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WKU senior named Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations Student of the Year

WKU senior Angela Petkovic, a public relations major from Bowling Green, has been named the Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations Student of the Year.

Angela Petkovic

Angela Petkovic

Petkovic was selected from a pool of applicants submitted to the Louisville public relations firm by department heads at colleges and universities throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana. Petkovic and three other semifinalists were asked to submit additional written background and to produce a one-minute video to explain the strengths they bring to the public relations profession. Three finalists were selected for a series of writing exercises and interviews by Guthrie/Mayes staff.

As the winning student, Petkovic will receive a paid ($3,000) eight-week summer internship at Guthrie/Mayes, where she will gain experience with media outreach, participation in client meetings and planning sessions, on-site support for client events and other PR work. Past Guthrie/Mayes interns have gone on to successful careers in PR-related fields and some have returned to Guthrie/Mayes for permanent employment.

Dan Hartlage, a Guthrie/Mayes principal, said he was impressed with the quality of PR Student of the Year nominations. “Throughout the selection process, Angela displayed exceptional writing skills and the ability to think strategically. That is what this industry needs, and we are looking forward to her joining us for the summer,” he said.

Petkovic serves as the Public Relations Student Society of America Kelly Thompson chapter president. This spring, Petkovic was inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, an honor society for students in all School of Journalism and Broadcasting majors.

WKU graduate joins Guthrie/Mayes

Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations also has named Michael McKay associate account manager. McKay brings a strong background in journalism and experience in social media management, live media and traditional media relations. Before joining the firm, McKay worked as a digital news reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Michael McKay

Michael McKay

McKay earned a bachelor of arts degree in news/editorial journalism and political science from WKU. He served as editor-in-chief of WKU’s College Heights Herald and completed Louisville-based internships for The Courier-Journal; Nowsourcing, Inc. and Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, during his time as a student. McKay spent four months studying political science in Northern Ontario, Canada, at Laurentian University and four months traveling the Atlantic Ocean aboard the M.V. Explorer in an academically-sponsored Semester at Sea voyage through University of Virginia studying law.

Founded in 1977, Guthrie/Mayes is one of Kentucky’s largest independent public relations firms. It is based in Louisville, with an office in Lexington.

Contact: Dan Hartlage, (502) 625-1644

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