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On February 7, Biz Comm Senior Courtney Hastings was named Mar-Del Watermelon Queen 2015 at the Mar-Del Watermelon Convention held at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Maryland.  To win the title, Courtney had to interview with a panel of judges, write and film a 30-second commercial, give a three-minute speech, and answer an impromptu question on stage.  Courtney will now spend the year traveling the United States and Canada, making appearances, interviewing with media, and serving as a spokesperson and public relations ambassador for the watermelon industry and Mar-Del Watermelon Association.  She will compete for the national title next February in New Orleans.  Congratulations, Courtney!  (Photo courtesy of Courtney Hastings)

Senior Taylor Thompson (in the photo on the right), who aspires to own her own baking business one day, is having a fantastic internship experience under the mentorship of baker Brittany Zaruba, shown here with one of her amazing cakes. Not only is Taylor learning the secrets of the bakery, but she is also providing her mentor with guidance regarding social media marketing and research. Zaruba's bakery, Once Upon a Crumb, is slated to open in Sykesville, Maryland, soon.






BizComm Britany Post is working at Baltimore Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in White Marsh under the direction and guidance of Ryan O'Donnell, the director of marketing for the company. Britany's efforts in marketing include research, design, writing, and communication for the multi-specialty group that provides physical, occupational and speech therapies in comprehensive outpatient facilities, medical day centers and in-home therapy.

Senior Susana Cintron is enjoying her internship at MGH under the supervision and mentorship of Ryan Goff, the senior vice president and social media marketing director at the Owings Mills-based firm. Susana's work includes research for MGH clients' advertising and social media campaigns, including local familiars Old Bay and Ocean City, Maryland. MGH strengths include strategic planning and research, public relations, advertising, interactive and mobile marketing, and other media work.

Senior BizComm Kelsey Spriggs (on the right in the photo) is interning near the Greenspring campus of Stevenson University at Gramercy Mansion, a bed and breakfast venue that also hosts gala events including weddings, rehearsal dinners, wine tastings, and more. Her mentor, Jennifer Sullivan, the director of marketing for the venue, is also a BizComm alum! Kelsey particularly enjoys writing weekly blogs and attending bridal shows to represent the site.

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