Pasadena ISD wins top state awards at communications conference

Pasadena ISD wins top state awards at communications conference
Posted on 03/03/2017
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Bruce Stone, communication coordinator; Art Del Barrio, director of communication; Reesha Brown, communication specialist; Rob Smith, multimedia specialist and Jade Wise, graphic designer at the 2017 TSPRA conference.


The Pasadena ISD Communication Team has earned 14 prestigious 2017 Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) Star Awards for excellence in school communications. The awards were announced Feb. 22 at the association’s 55th annual conference in Galveston.

“I am proud of this talented team of communication professionals,” said Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Pasadena ISD school superintendent. “We see the excellent work they do daily, but it is especially rewarding to be recognized by professionals outside the district. Congratulations to the communications team for the continued work they do in support of our kids.”

This year, the team earned three gold, eight silver and three bronze awards out of 1,082 entries. The team of eight promotes the school district through creative writing, graphic design and video production. Their handiwork can be seen in newspaper articles, programs, flyers, handbooks, posters and a host of other venues.

Communication Coordinator Bruce Stone received a gold award in the invitation/announcements category with his invitation design for the Roberts Middle School dedication. The invitation, inspired by the school’s mascot the Aviator was made to look like a boarding pass.

As a team, Stone along with Communication Specialists Reesha Brown and Melissa Trevizo earned a gold award in the program category for the State of the District brochure. This piece featured design by Stone and writing by Brown and Trevizo, outlining the district’s statistics and points of pride.

Also taking home gold, was Multimedia Specialist Rob Smith in the video – promotional marketing category for his Read-A-Book Boogie video. This video includes animation and multiple shots of students cut together to promote the district’s summer reading initiative.

Brown and Trevizo were also honored with six awards in the published news feature category, including four silver and two bronze awards.

Graphic Designer Jade Wise also took silver in the poster category with his College Week poster featuring photos of graduates.

Pasadena ISD 2017 Communications Awards:

Gold Star: Program

  • State of the District – Bruce Stone, Reesha Brown and Melissa Trevizo

Gold Star: Invitation/Announcement

  • Roberts Middle School Dedication Boarding Pass – Bruce Stone

Gold Star: Video – Promotional/Marketing

  • Read-A-Book Boogie – Rob Smith

Silver Star: Poster

  • 2015 College Week Poster – Jade Wise
  • Texas Invitational Poster – Bruce Stone and Rob Smith

Silver Star: Published News or Feature

  • Community School Grad Beats Odds, Pursues Nursing Degree – Reesha Brown
  • Dobie Iraqi Refugee Pours Life as an American Citizen into Writings – Reesha Brown
  • Five Transplanted SHHS Seniors Trade Limited Opportunities in Mexico for Diplomas in the U.S. - Reesha
  • Pasadena High School JROTC Cadet Receives National Award, Makes History – Melissa Trevizo

Silver Star: Video – General Interest/Feature Story

  • Mini Grants, Major Benefits: Learning in Motion – Rob Smith
  • Pasadena ISD Vanguard Community Service Awards 2016 – Rob Smith

Bronze Star: Published News or Feature

  • A Competitor at Heart, New Pasadena ISD Superintendent Takes on Fresh New Challenges While Making History – Reesha Brown
  • Keller Middle School Students Honor Their Own, Raise Money for Juvenile Arthritis – Melissa Trevizo

Bronze Star: Video – General Interest/Feature Story

  • Pasadena ISD Vanguard Community Service Awards 2016 – Rob Smith