PRWeek, WS kick off Student of the Year competition

NEW YORK: The search has begun for PRWeek's 2005 Student of the Year.

NEW YORK: The search has begun for PRWeek's 2005 Student of the Year.

The competition, which is sponsored by Weber Shandwick, asks students to devise a campaign for MonsterTRAK.

A shortlist will be announced early next year. Each of the five finalists will be brought to New York, where they will pitch their campaigns to a panel of esteemed judges. The five students also will attend the PRWeek Awards on March 3, 2005.

The winner will receive a paid internship with WS and a $5,000 cash prize.

"The Student of the Year competition offers a unique opportunity for students to experience the challenge of developing a PR strategy and responding to the needs of a 'real-life' client experience," said Andy Polansky, president of WS. "This is our sixth year sponsoring the Student of the Year competition, and the program is part of [our firm's] overall focus on identifying and attracting the best young talent in the industry."

Last year's winner, Keyana Williams, interned at WS in Atlanta and is still attending Howard University. For more information, visit prweek.com and click on PRWeek Awards, under "Events." The entry deadline is November 22.

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