Miami students receive honors at Cincinnati public relations competition

Students and adviser Shara Clark.

Paige Garty (left) and Megan Day (right) celebrate with adviser Shara Clark (center) on their wins at the Cincinnati public relations event.

Miami students were honored by the Cincinnati chapter of the Public Relations Society of America during its Blacksmith Awards competition.

This was the first year that the Cincinnati chapter added a student campaign category. Miami received honors for the student-led Take Five campaign, which helped spread awareness about the five signs of mental health suffering. The campaign was part of a national Bateman Case Study competition.

Senior Paige Garty was named Student of the Year. Garty is the current president of Miami’s student chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She is majoring in strategic communication and interactive media studies.

The students involved in the Take Five campaign were Garty, Megan Day, Eileen Curran, Hannah Seitz and Leah McCloud.

In addition, Shara Clark, visiting instructor in strategic communication and adviser to Miami’s student chapter, won an Award of Excellence for the work she did on the United Way of Greater Cincinnati annual report.