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INSPRA Recognizes Outstanding School PR Publications and Projects
School communications professionals from throughout Illinois were honored today during the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association’s (INSPRA) Annual Communications Contest and Golden Achievement Awards luncheon at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Oakbrook.

More than 150 entries were submitted in the categories of annual reports, calendars/handbooks, electronic publications, financial information, marketing materials, newsletters, podcasts/audio, social media, videos, websites, writing and special purpose. Entries were judged against criteria of excellence, and only those receiving top scores in a variety of areas received awards. NSPRA chapter members from Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin served as judges for those categories. Golden Achievement Awards also were given for projects that encompass all aspects of a public engagement program, from research to planning, implementation and evaluation. School communications professionals who have received their Accreditation in Public Relations judged the Golden Achievement category. For the first time in recent memory, two entries earned an Award of Excellence in the Golden Achievement category: One went to Dr. Laurie Heinz and Bernadette Tramm of Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 for “2020 Vision Strategic Branding & Launch,” and one went to Community Engagement & Outreach of High School District 214 for its “Everyday Hero Campaign.”

"We are proud to recognize the winners of the Communication Contest, whose outstanding work exemplifies the best in school communications throughout the state. Their commitment to and talent for sharing the stories of schools, students, and teachers brings communities together to support education," said INSPRA President Cathy Kedjidjian, Coordinator of Communications & Community Relations for Deerfield Public Schools District 109.

The mission of INSPRA is to strengthen support for Illinois public schools and improve education for students through responsible public relations. Workshops and programs take place throughout the year, providing opportunities for members to learn and grow in their craft. The awards ceremony is a highlight of the year and is attended by communications professionals, superintendents, board of education members and other school leaders.

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Communication Contest News Release 20162.pdf
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