Golden Achievement Award

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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