A Surry County Schools official was among public relations professionals recently honored during the annual Blue Ribbon Awards for Effective Communications celebration held by the North Carolina School Public Relations Association.
Sonia Dickerson, director of communications for the Surry County system, was on hand to be recognized for her work. The Surry school system was awarded seven blue ribbon awards; three gold awards – two in the special events category and one in the graphic design category; two silver medals – one in the Marketing category and one in the Publications category; and two bronze medals – one in the electronic media category and one in the publications category.
Association President Todd Hagans, executive director of Community Relations and Communications for Gaston County Schools, said entries of the award winners rivaled the best work of public relations practitioners in any field.
“Blue ribbon awards are the highest honor in our organization and they validate the superior work done by my colleagues this year,” Hagans said. “This roster of excellence is tangible evidence that NCSPRA’s public relations professionals are among the nation’s finest and that they are producing cutting edge communications and products that support their schools and school systems.”
Award categories included digital media engagement, electronic media, excellence in writing, image/graphic design, marketing, photography, publications (print & electronic), and special events and programs. Best of the Best honors were also awarded to the most outstanding entry in each category. Entries were judged by the Georgia School Public Relations Association Board of Directors.
All totaled, 38 school districts were recognized, out of more than 100 school districts across North Carolina.
Prior to the awards ceremony, attendees heard a presentation from Dr. James Merrill, superintendent of Wake County Public School System. W. Jeffrey Booker, Gaston County Schools superintendent and Association Superintendent Liaison, who also offered congratulatory remarks during the ceremony on behalf of the state’s school superintendents.