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CCO Earns Four Telly Awards


The LCPS Communications and Community Engagement Office (CCO) won four Bronze Telly Awards in the 2022 competition.
The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. 

The awards were announced online Tuesday, May 24. 

The first award recognized The Class of 2034, Episode One. This video was produced as part of a series in which CCO set out to follow a first-year teacher, a high school senior and a kindergarten student from the beginning of the school year to the end with multiple episodes. When we reached out to our 57 elementary school principals to identify the single kindergarten student. Principal Shawn Lacey, of Leesburg Elementary, responded that he had four finalists for the honor but that he was having a hard time selecting just one for the feature. After Lacey shared a few stories about his meetings with the students, CCO knew it wanted to include all of them in the video project. The video highlights what kindergarten students know and do, as well as the very dynamic personalities of Margaux, Max, Korbin and Sebastian. This video was produced by Videographer Laura Cruz. Laura has been the recipient of nine Telly Awards during her career with LCPS.

The second award recognized The Lonely Lightridge Principal. Lightridge High School was the only new high school slated to open in the state of Virginia during the fall of 2020. A pandemic has a funny way of changing a school division’s plans. While the beautiful new facility was ready for its students, the students were taking courses virtually and the brand-new school building was standing more or less empty until a small segment of students began in-person instruction in the spring of 2021. Every day, Dr. Ryan Hitchman, Lightridge’s principal, went to work in this lovely new building that he was unable to share with his student body. In this piece, Hitchman humorously highlights the features of the facility and anticipates the arrival of his students. This video was produced by Videographer Jeff Riegel. Jeff has been the recipient of three Telly Awards during his career with LCPS.

The third award recognized Potomac Falls High School Student Ryan Alam Skydives onto Football Field. Ryan Alam is a student at Potomac Falls High School who is battling a rare, neuro-degenerative illness known as NBIA-MPAN. After his diagnosis, Ryan created a bucket list of things he’d like to accomplish. One of those was skydiving. Ryan achieved this goal with the help of the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights skydiving team. Ryan completed a tandem jump with the Golden Knights in the spring of 2021. Ryan’s school served as the host for the event, with Ryan touching down on the football field, surrounded by classmates, family and friends. The video was produced to highlight an unusual event held at a school, the school’s support for one of its students and the extraordinary spirit of Ryan Alam. This video also was produced by Laura Cruz. 

The fourth award recognized the LCPS Alumni Mental Health Influencer Series. Student mental health was a top concern for LCPS as students returned to the classroom for in-person instruction for the first time in nearly two years. While Superintendent Scott Ziegler was convening a mental health task force to identify needs following the extraordinary circumstances of a global pandemic, the Communications and Community Engagement Office sought ways to convey mental health awareness messages to our school community. These messages would cover topics like handling stress, resiliency, asking for help and finding support. They also would highlight the resources available at school for our students. When it came time to determine who should be the spokesperson to deliver these messages, we keyed in on high-profile alumni from our school division. The series featured:

  • Two NFL players
  • A professional ballerina
  • A female software engineer with Google
  • A professional lacrosse player
  • A female chess grandmaster 

The Alumni Mental Health Series was produced by Videographer Michael Ferrara. This is Michael’s first Telly Award.


Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world.





Published June 13, 2022