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NCSPRA Hosts Annual Blue Ribbon Awards

The North Carolina School Public Relations Association, an NCASA affiliate, hosted their annual Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony and Brunch on Friday, January 26. This awards ceremony recognizes and honors effective school communications and public relations. A total of 360 Blue Ribbon Awards entries were recognized this year. The following entries were named the “Best of the Best,” a designation that celebrates the best overall entry in each category: 


Digital Media Engagement | Stokes County Schools, “The Singing Superintendent


Electronic Media | Robeson County Schools, "All About Heart"


Excellence in Writing | Alamance-Burlington County Schools, Times News Bold Leadership Op-Ed


Image/Graphic Design | Buncombe County Schools, Student Success Posters/Billboards


Marketing | Kannapolis City Schools, “A Year of Change


Photography | Nash-Rocky Mount Schools, “Kutz for Kingz


Publications (Print & Electronic) | Guilford County Schools, 2016 Annual Report


Special Events & Programs | Union County Schools, “Books & Brackets” Read More here, View celebration PDF here, view bracket here


Closing the Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony is the naming of the 2018 Barry Gaskins Outstanding Service Award. Named for the late Barry Gaskins, the award is the highest honor bestowed by NCSPRA. 


NCASA would also like to congratulate 2018 Barry Gaskins Award recipient Nora Carr, Chief of Staff for Guilford County Schools. In her 27-year career, Carr has worked as a professional communicator, providing guidance on issues management, communications and strategic planning. She is a resource to our state’s school public relations and communications professionals, and embodies the spirit of camaraderie that is Gaskin’s legacy. 


We are proud to partner with NCSPRA and the work that they do – please congratulate these winners and help us celebrate the exceptional work that is going on within our districts.



From left to right: Chris Fuller, NCSPRA Executive Director; Todd Hagans, NCSPRA President; Nora Carr, GCS Chief of Staff and Gaskins Award recipient; Cyndi Shah-Khan, Union Academy and Patricia Hollingsworth, NCSPRA Vice-President.