The Sunflower Award recognizes a new adviser who shows enthusiasm and dedication to building a strong journalism program and aims to encourage him/her to remain in the profession.
- 2011 — Michelle Wilmes, Ottawa High School
- 2012 — Brandi Stout, Kansas City Washington High School
- 2013 — Barbara Tholen, Lawrence High School
- 2014 — Robert Bovaird, Louisburg High School
- 2106 — Dan Loving, Maize High School