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.

2019 Golden Achievement Award Winners

  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, CO
    ELEVATE: Building On Five Star Success
    Joe Ferdani, APR, Chief Communications Officer

  • Allegheny Valley School District, Cheswick, PA
    Acmetonia Elementary School Opening
    Janice Zastawniak, Public Relations Director

  • Anoka-Hennepin Schools Community Education, Anoka, MN
    Roosevelt Community Pool Refresh
    Heather Peters, Communication Coordinator

  • Arizona School Boards Association, Phoenix, AZ
    Equity 365
    Heidi Otero, Director of Communications

  • Bay Village City Schools, Bay Village, OH
    SAFETY FIRST – Communicating our integtated approach to school safety
    Karen Derby-Lovell, APR, Director of Communications

  • Berkley School District, Oak Park, MI
    Berkley High School Video Course Catalog 2019
    Jessica Stilger, Communications Director

  • Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District, Berne, NY
    "They Are Because We Are" Facebook Video Series
    Timothy Mundell, Ed.D., Superintendent

  • Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Bloomfield Hills Schools Maintains Community Trust After Students Hack the District's Major Database
    Shira Good, APR, Director of Communications & Standards

  • Broadalbin-Perth Central School District, Broadalbin, NY
    Employee Engagement: Strengthening Staff Connections and Boosting Morale
    Heather Nellis, Public Information Specialist

  • Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD, Burnt Hills, NY
    "Building Our 2nd Century II" Capital Project
    Tara Mitchell, Communications Specialist

  • Caissa Public Strategy with Shelby County Schools, Memphis, TN
    Strategic Outreach Campaign to Recruit Students
    Brian Stephens, CEO

  • Capital Region BOCES, Albany, NY
    Five Divisions: One BOCES – Unifying Employees for a Culture of Engagement
    Adrienne Leon, APR, Director of Communications & PR

  • Capital Region BOCES, Albany, NY
    Technology Awareness Day 2018
    Adrienne Leon, APR, Director of Communications & PR

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

  • Central Islip UFSD, Medford, NY
    Education Report: Special Edition – Capital Project
    Barbara LaMonica, Communications & PR Director

  • Central Kitsap School District, Silverdale, WA
    CK Schools 2019 School Support Levy Replacement
    David Beil, Director of Community Relations

  • CESA 10, Chippewa Falls, WI
    Creating our Future Together
    Angela Sommers, Marketing Strategist

  • CESA 6, Oshkosh, WI
    Engagement Event/Marketing Campaign – Spring Into Success
    Lisa Sink, Communications Coordinator

  • CESA 7, Green Bay, WI
    Construction and Trades in the Slinger Area
    Dean Leisgang, Director of Communications

  • Charles County Public Schools, La Plata, MD
    Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Public Relations Liaison Program
    Shelley Mackey, Communications Specialist

  • Cherokee County School District, Canton, GA
    #SafeCherokee
    Barbara Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer

  • Chesapeake Public Schools, Chesapeake, VA
    Chesapeake Public Schools Gets Social!
    Angie Smith, Ed.D., Public Information Officer

  • Cicero District 99, Cicero, IL
    Parent University 2019 – Cicero District 99
    Isabel Ramirez, Parent Outreach Liaison

  • CiTi BOCES, Mexico, NY
    CiTi Career and Technical Education Recruitment
    Todd Shear, Graphic Design Specialist

  • CiTi BOCES on Behalf of Oswego City School District, Mexico, NY
    Oswego City School District Capital Campaign
    Rebecca Trevett, Public Information Specialist

  • Clinton Public School District, Clinton, MS
    "We Are Arrow Nation" 2018 School Bond Campaign
    Sandi Beason, APR, Public Information Officer

  • Contra Costa County Office of Education, Pleasant Hill, CA
    "Safe Schools for ALL" Contra Costa County Safe Schools Initiative
    Terry Koehne, Chief Communications Officer

  • Corona-Norco USD, Norco, CA
    #CNUSDisKind Campaign
    Evita Tapia-Gonzales, Communications Director

  • DoDEA, Alexandria, VA
    DoDEA Choice360 Campaign
    Christian Burke, Communications

  • DoDEA, Alexandria, VA
    Moving the Mid-Atlantic District Into School Facebook Pages
    Jade Fulce, Public Affairs Officer

  • Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
    ESD 112 – Getting to the Core of School Funding in Washington State – A Toolkit to Guide Communication About a Complex Statewide Issue
    Monique Dugaw, Director, Communications

  • Elmhurst CUSD 205, Elmhurst, IL
    Future Focused: How D205 Used Research, Engagement and a Well-Branded Campaign to Pass a $168.5 Million Measure
    Beverly Redmond, Executive Director of Communications

  • Fayette County Public School System, Fayetteville, GA
    Fayette County Education Foundation Employee Giving Campaign to Increase Donations
    Melinda Berry-Dreisbach, Public Information Officer

  • Fayette County Public School System, Fayetteville, GA
    Ticket to Ride: Fayette County Realtor School Tours
    Melinda Berry-Dreisbach, Public Information Officer

  • Fort Bend ISD, Sugar Land, TX
    FBISD 2018 Bond Campaign
    Veronica Sopher, Chief Communications Officer

  • Fort Bend ISD, Sugar Land, TX
    Silver Jubilee – Celebrating 25 Years
    Veronica Sopher, Chief Communications Officer

  • Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN
    FWCS Website Redesign
    Krista Stockman, APR, Public Information Officer

  • Garden City UFSD, Garden City, NY
    In Their Own Words IV
    Catherine Knight, Ed.D., Coordinator of Public Relations

  • Gaston County Schools, Gastonia, NC
    "For Your Information: School Bonds 2018" Marketing Campaign
    Todd Hagans, Chief Communications Officer

  • Gaston County Schools, Gastonia, NC
    Gaston County Schools "Big 50 Parade"
    Todd Hagans, Chief Communications Officer

  • Grand Forks Public Schools, Grand Forks, ND
    The Decisive Moment: Preparing Grand Forks Public Schools for Emergency Communications Response
    Tracy Jentz, Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator

  • Great Falls Public Schools, Great Falls, MT
    Business Goes to School
    Becky Nelson, Public Relations Coordinator

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    A-May-Zing GCS 2018
    Nora Shoptaw, Program Administrator of Communications

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Break with a Book
    Nora Carr Ed.D., APR, Chief of Schools

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Celebration of Excellence
    Nora Shoptaw, Program Administrator of Communications

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Graduation 2018
    Nora Shoptaw, Program Administrator of Communications

  • Hamilton County Schools, Chattanooga, TN
    I Am Hamilton
    Tim Hensley, APR, Communications Officer

  • Henderson County Public Schools, Hendersonville, NC
    "Report It, Don't Ignore It" Safety App Marketing Campaign
    Molly McGowan Gorsuch, Public Information Officer

  • Henderson County Public Schools, Hendersonville, NC
    2019-20 Kindergarten Registration Marketing Campaign
    Molly McGowan Gorsuch, Public Information Officer

  • Henrico County Public Schools, Henrico, VA
    Heart of Henrico
    Andy Jenks, Director, Communications & Public Relations

  • Henrico County Public Schools, Henrico, VA
    Introducing a Community to Its New Superintendent
    Andy Jenks, Director, Communications & Public Relations

  • Highline Public Schools, Burien, WA
    2018-2023 Highline Strategic Plan
    Catherine Carbone Rogers, Chief Communications Officer

  • Higley USD, Gilbert, AZ
    Higley Unified Schools: Grow With Us
    Michelle Reese, Public Relations Coordinator

  • Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, FL
    Investing in Students Sales Tax Referendum
    Grayson Kamm, Communications and Media Officer

  • Houston County Board of Education, Perry, GA
    13 Reasons Why Not: A Campaign of Hope and Resiliency
    Beth McLaughlin, Director, Community & School Affairs

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    #FixSchoolFinance Toolkit
    Rebecca Suarez, J.D., Chief Communications Officer

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    2018 Educators of the Year
    Rebecca Suarez, J.D., Chief Communications Officer

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    2018 HISD Marketing
    Rebecca Suarez, J.D., Chief Communications Officer

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    2019 Public Education Matters Benefit Dinner
    Rebecca Suarez, J.D., Chief Communications Officer

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    HISD Transportation Services Improvement Plan
    Christi Landry, Manager Strategic Communications

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    Yates High School Grand Opening and Library Re-Dedication Ceremony
    Mariauna Hernandez, Social Media and Event Logistics Manager

  • Howard-Suamico School District, Green Bay, WI
    Choose to Give Campaign: An HSSD and DonorsChoose.org Partnership
    Brian Nicol, Director of Communications

  • Jeffco Public Schools, Golden, CO
    EnrollJeffco: New Online Enrollment System
    Diana Wilson, Executive Director, Communications

  • Jeffco Public Schools, Golden, CO
    Jeffco Public Schools: 5A & 5B Ballot Proposals
    Tammy Schiff, Chief Communications Officer

  • Jeffco Public Schools, Golden, CO
    MyJeffco: The New Intranet of #TeamJeffco
    Tanya Wheeler-Berliner, Digital Media Specialist

  • Jefferson Parish Schools, Harvey, LA
    Building Stakeholder Support to Create a Strategic Plan
    Gabrielle Misfeldt, Chief Strategy Officer

  • Katy ISD, Katy, TX
    Katy ISD Bullying Prevention Campaign
    Andrea Grooms, Ph.D., Chief Communications Officer

  • L'Anse Creuse Public Schools, Clinton Township, MI
    Living L`Anse Creuse
    Kelly Allen, Director for Public and Community Relations

  • Lee's Summit R-7 School District, Lee's Summit, MO
    Lee's Summit R-7 Schools Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan: Building the Big Picture, One Conversation at a Time
    Kelly Wachel, APR, Executive Director of Public Relations

  • Marion County, FL, Ocala, FL
    "Community Reads!"
    Kevin Christian, APR, Director of Public Relations & Multimedia Productions

  • Maryville City Schools, Maryville, TN
    One Book Blitz 2019
    Sharon Anglim, APR, Director of Communications

  • McHenry School District 15, McHenry, IL
    Creating A Digital Edge for Today's Learners becoming Tomorrow's Leaders
    Fred Laudadio, Ed.D., Executive Dir., Learning Services and Technology

  • McHenry School District 15, McHenry, IL
    Creating Support for Innovative Programming: Marketing a Digital Footprint
    Fred Laudadio, Ed.D., Executive Dir., Learning Services and Technology

  • Mercer Island School District, Mercer Island, WA
    From Island to Island
    Craig Degginger, Communications Coordinator

  • Meridian Technology Center, Stillwater, OK
    Education Funding Matters, Tax Increment Financing: Key Facts
    Dana Wallace, Executive Director, Communications and Marketing

  • Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, AZ
    #oneteam Employee Rally
    Heidi Hurst, Supervisor, Communications and Marketing

  • Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, AZ
    #RedforEd Walkout Communications
    Heidi Hurst, Supervisor, Communications and Marketing

  • Mississippi Department of Education, Jackson, MS
    Mississippi Department of Education Ends State Contract
    Jean Cook, APR, Director of Public Relations

  • Mississippi Department of Education, Jackson, MS
    Mississippi High School Diploma Endorsement Options Campaign
    Jean Cook, APR, Director of Public Relations

  • Mississippi Department of Education, Jackson, MS
    Mississippi Succeeds Report Card
    Jean Cook, APR, Director of Public Relations

  • Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD
    Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting: Thomas Edison High School of Technology
    Derek Turner, Director of Communications

  • Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD
    Superintendent's Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Budget Virtual Town Hall Meeting
    Derek Turner, Director of Communications

  • New Hanover County Schools, Wilmington, NC
    Hurricane Florence Stories and Donation Drive
    Valita Quattlebaum, APR, Chief Communications Officer

  • North Kansas City Schools, Kansas City, MO
    Champions for All Students
    Susan Hiland, Director of Media and Public Relations

  • North Penn School District, Lansdale, PA
    North Penn Community Build-A-Bag Backpack & Supply Drive
    Kaity Andrey, Communications and Development Specialist

  • North Vancouver School District, North Vancouver, BC
    Streamlining Internal Communications
    Deneka Michaud, Communications Manager

  • Oak Park and River Forest HSD 200, Oak Park, IL
    Imagine OPRF Community Engagement Campaign
    Karin Sullivan, Director of Communications and Community Relations

  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Washington, DC
    Office of the State Superintendent of Education Report Card Tool
    Matt Helfrich, Writing & Operations Coordinator

  • Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL
    Dr. Phillips Charities Grant to OCPS CTE
    Parker Antoine, Sr. Administrator - Marketing Career and Technical Education

  • Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL
    OCPS TechExpress to Valencia College
    Parker Antoine, Sr. Administrator - Marketing Career and Technical Education

  • Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL
    Orange Technical College Alumni Campaign
    Parker Antoine, Sr. Administrator - Marketing Career and Technical Education

  • Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL
    Orange Technical College Seniors Only Program Fair
    Parker Antoine, Sr. Administrator - Marketing Career and Technical Education

  • Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL
    Stellar Awards
    Dylan Thomas, Director, Public Relations

  • Oregon City SD, Oregon City, OR
    Bond Email Campaign
    Michael Clark, Communications Specialist

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

  • Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, FL
    Here Comes the Bus/Parent Hotline
    Dana Schafer, Public Information Officer

  • Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, FL
    MyCFE Affinity Spirit Cards
    Dana Schafer, Public Information Officer

  • Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, FL
    Red Carpet Award/Let's Talk
    Dana Schafer, Public Information Officer

  • Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, FL
    Share Your Great
    Dana Schafer, Public Information Officer

  • Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, FL
    State of Education
    Dana Schafer, Public Information Officer

  • Park City School District, Park City, UT
    PCSD Newsroom
    Melinda Colton, Communications

  • Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Pharr, TX
    2019 PSJA ISD Community Challenge Campaign
    Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez APR, Director of Communications

  • Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Pharr, TX
    PSJA ISD Marketing/Branding Campaign: Through the Years
    Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, APR, Director of Communications

  • Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Pharr, TX
    PSJA ISD Social Media Engagement Initiative
    Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, APR, Director of Communications

  • Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Pharr, TX
    The Spirit of PSJA
    Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, APR, Director of Communications

  • Pinellas County Schools, Largo, FL
    Pinellas County Schools en Español Facebook – Connecting with our Hispanic Community
    Lorri Helfand, Communications Coordinator

  • Pittsford Central School District, Pittsford, NY
    2018 -19 Staff Opening Day Event
    Nancy Wayman, APR, Director of Communication

  • Pittsford Central School District, Pittsford, NY
    Implementing Full-Day Kindergarten at the Pittsford Central School District
    Nancy Wayman, APR, Director of Communication

  • Pittsford Central School District, Pittsford, NY
    Inaugural First Day of Full-Day Kindergarten
    Nancy Wayman, APR, Director of Communication

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    E-Newsletter Rollout
    Brian Radewitz, Communications Specialist

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Safety Awareness Campaign
    Brian Radewitz, Communications Specialist

  • Redlands Unified School District, Redlands, CA
    RUSD 2025: Excellence for All Students
    MaryRone Shell, Community Outreach, Communication & Social Media Specialist

  • Richland School District Two, Columbia, SC
    Pathways to Premier Facilities: Bond Referendum Information Campaign
    Libby Roof, Chief Communications Officer

  • Rochester Community Schools, Rochester, MI
    Rochester Community Schools Stakeholders Feel Safe, Valued and Respected
    Lori Grein, Executive Director of Strategic Communication

  • Rockford Public Schools, Rockford, IL
    205 VIBE – A Multimedia Platform
    Earl Dotson Jr., APR, Chief Communications Officer

  • Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento, CA
    Employee Recognition Day 2018 – Making Data-Driven Improvements
    Tim Herrera, Communications Director

  • Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento, CA
    When Tragedy Strikes – Changing Course Midstream
    Tim Herrera, Communications Director

  • Salem-Keizer School District, Salem, OR
    2018 Bond Measure Awareness Campaign
    Lillian Govus, APR, Director of Community Relations and Communications

  • Salem-Keizer School District, Salem, OR
    Every Day 24J
    Lillian Govus, APR, Director of Community Relations and Communications

  • Salina USD 305, Salina, KS
    #Why305
    Jen Bradford-Vernon, Public Information Director

  • Sedalia School District #200, Sedalia, MO
    Instructional Coaches
    Bob Satnan, Communications Director

  • Shawnee Mission School District, Overland Park, KS
    Shawnee Mission Schools Welcomes a New Superintendent
    David Smith, Chief Communications Officer

  • Shawnee Mission School District, Overland Park, KS
    Strengthening Sustainability in the Shawnee Mission School District
    David Smith, Chief Communications Officer

  • Shawnee Mission School District, Overland Park, KS
    The Journey Begins
    David Smith, Chief Communications Officer

  • Shawnee Mission School District, Overland Park, KS
    The New SMSD.org
    David Smith, Chief Communications Officer

  • Shelby County Schools, Memphis, TN
    SCS Arts Matter Campaign
    Jaclyn Suffel, Mgr. Strategic Comms. & Outreach

  • Shelby County Schools, Memphis, TN
    SCS PRO Program: Building Capacity Internally for School Based-Marketing
    Jaclyn Suffel, Mgr. Strategic Comms. & Outreach

  • Shelby County Schools, Columbiana, AL
    Shelby Cares Mental Health and Wellness Campaign
    Cindy Warner, APR, Public Relations Supervisor

  • Socorro ISD, El Paso, TX
    SISD Stand and Deliver Walk
    Daniel Escobar, Chief Communications Officer

  • Spring Branch ISD, Houston, TX
    Building Champions
    Linda Buchman, Commuity Relations Officer

  • St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, Covington, LA
    We Will Theme
    Angela Daviston Dugan, Communications Manager

  • Stanislaus County Office of Education, Modesto, CA
    Destination Graduation Campaign
    Cynthia Fenech, Communications Coordinator

  • Strategies 360, Seattle, WA
    Seattle Public Schools: $2.2 Billion in Voter-Approved Levies on February 12, 2019
    Lesley Rogers, APR, Senior Vice President, Education

  • Swallow School District, Hartland, WI
    Swallow School District Zero Tax Increase Referendum Campaign
    Melissa Thompson, Superintendent

  • Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
    2018 Tacoma Teacher Strike
    Rae McNally, Strategic Communications Manager & Webmaster

  • Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
    Doers
    Rae McNally, Strategic Communications Manager & Webmaster

  • Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
    Snow Day
    Rae McNally, Strategic Communications Manager & Webmaster

  • Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Lindsay, ON
    Our Dock – Staff Intranet
    Catherine Shedden, APR, District Manager of Corporate Communications

  • Utah Education and Telehealth Network, Salt Lake City, UT
    UEN Funding Campaign for FY 2019
    Rich Finlinson, APR, Communication Manager

  • Wauwatosa School District, Wauwatosa, WI
    Referendum – Moving Forward Together
    Keller Russell, Communications Coordinator

  • Wichita Public Schools, Wichita, KS
    Stay, Listen, Get Help – Suicide Awareness and Prevention staff training video
    Susan Arensman, News & Media Relations Manager

  • Williamson County Schools, Franklin, TN
    It's Yellow for a Reason
    Cory Mason, Asst. Comm. Director

  • Williamson County Schools, Franklin, TN
    Just Drive
    Cory Mason, Asst. Comm. Director

  • Wilton Public Schools, Wilton, CT
    Wilton Community Reads 2019: Courageous Conversations
    Fran Kompar, Director of Digital Learning

 


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