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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