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.

2017 Golden Achievement Award Winners

  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, CO
    Five Star Leadership Academy
    Joe Ferdani, Director of Communications

  • AIS Network, on behalf of the VDOE, Falls Church, VA
    Virginia Schools Quality Profiles
    Laurie Head, co-owner and VP Marketing Communications

  • Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, VA
    Empower, Train, Coach Campaign: Multiplying the Reach of Communications
    Helen Lloyd, Director of Communications

  • Anoka-Hennepin Schools Community Education, Anoka, MN
    Got Veggies?
    Heather Peters, Communication Coordinator

  • Bay Village City Schools, Bay Village, OH
    A Good Investment in a Great Value – Our Schools
    Karen Derby-Lovell, Director of Communications

  • Bend-La Pine Schools, Bend, OR
    Building Community Through Communication and Crisis Response
    Julianne Repman, Director of Communication and Safety

  • Broadablin-Perth Central Schools, Broadalbin, NY
    Innovate: Building Informed Consent for a Transformational Capital Project
    Michele Kelley, Public Information Specialist

  • Calumet Public School District 132, Calumet Park, IL
    6 to 60 Before and After School Programs
    Norman Edwards, Programs Manager

  • Capital Region BOCES, Albany, NY
    Transforming Education Through Vision, Leadership and Support in Technology: NERIC Brand Development
    Deborah Bush-Suflita, Director of Communications

  • Capital Region BOCES, Albany, NY
    Profile of a Tech Valley High School Graduate: Addressing An Issue of School Identity
    Deborah Bush-Suflita, Director of Communications

  • Central Islip UFSD, Medford, NY
    Education Report: Budget Edition
    Barbara LaMonica, Communications & PR Director

  • Central Islip UFSD, Medford, NY
    Central Islip Education Report
    Barbara LaMonica, Communications & PR Director

  • Cohoes City School District, Cohoes, NY
    Every Minute Matters
    Jodie Orzechowski, Communications Specialist

  • Crete-Monee School District 201-U, Crete, IL
    CM 201-U Night of Leadership Event – "Make a Good Decision, Vote for ONE Vision"
    Natalie Nash, Director of Communications

  • Croton-Harmon UFSD, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
    Connect with Croton
    Gregory Cavalieri, Technical Support Specialist

  • Dallas ISD, Dallas, TX
    PREP U Workshop Series and PREP U Super Saturday
    Elsa Valenzuela-Pennell, Dir., Office Family & Cmty Engagement

  • DeKalb County School District, Stone Mountain, GA
    E-SPLOST Awareness Campaign
    Ramona Mills, Communications Specialist II

  • DeKalb County School District, Stone Mountain, GA
    Lead-in-Water Stakeholder Communications Campaign
    Ramona Mills, Communications Specialist II

  • DeKalb County School District, Stone Mountain, GA
    My Brother's Keeper DeKalb Summit (MBK DeKalb)
    Portia Kirkland, Communications Specialist III

  • DeKalb County School District, Stone Mountain, GA
    2017 Cyber Safety Day
    Portia Kirkland, Communications Specialist III

  • District School Board of Niagara, St. Catharines, ON
    I Matter: Implementation of the DSBN Strategic Plan
    Kim Yielding, Chief Communications Officer

  • DoDEA, Alexandria, VA
    2017 DoDEA Teacher of the Year
    Jade Fulce, Public Affairs Specialist

  • Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, FL
    "Real School"
    Matt Biegun, Supervisor, Video Communications

  • Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, FL
    "Quality Education For All Fund" Video Campaign
    Matt Biegun, Supervisor, Video Communications

  • Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, FL
    "DCPS: The Movie Trailer" – State of the Schools
    Matt Biegun, Supervisor, Video Communications

  • Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
    Weed Can Wait Youth Prevention Campaign
    Lori Oberheide, Asst. Superintendent, Comms. & Cmty Engagemet

  • El Dorado Public Schools USD 490, El Dorado, KS
    May 2016 Bond Issue
    Kimberly Webb, Director of Information Services

  • Ferndale Schools, Ferndale, MI
    Ferndale Schools "Learn Local"
    Bill Good, Dir., Communications, Pupil Services, and Special Programs

  • Garden City UFSD, Garden City, NY
    "In Their Own Words III"
    Catherine Knight, Coordinator of Public Relations

  • Greenville County Schools, Greenville, SC
    Teacher of the Year Recognition Program
    Sandra Welch, PTA/Staff Support Specialist

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Parent Engagement Café
    Lindsay Whitley, Director, Guilford Parent Academy

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Title 1 Parent Ambassador
    Lindsay Whitley, Director, Guilford Parent Academy

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    GCS Choice Showcase 2017
    Nora Shoptaw, Program Administrator, Communications

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Superintendent's First 100 Days Entry Plan
    Nora Shoptaw, Program Administrator, Communications

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Superintendent's Transition Team
    Nora Shoptaw, Program Administrator, Communications

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Thank a Teacher Campaign 2016
    Nora Shoptaw, Program Administrator, Communications

  • Houston County Board of Education, Perry, GA
    HCBOE E-SPLOST Campaign
    Beth McLaughlin, Director, Community & School Affairs

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    Family Friendly School Certification
    Sarah Greer-Osborne, Strategic Communications Director

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    Social Media Scorecard
    Sarah Greer-Osborne, Strategic Communications Director

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    State of the Schools
    Sarah Greer-Osborne, Strategic Communications Director

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    Educators of the Year
    Sarah Greer-Osborne, Strategic Communications Director

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    Listen and Learn Tour
    Sarah Greer-Osborne, Strategic Communications Director

  • J. Sterling Morton HSD 201, Cicero, IL
    2016 AP District of the Year
    Priscilla Grace Lopez, Community Outreach Coordinator

  • Kenosha Unified School District, Kenosha, WI
    Unified Heroes
    Jessie Tuttle, Communications Support Specialist

  • Ladue School District, Saint Louis, MO
    85.1 Million Referendum Passed with 64% Approval
    Susan Downing, Director of Communications

  • Lake Washingon School District, Redmond, WA
    Lake Washington School District – April 2016 Bond Measure
    Shannon Parthemer, Communications Manager

  • Manatee School District, Bradenton, FL
    ManaTeach – What I Taught What I Learned
    Michael Barber, Communications Director

  • Maryville City Schools, Maryville, TN
    Sharing the Big Picture – District Communication Improvements
    Sharon Anglim, Director of Communications

  • McAllen ISD, McAllen, TX
    McTA+lks
    Norma Zamora-Guerra, Community Information Director

  • McAllen ISD, McAllen, TX
    McAllen ISD Enrollment Campaign
    Norma Zamora-Guerra, Director of Communications

  • Mercer Island School District, Mercer Island, WA
    Mercer Island Pathfinder Awards
    Craig Degginger, Communications. & Alumni Relations Coordinator

  • Mobile County Public Schools, Mobile, AL
    #ItStartsToday
    Rena Philips, Director of Communication

  • Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Naperville, IL
    "Your Digital Footprint Matters" Video Contest
    Jen Hannon, Communications Manager

  • Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Naperville, IL
    School Day Survey
    Jen Hannon, Communication Manager

  • Nassau BOCES, Garden City, NY
    Long Island Pre-K Initiative
    Lucinda Hurley, Executive Director

  • Nelson County Schools, Bardstown, KY
    World Readiness Program
    Tom Dekle, Communications Director

  • Oak Ridge Schools, Oak Ridge, TN
    Public Engagement with a Focus on Success for Every Oak Ridge Student
    Holly Cross, Supervisor, Career Readiness & Communications

  • Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, NE
    Reaching Homeschool Families with Omaha Virtual School
    Kala Morrissey, Coordinator of Marketing and Visual Communication

  • Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, NE
    Increasing Engagement On Omaha Public Schools Social Media
    Dara Hogan, Public Information Technician

  • Ontario Principals' Council, Toronto, ON
    Health and Physical Education Curriculum Administrators' ToolKit
    Peggy Sweeney, Senior Communications Consultant

  • Orono Public Schools, Long Lake, MN
    Orono Excellence
    Gary Kubat, Director of Communications

  • Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Holland, MI
    Careerline Tech Center Early College Program
    Michelle Ready, Director of Communications and Integrated Marketing

  • Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Holland, MI
    Help Me Grow/Ottawa
    Michelle Ready, Director of Communications and Integrated Marketing

  • Pascagoula-Gautier School District, Pascagoula, MS
    BELIEVE!
    Debbie Anglin, Director of Communications

  • Pearland ISD, Pearland, TX
    Building On A Firm Foundation
    Kim Hocott, Executive Director of Communications

  • Peoria USD, Glendale, AZ
    Kindergarten
    Danielle Airey, Chief Communications Officer

  • Pflugerville ISD, Pflugerville, TX
    30 in 30 Video Series
    Steve Scheffler, Communications Officer

  • Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Pharr, TX
    PSJA Community Connect Program
    Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, Director of Communications

  • Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Pharr, TX
    PSJA Votes Campaign
    Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, Director of Communications

  • Pinellas County Schools, Largo, FL
    Referendum 2016: Because of You
    Lorri Helfand, Communications Coordinator

  • Pine-Richland School District, Gibsonia, PA
    Strategic Plan Implementation Communication Campaign
    Rachel Hathhorn, Director of Communications

  • Poudre School District, Fort Collins, CO
    Teachers Matter
    Staci Bradbury, Communications Specialist

  • Poudre School District, Fort Collins, CO
    Social Supporters
    Staci Bradbury, Communications Specialist

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Troy CSD 2016 Special Vote Communications Campaign
    Erin Clary, Communications Specialist

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Launching A District Facebook Page
    Kristin LaPlante, Communications Specialist

  • Radnor Township School District, Wayne, PA
    Honoring the Fallen Heroes of Radnor High School
    Michael Petitti, Director of Communications

  • Richland School District Two, Columbia, SC
    Ridge View High School Bojangles' Bash
    Theresa Riley Stephens, School Marketing Coordinator

  • Roanoke County Public Schools, Roanoke, VA
    Load the Bus for Kids 2016
    Chuck Lionberger, Community Relations Specialist

  • Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Salem, OR
    Moms, Dads & Grads; High School Graduation June 2016
    Jay Remy, Dir., Community Relations & Communications

  • School District 54, Schaumburg, IL
    District 54 Education Foundation Food 4 Thought (breakfast program fundraising campaign)
    Terri McHugh, Community Relations Director

  • School District of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL
    A Penny Counts: Making the Case for a Penny Sales Tax in Palm Beach County
    Amity Schuyler, Chief Officer, Strategic Communications & Engagement

  • Socorro ISD, El Paso, TX
    2016-2017 Team SISD Back to School Campaign
    Daniel Escobar, Chief Communication Officer

  • Socorro ISD, El Paso, TX
    SISD WIN Academy
    Daniel Escobar, Chief Communications Officer

  • St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, Covington, LA
    STPPSCares Fundraiser for Flood Relief
    Meredith Mendez, Director of Communications

  • Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
    2016-2017 Tacoma Kids Have It calender/video series
    Kathyrn McCarthy, Strategic Communications and Marketing Manager

  • Titusville Area School District, Titusville, PA
    Website Redesign and Public Relations Project
    Jeremy O'Toole, Webmaster & Library Media Specialist

  • Traverse City Area Public Schools, Traverse City, MI
    From Here You Can Go Anywhere Community Campaign
    Christine Guitar, Director of Marketing & Communications

  • Utah Education and Telehealth Network, Salt Lake City, UT
    UtahFutures: College and Career Planning Campaign
    Rich Finlinson, Communication Manager

  • Utah Education and Telehealth Network, Salt Lake City, UT
    Stories of Champions: A Utah American Graduate Campaign
    Rich Finlinson, Communication Manager

  • Vancouver Public Schools, Vancouver, WA
    Re: Schools
    Patricia Nuzzo, Communications Director

  • Wayne County Public Schools, Goldsboro, NC
    Strategic Communications: Transforming WCPS Communications & Engagement
    Ken Derksen, Director of Communication Services/PIO

  • West Des Moines Community Schools, West Des Moines, IA
    Kindergarten Enrollment
    Elaine Watkins-Miller, Director of School/Community Relations

  • West Des Moines Community Schools, West Des Moines, IA
    WDMCS Branding
    Elaine Watkins-Miller, Director of School/Community Relations

  • West Des Moines Community Schools, West Des Moines, IA
    Career & Apprenticeship Showcase
    Elaine Watkins-Miller, Director of School/Community Relations

  • West Des Moines Community Schools, West Des Moines, IA
    District Brand Development
    Elaine Watkins-Miller, Director of School/Community Relations

  • Wichita Public Schools, USD 259, Wichita, KS
    Wichita Public Schools Earthquake Plan – Drop, Cover & Hold
    Terri Moses, Executive Director of Safety Services; Jennifer Bellinger-Sipes, WPS-TV Producer

  • Williamson County Schools, Franklin, TN
    Be A Friend, Step In
    Cory Mason, Assistant Communications Director

  • Woodward Academy, Woodward, IA
    Become a Woodward Academy Knight
    Eric Smidt, Communications Director

 


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