Pasadena ISD wins top state awards at communications conference

Pasadena ISD wins top state awards at communications conference
Posted on 03/02/2015
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The Pasadena ISD Communications – Print Shop Team has earned seven prestigious 2015 Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) Star Awards for excellence in school communications. The awards were announced Feb. 25 at the association’s annual conference in San Antonio.

This year, communications and printing earned three gold and four silver awards out of 970 entries. The Communication Department which includes creative writing, graphic design and video production works collaboratively with The Print Shop. Their handiwork can be seen in newspaper articles, district programs, flyers, handbooks, posters and a host of other venues. This relatively small team promotes district accomplishments and celebrations of those accomplishments with civic and business communities.

Together they earned a gold and two silver awards in the booklet and image identity package categories for an Athletics Hall of Fame Induction ceremony program; a promotional brochure for the Education Foundation Basketball Tournament; and the Shining Stars Gala recognition program.

In addition, Graphics Coordinator Bruce Stone received a gold award for a video, “Campus Spotlight: Pasadena High School.”

Communication Specialist Reesha Brown was honored with one gold award in the published news feature category for an article, “Pearl Hall Elementary Third Graders Skype with Renowned Oceanic Explorer Fabien Cousteau Aboard Underwater Aquarium.” She also received two silver awards for a published news feature, “Seniors Helping Seniors Renovates Home Damaged by Hurricane Ike” and a photo, “School Superintendent Surprises Teacher of the Year.”

“I am proud of this talented team of communication professionals,” Dr. Kirk Lewis, Pasadena ISD school superintendent said. “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.”

Communication Team
Renea Ivy, Associate Superintendent of Communications and Community Relations; Jade Wise, Graphic Designer; Melissa Trevizo, Communication Specialist; Reesha Brown, Communication Specialist and Bruce Stone, Graphic Arts Coordinator.

Pasadena ISD 2015 Communications Awards:

Gold Star: Video

Gold Stars Image/Identity Package

  • Shining Stars Gala – Bruce Stone

Gold Star: Published News Feature

Silver Star: Booklet

  • Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program – Bruce Stone; Al Carter, alumni association coordinator
  • Promotional Brochure for Education Foundation Basketball Tournament – Bruce Stone

Silver Star: Published News Feature

Silver Star: Photography

The Texas School Public Relations Association is a professional non-profit organization dedicated to promoting public schools through effective communications. TSPRA, an award winning chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), was chartered in 1962 and incorporated in 1977. With more than 850 members, TSPRA is comprised primarily of public information and communications professionals who serve the public school districts and education organizations of Texas.

The membership also includes superintendents, administrators, principals, web/technology/electronic media and graphic professionals, education foundation executive directors and their boards, association executive directors, school consultants, vendors and others who support public education in the state.

The organization provides professional development, resources and networking opportunities for members and others in the education community.

Each year, the association recognizes communicators in school districts, education foundations and educational organizations throughout the State of Texas for outstanding work in both print and electronic media. Winning entries were honored with Silver, Gold or Bronze Star awards.