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Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors

Each year, we are thrilled at the high quality of work produced by students in our School of Communication. In showing how they have gained both expertise and excellence during their time with us, some students truly stand out and excite us all by the quality of their work. Normally, we would reward and honor these accomplishments at the Spring School of Communication Banquet. We are thrilled to show our award-winning students to you all here. We are proud of you all, and we know you will proceed on to great success based on this variety of outstanding communication accomplishments. 

 

 

Awards

Top Student in Public Relations

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Allyson Staton

▪️Journalism, Public Relations

Allyson Stanton

Staton is an accomplished honors student who has served as PRSSA president. She is also a member of Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha German Honor Society, the National Millennial Community/Gen Z Council, the Order of Omega, and Pi Beta Phi sorority. Her honors thesis addressed the "Evolving Crisis Communication in Social Media Era” as it related to the Manchester Arena bombing. Allyson plans to attend graduate school at the University of Southern California and specialize in sports and entertainment.

 

Awards

Top Student in Advertising

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Hannah Powell-Yost,

▪️Advertising, BA

Hannah Powell-Yost 

Powell-Yost lives on the coast and commutes to Hattiesburg to take most of her courses. She maintains a near perfect GPA and successfully completed an honors thesis addressing the media and public attitudes toward breastfeeding. She completed an internship at Gulf Coast Studios. She is passionate about all things creative and takes every opportunity to sharpen her skills in advertising and social media. She is also not afraid to take on responsibilities while working in a group.

 

 

Awards

Top Student in Recording Industry Management

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Anna Richardson

▪️Media and Entertainment Arts (Management), Senior

Anna Richardson

Richardson is an honors student with a record of success in and outside of the classroom. Her thesis "Beyond the Lineup: Explorations in Consumer Behavior in Festival Attendance" is an ambitious look at what drives consumer decision making when choosing among the growing array of music festivals in the national marketplace. Anna has been the president of the Southern Miss student entertainment group, Six Oh One Entertainment, as well as a member of the School of Communication Student Media Leadership group. She has a record of service in the Southern Miss community by serving as the Vice President of Community Service for Eagle Catholic and also planning Alpha Chi Omega's Fall philanthropy event. She is active in the Fraternity and Sorority Life community on campus and has served as Alpha Chi Omega's Vice President of Risk Management; she will also serve as a Gamma Rho Chi recruitment counselor this Fall. She is hoping to continue to grow Six Oh One Entertainment next semester and promote live music in the Hattiesburg community.

 

Awards

Top Students in Video Arts

(formerly media production) 

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Co-Recipient: Thorne Hood

▪️Video Arts, Senior

Thorne Hood

A native of Benton, Miss., Hood has been an active member of the school’s video arts organization, "The Crew.” Additionally, he was a creator and producer on Hub City Session  and has worked on multiple productions, including faculty interviews and grand-funded videos. He also worked as the digital imaging technician on the independent feature film The Dinner Party and the independent feature film Son.

 

Awards

Top Students in Video Arts

(formerly media production)

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Co-Recipient: Garrett Stone

▪️ Video Arts, Senior

Garrett Stone

Stone has been an active member of the school’s video arts organization, "The Crew." He has served as assistant editor on two independent feature film projects, Hallowed Ground and The Dinner Party and he recently finished his first short film, The Archange. An active member of APO, the theatre honor society, Garrett is heavily involved with the theatre department and worked on many of their productions, including assistant directing The Three Musketeers. Additionally, he creates content for YouTube and has released a music album titled Beginnings

 

Awards

Top Students in Recording Arts

(formerly Recording Industry Production)

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Co-Recipient: John Shannon

▪️ Recording Arts, Senior

John Shannon 

Shannon’s technical wizardry and willingness to help ensure smooth productions by lending his experience and knowledge represents the epitome of lifelong learning. He has been a production leader in Southern Miss Student Media where he has engineered collaborative jazz projects, live sound events, and a variety of professional productions. As a student worker, his reliability and work ethic has been core to helping the Media and Entertainment Arts program grow.

 

 

Awards

Top Students in Recording Arts

(formerly Recording Industry Production)

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Co-Recipient: Dylan Ragland

 ▪️ Recording Arts, Senior

Dylan Rageland

Ragland’s commitment to his craft and to mentoring others is what makes him an outstanding and accomplished student. He has been a production leader in Southern Miss Student Media where he has engineered numerous music and video productions that have been distributed and well received through the online platform. His work exemplifies professionalism and creativity, and as a student worker for the School of Communication, he has been integral to helping students and maintains resources. 

 

Awards

Top Student in News Editorial

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Alyssa Bass

▪️Journalism (News Editorial), Senior

Alyssa Bass

Bass is a news-editorial major and black studies minor from Hattiesburg. She interned at Mississippi Today and has written for the Jackson Free Press. She worked for the Student Printz for four years, serving as the entertainment and opinion editor, managing editor, and news editor before being named executive editor for the 2019-2020 school year. She won Best Use of Video at the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for her multimedia project. Alyssa has also been named one of the best college news writers in the region by the Southeast Journalism Conference. Under her leadership, the Student Printz won the General Excellence award at the 2019 Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. 

 

 

Awards

Top Student in Photojournalism

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Bethany Morris

▪️Journalism (Photojournalism), Senior

Bethany Morris

Morris is a senior photojournalism major from Pachuta, MS. Bethany is currently a photographer, writer and social media editor for the Student Printz. She built her portfolio with senior portraits, engagement sessions and weddings, although her passion is lifestyle and nature photography. She was the recipient of 2018 Mississippi Press Association 2nd place News Photo, 2019 Mississippi Press Association 2nd place News Photo, 2019 Mississippi Media Professionals Scholarship, David R. Davies Journalism Scholarship Endowment and Damian E. Morgan Memorial Scholarship in Photography, as well as the 2020 recipient of the David R. Davies Journalism Scholarship Endowment and Damian E. Morgan Memorial Scholarship in Photography. She is also an active member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority serving as Director of Academic Affairs for my chapter.

 

 

Awards

Top Student in Broadcast Journalism

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Keisha Green

▪️Journalism (Broadcast Journalism), Senior

Keisha Green

Green is from Pearl, Miss., and is currently a senior in broadcast journalism. She is minoring in marketing and is the president of the Southern Miss Association of Black Journalists. Keisha has regularly hosted radio shows on 88.5 WUSM, and completed internships at both WLBT in Jackson, and WDAM in Hattiesburg. During her time at Southern Miss, Keisha has created her own online media content platform called "Sippin Tea TV" and is looking to start a career in the broadcast and media content industry.

 

Awards

Top Student in Entertainment Industry (Film)

Faculty selection of top student in major.

Kededra Brown

 ▪️Entertainment Industry (Film), Senior

Kededra Brown

With a keen understanding of social disparity and a sensitivity for the complexity of human interactions, Brown’s  work combines criticality and creativity in both her analytical and production projects.  Her films and scripts grow out of the power of imagination in the face of everyday routine. Beyond excelling in her assignments, she gives thoughtful, constructive feedback to her peers.  has also shown leadership skills in spearheading the re-birth of our film club.  As an honors student, Kededra completed an impressively researched thesis, which included  a script and pre-production material for a film on the triumph of talent over nepotism.

 

 

Awards

Communication Studies Academic Award

This is a senior standing student in Communication Studies with the top GPA.

 

Hadley Howell

▪️Communication Studies, Senior

Hadley Howell

Howell, senior from Summit, Miss., had the highest GPA of all CMS seniors and was highly engaged in her courses.  Hadley not only excelled in the classroom but worked very hard for the community, as well, spending many hours putting together a concert and rehearsing it for an annual Hattiesburg ARC concert and fundraiser, interacting regularly with special needs performers."  She is also currently helping to establish Hattiesburg's first Miracle League for special needs children and adults, and she was recently named the Luckyday Advisory Board President of the Luckyday Scholars program here at Southern Miss. Hadley has also spent this past semester as an intern for the Southern Miss Athletic's Communication Department. "​ 

 

 

Awards

Top Mass Communication Master’s Student

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Shawn Bertucci

▪️Mass Communication, Graduate

Shawn Bertucci

Bertucci is a second-year master's student in mass communication. He has researched extensively with Dr. Dave Davies during his time in the program, and Shawn began teaching for the School of Communication this year. Shawn is interesting in pursuing a doctorate in communication after earning his master’s.

 

  

Awards

Top Mass Communication Doctoral Student

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Jessica Love

▪️Mass Communication) PhD, Graduate

Jessica Love

Love is a third-year doctoral candidate. She recently received the top student paper award at the Southern States Communication Association Conference. Last year, she was granted the teaching assistant of the year award. Jessica recently co-wrote and published an article and presented research at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in Toronto. She serves as the School's graduate student senator on the Graduate Student Senate and serves as the Senate's social chair. Jessica has done guest lectures and moderated panels for the university's Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and serves as an academic coach for the university's New Student and Retention Program.

 

 

Awards

Top Mass Communication Teaching Assistant 

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Taylor Kiernan

▪️Mass Communication) PhD, Graduate

 Taylor Kiernan

Kiernan is a second-year doctoral student in mass communication. She has taught many classes for the School of Communication, including Public Speaking, Media Writing, and Writing for Public Relations. 

 

 

Awards

Top Communication Studies Master's Student

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Chancee Davis

▪️ Communication Studies, Graduate

Chancee Davis

Davis is a first-year master's student in Communication Studies. Chancee completed her undergraduate at Southern Miss in Communication Studies as well where she served as the president of the Communication Student Association and Lambda Pi Eta. Chancee currently has a graduate assistantship with the Payne Center.

 

Awards

Top Communication Studies Doctoral Student 

Faculty selection of top student in major.

Nazanin Amerian

▪️Communication Studies PhD, Graduate

Nazanin Amerian

Amerian is a third-year doctoral in communication studies. Nazzi has taught extensively for the school, including public speaking and interpersonal communication. Amerian has also presented original research competitive international and regional conferences, including the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference and Southern States Communication Association.

 

 

Awards

Top Communication Studies Teaching Assistant

Faculty selection of top student in major.

 

Jessica Beckham

▪️Communication Studies PhD, Graduate

Jessica Beckham

Beckham is a third-year doctoral student in Communication Studies. She has taught public speaking, interpersonal communication, and business and professional communication. She has also served as vice president for the Mississippi Communication Association. She also served as President for the Communications Graduate Association in 2018-2019 academic year.

 

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