Gold Medallion Award

The Gold Medallion is NSPRA's top program award, recognizing superior educational public relations programs and campaigns grounded in strategic communication best practices. Entries may come from public and private schools; community or vocational/technical colleges; state/national education groups; and any agency, consultant or business in partnership with any of the above education agencies. Judging is against criteria as well as other entries - highly competitive. Winners receive medallions at the NSPRA National Seminar.

2021 Gold Medallion Winners

Bond / Finance Campaign

COVID-19 Communications

Special Communication Projects/Campaigns

 


2020 Gold Medallion Winners

Bond / Finance Campaign

Comprehensive, Strategic, Year-Round Communication Programs

Marketing/Branding Campaigns

Public Engagement/Parental Involvement

Special Communication Projects / Campaigns

 


2019 Gold Medallion Winners

Bond/Finance Campaign

Comprehensive, Strategic, Year-Round Communication Programs

Marketing/Branding Campaign

Special Communication Projects/Campaigns


2018 Gold Medallion Winners

Special Communication Projects/Campaigns

Bond/Finance Campaigns

Strategic, Year-Round Communication Programs

Crisis Communication

Public Engagement/Parent Involvement

Marketing/Branding


2017 Gold Medallion Winners

Special Communication Projects/Campaigns

Bond/Finance Campaigns

Strategic, Year-Round Communication Programs

Marketing/Branding


2016 Gold Medallion Winners


2015 Gold Medallion Winners

  • Brevard County Public Schools, Viera, Fla.
    Bond/Finance Campaign: 2014 Half-Cent Sales Surtax Election Campaign
    Michelle Irwin, director of community relations/PIO

  • West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools, Mendota Heights, Minn.
    Bond/Finance Campaign: Focused on Our Future
    Carrie Hilger, APR, director of communications

  • Eden Prairie (Minn.) Schools
    Bond/Finance Campaign: 2014 Referendum: Sustaining Excellence
    Jaclyn Swords, director of communications and community Relations

  • Oklahoma City (Okla.) Public Schools
    Special Communication Project/Campaign: The Neu Guy
    Tierney Tinnin, senior communications officer

  • Peel District School Board, Mississauga, Ontario, Can.
    Bond/Finance Campaign: Fix the Formula: Fair Funding for Special Education
    Brian Woodland, APR, director of communications and community relations

  • Portland (Ore.) Public Schools
    Special Communication Projects/Campaign: Go MAD! Madison High School Open Enrollment Marketing Campaign
    Jon Isaacs, chief of communications and public affairs

  • Racine (Wis.) Unified School District
    Bond/Finance Campaign: RUSD Referendum 2014: Every School. Every Student. No Tax Increase.
    Stacy Tapp, chief of communication & community engagement


2014 Gold Medallion Winners


2013 Gold Medallion Winners

  • Bentonville (Ark.) Public Schools
    Entry Type: Special Communication Projects/Campaigns — “Trail Time”
    Submitted by: Mary Ley, executive director of communications

  • Capital Region BOCES/Questar III BOCES, Albany N.Y. and Castleton, N.Y.
    Entry Type: Special Communication Projects/Campaigns — “Your Schools in Fiscal Peril: Running Out of Time and Options”
    Submitted by: Deborah Bush-Suflita, senior communications program manager, Capital Region BOCES

  • Queensbury (N.Y.) Union Free School District
    Entry Type: Special Communication Projects/Campaigns — “Many Voices, One Purpose: Advocacy Campaign”
    Submitted by: Mellissa J. Braham, public information specialist, Capital Region BOCES Communications Service


2012 Gold Medallion Award Winners

  • Harrison School District Two, Colorado Springs, Colo.
    Entry type: Public Eng./Parent Involv. — "Very Involved Parents (V.I.P.S.)" Volunteer Program
    Submitted by: Jennifer Sprague, APR, former public information officer and Christine Lyle, public information officer

  • Houston (Texas) ISD,
    Entry type: Special Program — STAAR Communications
    Submitted by: Aggie Alvez, chief of communications

  • Minneapolis (Minn.) Public Schools
    Entry type: Special Program — We Want You Back Campaign
    Submitted by: Stan Alleyne, chief communications officer

  • Rockwood School District, Wildwood, MO
    Entry type: Special Program — eBackpack - Building the School-Home Connection
    Submitted by: Cathy Orta, APR, communications coordinator


2011 Gold Medallion Award Winners

  • Bloomington Public Schools, Bloomington, MN
    Entry type: Special Program — Elementary Neighborhood School Renewal Project
    Submitted by: Rick Kaufman, Exec. Dir., Community Relations

  • Elk Grove USD, Elk Grove, CA
    Entry type: Year-Round Program — Energy Conservation Program
    Submitted by: Elizabeth Graswich, Director, Communications

  • Maize USD 266, Maize, KS
    Entry type: Year-Round Program — Communication Program
    Submitted by: Karen McDermott, Director of Communications

  • Rockwood School District, Wildwood, MO
    Entry type: Public Engagement/Parent Involvement — Guiding Change FY12 Budget Process
    Submitted by: Kim Cranston, Chief Communications Officer

  • Simcoe Muskoka Catholic DSB, Barrie, ON
    Entry type: Special Program — School Website Project
    Submitted by: Diane Legg, Director of Communications & Public Affairs


2010 Gold Medallion Award Winners

  • Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, VA
    Entry type: Special Communication Projects/Campaigns – Snow Communications
    Submitted by: Linda Erdos, Assistant Superintendent, School & Community Relations

  • Brevard Public Schools, Viera, FL
    Entry type: Public Engagement/Parental Involvement – Classrooms In Crisis
    Submitted by: Christine Davis, Director, District Communications

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, NC
    Entry type: Special Communication Projects/Campaigns – “Play Fair” Athletic-Eligibility Campaign
    Submitted by: Cynthia Robbins Shah-Khan, Media Relations Supervisor

  • Detroit Public Schools, Detroit, MI
    Entry type: Special Communication Projects/Campaigns – “I’m In” Blue Door Student Retention Campaign
    Submitted by: Steve Wasko, Chief Communications Officer

  • Peel District School Board, Mississauga, ON
    Entry type: Special Communication Projects/Campaigns – Making My Way
    Submitted by: Sylvia Link, APR, Manager of Communications

  • Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Barrie, ON
    Entry type: Special Communication Projects/Campaigns – Making Good Tracks
    Submitted by: Diane Legg, Director of Communications & Public Affairs

  • Stanislaus County Office of Education, Modesto, CA
    Entry type: Special Communication Projects/Campaigns – Fit for the Future
    Submitted by: Judy Leitz, Communications Coordinator; Cynthia Fenech, Communications Coordinator; and Jane Johnston, Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services

 


2009 Gold Medallion Award Winners

  • Strong Schools, Strong Communities
    Independent School District 728
    Mike Schoemer