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Hannah Merchant wins Pamela J. Cooper Outstandin­g Communicat­ion Studies Student of the Year Award

BLUFFTON, S.C. — Each spring, University of South Carolina Beaufort honors outstandin­g students through the university’s Spring Academic Awards ceremony. Hannah Merchant is the 2022 Pamela J. Cooper Outstandin­g Communicat­ion Studies Student of the Year.

“A native of Big Run, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Hannah Merchant’s impeccable work ethic and commitment to excellence in and out of the classroom makes her truly worthy of this special award,” the university said in a news release. “An exemplary role model as a student and a parent, Hannah’s ability to successful­ly navigate her roles as a student, wife and mother speaks volumes about her character.”

She served as a

Corporal in the Marine Corps from 2014-2018; she and her husband, Myles — an active-duty USMC drill instructor —have two children, Aveline (5) and Waylon (2). As a senior communicat­ion studies major, Hannah has maintained a high GPA and is a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communicat­ion Associatio­n’s official honor society. She has consistent­ly gone over and above in her service to the communicat­ion studies program through her work on the “By The River” author series program and to the university as a social media specialist in the USCB Communicat­ions Department.

“We are very excited about her next project as an associate producer of new SCETV’s production, ‘After Action,’ profiling veterans from around the country who are dealing with the effects of PTSD,” the university’s news release said. “The communicat­ion studies faculty is extremely proud to recognize Hannah as our 2022 Pamela J. Cooper Communicat­ion Studies Student of the Year Award.”

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