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3 HCDE Communications Professionals Earn Awards through 2018 Lone Star Awards
News Release
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Three Communications and Creative Services professionals gained awards in the 2018 Lone Star Awards through the Houston Press Club. Daniel Villarreal was named first-place winner in "Public Relations Corporate Video" category for his video: “HCDE Tax Rate.” Villarreal also earned third place for a video entry called “Mayor GoPublic Message.”

Lindsey Sanders, Communications and Creative Services coordinator, gained a second-place award in the category “Print Photography” for her photo at the Academic and Behavior Schools Chess Tournament entitled: Focus. Carol Vaughn, Communications and Creative Services manager, earned a third-place award in the “Public Relations Feature” category for a feature story about a Highpoint East student. View the full list of winners: .

Photo: "Focus" by staff member Lindsey Sanders.

About Harris County Department of Education: HCDE provides special education, therapy services, early education, adult education and after-school programming. Services are funded by government grants, fees and a local property tax rate of $.005195. For every dollar in local property tax collected, HCDE provides $4.40 in services to the 25 Harris County school districts. HCDE also operates four campuses for students with profound special education needs and adjudicated youth who require a low student-teacher ratio and highly structured environment. One-hundred percent of students served on HCDE campuses are at-risk. The organization is governed by an elected board of seven trustees and has 1,060 employees and 33 facilities, including 15 Head Start centers. More info at


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