A pair of Kent State University female pilots have successfully completed the 2017 Air Race Classic. The Flying Flashes finished fifth out of the 12 universities, and 15th out of the 47 teams overall. They also received a prize for finishing second on the seventh leg of the race and were one of only nine teams to complete the race with zero penalties. This is the second year in a row that Kent State has participated in the race.
Jaila Manga (left) and Helen Miller (right) placed 15th, penalty-free, out of 47 teams, in the Air Race Classic 2017
The Burr Magazine, Kent State’s general interest student magazine, was named the best student magazine in the nation by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Kent State also earned national finalist status in two categories in SPJ’s annual national Mark of Excellence Awards competition.
In each category, SPJ chooses one winner and up to two national finalists from student journalists’ submissions from across the United States.
Senior Jake Addessi has spent all of his undergraduate spring breaks in places like New Orleans and Chicago. Yet, unlike his peers, none of the getaways were for fun in the sun. Instead, Addessi was taking part in Alternative Spring Breaks to help others in need.
Senior Jake Addessi’s spring break memories include feeding the poor and helping to renovate a building damaged in a hurricane. Addessi has taken part in Alternative Spring Break trips for four straight years.