Announcing the 2016 Class of Razorbacks Classics

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Alumni Association recently announced the 2016 Class of Razorback Classics.

These students were selected as the top 11 male or female graduating students at the University of Arkansas. This is the pinnacle of the Arkansas Alumni Association awards program that started with over 500 nominations in the fall. The selection committee of almost 100 alumni and administrators, who were previous winners or members of the Arkansas Alumni Board of Directors, read through each application. The students are judged on academic excellence, leadership and campus or community involvement. This award looks at the entire student experience, said Ryan Miller, associate director for student & young alumni outreach. Seventy-one graduating seniors were selected as the 2016 Class of Seniors of Significance and then 22 students rose to the top as this year's Class of Razorback Classics.

The 22 students will be recognized at the Cardinal & White Banquet on May 5 in Boyer Hall of the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House. During this dinner and ceremony, each recipient and mentor will be honored. The mentors are any current faculty or staff members that have made an impact on the students. Each applicant selects a mentor when he or she applies, Miller said. All of the Razorback Classics recipients will be featured in the Razorback Yearbook and Arkansas magazine and receive a free membership in the Arkansas Alumni Association.

Additionally, the top two seniors on campus will be announced at the conclusion of the banquet and awarded the Senior Honor Citation. The Senior Honor Citation winners will receive a life membership, permanent recognition on a plaque at the alumni house and are invited back for events, including speaking at their class' Senior Walk Dedication. Guests at the Cardinal & White Banquet will include the parents of the honorees and the Arkansas Alumni Association Board of Directors.

The 2016 Class of Razorback Classics are:

  • John Grant Addison, J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, Cabot
  • Joshua Anderson, J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, Rogers
  • Flavia Araujo, Sam M. Walton College of Business, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Haley Birch, J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, Malvern
  • Hannah Birch, J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, Malvern
  • Tanner Bone, Sam M. Walton College of Business, Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Teni Butler, College of Engineering, Signal Mountain, Tennessee
  • Andrew Dixon, J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, Russellville
  • Ryan DuChanois, College of Engineering, Greenland
  • Michael Franzetti, J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, Little Rock
  • Daniel Fritsche, College of Engineering, Greenwood
  • Ailon Haileyesus, College of Engineering, Springdale
  • Toni Jankovski, Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food, and Sciences, Kriva Palanka, Macedonia
  • Stephanie Long, J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, Fayetteville
  • Hannah Pavey, College of Education and Health Professions, Trabuco Canyon, California
  • Andrew Pisechko, Sam M. Walton College of Business, Webb City, Missouri
  • Elizabeth Pittman, Sam M. Walton College of Business, Coppell, Texas
  • Rachel Reece, Sam M. Walton College of Business, West Memphis
  • John Mark Vaughan, College of Engineering, Wheatley
  • Seth Washispack, College of Engineering, Conway
  • Margaret Watermann, J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, Leawood, Kansas
  • Kelsey Wheelhouse, Sam M. Walton College of Business, Bentonville.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


Ashley C. Batchelor, assistant director of communications
Arkansas Alumni Association


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