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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