Gold Medallion Award

The Gold Medallion is NSPRA's top program award, recognizing superior educational public relations programs. Entries may come from public and private schools; vocational-technical schools or community colleges beyond 12th grade; state/national education groups; and public relations agencies, consultants or private businesses serving such schools and colleges. Judging is against criteria as well as other entries - highly competitive. Winners receive medallions at the NSPRA National Seminar.

2016 Gold Medallion Winners

  • Alabama School Public Relations Association, Montgomery, Ala.
     Special Communication Project/Campaign: A Strategic Communication Plan Professional Learning Unit
    Lesley Bruinton, APR, chapter president

  • Davis School District, Farmington, Utah                                                                      
    Bond/Finance Campaign: Room to Learn                                                                               Christopher Williams, community relations director &                                                            
    Shauna Lund, community relations specialist
  • Minnetonka (Minn.) Public Schools
    Bond/Finance Campaign: Educational Excellence: It’s In Your Hands
    Janet Swiecichowski, APR, executive director, communications

  • Oregon School Boards Association, Salem, Ore.
    Special Communication Project/Campaign: The Promise of Oregon
    Tricia Yates, communications director

  • Peel District School Board, Mississauga, ON
    Special Communication Project/Campaign: Facts Matter: Working Together to Keep Our Students Safe and Healthy
    Brian Woodland, APR, director, communications & community relations

  • Poudre School District, Fort Collins, Colo.
    Special Communication Project/Campaign: Long Range Planning: Building Our Future Together
    Danielle Clark, executive director, communications
  • Tolles Career & Technical Center, Plain City, Ohio
    Special Communication Project/Campaign: The Landed Campaign 
    Shane Haggerty, director, marketing & technology

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

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