The Leander Independent School District School-Community Relations Department earned several honors including a Crystal Commendation Certificate of Merit for its work in communications during the 2021 Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) Conference. 

Chief Communications Officer Corey Ryan, expressed pride in his communications team for their hard work and dedication amidst a global pandemic. 

“This year’s winning entries are a reflection of the amazing work the team did showcasing our students and staff despite the challenges we faced with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ryan said.

Awards were classified by media outlets, such as newsletters, posters, photography, graphics, and websites. Categories were further divided by the number of students served by school or region. 

This year, 1,406 entries were submitted for the 51 main award categories that cover various media such as newsletters, programs, posters, reports, writing, image/identity packages, photography, graphics, video, electronic presentations, mobile apps, campaigns, events and web sites.  Entries are scored by independent judges on a set criterion and are eligible to receive Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stars. Larger, more comprehensive projects and special programs are entered in one of ten Crystal Commendation categories or in the Platinum Award category. 

The Leander ISD Communications Team took home the following awards:

Crystal Commendation Certificate of Merit
Video Portfolio – Active, Transparent and Visible during the COVID-19 Pandemic

1 Gold Star Award
Video Documentary – Leander ISD COVID-19 Response Documentary

1 Silver Star Award
Video News Package – 2019 UIL State Marching Band Contest 

1 Bronze Star Award
Special Event – Convocation 2019: Our Leander ISD Voices

In addition to the state awards, TSPRA members also reflected Ryan to serve on their executive governing board as an at-large representative. This is his second term and third year serving on the statewide board for school communication professionals.