To Jamison McComb, being an influential woman means living with integrity and sharing success with others through charity.
McComb is a rising senior at Amory High School, where she maintains a 4.0 GPA.
McComb has been involved with Amory High School’s Student Council since the ninth grade. She has served as Freshman and Sophomore Class President and Junior Student Body Vice President.
Her involvement at school extends well beyond Student Council. McComb serves as secretary of the Crown Club and is also a member of Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Amory Students for Change and the Spanish Club.
Besides academics, McComb also spends her time on athletic activities. She plays both soccer and softball for Amory High School.
Through all of these activities McComb has gained leadership skills she believes will serve her throughout her adult life. Just during her high school career she has been chosen to represent Amory at the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference, attended the Trent Lott Leadership Conference and attended the Mississippi Leaders in Training Conference through the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
Outside of school, Jamison volunteers with Gilmore Memorial Hospital, Kindred Hospice and the Amory Food Pantry.
At Kindred Hospice, McComb strives to be a light for patients by visiting with them and bringing them treats. She visits patients in both Amory and Aberdeen once a month.
McComb said she loves talking with them and giving them something to look forward to.
After she graduates high school, McComb plans to study biological sciences at Mississippi State University, then attend medical school and eventually become an oncologist.
“Receiving this scholarship was definitely an honor and it will help me so much in my future,” McComb said.
McComb knows getting into and completing medical school won’t be a walk in the park, but she’s up for the challenge. She plans to draw on lessons learned in high school about perseverance to help her succeed.
“I learned the hard way in softball that things don’t always come easy,” McComb said. “A pitiful batting average as a sophomore inspired me to work hard to improve myself and better help my team, and my junior year proved that hard work combined with the proper motivation can lead to success.”
A close family friend of McComb’s passed away after battling cancer, which inspired her to pursue oncology as a future career.
That personal connection makes McComb passionate about curing cancer, which she referenced in her Future Influential Woman scholarship application as “the emperor of all maladies.”
“The funny thing about emperors is that they all eventually fall, and many have met their demise due to a woman,” McComb wrote. “I suspect that one day cancer will be no different, and I plan to be there when it falls.”
McComb said she was inspired as she saw all of the nominees and finalists at the 2018 Influential Women event honored.
“I really just loved being here and seeing all of these women and all that they have accomplished,” she said at the event.