PISD Communication Department rakes in 22 PR awards

PISD Communication Department wins excellence in PR awards
Posted on 02/23/2018
PISD Communication Department rakes in 22 PR awards

PISD Communication Department wins state level TSPRA awards
The PISD Communication Department wins 22 awards at annual TSPRA conference. Pictured (from left to right) Jade Wise, communication specialist; Art Del Barrio, director of communication; Bruce Stone, communication coordinator; Reesha Brown, communication and alumni development coordinator; Dwight Henson, communication specialist; Rob Smith, multimedia specialist and Lori Grande, graphic designer.

PISD Communication Department rakes in 22 PR awards

The Pasadena ISD communication team traveled to Frisco this week for the Texas School Public Relations Association's annual conference where they brought home 22 awards.

The event gives district PR teams an opportunity to share ideas and attend professional development classes on the latest trends and issues regarding schools and school public relations.  

On the final full day of the event, TSPRA hosted a Star Awards banquet to showcase the best of the best in school PR with awards in over 50 categories.

“We foster a culture where our team takes pride in their work and has a desire to be recognized as the best in the state for what they do,” said Art Del Barrio, PISD Director of Communication.

Reesha Brown, communication and alumni coordinator, brought home a “Best of Category” medal for a Published News Release.

Brown, along with Bruce Stone, communication coordinator and Jade Wise, communication specialist, all won gold certificates. Rob Smith, multimedia specialist, Brown, Stone and Wise were all awarded silver and bronze certificates.

Additionally, the communication team was awarded a Crystal Star Certificate of Merit Award in the category student/staff recognition program.

“As public relations professionals, we have the opportunity to give the school district a voice and tell the compelling stories about our students and staff that might otherwise go unnoticed,” Brown said. “These awards are validation that our communication strategies are working and the eyes of Texas are on us.”

Stone said he is proud of the team for earning these awards. “These awards are not taken lightly among the PR Community and to win ‘Best of Category’ and ‘Crystal Merit’ signifies we’re at the top of our game.”

“We have a talented and awesome team that understands the importance of telling the Pasadena ISD story,” said Wise. “To be recognized by winning multiple awards from an organization of highly qualified communication professionals shows our team’s commitment to excellence.”

“I am proud to work with such a talented team,” said Smith regarding their recent accomplishments. 


Crystal Star Certificate of Merit Award for Staff/Student Recognition

  • 2017 Vanguard Community Service Award – Reesha Brown, Rob Smith and Jade Wise


Gold Awards

Reesha Brown

  • (Best of Category) Published News Release - Teague Teacher receives phone call from two-time Super Bowl champ Peyton Manning
  • Writing - Dr. Iraj Jabbary Captures the American Dream

Bruce Stone

  • Brochure - Hancock Elementary Brochure

Jade Wise

  • Program - 2017 Vanguard Stars of Service
  • Image Identity Package - ECHS Logo
  • Logo, Trademark or Symbol - PISD Athletics Logo
  • Photo Sports Subject - PMHS Lady Mavs Slide 


Silver Awards

Reesha Brown

  • Published News or Feature - Oliver Foundation Grant (Standing Desks)
  • Published News or Feature - PISD Girls on the Run Puts Students on Fast Track to Success
  • Specialty Novelty Writing – The Hug Felt around the World – Lady Gaga (Facebook Post)

Rob Smith

Bruce Stone

  • Poster - Texas Invitational Poster

Jade Wise

  • Brochure - Texas Invitational Sponsor Card

Bruce Stone and Reesha Brown

  • Flyer - At-a-Glance 

Rob Smith and Reesha Brown


Bronze Awards

Reesha Brown

  • Published News or Feature - Tweens Read

Rob Smith

Jade Wise

  • Poster – Capture the Moment Poster