Student Success Story

  Kenzie Alge, a Kent State University certified flight instructor and 2019 graduate, and Alex Johnson, a Kent State junior flight technology student, make up the Kent State team competing in the 2019 Air Race Classic that starts June 18 in Jackson, Tennessee. The team will fly a Cessna 172 S Model using Garmin navigation. ...

Imagine being a 17-year-old high school student, and in your first semester of a geology research internship, your professor asks you to identify an extinct 300-million-year-old, tiny and unknown crustacean specimen. While most high school students would likely feel intimidated, Megan Schinker, then an ambitious Stow-Munroe Falls High School...

Like most students, Mackenzie Bailey faced the typical challenges during the start of her academic career, including choosing a major and getting good grades. But that all paled in comparison to the devastating news she received her freshman year: her father had terminal cancer. “When I was home for winter break, he ended up passing away,” Ms....

It’s not every day that a college student is awarded a medal or receives a special visit from a congressman. But that’s exactly what happened to a Kent State University student when he was honored for his initiative, achievement and service. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan presented Kent State nursing major Austin Croft...

For Diamond Lauderdale, Kent State University is not only her chosen college, it is her new home. While growing up in Akron, Ohio, Ms. Lauderdale’s home life was challenging. She lived with her disabled father and worked two jobs to help make ends meet. Ms. Lauderdale’s father has been unable to walk for many years, and as she got older, her...

During his first year at Kent State University, Elijah Kirkland-Boyce realized that the road to the Dean’s List was a bumpy one, filled with twists and turns he never could have anticipated. Despite his best efforts, he received a D in a psychology course during his first semester. Instead of giving up, Mr. Kirkland-Boyce reached out. He started...

Kellie Miley is the first to admit, when she graduated from Rootstown High School in 2008, she was not ready for college. In high school, she barely cracked a book yet managed a 3.2 grade point average (GPA). Getting by with little effort changed when she started as a freshman at Kent State University. By the end of the year, Ms. Miley found...

Kent State University senior Ashley Foster has known since third grade that she wanted a career as a chef. The 20-year-old hospitality management major got a little closer to her dream over the summer when she spent a week training with celebrity chef Cat Cora at the chef’s headquarters in Santa Barbara,...

Mariah Gray did not waste any time. When she was asked to share a weekend experience, she knew exactly what to say. “I went to an Indian festival with my roommate,” she said with a smile to a room of Kent State University Student Ambassadors. “It was an ancient tradition that was totally outside of my culture. I dressed the part, ate the...

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Kent State University student Carrie Esser is that she is not an art major. The 21-year-old from North Royalton has been gaining a reputation for her makeup and body painting business, Makeup Madhouse, which has an Instagram following of more than 12,800. Ms. Esser will be starting her senior year in August...