SCSPA annually recognizes one graduating senior for his/her outstanding contributions
to scholastic journalism. Applicants are judged on contributions to their
publications, as well as involvement in the community.
The SCSPA Journalist
of the Year automatically becomes South Carolina's entry in the Journalism
Education Association's national competition. Applicants must be student
members of SCSPA.
Reid H. Montgomery Adviser-of-the-Year Award (Adviser)
Established in memory of Dr. Montgomery, a past director of SCSPA, this award
is presented to an adviser who exemplifies a high standard of excellence in
service to scholastic journalism. Nominated advisers should demonstrate a high
commitment to scholastic journalism on the state, regional and/or national
Bruce E. Konkle Rising Star Award (Adviser)
Established in honor of a past director of SCSPA, this award recognizes a teacher who has five years or fewer years of advising experience and makes a difference in the lives of his/her media students by encouraging professionalism in media production and creating excitement in his/her classroom for the love of written, verbal and written communications.
Albert T. Scroggins Award
Named after a former Dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications,
this award is presented to an individual or group who has made outstanding
contributions to South Carolina scholastic journalism.
Former advisers, principals
and professional reporters have all received this award in the past.
No current adviser may be nominated.
Michaela Baker, Dutch Fork HS (Irmo), has been named the South Carolina Journalist of the Year by SCSPA. Baker's portfolio will be submitted for the National Journalist of the Year competition.
SCSPA had ten wonderful high school journalists apply. You can view all their portfolios below.
Applicants and portfolios (if resent without personal information):
- Dalexis Alridge, Summerville HS
- Michaela Baker, Dutch Fork HS
- Danielle Cassells, Spartanburg HS
- Zachary Clark, Richland Northeast HS
- Tyria Goins, Lugoff-Elgin HS
- Carry Klein, West Florence HS
- Sydney Mack, Wando HS
- Adahy Oropeza, West Florence HS
- Makayla Rippy, Lugoff-Elgin HS
- Sarah Catherine Swinford, Nation Ford HS
Reid H. Montgomery Adviser-of-the-Year Award
Bruce E. Konkle Rising Star Award
T. Scroggins Award