MC alum named a Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Winner

M. Kelly McPherson, a 2004 graduate of Marietta College, was recently named a Student Achievement Award Winner by The Wall Street Journal.

“I am really honored to receive The Wall Street Journal award because I was chosen by a faculty board that I respect to represent Marietta College,” said McPherson, a 2000 graduate of Holy Spirit High School.

McPherson, the daughter of Robert McPherson of Oak Ridge, N.J., and Maureen McPherson of Brigantine, N.J., earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and Public Relations.

The Wall Street Journal has given this award annually for more than 50 years to a student selected by the college according to criteria set by the institution. The student receives a congratulatory letter, a paperweight, a published listing by name in a full-page announcement in the WSJ, and a full-year subscription to the WSJ ($200 value).

“She was an avid and careful reader of The Wall Street Journal and she demonstrated in class that she not only understood the articles, but also could apply that knowledge to other similar situations,” said Dr. Michael Taylor, a McCoy Professor of Leadership and Management.

Marietta College receives a listing in the WSJ announcement and a wall plaque with brass nameplates for up to 10 winners.

“I was delighted that Kelly McPherson was the winner of the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award,” said Sid Potash, chair of the EMA Department. “She showed, both by her responses to questions in the classroom and her discussions outside the classroom, how valuable it is read and to keep current as to what’s happening in the business world. In this day and age, it is simply vital to stay informed, and Kelly exemplified the fact that that an informed student is able to communicate that much more effectively.”

Marietta’s criteria says the award shall be given to the MC student who has demonstrated, in and out of the classroom setting, a breadth of knowledge and intellectual curiosity about economic, social and political issues encountered in reading the WSJ.

MC students are nominated to the EMA Department Awards Committee by any College faculty member. The committee determines the recipient.

“Kelly was a great example of a student seeking a true Liberal Arts education,” said Mike McNamara, an assistant professor in the Mass Media Department and one of the faculty members who nominated McPherson. “While majoring in Mass Media she also excelled in history, political science, marketing and management classes. I’m convinced this prepared her well for a number of career options she was considering.