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.

2013 Golden Achievement Award Winners

  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, CO
    Marketing for Breakfast Training & Toolkit
    Joe Ferdani, APR, Director of Communications

  • Austin ISD, Austin, TX
    Spanish Language Community Outreach
    Alex Sánchez, Executive Director

  • Ankeny Community Schools, Ankeny, IA
    Elementary 10 Bond Referendum
    Jarrett Peterson, Coordinator of Communications

  • Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, VA
    APS Dashboard
    Linda Erdos, Assistant Superintendent

  • Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, VA
    APS Online Budget Tool
    Linda Erdos, Assistant Superintendent

  • Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, VA
    More Seats for More Students
    Linda Erdos, Assistant Superintendent

  • Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, CO
    2012 Mill Levy Campaign
    Georgia Durán, Chief Communication Officer

  • Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, CO
    7/20 Disaster Recovery Communication Plan
    Georgia Durán, Chief Communication Officer

  • Baltimore County Public Schools, Towson, MD
    Changing School Culture with BCPS Anti-Bullying Day
    David M. Dickerson, Chief Communications Officer

  • Baltimore County Public Schools, Towson, MD
    Creating Engaging Educational Programming with BCPS-TV Brain Gain
    David M. Dickerson, Chief Communications Officer

  • Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI
    "What Do You Want To Be When When You Grow Up?"
    Shira Good, Director of Communications & Community Relations

  • Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI
    "Did You Know?" - Rebuilding Trust & Resolving a Decade of Community Conflict
    Shira Good, Director of Communications & Community Relations

  • Calgary Catholic School District, Calgary, AB
    Community Engagement: HPV Immunization Program in Catholic Schools
    Tania Younker, Director, Communications

  • Capital Region BOCES, Albany, NY
    Parent Today
    Deborah Bush-Suflita, Program Manager, Communications

  • Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Carrollton, TX
    The Event
    Pam Pena, Community Relations Specialist

  • Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Carrollton, TX
    Ambassadors - A Community Engagement Initiative
    Angela Shelley, Director, Strategic Communication Services

  • Central Islip School District, Medford, NY
    Education Report/Budget Edition
    Barbara LaMonica, Communications & PR Director

  • Central Islip School District, Medford, NY
    Implementing Academies in Central Islip School District
    Barbara LaMonica, Communications & PR Director

  • Central Islip School District, Medford, NY
    Central Islip Sweet Adelines Showcase
    Barbara LaMonica, Communications & PR Director

  • Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, CO
    2012 Veterans Week Video
    Tustin Amole, Director of Communications

  • Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, CO
    Employee Recognition Program
    Tustin Amole, Director of Communications

  • Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, CO
    3A/3B Campaign
    Tustin Amole, Director of Communications

  • Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, CO
    Leadership Cherry Creek Reunion
    Tustin Amole, Director of Communications

  • Chesterfield County Public Schools, Chesterfield, VA
    Strengthening community connections to CCPS
    Tim Bullis, Director of Community Relations

  • Chino Valley USD, Chino, CA
    Attendance Counts! Campaign
    Julie Gobin, Communications Director, Chino Valley USD

  • Clarke Co School District, Athens, GA
    "Proud To Be CCSD" Campaign
    Anisa Jimenez, Director of Public Relations & Communications

  • Clovis Unified, Fresno, CA
    Measure A - Information Campaign
    Kelly Avants, APR, Chief Communication Officer

  • Clovis Unified, Fresno, CA
    Crisis Communication - Police Investigation
    Kelly Avants, APR, Chief Communication Officer

  • District School Board of Niagara, St. Catharines, ON
    Make it Epic! Back to School Campaign
    Kim Yielding, Manager of Communications and Public Relations

  • District School Board of Niagara, St. Catharines, ON
    Student Success Reengagement Campaign
    Kim Yielding, Manager of Communications and Public Relations

  • District School Board of Niagara, St. Catharines, ON
    Success Starts Here!
    Kim Yielding, Manager of Communications and Public Relations

  • District School Board of Niagara, St. Catharines, ON
    Become the Person You Want to Be
    Kim Yielding, Manager of Communications and Public Relations

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

  • DuPage High School District 88, Addison, IL
    Dupage HSD 88 Feed My Starving Children Project
    Dani Schweigert, Director of Community Relations

  • DuPage High School District 88, Addison, IL
    Addison Trail High School Hurricane Sandy Relief Dance
    Dani Schweigert, Director of Community Relations

  • Elk Grove USD, Elk Grove, CA
    "Your Health, Your Choice" Wellness Program
    Elizabeth Graswich, Director, Communications

  • Elk Grove USD, Elk Grove, CA
    #UnfollowBullying
    Elizabeth Graswich, Director, Communications

  • Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN
    Marketing/Branding Campaign
    Melanie Hall, Director of Public Affairs

  • Fort Worth ISD, Fort Worth , TX
    Know the Plan (Community Outreach Initiative)
    Barbara Griffith, Senior Communications Officer

  • Fort Worth ISD, Fort Worth , TX
    7th Annual District Walk (Community Outreach Initiative)
    Barbara Griffith, Senior Communications Officer

  • Fort Worth ISD, Fort Worth , TX
    It's Not Okay Phase Two (School Safety Campaign)
    Barbara Griffith, Senior Communications Officer

  • Fort Worth ISD, Fort Worth , TX
    Singleness of Purpose
    Barbara Griffith, Senior Communications Officer

  • Fraser Public Schools, Fraser, MI
    Fraser Public Schools 2012-2013 Enrollment Campaign
    Nicole Malak, Community Relations Coordinator

  • Frederick County (MD) Public Schools, Frederick, MD
    Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp
    Michael Doerrer, Director, Communication Services

  • Frederick County (MD) Public Schools, Frederick, MD
    Tasting the Moon on a Golden Anniversary
    Michael Doerrer, Director, Communication Services

  • Frederick County (MD) Public Schools, Frederick, MD
    Frederick High School Modernization Community Involvement Program
    Michael Doerrer, Director, Communication Services

  • Glens Falls City Schools, Glens Falls, NY
    2012 Capital Project Proposal
    Skye Heritage, Strategic Communications

  • Grand Haven Area Public Schools, Grand Haven, MI
    Homework Tonight: READ Campaign
    Ann Haruki-Shelton, Communications Director

  • Grand Haven Area Public Schools, Grand Haven, MI
    Bucs Above Distractions
    Ann Haruki-Shelton, Communications Director

  • Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Grapevine, TX
    The Fugitive
    Megan Overman, Public Information Officer

  • Greenville County Schools, Greenville, SC
    Advanced Placement Marketing Campaign
    Oby G. Lyles, Director of Communications

  • Greenville ISD, Greenville, TX
    The Art of Advertising...And Money
    Kelli Tharp, Director of Community Services

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    State of Our Schools 2013
    Cynthia Shah-Khan, Director of Communications

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
    Laurie Hogan, Program Administration

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Guilford Parent Academy's Family Fun Day
    Haley Miller, Media Relations Manager

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Cool To Be Smart
    Jennifer Landes, Program Administration - Communications

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Celebrating Excellence in Education
    Jennifer Landes, Program Administration - Communications

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Cool To Serve
    Jennifer Landes, Program Administration - Communications

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Guilford Parent Academy
    Cynthia Shah-Khan, Director of Communications

  • Harris County Department of Education, Houston, TX
    Choice Partners Rebranding Campaign
    Louise Henry, APR, CFRE, Director, Client Development

  • Henrico County Public Schools, Henrico, VA
    Safety & Security Forum
    Natalie Allen, Communications Specialist

  • Indian Prairie School District #204, Aurora, IL
    District's Mobile Website
    Greg Gibson, Coordinator of Web Services

  • Intermediate District 287, Plymouth, MN
    North Education Center - Designed for Learning
    Linda Rees, Communication Liaison

  • Irving ISD, Irving, TX
    Our House Is Your House
    Billy Rudolph, Press Secretary

  • Jackson County ISD, Jackson, MI
    2012 Countywide Special Education Millage Proposal Information Campaign
    Tommy Cameron, Director of Communications

  • Lake Stevens School District, Lake Stevens, WA
    Community Education Program
    Jayme Taylor, Director of Communications

  • Lewisville ISD, Flower Mound, TX
    "The Community Conversation"
    Karen Permetti, Public Information and Community Relations Officer

  • Lexington School District One, Lexington, SC
    Personal Mobile Computing Communications Project
    Mary Beth Hill, Chief Operations Officer

  • Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, VA
    Frederick Douglass ES Memorial Wall Exhibit
    Wayde Byard, Public Information Officer

  • Marion County Public Schools, Ocala, FL
    Connecting the Mobile Community
    Kevin Christian, APR, Public Relations Officer

  • Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN
    MPS Teacher Evaluation System Development
    Stan Alleyne, Chief Communications Officer

  • Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN
    MPS School Marketing Toolkit
    Stan Alleyne, Chief Communications Officer

  • Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland, Rockville, MD
    Spanish Outreach and Communications
    Dana Tofig, Director of Public Information & Web Services

  • Mountaineer Montesson School, Charleston, WV
    Lighting the Way for Education
    JoEllen Zacks, Volunteer-VP Board of Directors

  • Nassau BOCES, Garden City, NY
    Nassau BOCES Communication Plan
    Angela Marshall, Interactive Production Manager

  • NC Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh, NC
    READY Initiative
    Vanessa Jeter, Director of Communications & Information

  • Newport News Public Schools, Newport News, VA
    Welcome to Middle School Night
    Michelle Price, Director of Public Information and Community Involvement

  • Northwest ISD, Justin, TX
    2012 Bond Election
    Lesley Weaver, Director of Communications

  • Papillion-La Vista Schools, Papillion, NE
    School Bond Issue
    Annette Eyman, Director of Communications

  • Pascagoula School District, Pascagoula, MS
    Family Interactive Center
    Debbie Anglin, Director of Communications

  • Peoria Unified School District, Gendale, AZ
    United Way Campaign
    Danielle Airey, Public Relations, Director

  • Peoria Unified School District, Glendale, AZ
    Social Media
    Danielle Airey, Public Relations, Director

  • Peoria Unified School District, Glendale, AZ
    Anti-Bullying Art & Video Contest
    Danielle Airey, Public Relations, Director

  • Peoria Unified School District, Glendale, AZ
    To Move a Boundary or Not Move a Boundary
    Danielle Airey, Public Relations, Director

  • Pinellas County Schools, Largo, FL
    County-wide Referendum Renewal for Next 4 Years
    Donna Winchester, Director, Strategic Communications

  • Piscataway BOE, Piscataway, NJ
    Inaugural Pway 5K Run/Walk
    Teresa Rafferty, Interim Superintendent

  • Piscataway BOE, Piscataway, NJ
    Athletics to Academics
    Teresa Rafferty, Interim Superintendent

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

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Chatham CSD Budget Communications Campaign
    Adam Charbonneau, Communications Specialist

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Utilizing Electronic Media to Promote Student Success
    Erin Clary, Communications Specialist

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Participation in the Back to School Expo 2012
    Caitlin Dederick, Communications Specialist

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    AP2020 - Planning for the Future
    Jackie Geraci, Communications Specialist

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Improving Internal Communications
    Dan Sherman, Coordinator of Communications

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Addressing Public Education's Significant Changes
    Dan Sherman, Coordinator of Communications

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Launching Two School District Facebook Pages
    Jason McCord, Communications Specialist

  • Quinlan ISD, Quinlan, TX
    3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Spectacular
    Tiffony Upchurch, Director of School Community Relations

  • Quinlan ISD, Quinlan, TX
    Senior Citizen Appreciation Breakfast
    Tiffony Upchurch, Director of School Community Relations

  • Quinlan ISD, Quinlan, TX
    QISD...Opening Doors to a World of Opportunities
    Tiffony Upchurch, Dir., of School Community Relations

  • Roanoke County Pub. Sch., Roanoke, VA
    Graduation Live/Graduation Rewind
    Chuck Lionberger, APR, Community Relations Specialist

  • Rowan-Salisbury Schools, Salisbury, NC
    STEM Matters - What's Right With Public Education
    Rita Foil, Public Information Officer

  • San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA
    "Mark's Mustache Must Go" Campaign
    Music Watson, Chief Communications Officer

  • San Joaquin Co Office of Education, Stockton, CA
    Excel Academy: What Schools Should Look Like?
    Jacqueline Ratto, Public Information Officer

  • San Juan Unified School District, Carmichael, CA
    It Gets Better
    Trent Allen, APR, Senior Director of Community Relations

  • School District of Clayton, Clayton, MO
    SchoolPool Ridematching Service Awareness Campaign
    Robin Fultz, Communications Coordinator

  • Shawnee Mission SD, Shawnee Mission, KS
    Providing Students Real-World Experience: Live Sporting Event Broadcasts
    Leigh Anne Neal, Associate Superintendent for Communications

  • Shawnee Mission SD, Shawnee Mission, KS
    Transitioning to the Common Core - Professional Development Delivered Digital
    Leigh Anne Neal, Associate Superintendent for Communications

  • Shawnee Mission SD, Shawnee Mission, KS
    Healthier US School Celebration and Live Virtual Assembly Broadcast
    Leigh Anne Neal, Associate Superintendent for Communications

  • Shawnee Mission SD, Shawnee Mission, KS
    Shawnee Mission School District Website Renewal
    Leigh Anne Neal, Associate Superintendent for Communications

  • Shenendehowa Central School District, Clifton Park, NY
    When District is the Center of Political Firestorm
    Kelly DeFeciani, Public Information Officer

  • Spring Branch ISD, Houston, TX
    The SKY Partnership
    Steve Brunsman, APR, Communications Manager

  • Spring Branch ISD, Houston, TX
    The Good Neighbor Program
    Steve Brunsman, APR, Communications Manager

  • Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MO
    Teachers & Classrooms for Kids
    Teresa Bledsoe, Community Relations Manager

  • Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
    Great Teaching PSA series
    Dan Voelpel, Public Information Director

  • Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
    Innovative Schools Marketing Campaign
    Dan Voelpel, Public Information Director

  • Talbot County Public Schools, Easton, MD
    TCPS New Communications Plan
    Sally Lentz, Graphic/Web Designer

  • Texas Association School Boards, Austin, TX
    Texas Public Schools Rock Student Video Contest
    Karen Strong, Chief Communications Officer

  • Trillium Lakelands District SB, Lindsay, ON
    A New Start Through Education
    Catherine Shedden, APR, Communications Manager

  • Tyler, Texas ISD Foundation, Tyler, TX
    The Melting Pot: Recipes and Remembrances
    Larry Goddard, Ph.D., Executive Director

  • Tyler, Texas ISD Foundation, Tyler, TX
    Don't Burn Daylight! Honor Our Alumni
    Larry Goddard, Ph.D., Executive Director

  • Tyler, Texas ISD Foundation, Tyler, TX
    Students And Educators = Our Shining Stars
    Larry Goddard, Ph.D., Executive Director

  • Tyler, Texas ISD Foundation, Tyler, TX
    Girl Power: How To Reach the Community
    Larry Goddard, Ph.D., Executive Director

  • Tyler, Texas ISD Foundation, Tyler, TX
    "If You Don't Toot Your Own Horn You Might Not Get Tooted: How Marketing and Public Relations is a Year Round Strategy for Education Foundations"
    Larry Goddard, Ph.D., Executive Director

  • Tyler, Texas ISD Foundation, Tyler, TX
    Turtle on the Fencepost: Educating Education Foundation Leaders
    Larry Goddard, Ph.D., Executive Director

  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach, VA
    VBEF Marketing Campaign - "Triple Play"
    Debbie Thomas, Education Foundation Coordinator

  • Washoe County School District, Reno, NV
    Countdown to Graduation
    Irene Payne, Chief Communications and Community Engagement Officer

  • Waterbury Public School, Waterbury, CT
    From Classroom to Career or College
    Nancy Dzija Vaughan, APR, School Community Relations Coord.

  • Whiteville City Schools, Whiteville, NC
    Community Outreach and Public Engagement Initiatives
    Rhonda Bullard-Dutton, Community School Specialist / PR

 


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