BCPS wins 8 state awards

Burke County Public Schools wins 8 state awards for effective school communication and public relations
Posted on 02/21/2019

Morganton, NC – Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

Burke County Public Schools was among 31 school districts in North Carolina to win Blue Ribbon Awards for effective school communications and public relations.

 The awards were presented by the North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA) during the Association’s annual Blue Ribbon Awards ceremony and brunch on Friday, Feb. 1 at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro. Representing Burke County Public Schools at the ceremony were Public Relations Officer Cheryl Shuffler, Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam, Board of Education Chair Randy Burns and Vice Chair Buddy Armour.

Burke County Public Schools won awards in the following categories: 

  • Electronic Media
  • Excellence in Writing
    • Smart Helmets Alert Staff to Hard Hits on the Gridiron – Silver Award
    • Young Archer Places Second in World Competition – Bronze Award
  • Photography
    • Governor Cooper’s Visit – Silver Award
    • Bittersweet Graduation – Silver Award
    • Trick-or-Treating at Central Office – Bronze Award
  • Publications
    • Burke County School & Family Magazine – Gold Award
    • PostScripts BCPS Employee Newsletter – Gold Award

Dr. Putnam said, “These eight awards represent just a snippet of the great things we have going on in our district. Our teachers and staff do a phenomenal job every day of ensuring our students are ready for the future, and we are proud to showcase all of the ways we are accomplishing that. Congratulations to Mrs. Shuffler on these awards and to everyone who has a part in helping us communicate our story.”

A Blue Ribbon Award is the highest honor a school district can receive from the North Carolina School Public Relations Association. The award recognizes excellence in school communications and public relations in eight categories: digital media engagement, electronic media, excellence in writing, image/graphic design, marketing, photography, publications (print and electronic), and special events and programs.  

Members of the Georgia School Public Relations Association judged the entries. There are three award levels:  gold, silver, and bronze. The judges score entries based on content, quality, effectiveness, and overall impression.

“We would like to congratulate Burke County Public Schools for gaining statewide recognition as a 2018 Blue Ribbon Award winner,” said NCSPRA president Todd Hagans, who serves as chief communications officer for Gaston County Schools.  “Our awards program is about recognizing the quality work of school public relations professionals in our state and bringing attention to their outstanding efforts to support and promote our public schools.”

A ceremony highlight was the presentation of the Barry Gaskins Service Award to Jeff Nash, executive director of community relations for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, for his many years of outstanding work in school public relations.

NCSPRA is the premier organization for school communications and public relations professionals in North Carolina.  For more information, visit the NCSPRA website, www.ncspra.org. Visit Burke County Public Schools at www.burke.k12.nc.us. Follow BCPS on Facebook at facebook.com/bcps120 on Twitter @BurkeCoSchools or the hashtag #IgniteLearningBCPS.



Governor Cooper's Visit Burke County Schools & Family Magazine Igniting Tomorrow's Worker Video

Governor Cooper’s Visit – Silver Award, Photography

Burke County School & Family Magazine – Gold Award, Publications

Igniting Tomorrow’s Workers video – Gold Award – Electronic Media

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