PRSSA Honors Oustanding Members

Katherine Strate was named the 2009 Jackson Spalding/PRSSA Outstanding Graduating Senior on Thursday, April 23. The award, given by Jackson Spalding Athens and the Public Relations Student Society of America, each year recognizes a senior who has made outstanding contributions to the organization. Strate has served on the executive board for PRSSA for two years, as vice president of committees and membership, and as Webmaster.
Brian Brodrick, who established the Athens office of Jackson Spalding, presented the award. Strate interned for him last summer.
"When we hire interns, we look for students with a force of personality and the talent to serve our clients," Brodrick said. "Katherine had both. She was an incredible asset to our clients, the Athens community and our office in her time with us. She raised the bar for all interns at Jackson Spalding in Athens.”
The award comes with $100 for the recipient to join a professional organization following graduation.
Two other students were recognized as PRSSA Members of the Year.
Kaitlyn Darr, a senior from Columbus, Ohio, has served this year as the director of Creative Consultants, PRSSA’s student-run PR firm. Creative Consultants provides free PR services to 23 clients in Athens-Clarke County. Leslie Emanuele, a graduating senior from McDonough, Ga., has served this year as PRecedent editor, PRSSA’s monthly newsletter.

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