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Congratulations to winners of OHSPRA's 2019 Achievement Awards!
Electronic Quality Profile/Annual Report Best of the Best - Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools 2017-2018 Quality Profile, Judy Hengstebeck, Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools Mark of Distinction - Measuring What Matters, Scott Stephens, Shaker Heights City School District Communications Team
Mark of Excellence Jonathan Alder Quality Profile 2018, Cory Guindon, Jonathan Alder Local School District

E-Newsletter Best of the Best Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools E-Newsletter, Judy Hengstebeck, Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools Mark of Distinction SNews | A monthly e-newsletter by the Success Network, Amy Kappler, ESC of Central Ohio Pride E-Newsletter, Lou DeVincentis and Staci Vincent, Orange City School District The Shaker Schools Connection, Jennifer Kuhel, Shaker Heights City School District Communications Team Mark of Excellence RrSchools e-Newsletter, Greg Murphy, Rocky River City School District

Print Quality Profile/Annual Report Best of the Best - This is Orange - 2018 Quality Profile, Staci Vincent and Lou DeVincentis, Orange City School District Mark of Excellence - Maumee City Schools 2018 Quality Profile, Nancy Sayre, Maumee City Schools - Groveport Madison School District - Annual Report 2017, Jeffrey Warner, Groveport Madison Schools - In Full Measure: A Quality Profile, Christine Gordillo, Lakewood City Schools - 2017-2018 Quality Profile Executive Summary, Karen Truett and Colleen Wright, Upper Arlington Schools - 2017-2018 Quality Profile, Liz Robbins, Tipp City Exempted Village Schools - New Albany-Plain Local Schools, Beth Steel, New Albany-Plain Local Schools - We Are the MCESC, Guy Fogle, Montgomery County ESC - Success Today, Prepared Tomorrow, Kristie Purtee, Graham Local Schools
Photography Best of the Best - FaceTime, Staci Vincent, Orange City School District Mark of Distinction - Reaching New Heights, Staci Vincent, Orange City School District - Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, Staci Vincent, Orange City School District - The Thrill of Victory, Staci Vincent, Orange City School District - Aisha Fraser Vigil Photograph I, Jason Miller, Pixelate, Ltd. - Aisha Fraser Vigil Photograph II, Jason Miller, Pixelate, Ltd. Mark of Excellence - Welcome Avon Class of 2031, Julie A. Short, Avon Local Schools - A Saturday in Athens, Trevor W. Patton, Washington Court House City Schools
Social Media Best of the Best - Worthington Schools Facebook, Don Taylor, Worthington Schools Mark of Excellence - RRCSD Twitter, Greg Murphy, Rocky River City School District - Orange City Schools Facebook Page, Staci Vincent and Lou DeVincentis, Orange City Schools - Graham Local Schools Social Media, Kristie Purtee, Graham Local Schools
Print Newsletter Best of the Best - OSBA Journal, Angela Penquite, Ohio School Boards Association Mark of Distinction - School Notes, Nancy Sayre, Maumee City Schools - Penta Perspectives, Monica Dansack, Penta Career Center Mark of Excellence - Blue Lion News, Trevor W. Patton, Washington Courthouse City Schools
PR/Marketing Plan Best of the Best - Times Change Marketing/PR, Matt Davis, Westerville City Schools Mark of Distinction - Lorain City Schools #TitanUp! Campaign, Erin Graham, Erin Graham Consulting, LLC Mark of Excellence - Communications Plan for Fernway School Fire, Scott Stephens, Shaker Heights City School District Communications Team
Marketing Materials Best of the Best - Hero Academy Billboard Campaign, A.J. Huff, Butler Tech Mark of Distinction - ESC of Central Ohio Brand Style Guide, Amy Kappler, ESC of Central Ohio - Success Today, Prepared for Tomorrow, Kristie Purtee, Graham Local Schools - Butler Tech Adult Education Spring 2019 Course Catalog, A.J. Huff, Butler Tech - Butler Tech - Adult Education CDL Training Fleet, A.J. Huff, Butler Tech - FACE Brochure, Kristen Miller, Shaker Heights School District Communications Team
Writing Best of the Best - A Stepping Stone to Job Success, Gary Motz, Ohio School Boards Association Mark of Excellence - Finding True Grit by Taking Risks, Gary Motz, Ohio School Boards Association - Exchange Program Builds Bonds, Scott Gerfen, Ohio School Boards Association - Students United on the Track, Scott Gerfen, Ohio School Boards Association - Building Pole Barns Raises Student Success, Erika Konowalow, Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center - Public Education Matters - Stop the State Takeover of Ohio's Schools, Erin Graham, Roetzel Consulting Solutions - The Adverse Impact of HB370 in Very Real Terms, Erin Graham, Erin Graham Consulting - We are the MCESC - Meet Hallie Greenfield, Guy Fogle, Montgomery County ESC - Science Saturdays - A Link to Dayton's Inventive Past, Guy Fogle, Montgomery County ESC - A Message from the Interim Superintendent, Fernway School Roof Fire, Jennifer Kuhel, Shaker Heights City School District Communications Team
Website Best of the Best - New Albany-Plain Local Schools, Beth Steel, New Albany-Plain Local Schools Mark of Distinction - Groveport Madison School District Website, Jeffrey Warner, Groveport Madison Schools - UASchools.org, Karen Truett and Colleen Wright, Upper Arlington Schools - Shaker.org, Jen Kuhel, Shaker Heights City School District Communications Department - Tipp City, Liz Robbins, Tipp City Exempted Village - CH-UH City School District Website, Scott Wortman, Cleveland Heights- University Heights City School District
Video Best of the Best - Secondary Recruitment Hype Video, A.J Huff, Butler Tech Mark of Distinction - Profile of Scioto AP Art Program, Doug Baker, Dublin City Schools - McKinley Football "We are the Voice", Bill Weidner, Canton City School District - Why WE are Lakota, Betsy Fuller, Lakota Local Schools - Deer Park HS Coffee Cart, Jake Snyder, Deer Park Community City Schools - Getting to School Safely, Kristen Miller, Shaker Heights City School District Communications Team Mark of Excellence - Rocky River Middle School SRO Matt Blazer, Greg Murphy, Rocky River City School District - Hallie's World, Guy Fogle, Montgomery County ESC - Family Fridays - Deb Tschirhart at SOITA, Guy Fogle, Montgomery County ESC
Special Purpose Publication Award Best of the Best - CH-UH City School District Wall Calendar, Scott Wortman, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Mark of Distinction - Groveport Madison Schools - Frontrunner, Jeffrey Warner, Groveport Madison Schools - Finneytown Local School District - Strategic Plan, Janice Zielinski, Approach Marketing - Ohio Hi-Point Lobby Brochure, Kelsey Webb, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center - Deer Park 2018-19 Calendar, Jake Snyder, Deer Park Community Schools - New Board Member Passport, Angela Penquite, Ohio School Boards Association - Seeing Orange - 2018-19 Orange Schools Calendar, Staci Vincent and Lou DeVincentis, Orange Schools Communications Department - Penta 2019-2020 Career Technical Program Guide, Monica K. Dansack, Penta Career Center - 2018 Penta Career Center Outstanding Alumni Booklet, Monica K. Dansack, Penta Career Center - The Heights Magazine, Scott Wortman, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Mark of Excellence - Deer Park Community School - Strategic Plan, Janice Zielinski, Approach Marketing
Social Media Campaign Best of the Best - #DCSgivesback, Doug Baker, Dublin City Schools Mark of Distinction - 21st Century Education for 21st Century Jobs Video Series, Kelsey Webb, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center - Get Ready Campaign, Kristen Miller, Shaker Heights City School District
Friend of Education Award - Julie Liedke, nominated by Staci Vincent and Lou DeVincentis of Orange City School District - Shaker Heights Teachers' Association, nominated by Scott Stephens, Shaker Heights Schools - NBC4, Scott Varner, Columbus City Schools


OHSPRA announces Friends of Education awards

OHSPRA annually recognizes individuals and groups who serve as part of schools' unofficial public relations teams, offering assistance and support when needed. The Friends of Education award announced at the 2019 OHSPRA Spring Conference expresses the association's appreciation of their efforts.
Recipients of this year's Friends of Education award included:
Julie Liedtke, manager of Orange Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library
(Nominated by Staci Vincent and Lou DeVincentis of Orange City School District Communications Department)
Julie was both the Branch Manager/Head Librarian of the Orange Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library and an officer with the Kiwanis Club of Lander Circle. For the past nine years, she has gone above and beyond in developing greater relationships between these two organizations and the Orange Schools. Relationships that have really strengthened our partnerships. Julie doesn’t just complete tasks. She does it all with a clear passion and dedication to the students, staff and families of the Orange Schools. Julie is reliable, organized, trustworthy, kind, helpful, cheerful, humble, even-tempered, positive and incredibly hard-working. She personifies Orange Schools’ vision of “learning, leading, and making a difference.” She exemplifies the title of "Friend of Education." Shaker Heights Teachers' Association, President John L. Morris
(Nominated by Scott Stephens, director of communications for Shaker Heights Schools)
On Saturday, November 17, 2018, Aisha Fraser, a much-beloved sixth-grade teacher in the Shaker Heights City School District and a Shaker Heights High School alum, was brutally murdered by her estranged husband. Our entire community—students, her fellow staff members at Woodbury Elementary School, families, residents across the City and beyond—were shocked and deeply saddened by her loss.
Only three days after her death, the Shaker Heights Teachers Association (SHTA), organized a beautiful, community-wide candlelight vigil to honor Ms. Fraser. More than 1,000 students, teachers, friends of Ms. Fraser and community members joined the SHTA’s solemn, moving tribute to Ms. Fraser, who was such a lovely, caring, kind-hearted human being. The Communications office provided support to the SHTA to promote the vigil, though the entire event was planned and executed by the SHTA. The Shaker Heights Teachers' Association is an independent association representing the certified/licensed full-time and regular part-time salaried teachers in the Shaker Heights City School District.
Organizing this type of event goes well beyond the expectations of Shaker Heights Schools teachers, however, the SHTA membership is truly remarkable. Their collaboration and desire to host a fitting celebration of Ms. Fraser’s life for our entire Shaker Heights community was nothing short of extraordinary. A video montage of the vigil, which the district Communications Department created and posted on Facebook, was viewed 11,000 times and shared 195 times.
NBC4 WCMH-TV
Nominated by Scott Varner, director of strategic communications for Columbus City Schools)
The impact was historic: 50,000 free backpacks - enough for every student in Columbus City Schools, regardless of income, who needed school supplies on the first day of classes. The “Stuff the Backpack” initiative, launched in the final weeks of the 2017-2018 school year through a partnership between the local NBC4 television station and Columbus City Schools, was far more than a traditional school supply drive. The summer-long campaign provided both community-wide and national attention to the potential of students in urban districts to be successful if given the right tools to reach their goals.
For so many donors, the backpacks became a symbol of support for the students of Columbus City Schools, and NBC4’s four-month campaign generated far more goodwill than any short-term district-led public relations could ever do. National television-news program Inside Edition ran a feature story on Stuff the Backpack, and the show’s nationally-recognized anchor, Deborah Norville, provided a special message to our students. Watch the story from Inside Edition at this link: https://youtu.be/QLP9IErwigE.

 

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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