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Gustin, Morrill, Simonson win MSPR awards

Morehead State University

Morehead State Public Radio has named Michael Gustin of Springboro, Ohio, the recipient of the Community Advisory Board Student Leadership Award while Samantha Morrill of Morehead and Jordan Simonson of Carlisle were the winners of the Outstanding Student awards.

To highlight their achievements, these individuals are recognized each year for their work and dedication to MSPR, Morehead State University and the community.

"Since 1965, WMKY has offered a variety of hands-on opportunities in a professional, educational environment. We value the hard work by our student staff and their commitment to our listeners. Michael (Gustin), Samantha (Morrill) and Jordan (Simonson) represent the dedication and integrity our students provide at WMKY,” said Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager.

Gustin graduated from MSU in December 2015 with a B.S. degree in Animal Science. He is a member of the Delta Tau Alpha Honor Society, MSU Dean’s List (2012-2015) and served on the Pi Kappa Phi Executive Council. The Student Leadership Award is selected by MSPR's Community Advisory Board and presented to a student with excellent leadership skills at MSU and in the community.

MSPR's Outstanding Student Award is presented to a student who has demonstrated excellent leadership skills, initiative and creativity.

Morrill has worked at MSPR since 2014, serving as a newscaster, feature reporter, audio engineer, local host of The World, All Things Considered and a variety of weekend programming, including host and producer of Sunday Night Jazz.

Simonson has worked at MSPR since 2013, serving as a newscaster, feature reporter, audio engineer and local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. In 2015, she received 3rd Place for Best Feature Story (“Commonwealth Curiosities”) from the Kentucky Associated Press.

The winners will receive a gift certificate from the University Bookstore, their name placed on a plaque at the MSPR studios, and an individual gift from the station. Financial awards are supported by the MSU Foundation and the Fund for Excellence.

MSPR relies on the help of many MSU students. An average of 20 students work at the station each year, performing a variety of tasks including as reporter, copy editor, board operator, music host, and production and marketing assistants.

Additional information is available by calling MSPR at 800-286-9659 or 606-783-2001.

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