OASIS Awards


22nd Annual KYSPRA  OASIS Awards Program

  • Judges will review, analyze and critique all submissions. Comment Sheets from the judges will be provided to entrants.
  • Peer reviews and commentaries on every entry, completed by a panel of judges well-versed in elementary and secondary education communications products and goals.
  • Public recognition of the “Best of the Best” at the OASIS Banquet during the 2018 KYSPRA Annual Professional Development Conference in November in Lexington.


  • The deadline for submissions is July 22, 2018. Products/programs are to have been created, published or conducted between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018.
  • Submissions must have been produced primarily by district employees. Outside contractors or students may assist, but district employees must be the primary producers of the product.
  • OASIS is open to staff of any public school district with a KYSPRA member. Please confirm KYSPRA membership status with association manager Linda Salyer prior to making submissions at:  KYSPRAassociationMANAGER@live.com.
  • An individual may submit four entries per category. Staff from a single district may submit as many as eight entries per category. There is no limit on the overall number of entries by a district.

How to submit entries

May 1, 2018 you will receive an invitation from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) inviting you to upload your entries into a “Community” online. They will send you a link to the community along with detailed  instructions. You will be able to upload all printed material and videos. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Lisa Ducker at lisa@kasa.org. Hard copies will not be accepted.

Link to upload print entries:  2018 OASIS Awards

Link to upload video entries:  2018 OASIS Awards Video Entries
When uploading videos, sign in to your YouTube account. If you don't have an account, you may have to go through a verification process. If a verification is needed, please call Linda Salyer at 
270-852-7000 and she will help you.

Instructional Video on uploading videos to YouTube

Step by step instructions on uploading print entries


When submitting an entry, please include an entry form with the following information:
-Name of Person Entering
-Name of Person to be recognized for the Award
-School District
-Category Number
-Category Title
-District Class (see below for class designations)

Entry forms are available here. The 2018 entries and entry forms and are to be submitted by July 22, 2018.
Entries are made in one of four classes based on district enrollment:
-Class A: district enrollment under 4,000
-Class AA: enrollment 4,001-9,000
-Class AAA: enrollment 9,001-14,000
-Class AAAA: enrollment more than 14,001


Entry Fees are $45.00 per entry. Please make checks or purchase orders payable to:
Kentucky School Public Relations Association (KYSPRA)
P.O. Box 22436
Owensboro, KY 42304-2436

Questions? Please contact Wayne Walden at wayne.walden@paducah.kyschools.us.

Print Communications
1. Calendars
2. Brochures
3. Internal publications
4. External publications
5. Tabloid (newsprint) publications
6. One-time publications (any non-recurring publication)
7. Miscellaneous printed materials (not covered by other categories)

Written Communications
8. Feature article (published in district publication or online)
9. News article (published in district publication or online)
10. Miscellaneous writing (online or printed, commentary or other targeted use)

Photography/Videography Communications
11. Feature photography
12. News/Sports photography
13. Photo essays
14. Video; program-length, produced for broadcast or cable (Link for video upload)
15. Video: in school or training purposed (Link for video upload)
16. Video: PSAs and short-subject informational videos for broadcast/cable (Link for video upload)

Online/Electronic Communications
17. Social media: district-wide
18. Social media: school or school-related program
19. Website: district
20. Website: school or school-related program
21. Electronic newsletter: district
22. Electronic newsletter: school or school-related program
23. Miscellaneous electronic communications product/program (not covered by other categories)

24. Special events (single or series of related events)
25. Community engagement programs (single product or multi-element program)
26. Miscellaneous public awareness programs (not covered by other categories)

Innovations in Communications
Any first-year initiative with a primary function of enhancing communications between the district and any target audience, internal or external. Entries will be judged not only on originality of the concept, but also on:
-unique use of the end product
-intended benefit to district and public-delivery to audience
-measurement of impact, reaction determination of modifications going forward (if necessary)


Contact Us
Kentucky School Public Relations Association (KYSPRA) P.O. Box 22436
Owensboro, KY 42304
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Phone: Phone: 270-852-7000 Cell: 812-449-9057
Fax: Fax: 270-852-7010