CCS Wins 8 State School Public Relations Awards
Published by Laurie Pender on February 19, 2018
(L-R) Nakol Lovett, Linda Posey, and Renarta Moyd. (Not pictured Laurie Pender)

(L-R) Nakol Lovett, Linda Posey, and Renarta Moyd. (Not pictured Laurie Pender)

School public relations professionals across the state were honored on Friday, January 26 for the products of their craft during the North Carolina School Public Relations Association’s (NCSPRA) annual Blue Ribbon Awards for Effective Communications celebration at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro. Thirty-eight school districts were recognized for outstanding work and received a total of 306 awards in eight categories. 

Included in the list of winners is Renarta Clanton Moyd, chief communications officer; Nakol Lovett, videographer; Laurie Pender, Communications’ secretary and Web manager; and Linda Posey, administrative assistant of Communications (retired), for the Cumberland County School system. 

The Cumberland County Schools received the following 2017 NCSPRA Blue Ribbon Awards:

Electronic Media Category
“Embracing the Vision” 2018 Principal of the Year Video – Gold Award
“A View into Blended Learning” Video – Silver Award
“Twas the Day Before Winter Break” Mannequin Challenge Holiday Video Card – Silver Award
Sprint 1 Million Project Video – Silver Award

Excellence in Writing Category
Cumberland County Schools’ Strengthens Its Quest Back-To-School Article – Bronze Award

Publications Category
Cumberland County Schools’ 2016-2017 Points of Pride Annual Report – Silver Award

Special Events & Programs Category
CCS’ 2018 Principal of the Year Luncheon: “Collaborate. Compete. Succeed.” – Gold Award

Marketing Category
Collaborate. Compete. Succeed. Marketing Campaign (Fall 2017) – Gold Award

NCSPRA President Todd Hagans, Executive Director of Community Relations & Communications 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.”

Award categories included digital media engagement, electronic media, excellence in writing, image/graphic design, marketing, photography, publications (print & electronic), and special events and programs. “Best of the Best” honors were also awarded to the most outstanding entry in each category. Entries were judged by the Georgia School Public Relations Association Board of Directors. 

Prior to the awards ceremony, attendees heard a presentation from Dr. James Merrill, Superintendent of Wake County Public School System. W. Jeffrey Booker, Gaston County Schools Superintendent, and NCSPRA Superintendent Liaison, also offered congratulatory remarks during the ceremony on behalf of the state’s school superintendents. 

NCSPRA’s mission is to build support for public education through well-planned and responsible public relations. For more information visit the NCSPRA Facebook page or


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