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2023 NSPRA Gold Medallion Winners Announced!

Author: NSPRA Staff/Wednesday, June 7, 2023/Categories: News

The National School Public Relations Association's Gold Medallion Awards program is the field's top competition recognizing superior school public relations programs and campaigns grounded in strategic communication best practices. This year, eight Gold Medallion winners were selected from among 66 entries submitted by communication professionals from school districts across the United States and Canada. The eight winning school districts and their communicators will be celebrated during the NSPRA 2023 National Seminar in St. Louis, Mo., in July.

Entries were submitted in six categories, but only four of those categories had a winner. Congratulations to the following school districts and their communications staff on earning a 2023 NSPRA Gold Medallion!


Gold Medallion AwardBond/Finance Campaign 

Stability and Excellence for Our Future: Eden Prairie Schools Referendum 2022
Eden Prairie Schools
Eden Prairie, Minn.
Submitted by: Grace Becker, Director of Marketing and Communications, Dirk Tedmon, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications and Brandon Mitchell, Multimedia Storyteller

Building a Better Future
Osseo Area Schools
Maple Grove, Minn.
Submitted by: Kay Villella, APR, Director of School/Community Relations and Chelsea Janke, CEL Marketing PR Design


Marketing Communication Campaign 

Calling All Kindergarteners
Peoria Unified School District
Glendale, Ariz.
Submitted by: Danielle Airey, APR, Chief Communications Officer, Erin Dunsey, Communications Manager, Sara Meredith, Public RelationsCoordinator, David Collie, Media Productions Specialist, Natalie Zinovyev, Graphics Specialist and Rebecca Terry, Executive Assistant.

Greatness Grows Here
Salina Public Schools 305
Salina, Kan.
Submitted by: Jennifer Camien, Public Information Director and Chelsea Janke, CEL Marketing PR Design


Public Engagement / Parental Involvement Campaign 

Cville Kids Walk to School: A Small-City Transportation Transformation
Charlottesville City Schools
Charlottesville, Va.
Submitted by: Beth Cheuk, Supervisor of Community Relations and Amanda Korman, Community Relations Liaison


Special Communication Project / Campaign 

MCPSS Teacher Recruitment Fair
Mobile County Public School System
Mobile, Ala.
Submitted by: Rena Philips, Director of Communication 

Introducing the new OPS.org to the Omaha Public Schools Community
Omaha Public Schools
Omaha, Neb.
Submitted by: Kala Morrissey, Director of Communications and Jeremy Maskel, APR, Chief Communications Officer

Teranga Academy
Bowling Green Independent Schools
Bowling Green, Ky.
Submitted by: Leslie McCoy, APR, Director of Communications


"This year's winning submissions are truly reflective of best-in-class, effective school communication plans," said NSPRA Executive Director Barbara M. Hunter, APR. "Each demonstrated a rich understanding of strategic communication best practices and resulted in a positive, authentic impact on their communities."

Gold Medallion winners will be honored during the NSPRA President Installation and Gold Medallion Awards Ceremony Luncheon at the NSPRA 2023 National Seminar on Wednesday, July 19, from 12 - 2 p.m. CT at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, 1820 Market St., St. Louis, Missouri. Luncheon tickets are $55/ticket and must be purchased in advance by Monday, July 10. Tickets can be purchased when registering for the Seminar or by updating an existing registration, either in the Attendee Service Center/Speaker Service Center or by contacting seminar@nspra.org.

At the Seminar, Gold Medallion winners also will present on their campaigns during the Gold Mine Roundtables sessions sponsored by Apptegy Wednesday, July 19, from 8 - 10:30 a.m. CT. View the Seminar schedule at a glance.

Winning entries are featured on the NSPRA website and will be spotlighted in association member e-newsletters in the coming school year.

NOTE: 2023 Golden Achievement Award and Publications and Digital Media Excellence Award winners will be announced the week of June 12.

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