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.

2022 Golden Achievement Award Winners

Links to the winning entries coming soon!

 

·        Abington School District, Abington, Pennsylvania

Celebrating our Copper Beech "ElemenTree"

Submitted by: Allie Artur, Communications Coordinator

 

·        Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, Colorado

Leaders of Color

Submitted by: Christina Dahmen, Communications Manager

 

·        Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria City Public Schools Vision, Integrity & Passion (VIP) Awards Program

Submitted by: Julia Burgos, Chief of School and Community Relations

 

·        Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, Virginia

2021-25 Alexandria City Public Schools Strategic Communications & Engagement Plan

Submitted by: Julia Burgos, Chief of School and Community Relations

 

·        Allegheny Valley SD, Cheswick, Pennsylvania

Pandemic Communications

Submitted by: Jan Zastawniak, Public Relations Director

 

·        Anoka-Hennepin Schools, Anoka, Minnesota

Referendum 2021

Submitted by: Heather Peters, Assistant Director of Communication and Public Relations

 

·        Arcadia Unified School District, Arcadia, California

Digital Communications Internship Program

Submitted by: Ryan Foran, Chief Communications Officer

 

·        Arcadia Unified School District, Arcadia, California

AUSD Today

Submitted by: Ryan Foran, Chief Communications Officer

 

·        Arcadia Unified School District, Arcadia, California

New Educator Academy Draft Day

Submitted by: Ryan Foran, Chief Communications Officer

 

·        Avon Community School Corporation, Avon, Indiana

District Rebranding Project

Submitted by: Kevin Carr, Communications Coordinator

 

·        Beaverton School District, Beaverton, Oregon

Let's Be BSD

Submitted by: Shellie Bailey-Shah, Public Communications Officer

 

·        Birmingham City Schools, Birmingham, Alabama

Our Best Shot

Submitted by: Sherrel Stewart, Executive Director, Strategy and Communications

 

·        Bloomington Public Schools, Bloomington, Minnesota

Leveraging Emotional Analysis to Inform Pandemic Communications

Submitted by: Kate Martin, Manager of Marketing and Communications

 

·        Bowling Green Independent Schools, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Black Male Scholars

Submitted by: Leslie McCoy, Director of Communications

 

·        Brevard Public Schools, Viera, Florida

Thrive by Five

Submitted by: Katherine Allen, Senior Coordinator

 

·        Cajon Valley Union School District, El Cajon, California

COVID19 Update Video

Submitted by: Howard Shen, Media and Communications Specialist

 

·        Cajon Valley Union School District, El Cajon, California

Media Campaign to Raise Awareness for the Return of Students Stranded in Afghanistan

Submitted by: Howard Shen, Media and Communications Specialist

 

·        Capital Region BOCES, Albany, New York

All Together Now: A Regional Approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Submitted by: Emily Popek, Assistant Program Manager

 

·        Capital Region BOCES, Albany, New York

The Challenge of Merging School Districts: Presenting a United Front in a Divided Community

Submitted by: Emily Popek, Assistant Program Manager 

 

·        Ceres USD, Ceres, California

Class of 2035, We Can't Wait to Meet You!

Submitted by: Beth Jimenez, Communications Specialist

 

·        CESA 10, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Passing Referenda #TheWestonWay

Submitted by: Angie Sommers, Marketing Strategist

 

·        Chester County Intermediate Unit, Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Team CCIU HR Recruitment Campaign

Submitted by: Mary Curley, Director of Communications & Learning Solutions

 

·        Clovis Unified School District, Clovis, California

Employee State of the District - Spring Update

Submitted by: Kelly Avants, Chief Communications Officer

 

·        Collier County Public Schools, Naples, Florida

District All-Stars

Submitted by: Chad Oliver, Executive Director of Communications and Community Engagement

 

·        Columbia Public Schools, Columbia, Missouri

DISTRICT FINANCIAL AND BUDGET TRANSPARENCY Columbia Public Schools Communicates District Financial and Budget Information to Better Engage Stakeholders

Submitted by: Aurora Meyer, Communication Manager

 

·        Columbia Public Schools, Columbia, Missouri

Expanding Community Outreach: Columbia Public Schools expands Community Outreach and Engagement using CPS-TV

Submitted by: Aurora Meyer, Communication Manager

 

·        Columbia Public Schools, Columbia, Missouri

SHARING CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES: Columbia Public Schools expands community outreach and engagement by highlighting stories of classroom activities.

Submitted by: Aurora Meyer, Communication Manager

 

·        Contra Costa County Office of Education, Pleasant Hill, California

Honoring Heritage Months throughout Contra Costa County

Submitted by: Richard Gebin, Communications Specialist

 

·        Coppell ISD, Coppell, Texas

I Heart Coppell ISD Strategic Marketing Campaign

Submitted by: Amanda Simpson, Director of Communications

 

·        Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, Texas

"We're Ready" a communications strategy on returning to in-person instruction in a pandemic

Submitted by: Robyn Harris, Executive Director

 

·        Davis School District, Farmington, Utah

Newzz Guruz: School Ambassador Program

Submitted by: Shauna Lund, Community Relations Supervisor

 

·        Deerfield Public Schools District 109, Deerfield, Illinois

Define 109

Submitted by: Eric Steckling, Director of Communications

 

·        Delaware Area Career Center, Delaware, Ohio

Flexible Learning Options Campaign

Submitted by: Alicia Mowry, Public Information Officer

 

·        Dickinson Public Schools, Dickinson, North Dakota

Dickinson Public Schools Brand Est. 2020

Submitted by: Camila Chorro, Multimedia Communications Specialist and Sarah Trustem, Director of Communications & Community Relations

 

·        DoDEA, Peachtree City, Georgia

DoDEA Americas: 2021 National Defense Authorization Act Pilot Program Launch

Submitted by: Tracy Fidler, Communications Director for the Americas

 

·        DuPage High School District 88, Addison, Illinois

DuPage High School District 88 student news channel

Submitted by: Dani Brink, Director of Community Relations

 

·        Dysart Unified School District, Surprise, Arizona

Dysart Schools Kindergarten Enrollment

Submitted by: Renee Ryon, Director of Communications and Public Relations

 

·        Educational Service District 105, YAKIMA, Washington

ESD 105 Logo

Submitted by: Brittany Kaple, Marketing Coordinator

 

·        Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Evanston, Illinois

Student Assignment Planning: Fostering Equity and Access in Education

Submitted by: Melissa Messinger, Executive Director of Communications

 

·        Fairfax County Public Schools, Falls Church, Virginia

A Caring Calendar: Counting Our Value Instead of Days

Submitted by: Tracey Wynne, Director of Community Relations

 

·        Fairfax County Public Schools, Falls Church, Virginia

Universal Masking in Public Schools - Sustaining Support for a Successful Safety Measure

Submitted by: Beth Visioli, Director of Communications

 

·        Forney ISD, Forney, Texas

Forney Family

Submitted by: Kristin Zastoupil, Executive Director of Marketing & Communications

 

·        GFSD, Glens Falls, New York

COVID Smart and GF Nation Strong!

Submitted by: Skye Heritage, Dir. of Communications

 

·        Glenview Public Schools District 34, Glenview, Illinois

FDK in D34

Submitted by: Cathy Kedjidjian, APR, Director of Communications & Strategic Planning

 

·        Great Falls Public School, Great Falls, Montana

High Voltage Recruiting Weekend for College Seniors

Submitted by: Becky Nelson, Community Relations

 

·        Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, North Carolina

GCS Choice Showcase 2022

Submitted by: Nora Shoptaw, Program Administrator of Communications

 

·        Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, North Carolina

2021 GCS National Volunteer Week Campaign

Submitted by: Joshua Leeper, Program Administrator – Communications

 

·        Harris Co Dept of Education, Houston, Texas

Making an Everyday Impact

Submitted by: Danielle Clark, Chief Communications Officer

 

·        Hawaii State Department of Education, Honolulu, Hawaii

Ready to Return. Reconnect. Learn.

Submitted by: Nanea Kalani, Communications Director

 

·        Highline Public Schools, Burien, Washington

Highline Education Levy

Submitted by: Catherine Carbone-Rogers, APR, Chief Communications Officer

 

·        Howard-Suamico School District, Green Bay, Wisconsin

HSSD Renew and Invest Campaign 2021

Submitted by: Brian Nicol, Director of Communications

 

·        Indian Prairie School District 204, Aurora, Illinois

IPSD 204 Web Accessibility Transformation

Submitted by: Greg Gibson, Lead Web Designer/Developer

 

·        Kansas City Public Schools, Kansas City, Missouri

Focus Schools Marketing Campaign

Submitted by: Lynn Goehring, Marketing Manager

 

·        Katy ISD, Katy, Texas

2021 Bond Communications Campaign

Submitted by: Andrea Grooms, Chief Communications Officer

 

·        Kirkwood School District, Kirkwood, Missouri

#ThankfulForYou Campaign

Submitted by: Steph Deidrick, Chief Communications Officer

 

·        Klein ISD, Klein, Texas

All Roads Lead Home: Celebrating the Klein ISD Class of 2021

Submitted by: Chelsea Ceballos, Director of Communications

 

·        Lexington County School District One, Lexington, South Carolina

Crisis Communication Plan — Onward as One

Submitted by: Megan Moore, Communications Director

 

·        Leyden HS District 212, Franklin Park, Illinois

Leyden: One Amazing Story

Submitted by: Karen Geddeis, Director of Communications

 

·        Lodi USD, Lodi, California

Lodi Unified's First Strategic Communication and Marketing Plan

Submitted by: Chelsea Vongehr, PIO/Grant Writer

 

·        Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, California

Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year Recognition Program

Submitted by: Elizabeth Graswich, Executive Director of Communications

 

·        Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, California

Human Trafficking Prevention Education: Strategies to Keep Your Kids Safe from Today's Hidden Dangers

Submitted by: Elizabeth Graswich, Executive Director of Communications

 

·        Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, Virginia

Mental Health Alumni Series

Submitted by: Stephanie Knott, Coordinator, Communications Strategy and Planning

 

·        Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, Virginia

School is...

Submitted by: Stephanie Knott, Coordinator, Communications Strategy and Planning

 

·        Mansfield ISD, Mansfield, Texas

Mansfield ISD Penny Swap Campaign

Submitted by: Donald Williams, Associate Superintendent of Communications and Marketing

 

·        Memphis-Shelby County Schools, Memphis, Tennessee

Reimagining 901

Submitted by: Stefani Everson-Phillips, Director of External Communications

 

·        Minnetonka Public Schools, Minnetonka, Minnesota

Building MOMENTUM: Rebranding and Launching a Signature High School Program In-House

Submitted by: Daniel Campbell, Creative Director

 

·        Mixed Media Creations, Lewisville, Texas

Best Schools in Texas

Submitted by: Liz Radtke, Creative Director

 

·        Mobile County Public Schools, Mobile, Alabama

MCPSS Gets Vaccinated

Submitted by: Rena Philips, Director of Communication

 

·        MVWSD, Mountain View, California

Mountain View Whisman School District’s “Return to Learn (COVID School Reopening)”

Submitted by: Shelly Hausman, PIO

 

·        Napa Valley Unified School District, Napa, California

NVUSD: Stronger Together, Better Than Ever

Submitted by: Stacy Rollo, Communication Director/consultant

 

·        New Braunfels ISD, New Braunfels, Texas

Passage of the 2021 NBISD Bond Election

Submitted by: Rebecca Villarreal, APR, Executive Director of Communications

 

·        New Code Academy, Bloomington Public Schools, Bloomington, Minnesota

Launch Your Future Here

Submitted by: Janet Swiecichowski, APR, VP, CEL Marketing PR Design

 

·        North Penn School District, Lansdale, Pennsylvania

North Penn School District English For All!

Submitted by: Christine Liberaski, Director, School & Community Engagement

 

·        North Shore School District 112, Highland Park, Illinois

RECRUITMENT, ENGAGEMENT, & STORYTELLING.

Submitted by: Nicholas Glenn, Communications Director

 

·        Oconee County Schools, Watkinsville, Georgia

DIY School Communication Audits: Phases I and II - Impacting the School and Classroom Levels

Submitted by: Anisa Sullivan Jimenez, Director of Communications

 

·        Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, Nebraska

Introducing the new www.OPS.org

Submitted by: Jeremy Maskel, APR Chief Communications Officer

 

·        Peoria USD, Glendale, Arizona

Honoring the Pride of Peoria

Submitted by: Danielle Airey, Chief Communications Officer

 

·        Pittsford Schools, Pittsford, New York

Thornell Road Elementary School 50th Anniversary

Submitted by: Nancy Wayman, Director of Communication

 

·        Pulaski County Special School District, Little Rock, Arkansas

Teacher of the Year

Submitted by: Jessica Duff, Executive Director of Communications

 

·        Radnor Township School District, Wayne, Pennsylvania

Say Hello to the New RTSD.org

Submitted by: Michael Petitti, Director of Communications

 

·        Reynoldsburg City Schools, Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Reynoldsburg City Schools Virtual Job Fair

Submitted by: Valerie Wunder, Communications Director

 

·        Richland County School District One, Columbia, South Carolina

The Unplanned: Feature Stories that Enhance Culture and Morale

Submitted by: Angela Crosland, Public Information Manager

 

·        Richland County School District One, Columbia, South Carolina

Recruitment Marketing

Submitted by: Kiosha Boyles, Marketing Coordinator

 

·        Richmond County School System, Augusta, Georgia

PowerUp

Submitted by: Lynthia Ross, Chief Public Relations Officer

 

·        Rockland BOCES, West Nyack, New York

2022 Capital Improvements Bond Campaign

Submitted by: Scott Salotto, Director of Communications and Governmental Relations

 

·        San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, California

Welcome Back Tour 2021-22

Submitted by: Stacy Brandt, Communications Strategist

 

·        San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, California

Superintendent Search Process

Submitted by: Maureen Magee, Communications Director

 

·        Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose, California

Youth Vaccination Campaign

Submitted by: Kelly Wylie, Director III, Creative Impact & Public Affairs

 

·        Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose, California

Steps to Success

Submitted by: Kelly Wylie, Director III, Creative Impact & Public Affairs

 

·        Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose, California

2022 State of Education

Submitted by: Kelly Wylie, Director III, Creative Impact & Public Affairs

 

·        Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose, California

Power of Democracy - Youth Voter Campaign

Submitted by: Kelly Wylie, Director III, Creative Impact & Public Affairs

 

·        Scarsdale Public Schools, Scarsdale, New York

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A Learning and Listening Year

Submitted by: Michelle Verna, Public Information Officer

 

·        School District 54, Schaumburg, Illinois

Substitute Recruitment

Submitted by: Terri McHugh, Executive Director Community Relations

 

·        School District of Clayton, Clayton, Missouri

Claytonschools.net Website Redesign

Submitted by: Christopher Tennill, APR, Chief Communications Officer

 

·        Shawnee Mission School District, Overland Park, Kansas

Distinguished Leaders Speaker Series: Senior Portraits

Submitted by: Kristin Babcock, Communications Coordinator

 

·        Shawnee Mission School District, Overland Park, Kansas

Read Across SMSD

Submitted by: Kristin Babcock, Communications Coordinator

 

·        Shawnee Mission School District, Overland Park, Kansas

2021 Foundation Fall Breakfast

Submitted by: Kristin Babcock, Communications Coordinator

 

·        Shawnee Mission School District, Overland Park, Kansas

2021 Research and Development Forum

Submitted by: Kristin Babcock, Communications Coordinator

 

·        Socorro ISD, El Paso, Texas

Keep SISD Safe: Comprehensive communication during the pandemic

Submitted by: Daniel Escobar, Chief Communications Officer

 

·        South Washington County Schools, Cottage Grove, Minnesota

SoWashCo. Be seen. Be heard. Be bold.

Submitted by: Janet Swiecichowski, APR, VP, CEL Marketing PR Design

 

·        Spring Lake Park Schools, Spring Lake Park, Minnesota

Sharing the SLP Experience

Submitted by: Erika Taibl, Director of Communications and Marketing

 

·        Spring Lake Park Schools, Spring Lake Park, Minnesota

Enhancing Internal Communication by Design

Submitted by: Erika Taibl, Director of Communications and Marketing

 

·        St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, Covington, Louisiana

STPPS Success Election 2021

Submitted by: Angela Daviston Dugan, Communications Manager

 

·        St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, Covington, Louisiana

Posting Positive Vibes: COVID Social Media Strategy

Submitted by: Angela Daviston Dugan, Communications Manager

 

·        St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, Covington, Louisiana

One Team STPPS: Telling the STPPS Story

Submitted by: Angela Daviston Dugan, Communications Manager

 

·        Strategies 360, Seattle, Washington

Seattle Rising: A communications and HR campaign to recruit educators of color

Submitted by: Lesley Rogers, Senior VP Education

 

·        Sun Prairie Area School District, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Strategic Plan Refresh

Submitted by: Kayla Haas, Marketing Communications Intern

 

·        Tacoma School District, Tacoma, Washington

Facts and Information 2022 Levy Campaign

Submitted by: Dan Voelpel, Executive Director of Communications

 

·        Tulsa Public Schools, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Enroll Tulsa: 2022-2023 Enrollment window

Submitted by: Emma Garrett-Nelson, Executive Director of Communications & Strategy

 

·        Turlock Unified School District, Turlock, California

COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Campaign

Submitted by: Marie Russell, Chief Communication Coordinator

 

·        Volusia County Schools, DeLand, Florida

League of Mentors

Submitted by: Nancy Gonzalez, Community Information Specialist


View past winners of the NSPRA Golden Achievement Award.