The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) recently announced its third class of 35 under 35 awardees recognizing young professional members who are making a difference for their school districts or education-related employers. All awardees were 35 years old or younger on May 1, 2016. Nominations were made by current NSPRA members.
Lake Hamilton School District Communications Coordinator, Brian Bridges, was chosen as a recipient of this award. He is the only recipient from Arkansas. Brian is currently the treasurer/secretary for ArkaNSPRA. ArkaNSPRA is the Arkansas chapter of the national association consisting of communications and public relations directors throughout the state.
“The face of NSPRA is changing. Many new leaders in our profession are young people who are proving that strategic school communication is timeless and translates easily to this next generation of NSPRA’s Leaders in School Communication. It is exciting to see these young professionals step up to meet the challenges of our school communication profession. They continue to grow and also have much to share with all NSPRA members.” NSPRA Executive Director, Rich Bagin, APR
The 35 under 35 program was started in 2012 and many of awardees continue to provide leadership for their state chapters and NSPRA. Each awardee’s profile will be featured in NSPRA’s e-newsletters during a span of 35 weeks in 2017. The awardees also receive a $100 discount for NSPRA’s Annual Seminar to be held in San Antonio, Texas this July.
For a complete list of the 2016 NSPRA 35 under 35, visit the following website:
“I am honored to receive this recognition from the national association. Through my active membership in ArkaNSPRA and the NSPRA, I have gained many valuable and useful skills that have helped me become a better communicator for the Lake Hamilton School District. I am thankful that the Lake Hamilton administration and school board saw the need for this position three years ago. When I was selected for this position, I immediatley became involved with ArkaNSPRA and the NSPRA. Over the past three years, our ArkaNSPRA organization has grown dramatically since each district in the state is realizing how important it is to have a designated communications and public relations officer. It is truly an honor to be in the position of promoting the Lake Hamilton School District. Lake Hamilton is my home. After being a student at Lake Hamilton from kindergarten thru 12th grade, it was always my goal to return home and work at this district. Communication and public relations is ever-changing. That is one of the things that I love most about this position. No two days are the same. Whether I am setting up interviews with media outlets, working on graphic design for the web and social media, attending events throughout campus, representing Lake Hamilton at career fairs, working on weekly web newsletters, and more, I have enjoyed building relationships with all of our employees, community organizations, and media outlets!” Brian Bridges, LHSD Communications Coordinator