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.

2012 Golden Achievement Award Winners

  • Alamo Heights ISD, San Antonio, TX
    Web Forward
    Patti Pawlik-Perales, Communication Specialist

  • Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, CO
    Aurora Public Schools Bond Events
    Georgia Duran, Chief Communication Officer

  • Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, CO
    Annual Truancy News Conference and Door-Knocking Campaign
    Georgia Duran, Chief Communication Officer

  • Baldwin-Whitehall School District, McDonald, PA
    Baldwin-Whitehall School District Real Estate DVD
    Carrie Butler, PR Specialist

  • Bethel School District, Spanaway, WA
    Possibilities 2012
    Krista Carlson, Director, Communications

  • Calgary Catholic School District, Calgary, AB
    Social Media - A Guide for Schools
    Tania Younker, Director, Communications

  • Calgary Catholic School District, Calgary, AB
    Help Plan Our Future
    Tania Younker, Director, Communications

  • Capital Region BOCES, Albany, NY
    Education Speaks
    Deborah Bush-Suflita, Program Mgr., Communicatiuons

  • Capital Region BOCES, Albany, NY
    Tax Levy Cap Communications Campaign
    Deborah Bush-Suflita, Program Mgr., Communicatiuons

  • Central Islip School District, Medford, NY
    “An Appeal for State Aid”
    Barbara LaMonica, Communications & PR Director

  • Central Valley School District 356, Spokane Valley, WA
    “Community Connections”
    Melanie Rose, Public Information Officer

  • Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, CO
    District/School Websites Redesign
    Tustin Amole, Director of Communications

  • Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, CO
    Veterans Week
    Tustin Amole, Director of Communications

  • Clarke County School District, Athens, GA
    Athens Community Career Academy Rebranding
    Anisa Sullivan Jimenez, Director of Public Relations & Communications

  • Clarke County School District, Athens, GA
    Seeing is Believing Bus Tour
    Anisa Sullivan Jimenez, Director of Public Relations & Communications

  • Clear Creek ISD, League City, TX
    Educating, Engaging, and Empowering
    Elaina Polsen, Dir., Public Information

  • Community Unit School District 300, Carpentersville, IL
    Campaign to Limit Sears’ Tax Breaks
    Allison Strupeck, Director of Communication Services

  • Detroit Public Schools, Detroit, MI
    Spring Schools Transition Comprehensive Communications, Marketing & Outreach Campaign
    Steven Wasko, APR, Chief Communications Officer

  • District School Board of Niagara, St. Catherine, ON
    “Creating Community Through Visual Identity: Crossroads Public School Branding Project”
    Lorraine Randell, Visual Communications Designer

  • District School Board of Niagara, St. Catharines, ON
    Character Education Public Service Announcement
    Brett Sweeney, Communication Officer

  • District School Board of Niagara, St. Catharines, ON
    Homework Help Program
    Brett Sweeney, Communication Officer

  • District School Board of Niagara, St. Catharines, ON
    “Education Week 2011 - Celebrating Our Community Partners”
    Kim Yielding, Manager, Comms. and Public Relations

  • District School Board of Niagara, St. Catharines, ON
    DSBN Academy: Specialized Communication Project
    Kim Yielding, Manager, Comms. & Public Relations

  • DoDEA, Arlington, VA
    Response to Tsunami in Japan
    Frank O’Gara, Communications Chief

  • DoDEA, Arlington, VA
    Stop Bullying
    Frank O’Gara, Communications Chief

  • DoDEA, Arlington, VA
    Be Here Campaign
    Frank O’Gara, Communications Chief

  • Duluth Public Schools, Duluth, MN
    Duluth’s 21st Century Public Schools
    Katie Kaufman, Public Relations

  • DuPage High School District 88, Addison, IL
    DuPage High School District 88 Newsletter
    Dani Schweigert, Director of Community Relations

  • Fort Worth ISD, Fort Worth, TX
    Growing Social Media Project
    Barbara Griffith-Moffett, Senior Communication Officer

  • Francis Tuttle Technical Center, Oklahoma City, OK
    High School Recruitment Campaign
    Jeff Knapp, Communications Manager

  • Garden City Public Schools, Centerport, NY
    “In Their Own Words” Video
    Catherine Knight, Coordinator of Public Information

  • Gilbert Public Schools, Gilbert, AZ
    Daily News
    Dianne Bowers, Director, Community Relations

  • Gilbert Public Schools, Gilbert, AZ
    “Caught in the Act...” Recognition Program
    Dianne Bowers, Director, Community Relations

  • Greenville ISD, Greenville, TX
    Spread the Red
    Keli Tharp, Director of Community Relations

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Board of Education Recognition Program
    Jennifer Landes, Program Administrator - Comms.

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Thank a Teacher 2011
    Jennifer Landes, Program Administrator - Comms.

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Guilford Parent Academy’s Healthy Family Celebration
    Haley Miller, Media Relations Manager

  • Gwinnett County Public Schools, Suwanee, GA
    Strategic Priorities for 2010-2020
    Laura Nurse, Director of Publications and Public Information

  • Hampton City Schools, Hampton, VA
    “Recipe For Success” School Board Appreciation
    Ann Stephens-Cherry, Director of Public Relations & Marketing

  • Henry County Public Schools, Collinsville, VA enVISION 2018 Strategic Plan
    Melany Stowe, Communications & Community Relations

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    The Role of Two-Way Communication in the Launch of a New Teacher Appraisal and Development System
    Aggie Alvex, Chief of Communications

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    Houston ISD’s Implementation of a New Teacher Appraisal and Development System
    Michelle Phillips, Manager, Strategic Communications

  • Indian Prairie District 204, Aurora, IL
    204TV.org
    Janet Buglio, Director, Communication Services

  • Joliet Township High School District 204, Joliet, IL
    Joliet Township High School Character Campaign
    Kristine Schlisman, Community Relations Director

  • Kent ISD, Grand Rapids, MI
    Movie Premiere: A Smile As Big As The Moon
    Allison Kaufman, Director of Marketing and Communication

  • Lexington County School District One, Lexington, SC
    Leading As One
    Mary Beth Hill, Chief Communications Officer

  • Liberty Central School District, Liberty, NY
    Liberty Central School Wall of Fame
    Allison Mehr-Ruef, Public Information Specialist

  • Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, VA
    Energy Conservation Program
    Wayde B. Byard, Public Information Officer

  • Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, VA
    Monroe Technology Center Marketing
    Wayde B. Byard, Public Information Officer

  • Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents, Elmsford, NY
    Mandate Relief Campaign
    Louis Wool, President

  • Madison Elementary School District, Phoenix, AZ
    Promotion of the blended Learning Program
    Kristen Landry, Director of Communications

  • Madison Elementary School District, Phoenix, AZ
    Media Relations
    Kristen Landry, Director of Communications

  • Madison Elementary School District, Phoenix, AZ
    Crisis Communication
    Kristen Landry, Director of Communications

  • Marion County Public Schools, Ocala, FL
    Be There: Engaging Parents & Their Kids
    Kevin Christian, Public Information Officer

  • Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN
    MPS We Give Campaign
    Stan Alleyne, Chief Communications Officer

  • Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools, Rockville, MD
    Superintendent’s Entry Plan
    Dana Tofig, Director, Public Information

  • Norman Public School, Norman, OK
    NPS’ Mobile App Communications Campaign
    Shelly Hickman, Dir., Public Information

  • Orange City School District, Pepper Pike, OH
    Crisis Communication Plan
    Lou DeVincentis, Communication Coordinator

  • Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL
    Change Starts With Me Campaign
    Pam Carson, Sr. Manager, Community Resources

  • Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL
    Pest Invasion Rapid Response
    Katherine Marsh, Sr. Manager, Media Relations

  • Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL
    Thinking Outside the Lunch Box
    Brian Siatkowski, Sr. Manager, Sales and Marketing

  • Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Holland, MI
    5 Things
    Michelle Ready, Supervisor, Communications & Integrated Marketing

  • Parkway School District, Chesterfield, MO
    The Power of People
    Paul Tandy, Director of Communications

  • Pascagoula School District, Pascagoula, MS
    Super Saturday! Curriculum Nights
    Debbie Anglin, Director of Communications

  • Peel District School Board, Mississauga, ON
    School Food Action Coalition Project
    Brian Woodland, APR, Director, Communications & Strategic Partnerships

  • Peel District School Board, Mississauga, ON
    Welcome to Kindergarten
    Brian Woodland, APR, Director, Communications & Strategic Partnerships

  • Prince William County Public Schools, Manassas, VA
    Pollinator Live: A Distance Learning Adventure
    Benjamin Swecker, Supervisor, Media Production Services

  • PVNC Catholic District School Board, Peterborough, ON
    2011-2012 Strategic Priorities
    Nancy Sharpe, Manager of Communications

  • PVNC Catholic District School Board, Peterborough, ON
    The Colour of Equity
    Nancy Sharpe, Manager of Communications

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    ‘Formulation our Future’ Campaign
    Tasha Anderson, Communications Specialist

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Cultivating Communication: Launching a District Facebook Page
    Tasha Anderson, Communications Specialist

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Revamping the opening day program for staff
    Daniel Sherman, Coordinator of Communications

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Improving internal communications
    Daniel Sherman, Coordinator of Communications

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Facilitating a communications planning process
    Daniel Sherman, Coordinator of Communications

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Addressing inequities in public education
    Daniel Sherman, Coordinator of Communications

  • Resource Training & Solutions, St Cloud, MN
    Education Support Staff Recognition Event
    Rob Cavanna, Executive Director

  • Richland School District Two, Columbia, SC
    The Richland Two Story
    Theresa Riley, Ed.D., Public Information Officer

  • Roanoke County Public Schools, Roanoke, VA
    Reduce Bus-Related Accidents
    Charles Lionberger, APR Community Relations Specialist

  • Rockland BOCES, West Nyack, NY
    “How You Can Help Rockland BOCES”
    Stephanie Gouss, Director of Communications

  • Round Rock ISD, Round Rock, TX
    Budget Reduction Community Outreach
    JoyLynn Occhiuzzi, Executive Director of Community Relations

  • Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Salem, OR
    Bond Construction Communication Program
    Jay Remy, Dir., Community Relations & Comms.

  • Schaumburg School District 54, Schaumburg, IL
    District 54 Intranet Campaign
    Terri McHugh, Community Relations Director

  • Shawnee Mission School District, Shawnee Mission, KS
    Shawnee Mission Legislative Information Communication
    Leigh Anne Neal, Associate Superintendent for Communications

  • Shawnee Mission School District, Shawnee Mission, KS
    The Shawneee Mission Research and Development Forum: 50 Years of Excellence and Innovation
    Leigh Anne Neal, Associate Superintendent for Communications

  • Shawnee Mission School District, Shawnee Mission, KS
    Shawnee Mission Summer Lunch Bunch
    Leigh Anne Neal, Associate Superintendent for Communications

  • Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District, Barrie, ON
    Math Homework Help
    Diane Legg, Director, Communicaions & Public Affairs

  • Stanislaus County Office of Education, Modesto, CA
    Choose Civility County-wide Initiative
    Judy Leitz, Communications Coordinator

  • Sycamore Community Schools, Cincinnati, OH
    Social Media Integration
    Erika Daggett, Chief Information Officer

  • Texas Association of School Boards, Austin, TX
    Truth About Schools Campaign
    Karen Strong, Chief Communications Officer

  • Tri County Technology Center, Bartlesville, OK
    Branding/Rebranding Campaign - The Strategy Center
    Tiffany Bruce, Dir., Marketing & Public Info

  • Vancouver Public Schools, Vancouver, WA
    Report to the Community: Morphing from Print to Multi-Media
    Kris Sork, Communications Director

  • Virginia Beach City PPublic Schools, Virginia Beach, VA
    “Community Outreach and Public Engagement Initiative: Mentorships in Virginia Beach City Public Schools”
    Laura Smart, Partnership Coordinator, Office of Community Relations

  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach, VA
    Parent Connection Initiatives: Beach Bags & Technology Academy
    Melissa McQuarrie, Director, Office of Community Relations

  • West Des Moines Community Schools, West Des Moines, IA
    Expanding Facebook to Our Schools
    Lauri Pyatt, School/Community Relations Specialist

  • West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District 197, Mendota Heights, MN
    School District 197 Levy Referendum Campaign
    Susan Brott, Director of Communications

  • Wichita Public Schools, Wichita, KS
    Tech Focus - Wichita Public Schools
    Jennifer Bellinger-Sipes, Producer-Director

  • Zachary Community Schools, Zachary, LA
    Community Celebration 2011
    Adonica Pelichet Duggan, Communications Specialist

 


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