Communication Awards

Every year, CSEA’s Communications Committee recognizes CSEA communicators for their outstanding print and electronic communications. Winners are selected for up to 18 award categories.

Even if you are just starting out, it’s a good idea to enter the competition. You’ll receive constructive feedback from the Communications Committee judges. Some of their comments might help you with your future communication tool, whether it be a printed newsletter, an electronic newsletter, Web site or flyer. Entering the competition will also make you more familiar with the priorities and criteria that CSEA is looking for in its chapter communications.

Award categories

Awards are given for each of the different communication tools: Print, E-Newsletter, Web, and Flyer.

The “Award of Excellence” is awarded to the communicator who receives the highest overall ranking based on the criteria for his/her communication tool.

The “Award of Distinction” is awarded to the best in specific subcategories, such as Design, News Article, Editorial, and Use of Photography.


Entries are evaluated based on criteria—such as content and design— established for each specific category.

2017 Communication Award Winners

A total of 117 entries were received from 33 chapters and one retiree council. The CSEA Communications Committee commends all who entered the competition. Each will receive a certificate of recognition and access to their online evaluation summary with helpful comments from the committee. A presentation announcing the winners will be made at CSEA’s 91st Annual Conference in Las Vegas. For a complete list of winning entries, see Communications Bulletin 4-17.

2017 Awards of Excellence

Coastal Breeze
Kenneth Fry

Santa Maria Elementary Chapter 129

Colette Leyva
Oceanside Unified Chapter 370

Chapter 106 Unity Event
Mari Buck
Desert Sands Unified Chapter 106

CSEA Blaze 2017
Heather Robbins
Barstow College Chapter 176


Awards News

2017 Life Membership and Honor Roll

Conference Delegates posthumously bestowed Life Membership to former Association Secretary and Area C Director Donna D’Arcy. Four CSEA retirees were also added to CSEA's Honor Roll: Roxie Allen, Jeanne Foster, Arlina Montez and Rowena Smith.

2017 Activist of the Year

Peggy Wray, of Lakeside Chapter 240, was named the 2017 Richard C. Bartlett Activist of the Year.

2017 Humanitarian of the Year

Delia Alvarado from Retiree Council 5008 was named the 2017 William P. Schwartz Humanitarian of the Year.

CSEA member wins RISE Award

Paul Rasso, an office equipment technician for Colton schools and member of Colton Chapter 244, was honored in Washington D.C. as one of the 2017 Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award winners.

2017 Members of the Year

CSEA congratulates its 2017 Members of the Year: Lisa Montelli, Kim Richins, Sue Studer, Maria Tapia and Ron Walker.

2017 Classified School Employees of the Year

Six outstanding classified employees were honored by the California Department of Education for their dedication to our public school students. Five of the employees are CSEA members.

2017 Communication Awards

A total of 117 entries were received from 33 chapters and one retiree council. The CSEA Communications Committee commends all who entered the competition.