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.

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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