Golden Achievement Award

The Golden Achievement Award recognizes exemplary work in all aspects of school public relations, communication, marketing and engagement. Each entry is judged individually against the contest criteria - not against other entries - and judges select as many winners as meet the award criteria.

2016 Golden Achievement Award Winners

  • Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, VA
    ACPS 2020 Strategic Plan Campaign
    Helen Lloyd, Director of Communications

  • Allegan Area Educational Service Agency, Allegan, MI
    Fighting Lead With Literacy
    Tom Scheidel, Public & Media Relations Coordinator

  • Austin Independent School District, Austin, TX
    Austin ISD's launch of the Stop-Arm Safety Program
    Reyne Telles, Executive Director of Communications

  • Austin Independent School District, Austin, TX
    Boots On a Bus
    Reyne Telles, Executive Director of Communications

  • Austin Independent School District, Austin, TX
    Austin ISD 2015 Convocation Video
    Reyne Telles, Executive Director of Communications

  • Battelle for Kids, Columbus, OH
    Student Success Resource Library: Battelle for Kids On Behalf of Ohio Dept. of Education & Ohio State University
    Kimberly Ratcliff M.P.A., Senior Director

  • Battelle for Kids, Columbus, OH
    Connecting with the Community to Personalize & Transform Teaching & Learning: Battelle for Kids On Behalf of Greater Springfield CareerConnectEd Consortium
    Kimberly Ratcliff M.P.A., Senior Director

  • Battelle for Kids, Columbus, OH
    Engaging Teachers In the Journey: Internal Communications Program In Pittsburgh Public Schools with Battelle for Kids
    Kimberly Ratcliff M.P.A., Senior Director

  • Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI
    #OpeningBHHS – The New Bloomfield Hills High School
    Shira Good, Director of Communications & Community Relations

  • Broadalin-Perth Central Schools, Broadalbin, NY
    "Successories"
    Michele Kelley, Communications Specialist; Betsy DeMars, Communications Specialist

  • Brunswick (Brittonkill) Cental School District, Castleton, NY
    Develop an Alumni Network to Reach and Engage Former Students
    Kristin LaPlante, Communications Specialist

  • Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District, Glenville, NY
    100 Memories of BH-BL
    Tara Mitchell, Communications Specialist

  • Calgary Catholic School District, Calgary, AB
    Social Media Engagement and Growth Campaign
    Tania Younker, Director, Communications

  • Capital Region BOCES, Albany, NY
    Public Information Campaign for Capital Project Vote
    Mellissa Braham, Public Information Specialist

  • Capital Region BOCES, Albany, NY
    Student Attendance Matters: Toolkit and Related Resources to Reduce Chronic Absences and Improve Student Performance
    Jennie Kerwood, Program Manager

  • Capital Region BOCES, Albany, NY
    Using Data to Drive Instruction: Communicating on Assessments In the Opt-out Era
    Adrienne Leon, Program Manager 1

  • Central Islip School District, Central Islip, NY
    Comprehensive Review of Accomplishments
    Barbara LaMonica, Communications & PR Director

  • Central Islip School District, Central Islip, NY
    Education Report - Special Budget Edition
    Barbara LaMonica, Communications & PR Director

  • Clarksville - Montgomery County School System, Clarksville, TN
    Own The Difference
    Elise Shelton, Chief Communications Officer

  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland, OH
    "Communicate with H.E.A.R.T" Customer Service Program
    Roseann Canfora Ph.D., Chief Communications Officer

  • Clover Park School District, Lakewood, WA
    2015 Student Nutrition Point of Sale Transition for Families
    Kim Prentice, Dir., Community Relations

  • Clovis Unified School District, Clovis, CA
    2 Minutes Today
    Kelly Avants APR, Chief Communication Officer

  • Clovis Unif8ed School District, Clovis, CA
    Clovis Unified Attendance Boundary Campaign
    Kelly Avants APR, Chief Communication Officer

  • Clovis Unifed School District, Clovis, CA
    Students of Promise
    Charity Susnick, Resource Specialist

  • Collier County Public Schools, Naples, FL
    50 Schools, 3 Months, 1 Social Media Plan
    Greg Turchetta, Executive Director of Communications

  • Community Consolidated School District 59, Arlington Heights, IL
    The 59 in :59 Video Series: Creating Pride in Community Consolidated School District 59
    David Pohlmeier, Director of Communications and Design

  • Contra Costa County Office of Education, Pleasant Hill, CA
    Campaign: Every School Day Counts: Attend Today, Achieve For a Lifetime!
    Diane Morrell, Communications Specialist

  • CSDCEO, L'Orignal, ON
    Marketing Campaign – International Program
    Simon Vinet, Dir., Communications and Marketing

  • Cumberland County Technical Education Center, Bridgeton, NJ
    Recruiting Students to an Unprecedented Career and Technical Education High School
    Dina Rossi Elliott Ed.D., Superintendent

  • Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, IA
    First In the Nation: Education and the Iowa Caucuses
    Phil Roeder, Director of Community Relations

  • Desert Sands Unified School District, La Quinta, CA
    Desert Sands USD Strategic Communications Plan, School Year 2015-2016
    Mary Perry, Public Information Officer

  • District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC
    #FinditatDCPS: DC Public Schools 2016 Enrollment Campaign
    Anna Gregory, Deputy Chief, Communications

  • Elmhurst CUSD 205, Elmhurst, IL
    Focus 205 Community Engagement Initiative Elmhurst Community School District 205
    Melea Smith APR, Dir., Communications & Public Relations

  • Enid Public Schools, Enid, OK
    Excellence for Enid Schools: 2016 School Bond Election
    Amber Graham Fitzgerald, Director of HR & Communications

  • Fort Worth ISD, Fort Worth, TX
    Superintendent Finalist News Conference
    Barbara Griffith, Senior Communications Officer

  • Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick, MD
    FCPS Respects the Game: Promoting Sportsmanship at the Athletic Events
    Michael Doerrer, Dir., Communications/Cmty Engagement & Marketing

  • Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick, MD
    Classmates4Life
    Michael Doerrer, Dir., Communications/Cmty Engagement & Marketing

  • Gaston County Schools, Gastonia, NC
    Nickels 4 Neighbors
    Todd Hagans, Chief Comms. Officer

  • Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, St. Albert, AB
    "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow" – Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools 150th Anniversary
    Carol Bruineman, Communications Manager

  • Guilderland Central School District, Guilderland Center, NY
    Carving a Path To a Balanced Budget: Online Survey Allows Community to Weigh In On Decisions
    Aubree Kammler, Communications Specialist

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Guilford County Schools (GCS) External Key Communicators
    Kimberly Funderburk, Program Administrator - Community Relations

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Brainfuse (24/7 Online Tutoring/Homework Help) Launch and Implementation
    Lindsay Whitley, Director, Guilford Parent Academy

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    WFMY/Read 2 Succeed Partnership
    Nora Shoptaw, Program Administrator - Communications

  • Henderson County Public Schools, Hendersonville, NC
    "We Are Hope" Week 2016
    Molly McGowan Gorsuch, Public Information Officer

  • Henderson County Public Schools, Hendersonville, NC
    #HCPSnow 2016 Photo Campaign
    Molly McGowan Gorsuch, Public Information Officer

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    Teach Forward Houston
    Helen Spencer, Chief Communications Officer

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    Global Graduate Communications
    Helen Spencer, Chief Communications Officer

  • Hudson Central School District, Hudson, NY
    Hudson CSD Capital Project Communications Plan
    Meghan Tice, Communications Specialist

  • Indian Prairie School District 204, Aurora, IL
    IPSD 204 Mobile App
    Greg Gibson, Lead Web Developer

  • Indian Prairie School District 204, Aurora, IL
    Explore 204
    Janet Buglio, Executive Director of Communications

  • Kennewick School District, Kennewick, WA
    2016 School Levy Campaign: Why's the School Levy a BIG Deal?
    Robyn Chastain, Director of Communications & Public Relations

  • Kenosha Unified School District, Kenosha, WI
    KUSD Fine Arts Feature Videos
    Jessie Tuttle, Communications Support Specialist

  • Kenosha Unified School District, Kenosha, WI
    KUSD Recognition Programs
    Jessie Tuttle, Communications Support Specialist

  • Kenosha Unified School District, Kenosha, WI
    KUSD Employee Spotlight
    Jessie Tuttle, Communications Support Specialist

  • Kenosha Unified School District, Kenosha, WI
    Stand Up Kenosha Anti-bullying Campaign
    Jessie Tuttle, Communications Support Specialist

  • Kent Intermediate School District , Grand Rapids, MI
    Roots of Reading Success: Key Findings of the Reading Now Network Field Study Team, A Video Series
    Allison Kaufman, Communications Director

  • Kimberly Area School District, Combined Locks, WI
    Start Here, Excel Here
    Nicole Noonan, Communications

  • Laveen Elementary School District #59, Laveen, AZ
    Promotional Video Series
    Kristen Landry, Communications Director

  • Laveen Elementary School District #59, Laveen, AZ
    "Creating Bright Futures" District Brand Development
    Kristen Landry, Communications Director

  • Lexington School District One, Lexington, SC
    Lexington One Website
    Mary Beth Hill, Chief Operations Officer

  • Lexington School District One, Lexington, SC
    2015 Teacher of the Year Celebration
    Mary Beth Hill, Chief Operations Officer

  • Lincoln County R-III, Troy, MO
    Kindergarten Registration Awareness Campaign
    April Bryant, Community Relations Director

  • Lincoln County R-III, Troy, MO
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Cinemagraph
    April Bryant, Community Relations Director

  • Manchester Public Schools, Manchester, CT
    "Humans of Manchester Public Schools"
    Jim Farrell, Communications Director

  • Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, AZ
    Comprehensive AzMERIT Statewide Communications Package
    Helen Hollands, Director, Communications & Marketing

  • Minnetonka Public Schools, Minnetonka, MN
    A Celebration of Excellence
    Janet Swiecichowski APR, Exec. Dir., Communications

  • Minnetonka Public Schools, Minnetonka, MN
    I Found It In IB!
    Lyssa Campbell APR, Communications Coordinator

  • Mobile County Public Schools, Mobile, AL
    Telling the Story of Mobile County Public Schools
    Rena Philips, Director of Communication

  • Mohonasen Central School District, Schenectady, NY
    The Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen
    Karen Nerney, Public Information Specialist

  • Montgomery County Public Schools, Christiansburg, VA
    Crisis Communication – Confederate Flag Protest
    Brenda Drake, Public Information Officer

  • Moorhead Area Public Schools, Moorhead, MN
    Shaping Our Future for Growth and Learning 2015 Bond Referendum Campaign
    Pam Gibb APR, Communications Coordinator

  • Naperville Community School District 203, Naperville, IL
    Digital Learning Initiative
    Jen Hannon, Communications Manager

  • Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Nashville, NC
    2015 Evening of Academic Excellence
    Patricia Hollingsworth Ed.D., Chief Public Information Officer

  • Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Nashville, NC
    2015 Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year Banquet
    Patricia Hollingsworth Ed.D., Chief Public Information Officer

  • Nassau BOCES, Garden City, NY
    Nassau BOCES Website Redevelopment
    Angela Marshall, Public Information Officer

  • Nassau BOCES, Garden City, NY
    Nassau BOCES Twitter Plan 2015-16
    Angela Marshall, Public Information Officer

  • Nassau BOCES, Garden City, NY
    LIHSA/Doshi STEM Institute Campaign 2015-16
    Angela Marshall, Public Information Officer

  • Natchez-Adams School District, Natchez, MS
    Spotlight
    Steven Richardson, Public Relations Coordinator

  • Natchez-Adams School District, Natchez, MS
    NASD Street Team
    Steven Richardson, Public Relations Coordinator

  • Natchez-Adams School District, Natchez, MS
    Team NASD Community Service Team
    Steven Richardson, Public Relations Coordinator

  • North Thurston Public Schools, Lacey, WA
    Lacy Loves to Read: Community and Schools Reading Together
    Courtney Schrieve, Director of Communications & Community Relations

  • Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC), Albany, NY
    Transforming Schools: Guidance on Instructional Technology Planning and the Smart Schools Bond Act
    Christine Carpenter, Communications Specialist

  • OK Dept of Career & Technical Education, Stillwater, OK
    Making a Difference – Oklahoma CareerTech
    Paula Bowles, Chief Communications Officer

  • Osseo Area Schools, Maple Grove, MN
    Increasing Trust Through Community Engagement: Enrollment and Capacity Management Task Force
    Barb Olson APR, Dir., School/Community Relations

  • Ottawa Area ISD, Holland, MI
    Thompson M-TEC Brand Refresh
    Michelle Ready, Director of Communications & Marketing

  • Parkway Schools, Chesterfield, MO
    Back to School In Parkway
    Paul Tandy APR, Chief Communications Officer

  • Pearland ISD, Pearland, TX
    Pearland ISD RISE Mentoring
    Kim Hocott, Director of Communications

  • Peoria Unified School District, Glendale, AZ
    Pride of Peoria
    Danielle Airey, Director of Public Relations

  • Portland Public Schools, Portland, OR
    Growing Great Schools: An Opportunity for Strong Schools In Every Neighborhood
    Jon Isaacs, Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

  • Poudre School District, Fort Collins, CO
    "People of PSD"
    Staci Bradbury, Communications Specialist

  • Reading School District, Reading, PA
    #RSDproud Campaign
    Kristin Boyd Edwards, Director of Community Engagement

  • Reading School District, Reading, PA
    2015-2016 Reading School District Communication Program
    Kristin Boyd Edwards, Director of Community Engagement

  • Reynolds School District, Fairview, OR
    Win Your Bond Election In the First Try: How Reynolds Did It!
    Andrea Watson APR, Communications Director

  • Roanoke County Public Schools, Roanoke, VA
    Load the Bus for Kids – 2015
    Chuck Lionberger APR, Community Relations Specialist

  • Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO
    Rockwood Facebook Character Campaign – Rockwood Rocks!
    Jay Scherder, Marketing and Media Information Specialist

  • Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO
    New Communications Systems for Rockwood Curriculum
    Karl Weinrich, Coordinator of Web Services

  • Saint Paul Public Schools, Saint Paul, MN
    Safe Schools. Safe You.
    Pepe Barton, School Communications and Marketing Specialist

  • Saint Paul Public Schools, Saint Paul, MN
    I Am SPPS
    Troy Melhus, Digital Media Manager

  • Saint Paul Public Schools, Saint Paul, MN
    Happening Now In SPPS
    Troy Melhus, Digital Media Manager

  • Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Salem, OR
    North Salem High School Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Freshmen
    Jay Remy, Dir. of Cmty Relations & Comms.

  • Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose, CA
    Santa Clara County School Job Fair
    Shannon Carr, PR Specialist

  • San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, San Bernardino, CA
    San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools 2015 State of Education
    Christine McGrew, Chief Communications Officer

  • School District #62 – Sooke, Victoria, BC
    A Twenty-First Century Look: Redesigning the Sooke School District's Website
    Lindsay Vogan, Communications Specialist

  • Shawnee Mission School District, Shawnee Mission, KS
    District Groundbreaking Community Outreach and Public Engagement
    Leigh Anne Neal Ed.D., Asst. Supt., Communication

  • Shawnee Mission School District, Shawnee Mission, KS
    Community Engagement in Sixth-Grade Configuration Study
    Leigh Anne Neal Ed.D., Asst. Supt., Communication

  • Shawnee Mission School District, Shawnee Mission, KS
    #ProudtobeSMSD Social Media Engagement
    Leigh Anne Neal Ed.D., Asst. Supt., Communication

  • South Glens Falls CSD, South Glens Falls , NY
    South Glens Falls Central School District: Building Our Future
    Monica Lester, Communications Specialist

  • South Washington County Schools, Cottage Grove, MN
    Taking the Next Steps - 2015 Referendum Election
    Barb Brown, Communications Director

  • Spring Branch ISD, Houston, TX
    The Spring Branch Way: Bringing New Core Values to Life in SBISD
    Linda Buchman, Community Relations Officer

  • Spring ISD, Houston, TX
    Every Child 2020
    Sheleah Reed, Communications Officer

  • Spring ISD, Houston, TX
    Love of Reading
    Sheleah Reed, Communications Officer

  • Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MO
    Explore! Make Your Mark
    Teresa Bledsoe, Director of Communications

  • Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
    Tacoma Kids Have It
    Kathyrn McCarthy, Coordinator, Public Information

  • Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Lindsay, ON
    Feed All Four – It's Our Way of Being.
    Catherine Shedden APR, Communications Manager

  • Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Lindsay, ON
    Yearly Outdoor Education Centre Branding
    Laura Blaker, Communications Officer

  • Troy City School District, Troy, NY
    Troy CSD Special Vote Communications Campaign
    Erin Clary, Communications Specialist

  • Twin Rivers USD, North Highlands, CA
    We Are TR! 2015 Back to School Rally
    Zenobia Gerald, Director of Communication

  • Utah Education and Telehealth Network, Salt Lake City, UT
    UEN Technical Summit
    Rich Finlinson APR, Communication Manager

  • Utah Education and Telehealth Network, Salt Lake City, UT
    Legislative Communication Plan
    Rich Finlinson APR, Communication Manager

  • Vancouver Public Schools, Vancouver, WA
    Replacement Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy
    Patricia Nuzzo, Communications Director

  • Westwind School Division #74, Cardston, AB
    LGBTQ Policy Education and Engagement Project
    Graham Ruttan, Communications Officer

  • Wichita Public Schools USD 259, Wichita, KS
    Wichita Public Schools Celebrates American Education Week
    Wendy Johnson APR, Division Director, Marketing/Communications

  • Williamson County Schools, Franklin, TN
    Academic All-Stars
    Cory Mason, Asst. Communications Director

  • WJCC Public Schools, Williamsburg, VA
    2016 Presidential Dual Primary
    Betsy Overkamp-Smith APR, Director, PR & Engagement

  • WJCC Public Schools, Williamsburg, VA
    10 Points of Pride
    Betsy Overkamp-Smith APR, Director, PR & Engagement

  • Woodward Academy, Woodward, IA
    Why Woodward Academy? Let Us Show You
    Eric Smidt, Communications Director

  • Ysleta ISD, EL Paso, TX
    2015 YISD Bond Campaign
    Patricia Ayala, Director of Public Relations

 


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