Emily Gagnon Receives National Gold Key Award
Digital Media Specialist Emily Gagnon, a recent Grand Valley State University (GVSU) graduate, was granted the National Gold Key Award, the highest individual honor given by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).
Gagnon received this award for her contributions to Grand Valley Public Relations Student Society of America (GVPRSSA) as chief executive officer of the chapter’s nationally affiliated student-run public relations firm, GrandPR, where she managed the 12-client roster and the day-to-day activities of 33 student associates and served on the executive board of GVPRSSA.
Joined by Emily is the 2019-2020 GVPRSSA Chapter President Delaney MacKenzie, who also received the National Gold Key Award. MacKenzie maintained an active relationship with GVPRSSA’s parent chapter, West Michigan Public Relations Society of America, led biweekly chapter events, and served on the executive board of GrandPR.
Under their guidance, the program received three Teahan Awards, three student life awards, two pacesetter awards for exceptional projects. The chapter was also named a Star Chapter by PRSSA for the eighth consecutive year.
The two leaders worked together in GVPRSSA and GrandPR, as well as on Grand Valley’s select team for the National Student Advertising Competition by the American Advertising Federation, where they placed fourth in the nation.
It is remarkable that both Gagnon and MacKenzie received this accolade in the same year, as only one other GVSU student, Jaclyn Ermoyan (2017), has received this honor before.
Congratulations, Emily and Delaney! As well as kudos to GVSU’s Advertising and Public Relations Program for their high-quality staff, curriculum, and student organizations.