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Public Relations students collect more recognition

Centennial College's Corporate Communications and Public Relations students continue to earn big awards.

Gold ACE Award: "Horizons" Student Campaign of the Year (from left): Jentzen Brown (instructor), Maria-Teresa Andreacchi, Fiona Somerville, Lindsey McCulloch, Jill Burkes, Margaret O'Donoghue and Michael Riverso.

Centennial College's Corporate Communications and Public Relations students continue to earn big awards from the industry, which recognizes Centennial as a source of talented corporate communicators and public relations specialists. Centennial students took home two Gold ACE awards and one Bronze ACE at the annual Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Toronto ACE Awards Gala on May 7. It's the second year in a row that featured Centennial College as the only public relations program recognized in the student awards,

The Centennial student team "Horizons" consisting of Maria-Teresa Andreacchi, Fiona Somerville, Lindsey McCulloch, Jill Burkes, Margaret O'Donoghue and Michael Riverso won Gold for their publicity event working for the charity Horizons for Youth. Also winning Gold was Team "#CANit" made up of students Chrissy James, Zerina Derveni, Ayla Altila, Kathryn Debattista and Jasmina Vransevic, which prepared their advocacy work for the charity Dixon Hall. Team "Phony Party" working for the charity Kids Help Phone won Bronze; they were made up of students Samantha Kamiel, Jessica Strople, Hannah Yardley and Meg Scrimgeour. All three special events were the final assignment in the college program's Event Management course. Thanks to Centennial instructors Melanie Dulos and Jentzen Brown for mentoring and leading our students.

And there's more good news: student Amanda Patterson collected the CPRS Toronto Student of the Year award at the same gala presentation. This is the second year in a row that a Centennial student took the CPRS Award (Hannah Sunderani earned it last year), which makes Centennial a highly decorated school, having won three CPRS Student Awards out of the past four years. In a separate event hosted by the  International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Corporate Communications and Public Relations student Megan Henry has won the IABC Toronto Student of the Year Award. Congratulations to all of our proud winners!