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KNOXVILLE — Jaclyn Gonzales, a senior in advertising at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been recognized as one of the 40 most talented minority students in the United States by the American Advertising Federation.

Jaclyn Gonzales
Jaclyn Gonzales
Gonzales, who is president of the UT Ad Club and advertising sales co-manager at The Daily Beacon, will be honored by the AAF at the upcoming Most Promising Minority Students Program the Feb. 3-5 in New York City. For more information on the Most Promising Minority Students Program, visit

The Most Promising Minority Students Program recognizes and recruits outstanding minority college graduates in advertising, marketing, media and communications.
Each year, college seniors are nominated by their AAF college chapter advisers in recognition of their passion for advertising and outstanding achievements both inside and outside the classroom. This year’s finalists will spend three days in New York City where they will have the chance to participate in career development workshops, networking, interviewing and industry immersion opportunities.

“I am very excited and honored to be receiving this award,” Gonzales said. “The AAF does such a great job working towards the advancement of all students into the ad industry, and I am grateful they are giving me this opportunity to network and interview with top ad agencies. I am also very grateful to our advertising faculty here at UT for preparing me to the point that I would even be eligible for an award like this.”

Gonzales, 22, whose hometown is McAllen, Texas, did an internship with the Publicis ad agency in New York last summer.

“I am so happy to be returning to New York City. I fell in love with the city when I interned at Publicis, and I hope to make NYC my newest address,” she said.

As for Gonzales’ future plans: “First and foremost, I plan to get a full-time job,” she said. “But ideally, I plan to work at an ad agency that has global offices so I can work abroad one day. I would love to work abroad to gain a better understanding of how advertising differs across other cultures. This would allow me to be involved in two of my passions, advertising and travel.”


Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034,