March 18, 2015
HPISD 1st-grader tops list of 
communications award winners

The Highland Park Independent School District received 29 top statewide awards for excellence in school communications from the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) at its recent annual conference in San Antonio.

HPISD's awards include three Best of Category and nine Gold Star awards, competing against other districts with less than 10,000 students. One of the awards showcased artwork by Armstrong first-grader Hadley Groth, whose watercolor was featured on the cover of the HPISD birthday card. Superintendent Dr. Dawson Orr sends a birthday card to all employees every year. 

Select winners, award title and award category for work produced during the 2013-14 school year are:

Best of Category Awards


Armstrong first-grader Hadley Groth - Birthday Card (Holiday) (Note: Hadley was a kindergartner at the time her watercolor was selected for the card.)




Photography consultant Kim Leeson - First Day of School at Bradfield (Photo - Other Subjects)



Video consultant David Leeson - Teacher of the Year: Ashley McCutchin (Video Special Interest/Feature)

Ashley McCutchin - HPISD's 2014-15 Elementary Teacher of the Year  


Gold Star Awards  


HPISD Director of Communications Helen Williams - Is it our story? (Published News or Feature)



HPISD Web Services Coordinator David Hicks - Are you ready for some football? (Photo - Other Subjects)   


David Leeson - Teacher of the Year: Chad Coffey (Video Special Interest/Feature)

Chad Coffey: HPISD's 2014-15 Secondary Teacher of the Year


Silver Star Awards


David Hicks - Scots score at AT&T Stadium (Photo - Sports Subjects)



Kim Leeson - First Day of School at Hyer (Photo - Other Subjects)

Helen Williams - They did it! (Photo - Other Subjects)

Former HPISD Communications Intern Elena Harding - Classroom Innovation Spotlight: Living Wax Museum (Video Special Interest/Feature)
Classroom Innovation Spotlight: Living Wax Museum

David Hicks - Dads Club Golf Tournament (Video Special Interest/Feature)
Dads Club Golf Tournament 2013

Elena Harding - Sparkling Scots join HP Varsity Cheerleaders (Video Special Interest/Feature)
Sparkling Scots join HP Varsity Cheerleaders

Elena Harding - Welcome new teachers! (Video Special Interest/Feature)
Welcome new teachers!

Helen Williams and David Leeson - Convocation Program 2013 (Video - Live Event Non-Sports)
2013 Highland Park ISD Convocation       
HPISD also won Gold Star Awards for its weekly eNewsletter and its campus websites.

Each year, TSPRA recognizes school communicators for outstanding work in print and electronic media. The statewide organization has more than 800 members, and more than 1,000 entries were submitted for the annual awards competition. Entries selected as best in state were honored with Best of Category, Gold Star, Silver Star and Bronze Star awards.

Click HERE for a complete list of the awards given to HPISD and other districts.