SCSPA Montgomery Adviser of the Year: Deborah Gascon, Dutch Fork HS

The Reid H. Montgomery Adviser-of-the-Year Award honors
the memory of a past director of SCSPA and former faculty
member of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
The Montgomery award is presented to an adviser who
exemplifies a high standard of excellence in service to scholastic
Deborah Gascon has served as Dutch Fork’s yearbook adviser
for a decade while juggling her responsibilities of being an English
“She is passionate about yearbooking and she does
everything in her power to instill that passion in her students,”
said Medlock-Greene.
awards, Gold and Silver awards from CSPA, Palmetto Awards
from SCSPA, and have consistently earned top ratings from
This year, she will expand her horizons even further as she
becomes the yearbook instructor at SIPA’s summer workshop,
the Carolina Journalism Institute.
“Her success as an adviser is evident in her legacy,” said
Medlock-Greene. “Her former students are strewn across the
world in various stages of their professional lives, but she still
maintains relationships with each of her editors.  To them, she
is more than just a teacher—she is a mentor, a friend, and a