Golden Achievement Award

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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