Members of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) Central Chapter took home the Professional Achievement Award, the Best in Show Award, three PRism awards, nine Award of Excellence recognitions and six Certificate of Merits at the recent State PRAM Conference. Lt. Christian Patterson, APR+M, public affairs director for the Mississippi Guard, won the Professional Achievement Award, which recognizes excellence in the field of public relations focusing on career accomplishments, professional achievements, accreditation/continuing education and community service. The Entergy Communications Department won two Prisms – PRAM’s highest honor – and Best in Show for its integrated social media program “Surviving the Social Storm: Entergy’s Response to Hurricane Harvey.” The Mississippi Department of Education also won a PRism. The Mississippi Department of Transportation won four of the nine Awards of Excellence – PRAM’s second highest honor. Other Award of Excellence winners included Jackson Academy (which won two), Methodist Rehabilitation Center, the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce and the Woodward Hines Education Foundation. Certificate of Merits — the third highest honor — went to MDOT (three awards), the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (two awards) and Visit Mississippi of the Mississippi Development Authority took home one. PRAM Central member Matt Westerfield, associate communications officer for the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, was recognized for earning his Accreditation in Public Relations credential.
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