Communications team wins 48 Blue Ribbon Awards

The CMS Communications team won 48 awards for outstanding school public relations at the North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA) Blue Ribbon Awards in Greensboro on Feb 1. Randi Davis, Yaviri Escalera, Vicki Grooms and Brian Hacker were recognized with awards in writing, photography, publications and special events.

"The CMS Communications team is dedicated to empowering and inspiring students, parents, staff and the community," said Tracy Russ, chief communications officer. "The NCSPRA awards are testament to the team's many talents as storytellers and communications professionals. We are honored and proud."

CMS won more awards than any other school district in the state. NCSPRA President Todd Hagans, executive director of community relations and communication 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."

There were nine gold awards presented including:

Excellence in Writing:

1. Stop sign James, Yaviri Escalera
2. Accelerated futures, Vicki Grooms
3. 'He knows what to prescribe," Randi Davis
4. 'This is a win-win," Vicki Grooms
5. Joining a medical team, Vicki Grooms
6. Coming in from the cold, Yaviri Escalera

Excellence in Photography:
1. Stop Sign James, Yaviri Escalera
2. Operation Santa, Yaviri Escalera

Excellence in Special Events and Programs:
1. Honoring a Veteran, Randi Davis