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.

2017 Gold Medallion Winners

Special Communication Projects/Campaigns

  • Capital Region BOCES, Albany, N.Y.
    BOCES Employee Resource Tool (BERT): Using a Social Intranet to Increase Employee Engagement
    Deborah Bush-Suflita, director of communications
  • Capital Region BOCES, Albany, N.Y.
    Testing Water for Lead: Communication Resources for New York Schools
    Jessica Scheckton, assistant director of communications & public relations
  • Colorado Springs (Colo.) School District 11
    The Uniting of Two History-Rich Schools
    Devra Ashby, public information officer
  • Grand Erie District School Board, Brantford, ON
    Be Well Campaign: Supporting the Child and Youth Mental Health Strategy
    Shawn McKillop, APR, manager of communications & community relations
  • Racine (Wis.) Unified School District
    Academies of Racine: Transforming High School Education in RUSD
    Stacy Tapp, APR, chief of communication & community engagement
  • Ulster BOCES, New Paltz, N.Y.
    Ulster Community Forum on the Opioid and Heroin Crisis
    Holly Brooker, community relations coordinator

Bond/Finance Campaigns

  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, Colo.
    Five Star Needs: Investing in Every Student, Every School, Every Community
    Joe Ferdani, APR, director of communications
  • Alpine School District, American Fork, Utah
    Growing Forward: A Successful Plan for Development and Renovation
    David Stephenson, administrator of public relations & Kimberly Bird, assistant to superintendent/administrator of public relations
  • Ascension Public Schools, Donaldsonville, La.
    Growing at the Pace of Excellence
    Jackie Tisdell, public information officer

Strategic, Year-Round Communication Programs

  • Collier County Public Schools, Naples, Fla.
    Opening the Classroom Window, One #tweetcher At a Time
    Greg Turchetta, executive director, communications & community engagement

Marketing/Branding

  • Garland (Texas) ISD
    The Area’s Newest Montessori is Just Around the Corner
    Tiffany Veno, director of communications

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