08-09-12: Communications department wins national and state awards
08-09-12: Communications department wins national and state awards

The Puyallup School District Communications department has won several awards for outstanding communications, including two national awards of merit and several state awards of excellence.

The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) awarded a merit award for excellence in writing to Communications Specialist Susan Gifford for her article, “Walker High grad returns to teach at her junior high.” The article profiled Walker High graduate and Aylen Junior High teacher Keri Lester.

Gifford won another national merit award for the Connections newspaper in the category of print newsletter (external audience). This was one of only 10 merit awards for external print newsletters recognized throughout the country. Gifford is the publication’s editor.

The district Communications department also received several awards from the Washington School Public Relations Association (WSPRA).

WSPRA presented an award of excellence for the district website — one of six awards in this category given statewide, and an award of excellence in writing for Gifford’s Walker High School graduate profile article — one of two presented statewide.

The district also won an award of merit for the Connections newspaper in the external print newsletter category, as well as for two photographs — one taken at a Karshner Museum Family Day and another at the 2011 Puyallup High School graduation ceremony.

Sharing in this year’s awards are Production Assistant Dale Carrington, of Carrington, Ink!, Teresa Stover, of Stover Writing Services, and the Puget Sound Educational Service District.