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Contest/Awards

OHSPRA Achievement Awards

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Each year, OHSPRA honors individuals, school districts and others for their outstanding contributions in school communications.


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.

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. 

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. 

Professional Awards
These awards provide recognition for the outstanding communication efforts of members and non-members of OHSPRA.

  • Electronic Quality Profile/Annual Report
  • E-Newsletter
  • Marketing Materials
  • Photography
  • PR/Marketing Plan 
  • Print Newsletter
  • Print Quality Profile/Annual Report
  • Social Media
  • Social Media Campaign
  • Special Purpose Publication
  • Writing
  • Website
  • Student Video
  • Video
Power PRo Designation
Get membership perks and other benefits by earning the new OHSPRA Power PRo designation! This unique -- and FREE -- membership award allows you to earn points for things you may already doing with OHSPRA. 
  • Enjoy special VIP perks during Spring Conference

  • Proudly display the “OHSPRA Power PRo” digital badge after your name and title on your email signature and/or on your resume
  • An OHSPRA leader will deliver your award in-person to you and your superintendent

  • OHSPRA will send a letter of designation to your superintendent and school board

  • OHSPRA will profile you on our website, in our newsletter, on social media and during the annual OHSPRA awards celebration


How to your Power PRo

Earn seven points within the membership year (Sept. 2022-Aug. 2023) by completing a combination of the following activities. (Please note that + indicates a core requirement that may not be substituted.)


  1. Be in good standing (paid up) with OHSPRA. + (1 pt)

  2. Perform a small PR research project to benefit OHSPRA, assigned by the president. + (1 pt)

  3. Organize and host (or co-host) an OHSPRA virtual monthly event. (2 pts)

  4. Enroll a new OHSPRA or NSPRA member. (1 pt each)

  5. Submit materials to OHSPRA Publication Exchange at OSBA’s Capital Conference. (1 pt)

  6. Help in the OHSPRA booth at OSBA's Capital Conference, if applicable. (1 pt)

  7. Attend OHSPRA virtual events. (1 pt each)

  8. Attend the OHSPRA in-person conference, if applicable. (1 pt)

  9. Participate in a board committee (Examples: nominating or Power PRo committee). (2 pts)

  10. Help judge the OHSPRA annual awards. (1 pt)

  11. Help judge another SPRA's annual awards. (1 pt)

  12. Volunteer during the OHSPRA in-person conference, if applicable. (1 pt)

  13. Present a session at OHSPRA's in-person conference, if applicable. (2 pts)

  14. Be a member is good standing with NSPRA. (1 pt)


Start earning Power PRo points today!

Email OHSPRA’s Director of Partnerships Cristina Capretta, at [email protected] to let us know you are ready to start earning your Power PRo designation. OHSPRA will track/verify your eligibility points throughout the membership year!


Early birds can earn their first two points by volunteering to serve on the inaugural Power PRo Committee. This committee will be in charge of verifying and tracking Power PRo award eligibility as well as selecting the program logo and digital badge design. The first three OHSPRA members to volunteer will be selected. Email Cristina Capretta to express your interest.


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