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Stratton Award

The Iowa High School Press Association presents its coveted Stratton Award annually at the Fall Conferences to an individual or organization for their support of scholastic journalism. The award was named in honor of the late Kenneth Stratton, longtime publications adviser at East High School, Des Moines, Iowa. Stratton also authored Press Time, a well-known journalism textbook for high school journalists. He served two terms as IHSPA president during two different periods of his teaching career.

Individuals who receive this award must fulfill all or several of the following criteria:

1. Honorable service to the journalism education profession

  • Present and former students active in journalism (professionally or educationally).
  • Teacher/adviser must be involved a minimum of five years in the Iowa school system.
  • Recommended by the principal, local media and other school personnel.

2. Outstanding personal achievement in journalism education.

  • Conducted workshops, served as speaker, evaluated publications or student work outside IHSPA.
  • Published articles for use in state and national publications.
  • Served as officer for scholastic organizations other than IHSPA.

3. Active contribution to the education field in general.

  • Received awards for achievement in the education field in general, i.e. Jaycee Awards, etc.
  • Contributing articles in state and national publications in addition to the scholastic journalism publications.
  • Affiliation with local, state and national education organizations as an officer, committee member, etc.

4. Significant participation in IHSPA.

  • Teacher and/or adviser in member school.
  • Served as an officer, committee member, conference speaker, or in-service director of scholastic activities for educational agencies.
  • Written articles for IHSPA Newsletter or PICA file.
  • Edited or evaluated material for IHSPA Newsletter.
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