Kenansville, North Carolina – James Sprunt Community College has announced the 2018-2019 Student Government Association Officers elected by the student body. Matthew Smith will serve as the President; Iasia Murphy will serve as Vice President; and Princess Hodges will serve as Secretary.
Matthew Smith, a resident of Kenansville, has been elected to serve as the President of the Student Government Association at James Sprunt. Matthew is currently pursuing an associate degree in Criminal Justice. He plans on also pursuing his bachelor’s degree and hopes to one day work in the Wilmington area.
“I have always been interested in law enforcement since I was young, that vision has never changed. That is why I have decided to pursue this degree,” said Matthew, who has held several leadership positions at corporations across Duplin County.
“I grew up here in Kenansville, this is a very well-known school,” said Matthew on why he chose to attend James Sprunt. “It was just the best choice for me. The staff is like family here, they are here for me and the programs are great here.”
For advice that Matthew has to others considering going back to school, he says, “Don’t give up on your dreams, don’t give up on your goals…. Keep your dreams. Don’t wait. It’s never too late to go back to school.”
Iasia Murphy, a resident of Magnolia, has been elected to serve as the Vice President of the Student Government Association at James Sprunt. Iasia is currently pursuing three associate degrees: Early Childhood Education, School Age Children, and General Education. Upon completion of her studies at the college, Iasia hopes to transfer to a four-year institution to receive her bachelor’s degree.
“I hope to become a teacher,” said Iasia. “I would love to teach 2nd grade or below.”
Iasia hopes in her role as Vice President to be able to get more students involved on campus in the upcoming semesters.
Princess Hodges, a resident of Kenansville, was re-elected to serve as Secretary of the Student Government Association in the upcoming year. Princess is pursuing several credentials at the college: Early Childhood Education School Age Children, and an Associates of General Education, as well as several certificates in Early Childhood Education. Princess hopes to one day to work in the school system, following in the steps of her mother, who works at Kenansville Elementary School.
“SGA has been good for me,” said Princess. “I started coming to SGA meetings, and I’m kind of shy, but Ms. Clowney said you need to get over your shyness and it has helped me do that.”
For advice for other students, Princess says “Don’t give up, if I can do it, then anyone can do it too. The staff at James Sprunt students like we are their family and it is a place that you can call home.”
In addition to SGA, Princess is also involved with Spartan Hour as well as Women of Tomorrow.