Awards

Awards Programs

OASIS Awards

The OASIS Awards are presented annually through a partnership between KYSPRA and the Kentucky School Boards Association. Members submit entries across a variety of communications platforms, from press releases and photography to social media and community engagement. Entries are scored by a panel of nonpartisan judges who also include constructive remarks to promote professional development.

Results (PDF format, organized alphabetically by district):
2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

KYSPRA also annually honors those who support public education and school public relations with awards. Click on each award to see the list recipients for each.

Richard Thornton Award
KYSPRA created the Richard Thornton Award in 2001 to honor the contributions to public education made by Thornton, a long-time KYSPRA member and past president of the National Association of School Public Relations Association. It is presented to an individual or organization for exceptional leadership and dedication to public education in Kentucky.

Past recipients:

  • 2015 Kentucky Valley Cooperative - Appalachian Renaissance Initiative
  • 2012 Brad Hughes, Kentucky School Boards Association
  • 2011 Doug Whitlock, President, Eastern Kentucky University
  • 2010 Cathy Prewitt, District Judge, Whitley & McCreary Counties
  • 2009 Kentucky Teacher Magazine Staff Members
  • 2008 American Printing House for the Blind
  • 2007 Rocky Adkins, State Representative, & Kentucky Dataseam Initiative
  • 2006 Armando Arrastia, Five Oakes Communications
  • 2005 Kentucky Board of Education
  • 2004 Kentucky Charitable Foundation for the Blind
  • 2003 Fran Salyers and Commissioner Gene Wilhoit, KDE
  • 2002 Kentucky School Superintendents

Flag of Learning & Liberty
Named after the National School Public Relations Association’s flag, the award is given annually to a person, group or corporation outside the education field who have made a significant contribution to public education in Kentucky.

Past recipients:

  • 2015 The Governor's Scholars Program - Executive Director:  Dr. Aris Cedeno
  • 2014 Public Life Foundation of Owensboro
  • 2013 Tony Rose & Sam 100.7 FM
  • 2012 Kentucky Education Action Team (KEAT) 2011 Kentucky Historical Society
  • 2010 Dr. Robert Sexton
  • 2009 Helen Mountjoy
  • 2008 Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • 2007 John Hall & Lawrence & Augusta Hager Foundation
  • 2006 Kentucky Association of School Administrators
  • 2005 Pritchard Committee/WHAS Crusade for Children
  • 2004 Challenger Learning Centers of Kentucky
  • 2003 Al Smith
  • 2002 United Way of Kentucky
  • 2001 Wal-Mart
  • 2000 Kevin Noland, KDE
  • 1999 BellSouth
  • 1998 U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford
  • 1997 Kentucky School Boards Association
  • 1996 Ashland Inc.
  • 1995 Kentucky Partnership for School Reform
  • 1994 KET
  • 1993 Gov. Bert T. Combs
  • 1992 Ted Gas, Ted Smith
  • 1991 Kentucky Legislature
  • 1990 Governor’s Task Force on Education Reform
  • 1989 Kentucky Supreme Court, Robert Stephens, Chief Justice
  • 1988 Dr. Phillip Schlecty, Gheens Center, Louisville

O.V. Jones Memorial Award
For “Outstanding Service to KYSPRA and the school public relations profession.” Named for the late Superintendent O.V. Jones of Grant County Schools, the first superintendent to join KYSPRA. The award is given annually to a KYSPRA member for outstanding service to KYSPRA and school public relations.

Past recipients:

  • 2015 Linda Jones, Wayne County Schools
  • 2014 Sherry Super, Pulaski County Schools
  • 2013 Debbie Frazier, Whitley County Schools
  • 2012 Juli Hale, Campbell County Schools
  • 2011 Lisa Gross, Kentucky Department of Education
  • 2010 Cindy Williams, Henderson County Schools
  • 2009 Anita Granier, Mayfield Independent Schools
  • 2008 Don Sergent, Warren County Schools
  • 2007 Faun Fishback, Kentucky Department of Education
  • 2006 Paula Penrod, Kentucky School for the Blind
  • 2005 Lauren Roberts, Jefferson County Schools
  • 2004 Linda Salyer, Daviess County Schools
  • 2003 Carolyn Hawes, Ohio County Schools
  • 2002 Jeff Phillips, Harlan County Schools
  • 2001 Julie Ellis, Owensboro Independent Schools
  • 2000 Bobbi Cecil, Daviess County Schools
  • 1999 Dona Rains, Paducah Independent Schools
  • 1998 Paul Elwin, Boyle County Schools and Cheryl Hodges, Livingston County Schools
  • 1997 Brad Hughes, Kentucky School Boards Association
  • 1996 Jackie Jones, McCracken County Schools
  • 1995 Kay Sharon, Hardin County Schools
  • 1994 Fran Salyers, Kentucky Department of Education
  • 1993 Jim Blevins, Kentucky Educational Television
  • 1992 Reda Bianchi, Middlesboro Independent Schools
  • 1991 Dick Thornton, Fort Knox Community Schools

KYSPRA President’s Award
This award is given to a KYSPRA president who, during their term, served the organization with distinction. While not an annual award, it can be given to a deserving candidate at the end of their service as president.

Past Recipients:

  • 2017 Tom Dekle
  • 2015 Leslie Peek McCoy
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