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OHSPRA Achievement Awards 

Be recognized for your hard work! OHSPRA's Achievement Awards give us the chance to recognize outstanding school PR work going on around the state.

Look for information on the 2019 OHSPRA Achievement Awards to be posted this winter. In the meantime browse through our list of past winners for inspiration.


Special Awards/Honors

Innovator Award - The Innovator Award was established by OHSPRA in 2010 to recognize individuals who have introduced or utilized new methods of communication to dramatically advance or impact, or have the potential to highly advance or impact, school public relations locally, state-wide, or nationally. All entries are judged by the OHSPRA Board of Directors, excluding any members who are nominated for the award or who made an award nomination. Regardless of the number of nominations made in any given year, the OHSPRA Board reserves the right to not honor anyone or honor more than one person in any given year, based on judging criteria.


All nominations must answer the following questions:

1.    What has the nominee done that is innovative?

2.    How has the nominee advanced/impacted local, state, and/or national school public relations? (please provide as much detail and verification as possible.)

Crystal Award - Established in 1987 to recognize individuals who have dramatically and positively impacted school public relations, the Crystal Award is the highest honor bestowed to an OHSPRA member. All entries are judged by the OHSPRA Board of Directors, excluding any members who are nominated for the award. Regardless of the number of nominations made in any given year, the OHSPRA Board reserves the right to not honor anyone or honor more than one person in any given year, based on judging criteria. Only OHSPRA members may submit Crystal Award nominations on behalf of another OHSPRA member or themselves. Self-nominations must include a letter with the signatures of two supervisors, such as the superintendent and board president, and will not be considered without the signatures.  

- All nominations must include answers to the following questions:

1.    What leadership positions in school public relations has the nominee held?

2.    What local, state, and national honors/awards has the nominee earned/received?

3.    How has the nominee made a local, state, or national impact on the field of school public relations? (consider workshop attendance and presentations, PR techniques/skills, current and former job positions, ability to recruit students or generate funding, breadth of knowledge, length of PR career, state and national level work, etc. Please provide as much detail and verification as possible.)

4.    What local, state, or national offices has the nominee held?

*A nominee does not necessarily need to have done all of the above in order to receive the award. The Board will assume a nominee has no experience with a question/topic if the question is not obviously addressed/answered in the nomination letter.

Friend of Education Award - School public relations is more than a one-person or one-department job. With that in mind, OHSPRA annually sponsors the Friend of Education Award to recognize those unofficial members of the school public relations team. Recipients can be individuals or groups of students, parents, volunteers, employees or community partners.  

All nominations must include answers to the following questions:

1. How has this person/group contributed to or impacted school/district/organization public relations efforts?

2. Are the contributions of this person/group part of their typical job description/service offerings?  


Special Awards/Honors

Innovator Award - The Innovator Award was established by OHSPRA in 2010 to recognize individuals who have introduced or utilized new methods of communication to dramatically advance or impact, or have the potential to highly advance or impact, school public relations locally, state-wide, or nationally. All entries are judged by the OHSPRA Board of Directors, excluding any members who are nominated for the award or who made an award nomination. Regardless of the number of nominations made in any given year, the OHSPRA Board reserves the right to not honor anyone or honor more than one person in any given year, based on judging criteria.


All nominations must answer the following questions:

1.    What has the nominee done that is innovative?

2.    How has the nominee advanced/impacted local, state, and/or national school public relations? (please provide as much detail and verification as possible.)

Crystal Award - Established in 1987 to recognize individuals who have dramatically and positively impacted school public relations, the Crystal Award is the highest honor bestowed to an OHSPRA member. All entries are judged by the OHSPRA Board of Directors, excluding any members who are nominated for the award. Regardless of the number of nominations made in any given year, the OHSPRA Board reserves the right to not honor anyone or honor more than one person in any given year, based on judging criteria. Only OHSPRA members may submit Crystal Award nominations on behalf of another OHSPRA member or themselves. Self-nominations must include a letter with the signatures of two supervisors, such as the superintendent and board president, and will not be considered without the signatures.  

- All nominations must include answers to the following questions:

1.    What leadership positions in school public relations has the nominee held?

2.    What local, state, and national honors/awards has the nominee earned/received?

3.    How has the nominee made a local, state, or national impact on the field of school public relations? (consider workshop attendance and presentations, PR techniques/skills, current and former job positions, ability to recruit students or generate funding, breadth of knowledge, length of PR career, state and national level work, etc. Please provide as much detail and verification as possible.)

4.    What local, state, or national offices has the nominee held?

*A nominee does not necessarily need to have done all of the above in order to receive the award. The Board will assume a nominee has no experience with a question/topic if the question is not obviously addressed/answered in the nomination letter.

Friend of Education Award - School public relations is more than a one-person or one-department job. With that in mind, OHSPRA annually sponsors the Friend of Education Award to recognize those unofficial members of the school public relations team. Recipients can be individuals or groups of students, parents, volunteers, employees or community partners.  

All nominations must include answers to the following questions:

1. How has this person/group contributed to or impacted school/district/organization public relations efforts?

2. Are the contributions of this person/group part of their typical job description/service offerings?  


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