Hemlock Public School District is proud to announce that it has been honored with five prestigious awards from the Michigan School Public Relations Association (MSPRA). These awards recognize excellence in publications, digital media, and relevant public relations projects, highlighting the district's commitment to effective communication and engagement.

The 2023 MSPRA Excellence Awards program subjected the work of Hemlock's communications team to rigorous evaluation by school PR experts from across the country. After a thorough review of entries from across the state of Michigan, filtered through a set of stringent criteria, Hemlock Public School District emerged as a standout, receiving recognition in multiple categories.

The awards bestowed upon the district are as follows:

  • Video (Award of Merit): Graduation Walkthrough 2023

  • Special Purpose (Award of Merit): Donuts with Don District Overview

  • Audio/Podcast (Award of Merit): The Huskie Pack Podcast: Investing in our Team, Dale Carnegie

  • Marketing Materials (Award of Excellence): The HPSD Brand Style Guide 2023

  • Social Media (Award of Excellence): #StaffSpotlight Series

Joy McMillan, the district’s Communications Specialist, expressed her enthusiasm for the recognition, stating, “I am both delighted and honored by this recognition from the Michigan School Public Relations Association. This achievement reflects the exceptional talents and dedication of the team I have the privilege of working alongside. Our commitment to celebrating both our students and our staff by sharing the stories of Hemlock Public School District remains steadfast, and this recognition further fuels our mission of excellence and creativity in communication”.

The team at Hemlock Public School District extends its gratitude to the MSPRA for their consistent championing of effective school public relations, and for this significant recognition. Board President Matt Wesener said, “I am thrilled to celebrate this remarkable achievement. Winning five prestigious awards from the Michigan School Public Relations Association after bringing home five awards at the national level from the National School Public Relations Association is evidence of our district's dedication to effective communication and engagement”. The district also expresses its appreciation to its dedicated staff, students, parents, and the wider community for their continued support in making these achievements possible. 

Superintendent Don Killingbeck added, "These awards serve as a testament to Hemlock Public School District's commitment to transparent and effective communication with its stakeholders. The district's communications team has consistently strived to provide valuable information, showcase its achievements, celebrate its unique culture, and engage with the community through various media channels”.

The 2023 award winners will be recognized at the Annual MSPRA Conference taking place in March 2024.

About MSPRA: The Michigan School Public Relations Association (MSPRA) are public relations and communication specialists, superintendents and board members, community educators and teacher association directors, curriculum specialists, teachers and college professors, and students from around the state of Michigan. Founded in 1958, MSPRA has been recognized as a 2023 Exemplary Chapter by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and focuses on advancing education through responsible communication.

About HPSD: Hemlock Public School District is a distinguished educational institution dedicated to providing top-tier education in a safe and nurturing environment. With a focus on Academics, Arts, Athletics, and extracurricular offerings, the district empowers students to excel academically, creatively, and athletically, preparing them for success in a diverse and rapidly changing world. For more information, visit