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Getting Involved in Her Community

From being part of Hackett’s theatre program, to playing several parts in the play Big Fish at the Kalamazoo Civic Center, Hackett graduate Zoe Gibbs is a good example of how to get involved in the community and college.

Zoe attends Kellogg Community College and is currently involved in many activities and encourages people to, “get involved in as many things as you can! I started at KCC with pretty much no friends and was doing things by myself until I started seeing things that piqued my interest!” Joining the Encore Theatre Club, becoming a member of the Kampus Activity Board (KAB), and performing in the concert band are only some of the activities Zoe is involved in that fostered new friendships and gave her a sense of community.

Zoe’s diligence towards being part of the community paid off, as she won one of the Outstanding Bruin Awards presented by Kellogg Community College in April of 2023. The Outstanding Bruin Awards recognizes the top students for their achievements in their studies and extracurricular activities.

This year Zoe Gibbs was the recipient of the Emerging Leader Award. This award is given to a student who demonstrates leadership and has shown initiative by engaging in campus related activities.

Zoe will continue to try out for upcoming plays at the Civic, which can be found at, to build her resume before transferring to Western Michigan University in May of 2024.


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