PRSSA Announces National Gold Key and National President’s Citation Award Recipients

October 30, 2011

NEW YORK — In Orlando, Fla., a place where dreams come true, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) honored its National President’s Citation and National Gold Key award winners during a keynote session at the Society’s annual Conference.

The National Gold Key is awarded to students who excel in the study of public relations, pursue ambitious professional development opportunities and prove themselves as leaders in their PRSSA Chapters. It is the highest honor a PRSSA student can receive. This year, PRSSA awarded National Gold Keys to 27 students across the nation. The winners are as follows:

  • Nick Barnes, Brigham Young University
  • Amy Bishop, Indiana University
  • Mamie Cargile, University of Georgia
  • Kimberly Ciesla, Rowan University
  • Jennifer Dryer, University of Southern Indiana
  • Amanda Eisman, Louisiana State University
  • Courtney Garmhaus, University of Georgia
  • Kelsey Giesler, Ohio Northern University
  • Michael Gray, University of Georgia
  • Danielle Green-Semays, California State University Bakersfield
  • Koryn Heeke, University of Southern Indiana
  • Jacqueline Kenyon, Valparaiso University
  • Ellen Keough, Ohio Northern University
  • Renee LeGendre, Ohio Northern University
  • Marah Lidey, University of Georgia
  • Nathan John Mirolo, Ohio Northern University
  • Alexis Murphy, Marist College
  • Jessica Noonan, American University
  • Kelsie L. Olson, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Dani Raymond, University of Toledo
  • Stephanie Rowe, Ohio Northern University
  • Jamienne Scott, Ohio Northern University
  • Rachel Sprung, Boston University
  • Chantale Stewart, Florida Memorial University
  • Chelsea A. Sweithelm, Penn State University
  • Hannah K. Ullom, Otterbein University
  • Heather Wade, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

In addition, the winners of the National President’s Citation were announced. The National President’s Citation is granted exclusively to Chapter leaders who have demonstrated excellent leadership at the Chapter and National level and have improved their Chapter’s overall growth and development. The eight National President’s Citation winners are:

  • Nicole S. Bailey, Florida Memorial University
  • Amy Bishop, Indiana University
  • Lauren Gray, Western Carolina University
  • Katie Griva, University of North Texas
  • Jessica Noonan, American University
  • Leah Rapaport, Georgia College & State University
  • Rachel Sprung, Boston University
  • Tashika Varma, Southern Methodist University

“The National Gold Key and National President’s Citations are presented to Chapter leaders who go above and beyond expectations. Through their perseverance and encouragement of their Chapter, they have proven to be exceptional leaders with profound potential,” said Adam Aisner, PRSSA National President. “These leaders are what help drive the success of PRSSA. Their achievements demonstrate PRSSA’s amazing leadership at the very roots of our organization.”

Chapter members are encouraged to apply for these awards, and PRSSA’s other scholarships and awards. Review the requirements for these awards and scholarships, submit an application and stand out as a PRSSA student. For more information, visit


About the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
The Public Relations Student Society of America ( is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. Founded in 1968 by its parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), PRSSA includes more than 10,000 student members and advisers, and is active at more than 320 colleges and universities.

Lauren K. Gray
National Vice President of Public Relations