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Hawthorn District 73 Recognized For Communications Excellence

Hawthorn District 73 was recognized for its exceptional communications efforts, being awarded an Award of Excellence and two Awards of Merit by INSPRA, the state’s school public relations association. 

The Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) held its annual Communications Contest Awards Luncheon on September 9, at which it recognized the top communications in the state. Professional school communicators from across the country judged the hundreds of submissions. Each entry was evaluated by three judges against a rubric of excellence, with awards given to those that scored within the established ranges for merit and excellence. Coordinator of District Communications Michael McFarlin received an Award of Excellence in the category of Annual Reports, and Communications Specialist Samantha Cook received two Awards of Merit in the category of Videos Produced In-House. 

“We pride ourselves on a tradition of excellence at Hawthorn District 73, and the recognition of our Communications Department is well deserved,” says Hawthorn District 73 Superintendent Dr. Pete Hannigan. “Everyone from top to bottom is focused on our mission of ensuring learning for all, and the work of our Communications Department brings that mission home to include families and the community.”

The annual awards ceremony recognizes individuals and districts performing at the highest level of school public relations.

“We are proud to recognize the winners of the 2022 Communications Contest, who demonstrate excellence in communicating clearly, effectively, and creatively with their school districts and communities,” INSPRA President Tom Jackson said. “Having a robust communications presence in education has never been more important as we emerge from the pandemic and face numerous other challenges in educating today’s students. The exemplary work of these professionals is a testament to their commitment to serving their students, staff and communities.”

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