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Contest and Awards

OHSPRA Achievement Awards

Each year, OHSPRA honors individuals, school districts and others for their outstanding contributions in school communications. OHSPRA had a record number of entries for the 2023 OHSPRA Achievement Awards with over 180 entries! 

Professional Awards
These awards provide recognition for the outstanding communication efforts of members and non-members of OHSPRA. Click each category below to see the award recipients from 2023. Each "Best of the Best" award is linked to the winning piece. 

Electronic Quality Profile/Annual Report
Marketing Materials
PR & Marketing Plan
Print Newsletter
Print Quality Profile/Annual Report
Social Media
Social Media Campaign
Special Purpose Publication
Student Video

Distinguished Individual Awards

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. Past recipients include:

  • Kari Basson
  • Patti Koslo
  • Jill Moberley
  • Greg Viebranz
  • Scott Stephens
  • Crystal Davis
  • Liza Robbins

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. Past recipients include:

  • Krissy Dietrich Gallagher (2023)
  • Brandy Bennett (2022)
  • Lee Conklin (2020)
  • Mark Wilson (2020)
  • Megan O'Bryan (2020)

Innovator Award - Established by OHSPRA in 2010 to recognize individuals who have introduced or utilized new methods of communication to dramatically advance or impact school public relations locally, state-wide, or nationally. 

  • Greg Viebranz (2022)

Entry Fee and Submission:

NOTE: OHSPRA members include only those people who have purchased an individual membership or were one of the people specifically named in an institutional membership. Institutional memberships include up to three people; a fourth can be added for $55. All others qualify as non-members.

OHSPRA MEMBERS: $75/one entry  $200/four entries


Entries will not be returned and become the property of OHSPRA. OHSPRA cannot accept purchase orders. Fees cannot be returned.

For more information email Scott Marshall, Director of Contest and Awards at awards@ohspra.org. 

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