SAN ELIZARIO, TEXAS – The San Elizario Independent School District (SEISD) Communications Department earned honors, including a Best in Category for its work in communications from the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA). In addition, for the second year in a row, the SEISD Communications Department has earned state recognition for showcasing the work of students and staff in the district.
The SEISD Communications Department received one Best in Category for Web Site - Original Design for San Elizario ISD Online Registration Website. Other awards for SEISD were in published news & feature, where the team earned gold stars and one silver star. For the published news release edited category, the SEISD received one gold star and one silver star, and for video promotional, the SEISD obtained two gold stars. The Website-original design brought two gold stars, two silver, and a Best in Category for the San Elizario Early College High School (SEECHS) – Website. For the Advertisement – other category, the SEISD earned a silver star. The SEISD Communications submissions improved, having received fifteen awards with a best in category and an increase in gold stars and silver stars overall. As a communications team member, Horacio Hernandez, Director of Technology, states, "Being part of the PR Team has been a journey. Sometimes, projects feel like a challenge, but it is rewarding seeing the final product."
The TSPRA organization awards members in numerous media categories with forty-seven categories in three different divisions based on student enrollment. The SEISD Communications Department competed in the category for districts with 15,000 students or less. Entries are scored by independent judges on a set criterion and are eligible to receive Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stars. In addition, all Gold Star Awards are eligible to receive a Best in Category Honor. There were approximately 1,662 entries submitted from throughout the state.
The team collaborates to tell the stories of the numerous champions throughout the district. Horacio Hernandez states, "It is an honor for our work to be judged and corroborated by an organization like the TSPRA and have it recognized; that means we are doing something good." The SEISD Communications Department has continued to grow by improving on the type of work selected to be submitted and evaluated by the TSPRA. Perla Magallon, the Specialist for Information Technology Systems, states, "The opportunity I have to promote the wonderful things that SEISD offers and get TSPRA gold and silver medals makes me very proud. Without a doubt, we are a Community of Champions."