Class of 2018 Top 10 Seniors

Collective Recognition

  • Involved in more that 65 co-curricular experiences ranging from students organizations, Fraternity and Sorority Life, 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, and with programs such as Relay for Life, Make a Difference Day, and the Zips for St. Jude Finale…just to name a few.

  • The average GPA is a 3.68, with one recipient boasting a 4.0 cumulative GPA and two recipients with 3.9.


Ariana Cubela

Major: Economics

Selected Student Involvement

  • New Roo Weekend Leader
  • Emerging Leader
  • The International Business Association
  • Student2Student Global Exchange
  • Intramural Sports


Carlisle DeJulius

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Selected Student Involvement

  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Dance Marathon
  • Akron Running Club
  • Relay for Life
  • Biomedical Engineering Society


Linsey Grzeschik

Major: Corrosion Engineering

Selected Student Involvement

  • Corrosion Squad
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • NACA Chair: Akron Section
  • Engineering Student Council
  • UA Body Builders Club



Amber Knepper

Major: Political Science

Minor: English

Selected Student Involvement

  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Women's Fraternity
  • Study Abroad Society
  • Zips Recruiting Club
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Pi Sigma Alpha


Zachary Michel

Major: AYA History Education

Minor: Athletic Coaching

Selected Student

  • Board of Trustees: Student Trustee
  • University of Akron Ambassador
  • Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Akron Hope
  • The John R. Buchtel Society


DeGrafth Palmore

Major: Electrical Engineering

Selected Student Involvement

  • Black Organization for STEM Students
  • Black Excellence Commission
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • iCARE Mentor


Travis Pero

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Minor: Spanish & Chemistry

Selected Student Involvement

  • Biomedical Engineering Design Team
  • Residence Hall Programming Board
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Campus Focus
  • AK-Rowdies


Jessica Repko

Major: AYA Integrated Mathematics

Selected Student Involvement

  • National Residence Hall Honorary
  • Mortar Board
  • Sigma Lambda Honorary
  • Student Speaking Association
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars


Cierra Simmons

Major: Exercise Science

Minor: Psychology and Child Development

Selected Student Involvement

  • Exercise Science Club
  • National Society of Leadership & Success
  • Golden Key Honor Society
  • serveAkron: Student Engagement Guide
  • Mortar Board


Anna Tombazzi

Major: Chemical Engineering

Minor: Business, Mathematics, and Chemistry

Selected Student Involvement

  • Akronauts Rocket Design Team
  • DreamAkron
  • Ski & Snowboard Club
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Society of Women Engineers

2018 Seniors Top Ten