SMCC names 2024 Hall of Fame inductees

Published 10:31 am Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Four students have been inducted into the Southwest Mississippi Community College 2024 Hall of Fame — Jackson Brewer, Mary Elizabeth Kuntz, Amy Mabile and Hannah McLaughlin.

Brewer is the son of Blake and Leslie Brewer of McComb. He attends the Church of Christ. He is majoring in mechanical engineering, and will specialize in weapons engineering. A Parklane Academy graduate, Brewer was involved in many activities during high school, such as varsity baseball, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, and the ACT 25+ Club. He was also voted class favorite his senior year, and Parklane Academy Homecoming King.

At SMCC, Brewer has been active in several organizations, including Bear Trackers, Bear TV, SMCC Engineering Club, and PTK, where he serves as Vice President of Fellowship. He is also a member of the SMCC tennis team, and was voted Campus Beau. In his free time, Brewer enjoys physical training like running and target shooting, and has volunteered at Miracle League and Camp Sunshine. For the past three years, Brewer has also worked part-time at Fitlife Sportsplex, McComb. When he graduates, he plans to transfer to Mississippi State University.

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Kuntz, daughter of Scott and Robin Kuntz of Summit, is majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She attended North Pike High School where she was honored as Superintendent Scholar, Beta Club President, Mu Alpha Theta, Sophomore Maid and Senior Maid. Kuntz was on the North Pike Dance Team all four years of high school and was an American All-Star Dancer, American All-Star Most Outstanding performer and dance team captain her junior and senior years. She was also a member of the North Pike tennis team all four years of high school and was an MHSAA 4A Girls Singles State Tennis Qualifier. Kuntz played the flute in the band, where she was first-chair.

At Southwest, Kuntz was selected Student Body Maid, Sophomore Class Favorite, and Phi Theta Kappa Vice-President of Public Relations. She is a member of Tri Beta Biological National Honors Society, Redline dance team both her freshman and sophomore years, and the SMCC tennis team, which made it to the first round of playoffs and where she was named Academic All-State. Kuntz was voted Freshman Homecoming Maid and on the Dean’s list both her freshman and sophomore years. She attends Centenary United Methodist Church where she helps with Vacation Bible School. Her community activities include being a member of Junior Auxiliary Crown Club, McComb Garden Girls, Miracle League, and Studio Dance member for 14 years. Kuntz plans to continue her education at Mississippi State University.

Mabile, daughter of Matt and Terri Mabile of Bogue Chitto, is a graduate of Brookhaven High School. During high school, Mabile was honored as Academic Hall of Fame, Mississippi Scholar, 30+ ACT Club, Tech Master National Honor Society and National Quill and Scroll Honor Society. She was also a Front Ensemble Band Captain, and ran track, cross country, and played on the soccer team. She was also selected Who’s Who Most Courteous.

At Southwest, Mabile is Phi Theta Kappa Vice-President of Service, Bear Tracker President, Tri-Beta Vice-President, Student Government Association Treasurer and Front Ensemble Band Captain. She has been a peer tutor and facilitator and plays in the SMCC Marching Band where she plays the steel pans and indoor percussion. Mabile is the recipient of the Collegiate DECA Diplomat award. Amy was selected Lincoln County Miss Hospitality 2023-24 and served as a Superpower Mentor mentoring others with learning disabilities. She has traveled to Washington D.C. with the National Center of Learning Disabilities Young Adult Leadership Council to advocate for the LD community to Mississippi and U.S. Senators and Congress. Mabile plans to pursue a degree in Biological Sciences specializing in Pre-Optometry at University of Southern Mississippi.

McLaughlin, daughter of Brian and Jennifer McLaughlin of Tylertown, is a graduate of Parklane Academy. During high school, McLaughlin was a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, and the Dazzler dance team for five years. She was also a Diamond Girl, Garden Club member, Honor Cord recipient and on the Administrator’s List.

At SMCC, McLaughlin was voted Freshman Maid, Freshman Class Favorite, Sophomore Maid and Campus Beauty. She has been on Redline and in Stageband as a vocalist and dancer for two years. McLaughlin is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, where she serves as President. She has been on the Dean’s List and President’s List. She has volunteered at St. Andrew’s Mission, Camellia Estates nursing home, and participated in the PTK College Project: Bear Lake. McLaughlin plans to pursue a degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Photography at MSU.