"We Are Amherst" Recognized in New York School PR Association Contest
The New York School Public Relations Association honored Amherst Central School District’s public relations specialist Lori Sosenko and ACHS math teacher Paul Hare with a second-place award in its 2023 Annual Communications Competition in the video category. The two worked together to create a new district video, "We Are Amherst" that highlights all the wonderful things happening in the district on a daily basis. The script was written by Mrs. Sosenko and Mr. Hare shot and edited the video. It was premiered during the district's Opening Day for staff in August 2023.
This year's contest recognizes outstanding achievement in educational communications. Entries are adjudicated by experts in the field throughout the nation. Awards are given according to the type of communication vehicle and the type and size of the district/organization. Each entry is judged on the overall excellence of the entry as well as its quality compared to other entries in the category. Possible honors include Awards of Excellence, the highest level of recognition; Awards of Honor, the second place level of recognition; and Awards of Merit, the third place level of recognition.
Past awards have included:
- 2022 award of excellence for the website news article, "From Stomach Acid to Self-Esteem, Amherst CSD Elementary Health Curriculum Targets Mental, Emotional, Physical Wellness" which highlighted the new elementary health curriculum at Smallwood Drive and Windermere Boulevard.
- 2022 award of honor for the web news, "How a Classroom Coffee Shop “Perked Up” Students’ Interest in Running a Business and Learning Social Skills" which featured Amherst Middle School's cafe.
- 2021 award of excellence for the article, “Expanding a Virtual Academy Teacher's View; Piloting a Tech Unit that Benefits Students and Teachers” written during the 2020-2021 school year highlighting the TIGER CMS tech units at Windermere Boulevard Elementary School.
- 2019 award of honor for the article, "Coding Ozobots to Teach Velocity: MS Science Teachers Team Up with Ideas."