haiti


Billie Radcliffe

Major: Business & Organizational Communications-Public Relations

Minor: Family Development

Selected Student Involvement

  • Residence Hall Council
  • Zips Recruiting Club
  • Residence Hall Programming Board
  • Sigma Lambda
  • Zips for Akron Hope


Todd Simmons

Major: Public Relations

Selected Student Involvement

  • Phi Delta Theta
  • The Interfraternity Council 
  • Office of New Student Orientation
  • Order of Omega
  • University Council


Nathaniel Sutton

Major: Corrosion Engineering

Minor: Chemistry, Business Essentials, Mathematics

Selected Student Involvement

  • Corrosion Squad
  • Akron Running Club
  • Engineering Student Council
  • Honors College Delegate


Abby Zerull

Major: Communications-Public Relations

Minor: American Politics

Selected Student Involvement

  • Omnicron Delta Kappa
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha
  • Speech and Debate Team
  • Lambda Pi Eta
  • Alpha Gamma Delta