Each year the Stennis-Montgomery Association embarks on a journey to Washington, D.C. to provide students with the opportunity to meet the Mississippi delegation of elected United States Congress members, listen to advice and educational information provided by MSU alumni, and network with a multitude of individuals in the D.C. area. Throughout the course of the school year, students compete to earn a spot on this trip by participating in meetings, attending University events, and participating in community service activities. Below are the list of students who will embark on this educational journey:
The 2018 SMA Scholars have initiated their week-long adventure in the Nation’s Capital!
Pennie Frith is a native of McComb, Mississippi. Pennie is a senior at MSU majoring in Political science. She was appointed as Senator for College of Arts & Science and was a Committee Chairman for Infrastructure and Capital Development. Pennie is in Phi Theta Kappa for outstanding grades and GPA. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, and recently joined Stennis Montgomery Association last year and Omicron Delta Kappa. Pennie has received two scholarships which are the God at the Speed of Light Endowed Scholarship and the Morris W.H. “Bill” Collins, Jr. Scholarship. Pennie will graduate in December 2018 and plans on pursuing her masters degree at MSU with the intentions of pursuing a job in the government. After she finishes her masters degree she plans on going to law school.
Kennedy Moehrs is a senior from Waterloo, Illinois majoring in Political Science with spanish, pre-law, and history minors. Kennedy is currently in her second year of serving as the President of the Stennis Montgomery Association. In 2016 she was named a William A. Demmer scholar and that summer completed an internship with the National Cotton Council of America’s Governmental Affairs Office in Washington DC. Kennedy is also a Haley Barbour Scholar and a member of the Political Science academic fraternity, Pi Sigma Alpha. At MSU Kennedy has been involved in various organizations on campus including the Student Association, serving as Co-Director of Diversity and Outreach, Mississippi State College Democrats, serving as the President and Founder, and Nightmare, Mississippi State’s Women’s Club Ultimate Frisbee Team serving as a Co-Captain. This past summer Kennedy studied Winston Churchill and his military strategy at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England as a Tip Allen Scholar. She plans to attend law school and upon graduation commission as a Judge Advocate General in the United States Navy.
William Bonduris is a Junior Political Science major from Greenville, South Carolina. He is currently serving as President of MSU College Democrats as well as the Vice President of the MSU Speech and Debate Council. William has seen considerable success in Speech and Debate, most notably as 2017 Junior Varsity champion at the Southern Forensics Championship. William intends to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration after completing his undergraduate degree.
Alexx Lux is a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from Raleigh, North Carolina. Alexx is currently serving as Vice President of the Stennis Montgomery Association and has previously served as secretary of Mississippi State Hillel. After graduating in May, Alexx plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to pursue a degree in economics.
Jennifer Kimmons is a native of Ashland, Mississippi. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in May 2016. Along with receiving her Bachelor degree last year, she also won the “Outstanding Undergraduate Award of 2016”. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration. In addition, she is a Graduate Service Assistant in the Office of the Graduate School at Mississippi State University. Additionally, Jennifer served as Vice President of Cresswell Resident Hall in 2013-2014, as well as, an intern for the Oktibbeha County District Attorney’s office in 2017. She also played a huge role in other organizations on campus, such as National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Black Student Alliance (BSA), I.D.E.A.L. Woman, Stennis Montgomery Association, and a proctor for the Honor Code Office here at MSU. Moreover, Jennifer is a member to Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. She currently has a 4.0 overall grade-point average. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Graduate Student Association. During her leisure time, Jennifer enjoy reading and mentoring others.
Heston Lollar currently works for a non-profit organization based out of Washington D.C. named the National Student Leadership Conference. He obtained bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Mississippi State University with a minor in law. Heston is currently in graduate school where he is pursuing a master’s in Public Policy and Administration. Heston is also president of the Philosophy Club and the Pre-Law Society at Mississippi State.
Sean Conner is currently a Master’s student in Public Policy and Administration at Mississippi State University. Sean is a proud alumni of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, a competitive public boarding school for talented Mississippi high school juniors and seniors. After graduating from MSMS, Sean attended Ole Miss and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in May of 2014 with a minor in Philosophy. While at Ole Miss, Sean maintained membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, a Political Science honor society. During his final semester at Ole Miss, Sean was selected to serve as an intern at the Mississippi Joint Legislative Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee where he worked on evaluation of state-sponsored programs targeted toward reducing recidivism of juvenile criminal offenders. Now, at Mississippi State University, Sean has had the opportunity to work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Communications department teaching TV Broadcast Production, and he currently works at the Stennis Institute of Government as a Graduate Research Assistant. He is a member of the MSU chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, a member of the Stennis-Montgomery Association, and a student representative for the Master’s in Public Policy and Administration program. Sean is expected to graduate from MSU with his MPPA degree in May of 2018 and intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from MSU afterwards.
Walter Goss is a junior double majoring in Political Science and Economics from Tupelo, Mississippi. In addition to the Stennis-Montgomery Association, Walter is a member of the Mississippi State Pre-Law Society, serves as a Student Association Senator, and is the secretary of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Gamma Upsilon Chapter. This coming summer he will have the opportunity of interning in the Office of Congressman Gregg Harper in Washington, D.C. After graduating in May 2019, Walter plans to attend law school.
Chapman Bryant is a junior majoring in Political Science with minors in Pre-Law and English from Tupelo, Mississippi. In addition to the Stennis-Montgomery Association, Chapman has past involvement with the Student Association as well as active involvement in the pre-law society and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He has since volunteered with the Thad Cochran campaign during the 2014 US Senate Election and participated in other volunteer work within the Starkville area such as Habitat for Humanity. He aspires to attend law school and move to Washington, DC to pursue a career in lobbying/advocacy.
Brittany Hall is currently a Master’s student in Public Policy and Administration from Duncan, MS located in the Mississippi Delta. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication with a concentration in both Broadcast and Journalism from Mississippi State University. Brittany is currently an engineer in the United States Army Reserves, outreach coordinator for the Graduate Student Association, correspondence clerk for First Baptist Church of Longview, and the Guest Service Manager of Comfort Suites in Starkville, MS. Throughout her college career and service in the military, she has had the pleasure of being honored as a Mississippi Broadcast Association’s scholar, G.V. Sonny Montgomery’s scholar, with the Military Joint Service Overseas Medal, and the Army Medal of Honor. Upon graduation, she plans to attend law school and commission as a Judge Advocate General in the United States Army.
Georgiana Katherine Swan is a freshman double majoring in Political Science and Psychology. She is a Starkville native! Georgie is a Senator for Griffis on CORE (Council of Residential Experience), an active member in College Democrats, Stennis Montgomery Association, and Speech and Debate. Some of her accomplishments include making Presidents/Dean’s list her first semester at MSU, being chosen as an Example of Excellence at Starkville High School, receiving first place in Congress at the Stennis Novice Speech and Debate Tournament, and being on the State Team for cross country. Her biggest accomplishment is being a Provost Scholar at Mississippi State University. Georgie is also working as a counselor for WELEAD, a women’s leadership camp put on for high achieving high school students at Mississippi State University during the summer. Georgie plans on attending law school and working as a defense attorney. Then, she would like to work as a diplomat.
Nicole Perry is a Senior Political Science major from Terry, MS. She currently has a 3.8 GPA and joined the Stennis Montgomery Association in Fall 2015. Nicole has participated in several campus organizations, such as Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, where she served as Fundraising chair in the spring semester of 2016. She is also a member of Pi Sigma Alpha’s Theta Beta chapter at MSU. Previously she was a member of the Famous Maroon Band, MSU’s jazz ensemble, and the campus/community band. She also served briefly as a staff writer for The Reflector in the Life & Entertainment section. This past summer, Nicole interned at the American Civil Liberties Union in Jackson, Mississippi, where she worked alongside the Policy Director and the Advocacy Coordinator. Some of the projects she played a part in include the Liberty Lobbyist Program, the CCOPS Initiative, and police body camera policy research. Nicole’s anticipated graduation date in May 2018. Once graduated, she plans to pursue a career in lobbying, or working in criminal justice reform.
Stephen Lusk is an America’s Future Foundation Writing Fellow and former development intern with Young Voices. At the conclusion of his internship, Stephen was invited to participate in Young Voices’ flagship Advocate program. As a Young Voices Advocate, his writings have appeared in publications such as RealClearPolicy and Y’all Politics. Stephen is a senior marketing major with a concentration in supply chain management and is the current President of MSU Young Americans for Liberty. Following graduation, he intends to pursue a career in public policy.
Mary Odum Luke is a Junior Political Science major from Livingston, Alabama. In her free time, she has served on the Shackouls Honors College’s Honors Council, and she currently serves as Mississippi State’s Involvement Ambassador’s secretary. Last summer she had the opportunity to intern at a law office in her hometown where she learned valuable skills. This summer, she hopes to intern in Washington, D.C. After graduation, she plans to attend law school.
Sean McCarthy is a senior political science and journalism double major. He is very involved on campus, holding positions in the Student Association, Maroon VIP, MSU Speech and Debate Council, and as a Freshman Navigator. He is also a member of MSU College Democrats, UKIRK, and acts with TheatreMSU and the Starkville Community Theatre. Sean is very excited to move to Washington, D.C. upon graduation and anticipates interning with the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence this summer.
Stephanie Flynt is a Brandon, Mississippi native and is a junior majoring in political science with minors in pre-law and Spanish. Last summer, Flynt worked as a policy and practices fellow for RespectAbility, a nonprofit whose focus is fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for the 20.8% of Americans living with disabilities. At Mississippi State University, Flynt is involved in a variety of campus organizations, including Student Association Senate, where she serves as the Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Chair, and speech and Debate Council, where she serves as secretary. Apart from membership in the Stennis-Montgomery Association, Flynt is an active member of Foundation Ambassadors, Delta Gamma Women’s Fraternity, Students Against Animal Cruelty, Mississippi Votes, and Order of Omega Honor Society. Upon graduation from Mississippi State University, Flynt plans to attend law school. With her degree, she plans to pursue a career defending clients in minority rights cases.
Morgan Goebel is a freshman from Prairietown, Illinois, majoring in Marketing with minors in Political Science and Spanish. Since moving to Mississippi State, she has gotten involved in the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization Mississippi Votes. She is currently Communications Coordinator for the organization and is piloting a First Time Voter education program in Starkville area high schools. Morgan also holds an internship with the Bulldog Club, the fundraising entity for MSU athletics, and is the Director of Marketing position for the Residence Hall Association on campus. Her dream job is to work for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and she is grateful for the opportunities the Stennis Montgomery Association affords her to make that dream happen.
Sam Sider is a junior from Fayette, Alabama. He is majoring in Political Science with minors in Pre Law and History. He received an Associate in Arts in History at Bevill State Community College. Sam is involved in College Republicans, Pre Law society, Mississippi Votes, Transfer Student Association, and special interest board for Student Association. His hobbies include looking up the elections for presidential, Senate, gubernatorial, and house races which he keeps up with 24/7. He will graduate from Mississippi State in May 2019. He plans to attend law school to get his JD at either Alabama or Samford and become a practicing attorney. Eventually he plans to run for US House of Representatives and Governor of Alabama!!
Nathan Sperry is a senior History major with a minor in Political Science from St. Augustine, Florida. An Eagle Scout, he is currently serving as the Vice President of the Mississippi State History Club and has served the club in other leadership roles in the past. He is the recipient of the Glover Moore & John K. Bettersworth Endowed Scholarship from the Mississippi State University History Department for the 2017-2018 academic year. He is also the recipient of the Shannon M. Mallard Award, which is given to an undergraduate student nominated by their History Department professor, whose work exemplifies the tenants of historical research. The award was given for his research paper on political violence and white supremacy titled White Liners in the Black Prairie: Racial Violence, Election Fraud, and African-American Disenfranchisement on the Eve of Redemption in Rural Mississippi. Nathan works as a student worker for the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at MSU and works to catalogue the congressional collections of both G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery and John C. Stennis. Graduating in May 2018, he plans on pursuing a Master’s in Public History with a focus on museum studies and archive management.
Kristen Stedman is a junior from Memphis, Tennessee, and is majoring in both Finance and Political Science, with a pre-law concentration. Along with her involvement in the Stennis Montgomery Association, Kristen has had the chance to serve her university as a SA Senator, representing the political and special interests organizations on campus. She has also served as the VP of Communication for the Pre-Law Society, and is a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, where she had the opportunity to be selected as a gamma chi, or recruitment counselor for the past formal recruitment process. Following graduation, Kristen plans to attend law school and pursue a career as a lobbyist.