State awards go to EHOVE

Article Published: 04/29/2016

The Ohio School Public Relations Association (OHSPRA) recognized EHOVE Career Center and Communications Coordinator Kendra Ward with five awards during its annual state Spring Conference in Columbus, Ohio on April 14.

These achievement awards recognize exemplary school public relations and marketing efforts and were judged by professionals in the field.  The competition was open to all public or private schools and districts, career and vocational centers and education-related organizations across the state.

Ward accepted the Best of the Best trophy for the school’s website, a Mark of Distinction trophy for Bulletin Board posters that are hung in 14 area high schools, and Mark of Excellence awards for the school’s Facebook page and two publications that are distributed to area 8th-10th graders.

Websites were judged on content, design, writing, editing, graphic, photo and video enhancements and ease of use.  EHOVE’s unique home page layout at www.EHOVE.net was conceived by Ward then created from the ground up by Upward Brand Interactions of Columbus and their excellent website developers, interactive content specialists and technical support staff.

Entries in the social media category were judged on graphic presentation/design, content/writing, clarity, appropriateness, engagement, goal and visual appeal.  Ward manages all of the school’s social media.  She answers questions and posts articles, notices, information, photos and videos on the school’s channels.

Publications were judged on content, design, writing, editing, graphics, photography and print quality.  Ward initiated the original concepts and managed the students’ interviews, then worked extensively with the talented staff at Mark Advertising of Sandusky, who brought the publications to life.

The Ohio School Public Relations Association (OHSPRA) is a public relations organization that has dedicated more than 30 years to facilitating support for and trust in education through comprehensive communications efforts. OHSPRA fulfills this mission by assisting members in listening to and communicating responsibly with their many internal and external publics as well as enhancing the image and role of public relations with educational management. With more than 150 members, OHSPRA remains a leader in school PR across the nation.