Mass Comm student award winners honored

The Northeast State Department of Mass Communications presented outstanding student awards in a ceremony held at the school on April 20. Approximately 30 student majors, staff, and faculty gathered to honor academic and professional excellence for the academic year of 2014-2015.

Holly Carter, of Kingsport, earned the Outstanding Mass Communications Student award for 2015. She is an Advertising/Public Relations Major who also hosted the department’s public affairs video program, “Direction Northeast.” Upon graduation, Carter plans on transferring to the University of Tennessee.

(From left) Mitchell Calvin, Holly Carter, and Paul Taylor
(From left) Mitchell Calvin, Holly Carter, and Paul Taylor

Mitchell Calvin, of Kingsport, received the Outstanding Broadcasting Student award. During the past year, he served as a news producer and also worked with digital media. Calvin works part-time in the school’s Media Services department.

Paul Taylor, of Elizabethton, picked up the Outstanding Public Relations/Advertising Student award. Taylor is a non-traditional student who is a double-major in Advertising/Public Relations and Speech Communications. In addition to fostering an outstanding academic record, he did extensive work this spring on a student advertising campaigns. Paul served as videographer and editor on student projects and was a student worker in the Speech Communications department.

“These students represent the best,” said Gary Potter, area coordinator for the department of Mass Communications. “Their diversity in skills and willingness to do what the job demands make them highly desirable in today’s job market.”

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