Six Seniors Inducted Into Rhodes College’s Hall of Fame

six portraits of Rhodes College seniors
(top row l-r) John Howell, Mariam Hibah Khayata, Brandon Lemus and (bottom row l-r) Karrington Knight, Ava Mitra, Rebecca Winchester

Six seniors’ portraits will be added to Rhodes College’s Hall of Fame on the second floor of Southwestern Hall. They are John Howell, Mariam Khayata, Karrington Knight, Brandon Lemus, Ava Mitra, and Rebecca Winchester.

Selection to the Hall of Fame, which was established in 1931, is based on individual merit, leadership in student activities, service to others, and overall contributions to the campus community. Honorees are chosen by their peers.

John Howell, a political economy and philosophy major from Metairie, LA, is president of the Rhodes Student Government and has served as a student senator as well as on the academics, communications, and allocations committees. He also has participated with the Rhodes Singers, served as housing chairman in Sigma Nu fraternity, and worked as a Rhodes Diplomat in the Office of Admission. Howell is being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honor society this year.

Mariam Hibah Khayata, an international studies and political science major from Memphis, TN, also will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She has been an active member of the Rhodes Student Government, serving as the first chair of the diversity and inclusion senate committee. She is a Clarence Day Scholar and has worked in the development office as a digital content associate. Off campus, Khayata has served as the secretary and communications director of nonprofit organization 901 Ummah.

Karrington Knight, an international studies major from New Orleans, LA, is an avid golfer and captain of the Rhodes women’s golf team. She serves as secretary and treasurer of the Rhodes Activity Board and secretary of the Women of Determination Club. In Memphis, she has held internships at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County. Knight is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Brandon Lemus, a business major from Houston, TX, serves as the president of the Latinx Student Association. He is a Yes Prep Impact Scholar and received the Rhodes Memphis Cartonera Fellowship in 2019. Lemus works as a global alliances intern for ALSAC/St. Jude and has previously interned for the city of Houston’s finance department. He also has served as a volunteer, assisting members of minority communities who need help preparing and filing their taxes.

Ava Mitra, a neuroscience major from Chittagong, Bangladesh, works as a student researcher in the Visual Cognition Neuroscience Lab on campus and has worked in the Community Narratives Psychology Lab and Philosophy of Cognitive Science Lab. She received a neuroscience fellowship in 2020. Mitra works as a student associate in the Office of Stewardship and Development and, off campus, has served as a COVID-19 vaccination site volunteer. Mitra is being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Rebecca Winchester, an English major from Memphis, TN, has worked as an intern at the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, The Orpheum Theatre Group, and Theatre Memphis. On campus, she is the Rhodes Activities Board president,  a Rhodes College Diplomat, a Kappa Delta Panhellenic delegate, a Peer Assistant, and National Panhellenic Council director of programming. She also has worked as an orientation intern and served as vice president of a cappella group Lipstick on Your Collar.