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.

2014 Golden Achievement Award Winners

  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, CO
    Navigating the Budget
    Melissa Hoelting, Communications Specialist

  • Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, CO
    Enrollment and Capacity Process and Recommendation
    Georgia Duran, Chief Communication Officer

  • Bentonville Public Schools, Bentonville, AR
    Every Artist Live! Northwest Arkansas
    Mary Ley, Executive Director Of Communications

  • Bethlehem CSD, Delmar, NY
    Common Core In the Classroom
    Sabre Sarnataro, Communications Specialist

  • Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI
    "First Engage, Then Inform"
    Shira Good, Director of Communications

  • Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI
    "On Schedule, On Budget"
    Shira Good, Director of Communications

  • Blue Valley School District 229, Overland Park, KS
    Blue Valley Strategic Plan: Our Story
    Kristi McNerlin, Director of Communications

  • Calgary Catholic School District, Calgary, AB
    A City in Crisis: The Flood of 2013
    Tania Younker, Dir., Communications

  • Capital Region BOCES, Albany, NY
    Communication on Education Reform in New York
    Deborah Bush-Suflita, Senior Communications Manager

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

  • CCSD, Charleston, SC
    Crisis Communication Plan: Durham School Services Potential Bus Strike
    Erica Taylor, E.D. Strategy and Communications

  • CCSD #181, Burr Ridge, IL
    Soft Branding Launch
    Bridget McGuiggan, APR, Director of Communications

  • Central Islip School District, Medford, NY
    Education Report: Capital Improvement Project Bond Referendum
    Barbara LaMonica, Communications & PR Director

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

  • Central Islip School District, Medford, NY
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Launching Academies
    Barbara LaMonica, Communications & PR Director

  • Charles County Public Schools, LaPlata, MD
    Teacher Retention
    Kara Gross, Communications Assistant

  • Charles County Public Schools, La Plata, MD
    Developing an International Language Center
    Katie O'Malley-Simpson, Director, Communications

  • Colorado Springs School District11, Colorado Springs, CO
    My Choice. Best Choice. District 11.
    Devra Ashby, APR, Public Information Officer

  • District School Board of Niagara, St. Catharines, ON
    Rolling Out the Red Carpet
    Kim Yielding, Manager of Communications and Public Relations

  • DuPage High School District 88, Addison, IL
    DuPage HSD 88 Realtor Luncheons
    Dani Brink, Director of Community Relations

  • Elmhurst CUSD 205, Elmhurst, IL
    2013 York Distinguished Alumni Program: Dukes of Distinction
    Melea Smith, APR, Director of Communications & PR

  • Forest Grove School District, Forest Grove, OR
    Parent Academy – Helping Parents Help Their Children Succeed
    Connie Potter, Chief of Staff

  • Fort Worth ISD, Fort Worth, TX
    Committment to Classrooms/2013 Bond Election Campaign
    Barbara Griffith, Senior Communications Officer

  • Greenville County Schools, Greenville, SC
    Ignore the Door Campaign
    Oby Lyles, Director of Communications

  • Greenville County Schools, Greenville, SC
    Back to School Campaign
    Oby Lyles, Director of Communications

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    School Marketing Academy
    Nora Carr, APR, Chief of Staff

  • Guilford County Schools, Greesnboro, NC
    STEM Early College at N.C. A&T Benefactor Breakfast
    Lane Harvey Brown, Dir., Volunteers, Partnerships and Grants

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
    Laurie Hogan, Program Admin.

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    2014 State of Our Schools
    Jennifer Landes, Program Admn-Comms.

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    2013 Celebration of Excellence
    Jennifer Landes, Program Admn-Comms.

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    2013 Cool to Serve
    Jennifer Landes, Program Admn-Comms.

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Roadmap 2 Reading/Read 2 Succeed Literacy Partnership
    Cynthia Shah-Khan, Director of Communications

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Character, Civics and Service – Transforming a District Through Character Development
    Cynthia Shah-Khan, Director of Communications

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    Thank A Teacher
    Nora Shoptaw, Program Admn-Comms.

  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
    From Boys to Men: Parents Helping their African-American Sons Achieve Education Excellence
    Lindsay Whitley, Director, Guilford Parent Academy

  • High School District 214, Arlington Heights, IL
    HSD 214 Community Engagement and Outreach Strategy
    Jessica Thunberg, Dir., Cmty Engagement & Outreach

  • Houston ISD, Houston, TX
    2014 HISD State of the Schools
    Tiffany Davila-Dunne, Chief Communications Officer

  • Howard County Public Schools, Ellicott City, MD
    Vision 2018: Fulfilling the Promise of Preparation
    Rebecca Amani-Dove, Director of Communications

  • Lancaster CSD, Lancaster, NY
    Day of Kindness
    Patricia Burgio, APR, Director of Communications

  • Lexington Co School District One, Lexington, SC
    Lexington One Tech Tips
    Megan Moore, Communications Specialist

  • Liberty Central School District, Liberty, NY
    Monticello CSD Hall of Distinction
    Allison Mehr-Ruef, Public Information Specialist

  • Lincoln County R-III School District, Troy, MO
    Proposition KIDS music video
    April Bryant, Cmty Relations Specialist

  • Lynchburg City Schools, Lynchburg, VA
    The Developing of My LCS Story
    Cynthia Babb, Media Relations Coordinator

  • Mat-Su Borough School District, Palmer, AK
    MSBSD Strategic Communications Plan 2013-2014
    Catherine Esary, Public Information Officer

  • Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, AZ
    School Board Recognition Programs
    Helen Hollands, Director, Communications and Marketing

  • Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN
    Shift
    Stan Alleyne, Chief Communications Officer

  • Mobile County Public Schools, Mobile, AL
    It Starts With Us
    Rena Philips, Supervisor of Marketing

  • Mohonasen CSD/Capital Region BOCES, Schenectady, NY
    Mohonasen's Mo-Tech: Building and Defining 21st-Century Opportunities
    Adrienne Leon, Communications Specialist

  • Mount Prospect SD 57, Mount Prospect, IL
    Education and Engaging Our Community While Saving Valuable Resources
    Jenny Kustra-Quinn, Communications

  • Naperville School District 203, Naperville, IL
    Future Focus 2013 Community Engagement
    Julie Carlsen, Director of Community Relations

  • North Thurston Public Schools, Lacey, WA
    District-wide Neighborhood School Improvement, Technology & Safety Upgrades Bond Meaures
    Courtney Schrieve, Director of Communications & Community Relations

  • Ottawa Area ISD, Holland, MI
    Ottawa Area Schools, Doing More. Together.
    Michelle Ready, Communications Manager

  • Pascagoula School District, Pascagoula, MS
    Mississippi Common Core Collaboration and Website
    Debbie Anglin, Director of Communications

  • Passaic County Technical Institute, Wayne, NJ
    Reject the Text Campaign
    Sandra Woods, Admin. Assistant. for Special Projects/Public Relations

  • Pattonville School District, Saint Ann, MO
    Prop P Communications: Preserving Quality Programs and Services to Our Students
    Mickey Schoonover, Director School/Community Relations

  • Peel District School Board, Mississauga, ON
    @PeelSchools Social Media
    Brian Woodland, APR, Director of Communications & Community Relations Support Services

  • Peoria USD, Gendale, AZ
    There's an app for that!
    Danielle Airey, Public Relations, Director

  • Peoria USD, Gendale, AZ
    Crisis Communication
    Danielle Airey, Public Relations, Director

  • Pinellas County Schools, Largo, FL
    In the Works
    Sean Clark, General Manager

  • Pinellas County Schools, Largo, FL
    Texting Ban
    Rita Farlow, Communications Coordinator

  • Pinellas County Schools, Largo, FL
    Summer Bridge
    Lorri Helfand, Communications Coordinator

  • Pinellas County Schools, Largo, FL
    Breast Cancer Awareness Health Campaign
    Demorris Lee, Communications Coordinator

  • Pinellas County Schools, Largo, FL
    Engaging Parents
    Donna Winchester, Communications Director

  • Pittsford CSD, Pittsford, NY
    Pittsford CSD Campaign – "Be An Ally"
    Nancy Wayman, Director of Communications

  • Pittsford CSD, Pittsford, NY
    Keeping Education Extraordinary in Pittsford (KEEP) Foundation-School Foundation Awareness Campaign
    Nancy Wayman, Director of Communications

  • Polk County Public Schools, Bartow, FL
    2014 Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year Banquet
    Leah Lauderdale, APR, Senior Dir., Public Relations

  • Poudre School District, Fort Collins, CO
    School Choice Marketing
    Valerie Van Ryn, Communications Specialist

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Berlin's Communications Strategy
    Erin Clary, Comunications Specialist

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Internal Communications with Staff
    Dan Sherman, Director of Communications

  • Questar III BOCES, Castleton, NY
    Common Core Parent Sessions
    Nick Wilock, Comunication Specialist

  • Radnor Twp School Dist, Wayne, PA
    Introducing Social Media to a School District Community
    Michael Petitti, Communications Administrator

  • Rochester Public Schools, Rochester, MN
    Future Generations: Rochester Public Schools Rebrand
    Heather Nessler, Director of Communications & Marketing

  • Saint Paul Public Schools, Saint Paul, MN
    Saint Paul Public Schools Digital Engagement Growth
    Troy Melhus, New Media Manager

  • Saint Paul Public Schools, Saint Paul, MN
    Employee Wellness
    Syreeta Wilkins, Communications Specialist

  • Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Salem, OR
    Our Vision Student Video Contest
    Jay Remy, Dir. of Cmty Relations & Comm(s)

  • Shawnee Mission SD, Shawnee Mission, KS
    Gran's Guide to Taking Down an Ogre
    Leigh Anne Neal, Associate Superintendent for Communications

  • Shawnee Mission SD, Shawnee Mission, KS
    New Superintendent Emabarks on 87-Day Listening Tour
    Leigh Anne Neal, Associate Superintendent for Communications

  • Shoreline School District, Shoreline, WA
    Shorewood High School community open house and dedication
    Craig Degginger, Public Information Officer

  • South Washington Co Schools, Cottage Grove, MN
    Stepping into the Future: 2013 Referendum Campaign
    Barb Brown, Communications Director

  • Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MO
    Your Voice Counts
    Teresa Bledsoe, Community Relations Manager

  • St. Vrain Valley School District, Longmont, CO
    Leadership St. Vrain
    John Poynton, Ph.D., Exec. Dir., Organziational Dev & Comm(s)

  • Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
    Inspired Teaching: Stories from Tacoma's Best
    Dan Voelpel, Public Information Director

  • Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma, WA
    Three Graduates, Three Mentors
    Dan Voelpel, Public Information Director

  • Twin Rivers USD, North Highland, CA
    The First 100 Days
    Zenobia Gerald, Director of Communications

  • VMA Communications, Claremont, CA
    Lynwood USD Enrollment Campaign
    Valerie Martinez, CEO/President

  • Warwick Valley Central School District, Warwick, NY
    "Fair Funding for Our Schools – Now is the Time for Action"
    Maureen Westphal, Communications Specialist

  • Waukee Community School District, Waukee, IA
    Waukee Bond Referendum – Building for the Future
    Nicole Lawrence, Communications Coordinator

  • Wayne County Public Schools, Goldsboro, NC
    Crisis Preparedness, Response, and Communication Symposium: Responding to Mass Violence Attack on an Education Campus
    Ken Derksen, Director of Communication Services/PIO

  • Whiteville City Shools, Whiteville, NC
    Reading on Wheels
    Rhonda Bullard-Dutton, Community School Specialist / PR

  • Williamson County Schools , Franklin, TN
    "A Split Second Decision Can Last A Lifetime"
    Cory Mason, Communications Specialist

  • Williamson County Schools , Franklin, TN
    "WCS Week in Review"
    Cory Mason, Communications Specialist

  • Williamson County Schools , Franklin, TN
    "Parenting Playbook"
    Cory Mason, Communications Specialist

  • Woodland Community CSD 50, Gurnee, IL
    Attention Students and Staff
    Jennifer Bova, Public Information Specialist

 


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