JMC Junior Named 2017 PRSA Cleveland Student of the Year

Latisha Ellison, public relations student in the Kent State School of Journalism and Communication (JMC) has been named the 2017 PRSA Cleveland Student of the Year.

The award is given to one outstanding public relations student annually by PRSA chapters.

“Latisha is a standout student in the public relations program in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State. She excels inside and outside the classroom,” said Michele Ewing, APR, associate professor in JMC.

Ellison is a junior at Kent State and is originally from Butler, Penn., where she graduated from Butler Area Senior High School.

She is heavily involved at Kent State as the YouToo Social Media Conference Chairperson for PRSSA Kent. She is also a participant of PRSSA’s Bateman Case Study Competition and works for Flash Communications, part of the university’s marketing and communications department, on campus. This past fall, Ellison spent the semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy.

"I am so honored and excited to have received this award from PRSA Cleveland. PRSSA Kent has been such a big part of my college career, and I have such a passion for our Chapter, so to be recognized for that is incredible,” Ellison said.

With the award, Ellison has earned a $2,500 scholarship plus the opportunity to interview for a potential internship with the Great Lakes Science Center, Falls Communications, Fahlgren Mortine or Prosper for Purpose.

“I am extremely thankful for the numerous opportunities PR Kent has provided, and I'm looking forward to growing my relationship with PRSA Cleveland,” she said.

JMC faculty, staff and students enjoy working with Ellison, Ewing said, noting her leadership skills, can-do attitude, and contagious positive energy.

“We appreciate PRSA Cleveland recognizing Latisha’s accomplishments – she’s a rising star in the public relations field,” she said.

POSTED: Monday, April 3, 2017 - 4:27pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 3:03pm
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