Enzo Zaccardelli Brought his 'A' Game to Tri-C
May 11, 2016
Perfection escaped Enzo Zaccardelli at Cuyahoga Community College… but not by much.
Zaccardelli carried a 3.98 GPA as he marched toward May’s commencement ceremony and an Associate of Arts degree at Tri-C. He earned an ‘A’ in every Tri-C course but one — Physical Geography Lab during the first semester of his first year.
“I got my ‘B’ out of the way early,” said Zaccardelli, who attended classes at the College’s Western Campus near his home in Parma. “What can you say? It happens.”
His academic work, though, brought accolades that don’t just “happen” for most students.
Zaccardelli was honored as a 2015 Coca-Cola Leader of Promise Scholar in recognition of his scholastic achievement and leadership. He was one of only 207 students from across the national selected for the award
He followed that up by being one of 55 students named to the All-Ohio Community College Academic Team earlier this year. The team recognizes standouts at the state’s two-year schools.
Zaccardelli enrolled at Tri-C immediately after graduating from Parma’s Padua Franciscan High School. He chose the College to take advantage of its academic programs while minimizing debt as worked toward advanced degrees in anthropology.
He said he took almost every class available on the subject while at Tri-C. Zaccardelli intends to transfer to Cleveland State University in the fall to continue his studies. Ultimately, he wants to earn a master’s degree.
Zaccardelli views anthropology as a way to encourage cultural understanding: “It’s about understanding different perspectives,” he said. “If you break down barriers, you make the world a better place.”
And that sounds perfect.