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Samantha Riser

Samantha Reiser.

The 18-year-old resident of Western Hills is a graduate of Seton High School. She will be a double major in mathematics (actuarial science track, A&S) and economics through the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program.

She says her high school calculus teacher, Lois Childers, helped point her toward her college pursuits. “She informed me of all of the possibilities a degree in actuarial science has in terms of jobs, including company leadership. I also want to major in economics so that I can have a good business background to better my chances in the corporate world.”

Riser was an officer of the National Honor Society, a member of the National Art Honor Society and graduated in the top 10 percent of her senior class. She also was a member of her school’s varsity volleyball team, Student Council, Student Ambassador Program and Campus Ministry, and was recognized by her high school as a Spanish and AP Scholar. Her service activities included coaching a grade-school girls volleyball team, organizing book drives and organizing her high school’s first Nonprofit Awareness Drive, which brought together around 20 nonprofit organizations to promote service opportunities to students. 

Riser is the latest in her family to become a Bearcat. Her mother, Catherine, graduated in 2002 from the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Two of her aunts are also alumnae: Janis Lohman Hertzfeld (Pharmacy, ’94) and Roberta Riser Jennings (Communication, A&S, ’84).

“UC seems like a miniature city, always teaming with life and supplying anything a student can dream of needing or wanting,” says Riser. “I’m excited to be a part of it all.” She will be joining the University Honors Program for academically talented students.