Journalism students honored by AAF
The American Advertising Federation honored University of South Carolina seniors Owen Black and Tekedra Hankins at its annual meeting Feb. 3 in New York City.
Both are students in the university’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Black, a senior from Elgin, majoring in marketing and management with a minor in public relations, was named among the AAF’s Most Promising Minority Students. He is founder of the One Flag SC and was an account supervisor at the Carolina Agency. Hankins, a senior from Columbia, majoring in public relations with a minor in criminal justice, was named to the AAF’s honor roll. She is a resident mentor with the University Housing.
The AAF’s Most Promising Minority Student Award recognizes top minority students across the country who demonstrate academic and extracurricular leadership and show promise in advertising, marketing, media and communications.
The winners were honored by leaders from the top advertising agencies, media companies and advertisers at a luncheon held at the New York Athletic Club. While in New York, the recipients met and interviewed with industry leaders.
Bonnie Drewniany is faculty adviser for the university’s AAF student chapter and the only professor to have had at least one student selected for the AAF honor since it was created in 1997. Drewniany is an associate professor of advertising in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The University of South Carolina is among 200 universities and colleges to have an AAF collegiate chapter.