Pearl River wins big at CPRAM awards

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River Community College’s Marketing and Communication Department won nine awards in the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi 2020 Annual Awards on Monday. 

The division Pearl River entered is comprised of Mississippi’s 15 community colleges.

“Placing in nine categories their first year together is an exceptional feat,” Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communication Candace Harper said. “The college is very lucky to have such a dedicated group of creative individuals who truly love our institution and this shows every day in their work.” 

Awards are as listed by category: 

News Story (or series): Second place “PRCC Aviation and Aerospace Academy groundbreaking” – Alexx Kennedy 

Feature Story (or series): Third place “PRCC students haircuts for homeless” – Alexx Kennedy 

Sports Feature Story (or series): Second place “Legendary football coach Tim Hatten set to be enshrined in MACJC Hall of Fame” – Patrick Ochs 

News Letter: “River Rising Report” – Candace Harper, Kari Eve Valence, Patrick Ochs, Mark Franklin, Kristi Harris and Alexx Kennedy 

Radio Spots: Second place “PRCC Registration is ROARing” – Kari Eve Valence 

Television Programs: Third place “Legendary football coach Tim Hatten set to be enshrined in MACJC Hall of Fame” – Kristi Harris 

Radio Programs: Third place “SuperTalk featuring PRCC President, Dr. Adam Breerwood” – Charles Abadie 

Web Page – Sports Only: Third place “” – Patrick Ochs and Mark Franklin

Public Relations Innovation: Second place “Workforce Wednesday” – Kari Eve Valence  

“We are incredibly lucky to get a front row seat to some of the most driven and dedicated staff imaginable,” Director of Marketing and Communications Patrick Ochs said. “While none of us work in this field for the awards or outside recognition, it’s incredibly rewarding to see our staff acknowledged for being some of the best at what they do. This is only the start of something special with our team.”

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Photo LtR: Jacob Cochran, Alexx Kennedy, Patrick Ochs, Candace Harper, Kari Eve Valence, Kendale Lumpkins, Mark Franklin and Charles Abadie 

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