Jessika Crockett-Murphy ’24 was recently named the recipient of the 2024 President’s Cup, which is presented annually to a senior who has displayed a commitment to intellectual excellence and a dedication to service. She received this honor during the 2024 Student Life Awards on Sunday, April 28.

“It was beautiful getting to look out as I was accepting this honor and seeing the faces of the folks who I’ve had the pleasure of working with here,” she said. “It made my heart very happy.”

The political science and religious studies double major with a minor in ethical leadership from Marshfield, Massachusetts has made the most of her college experience over the last four years. In addition to serving as executive vice president of Student Government Association, Crockett-Murphy has also been involved with the L.I.G.H.T. Community Engagement Program, the H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Program, Chapel Choir and the Moreau Student Ministry, among other campus organizations. Last year, she was one of over 150 student leaders from across the country named to the 2023-2024 Newman Civic Fellow cohort.

To celebrate her latest achievement, we recently chatted with Crockett-Murphy about her time at Stonehill, the value of servant leadership and her hopes for the future.

Why was Stonehill a good fit for you?

When I was deciding where to go to college, I was looking for a place where I could feel a sense of belonging, as well as find opportunities to grow and develop as a person. I remember coming onto campus for the first time and having a gut feeling that there was something calling me here. 

What’s your favorite part of being a Skyhawk?

It’s the community. There are people here who really want to help you by walking alongside you on your journey. And they don’t do it because of some agenda or because it will help them fulfill their own goals. They want to connect with you and support you. That idea keeps me going every day and is what makes me love this campus.

How would you define your style of leadership?

I value the concept of servant leadership. I believe the only way to lead is to serve others to the extent that you are able. In doing so, I want to make sure everyone’s voice is heard. If I’m running a meeting, I want to make sure everyone’s on equal footing. I lead by trying to support others and bringing out the best in them.

What’s something you learned about yourself during your time here?

I found my faith on this campus. Seeing things through the lens of faith helped me see the good in this world. When things are tough, it’s important to remember that people are good, and the world is good. It’s sometimes difficult to realize that, but seeking out the good in people is what Stonehill runs on.

What are your plans after you graduate?

I’ll be staying here for a little bit this summer to work in Campus Ministry. At the beginning of August, I’ll be moving to Pennsylvania to attend graduate school at Villanova University. I’ll be getting a master’s degree in ministry and theology, as well as a certificate in higher education leadership. I’ll also serve as a graduate resident minister. I’m really excited for these opportunities. 

How do you plan to stay involved with the Stonehill community as an alumna?

I plan to stay involved in any way that I can. I love being a Skyhawk. I certainly wouldn’t mind coming back to work here as part of the staff or faculty. I’d also love to one day create a scholarship to help students who might be struggling. 

Celebrating Jessika

Rev. John Denning, C.S.C., gave remarks honoring Crockett-Murphy at the 2024 Student Life Awards.