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.
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 >
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 >
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 >
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>