Jacksonville State names Johnson Communication Student of the Year


  The Jacksonville State University Department of Communication recently honored Brett Johnson of Hokes Bluff with its highest honor, the John C. Turner Award for Communication Student of the Year.

The honor is considered the top award for students in the university’s communication department, which includes fields of study in: digital journalism, broadcasting and public relations. A 2010 HBHS graduate, Johnson is a senior dual majoring in public relations and political science.

“I consider this to be one of the highest honor I have ever received,” said Johnson. “You work hard, and try to do your best but never really think about the possibility of being honored by your department. There are so many other deserving students in this department. I am truly humbled.”

Johnson also received the department’s award for recognition in external leadership for serving this year as Jacksonville State University’s student body president. The first-generation college student will complete his elected term of office this week and will receive two degrees on May 1.

“Jacksonville State University has provided me so many opportunities that I never would have fathomed just four years ago,” said Johnson. “From pushing buggies at Save A Lot to serving as JSU’s chief student representative, a lot sure has changed in four years.”

Johnson plans on pursuing a master’s degree in public administration while entering the professional workforce. He noted that he has currently applied for and is in the process for interviewing for positions in public relations, higher education administration, government relations, nonprofit communications and student affairs.

“I believe that God has a place for me and I trust that wherever I end up is where I’m meant to be,” said Johnson. “I haven’t made it this far alone and I won’t make it any further without the help of a supportive family, friends who care and the grace of God.”

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