Take Note

Awards Convocation

Friday, April 20, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall

Margaret Virginia Murphy 2017

Margaret Virginia Murphy photo

Margaret Virginia Murphy 2017

Ambassador Margaret Virginia Murphy ’17 is connected. Her family tree reads like a Huntingdon history book: mother, Sally Jill Pugh Murphy ’82; aunt, Judy Pugh ’68; uncle, John Pugh ’78; aunt, Gaylen Schrieber Pugh ’70; uncle, David Murphy ’72. Still, Margaret Virginia has earned her own way into the Huntingdon history books: Dean’s List of High Honors, student marshal, Huntingdon Communication Scholar Award recipient, captain of the Student Alumni Association, member of Freshman Forum and Voice of Justice, Jane Williams Award for Scholarship, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Phi Eta Sigma, Chi Omega Award of Recognition … there’s more but we have to save room. When she graduates in December 2016, she plans to continue her education in communication studies through graduate school. And this woman works super-hard. This summer she interned for Senator Jeff Sessions (Class of 1969) in Washington, D.C. Last semester she held 4—and at one time, 5—part-time jobs simultaneously while going to school full-time. Margaret Virginia says the craziest thing she has ever done is dance on the capitol steps with her friends after midnight. She loves adventure, when she can work it in around her studies, and her favorite place to study is Wilson 104 “because I feel smart in here.” Margaret admires Ravi Zacharias, an Indian-born Canadian-American Christian apologist and defender of traditional evangelicalism, saying, “He is the most intellectual man I have ever heard speak. He makes me want to chase after knowledge.” We think that’s a good thing, since she loves adventure. Her three words for Huntingdon are “Charming, Inspirational, Home.”  We’re glad this Montgomery native decided to find a home close to home for her college adventure.