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The Communications Department supports Community Partnerships in Germantown Municipal School District by working with different departments and schools to extend student learning through partnerships, increase awareness of the excellent education and innovative programs offered at Germantown Municipal School District, actively seek feedback about district initiatives, strengthen partnerships with families, and build positive pathways for communication.
Communications consists of one public relations employee, a television studio staff, a district webmaster, and five student intern ambassadors.  

Communications Staff

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Kate Crowder

Communications Coordinator

Coordinates the Communications Department, which includes strategic community engagement, newsletters, media relations, websites, social media, content/media production, and district notifications.  Kate also works with our Communications Intern Ambassador Team.

About our Student Ambassador/Communications Internship Program

Our internship program is offered to GMSD high school students who support the objectives and strategies of the communications department.  Our team also represents students on focus groups and committees in administrative decision-making.  We work with each student to design a program that best suits their needs, talents, and schedules.  This is a paid position.  Hiring takes place each Spring and is announced in Schoology.  The position is granted for a calendar school year.
Emma Benzing

Emma Grace Benzing

Communications Intern

Emma is a Houston High School senior who loves to participate in HHS theatre, as well as hanging out with her friends and family. She assists in managing the district's Instagram page, leads school safety marketing, and strategic student engagement. Emma hopes to serve as a student voice while interning this year. [email protected]
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Sarah D'Souza

Communications Intern

Sarah is a junior at Houston High school. She is an avid member of the Houston Band and loves to play different instruments (piano, bassoon, and flute). Sarah looks forward to being a part of the comms team and is excited to represent students in district decisions. sarah.d'[email protected]
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Hamin Jin

Communications Intern

Hamin is a senior at Houston High School and is an active member of the Houston Soccer team and leads the Student Engineering Club. Outside of school he loves to tinker with electronics and play sports with friends and is excited to create graphics and video projects on the team. [email protected]
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Phaniraj, Priyanka

Communications Intern

Priyanka Phaniraj is a senior at Houston High School, and this is her second year as a Communications Student Intern. She plays an active role in the community as her school’s Key Club vice president, Tri-M Honors Society historian, and co-founder of the Houston Virtual Peer Tutoring Program. Aside from school, Priyanka is a competitive hip-hop/Bollywood dancer, but for the communications team, she utilizes creative expression as a writer. 

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Ashley Yan

Communications Intern

Ashley is a Houston High School senior who is also a drum major in the Houston Band. She enjoys traveling and baking and also looks forward to creating content that highlights the positive stories of students and staff in GMSD.  [email protected]