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2012 Dwayne Summar Essay Contest Winners Announced

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Dwayne Summar Award

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The winners of the 2012 Dwayne Summar Essay Contest were announced at PR Day on Oct. 10.  The winners were:  Kayla Witt (1st Place), Hannah Zehring (2nd place) and Caroline Hurd (3rd place).   Witt and Zehring are juniors and Hurd is a senior, all are majoring in public relations at UTK.

This year’s essay topic was:  Public Relations Trends Today. Associate Professors Lisa Fall and Candace White were the essay contest judges. 

Dwayne Summar (BS / Journalism with PR concentration ’61) established a gift for the School of Advertising and Public Relations which provides PR students the opportunity to submit essays on timely topics.  The awards come with scholarship prizes to the winners and the competition is open to all juniors and seniors in public relations. 

Summar is a past president of the Public Relations Society of America (1988) and received the PRSA’s highest honor, the Patrick Johnson Award for Distinguished Service to PRSA.  Gifts have been given to the award endowment over the years in honor of Summar’s achievements.  He is the only UTK alumnus to have served as national president of PRSA and he is a past recipient of CCI’s Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award.