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.

2018 Golden Achievement Award Winners

  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, CO
    Safety & Security Marketing Campaign
    Joe Ferdani, APR,  Director of Communications

  • Anoka-Hennepin School District, Anoka, MN
    Fit for the Future Referendum
    Kay Villella, Asst. Dir., Communications

  • Asheville City Schools, Asheville, NC
    Celebrating 130 Years of Asheville City Schools
    Ashley-Michelle Thublin, Executive Director of Communications

  • Asheville City Schools, Asheville, NC
    #TheACSWay
    Ashley-Michelle Thublin, Executive Director of Communications

  • Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta, GA
    National Walkout Day Media Plan and Execution
    Latisha Gray, APR, Director of Communications

  • Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta, GA
    Operation Grad Nation
    Latisha Gray, APR,Director of Communications

  • Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta, GA
    Day One APS
    Latisha Gray, APR, Director of Communications

  • Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, CO
    APS Interactive Map
    Patti Moon, Chief Communication Officer

  • Berkley School District, Oak Park, MI
    Kindergarten Enrollment Outreach 2018
    Jessica Stilger, Communications Supervisor

  • Bloomington Public Schools, Bloomington, MN
    School-based Referendum Campaign: Motivate and Mobilize
    Rick Kaufman, APR, Executive Director/Community Relations & Emergency Management

  • Bloomington Public Schools, Bloomington, MN
    Centennial Event
    Kate Martin, Marketing and Communications Manager

  • Bloomington Public Schools, Bloomington, MN
    Realtor Marketing Events – The Best of Bloomington: Schools + Community
    Kate Martin, Marketing and Communications Manager

  • Calgary Catholic School District, Calgary, AB
    Technology and Communications Come Together: A Portal Solution
    Tania Van Brunt, Director, Communications

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

  • Central Rivers AEA, Cedar Falls, IA
    "A Fair Shot"
    Beth Strike, APR, Director of Creative Services & Communications

  • CESA 7, Green Bay, WI
    Working Lives Matter: Water and Transportation in the Slinger Area
    Dean Leisgang, Director of Communications

  • Community High School District 128, Vernon Hills, IL
    District 128's DARING New Mission
    Mary Todoric, Director of Communications

  • Collier County Public Schools, Naples, FL
    #CCPSStrong – Weathering Hurricane Irma
    Greg Turchetta, Executive Director of Communications

  • Colton Joint Unified School District, Colton, CA
    CJUSD Family Reading Con: A Community-Wide Effort to Improve Literacy in a Diverse Community
    Jacquie Paul, Communications Specialist

  • Corona-Norco USD, Norco, CA
    #MoreThanMeals
    Evita Tapia-Gonzales, M.P.A,  Communications Director

  • Dublin City Schools, Dublin, OH
    Dublin City Schools' Parent University
    Doug Baker, Public Information Officer

  • Eagle County Schools, Eagle, CO
    Insider's Academy
    Tammy Schiff, Chief Communications Officer

  • Eagle County Schools, Eagle, CO
    Reading is My SUPERPOWER
    Tammy Schiff, Chief Communications Officer

  • Escalon Unified School District, Escalon, CA
    Small District Achieves Research-Driven Communication Program Success
    Trinette Marquis Hobbs, APR, Consultant

  • Fayette County Board of Education, Fayetteville, GA
    2017 ESPLOST Renewal
    Melinda Berry-Dreisbach, Public Information Officer

  • Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Rancho Cordova, CA
    "Education Town Hall: Inspiring Collective Action for Student Success"
    Daniel Thigpen, Director of Communication & Community Engagement

  • Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Rancho Cordova, CA
    Community Readers: Increasing Support for Struggling Students
    Angela Griffin, Community Engagement Coordinator

  • Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN
    FWCS Ambassadors
    Melanie Hall, APR, Public Affairs Director

  • Fort Worth ISD, Fort Worth, TX
    Fort Worth ISD 2017 Bond Campaign/Commitment to Graduating Students College and Career-Ready
    Barbara Griffith, Senior Communications Officer

  • Frederick County Public Schools, Winchester, VA
    FCPS 101 Community Engagement Program
    Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications

  • Green Bay Area Public Schools, Green Bay, WI
    Ensuring Equity, Space and Safety
    Lori Blakeslee, Director of Communications

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Get Involved! Become a GCS Volunteer
    Kimberly Funderburk, Program Administrator – Community Relations

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    A-May-Zing GCS
    Nora Shoptaw, Program Administrator – Communications

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

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    College Planning Series
    Lindsay Whitley, Director, Guilford Parent Academy

  • Highline Public Schools, Burien, WA
    Eleven Paths
    Tove Tupper, Assistant Director of Communications

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    Recapture Communications
    Rebecca Suarez, J.D., Chief Communications Officer

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    Grade-by-Grade Parent Guides
    Rebecca Suarez, J.D., Chief Communications Officer

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    State of the Schools
    Rebecca Suarez, J.D., Chief Communications Officer

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    Achieve 180
    Rebecca Suarez, J.D., Chief Communications Officer

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    Harvey Communication: Communicating Through Worst Disaster in Houston History
    Rebecca Suarez, J.D., Chief Communications Officer

  • Independence School District, Independence, MO
    Independence School District Bond Campaign
    Jana Corrie, Director of Public Relations

  • Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY
    From Principal to Superintendent: The Power of Positive Leadership
    Daniel Kemp, Deputy Communications Director

  • Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY
    Academies of Louisville: Prepared. Empowered. Inspired
    Katie O'Malley, Marketing Manager

  • Jurupa Unified School District, Jurupa Valley, CA
    Branding Campaign
    Trenton Hansen, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Planning and Deveopment

  • Jurupa Unified School District, Jurupa Valley, CA
    Storytelling Campaign
    Trenton Hansen, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Planning and Deveopment

  • Kalamazoo RESA, Portage, MI
    Future Ready
    Kelly Kuhlmann, Communications Manager

  • Kennewick School District, Kennewick, WA
    Kennewick Kindness
    Robyn Chastain, Director of Communications & Public Relations

  • Kennewick School District, Kennewick, WA
    Tri-Cities School Levy Changes
    Robyn Chastain, Director of Communications & Public Relations

  • Kent ISD, Grand Rapids, MI
    Great Start Readiness Program Free Preschool
    Joy Walczak, Communication Specialist

  • Kingdom Quality Communications/Shelby County Schools, Memphis, TN
    Shelby County Schools Signing Day 2017
    Renee Malone, President/Founder

  • Kenosha Unified School District, Kenosha, WI
    KUSD 2016-2017 Enrollment Drive
    Jessica Tuttle, Communications Specialist

  • Kenosha Unified School District, Kenosha, WI
    KUSD Calendar
    Jessica Tuttle, Communications Specialist

  • Longview School District, Longview, WA
    The Star Polishers Project
    Sandy Catt, Director of Technology and Communications

  • Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, VA
    The Four Tones Sing on Chinese National TV
    Stephanie Knott, Public Information Coordinator

  • Manatee School District, Bradenton, FL
    #WeManatee
    Michael Barber, Communications Director

  • McAllen ISD, McAllen, TX
    McAllen ISD Strategic Plan
    Norma Zamora-Guerra, Director of Communications

  • Mercer Island School District, Mercer Island, WA
    Superintendent Search
    Craig Degginger, Communications Coordinator

  • Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, AZ
    Mesa Public Schools Calendar Survey
    Heidi Hurst, Supervisor, Communications and Marketing

  • Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, AZ
    MORE: Mesa Online Re-enrollment Launch
    Heidi Hurst, Supervisor, Communications and Marketing

  • Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, AZ
    Spotlight Recognitions
    Heidi Hurst, Supervisor, Communications and Marketing

  • Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, AZ
    Ready, Set, Learn: 2018-19 Kindergarten Enrollment Campaign
    Heidi Hurst, Supervisor, Communications and Marketing

  • Mobile County Public Schools, Mobile, AL
    Mobile County Public Schools Shepherd's Pie
    Rena Philips, Director of Communication

  • Montgomery County Public Schools, Christiansburg, VA
    #WorkatMCPS
    Brenda Drake, Public Information Officer

  • Mount Prospect School District 57, Mount Prospect, IL
    Educating and Engaging the District 57 Community in Preparation for Tax Referendum Vote
    Jenny Kustra-Quinn, Communications and Publications Relations Consultant

  • Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Nashville, NC
    2017 Educational and Business Leaders' Summit
    Patricia Hollingsworth, Ed.D., Chief Communications Officer

  • New Hanover County Schools, Wilmington, NC
    Hoggard Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
    Valita Quattlebaum, APR, Chief Communications Officer

  • Nixa Public Schools, Nixa, MO
    QuickNews TV Implementation
    Zac Rantz, Chief Communication Officer

  • North Kansas City Schools, Kansas City, MO
    iNspire Stories That Need To Be Told
    Susan Hiland, Director of Media & Public Relations

  • Oakland Schools, Waterford, MI
    Casual for a Cause Campaign Promotion
    Amanda Holdsworth, APR, Director of Communication Services

  • Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, FL
    Principal for a Day
    Dana Schafer, Public Information Officer

  • Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, FL
    Osceola School District Choice Fair
    Dana Schafer, Public Information Officer

  • Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, FL
    Osceola School District's Education Awards
    Dana Schafer, Public Information Officer

  • Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, FL
    Osceola Scholars
    Dana Schafer, Public Information Officer

  • Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, FL
    Osceola School Board Top 10 Junior Breakfasts
    Dana Schafer, Public Information Officer

  • Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, FL
    Red Carpet/Customer Service Initiative
    Dana Schafer, Public Information Officer

  • Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, FL
    Feature Teacher and Feature Professional Support Staff
    Dana Schafer, Public Information Officer

  • Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, FL
    Volunteer Appreciation Day
    Dana Schafer, Public Information Officer

  • Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, FL
    ECET2 Conference
    Dana Schafer, Public Information Officer

  • Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Holland, MI
    Doing More. Together. Fundraising Campaign.
    Michelle Ready, Director of Communications and Integrated Marketing

  • Palmyra-Macedon CSD, Palmyra, NY
    The Pal-Mac Way: Two Towns, One Community
    Dresden Engle, Communications

  • Pascagoula-Gautier School District, Pascagoula, MS
    Tech Camp 4 Teachers
    Debbie Anglin, Director of Communications

  • Peel District School Board, Mississauga, ON
    Starting Point: All We Share
    Carla Pereira, APR, Director of Communications & Community Relations

  • Peel District School Board, Mississauga, ON
    Peel Board's Education Week Awards
    Carla Pereira, APR, Director of Communications & Community Relations

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

  • Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Pharr, TX
    PSJA ISD 2017 Graduation Social Media Campaign
    Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, Director of Communications

  • Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Pharr, TX
    Up to Date with PSJA
    Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, Director of Communications

  • Pinellas County Schools, Largo, FL
    ESE College, Career & Life Fair
    Lorri Helfand, Communications Coordinator

  • Provo City School District, Provo, UT
    Provo Way Award Campaign
    Caleb Price, Coordinator, Public Relations

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    "Wait, Look and Drive 45" Traffic Safety PSA for Cairo-Durham CSD
    Meghan Tice, Communications Specialist

  • Reading School District, Reading, PA
    Hello, Class Dojo! Implementing A New Two-way Communication Tool for Reading School District Teachers, Families and Building Administrators
    Kristin Boyd Edwards, Communications Director

  • Richland School District One, Columbia, SC
    Richland County School District One Logo Development
    Kiosha Boyles, Marketing Coordinator

  • Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO
    One Rockwood
    Cathy Orta, APR, Executive Director Communications

  • Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento, CA
    Sacramento County 2018 Teachers of the Year
    Tim Herrera, Communications Director

  • San Juan Unified School District, Carmichael, CA
    More than a Meal: Securing Resources for Families and Schools
    Trent Allen, APR, Senior Director, Community Relations

  • School District 54, Schaumburg, IL
    #WeAre54
    Terri McHugh, APR, Executive Director Community Relations

  • Shawnee Mission School District, Shawnee Mission, KS
    Center for Academic Achievement Grand Opening
    Shawna Samuel, Director of Communication

  • Shawnee Mission School District, Shawnee Mission, KS
    2017 Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Fall Breakfast
    Shawna Samuel, Director of Communication

  • Shawnee Mission School District, Shawnee Mission, KS
    Shawnee Mission School District All Means All-Stars
    Shawna Samuel, Director of Communication

  • Spotsylvania County Public Schools, Fredericksburg, VA
    Get Your Game On – Life Skills to Take You to the Next Level
    Rene Daniels, Director of Communications & Community Engagement

  • Spring Branch ISD, Houston , TX
    2017 SBISD Service Awards
    Linda Buchman, Community Relations Officer

  • Stafford County Public Schools, Stafford, VA
    Superintendent's Yellow School Bus Tour
    Sherrie Johnson, Director, Strategic Communications & Community Engagement

  • Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
    Tacoma Kids Have It
    Kathyrn McCarthy, Strategic Communications and Marketing Manager

  • Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
    Unforgettable Series
    Rae McNally, Strategic Communications Manager and Webmaster

  • Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
    2017 Live Graduations
    Rae McNally, Strategic Communications Manager and Webmaster

  • Trillium Lakelands DSB, Lindsay, ON
    TLDSB Payment Solutions
    Laura Blaker, Communications Officer

  • Union County Public Schools, Monroe, NC
    UCPS Books and Brackets 2018
    Tahira Stalberte, Assistant Superintendent for Communications

  • Washoe County School District, Reno, NV
    After the Successful Capital Campaign: Communications to Fill the Vacuum During Construction Design
    Irene Payne, Chief Communications Officer

  • Williamson County Schools, Franklin, TN
    Digital Dangers
    Cory Mason, Assist Communications Director

  • Williamson County Schools, Franklin, TN
    Don't Drive Distracted
    Cory Mason, Assist Communications Director

  • Williamson County Schools, Franklin, TN
    Every 1 Counts
    Cory Mason, Assist Communications Director

  • Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Williamsburg, VA
    WJKCC Redistricting 2017-18
    Betsy Overkamp-Smith, APR, Director, Public Relations & Engagement

  • Yorkville Community Unit School District 115, Yorkville, IL
    Yorkville CUSD 115 Heart of the Fox Recognition Program
    Kristine Liptrot, APR, Director of Communications & Community Engagement

  • Yorkville Community Unit School District 115, Yorkville, IL
    Yorkville CUSD 115 Strategic Plan Awareness Campaign
    Kristine Liptrot, APR, Director of Communications & Community Engagement

 


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