On Thursday, August 10, 2023, during Meeting I of the 80th Convention held in Orlando, Florida, Knight Commander Simmons presented Zachary C. “Zach” Burks (Beta Tau–Mississippi State ’20) with the Knight Commander’s Commendation. The Knight Commander’s Commendation was created in 2020 to recognize outstanding service and leadership to the Order by members of Active Chapters. It is the highest undergraduate award and is given at the sole discretion of the Knight Commander.
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Zach is a rising senior seeking his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Mississippi State University. He has served as the Number V and is currently the Number I for his chapter, while also holding the position of National Undergraduate Chairman. He is an avid sports fan and his hobbies include playing pickleball, hunting, fishing, and playing golf. Zachary also participated in the KAOEF Internship program this summer and had the opportunity to work for Bryan Tramont, with Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, an initiate from Alpha Eta at Westminster, a leading telecommunications law firm in Washington, DC.