PRCC Radiology students win special awards at Radiologic Tech conference

February 6, 2023

Pearl River Community College Radiology students from the Forrest County Campus made an impressive showing recently at the 80th Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologist conference in Natchez.

Members of the PRCC sophomore radiology team that competed and won second place in the state quiz bowl competition are from left: Alexis Berry of Pearl, Britney Mischler of Sumrall, Tavia Keys of Oak Grove, Camryn Dykes of Richton, and McKinley Weeks of Brandon.

Sophomore students Tavia Keys of Oak Grove and Anna Wilson of Florence were selected at state level to present research topics at the conference. 

PRCC sophomore students Anna Wilson of Florence (left) and Tavia Keys of Oak Grove presented research topics at the conference. 

Keys’ presentation topic was, Positron Emission Tomography Scanning and Wilson spoke on Geriatric Radiology. Keys was awarded first place in student manuscript and was awarded a $100 prize.

“My presentation focused on PET scans, a Radiology modality that produces images detecting various cancers in the body,” said Keys.

Wilson said her paper explained how to handle geriatric patients, and how Geriatric Radiology affects them and the different age groups. “I explained the different types of illnesses each geriatric patient could have,” she said.

“Both students gave an amazing presentation and Pearl River Community College is proud of both of these future graduates in the Radiology medical profession,” said Hope Husband, PRCC program director. “I am confident that they will lead successful radiography careers.”

Keys, 20, a graduate of Oak Grove High School, plans to attend Radiation Therapy School and obtain a Master’s degree in Dosimetry. At PRCC, she serves as a River Navigator and SGA student body vice president.

Tavia Keys

“It’s an absolute honor to have won these awards,” said Keys. “It definitely shows that my hard work does not go unnoticed and the reward is always worth it in the end.”

Also, each year one sophomore student from each radiography program in the state is given a scholarship for high academic achievement and high moral character. This award went to Keys, who received $200.

Wilson, 22, said making friends while in the Radiology program has made her time at PRCC an enjoyable one. “I feel so blessed and honored to have been chosen for this honor, especially with me and one of my good friends being the first radiology students ever picked,” she said.

Anna Wilson

PRCC sophomore radiology students also competed and won second place in the state quiz bowl competition, winning a $200 cash prize.

Those students included Alexis Berry of Pearl, Camryn Dykes of Richton, Keys, Britney Mischler of Sumrall and McKinley Weeks of Brandon.

For information about the Radiologic Technology program, call 601-554-5510, email:; or visit the Forrest County Campus on U.S. 49 South. 

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Each community college president is asked to bring two (2) wrapped door prizes, minimum value of $50 each. We will have a station set up at the conference for you to drop off the door prizes.

Each community college is asked to provide name tags for their Board members, administration, and staff attending the conference.