Some legacies are born, and some are created. When Wesley Smithart ’15 came to Huntingdon as a freshman she was known as a legacy automatically because her mother, Elizabeth Couey Smithart ’86, is an alumna (and a member of the Board of Trustees). But what she’s done since coming to Huntingdon ensures that Wesley’s legacy for the future is all her own. The SGA president and vice president, varsity cheerleader, Chi Omega women’s fraternity treasurer, Huntingdon Ambassador, Huntingdon Host, Head Orientation Leader, Judicial Board Justice, Countess of Huntingdon Ball Committee Chair, Voice of Justice President, Food Service Committee Chair, and member of College Democrats, the Greek Honor Board, and the Campus Activities Board also carries two majors (religion and communication studies) and holds a 3.9 GPA. For two years in the spring she and members of Voice of Justice, an organization she helped to found on campus, held a 27-hour Stand for Freedom on the front steps of Pratt Hall to raise money for and awareness about modern-day slavery in the form of human trafficking. A quest for justice may be another one of those born legacies in Wesley, since her mom is an attorney and her dad is a circuit judge, but it’s that pursuit that drives her professional ambition. After graduating from Huntingdon she hopes to combine her passions for justice and religious freedom and to earn degrees in law and divinity simultaneously. During the summer of 2013 she worked as a human trafficking intern for One Place Family Justice Center and Central Alabama Trafficking Task Force and in 2014 she worked with the law firm Balch and Bingham. But with all of this accomplishment and drive pulling her onward, she says what she loves most about Huntingdon are hallmarks of the College’s own legacy: history, tradition, family, home. Legacies are meant to endure.
And here’s one more Smithart legacy: Wesley took office as Huntingdon’s Student Government Association president in April 2014, following the example of her mother who had served as Huntingdon’s SGA president some 30 years prior.
Read Wesley’s thoughts: Why Choose a United Methodist College?