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2024 Golden Achievement Award Winners

Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, Virginia    
Submitted by: Julia Burgos, Chief of School and Community Relations    
Taneika  Taylor Tukan, Executive Director of Community Partnerships and Engagement    
Gerson Paniagua, Assistant Director of School Engagement and Partnerships
Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, Virginia    
Submitted by: Taneika Taylor Tukan, Executive Director of Community Partnerships & Engagement    
Julia Burgos, Chief of School & Community Relations    
Gladis Bourdouane, Assistant Director of Communications    
Daniela Perez-Bravo, Community Outreach Specialist    
Jaclyn Goddette, Digital Communications Specialist 
Cindy Centeno, External Relations Specialist  

Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, Virginia    
Submitted by: Julia Burgos, Chief of School and Community Relations    
Lizette Torres, Public Information Manager
   
Ascension Parish Public Schools, Donaldsonville, Louisiana    
Submitted by: Jackie Tisdell, Public Information Officer    
Danielle Evans, Digital Media Coordinator    
Delia Taylor, Consultant   
   
Auburn-Washburn USD 437, Topeka, Kansas    
Submitted by: Jessica Roberts, Director of Communications  
Belton School District #124, Belton, Missouri    
Submitted by: Mickie Plummer-Shepheard, District Communications Specialist 
   
Berkley School District, Oak Park, Michigan    
Submitted by: Jessica Stilger, Director of Communications   
   
Bloomington Public Schools, Minneapolis, Minnesota    
Submitted by: Chelsea Janke, Vice President Integrated Marketing at CEL Marketing PR Design
Kate Martin, Director of Marketing & Communications    
Alexandra Holter, PhD, Computer Science Coordinator
 
Bondurant Farrar Community School District, Bondurant, Iowa    
Submitted by: Jessica Hartgers, Communications Specialist    
Broken Arrow Public Schools, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma    
Submitted by: Tara Thompson, Chief Communications Officer    
Christina Dixon, Director of Communications    
Greg Spencer, Director of ArrowVision    
Chase Elkins, Community Relations Coordinator    
Broc Randall, Brand Marketing Manager     
Lorene Brantley, Web Communications Specialist     
Tate DeLana, Graphic Artist     
Shaun Hill, Digital Media Production Coordinator    
Dan Hawk, Multimedia Producer 
Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge, Massachusetts    
Submitted by: Sujata Wycoff, Director of Communications    
Digital & Creative Services 
   
Capital Region BOCES, Goshen, New York    
Submitted by: Tara Mitchell, Public Information Specialist    
Lindsay Quackenbush, Assistant Manager/Digital Content Specialist  
Captivate Media + Consulting, Eden Prairie, Minnesota    
Submitted by: Jake Sturgis, Founder & CEO    
Chelsea Braudt, Marketing Communications Strategist  
   
Ceres Unified School District, Ceres, California    
Submitted by: Beth Jimenez, Communications Specialist    
Daniel Pangrazio, Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services    
Salvador Chavez, Technology Specialist 
   
Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, Colorado    
Submitted by: Abbe Smith, Chief Communications Officer    
Ashley Verville, Director of Communications    
Jeremy Chavez, Multimedia Production Manager     
   
Chesapeake Public Schools, Chesapeake, Virginia    
Submitted by: Laura Lerf, Family and Community Engagement Specialist    
Andrea Vail, Director of Engagement    
Lisa Kerry, Family & Community Engagement Specialist    
April Darnell, Family & Community Engagement Specialist    
Ana Medina, Family & Community Engagement Specialist    

Chester County Intermediate Unit, Downingtown, Pennsylvania  
Submitted by: Melissa Smith, Assistant Director, Communications & Learning Solutions    
Kevin Kaufman, Director of Communications, Cheltenham School District    
Jennifer Chicosky, Marketing & Community Engagement Manager, CCIU  

Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati, Ohio    
Submitted by: Mark Sherwood, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer 
   
Cleveland City Schools, Cleveland, Tennessee    
Submitted by: Caroline Corrigan, Communications Specialist    
   
Columbia Public Schools, Columbia, Missouri    
Submitted by: Aurora Meyer, Communication Manager    
 DISTRICT FINANCIAL AND BUDGET TRANSPARENCY
Community High School District 155, Crystal Lake, Illinois    
Submitted by: Shannon Podzimek, Director of Communications    
Debbie Castro, Spanish Translator/Interpreter and Family Outreach Specialist    
Doug Blatti, Data and Applications Manager    
Covina-Valley Unified School District, Covina, California    
Submitted by: Devina Ortega, Public Information Specialist    
   
Crown Point Community School Corporation, Crown Point, Indiana    
Submitted by: Brooke Allen, Director of Communications      
   
Dearborn Public Schools, Dearborn, Michigan    
Submitted by: Katie Hetrick, Communications Technician    
David Mustonen, Director of Communications and Marketing    
Jacob Farah, Digital Media Technician    
Erik Tschiggfrey, Supervisor, Digital Media Production  
   
Denver Public Schools, Denver, Colorado    
Submitted by: Scott Pribble, Director, External Communications for DPS    
Javier Ibarra, Senior Manager of Media and Public Relations    
Stephanie Eastland, Media Relations Manager    
Douglas County School District, Castle Rock, Colorado    
Submitted by: Douglas District, Communications Officer    
  
Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District, Roseville, California    
Submitted by: Gina Nielsen, Chief Communications Officer    
   
Durango School District 9-R - Durango, CO, Durango, Colorado    
Submitted by: Karla Sluis, Public Information Officer    
Dysart Unified, Surprise, Arizona    
Submitted by: Renee Ryon, Director of Communications & Public Relations    
Ryan McGinley, Educational Media Coordinator    
Carly McVay, Public Relations Program Manager

Dysart Unified, Surprise, Arizona    
Submitted by: Renee Ryon, Director of Communications & Public Relations    
Ryan McGinley, Educational Media Coordinator    
Carly McVay, Public Relations Program Manager    
   
Eden Prairie Schools, Eden Prairie, Minnesota  
Submitted by: Grace Becker, Director of Marketing & Communications    
Dirk Tedmon, Executive Director of Marketing & Communications    
   
Eden Prairie Schools, Eden Prairie, Minnesota    
Submitted by: Dirk Tedmon, Executive Director of Marketing & Communications    
Thomas May, Executive Director of Human Resources    
Grace Becker, Director of Marketing & Communications    
Aditi Kumari, Digital Strategy Coordinator    
Negotiations: Let’s Make a Deal! 
   
El Dorado Public Schools USD 490, El Dorado, Kansas    
Submitted by: Kimberly Koop, Director of Community Engagement and Recruitment    
Fayette County Public Schools, Fayetteville, Georgia    
Submitted by: Melinda Dreisbach, Public Information Officer    
   
Fresno Unified School District, Fresno, California  
Submitted by: Diana Diaz, Director of Communications   
Grand Island Public Schools, Grand Island, Nebraska    
Submitted by: Mitchell Roush, Director of Communications & Marketing    
Kelli Mayhew, Communications Coordinator    
Bibi Luevano, Communications Specialist    

Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, North Carolina    
Submitted by: Gabrielle Brown, Media Relations Specialist (Program Administrator)    
Rebecca Kaye, Senior Advisor 
   
Hickman Mills C-1 Schools, Kansas City, Missouri    
Submitted by: Lynn Goehring, Assistant Director of Communications and Community Engagement    
   
Highline Public Schools, Tacoma, Washington  
Submitted by: Mandi LeCompte, Communications Manager    
Catherine Carbone Rogers, Chief Communications Officer     
Tove Tupper, Communications Director     
Linda Isguerra, Communications Assistant     
Rosie Eades, Communications Specialist     
Nicole Thompson, Digital Communications Manager    
Highline Public Schools, Tacoma, Washington    
Submitted by: Mandi LeCompte, Communications Manager    
 Micaela White, Enrollment Manager    
Communications Team
   
Indian Prairie School District 204, Aurora, Illinois    
Submitted by: Lisa Barry, Executive Director, Communication Services
Ingham ISD - Eaton RESA, Mason, Michigan  
Submitted by: Micki O'Neil, Chief Communications Officer    
Alyson Kechkaylo, Communications Specialist    
Sean Williams, Superintendent, Eaton RESA        
   
Ingham ISD and Eaton RESA, Mason, Michigan    
Submitted by: Micki O'Neil, Chief Communications Officer    
Alyson Kechkaylo, Communication Specialist    
Sara Parkinson, Communications Coordinator    
Sean Williams, Superintendent    
   
Iowa City Community School District, Iowa City, Iowa  
Submitted by: Kristin Pedersen, Director of Community Relations    
Allie Moeller, Communications Specialist      
   
Jurupa USD, Jurupa Valley, California    
Submitted by: Jacqueline Paul, Director of Communications    
Nidia Rojas Del Real, Communications Specialist    
Eduvina Orozco, Communications and Public Relations Assistant      
   
Jurupa USD, Jurupa Valley, California    
Submitted by: Jacqueline Paul, Director of Communications    
Nidia Rojas Del Real, Communications Specialist    
Eduvina Orozco, Communications and Public Relations Assistant      
   
Kyrene School District, Tempe, Arizona    
Submitted by: Erin Helm, Executive Director of Communications & Engagement    
Carolyn Wood, Assistant Director of Communications & Engagement    
Chris Herrmann, Chief Financial Officer      
Laura Bishop Communications, Cherry Hill, New Jersey    
Submitted by: Jessica Reyes, Senior Account Manager    
Toni Violetti, Superintendent      
Leyden High School District 212, Franklin Park, Illinois    
Submitted by: Karen Geddeis, APR, CSBO, Director of Communications      
Los Gatos Union School District, Los Gatos, California    
Submitted by: Karen Briones, Communications Coordinator      
   
Los Gatos Union School District, Los Gatos, California    
Submitted by: Karen Briones, Communications Coordinator      
Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, Wisconsin    
Submitted by: Jodi Fiedler, Internal Communications Officer    
Kristen Waters Guetschow, Director of Mental Health    
Cindy Leines, Founder & Strategist, CEL Marketing PR Design    
Ashley Winter, Content Marketing Coordinator     
   
Medford School District 549C, Medford, Oregon    
Submitted by: Natalie Hurd, Communications & Community Relations Director      
     
Menifee Union School District, Menifee, California    
Submitted by: Josu√© Reyna, Director of Communications and Community Engagement      
   
New Orleans Public School System, New Orleans, Louisiana    
Submitted by: Taslin Alfonzo, Executive Director of Communications      

Oak Harbor Public Schools, Oak Harbor, Washington    
Submitted by: Sarah Foy, Communications Officer    
Michelle Kuss-Cybula, Ed.D., Superintendent    
Lisa Jones, Communications Specialist    
Katey Andrews, Executive Assistant/Communications Specialist      
   
Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, Nebraska    
Submitted by: Jeremy Maskel, Executive Director      
Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, Florida    
Submitted by: Jason Smith, Director of Public Relations      
   
Oregon School District, Oregon, Wisconsin    
Submitted by: Erika Mundinger, Communication Director      
   
Osseo Area Schools, Maple Grove, Minnesota    
Submitted by: Kay Villella, Executive Director of School/Community Relations    
Chelsea Janke, Vice President, Integrated Marketing at CEL Marketing PR Design      
   
Peoria Unified School District, Glendale, Arizona    
Submitted by: Danielle Airey, Chief Communications Officer    
Erin Dunsey, APR, Communications Manager    
Sara Meredith, Public Relations Coordinator    
Angela Toale, Public Relations Coordinator     
   
Placer County Office of Education, Auburn, California    
Submitted by: Michelle Eklund, Chief Communications Officer      
   
Poway Unified School District, San Diego, California    
Submitted by: Christine Paik, Chief Communications Officer    
Brittanie Arnett, Communications Specialist    
Ken Wall, Director of IT      
Prince William County Public Schools, Manassas, Virginia    
Submitted by: Diana Gulotta, Director of Communications    
Hailey Williams, Information Specialist II    
Kathy Barahona, Communications Specialist    
Jim Lepp, Supervisor, Interactive Media and Creative Design    
Raul Rosado Burgos, Senior Writer/Producer     
John Jimenez Diaz, Video Communications Specialist     
Stan Olshefski, Supervisor, Web and Social Media      

Prince William County Public Schools, Manassas, Virginia    
Submitted by: Diana Gulotta, Director of Communications    
Jim Lepp, Supervisor, Interactive Media and Creative Design    
Maria DellaFave, Supervisor, Multimedia Design    
Stan Olshefski, Supervisor, Web and Social Media Services    
Kyle Trott, Senior Writer/Editor     
Frank Pompa, Administrative Coordinator of Multimedia Design     
Sean McDonald, Supervisor, Recruitment and Specialty Programs      
Prince William County Public Schools, Manassas, Virginia    
Submitted by: Diana Gulotta, Director of Communications    
Meghan Silas, Coordinator, Media Relations      
   
Redlands Unified School District, Redlands, California    
Submitted by: Christine Stephens, Communications Manager / Public Information Officer    
Rebecca Maschack, Multimedia Communications Specialist    
Karen Pineda, Multimedia Communications Specialist      
   
Richfield Public Schools ISD #280, Minneapolis, Minnesota    
Submitted by: Chelsea Janke, Vice President Integrated Marketing at CEL Marketing PR Design    
Craig Holje, Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer    
Steve Unowsky, Superintendent     
   
Rochester Community Schools, Rochester, Michigan    
Submitted by: Lori Grein, Executive Director of Strategic Communications      
   
Rockwood School District, Eureka, Missouri    
Submitted by: Mary LaPak, Chief Communications Officer    
David Morrison, Coordinator of Communications    
Curtis Brennecke, Digital Communications Specialist    
Kate Moore, Community and School Relations Specialist    
Andrew Shin, Internal Communications Specialist     
Terri Miller, Senior Webmaster     
Karl Weinrich, Coordinator of Web Services     
Regena Buehler, Communications Secretary    
Brandy Heine, Print Manager
   
Saginaw Intermediate School District, Saginaw, Michigan    
Submitted by: Coty Kuschinsky, Chief of Staff & Communications Supervisor   
Janet Ciesla, Executive Administrative Assistant    
Dr. Jeffrey Collier, Superintendent    
Scott Sawyer, Deputy Superintendent     
   
Salina USD 305, Salina, Kansas    
Submitted by: Jennifer Camien, Communications Director    
Linn Exline, Superintendent of Schools      
   
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, San Bernardino, California    
Submitted by: Jenny Owen, Director Communications and Intergovernmental Relations    
Angel Mead, Communications Specialist      
San Juan Unified School District, Carmichael, California    
Submitted by: Raj Rai, Director of Communication   
Elysse Fresquez, Communication Specialist I      
   
Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose, California    
Submitted by: Kelly Wylie, Executive Director, Public Affairs      
   
Santa Clara Unified School District, Santa Clara, California    
Submitted by: Jennifer Dericco, Director of Communications and Community Engagement    
Phillipa May, Communication Specialist      
   
Sarasota County School District, Sarasota, Florida    
Submitted by: Craig Maniglia, Director of Communications and Community Relations      
   
Sarasota County School District, Sarasota, Florida    
Submitted by: Craig Maniglia, Director of Communications and Community Relations      
   
School District of Pickens County, Easley, South Carolina    
Submitted by: Darian Byrd, Chief Communications Officer    
Caroline Morris, Marketing and Communications Specialist      
   
Scottsdale USD #48, Scottsdale, Arizona    
Submitted by: Kristine Harrington, Communications & Marketing Director    
Nancy Norman, Communications Manager    
Victor Bobbett, Art Digital   
Steven Paluch, Web Content Strategy   
Samantha Schnoes, Social Media Specialist     
Emilio Torres, Digital Content Manager      
   
Scottsdale USD #48, Scottsdale, Arizona    
Submitted by: Kristine Harrington, Communications & Marketing Director    
Victor Bobbett, Art Director    
Samantha Schnoes, Social Media Specialist    
Nancy Norman, Communications Manager    
Steven Paluch, Web Content Strategy Manager  
   
Selma City School District, Selma, Alabama    
Submitted by: Cynthia Milledge, Community and Family Engagement Specialist      
   
Seminole County Public Schools, Sanford, Florida    
Submitted by: Katherine Crnkovich, APR, CPRC, Communications Officer      
   
Seminole County Public Schools, Sanford, Florida    
Submitted by: Katherine Crnkovich, Communications Officer      
Elementary Magnet Enrollment Campaign
Shawnee Mission School District, Overland Park, Kansas  
Submitted by: Michaela Scruggs, Communications Coordinator    
David Smith, Chief Communications Officer    
Kristin Babcock, Communications Coordinator    
Clayton Turrentine, Studio Production Coordinator    
Tom Stephens, Studio Production     
Jordan Kerfeld, Studio Production     
Jillian Hodges, Multimedia Specialist     
 Tash Davis, Communications Specialist     
Mandy LaVelle, Graphic Designer  
   
Shawnee Mission School District, Overland Park, Kansas  
Submitted by: Kristin Babcock, Communications Coordinator    
David Smith, Chief Communications Officer    
Michaela Scruggs, Communications Coordinator    
Mandy LaVelle, Graphic Designer  
Clayton Turrentine, Studio Production Coordinator     
Stephens, Studio Production     
Jordan Kerfeld, Studio Production     
Jillian Hodges, Multimedia Specialist     
Tash Davis, Communications Specialist
   
Solano County Office of Education, Fairfield, California    
Submitted by: Jennifer Leonard, Asst. Superintendent, Communications, Community Engagement & Emergency Management    
Karin Sturgis, Graphic Media & Community Outreach Specialist      
Spring Branch ISD, Houston, Texas    
Submitted by: Melissa Wiland, Director of Communications    
Linda Buchman, Associate Superintendent for Communications & Community Engagement    Chris Elliott, Marketing Coordinator    
Kristen Watts Cain, Web & Media Production Specialist    
Paul Bryant, Print & Multimedia Manager     
Paris Keal, Graphic Design Specialist      
   
Springdale Public Schools, Springdale, Arkansas  
Submitted by: Trent Jones, Communications Director    
John Steele Cooper, Assistant Communications Director    
Luis Alfaro, Technical Director    
Omar Gonzalez V., Camera Operator     
Michael Arriola, Scorekeeper     
Leslie Orozco, Photographer     
Jamie Miskimen, Floor Manager    
Mary Jordan, Writer   
Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, Missouri    
Submitted by: Ren Luebbering, Coordinator of Marketing & Digital Strategies    
Stephen Hall, Chief Communications Officer    
Teresa Bledsoe, Director of Communications    
Jennifer Webb, Coordinator of Customer Service    
Robin Gentry, Administrative Assistant Support Coach     
Kasey Kersey, Administrative Assistant Support Coach     
Shelby Grace, Communications Coordinator      
Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, Missouri    
Submitted by: Ren Luebbering, Coordinator of Marketing & Digital Strategies    
Sean Wright, Video Producer  
   
Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, Missouri    
Submitted by: Ren Luebbering, Coordinator of Marketing & Digital Strategies   
Jessica Blake, Coordinator of Community Relations    
Stephen Hall, Chief Communications Officer      
   
Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, Missouri    
Submitted by: Ren Luebbering, Coordinator of Marketing & Digital Strategies    
Sean Wright, Video Producer    
Stephen Hall, Chief Communications Officer    
Teresa Bledsoe, Director of Communications   
 Pam Bodine, Coordinator of Strategic Communications     
Jessica Blake, Coordinator of Community Relations     
Melody Sanders, Administrative Assistant to the Chief Communications Officer      
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, Covington, Louisiana    
Submitted by: Angela Daviston Dugan, Communications Manager 
Sumner-Bonney Lake School District, Sumner, Washington    
Submitted by: Elle Warmuth, Director of Communications  
Allison Hollingsworth, Communications Specialist 
Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, Washington    
Submitted by: Nora Doyle, Facilities Communications Coordinator    
Tanisha Jumper, Chief Communications Officer   
Kathryn McCarthy, Assistant Director, Communications    
Stacy Page, Facilities Communication Coordinator    
Katie Jennison, Internal Communicator     
Alex Alderman, Communications Assistant     
Amber Young, Administrative Secretary  
Casey Madison, TV Video Production Coordinator

TCAPS, Traverse City, Michigan  
 Submitted by: Ginger Smith, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications      
   
Temecula Valley USD, Temecula, California    
Submitted by: James Evans, Public Information Officer   
Jodie Mueller, Media Specialist    
   
Turlock Unified School District, Turlock, California    
Submitted by: Marie Russell, Director of Communications, Family Engagement & Outreach      
Upper Grand DSB, Guelph, Ontario  
Submitted by: Heather Loney, Communications Manager      
      
Vernon Verona Sherrill Central School District, Verona, New York    
Submitted by: Sondra Whalen, Director of Student Programs and Communications    
   
Visalia USD, Visalia, California    
Submitted by: Dennis Dyck, Digital Media and Content Specialist      
   
Warren County Public Schools, Bowling Green, Kentucky    
Submitted by: Lauren Thurmond, Communications Coordinator    
Dale Parker, Voice and Data Communications Specialist     
Tracey Young, Director of Grants and Community Outreach      
   
Waukee Community School District, Waukee, Iowa    
Submitted by: Kayla Choate, Executive Director of Communications    
Kelly Jelling, Communications Manager      
Westerville City Schools, Westerville, Ohio    
Submitted by: Greg Viebranz, Executive Director Communications & Family Engagement    
Matt Davis, Communications & Marketing Coordinator    
Charlie Boss, Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator  
   
Widefield School District 3, Colorado Springs, Colorado    
Submitted by: Samantha Briggs, Director of Communication    

Worcester Public Schools, Worcester, Massachusetts    
Submitted by: Daniel O'Brien, Chief Communications Officer    
Laraine Weschler, Former Communications Specialist     
Andrew Mudge, Videographer (Third-Party Contractor)  




 

Each year more than 100 experienced communication professionals from around the country volunteer to serve as judges in NSPRA's National School Communication Awards contest using a set of established criteria based on industry best practices. NSPRA staff coordinate the contest but do not serve as judges.