PRSSA awards JCJC alumna top honors

Written By: Teresa Martin
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Date Submitted: 2010-09-14 14:05:30

ELLISVILLE - Kayla Bradley, a senior Mississippi State University communication major with a public relations concentration, and Jones County Junior College alumna (‘08) was recognized as the Public Relations Association of Mississippi’s Student of the Year at the annual PRAM Conference in Natchez. She received a check for $1,000 and a certificate from the organization.  Bradley is the first recipient for the new PRAM Student of the Year competition.
“I didn’t realize my name was being called because I won!” said Bradley. “I just thought they were recognizing all of the nominees. This is an amazing honor and I appreciate my professor, Dr. Forde’s support and nomination for this honor.” 
Dr. John Forde, APR is the associate professor and head of the department of communication at Mississippi State University, and Bradley’s mentor.  He is also a JCJC 1981 graduate.  He describes Bradley in his recommendation letter as “the best student (he has) taught in (his) 23 years.”
Bradley is from Laurel and is also pursuing a minor in marketing this semester. She interned over the summer with the Hattiesburg Convention Center and is currently an undergraduate assistant for the Social Science Research Center’s media collaboration lab at MSU. The Northeast Jones High School graduate will be pursuing a master's degree in the spring, after graduation in December.
Any faculty member teaching a public relations course at any college in the state had the opportunity to nominate one top student. The award is presented to the student who exemplifies the professionalism, goals, and ideals of the public relations profession.
Bradley also earned a College Public Relations Association of Mississippi’s (CPRAM) scholarship for senior college students. The JCJC alumna received a $500 scholarship from the organization. The scholarship competition was open to any full-time student majoring in public relations, communications, journalism, advertising, mass communications, political communications, crisis management, graphic design, or other communication-oriented major. Applicants were required to write a 500-word essay titled, “What I Hope to Offer the Field of Communications,” along with their resume’ and recommendations, students were judged by a panel of PR professionals.
“We are all proud of Kayla’s accomplishments,” said Teresa Martin, JCJC media and public relations director. “She has been the ‘face’ of the college during her years at Jones and is still an avid supporter of the college. It was a pleasure helping her discover her public relations gifts,” said Martin.
CPRAM is an organization made up of communications professionals from all of the college and universities state-wide.  PRAM is comprised of approximately 600 public relations professionals from advertising and public relations agencies, corporations, non-profit organizations, government, education, industries and other organizations. The association includes 10 local chapters and is a member organization of the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF).


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