Awards announced for 2018 KanSPRA/KASB Publications Contest

The 27th annual KanSPRA/KASB Publications Contest wraps up with 36 awards in ten categories for communications projects submitted by participating districts.

“The judges were tough this year,” said Carol Pitts, KASB assistant executive director for marketing and public relations. “Only one entry received a perfect score, Shawnee Mission’s submission in the marketing materials/special purpose publication category. The district’s “Center for Academic Achievement Information Card” was pronounced an “excellent project in every way” by the judges.”

Contest submissions are evaluated and judged using a reciprocal arrangement through an NSPRA (National School Public Relations Association) network of other state school public relations. Every entry receives individual points in each of the five evaluation components and feedback from a judge.

Points are awarded for (a) Research and Assessment of Need, (b) Analysis and Planning, (c) Evaluation and Results, (d) Overall Appearance, and (e) Content and Readability. A “sweepstakes winner” is also named for each enrollment category based on the average of the total points earned across for all entries.

Awards of Excellence are given to entries scoring an average of “9,” and Certificates of Merit are awarded to publications with an average score of at least “6.” In addition, the contest awards a “Sweepstakes Award” in each enrollment category, based on the highest average score of all submissions by the participating district.

The 2018 Sweepstakes Award Winners

  • Western Plains USD 106 (Enrollment Under 500 FTE)
  • (No award for 17-18 in Enrollment 1000-1699 FTE)
  • El Dorado USD 490 (Enrollment 1700-4999 FTE)
  • Shawnee Mission USD 512 (Enrollment Over 5000 FTE)

2018 Certificate Winners by Award Category are:

Audio/Visual

Award of Excellence

Human Resources Recruitment Video
Gardner Edgerton USD 231
Ben Boothe, Director of Secondary Education
Pam Stranathan, Superintendent of Schools

Shawnee Mission All Means All-Star
Shawnee Mission School District USD 512
Kristin Babcock Communications Coordinator
Michael Fulton, Superintendent of Schools

Certificate of Merit

Teen Suicide
Western Plains USD 106
Amy Flax, Journalism instructor
Jeff Jones, Superintendent of Schools

Kid Cast
Derby Public Schools, USD 260
Dr. Holly Putnam-Jackson, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
Joseph Moberly, Student and Data Services
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

2018 GEHS Summer Baseball Camp Promotional Video
Gardner Edgerton HS/USD 231
Gardner Edgerton Youth & Community Programs
Ryan Colston, Supervisor of Youth & Community Programs
Mike Meyer, Principal
Pam Stranathan, Superintendent of Schools

Freeman Elementary Falcons On-Air
Haysville USD 261/Freeman Elementary School
Nate McGee/Freeman Elementary School Counselor
John Burke, Superintendent of Schools

A USD 266 Dream Come True
Maize Early Childhood Center:
Maize USD 266
Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications
Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools

Calendar/Handbook

Certificate of Merit

Student and Staff School Calendar
Derby Public Schools, USD260
Katie Carlson, Director of Communications
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

2018-19 District Activities Calendar
El Dorado Public Schools USD 490
Kimberly Koop, Director of Information Services
Sue Givens, Superintendent of Schools

District Report Card / Annual Report

Certificate of Merit

BG Stadium Annual Report
El Dorado Public Schools USD 490
Kimberly Koop, Director of Information Services
Sue Givens, Superintendent of Schools

Electronic Publication

Certificate of Merit

Derby Public Schools E-News
Derby Public Schools, USD 260
Katie Carlson, Director of Communications
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

USD 490 eNews
El Dorado Public Schools USD 490
Kimberly Koop, Director of Information Services
Sue Givens, Superintendent

Maize USD 266 Connections
Maize USD 266
Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications
Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools

Shawnee Mission Board Recap
Shawnee Mission School District USD 512
Kristin Babcock Communications Coordinator
Michael Fulton, Superintendent of Schools

Marketing Materials / Special Purpose Publication

Award of Excellence

Pre-School Promotional Fliers
Western Plains USD 106
Amy Schmidt, Journalism instructor
Jeff Jones, Superintendent of Schools

Wildcat Pre-School Brochure
El Dorado Public Schools USD 490
Kimberly Koop, Director of Information Services
Sue Givens, Superintendent of Schools

Center for Academic Achievement Information Card
Shawnee Mission School District USD 512
Kristin Babcock, Communications Coordinator
Michael Fulton, Superintendent of Schools

Certificate of Merit

Kansans Can Rack Cards
Derby Public Schools, USD 260
Katie Carlson, Director of Communications
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

Newsletters

Award of Excellence

Inside Shawnee Mission School District
Shawnee Mission School District USD 512
Kristin Babcock Communications Coordinator
Michael Fulton, Superintendent of Schools

Certificate of Merit

District Newsletter – Gardner Edgerton Horizon
Gardner Edgerton USD 231
Ben Boothe, Director of Secondary Education
Pam Stranathan, Superintendent of Schools

El Dorado Middle School Newsletter
El Dorado Middle School/USD 490
Kimberly Koop, Director of Information Services
Karla King, Principal
Sue Givens, Superintendent of Schools

Chalkboard Chatter
El Dorado Public Schools USD 490
Kimberly Koop, Director of Information Services
Sue Givens, Superintendent of Schools

Derby Public Schools News (DSN)
Derby Public Schools, USD 260
Katie Carlson, Director of Communications
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

Cat Tracks
Western Plains USD 106
Amy Schmidt, Journalism instructor
Jeff Jones, Superintendent of Schools

Photo / Photo Series

Award of Excellence

New Shawnee Mission School
Shawnee Mission School District USD 512
Kristin Babcock, Communications Coordinator
Michael Fulton, Superintendent of Schools

Certificate of Merit

Patriot Day Remembrance
Derby High School
Derby Public Schools, USD260
Shauna Pugh, Public Information Assistant
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

Boys Basketball Collage
Western Plains USD 106
Amy Flax, Journalism instructor
Jeff Jones, Superintendent of Schools

Maize USD 266 Year in Photos
Maize USD 266
Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications
Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools

Project, Special Event or Program

Award of Excellence

Bond Campaign
Derby Public Schools, USD260
Katie Carlson, Director of Communications
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

Websites / Social Media

Award of Excellence

School Website  Facebook  Twitter
Western Plains USD 106
Amy Schmidt, Journalism instructor
Jeff Jones, Superintendent of Schools

Maize USD 266 website
Maize USD 266
Lori O’Toole Buselt
Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools

Certificate of Merit

Derby USD 260 Website
Derby Public Schools, USD 260
Katie Carlson, Director of Communications
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

El Dorado Schools Facebook Page
El Dorado Public Schools USD 490
Kimberly Koop, Director of Information Services
Sue Givens,Superintendent of Schools

Shawnee Mission USD 512 Website
Shawnee Mission School District USD 512
Kristin Babcock Communications Coordinator
Michael Fulton, Superintendent of Schools

Writing

Certificate of Merit

“Food Service Department: A Look at a Typical Day”
Derby Public Schools USD 261
Martha Lawson, Food Service Supervisor
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

“One Year Later: Ransom fire victims speak out about life, loss, and lessons learned”
Western Plains USD 106
Amy Schmidt, Journalism instructor
Jeff Jones, Superintendent of Schools

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