SCPRSA highlights public relations work and esteemed professionals at 2023 Mercury Awards Ceremony and Professional Development Conference

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (SCPRSA), the state’s largest professional association for public relations and communications professionals, held its 2023 Mercury Awards Ceremony and Professional Development Conference. Twenty-eight awards were presented to celebrate professional and student work from 2022 as well as individuals that positively contribute to the profession of public relations and communications in South Carolina.

This year’s event was presented by Dominion Energy South Carolina and was sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Chernoff Newman and Midlands Technical College.

“This is the first time ever that we have added a professional development aspect to our Mercury Awards celebration. We are beyond thankful for those who attended and participated in this year’s event,” said SCPRSA’s 2023 President, Kaytee Watson. “I want to give a huge congratulations to all our nominees and winners.”

Mercury & Silver Wing Award Winners

Anderson University
Student Silver Wing Award of Excellence — Research/Evaluation
Student Silver Wing Award of Excellence — Magazine Digital

Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority
Silver Wing Award of Excellence – Annual Reports

Chernoff Newman
Best in Show Silver Wing Award
Mercury Award of Excellence – Community Relations
Mercury Award of Excellence – Integrated Communications
Silver Wing Award of Excellence – Annual Reports
Silver Wing Award of Merit — Influencer Marketing/Promotion
Silver Wing Award of Merit — Local Choice/Best Use of Brand Content

The Crawford Austin Agency
Silver Wing Award of Merit —Social Media/Twitter Engagement
Silver Wing Award of Merit — Social Media/Facebook Engagement

Dominion Energy South Carolina — 2023 Mercury Awards Ceremony and Professional Development Conference Presenting Sponsor
Mercury Award of Excellence – Community Relations
Mercury Award of Merit — Crisis Communications
Mercury Award of Merit — Multicultural and Diversity

Eaddy Perry & Associates, Inc.
Mercury Award of Merit —Marketing Business to Business

Flock and Rally
Silver Wing Award of Excellence – Media Relations Consumer Products
Silver Wing Award of Excellence – Local Choice/Best SEM

K. Hope Creative
Mercury Award of Excellence – Community Relations

Richland Library
Best in Show Mercury Award
Mercury Award of Excellence – Integrated Communications

Tri-County Technical College
Silver Wing Award of Merit — Single Issue Publication Print
Silver Wing Award of Merit — Websites External

University of South Carolina Communications and Marketing
Silver Wing Award of Merit — Social Media/Instagram Engagement

Individual Award Winners

W. Thomas Duke Distinguished Public Relations Practitioner
Karen Potter, APR – Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement at Tri-County Technical College

George L. Johnson Community Spirit Award
Elizabeth Nkuo Johnson — Director of Community Relations at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

Executive Excellence Award
Dr. Galen DeHay — President at Tri-County Technical College

Rookie of the Year
Savannah Scott — Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator at Chernoff Newman

Public Relations Student of the Year Award
Grace Myers — Student at North Greenville University

To view the list of award winners, visit scprsa.org/Mercury_Awards.

About the South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America
The South Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (SCPRSA) is a part of Public Relations Society of America, the national organization for the industry of public relations. SCPRSA has been operating for over 50 years and serves as the state’s largest professional association for public relations and communications professionals. For more information about SCPRSA, visit SCPRSA.org. Also, be sure to follow @scprsa on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for the latest news and updates.


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